tv Doc Film - The Ruins of Raqqa Deutsche Welle November 17, 2018 6:15am-7:00am CET
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driving into russia is an eerie calm and breathtaking destruction as far as the eye can see. a once thriving city of two hundred sixty thousand people reduced to rubble by you it's leading. to a mention if you could have a return to what it once was. the first stop was the most notorious location in the city not behaving this way. it was once the vibrant heart of rock. we meet a truck driver khalid swale
a who shows this round. i don't want to die that's heaven squared it was called square of heaven but now it's where a fellow we used to love wandering around this place but because of the killings we started meeting. more toward. khaled was among many fools to witness the beheadings that became the defining symbol of the ice here. here in the square i asked what shot of the ants off and stick heads on to the ants all around the square of the wall this is where they would execute people have a lot look up whatever you have to be punished a shot but they would terrorize people with. their i was shot via. the propaganda videos of those killings horrified many around the world. this is where iraq has children with fools to watch it all happen to have big plasma t.v.'s up so the children could watch the punishments death and executions the
t.v.'s were everywhere see the scene. betty. and were told that i was a mandatory. the children used to jeffrey if they saw a chicken killed. as a after a while they would never in a care of humans were executed and our life and it was helpless. out of. place. as we go deeper into the city the overwhelming scale of the destruction becomes clear. we see signs that life is returning home from. iraq is east bulldozers are at work clearing the rugs. the wrist seems like an
enormous even impossible times. amid the rubble and it was not. she and her brother a painstakingly salvaging what's left of the family home and grocery store. well when. what i won't be able to return to even one percent of the way things were before. but i will live and continue building again i will open a new grocery shop and live out the rest of our life back. across the road this silly new british but was no kind of food. she's a widow who have six children. during the war that made her an easy target for islamic state but they picked the wrong woman.
that they would come to me and tell me to leave the house but i wouldn't. they occupied our neighbor's house and made it their headquarters. i believe they killed the house and yes he was killed they said it was a regime fac and killed him but we didn't leave our house we refused. i aspired his told was not to shut down his shop and remarry all live off islamic charity. and that they were me and after i refused to obey three times they threatened to take me to the religious police. and i told them if i leave the shop door and i will break the stick on your head i'd rather fire a bullet into my head than leave my shop. when she stood her ground and i aspired to hit her. they came to the shop and
told me to go with them to the religious police. i asked them why because i refused to close my shop and i told him that if you were a real man you wouldn't hit a woman why did you slap me. was his bravery is remarkable and she still struggles with what she endured. if you go through platinum has your more what more can i say. we will follow they mistreated us what can i say. as me alone only god can help us move when they came here they brought only chaos and destruction with them. we were waiting for the day to get our freedom back in rocca we were waiting for a freedom we were hoping one day and night. we were waiting for the day of freedom to come and have you in the pub remember.
the terrible irony is that after was not fought so hard and with so much it was a us ladies strike that destroyed the family business. walk the but when the airstrike hit i was suddenly thrown across the bridge and. i couldn't hear anymore i was hit by the shrapnel i took off my chin x. so that it wouldn't hurt me but then back after the smoke cleared we all went to the streets. where are. our floors of allah i thought and i'll bet that one i'll bet under islamic state rule her biggest fear was for her children especially her eldest daughter so. i think that i as would see her she's pretty i wouldn't let her now sit in. even when i had to take my daughters to the answer
uncles they would be in full shari'a outrageous and i wouldn't let anyone see their faces. they send women to our house to ask if we had girls for marriage any bathroom i do not read in one we said no and this we had nothing we were here. for that and i think that. the children to shield her in a village outside the city with a father who is desperately ill shirk. despite all her problems this extraordinary woman is looking forward to a new era. no salons in it only people are afraid it is women and men still afraid of ah yes let's take a look at me face to face. if there is still one of them still living on it let him
say well let me see me you clearly know i'm not afraid of him whether he. even if he's going to come from underground let him come over that let i as ross and the ones who brought i is right with that. one back i'm not afraid of anyone i has or anyone else what i've had that. will reveal looking good it's a disaster. and explosives everywhere. we find a mood to drive home made bombs just lying around. mines and booby traps litter the city. claiming new casualties every. as we drive through the pickup truck races a good scaring them like a big. dog. with
a bullet through. to me from the good dome and i did militia that liberated the city with the help of us is from. our words for soldiers that are mine it flipped over we've rescued two of them you know what. if. you. mean. ok i'm just keeping an eye on everything. yeah there could be a fresh one. in this rubble lasers. in the midst of all this we find an australian want to relive it soon. or clean this rap up with.
