“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.
“Everyone knows that Assad and the Americans are working together.” Even though Syria was redacted from the report, a perceived U.S. alliance with Assad is a line that connects Obama and Bush for many Syrians.
“They besieged the town from all sides.” The early-hours raid took place days after BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reported on one smuggling hub.
“We’re at a stage in Syria where our principles aren’t going to help us.”
“The Western world thinks there is no ISIS in their countries — that all the jihadis have gone to fight and die in Syria.” BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio speaks with the men who claim to have helped ISIS slip into Europe.
An exclusive ground-level look at the illicit oil trade that has made ISIS the world’s richest extremist group. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from the Turkey–Syria border.
“I feel something inside me calling me to go.”
Hopes of defeating ISIS may depend on local fighters like this one turning against the group. It’s not something in which the U.S. or its allies have much say. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from the Turkey-Syria border.
“We are afraid that the West doesn’t want to finish this.” Moderate Syrians are worried strikes will leave them vulnerable to extremists.
“Don’t attack us, and don’t make us attack you.” BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from Turkey in an exclusive interview with an official in the Syrian rebel group, Jabhat Al-Nusra.
The attack on Syria is more aggressive and expansive than many anticipated. But it remains unclear what the U.S. hopes to achieve, writes BuzzFeed News’s Mike Giglio.
“I hate America. I really hate America. Write it down again: I hate America.”
At least eight — and possibly many more — infants have died from faulty measles vaccines in the Syrian province of Idlib. The country’s opposition government-in-exile, which operated the program, is investigating.
“They hug me, and I hug them back.” BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from the Syrian border.