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Aleppo rebels surrounded by Assad and ISIS advance
The Times, 10.07.14
Aleppo rebels surrounded by Assad and ISIS advance

Humvees turned into taxis as looters cash in
The Times, 27.06.14
Humvees turned into taxis as looters cash in

South Londoners fight it out on Kurdish front lines
The Times, 21.06.14
South Londoners fight it out on Kurdish front lines

Under The Black Flag
Asharq al Awsat, 20.05.14
http://www.aawsat.net/2014/05/article55332160
“It was the flag—the flag was what caused the problems,” he said. “They were saying that this is the flag of the disbelievers. They wanted only the black flag in Azaz.”

Always On The Edge: When Maps Become Meaningless In The Middle East
Vice Magazine, May 2014
http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/always-on-the-edge

Residents of Homs Search For Homes In Razed City
The Times, 13.05.14
Residents of Homs search for homes in razed city

Forgers Doing A Roaring Trade In Fake Syrian Documents
Middle East Eye, 05.05.14
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/forgers-doing-roaring-trade-fake-syrian-documents

Islamist Takeover Fear Drives Rebel Chiefs Back to Assad
The Times, 25.04.14
Islamist takeover fear drives rebel chiefs back to Assad

In Aleppo It Used To Rain Scuds, Now It Rains Barrel Bombs
Vice, 11.04.14
http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/barrel-bombs-aleppo-syria-assad-isis
Last week I went back to Aleppo for the first time in seven months and drove around the city with my friend Mahmoud, noting the places that used to exist and now don’t. When I visit London I do the same thing, but in reverse. I notice the new overpriced deli round the corner from my old house, and the skyscrapers that have shed their scaffolding, revealing themselves in all their shiny new glory. In Aleppo I noticed the street stall where I had bought a box of sweets last Ramadan, now twisted and burnt and broken.

Behind Headlines
The Outpost, Spring 2014
Can the truth about what is happening in Syria be found? A British journalist in war torn Aleppo tells the story of a tough and brutal war
Behind Headlines

Aleppo: What’s Left Behind
Asharq al Awsat, 05.04.14
http://www.aawsat.net/2014/04/article55330826
Foreign journalists and opposition activists have been unable to enter Aleppo since last autumn due to a campaign of kidnapping and intimidation by a hardline Al-Qaeda-inspired group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But in recent weeks the group has been pushed out of the city and the area of countryside that stretches west to the Turkish border by a new rebel alliance called the Islamic Front. We were among the first journalists to re-enter Aleppo.

Assad’s Gangs Will Kill Us All, Say Terrified Sunnis
The Times, 29.03.14
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Land Mines in Ras al Ain
Asharq al Awsat, 7/12/2013
http://www.aawsat.net/2013/12/article55324635
His name was Mahmoud, but to his friends he was known as Shaheen. They gathered in their dozens on a November morning, huddled in small, subdued clusters under clouds that threatened to spill rain. Yesterday Shaheen was their comrade, just another young man who had taken up arms to fight for his homeland. Today, he was at the center of his very own ceremony, the latest Kurdish martyr in Ras Al-Ain.

Fighting Their Corner
Asharq al Awsat, 7/12/2013
http://www.aawsat.net/2013/11/article55323786
As the fat winter sun dropped sharply below the horizon, Rossiar pointed to a distant cluster of buildings silhouetted against the sunset. “That’s where they are,” she told us. It didn’t feel much like a front line, just acres of billowing farmland tinted orange in the glow of the fading dusk light.

How Jihadists are Blackmailing, Torturing and Killing Gay Syrians
Vice Magazine, November 2013
http://www.vice.com/read/gay-syrians-are-being-blackmailed-by-jihadists
Even between the plush sofas and mood lighting of one of Beirut’s hippest bars, Ram shook with fear as he relived his ordeal. He turned his large green eyes from me to the translator and then back to me again, speaking in a low voice, even though we were the only people in the room.
“I think I was targeted for two reasons: because I’m a Druze, and because I’m gay,” he said. “They told us, ‘You are all perverts, and we are going to kill you to save the world.'”

Trapped in a Greek Limbo
Asharq al Awsat, 16/10/2013
http://www.aawsat.net/2013/10/article55319354
The phone started ringing at 8:30pm sharp. Asem knew what the call would be about even before he answered it, and he knew too that maybe this would be the one that could kickstart his life again. But hard experience and previous disappointments had taught him not to expect too much. Phone calls like this had become so routine that he didn’t even mention what it was about until ten minutes after he’d hung up. “That was my brother on the phone, by the way,” he said. “We have to go and meet the smuggler at 11:30.”

Al Qaeda’s Teenage Fan Club
Vice Magazine, October 2013
http://www.vice.com/read/al-qaedas-teenage-fan-club-0000108-v20n10
I can pinpoint the exact moment when I realized Syria had turned into Mad Max. We were driving through Manbij, a small tumbleweed kind of town in the dusty northern outskirts of Aleppo province on a Friday afternoon during Ramadan, about a month before the August 21 chemical-weapons attacks that finally forced the international spotlight onto Syria’s two-year civil war.

Cyprus’ Most Unwanted
Asharq al Awsat, 17/09/2013
http://www.aawsat.net/2013/09/article55317002
The building looks like a fortress, a modern-day castle made of concrete and steel perched on top of a parched, scrubby hilltop. It is grey, unwelcoming and utilitarian, and the sign at the entrance gate welcomes you in the baldest of terms: “Cyprus Police: Mennogeia Centre.”

The Backlash Begins
Asharq al Awsat, 30/08/2013
http://www.aawsat.net/2013/08/article55315304
It should have been a day for celebration in Menbej. In late July, the small town in the north of Aleppo province marked a year of freedom from the regime of Bashar Al-Assad—a year of “liberation,” in the language of the opposition. In July 2012, the town’s Free Syrian Army brigades unseated the regime in a revolution that was so seamless it could almost be described as “velvet”: there was none of the messy stalemate or ongoing fighting that has so crippled the city of Aleppo itself, just 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the south.

Aleppo: A City Where Snipers Shoot Children
BBC News, 17/08/2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23696829

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