There is a saying about wars, that the truth is always their first victim. And for the war against the Islamic State, this is certainly true.
Mainly so, because independent journalists are not allowed to report
from the ISIS frontlines, nor from inside the self-declared caliphate.
They can only report from the side of ISIS enemies and they depend on
news about the battle from them. How ISIS fights the battle, we only
know through its own propaganda, mainly in social media, and propaganda
often is disinformation.
Not being able to visit the areas under occupation means we do not have
firsthand eyewitness accounts on what goes on there. We are dependent on
what people who escaped from ISIS-land tell us—which almost per
definition has to be a negative story.
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