jamie williams's among a group of foreigners in the kurdish forces now the fighting's finished they helping with the cleanup. they were good at that was the most. they find an unexploded shill in the rubble by the rush. of got the second artillery rounds that's partially covered in rubble of a puff we just walked on and i thought he just walked on yes so we're going to hook up with a rope and sykes our position is give it a thought. struck him but. you want remarkable. it's a painstaking least slow business. after several attempts the mortar is pulled free
it can now be dumped elsewhere. between the minds and the unexpired no one insists that we work in this place for years and. now you're talking jamie we came here in april last year to find out i use. my eyes want to be in the military and growing up watching war movies playing with toy guns are sort of stuff i always admired the people the soldiers that put themselves in difficult situations you know willing to put their life on the line for the betterment of others. you know what. we have here maybe we could say yeah. oh yeah well of a tissue so you just take the shoes off so this is home yeah finale.
they say. this is said directional anti-personnel mine he's staying here with a handful of other western fatah's this was just hidden under a piece of material scott the ball bearings in it one of these ball bearings can drop straight through they do a lot of damage. we have lost one person a member of our team that was with us apologizing mining that. yeah he wasn't actually. trying to save them on himself. yeah this is unfortunately. a one hundred one that was in the area yeah. what was it that was on the twenty fifth of this month so. all these. decimate the syrian population every day there's explosions you can hear from syrians going hi i'm trying to rape i'm the house trying to you know pick up the pieces of what's left of the house. australian counter-terrorism authorities have
been monitoring jimmy williams for a long time. when he first tried to come to syria in light twenty fourteen he was stopped at mill been important then charged with crimes that could have seen him seem to unstick to life in prison. without offering an explanation the federal government dropped the prosecution could. initially a position where we were fighting he made it here for the final battle for iraq and . it was pretty fond of the whole fight rucka bush block by block the lines were constantly changing it was hard for me yet again s.d.s. forced. to keep track of where the lines were. in twenty eleven jamie williams tried to join the australian army but was knocked back because of a drink driving conviction for it so he joined the french foreign legion in stayed trying to move through i got combat training i wanted to explain says i was trained
as a squad boxman says stop or offer training gave me confidence in what i was doing here we're going through here if you guys are ok with it was full of mice footsteps pretty much in iraq and he says kurdish commanders kept foreign fighters away from the frontline it was a bit worrying he takes us to the scene of their only real battle with ah yes which is known in arabic is done off with all the dust just up where that is ok. this is where his team was ordered to move through the block of flats and control the street beyond. i circled his position in the pointer and said this whole yeah that's a dash. go for so you have to go through that whole yeah not knowing there was no you know. the mission didn't go to play. we got ambushed. within five meters we took fire from the back of the tent fifty meters across the
road one of our guys who are here in that exchange. they call it was killed. the team was forced to hole up here trying to work out how to get his body. and it was well we're here we're getting the radio communication saying that they're coming from beasts from here from the front from everywhere so on that level all of us were there at that stage thinking how do we defend this place. and we took fire from that hole in the wall there into this this room here these guys were pushed up but as soon as they took fire from there they opened up with big cia case everything pretty sure i gave them good for. hifi they gave him. propped up here with pain straightens i was stuck here all night so any time i heard any movement any scuffling or anything underneath me pick up the grenade get it ready sic the rifle over shoot down the stairs kaplan's for five rounds pull the pin through the
