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Austin Bodetti is a freelance journalist focusing on conflict in the greater Middle East. His writing has appeared in Motherboard, The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, Wired, and Yahoo News.

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The Taliban's massive social media presence that's being ignored

22 November, 2017

Analysis: The United States has spent countless man hours working to counter Islamic State's online presence - but has neglected to do the same in Afghanistan, writes Austin Bodetti.

Iraq plays Iran and United States against each other

16 November, 2017

In-depth: Iran is arming anti-American Shia militias, including one labeled a terrorist organization, through the Iraqi government, an American ally, writes Austin Bodetti.

The Yemeni governor caught up in AQAP financing scandal

09 November, 2017

In-depth: While the evidence behind the allegations remains classified, few dispute that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula spread throughout al-Bayda during Nayif Salih Salim al-Qaysi's tumultuous tenure, reports Austin Bodetti.

Russia and Iran's support for Syrian 'terror groups'

19 October, 2017

In-depth: Kataib Hezbollah has been internationally listen as a 'terrorist organisation', but that has not stopped Moscow from providing air cover for its operations, reports Austin Bodetti.

On the front lines with Sudan's e-Rebels

16 October, 2017

In-depth: A new style of warfare is emerging, as activists using technology to organise are targeted by state-sponsored hackers, passing intercepts to Sudan's military, with deadly results, reports Austin Bodetti.

Selfie jihadi: Inside al-Qaeda's Snapchat network

19 September, 2017

In-depth: Al-Qaeda’s leadership has warned fighters in Syria to avoid Snapchat, which, though popular with Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, could allow Western intelligence agencies to spy on them, reports Austin Bodetti.

Who is Haitham al-Mayahi?

13 September, 2017

The Iraqi-American occupies a powerful position in Iraq, serving as a semi-official spokesperson for a notorious Iranian-backed Shia militia, while running a counter-extremism youth group, reports Austin Bodetti.

How Iraqi militias got hold of American tanks

04 September, 2017

In-depth: The US has unwittingly armed American-killing Iranian proxies and terrorist organisations with its best tanks, reports Austin Bodetti.

Austin Bodetti
Austin Bodetti

Austin Bodetti is a freelance journalist focusing on conflict in the greater Middle East. His writing has appeared in Motherboard, The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, Wired, and Yahoo News.

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