Kurdish Reporter Risks Life to Interview ISIS Militants

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A Kurdish reporter took a big risk Monday by crossing a contested bridge in Iraq to try to land an interview.

Halo Ahmed, a reporter for the Kurdish news outlet Rudaw, walked from a side of the bridge controlled by Kurdish troops toward armed fighters with the Islamist militant group ISIS. It happened in a village of the city of Kirkuk. In a video of the encounter, Ahmed attempts to speak with a member of ISIS, saying, “Anyone would like to talk to Rudaw?” The armed militants refuse to talk with the correspondent and warn him not to get any closer.

Over the weekend, another Kurdish journalist, Deniz Firat, was hit in the heart by shrapnel by ISIS fighters.


— Emmanuelle Saliba