“We’ve been fighting terrorism since 2003,” an Iraqi soldier told BuzzFeed News in Mosul. “[Trump] just became president the other day.”
ISIS aims to exploit Trump’s controversial rhetoric about Muslims to reinforce its propaganda, five current and former members told BuzzFeed News. “Trump will shorten the time it takes for us to achieve our goals,” one said.
“We had heard that Americans always stand beside the oppressed, regardless of their religion or their ethnicity,” said a refugee who fled Syria with her six children.
It is the biggest suicide attack operation since Japan in World War II. One expert said ISIS is using hundreds of car bombers like “a poor man’s” smart bomb.
A Kurdish militant group has claimed responsibility for the blasts. BuzzFeed News reporter Mike Giglio is in Istanbul.
“We’re dropping bombs on their heads from the sky, and they’re driving bombs at us.”
“We are going into the unknown.”
“We are the ones who will treat the casualties. We are the ones who will evacuate them. We will see the women and children hurt.”
“Anyone we saw, we just buried.”
“We’re just here and we’re going to do our jobs well no matter who’s in charge.”
“I wouldn’t even trust my own father if I saw him out here,” one Iraqi soldier said.
ISIS fights back as Iraqi and Kurdish forces steam ahead toward the biggest city held by the militants.
The long-awaited battle to capture ISIS’s most important city is finally underway. Mike Giglio reports from the front line in northern Iraq.
As Iraqi and Kurdish troops, buoyed by US special forces, launch their offensive on Mosul, the question is: Can the same military that lost Mosul to ISIS win it back?
US officials also push back against the idea that the fight, which could be launched in coming weeks, is part of an October surprise.
Doctors in Aleppo are being forced to operate on children without anesthetics, one aid worker said.
“They knew exactly where this convoy would be.”
Turkish forces have launched an offensive to help Syrian rebels take the border town of Jarabulus from ISIS — and also keep it out of Kurdish hands.
BuzzFeed News War Correspondent Mike Giglio was on the ground. For the full story, visit buzzfeed.com/news
As the US and its allies prepare to launch a major offensive for Mosul, US service members are on the ground in growing numbers — and increasingly in harm’s way. Mike Giglio reports from the bases and front lines where they work around northern Iraq.