internet and these are the pictures that you had left behind yeah they were on the stairs here. this through here should be a few more and somewhere. i think i threw maybe half a dozen grenades from the staircase. u.s. lead instruction saved their lives there was i c one thirty gun fire which was providing the whole area one big circle west of here around us there was a lot of fire for quite a while which is comforting because you know you know they're they've got their back but at the same time is worrying because bam hit targets that they can see so knowing that they're shooting that much that just says that there was that many targets in the area for them to hit. under australian law jamie williams could be jailed for entering the pain barrier and being a foreign fighter. but he argues fighting for the kurds is not
a crime because they are in effect the government in this part of syria. i don't think i've done anything wrong he supported the good guys in this fight i would say you know dash is the enemy of the world and kurds are going to be a good a good system for going to be good for this region they need the kurds here they need this system they need to mark receive and i think of that and. they were other australians on the battlefield they were fighting for i. was part of the reason i came here to find any a strange dash that i could unfortunately that hasn't happened but i know i would have lots of court one of those of us. the most notorious with college sure roof a convicted terrorist who shot to global infamy for posting photos of his son holding a seven haid. sharif and his family lived in russia and i want
to find out more about their lives here. i worked out where how it was living back in two thousand and fifteen when some u.c.b. girls had been keeping as domestic flights to skype i knew them and i showed me some of all fun pictures they'd taken to be outside of his house which allowed me to pinpoint a location on google earth and came to see what's become of the life but to get there. we have to cross the euphrates river. to go in with the bridges glumly this is the only way to get across. but jamie williams and his team come along. we have no idea if i use sympathizers are still hanging around in the syrian government forces are about fifteen kilometers a one month. so we need to get across the river and back as quickly as possible.
on the way and ventilate so wrong turn. using the coordinates electrical power as we close each other sooner killing a little town comes into view. that's it. deflates a house or if it's living in one. of men. a neighbor emerges and confirms we are in the right plants. switch off but nothing. sought. he was a bit like me big like me and the same one i know yeah i know that because we had a scuffle so he forced his way out i'm sure got out i started getting in.
abdulaziz been telephoning. remembers your roof as a grandstanding thug. he was playing a big being and i asked commander a islamic state and so i didn't even hear that neighbor he got into his house and humiliated i don't even want to execute him. abilities office an unprecedented insight into sharif's life he got a job of running sure roof and i never liked each other whenever he'd come outside as soon as he'd seen me want to carry his weapons and fire into the air like he was trying to make a point. i was like i'm here and i've got weapons. and yeah. she ruth lived in the house with his wife tara nettleton and their five children. children were very tough. i mean
a real problem although we had a shooting range here and. i'm not going to guns and lots of ammunition. he said targets appear. in the shot that draws people to take a look at me. while years have passed the house still feels hooted by the tragedy of this family's lunch. how hard it was along too sure if children. just a little kid. there were traces of children everywhere from. other local that's what sure those children used to wear that's a very small size small one ignore that and that too is for the little one while
they can. while the world story midges of them willing whippings the night is so children who seemed terribly isolated in the new land. hardly understood arabic it was hard for them sometimes we got a feeling that they didn't understand this and. i did ask a lot of questions about the purpose of everything what i try to learn but i didn't know how to engage and if you asked them about something that said i wouldn't answer. abdulaziz confirms this is wish the roof kept the z.t. girls who'd been kidnapped from northern iraq. he took them from their parents and that was extremely wrong. i mean a left a lot of time chris and i mean he wouldn't even let them out here in the courtyard . that we could see them from a distance and they were frightened. they were the surely afraid but it spot them.
