October 24, 2014 / Untold Stories
James Harkin
Propaganda images of children at ISIS facilities and children in ISIS dawah (outreach) projects in ISIS-controlled areas of Syria and Iraq.
October 9, 2014 / Untold Stories
Joshua Hammer
A year and a half ago, the world watched crowds cheer as French soldiers liberated Timbuktu and Gao. But the real war was unfolding hundreds of miles away: in a desolate valley called the Ametettaï.
October 3, 2014 / Untold Stories
Joshua Hammer
Abdel Kader Haidara earned much media attention for smuggling 377,000 manuscripts from Timbuktu during Al Qaeda's occupation. The real hero was his nephew, who repeatedly put his life on the line
September 30, 2014 / The New York Times
Jenna Krajeski, Sebastian Meyer
When the Islamic State threatened Kirkuk's borders, Kurdish peshmerga rushed in to protect it. But some of the city's residents see the presence of Kurdish forces as an occupying force.
September 17, 2014 / Untold Stories
James Harkin
The Islamic State (ISIS) is recruiting increasing numbers of displaced Syrian youth. In many ways, it operates as a darkly militant variant of youth culture rebellion.
September 16, 2014 / Newsweek
James Harkin
Since the first week of July, Kobani has been under intense attack on all fronts. Though the results of the campaign are inconclusive, it’s clear that the Islamists are making incremental gains.
September 9, 2014 / The Washington Post
Sebastian Meyer
Kurdish peshmerga fighters, Iraqi government soldiers and Shiite militiamen take two towns from ISIL militants.
September 7, 2014 / WNYC Radio
Sebastian Meyer
Much of what we’ve seen of the Islamic State comes filtered through its own well-oiled media machine. NPR talks with Sebastian Meyer about the images the Islamic State wants the public to see.
September 2, 2014 / NPR
Jenna Krajeski, Sebastian Meyer
The U.S. military's attention to PTSD is well-documented but Kurdish fighters living with the same disorder haven't received nearly as much care. Arun Rath talks to journalist Jenna Krajeski.
August 21, 2014 / Vanity Fair
James Harkin
The most dangerous place in the world for journalists is Syria, where dozens have been killed or kidnapped.
August 19, 2014 / Harper's
Jenna Krajeski
In Iraq's Kurdistan a small mental health clinic deals with the consequences of multiple traumas over many years.
August 13, 2014 / The New Republic
Jenna Krajeski
When Sunni militants with the Islamic State pushed into northern Iraq, Kurdish peshmerga were tasked with fighting them. But the peshmerga have not always represented a unified Kurdistan.
July 28, 2014 / Untold Stories
Joshua Hammer
Ali Farka Touré and other Malian artists drew inspiration from the Niger, a sinuous waterway that has supported life for thousands of years. Now that Al Qaeda is gone, the music has returned.

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