Nick Turse

McClatchy offers this is a list of the journalists acknowledged to be missing in Syria. (Others are known to be missing, but their families have asked that details not be released.)

Austin Tice, American, missing since Aug. 13, 2012, Damascus province

Bashar al Kadumi, Jordanian, missing since Aug. 20, 2012, Aleppo

James Foley, American, missing since Nov. 22, 2012, Idlib province

Didier Francois, French, missing since June 6, 2013, Aleppo

Edouard Elias, French, missing since June 6, 2013, Aleppo

Nicolas Hénin, French, missing since June 22, Raqqa province

Pierre Torres, French, missing since June 22, Raqqa Province

Marc Marginedas, Spaniard, missing since Sept. 4, 2013, Hama province

Javier Espinosa, Spaniard, missing since Sept. 16, 2013, Raqqa province

Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, Spaniard, missing since Sept. 16, 2013, Raqqa province

Samir Kassab, Lebanese, missing since Oct. 15, 2013, Aleppo

Ishak Moctar, Mauritanian, missing since Oct. 15, 2013, Aleppo

Today my helmet is a veil, and my flak jacket a hijab. Because the only way to sneak into Aleppo is by looking like a Syrian.

"It was 7am. There was a knock at the door. My youngest daughter went to open it. She thought her friends had come.


“She opened the door and found around 50 soldiers. The army came to my home to fire on the rebels from the veranda. Some of them stayed at the entrance, and the others came into the house - into the bedroom, kitchen and balcony.


“You cannot ask `Why?’. We were not allowed to leave. We had to stay inside. We hid in the bathroom for nine hours. They said it was not safe to leave with the family. The operation was running on two sides. It was very bad. You could hear the gunfire. It was right next to us, right in front of our eyes. We are in the corridor and they are on the balcony shooting.


“I was screaming more than the kids. My oldest daughter had delivered a baby just a week before they came to the house. I told the officer, `My daughter has just given birth. She is not well. She needs a hospital. Soon, it will be 4pm, the roads will close, and we won’t be able to leave.’


“He said, `You cannot leave.’

"Mustafa" who, along with his family, lived in a strategic location - on a hill overlooking a Syrian town where rebels had been increasing in force.

Read the entire report by the United Nations’ news agency, IRIN, at: SYRIA: Mustafa, “The army came to my home to fire on the rebels from the veranda”

Danish Architect Maps Every Plane, Helicopter Shot Down by Syrian Rebels
David Axe pays close attention to conflicts, so if you want to know about war, you should pay close attention to David Axe.  He writes, “In July, the embattled regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad unleashed its jet fighters against the growing rebel forces of the Free Syrian Army, marking a major escalation of the bloody civil war. The rebels responded. With guns and, allegedly, Stinger shoulder-fired missiles acquired from the CIA, they sent some of Assad’s roughly 460 planes and copters tumbling in flames to the ground.”  A a Danish architect and part-time aviation journalist has been mapping them.  Read more here.
(via Danger Room - What’s Next in National Security | Wired.com)

Danish Architect Maps Every Plane, Helicopter Shot Down by Syrian Rebels

David Axe pays close attention to conflicts, so if you want to know about war, you should pay close attention to David Axe.  He writes, “In July, the embattled regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad unleashed its jet fighters against the growing rebel forces of the Free Syrian Army, marking a major escalation of the bloody civil war. The rebels responded. With guns and, allegedly, Stinger shoulder-fired missiles acquired from the CIA, they sent some of Assad’s roughly 460 planes and copters tumbling in flames to the ground.”  A a Danish architect and part-time aviation journalist has been mapping them.  Read more here.

(via Danger Room - What’s Next in National Security | Wired.com)