for no one very good. i tracked down easy to girls three years ago we northern iraq. one of them told me how she roots one of tara hated life in russia. his wife said she regretted going there and that she didn't know what it has been it was doing before she arrived she said it's a miserable place this religion is so bad if i'd known i would never have come here his wife credible day for her husband to be militant so that they could return. they also told me it was tara who helped them escape by giving them a mobile fund to cool their families as. she couldn't show her kindness towards us in front of her husband it was secrets. she prayed for us to be released and advised us to escape in sequence she said if my husband knew anything about what i'm doing for you he would punish me. abilities remembers what happened
when the girl's a skype washer then i believe i asked religious police came and asked about them said they are using the girls who escaped right here and they accused us of hiding them i said we didn't know anything about it and just seen a girls one come to us via the mother you know i've been a sheriff's neighbors often complained to i it's about his behavior and eventually i use moved against team job. posted and i have a supervisor to keep an eye on all of the even i signed she's a staff member not just two i am two cars came i. called them security cars they took in at two am some are just screaming at one or two am not going to look. at a argued a lot here in the building yeah i mean the judge oh yeah. sure oops life in the house did come to any. of that i did the very last time i saw him i was at the
eye doctor. the thought i had when he saw me i was giving my name to the nurse she told me to wait my turn was like. he came up to me and he was surprised and he started like this legend here you don't want to he was afraid of it because i asked was losing ground cover and then we took the don't allow for. college she refused reportedly killed along with two of his son in the u.s. coalition instructor in iraq or in august last week. tara newton's believed to have died off to see the jury for appendicitis in september twenty fifth during the fight of the other children is unclear. of the trigger. but really was surreal being in a house where so many natori
a thing happened. to me like the islamic state group itself. it's all come to nothing. and we're going to i had advance the stadium which was one of the last opulence out for the surrender. her the football stadium in the heart of russia is where are you simply terrible punishment so much prison. they spent most of the time in the guts this good so we're going to check it out smooth tunnels more not to have the sandbags and all pretty good progress for that's what was this this is
a shooting range shooting right yeah you can see that if. lots of holes in the walls all the way down. and i've got. use of paper. these robo holes. even though they were pretty much secluded underground that was to have been through training and become more effective at killing people. it's even equipped with secret tunnels so one of the tunnels they use less ten minutes to. ten meters and then there's a hole at the end that shoots off in that direction i haven't been down there personally all these tunnels most definitely be mined a tunnel like this would mean that maybe they could get in behind wherever you were and yeah that's why whenever we had a line that was the forward main threat position your eyes had to be washing your
hair as well. as you know they could pop up anywhere at any time. most of these rooms we used as a prison and torture chamber it's been explained to me that this was a form of punishment in the sewer prison is here is a form of punishment it's called in arabic. yeah shows pretty unpleasant things start down there for who knows how long but she would like to put the lid on top of you and just be there in pitch black nothing but the stink. but there on the smile abuse about another member of the anti irish militia tells me what he means you would hear them then they had no one up above. but he was detained for six weeks in tortured for days only. little by me a little while behold he took a green a plumbing pipe and beat me. with on
a stomach. and i was screaming you know and screaming well i spent two days here. today and i come today. you know and you know. about the lady handcuffed me like that and hung me up there. and it was a good life you took the plumbing pipe and beat me hard again with the pot but a bottle back all over my body beyond they'd focus on the mustn't so you couldn't move from here. they hung me up there and i spent five to six days like that. that is. you messing with a lot of people were purchased so much that they even say that their father was bashar al assad with blood only it doesn't matter who my father is as long as i get out of here i think many people died from torture this is
a bid from where i supplied electric shocks to prison i looked about that the this was the torture room. i don't dress the prisoner and leave him in shorts and a shirt. on a plane down here and attach electric wires on. women were also killed here he smelled just a brief glimpse but of course he could hear them in the front and at the end there the moment when we were in our cell we'd hear women yelling from torture and beatings. with any of the i asked men used disrespectful words calling them bitches prostitutes awful language with the accordion on you. even the graffiti has a radical bent but on day. three you feel here's a drawing of a truck. it's a suicide bomber that wants to use
a vehicle and blow him self up. and i hear some snipers going up. and there are sons of the measures they took to disguise themselves in disguise. look and that's beard hair from i asked fighters. when they lost against the s.d.f. they shave their beards so that no one would recognize that one on me. that's why i asked beard day that i'd been to madonna. the battle for iraq and indeed not for the crushing defeat of by the controversial
