“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.
Khaled al-Asaad, 81, was instrumental in the excavation and restoration of Palmyra’s vast ruins.
“Part of the underlying message I want to deliver is that if you’re involved in this in any way, you’re helping a terrorist organization,” one of the bill’s sponsors tells BuzzFeed News.
Sources working on the black market that helps to fund Syria’s civil war pass around photos of looted artifacts as well as forgeries, hoping to make a sale.
ISIS and various groups in Syria are believed to be making millions by selling off ancient Syrian goods.
The commander, Col. Nadim al-Hassan, was most likely captured inside Syria by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, an official with the group tells BuzzFeed News.
The trade in stolen antiquities from Syria funds all sides of the civil war that has engulfed the country. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio traveled along its porous border with Turkey to meet the people involved in this black market, from grave robbers and excavators to middlemen and dealers.
“I will stay here and do my job,” says one ISIS militant in Turkey just hours after police raids targeted members of the group throughout the country.
Speculation turned to ISIS when terror attacks hit three continents on Friday — giving it a big propaganda win even without clear proof that it was to blame.
After a serious setback at the polls on Sunday, the AKP might be tempted to rein in Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But can it be done?
Erdogan made Sunday’s parliamentary election all about him — and it backfired on the powerful leader in a big way.
“I’m sure they are not serious,” one rebel commander said of a new U.S. program to arm and train Syrian rebels. “But we have no choice.”
The overrunning of the ancient city has triggered a torrent of lament for its priceless remnants of history.
When a Michigan student was pickpocketed in Istanbul, little could he have known his passport would soon be peddled to spies and journalists as that of an ISIS fighter. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio traced its journey through an underworld of smugglers, thieves, and refugees.
Abu Sayyaf was killed by U.S. Special Operations Forces in eastern Syria on Friday, the Pentagon said.