Rebels Attack Government Checkpoint
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Two Free Syrian Army fighters take up position for an attack on the Ein Tarma checkpoint.
Rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) attacked a government checkpoint, in the Ein Tarma neighborhood, on 30 January. The battle for the suburbs of Damascus was considered crucial to both parties. In this incident, FSA fighters launched an attack on the Ein Tarma checkpoint over the course of two hours, and were targeted by snipers. After evacuating a fallen comrade, the rebels returned to the attack while under rocket fire and then shelling from tanks.
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Tomasevic’s award-winning pictures of wars and revolutions have become some of the most enduring images of the conflicts fought in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. His broad work also includes photographic features from South Sudan, Kashmir, Mozambique, DR Congo, Nigeria, Somalia as well as sports coverage of Olympics and Soccer World cups.
After photographing the wars that followed the break-up of former Yugoslavia for a local paper, in 1996 Tomasevic joined Reuters, covering the simmering political tensions in Kosovo and the anti-Milosevic demonstrations in his home town of Belgrade. During NATO’s three-month bombardment of Serbia in 1999, Tomasevic was the only photographer working for foreign press to spend the duration of the conflict in Kosovo.
Tomasevic moved to Jerusalem in 2002, covering the second Palestinian intifada. During the U.S. led-invasion of Iraq in 2003, his picture of a U.S. marine watching the toppling of a Saddam Hussein statue became one of the most memorable images of the war. He often returned to Iraq as sectarian violence escalated and regularly photographed America’s other war in Afghanistan. His sequence of photographs of U.S. marine Sergeant Bee narrowly escaping Taliban bullets became an iconic image in U.S. war history.
Tomasevic moved to Cairo in 2006 and was at the heart of Reuters’ coverage of the Arab Spring. In Libya, his image of a fireball that spewed up after an air strike on pro-Gaddafi fighters became an iconic image of the Libyan war, gracing the front pages of more than 100 newspapers across the globe.
Tomasevic’s raw pictures of rebel fighters battling pro-Assad forces among the ruins of Aleppo and Damascus have won international acclaim, as did his coverage of the bloody siege on a Nairobi shopping mall in Kenya, where Tomasevic is now based.
Tomasevic’s work has been recognised with many prestigious international awards. He has been named Reuters Photographer of the Year a record four times (2003, 2005, 2011 and 2013) and won the Reuters Photograph of the Year award in 2008. He has been awarded China International Press Photo of the Year for news twice (2004, 2011) and in 2011 he won the SOPA Award of Excellence for News Photography. In 2012 Tomasevic won the London Frontline Club Award and in 2013 the Days Japan award. In 2005 he got the NPPA Best of Photo journalism in the Portrait and Personality category and 3rd place for news in 2011.
A gallery in Prague in 2012 held a six-week exhibition of Tomasevic’s war photography, depicting more than two decades of conflict.
Tomasevic is now chief photographer for Reuters in east Africa, based in Nairobi.