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The Uncounted - The New York Times
Late on the evening of Sept. 20, 2015, Basim Razzo sat in the study of his home on the eastern side of Mosul, his face lit up by a computer screen. His wife, Mayada, was already upstairs in bed, but Basim could lose hours clicking through car reviews on YouTube: the BMW Alpina B7, the Audi Q7. Almost every night went like this. Basim had long harbored a taste for fast rides, but around ISIS-occupied Mosul, the auto showrooms sat dark, and the family car in his garage — a 1991 BMW — had barely been used in a year. There simply was nowhere to go.
nytimes  nytimesmagazine  war  military  goverment  isis  drones  airstrikes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Convert - Texas Monthly
Tania Joya had been married to a jihadist from Texas for ten years, but she was tired of living like a nomad and unnerved by his increasingly extreme ideology. When he dragged their family to war-torn Syria, she knew it was time to get out.
texasmonthly  taniajoya  isis  syria  jihadist  terrorism 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Aleppo After the Fall - The New York Times
As the Syrian civil war turns in favor of the regime, a nation adjusts to a new reality — and a complicated new picture of the conflict emerges.
syria  asaad  corruption  nytimes  nytimesmag  aleppo  basharalassad  isis  terrorism  radicalislam  class  religion  war  civil  iran  turkey  russia 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Postcard From My Past: Crossing Into Syria - The New York Times
Memories of Syria from a more hopeful era help sustain my humanity.
Syria  middleeast  war  isis  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
From Indonesia, a Muslim Challenge to the Ideology of the Islamic State
The scene is horrifyingly familiar. Islamic State soldiers march a line of prisoners to a riverbank, shoot them one by one and dump their bodies over a blood-soaked dock into the water. But instead of the celebratory music and words of praise expected in a jihadi video, the soundtrack features the former Indonesian president, Abdurrahman Wahid, singing a Javanese mystical poem: “Many who memorize the Quran and Hadith love to condemn others as infidels while ignoring their own infidelity to God, their hearts and minds still mired in filth.”
nytimes  isis  islam  terrorism  religion 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
A Dream of Secular Utopia in ISIS’ Backyard
At a college in Kurdish Syria, Rojava tries to train its future leaders.
nytimes  isis  syria  middleast  terrorism  secularism  education  highereducation 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It
Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things. The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia.
newyorktimes  isis  terrorism  saudiarabia  wahhabism  middleeast 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Mothers Of ISIS Recruits Fight Their Own Battles Back Home
Their children abandoned them to join the worst terror organization on earth. Now all they have is each other.
isis  middleast  terrorism  syria  huffingtonpost 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden

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