Syria Video – a powerful web service that maps Syrian war video by town and province

Syria Video

Syria Comment Announces a new web service: Syria Video, which can be found at http://syriavideo.net

Syria Video is a web application that maps and aggregates Syrian war videos by tracking a large number of YouTube channels. The channels have been identified as reliable and tied to specific towns or regions of Syria. Syria Video collects all new videos released on these channels and attempts to identify their location in Syria and then displays them in chronological order. Since going online in early January, Syria Video has collected over 40,000 videos from 42 Syrian cities and 10 governates. Syria Video is an automated system, and thus, gathers videos in an unbiased manner.

Syria Video is our first attempt to bring order to the online Syrian war-sphere and has the potential to provide valuable insight to the conflict.

The Syrian government has tried to exploit the fog of war to gain advantage over its opponents by barring foreign journalists, restricting what Syrian journalists can report, and attacking its own citizen journalists.

Opposition activists have struggled to counter this blackout by posting a growing stream of YouTube videos. They are intended to keep the international community abreast of the revolution’s progress, to produce sympathy for their cause, raise money, and advertise their exploits and victories.

The footprint of the Syrian conflict on the web has been tremendous. The daily barrage of videos, tweets and Facebook posts coming out of Syria, has the potential to provide great insight into events occurring in any given area across the country. The lack of clarity that we face in following these events is not so much due to the lack of information, but to the overwhelming amount of it.

*Syria Video is a Syria Comment project and is funded by the Center of Middle Eastern Studies, the Director of which is Joshua Landis. CMES is part of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Inquiries about Syria Video can be directed to info@SyriaVideo.net

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401. AIG said:

“The war in Syria is as much about Palestine as it is about anything else.”

The usual regime supporters nonsense. The war has nothing to do with Israel or Palestine. It is about Assad mis-managing Syria and denying prosperity and freedom from 20 million people. It is about Syrians seeing change all around them and waking up and asking for it themselves. Even if Israel would leave the Golan and the West Bank tomorrow, there would still be fighting in Syria because it doesn’t solve any of the basic problems that Syrians face. It does not provide them good jobs, education, freedom and a hope for a better future.

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April 3rd, 2013, 1:57 pm

 

402. revenire said:

Akbar the only other option is the destruction of Israel.

This war will push back Syria for a decade maybe – that is the goal stated by some Israelis – but it will not stop Iran or Hezbollah.

Even if Israel launched an attack on Iran today it would not be able to defeat Iran.

Israel could not defeat a Lebanese militia and was rebuffed. How can it defeat Iran? The strategic map of the region has changed. A decade ago Israel might have had overwhelming superiority militarily but not today. Iran is the strongest nation in the Middle East.

What is the source of the conflict with Iran or its allies Syria and Hezbollah? Occupied land. Sovereignty. Palestine.

We all know the history of the region. Israel has no men of vision like Nahum Goldman or Rabin left it seems. I fear another Holocaust if Israel doesn’t come to her senses. Iran will destroy Israel in a future war. Israel is surrounded. If a war breaks out the Muslim world will back Iran despite their differences.

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April 3rd, 2013, 1:58 pm

 

403. revenire said:

AIG despite your self-appointed role as the chosen people you can’t possibly be delusional enough to believe you speak for Palestinians. You don’t even speak for Israelis. You speak for yourself and are here to gloat over dead Arabs – your enemies.

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April 3rd, 2013, 2:01 pm

 

404. AKbar Palace said:

Movie Scripts for Peace

Akbar the only other option is the destruction of Israel. … it would not be able to defeat Iran. Israel could not defeat a Lebanese militia… I fear another Holocaust…

Reverse,

You’re doing good. Sounds like a great movie script.

But what does this have to do with Syria?

Are you implying Assad could help save Israel in some way?

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April 3rd, 2013, 2:07 pm

 

405. revenire said:

Akbar I realize you’re an American Jew but why do you dismiss other’s beliefs as you do? Who made you God? Seriously.

You’re not stupid and can read SANA or Iranian media or any resistance media and get your answers. You don’t accept that?Fine. I am not worried because I know Nasrallah will destroy your rogue state the during the next war. I know many Israelis. I roomed with soldiers from the IDF in college. I know they’re scared of Hezbollah. You don’t have to believe me. It is fine.

You patronize and play. Enjoy yourself. I am.

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April 3rd, 2013, 2:16 pm

 

406. AKbar Palace said:

I am not worried because I know Nasrallah will destroy your rogue state the during the next war.

Reverse,

We’ve been hearing such things for years.

I know many Israelis. I roomed with soldiers from the IDF in college. I know they’re scared of Hezbollah.

