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  • Syria's Illegal Oil Wells

    For four decades, the al-Assad regime struck deals with Western oil companies that resulted in the extraction of 27,000 barrels of oil from Syria every day. Syria was a bona fide oil-exporting nation—until 2011's international sanctions in response to the regime’s crackdown on th…

  • Za'atari Refugee Camp

    The Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan is a disturbing reflection of just how bad the civil war in Syria has gotten. When it opened, Za'atari had just 100 families. Today, it has about 120,000 residents. Located 18 miles south of the Syrian border, it's the fourth largest city in Jo…

  • Aleppo's Child Nurse

    As Assad’s troops and the FSA battle in the middle of Aleppo, Dar al-Shifa’a hospital serves as the only option for birthing mothers. VICE photographer and videographer Robert King recently visited the hospital, where he met and interviewed a 14-year-old boy nurse who helps deliv…

  • Turkey

    Journalist Tim Pool recently joined the VICE editorial staff to cover breaking news, and his first assignment was to fly down to Istanbul and produce a live stream of the protests against the constructio…

  • The Pillaging of the Umayyad Mosque

    On October 13, 2012, Aleppo's Umayyad Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest mosques in the world, suffered extensive fire damage amid fierce fighting between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the Free Syrian Army. Photographer and videographer Robert Kin…

  • Syria

    Last year VICE commissioned photographer and videographer Robert King to document the civil war that has been ravaging Syria for the past two years. Largely based on Aleppo, Robert's footage of the violent conflict that continues to unfold in the region is perhaps one of the most…

  • Snipers of Aleppo

    Over the last six months the FSA and the battle for Aleppo has transitioned from a full-on frontline assault into a slow-paced but still deadly sniper war. Photographer and videographer Robert King recently returned to the conflict-ravaged city to meet the snipers of the FSA, int…

  • Mali - Under Sharia Law

    When the jihadist group MUJAO took control of northern Mali's city of Gao from Tuareg rebels last September, many locals welcomed the return of law and order. But the security MUJAO offered came at a price: a harsh interpretation of Islamic law that saw public beatings and amputa…

  • Mali - France Vs. Jihad

    Back in February, the only way to reach the city of Gao in northern Mali was to hitch a ride with the French convoys that rolled through the desert every few days. Along the way, a VICE production crew made friends with some French soldiers and chatted with them about what they t…

  • Mali

    'Ground Zero - Mali' was shot in Gao, Mali, on February 21, 2013. It's basically the first legitimate combat footage to come out of the war there. Normally the French ban journalists from the frontlines and film a sanitized version of the fighting themselves and then distribute i…

  • Syria - The Free Syrian Army

    During his time in Syria throughout much of 2012, videographer Robert KIng followed Aleppo's Al-Tawhid Brigade as he dodged bullets and rocket fire to learn more about the largest brigade of the Free Syrian Army. Somehow Robert managed to track down Haji-Mara, the Al-Tawhid Briga…

  • Syria - The Bombing of Aleppo's Dar al-Shifa Hospital

    On November 21, Aleppo's Dar al-Shifa Hospital was bombed and destroyed by the Syrian Army. This is the same makeshift hospital where, weeks ago, VICE photographer and videographer Robert King reported on human rights abuses and war crimes against the patients (including children…

  • Syria - Under Fire for Bread in Aleppo

    Every day the men, women, and children of Aleppo, Syria, must risk their lives to stand in line and hope that they can buy a kilo of bread to survive another day. Many of the bread factories in Aleppo have been destroyed amidst fighting between the Free Syrian Army and Assad's tr…

  • Syria - Aleppo Field Hospital

    The atrocities and war crimes currently ripping Syria apart at the seams are evident at a field hospital in Aleppo, the country's largest city. Inside the hospital exhausted doctors indescriminately treat civilians, members of the Free Syrian Army, and captured Syrian Army troops…

  • Syria - The Burning of the Old Souk

    Amid a fierce battle between Assad's security forces and Free Syrian Army insurgents, fire swept through the old Souk of Aleppo, a historic covered market and World Heritage site. Rebel fighters and activists have reported that the blaze was sparked by the use of incendiary morta…

  • Syria - Al-Qusayr Field Hospital

    VICE commissioned renowned war photographer and videographer Robert King to embed with the ragtag troops of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, smack dab in the heart of a conflict that is ripping Syria apart. This footage was shot inside a field hospital in al-Qusayr that serviced b…

  • Syria - Trailer

    VICE commissioned renowned war photographer and videographer Robert King to embed with the ragtag troops of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, smack dab in the heart of a conflict that is ripping Syria apart. He returned with footage that has made us very scared and very sad for the…