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Syrian resistance turns to iOS app to spread news

updated 03:30 pm EST, Wed November 16, 2011

FSA attack grabs initial headlines

The resistance to Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria has deployed an iOS app as one of its tools, says the The Daily Beast. The new app, Souria Wa Bas (roughly "Syria and That's All"), gathers news on Syria from an opposition perspective, since al-Assad's government is accused of putting out false information. Users have access to text, videos, a map of opposition hotspots and even a joke collection. Thanks are given to resistance groups such as the country's Local Coordination Committees.

The app was launched on Tuesday, and one of the first major headlines to hit it was an attack by the Free Syrian Army, a rebel group formed mainly by military defectors. The organization struck at several points around Damascus on early Wednesday morning, including the Air Force Intelligence headquarters in the suburb of Harasta. In the app users had access to an aerial photo of the AFI building, with arrows marking the three directions from which the building was reportedly assaulted.

The impact of the app may be relatively limited. The iPhone is an extremely expensive device in the region, and not officially available in Syria itself. Instead, the app is hosted on the App Store for the United Arab Emirates.




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  1. UmarOMC

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Sounds like BS

    It's interesting how armed militias pop up practically overnight and overthrow these governments... if its so easy and not-staged I wonder why anti government militias in the American Midwest, whom I can only assume are better armed and trained, don't try to overthrow the US government...

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