Young Syrians make easy prey for militants

A volatile mix of boredom, non-existent job opportunities and desperation among young Syrians could lead them straight into the hands of extremists.
Dec 1, 2014
ISIS Insurgents

Why you should (and shouldn’t) be worried about ISIS

Back from Baghdad, veteran foreign correspondent Jonathan Landay has the real story about the Islamic State.
Nov 26, 2014
"Hamdan," a 36-year-old former FSA fighter who now lives in a Jordanian refugee camp, plans to return to Syria to rejoin rebel ranks this month. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Once united against Assad, Syrians now split by ISIS

As Americans obsess about ISIS gains, Syrian rebels say we’re neglecting the real threat.
Nov 25, 2014
Reham Hamoui holds up a photo of her and her siblings before the family fled Syria when she was seven. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Syrian American dissidents scramble to save their country

After 20 years in Seattle, civil war brings young a Syrian woman closer to home.
Nov 24, 2014
President Obama delivers a speech from the White House announcing an expanded military campaign against ISIS.

Cautiously, Iraqis and Syrians welcome expanded US fight against ISIS

What are people in the Middle East saying about Obama's ISIS speech?
Sep 11, 2014
Walid Alkheyat, of the new Iraqi Community of Washington State leads a group of children, women and men to Seattle City Hall during a protest in June asking for US intervention in Iraq. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Iraqis in Washington reject sectarian divisions

Iraqi refugees in the Northwest are quick to downplay the sectarian divisions that are causing fault lines in their home country.
Jul 14, 2014

#Chicagogirl brings Syrian activism to SIFF

Meet the Syrian college student who helped lead the revolution from her laptop in Chicago.
May 20, 2014