Since they burst onto the scene in early 2012, their spiritual pledge to the world’s most hated people have stirred up fear and resentment, enough to divert the average American or European away from supporting the rebellion in Syria that their tactics now play a leading role in. These actions, for many, replaced iconic images of … More Will Syrians finally leave Al-Qaeda out in the cold?
Say hello to the brave refugee children of Syria’s Kobani! I had the honor of interacting with them last month as they waited for more structural living accommodations with their relatives at a processing center in Turkey. Despite so much chaos and bloodshed, their attitudes and personalities inspired me. They were in such high spirits. … More Unbreakable spirit
Filmed this from the Turkish side of the border, looking into Syria. American aircraft pounded several Islamic State (ISIS) positions in the west of Kobani and denied them their anticipated march to the city center. The video shows the aftermath of their payloads. There were a number of planes in the sky, including at least … More US air raids in Kobani
The night before I left for the Turkey-Syria border a teenager stopped by my hotel in Urfa and shared some of his artwork with me and several of my colleagues. He was Syrian — a Kurdish refugee from Kobani, and had only been in Turkey for a few weeks. Throughout the transition he kept busy … More A refugee’s story
Photos from my time on the observatory hill straddling the Turkey-Syria border and overlooking the city of Kobani. All of them were taken between October 9 and 10, right before I published an article about Kobani in one of my local newspapers. This sight really put things into perspective…they’re not just a news report anymore. … More Images from Kobani
For those of you who haven’t had the chance to listen, here is my interview with the Irish radio program “The International Interest.” It’s about 30 minutes long but worth it if you want to get an idea of what I have been up to while touring the Middle East this past month. The International … More Appearance on “The International Interest”
My article in the Brentwood Press about the battle for Kobani, which was documented from the Turkish side of the border and at a refugee camp several miles north. I will be downloading additional photos (others can be viewed by clicking the link) to go along with the story. More than three weeks after American warplanes … More Syrian town finds itself on world stage