do you. think. you are there this building here was the last after we had so we had god on this yeah in the corner we could see down that straight. jamie williams and his team watching as the g. harnessed for a negotiated a sky we could see through the binoculars guys coming out of buildings and popping up from all over the place congregating in their roundabout there up an area down there and we were told we got the orders over the radio i should just basically die and sure if you seen a dash just you know i sure like. the secret dooley's down between me you respect forces induced lennoxtown to live hundreds of hardcore fighters and their families leave the scene. for us for for us there will lead to more to go fight another day somewhere else so
how do you feel that in the end they did get what. pissed me on us and their snaky they they had that cut up the slave and they played it well. for jimmy williams this war is coming to an e. do you plan on going back to a struggle sometime in. are you worried you'll be arrested. not so watch worried but i would say and i saw a concern yes of course of interest in questioning on interest to know. the people of russia a still dealing with the world is deadly legacy. there is so many hidden mines the task of clearing them is daunting. riddle. the name of this kurdish d. mining tip led by abdul hamad i spend every dime risking their lives trying to make the city side. and but it would have been told at us and tires on as dangerous as
there are mines here before i asked left the house i think by now you know getting . their equipment is basic some middle to take does and a long link the rug. they could be blown up any second. invaded the myth of our lives are in danger to be with and often i said he was capital as i and i may be sleeper cells here and lions was remote control devices at the ivy but an it got the. base so calm disarming explosives seems almost routine. it's not long before they find a month they've removed the detonator the fear is it could still be booby trapped and they pull it from a safe distance. if
it had gone off it could have killed anybody within fifty meters. the explosives coming all shapes and sizes this is a small anti personal mine but. oh i didn't like this all. the trigger is a thin one started with little switches the connect under pressure. they both mostly put the wire out like this and when you step on it it explodes. the bowmen sylph is a tautly packed load of explosives behind a layer of ball bearings that i don't want to have someone touches or steps on this device he and anyone nearby would be on killed instantly. the greatest hope is the da is his targeting civilians even. with that day's not we wouldn't find out where they had hidden the mine. is i would stay put mines
in buckets games fridges and even under pillows buy me five it. amid his already seen several of his colleagues q. . and a with it could be a lot if it's hard won mine explodes and kills five of your friends fought or quite . well bonnie have them at night in a second i'd like to use was a friend and colleague you see as courts on the ground you almost stopped breathing almost going to help with. despite the tragedy they continue they would and on this mission in the space of just half an hour they collect a small loss and. one how about him and both of our goal was to remove the mines to save people they may be gone yet we'll stay here going to the mines.
he's almost no hippy it from the international community. the people of russia a doing it for them so. they define in the face of tyranny and the determination to bounce back or inspire . them that's my house. and i've been there and here i had three flights that were destroyed by airstrikes but i didn't think of the children or said i will build here that i am going to be. the mother of the little children are safe and we brought them here well you did not want to. kill her race has lost almost all he hands but he still counting his blessings oh
is that i thought a lot of what did you think when you first saw this. one hundred i got actually are fine. we can rebuild and i'll place what was damaged. thank god. each child is priceless man or fine thank god i was two hundred. and his wife fatima look forward to sending the children back to school i go to the news room i go to the misrule through times under i s. just getting an education could be deadly. i mean i did also met education and the rule was forbidden they wanted people to be ignorant. fine female university students were walking back home they were captured as well we heard that they were beheaded. for the norm and that as much as the schools were shut down the children had nothing to do have
a good husband. i see their last cent while younger children suffer private teacher how they go in the mornings and after literary hours they come back. we were very afraid of course very afraid. i just wanted them to learn how to react and write. and thank god they did learn later. my duty is to teach them as much as i can. so i look i don't i want to i was sort of whether it was. a little in fatima i determined to reopen the issue silly windows and do. them always come on boys come on we need to finish. the you come on up to remove it to let you know to actually go see you soon it's interesting that these. dollars and over come closer at the back of.
it. it's the kind of resilience that offers a glimmer of hope for this city. above all else they want a little normalcy and dignity back in their lives. but. it's freezing we need feel. international countries should help us the dead are dead but the people still are almost like dead. and welcome with me yeah we want rather like it used to be with schools and hospitals on the show i think for the normal life like we had before. we want people to love each other again and cherish each other and the journey you know.
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