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.
It appears to be a way to dampen rumors that the self-styled caliph has been gravely injured.
Some 136 people were reportedly arrested after defying a ban to march on the Turkish city’s Taksim Square.
While the Iraqi army has had their eyes on capturing Mosul, militia leaders in Anbar grind away against an entrenched ISIS. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from Iraq.
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.