Russian-Backed Militants Have This City in Their Sights
I met Alina Podpovetnaya in a park in downtown Mariupol. There’s a war going on to the east of this Ukrainian port city, and I wanted to know what she thought of the situation. “It’s fucking crazy,” Podpovetnaya said. An 18-year-old student at Zaproskie University, Podpovetnaya said she fears... Read more
This Is Life in Militia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine
All photos by Zack Baddorf. Crossing the border into the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic is a pain in the ass. I must have gone through 30 checkpoints on both the Ukrainian and separatist sides of the border, despite only being in the country for about a week. I waited... Read more
On the Home Front, Ukrainians Work Hard Making Sniper Suits
Larisa Pancheva sifts through boxes of second-hand clothing at an improvised refugee center in downtown Kiev, looking for a garment her size. She once had the clothing she needed. But in July 2014, her family fled from the war in eastern Ukraine, leaving everything behind. “We were rich people,”... Read more
OP-ED: Don’t Forget the Whole Point of the Syrian War—To Get Rid of Bashar Al Assad Syrians haven’t forgotten At a hospital in Reyhanli, Turkey, I tired not to focus on a boy lying injured on a hospital bed with a paralyzed leg and a catheter. Instead, I asked his... Read more
OP-ED: Don’t Forget the Whole Point of the Syrian War—To Get Rid of Bashar Al Assad
At a hospital in Reyhanli, Turkey, I tired not to focus on a boy lying injured on a hospital bed with a paralyzed leg and a catheter. Instead, I asked his family, residents of Ar Raqqa in Syria, about life under the Islamic State militant group. The militants have... Read more
Here’s what the Kurds want Americans to know about the war against the Islamic State When Islamic State militants attacked northern Iraq in late July and early August, tens of thousands of people from the Yezidi religious group ran for their lives. In September, I spent a week in the... Read more
‘Islamic State Is a Monster’
When Islamic State militants attacked northern Iraq in late July and early August, tens of thousands of people from the Yezidi religious group ran for their lives. At the sprawling refugee camp in Nowruz, Syria, I met Ali Azero, a young Yezidi man who was passionate in his hatred... Read more
My Week in Kurdistan… In 90 Seconds
When Islamic State militants attacked northern Iraq in late July and early August, tens of thousands of people from the Yezidi religious group ran for their lives. In September, I spent a week in the Kurdish parts of Turkey, Iraq and Syria, reporting on the Yezidis’ plight. Here’s my... Read more
‘They Came to Kill Us’
When Islamic State militants attacked northern Iraq in late July and early August, tens of thousands of people from the Yezidi religious group ran for their lives. I recently traveled across Turkish, Iraqi and Syrian Kurdistan to report on the Yezidis’ plight. In Duhok, Iraq, I visited a school... Read more
Islamic State Wants to Kill This Man for Once Working With the Americans
When Islamic State militants attacked northern Iraq in late July and early August, tens of thousands of people from the Yezidi religious group ran for their lives. Some of the refugees were former interpreters for the U.S. military. At a privately-funded refugee camp in Batman, Turkey, I visited Saado... Read more

Zack Baddorf

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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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