“It’s a miserable life, but people feel they don’t have another choice,” a woman who paid a smuggler to escape Raqqa, told BuzzFeed News.
“If we don’t go to Raqqa, who will?” a young YPG fighter told BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio, who is reporting from Syria.
«Les États ont peur d’aborder le sujet de crainte de donner du grain à moudre aux populistes de droite et à l’islamophobie et c’est compréhensible», dit un fonctionnaire de l’UE à BuzzFeed News, alors que l’un des terroristes serait entré en Europe en se faisant passer pour un réfugié.
“States have understandably been scared to tackle this out of fear that it will fuel right-wing populists and Islamophobia,” one EU security official told BuzzFeed News amid reports that one of the Paris attackers had entered Europe disguised as a refugee.
Alguns refugiados dizem que esperam uma reação contra eles após os ataques.
«Nous avons vraiment peur. Les Français sont gentils et c’est compréhensible que certains veuillent se venger, mais nous voulons aussi leur dire que nous sommes à leurs côtés dans la lutte contre le terrorisme».
Some refugees say they expect a backlash against them following the attacks.
Seemingly every block in the Iraqi town has been reduced to rubble and metal scraps.
Peshmerga forces entered the strategic Iraqi town after an offensive aided by U.S. airstrikes. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio is reporting from the ground.
Yazidi soldiers say the day they lost Sinjar to ISIS is very much on their minds as they fight on Thursday to reclaim it.
Thousands of peshmerga troops have begun a battle to reclaim Sinjar town, more than one year after it was brutally taken by ISIS. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from the battlefield.
Russia and Iran have a seat at the talks starting up in Vienna. Missing from the table: anyone from the Syrian government or opposition.
“I wake up and I don’t hear any bombs,” said one teenager who took the perilous journey from Damascus to Berlin by himself.
“I don’t think the U.S. has a plan in Syria,” said a Syrian rebel whose unit has received U.S. military aid in the past.
“We were surprised because [Russia] attacked groups that get support from the U.S., but now we realized that they are fighting the U.S. through us.”
Witnesses of Russia’s bombing campaign in northwest Syria describe carnage and civilian casualties in areas far from those under ISIS control.
“We were steadfast against the regime, so now they brought its friend Russia to destroy us.”
“They want to empty the country.”
“America killed us, and it said ‘we didn’t kill civilians,’” a relative of one victim said. BuzzFeed News speaks to survivors on the border.
“The regime knows that there is a hospital here, and it wants to destroy it,” said one surgeon in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, who says his hospital has been attacked five times.