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In July 2016, American video journalist Lindsey Snell was on one of her many trips to film in war-torn Syria when she was kidnapped and held hostage by al-Qaeda militants from within the increasingly dominant Nusra faction (now known as Hay’at Tahir al- Sham, or HTS).
A review of hundreds of secret wiretap records obtained from confidential sources in the Turkish capital of Ankara reveals how the Islamist government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has enabled ― and even facilitated ― the movement of foreign and Turkish militants across the Turkish border into Syria to fight …
Taha Siddiqui’s eye-opening investigation leaves no doubt that not toeing the government’s line in Pakistan can leave journalists languishing in jail with no fair trial, or possibly even being killed for simply doing their jobs. Siddiqui describes his harrowing abduction before his dramatic escape. His vivid storytelling about the dangers his colleagues face in Pakistan, the clampdown on social media voices opposing the government, and the extent the military goes through to silence dissent is a testimony of his bravery and love for his country.