Imams have joined Shiite militia on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS, tasked with stoking the religious passions of the fighters – but also working to keep them in line. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from Iraq.
The nearly month-long campaign for Tikrit has been hyped as a warm-up to retaking the bigger prize of Mosul. But the length of the effort is raising concerns.
The body of the Turkish prosecutor who on Tuesday was taken hostage by Marxist rebels and subsequently killed in a shootout, was laid to rest in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Iranian support for Shiiite militias taking on ISIS will be the downfall of American influence in Iraq, one non-Iraqi fighter says. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from Iraq.
ISIS has deployed IEDs — the homemade bombs that wreaked havoc on U.S. troops — on an unprecedented scale in its fight for Iraq. In the midst of wide-ranging offensives to roll the militants back, men with little training and few supplies work to dispatch the explosives, regularly losing their lives. Mike Giglio reports from key fronts across Iraq.
Smugglers on Turkey’s border with Syria send everything from iPhones to cooking oil into ISIS’s self-styled caliphate. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from Akcakale, Turkey.
The Kurdish forces the U.S. relies on in Iraq fear the very Iraqis the U.S. needs them to save.
Turkey’s surprise military operation in Syria this weekend highlighted its precarious balancing act with the ISIS militants dug in along its border.
The detention of a Swedish freelance journalist by regime forces in Syria was a reminder of the myriad dangers facing reporters in the country.
Six months into the war against ISIS, Kurdish forces in Iraq are America’s main ally on the ground. They fight to protect their land — but also feel they’re doing the dirty work for the West. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from Iraqi Kurdistan.
Mass graves are being discovered as ISIS cedes territory in northern Iraq. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from three sites behind the war’s front lines.
The release of Al Jazeera’s journalists this week should further highlight Egypt’s own local reporters who remain behind bars.
BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio speaks to an ISIS operative in Turkey about the group’s efforts to smuggle fighters to the West.
“It’s like hackers, unidentified kamikazes. It can come up anywhere there’s someone with an [extremist mindset] and a web connection… No one’s ready.” BuzzFeed News’ Sheera Frenkel and Mike Giglio speak with government officials and jihadis alike on the new breed of terror facing the West.
“You attack the Islamic State, we attack you.”
The country’s foreign minister confirmed that Hayat Boumeddiene entered Syria from Turkey after arriving in Istanbul on Jan. 2. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from Istanbul.
Frederike Geerdink was held by police on the same day as the Dutch foreign minister’s visit to Turkey. She was freed several hours later.
“We operated in a very chaotic environment, dealing with some of the most dangerous things in life — fire, oil, and gas, in addition to airstrikes.” BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio talks to a wartime oil expert in demand in Syria.
It’s surprisingly easy to do along the Turkey–Syria border — good news for refugees and jihadis alike. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio saw for himself just how simple the process was.
Middlemen in touch with ISIS or its associates say the group has turned a grim new page in its deadly hostage trade — by trying to sell the remains of at least one of the U.S. citizens it has executed in Syria. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from the Turkey-Syria border.