VIDEO: Media wars are on as Syrian rebels take you to the front lines of Idlib

Published May 19th, 2015 - 11:30 GMT
As the battle for Idlib heats up, the media war does too. Here's a look from the rebels POV. (AFP/File)
As the battle for Idlib heats up, the media war does too. Here's a look from the rebels POV. (AFP/File)

Battles are still raging across the eastern Syrian province of Idlib, where Syrian government forces, fighting rebel groups are pushing against each other. As the battle heats up, so do the media wars. 

In March, rebels took full control of the province capital Idlib city. Now the Syrian regime's hold on strongholds across the province are dwindling. Rebels have reportedly made gains on these this week, particularly around the al-Mastuma military base. An opposition faction dubbed the Victory Army claimed control of the hilltop above the base Monday, according to opposition-linked outlet, Smart News Agency.

On the same day this video appeared on YouTube, giving a tour of the hilltop battlegroup with English subtitles. Muddying the waters further, the channel, dubbed GII Media, has a logo that appears to be Daesh-affiliated, but the footage features a brigade called Jaysh al-Fath. In it, a rebel shows a school in al-Mastuma he claims the regime had turned into a military prison. 

Maybe now more than ever,  coverage of the Syrian war is punctuated by videos like this, shot by people on the ground and thrown into the other battlefront: the Internet. 


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