I’m a Middle East correspondent for The Independent and I’ve spent the last few years reporting on the rise and fall of the Islamic State’s caliphate – ask me anything.
I’m a correspondent for The Independent based in Beirut, Lebanon. I have covered the Syrian civil war for the last eight years for The Independent, Global Post, Public Radio International, and others. Much of that work has been focused on Isis, and its spread beyond Syria and Iraq. I have reported on the the impact of conflict on civilians — both the victims of Isis and those caught up in the battle to defeat it — as well as the refugee crisis sparked by the Syrian war.
The last days of the Isis caliphate loom as jihadis face defeat in Syria https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-syria-defeat-islamic-state-end-caliphate-sdf-kurds-a8757991.html (February 2019)
Thousands flee last Isis territory with tales of horror https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-isis-civilians-iraq-middle-east-terror-caliphate-islamic-state-starvation-a8752361.html (January 2019)
Raqqa after Isis: Mass grave reveals horror of city’s final battle (November 2018) https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/raqqa-isis-mass-grave-us-coalition-death-panorama-park-a8632026.html
Stories of survival from those who survived Isis (January 2017) https://www.pri.org/categories/iraq-interrupted
Kurdish women line up to take on the Islamic State (December 2014) https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/12/24/globalpost-kurdish-women-islamic-state/20853391/
The rebels divide: Is this the new front in Syria's civil war? (September 2013) https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-rebels-divide-is-this-the-new-front-in-syrias-civil-war-8827244.html
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