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Trailer for our upcoming documentary covering the frontlines of the #HongKong protests.

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We speak to Firat Batman as he takes a brief rest from fighting against ISIS in their last stronghold in Syria. Firat is a Kurd from Rojava who grew up in Sweden. He's been fighting in Rojava for the YPG for three years and is currently on the final push to chase ISIS out of the last areas they control.

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Gregory Waters tells us all about the Tiger Forces in Syria, the pro Assad regime militia that's seen as heroes to some and war criminals to others. We'll find out why their leader is so enigmatic, how they're working with with the Russian military, and what power they really hold over the region.

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We speak to Ora Szekely about the role of female combatants within various irregular conflicts, from the Colombian rebels of FARC to the Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ in Syria.

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#Russia and the Assad regime are likely to launch an offensive on Idlib in northwest #Syria very soon (this episode came out last year). The region is ruled by a variety of jihadists, but with three million people living there, it's not as simple as wiping out extremists.

Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff tell us why the battle for #Idlib will be a huge humanitarian catastrophe. 

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We speak to Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed about his highly controversial 3D printed gun project. He also talks about crypto-anarchy, untraceable firearms, and his long battle with the US government. 

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The conflict in East #Ukraine has become a slow but constant battle from the trenches. Young soldiers are killed almost every week and the #Russian backed separatist held regions are still under the rule of an iron fist, yet the media, both in Ukraine and internationally, seems to have forgotten that Ukraine is still at war.

We got some updates on the current state of the conflict from Radio Free Europe's Christopher Miller, who's been covering the conflict from the start.

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In Cameroon a conflict between English speaking Cameroonian rebels and the French speaking #Cameroon state forces is rapidly getting worse. Whole villages are being burned, civilians are being killed, and young men are forming militias. There's little coverage in the media about this conflict so far, so we spoke to the only reporter who's been on the ground with the Anglophone militias to find out what's going on.

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Ever wondered why some warlords get all the best guns and others are left to craft their own? Or how British made muskets end up on Afghanistan gun markets? Or why the Marines now have a dedicated drone guy? If so, you'll love this. Discover all things small arms with Silah Report.

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Hear Pawel Wojcik talking about how ISIS has gone international, spreading its jihadist Caliphate across the world, setting up effective cells in #Libya, #Afghanistan, #Nigeria, and East Asia. Find out why the fall of Raqqa was not the end of ISIS.

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Independent Aum Shinrikyo researcher Sarah Hightower tells us how the Japanese death cult became a terrorist organisation with more than 10,000 members. They produced Sarin gas, they built their own assault rifles, and they even tried to buy bombs from the former Soviet Union. To this day Aum Shinrikyo still exists in #Japan and #Russia.

A first person account from reporter Sean Williams (New Yorker, Harpers) of what it was like inside the battle of Marawi, where ISIS fighters in the #Philippines laid siege to the island city in 2017 for six months. 

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A very detailed introduction to the many different facets of the so-called "Christian militias" fighting in Iraq and #Syria, talking about the history and motivations of the the Assyrian/Syriac/Chaldean community.

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Journalist Danny Gold talks about MS-13 in #ElSalvador and the paramilitary death squads organising via WhatsApp to slaughter them in their own neighbourhoods.

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Aram Shabanian tells us why the forgotten "frozen conflict" between Armenia and Azerbaijan could explode into a full blown war that pulls in everyone from Russia to India.

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All about ISIS and their suicide cars (or SVBIEDS—suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive devices) in Iraq, from the switches they use to tricks they played in Mosul.

Find out from the guy who runs "Militia Watch" all about US militias and their love for guns, liberty, Donald Trump, and mismatching camouflage exercises in the forests.

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Find out about the far-right "Syrian Social Nationalist Party" and the militants they've sent to go and fight for Assad in Syria.

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It’s been two years since the city of Raqqa was liberated from ISIS. The jihadists have lost all their territorial positions, but are still active in the form of sleeper cells. They blend in with the population and launch attacks whenever they find the opportunity. This year alone ISIS sleeper cells in Raqqa have killed 136 people.

We went on patrol with the internal security forces of Raqqa, to find out what it’s like trying to keep ISIS out of the former capital of their Caliphate.

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Chatting mostly about our recent trip to Syria.

We spent a day in Raqqa with the Asayis, who're the ones left trying to keep the city safe amidst ISIS sleeper cells and IEDs.

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Ukraine has a long history of political anarchism, dating back to the Black Army of anarchist revolutionary Nestor Makhno in the 1920s.

Since the country's 2014 Maidan revolution though, the historical and modern day rise of fascist groups is more widely known. Whilst the Russian government's claims that the revolution was some kind of "Nazi Junta" are false, Ukraine does have a rising problem with militant fascism that cannot be ignored.

In a bid to combat the growing far-right, a group of anarchists calling themselves Rev Dia (Revolutionary Action) have begun to organise. They're armed, training, and have never spoken to journalists before. Until now...

(We fucked up the clip for a few seconds at 04:43 by having the wrong audio with the subtitles. The subs are what he said though. Sorry about that.)

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