Excerpt of Long Shot

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Articles | No Comments

I have had many names, but as a sniper I went by Azad, which means “free” or “freedom” in Kurdish. I had been fighting for sixteen months in Kurdish territory in northern Syria when in April 2015 I was asked to leave my position on the eastern front, close to the Turkish border, and join […]

Once Upon a Jihad

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
Once Upon a Jihad

ONCE UPON A TIME, NOT SO LONG AGO, in a land not far away, a British man who would become an icon to a generation of European Islamists fighting and dying in Syria and Iraq, sat down before a webcam in his parents’ modest home on England’s south coast and filmed a 90-minute tutorial on how to tie a turban. The […]