“They hug me, and I hug them back.” BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from the Syrian border.
“They kill people under the name of Islam, but Islam’s not like that.”
Ali Ferzat, an award-winning satirist and cartoonist, takes on the Foley murder with a new drawing, exclusively published here. “We thought this would only affect the people of the Middle East. But now it has affected the United States directly.”
ISIS, hostages, and fear.
The path of least resistance.
Syrians who knew Moner Mohammad Abusalha recall when the American first arrived: “When we received him, we were shocked. He didn’t look like a fighter at all.”
“Do you want the Manpad that you supplied to the opposition to be the one that shot down the Malaysian airplane?”
“This is a big problem … I am very angry — because I’m human. This is not fair warfare.”
Forcing female genital mutilation on residents would be an unprecedented step for the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — and some say the alleged ISIS directive is a hoax.
Even amid newfound tragedy, the truth remains as contested as ever in eastern Ukraine.
“We don’t have months. We have days.”
“This started under the banner of fighting terrorists but changed to attacking the city.”
“Have a little class,” implores General Maan.
But some activists say Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is fanning those fears as part of a cynical and sectarian-tinged scramble to hold on to power.
“We are guerrillas and we’re ready to die.”
“They have agents and spies everywhere.”
“This is a message that we will protect our country.”
“I have a bad feeling that there won’t be an end to this.”
“People like to back a winner.” As the ISIS surge in Iraq becomes a widening sectarian conflict, the extremist group only stands to gain in recruits, funds, and jihadi prestige.