We spoke to Paul Refsdal about his new film 'Dugma: The Button', in which he shadows a group of Jabhat al-Nusra fighters who have added their names to the "martyr list."
Jabhat al-Nusra, one of Syria's strongest rebel forces, is officially breaking ties with the international terrorist organization and forming a new group to better fend off the Assad regime.
Rallying around the fight in Syria, the young bin Laden said, would eventually pave the way for a collective battle to remove Israel from Palestine.
Syrian rebels and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front have reportedly mounted a new offensive and seized control of a strategic position south of Aleppo.
Omar Elabi, whose brother says he fought with both Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State, was arrested after a bomb scare last week, but not charged. Police applied their legal weapon: the peace bond.
Recent clashes between rebels from the secular Free Syrian Army and the hardine religious al-Nusra are a sign of just how serious tensions have become, commanders from both groups told VICE News.
The 23-year-old Ontario man was arrested on terrorism and weapons charges by Canadian cops on Friday, as Canadian cops try to stem the flow of foreign fighters.
Kurdish forces repelled an Islamic State assault on the city of Tal Abyad that was launched just hours after a "cessation of hostilities" began in Syria.
The endorsement of a US/Russia-brokered cessation of hostilities agreement insisted that fighting among rival factions stop, but the ceasefire does not include the Islamic State or the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.
Syrian rebel brigades and religious scholars have issued calls for all able-bodied Muslim men to join the fight against the Assad regime and its allies.
The Syrian Civil Defense group shared helmet-cam footage that shows the chaotic rescue effort in the aftermath of suspected Russian airstrikes.
VICE News interviewed Sven Lau in 2014 for a documentary about the tensions within Germany between the far-right street movement Hooligans Against Salafists and Muslim groups.