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  • Journey to Jihad

    This is a nine-thousand-word investigation into the European jihadi pipeline. Using thousands of pages of leaked Belgian Federal Police records, which included wiretaps, electronic surveillance, seized radicalization pamphlets, and interrogation transcripts, it traces the web of connections between jihadi recruiters in Europe, and follows a reluctant ISIS member to Syria and back. It also reveals previously-unknown details on Amr al-Absi, the Syrian emir identified by the U.S. State Department as having been "in charge of kidnappings" for ISIS, as well war crimes committed against local civilians by his European recruits. I also took a portrait of the main subject, and a separate portrait of his father. Both pictures were published in the magazine. The article was my M.A. thesis project at Columbia Journalism School.
  • European Jihadists

    As the world's attention turned to ISIS advancing from their staging ground in Syria through to Iraq, CNN International correspondent Atika Shubert and her team focused on the phenomenon of European jihadists joining their ranks. They are primarily young Muslims, who are drawn to fight in Syria -- often leaving solid middle-class homes and relatively comfortable lives to participate in “jihad” – holy war, alongside members of ISIS, al Qaeda and other groups. It is a phenomenon that keeps western intelligence agents up at night, and as this description is being written, Atika is in Paris reporting for CNN while French authorities are on a massive man-hunt for terrorists who may have done just that – gone to fight in Syria and come back to bring their extreme beliefs and its attendant violence back home. Through their reporting, Atika and her team have tried to understand the phenomenon – even interviewing British jihadists in Idlib, Syria via Skype to find out why they are there.
  • This Is How ISIS Smuggles Oil

    This piece is an exclusive ground-level look at the illicit oil trade that has made ISIS the world’s richest extremist group, reported by BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio from the Turkey-Syria border. It includes exclusive photos and video leaked from the smugglers themselves.
  • War and Hunger

    Scott Pelley reports from the borders of Jordan, where the United Nations, led by its World Food Programme, has undertaken the huge task of feeding and caring for millions of refugees from Syria's civil war.
  • Syria: Arming the Rebels

    FRONTLINE finds Syrian rebel fighters who say they are being armed and trained by the U.S.
  • The Jihad Next Door: The Syrian Roots of Iraq’s Newest Civil War

    This is the first story to investigate and map out in detail how Al-Qaeda established a foothold in Syria after the start of the Syrian uprising in March 2011. It explains how the group now known as Islamic State used the Syrian conflict like an incubator, to rejuvenate, recruit and draw human and material resources to its base in Iraq via Syria. The story explains how the under-equipped, poorly organized moderate rebels lost ground to the increasingly influential Jabhat al-Nusra; how the West watched as a new, reformed and ultimately more dangerous version of Al-Qaeda quickly rose in Syria and reduced the space for others to operate in. Among its major findings, the piece lays bare how the Syrian government's release of jailed Islamists from its notorious Sednaya prison early in the revolution provided a ready-made network for Al-Qaeda to exploit.
  • Al Qaeda Reborn: On Europe's Doorstep

    A revolution that began with shots fired at peaceful protesters more than a thousand days ago is now a bloody civil war with no resolution in sight. But for many Syrians in battered rebel-held areas, a new, unimaginable, cruel dystopia has swallowed them. Infiltrating slowly at first, but now controlling many rebel held areas are the men of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Many of them foreigners, they make up a hardline, radical, brutal al Qaeda linked group seeking a Taliban-esque society. It is Islamic law and al Qaeda's most radical followers are now visible from Turkey, a key part of NATO. In almost six months, the group has risen to take control of much of northern Syria, killing those who oppose them. Its power is only increasing. This is the new threat emerging inside Syria.
  • Wired for Repression

    Bloomberg's series "Wired for Repression" revealed the extent to which Western companies have sold surveillance systems to authoritarian countries, including Iran, Syria, Bahrain and Tunisia, which have used them to track, imprison, torture and kill. The newest newest artillery for reprssive regimes, the gear allows authorities to intercept their citizens' e-mails and text messages, monitor Internet activity and locate political targets through cell phone technology.
  • "Mystery Terrorist and Elusive Terrorist"

    After serving just half of his sentence, a convicted terrorist was released from prison and deported, though his location is unclear. Another terrorist and bomb maker's whereabouts are unknown. AP reporters Adam Goldman and Randy Herschaft investigate the terrorists and report that that latter of the two was on the run in Syria.
  • Making money, raising eyebrows

    "An examination by the Sun shows that the pension fund's $23 billion portfolio contains investments in companies that do business with rogue nations or whose practices contribute to social or environmental ills in direct opposition to the United States and Nevada policies."