I know Israelis too, my cousin’s son did 3 years in the IDF and spent some long days fighting the Hezbos.

War hurts for sure and isn’t a pleasant thing.

But we can talk about hypotheticals from now until kingdom come. Sorry, I trust AIG and my own people more than I trust you.

I guess I’m not sure why you’re more concerned about Israeli lives than you are about Syrian lives.

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April 3rd, 2013, 2:35 pm

 

407. 5 dancing shlomos said:

daily beast owned by jane harmon, agent for israel. all staff are zionists.

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April 3rd, 2013, 2:43 pm

 

408. revenire said:

My friend Adiv was a Sephardi Jew who fled the IDF due to racism. Gadi was another Israeli friend who showed me photographs of Israeli soldiers standing on Lebanese corpses like the Lebanese were slaughtered deer.

Syria? What do you seriously want me to say?

I support Assad 1000%.

We’re not talking about saving Syrian lives are we? If we are what is your proposal for that? Assad should surrender?

Funny, almost all you say is a hypothetical isn’t it?

You, or the lying Hasbara, can try to separate the war from the realities of the region but Israel’s bombing of Syria makes the two of you appear foolish.

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April 3rd, 2013, 2:45 pm

 

409. AIG said:

Regime idiot,

I answered your questions now answer mine:

If Nasrallah can destroy Israel, why can’t he destroy and beat an un-unified rebellion? Why is it taking Assad and Nasrallah so long and why are they losing?

You yourself admitted that attacking Israel would be suicide. So which is it? Will Israel be destroyed or is it suicide to attack Israel?

If Nasrallah can destroy Israel why has he not attempted ONE resistance operation in 6 years? Why has he not shot ONE rocket at Israel or fired at ONE Israeli soldier for so long?

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April 3rd, 2013, 2:57 pm

 

410. revenire said:

Akbar remember you might consider yourself superior to anyone other than other Jews – “your people” – and you might feel the IDF is invincible but you’re wrong on both counts. Your cowardly army ran out of Lebanon humiliated in 2006.

Your Hasbara friend is a Johnny One-Note bleating like sheep do.

You seem smarter but perhaps I am wrong.

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April 3rd, 2013, 3:06 pm

 

411. AIG said:

Regime idiot,
Why are you not answering the questions?
These are legitimate and very specific questions. Let’s see you answer them.

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April 3rd, 2013, 3:29 pm

 

412. revenire said:

Akbar no one could be so ignorant as to assume the world has to accept the Zionist narrative on the Syrian war.

You take the side of the terrorists. Okay. That is your right. It is also the right of a sovereign nation to destroy anyone attacking her. That is the right of self-defense.

You can carp and moan about Assad but should concentrate on the violations of Obama and Netanyahu first. You are an American FIRST and then a Jew. That is your only choice unless you want to end up rotting in an American prison like the Zionist spy Pollard.

Of course some Israelis are having orgasmic like fits watching Syria burn. They enjoy death.

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April 3rd, 2013, 3:55 pm

 

413. Akbar Palace said:

Akbar no one could be so ignorant as to assume the world has to accept the Zionist narrative on the Syrian war.

Reverse,

The Zionist Narrative™ = the World Narrative™ = the Opposition Narrative™

Your best bet is to contact Pat Buchanan, but he’s an isolationist.

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April 3rd, 2013, 4:01 pm

 

414. AIG said:

Regime idiot,
Why are you still not answering the questions, coward?
These are legitimate and very specific questions. Let’s see you answer them.

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April 3rd, 2013, 4:01 pm

 

415. zoo said:

France has not decided yet to provide weapons to the rebels:

It has asked to meet next week with Hitto, Khatib and Idriss in London.
Interesting confrontation as Idriss has rejected Hitto’s election and Khatib has criticized Qatar and the MB.

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April 3rd, 2013, 7:24 pm

 

416. revenire said:

The Three Stooges

Idriss = Moe?
Khatib = Larry?
Hitto = Curly?

Let’s toss in Shemp aka Sabra for good measure.

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April 3rd, 2013, 8:01 pm

 

417. Syria Comment » Archives » The Raqqa Story: Rebel Structure, Planning, and Possible War Crimes said:

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April 4th, 2013, 4:36 am

 

418. Amber Barnes said:

Wow! This is really awesome! Syria Video is something so incredible. This web application that maps and aggregates Syrian war videos is one of a kind. I think this helps so much in giving and providing valuable insights on what is going on. Truly amazing!

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April 8th, 2013, 5:08 am

 

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April 21st, 2013, 3:53 am

 

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