10 Oct 2019

The jihadis of idlib: a militant state within a state


Turkey’s invasion into the Kurdish held north isn’t the only ferociously contested space in Syria.

Further West the province of Idlib remains another bastion of the rebellion against the Assad regime. But over half of Idlib is now controlled by a coalition of jihadi groups, many with strong links to Al Qaeda.

Paraic O’Brien has a rare portrait of life in the province where the militants have established a state within a state, recruiting children for the fight against Assad and his Russian allies.

Produced by Kamal Kaddourah.