I am a freelance journalist currently based in Iraq, and who works with the likes of USA Today, Al Jazeera, The Times of London, Foreign Policy Magazine, Haaretz, The Herald, and others. I have previously done live feeds for BBC World Service. I have worked on the ground in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, East Ukraine, and Palestine/Israel, covering conflict, human rights issues and refugee issues.
With over 4000 Yazidi women kidnapped by the Islamic State, two men have begun the long process of hunting out the kidnapped and smuggling them out of the IS controlled areas, over the frontlines, and into the relative safety of Kurdish controlled Iraq.
In Kirkuk, Iraqi IDPs say they did not flee from the advancing Islamic State, but instead from government and coalition airstrikes that bombed their residential communities.