Raqqa is being slaughtered silently

Impact Equality

'City of Ghosts' Chronicles Syrian Activists Battling ISIS with Journalism

Filmmaker Matthew Heineman's new movie about the citizen journalist group "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently" puts human faces to the stories of the displaced.
Sean Hutchinson
2015 the year in review

Charlie Hebdo 'Set the Tone': The Year in Questionable Allies and Freedom of Speech

The case of the imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, who was awarded the European Union's top human rights award this month, was just one of many that made headlines in 2015 and provoked a debate about the importance of free speech.
Sally Hayden
war and conflict

Just Hours After Politicians Say Yes, British Jets Begin Syria Airstrikes

As soon as UK politicians agreed to start bombing Islamic State targets in Syria in a controversial vote, British Tornado jets took off from Cyprus and launched their first strikes.
Reuters and VICE News
war and conflict

Bombing the Islamic State’s Oil Isn't the Slam Dunk You Might Expect It to Be

The US-led coalition is targeting the Islamic State's oil infrastructure in an effort to cut off its revenue streams. But for the eight million civilians living under IS control, the effort could make for a very cold winter.
Avi Asher-Schapiro

We Spoke to the Activists Live-Tweeting Airstrikes on Islamic State's Raqqa Stronghold

Members of the underground activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently confirmed that the attacks so far appear to have hit only non-civilian targets.
Avi Asher-Schapiro
middle east

Two Anti-Islamic State Activists Found Beheaded In Southern Turkey

Citizen journalist collective Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said on Friday that one of its number, Ibrahim Abdul-Qadir, and Fares Hamadi had been found "slaughtered" in the city of Sanliurfa.
John Beck
Islamic State

Islamic State Is Restricting Internet Access in Its Capital City

IS is circulating a flier ordering all residents to remove "WI-FI boosters in internet cafés as well as private wireless adaptors, even for soldiers of the Islamic State.”
Islamic State

Graphic Video Purportedly Shows the Islamic State Executing Two Raqqa 'Activists'

The latest grisly video released by the so-called Islamic State shows the interrogation and execution of two men that the group claims had secretly worked against it.
Samuel Oakford
war and conflict

Syrian Activists Decry US Dropping Grisly Anti-Islamic State Cartoon Over Raqqa as 'Stupid'

The propaganda was devised by members of the Pentagon’s Military Information Support Operations, a department specializing in psychological and information warfare.
Alice Speri
middle east

Syrian Militants Publicly Execute a Woman Accused of Committing Adultery

Suspected members of al Nusra Front reportedly shot a woman to death in the street after refusing her request to see her children.
Kayla Ruble
Islamic State

Anti-Islamic State Group Leaks Graphic Video Reportedly Showing German Jihadist

The group, Deir Ezzore is Being Slaughtered Silently, said the video was made by the Islamic State and was leaked before the militant group published it.
Kayla Ruble