U.S. Army Veteran Helps Kurds Who Fight Iran
The FBI and the State Department aren’t happy that U.S. Army veteran Ryan O’Leary has taken up arms with the Kurds in eastern Iraq in their resistance against Iran. He originally went to Iraqi-Kurdistan to help Peshmerga units fighting Islamic State, and then volunteered with an armed faction within the Democratic Party... Read more
The American West Is Burning
America’s western states are suffering from one of the worst wildfire seasons in history. The military has mobilized to aid firefighters battling the blaze. We wanted to see it for ourselves. War Is Boring’s Kevin Knodell recently linked up with troops from the Washington state Army National Guard near... Read more
From t-shirts to coffee mugs, images of the Russian potentate are everywhere by ZACK BADDORF Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin’s approval rating is sky high. Analysts debate whether the numbers are inflated or real. But it wouldn’t be surprising. The Levada Center, which describes itself as an independent research organization, started... Read more
Shyrokyne is on the war’s front line by ZACK BADDORF War Is Boring sent me to eastern Ukraine to report on the war there. Here’s a video report on the situation in Shyrokyne — the latest flash point in the conflict. https://medium.com/media/3871d49845fbfd93d65734e319e80553/href Read more
Video—Inside This Ukrainian Flash Point, Residents Are ‘Cut Off’
War Is Boring sent me to eastern Ukraine to report on the war there. Here’s a video report on the situation in Shyrokyne — the latest flash point in the conflict. At right — Zack Baddorf video. At top — a home destroyed after months of fighting in Shyrokyne.... Read more
We Went on the Front Lines of Ukraine’s War
The first thing I saw when I entered Shyrokyne was a car, shot up and smashed. A dead dog lay next to the wreckage. It was indicative of at least one thing — the war never ended here. In February, Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists signed a piece of paper... Read more
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

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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