An American journalist on being kidnapped, tortured and released in Syria.
Those who survived tell the story of twenty three ISIS hostages’ shared months of brutal captivity before some were ransomed and some executed.
On the trail of Austin Tice and the late James Foley, freelance journalists who were kidnapped in Syria in 2012.
Why do Syrian civilians in a Turkish camp live in relative luxury?
How the Syrian president stays in power.
Did the Obama Administration ignore evidence that someone other than Assad could be behind the sarin attacks?
A profile of Eliot Higgins, whose blog, Brown Moses, has become required reading at intelligence agencies, human rights organizations, and news outlets around the world.
How citizen journalists are covering the war.
On driving (and walking) in the Middle East – from Syria to Lebanon, across Saudi Arabia to Dammam, in a taxi through war-torn Beirut.
Iranian operative Qassem Suleimani has been reshaping the Middle East for 15 years. Now he’s directing Bashar al-Assad’s war in Syria.
“Have they not realised that since the Vietnam War, all the wars their predecessors have waged have failed? Have they not learned that they have gained nothing from these wars but the destruction of the countries they fought, which has had a destabilising effect on the Middle East and other parts of the world? Have they not comprehended that all of these wars have not made people in the region appreciate them or believe in their policies?”
Life inside Za’atari, a camp for Syrian refugees just across the Jordanian border, where “the dispossession is absolute. Everyone has lost his country, his home, his equilibrium. Most have lost a family member or a friend. What is left is a kind of theatrical pride, the necessary performance of will.”
How a corporate network engineer became one of Aleppo’s most prolific weapons manufacturers.
On living in Syria as an Alawite loyalist.
In a Turkish hotel, veterans of the Libyan Revolution meet with their fractured Syrian counterparts to transfer know-how and heavy weaponry.
A trip to a grave in Damascus as shelling started in Homs.
Elegy for Aleppo.
How and why did 200 pages of the Aleppo Codex, “the oldest, most complete, most accurate text of the Hebrew Bible,” go missing?