DAMASCUS, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Rebel fighters in Damascus are
disciplined, skilled and brave.
In a month on the frontline, I saw them defend a swathe of
suburbs in the Syrian capital, mount complex mass attacks,
manage logistics, treat their wounded – and die before my eyes.
Ain Tarma neighbourhood, Damascus, Syria
By Goran Tomasevic
One moment, I heard two incoming shots. I was already aiming my camera on these two Syrian rebels. I heard the scream and saw one of them get shot. He was still alive as I was shooting but dying as he was carried away.
There was intensive fighting as the rebel group I was with in a Damascus neighborhood was trying to overtake a government checkpoint some 50 meters away. There was another group of rebels who were supposed to fire rocket propelled grenades from a further distance away from the checkpoint. After that, the group I was with was meant to engage the soldiers manning the checkpoint.
When asked about covering South Sudan and its journey to independence, a story that was largely reported as a positive event, photographer Goran Tomasevic had the following to say in a recent interview:
“Honestly, it was one of the most miserable days in my life. It was so disorganized.
Chief Photographer Steve Crisp tells how this picture from Goran Tomasevic appeared Monday on front pages across the world.
“Goran, as ever, was up at first light and on the road heading south from Benghazi after the first night of western bombing. The Reuters multimedia team came upon a convoy of troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who had been attacked. Goran carefully took up a position near the smoldering vehicles when munitions exploded and so was able to capture a wide selection of dramatic and iconic pictures. This coverage was the climax to Goran’s outstanding front line reporting from the rebel advance, retreat and western intervention.
BENGHAZI/TOBRUK, Libya, March 18 (Reuters) – The Libyan
government’s ceasefire declaration on Friday was met by sceptism
in the rebel-held east, where many dismissed it as a ruse and
some saw it as a sign Muammar Gaddafi had reached a dead-end.
In a hotel lobby in Tobruk, a dozen men watched television
in silence as Gaddafi’s foreign minister began a news conference
in which he declared a halt to military operations which had
resulted in a U.N. resolution against Libya on Thursday.
SUSAH, Libya, March 18 (Reuters) – Supporters of Libyan
rebels said on Friday they were impatient for action to follow
up the U.N. resolution authorising a “no-fly” zone and military
attacks on Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.
“It’s a great development. We are so thankful. Thousands
came out last night, families, everyone celebrating. But we are
waiting for it to be implemented. We are tired of talk,” said
Rajab Mohammed al-Agouri who left Benghazi late on Thursday.
It was 2 a.m., dark and freezing cold when the first wave of Marines dropped from the sky on Feb. 13 to begin the largest Afghan offensive since the start of the war. It was the US-led invasion of the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, in the mountainous Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Chris Sanderson, 24, from Flemington, New Jersey shouts as he tries to protect an Afghan man and his child after Taliban fighters opened fire in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district, Helmand province, February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic