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.
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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.
At a US military base outside the front lines in northern Iraq, soldiers are busy helping local forces take the fight to ISIS. These photos provide a glimpse of the troops at work — and some moments of downtime.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who once said “I am increasingly against the internet every day,” used FaceTime and Twitter to ask people to defy the coup.
As the Iraqi army tries to recapture villages surrounding the city of Mosul, residents have begun fleeing, joining thousands of other internally displaced people. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from Iraq.
At least 43 people were killed and about 239 others were wounded in what officials described as a terror attack. BuzzFeed News correspondent Borzou Daragahi is reporting from Istanbul.
Rebel commanders with U.S. ties are being courted by Russia — with promises of money, weapons, and air support. Mike Giglio reports from the Turkey–Syria border.
When foreign fighters join ISIS, they are asked to provide the phone numbers of family members back at home. They are mothers, brothers and cousins, and these are their stories.
It’s far easier to join ISIS than to leave. Members of a hidden community of ISIS defectors recount how they were pulled into the grip of extremism — and their struggle to escape. Mike Giglio and Munzer al-Awad report for BuzzFeed News from the Syrian border.
A cache of documents used by ISIS to register foreign fighters, which was obtained by BuzzFeed News, reveals the personal details of jihadis who normally keep to the shadows. Thousands of pages of bureaucratic details tell their stories for the first time.
Confusion in the Obama administration’s Syria policy is playing out on the ground as U.S.-backed groups begin battling each other.
An internal report by affiliates of the World Health Organization provided to BuzzFeed News said the attack marked “an unprecedented increase in the number of attacks on healthcare in one single day.”
As government forces are close in on rebel-controlled territory in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, observers worry that civilians will bear the brunt of the retribution — again.
A phone number scratched on a prison wall leads to a meeting with a man who was held prisoner by ISIS. He tells BuzzFeed News about the horrific treatment he endured.