Fifteen years after the US invasion, and the war against ISIS, the Iraqi capital is alive and buzzing, with bars and restaurants open til the early morning.

Borzou Daragahi • 7 months ago

The black flag of ISIS may no longer be flying in cities across Iraq, but militant groups are rebuilding and present a very real threat to the country’s stability. One such group — known as the White Flags — has built itself a mountain stronghold from which to launch its attacks.

Borzou Daragahi • 8 months ago

The US says it's based near the Syrian city of al-Tanf to guard against ISIS. But the rebels Washington is backing in the area say they’re more concerned about Iran.

Borzou Daragahi • 8 months ago

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey have taken over the city of Afrin, a Kurdish city inside Syria, after two months of fighting.

Hayes Brown • 8 months ago

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks come after a woman who removed her headscarf was sentenced to two years in prison.

Borzou Daragahi • 9 months ago

A young father of two has been repeatedly arrested in Tunisia for being a member of ISIS, despite his innocence. His case is typical of the Middle East and North Africa, where thousands of men are caught up in legally dubious dragnets.

Borzou Daragahi • 9 months ago

In a rare interview with a Western journalist, a security official reveals how Turkey has been taking on militants, and – for now at least – winning.

Borzou Daragahi • 9 months ago

As BuzzFeed News spoke to a resident on the phone, a missile screeched in the background. “Did you hear the sound?” he said. “May God protect whoever received the missile.”

Borzou Daragahi • 9 months ago

There was little doubt on Tuesday that American airstrikes last week killed Russian mercenaries in Syria.

Vera Bergengruen • 10 months ago

A few years ago, the West imagined the worst-case scenario in Syria as a victory for the Assad regime. That now seems quaint.

Borzou Daragahi • 10 months ago

Turkey is cracking down on opponents of its war in northwest Syria.

Borzou Daragahi • 10 months ago

The attack comes hours after Israel said one of its jets was shot down in Syria.

Patrick Smith • 10 months ago

The Israeli military carried out strikes on Saturday in response to an Iranian drone launched from Syria into Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israel will do "whatever is necessary to protect our sovereignty and our security."

Hazel Shearing • 10 months ago

Women in Iran risking arrest by removing their Islamic headscarves have been labeled as drug-using Western dupes. But their protests have exposed faultlines among the country's leaders.

Borzou Daragahi • 10 months ago

It's been slow going in the 11 days since Turkey launched what it calls "Operation Olive Branch" inside Syria. It could take many, many more, to the detriment of both its relations with the US and the lives of civilians.

Borzou Daragahi • 10 months ago

One of Iran’s leading human rights lawyers advised the government “to recognize the right of women to control their bodies and choose their clothes” as the movement began to spread across social media.

Borzou Daragahi • 10 months ago

A photograph of a shoeshine boy staring longingly into a gym went viral, and inspired the sports club’s owner to help.

Borzou Daragahi • 11 months ago

The Iranians protesting in 2018 are markedly different than those who took to the streets in the 2009 uprising.

Borzou Daragahi • 11 months ago

The death toll rose to at least 20 as both Iran's supreme leader and US President Donald Trump weighed in on the demonstrations.

Rose Troup Buchanan • 11 months ago

"This gentleman in America, who is now trying to sympathize with our nation, appears to have forgotten that he called the Iranian nation terrorists several months ago.”

Borzou Daragahi • 11 months ago