Rebel fighters watch on television the opening World Cup 2014 football match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAI
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Activists brave dangers of war to watch World Cup matches on TVYoung Syrian opposition activists living with the constant dangers of more than three years of war are braving bombardment by government forces and jihadists' threats to watch their favorite World Cup teams.In Raqqa province, controlled by powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), one young activist and avid football fan risked the extremists' anger to sneak out to watch Spain play the Netherlands.Even in southern Damascus' Palestinian camp Yarmouk, under an army siege that has seen more than 100 people die from starvation in a year, people watched the games.As a war that has already killed more than 162,000 people rages on, some people cannot bring themselves to follow the World Cup at all.Adam al-Khaled from Damascus, an activist opposed to the regime who lives in areas of the city held by the government, is one of those.
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