For This Syrian Rebel Sniper, the War Is Personal
Said Mermet joined the Free Syrian Army after the military killed his nephew. “After he died, I couldn’t take it anymore,” he said. “Fighting the regime is not about revenge, but I am trying to honor my nephew.” His house — blown up. His former job — computer technician. His... Read more
Radio Kul Broadcasts for a Free Syria
Working in media, it’s hard to imagine watching everything you say for fear the government will come after you. But that’s what it’s like inside Syrian state media, according to Mohamad Al Barodi, who once worked at a regime-controlled news station. His editors reported to the intelligence services. On T.V., “you can’t deviate from... Read more
Inside a School for Syrian Refugees
More than 700,000 children have fled Syria to Turkey. More than 400,000 of them are unable to attend school due to the language barrier, integration issues and financial challenges. “We came because of the bombings and the chemical weapons,” ninth-grade student Abdullah Khatib said. At the Akram... Read more
Syrian Refugee Speaks — Snipers ‘Shot Us Just for Fun’
Sanwa Makrash was walking home with a neighbor when a Syrian regime sniper shot her, hitting her spinal cord. “They shot us just for fun,” Makrash said. “Once, where there were no people around to shoot, they shot cats for fun.” Today, Makrash is 18 years old, lives in... Read more
A Grim Fate for Syrian Christians
Wars fall hardest on the most vulnerable — minority religious and ethnic groups among them. Before the Syrian civil war, an estimated 1.1 million Christians lived in Syria. Around 700,000 have since fled. The Islamic State — and other radical Islamist rebel groups — have burned churches, executed Christians or... Read more
In Just This One Refugee Camp, 40,000 Syrian Children Live in Need
The cost and consequences of war fall heaviest on the most vulnerable — children, the elderly and the disabled. That’s true in every conflict. But in Syria, the biggest difference is the sheer scale of those killed, “disappeared” or displaced. More than eight million children are in need of... Read more
French Aircraft Carrier Back at War
The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle launched air strikes on the Islamic State from the Persian Gulf on Dec. 20. This followed strikes from the eastern Mediterranean in November. De Gaulle is the current flagship of Task Force 50, which “which plans and conducts strike operations in the... Read more
U.S. Coast Guard Keeps Watch in New York
Let’s face it, the U.S. Coast Guard is the most underappreciated of the armed services. But don’t forget the branch is responsible for search and rescue missions, inspecting ships for environmental violations and keeping a lookout for terrorists. We recently took a ride with the Coast Guard patrolling the waters... Read more
Video — Chinese and U.S. Troops Train Together on the West Coast
There’s a paradox when it comes to how the American and Chinese militaries interact. In the South China Sea, U.S. warships put on a show of force near Chinese artificial islands — sprawling outposts which give Beijing the ability to project power near several nations with reason to fear it.... Read more
Haiti’s Tiny Coast Guard Faces a Huge Challenge
To patrol Haiti’s 1,535 kilometers of coastline, the job falls to 150 Coast Guard sailors and 10 boats. And that’s an improvement. Four years ago, the Coast Guard only had 99 sailors. “People try to go to America,” Gilbert Guichard, the Haitian Coast Guard’s chief of operations told War Is... Read more

Zack Baddorf


Zack Baddorf is a multimedia journalist with 10 years of video, radio, print, photo and web reporting in more than 30 countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the West Bank, Kashmir, and Iraq, as well as rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka and Burma. Most recently, Baddorf spent a year working as a civilian videographer for the U.S. special forces command in Afghanistan. Baddorf served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and worked for a year for an international non-governmental organization in South Sudan doing media development. He served in the U.S. military for five years as a journalist, reporting from across Asia and the Middle East.

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