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
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
‘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
‘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
Convert or Die

Convert or Die

Uncategorized October 4, 2014 0

When Islamic State militants attacked northern Iraq in late July and early August, tens of thousands of people from Yezidi religious group ran for their lives. I visited university student Hadi Keyri and Yezidi refugees at a privately-funded refugee camp in Dyarbakir, Turkey. Keyri recalled the impossible choice the... Read more
The Turkish Police Believed I Was Trying to Join Islamic State
REYHANLI, Turkey—The undercover Turkish policemen had been waiting for us. As soon I and my fellow journalist Terry Glavin returned to our hotel in this ramshackle town along the Syrian border, someone made the call. Minutes later, the cops showed up in an unmarked police van and interrupted our... Read more
‘I See Ukraine Being Free and Independent’ Svoboda Guard right-wing militia recalls Euromaidan fight, looks to future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS0arxPAmDU Read more
Ukrainian Border Town Mans Checkpoints Against Kiev
In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, pro-Russian civilians are erecting checkpoints to protect against supporters of Kiev coming from the west. The volunteers say they have no other choice but to safeguard the roads as tensions mount between Ukraine and Russia following Moscow’s annexation of the strategic Crimean peninsula.... 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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