U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Are Becoming More Diverse
U.S. forces advising and assisting the rebel Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have apparently reported an increase in non-Kurdish fighters joining the group. The dominant faction of the U.S.-backed SDF has been the Syrian-Kurdish YPG, a group that’s carved out territory of its own. The SDF also includes a hodgepodge... Read more
Syrian Rebels’ Message to America — Send More Tank-Killing Missiles
Syrian rebels are using anti-tank missiles provided by the United States to strike back hard against government forces and their allies. Many of the missiles are American-made TOWs, one of the most commonly used anti-tank guided missiles, or ATGMs, in the world. TOW stands for “tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile”... Read more
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

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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