August 2014

2GB (Sydney radio): Michael Ware – the only Westerner known to escape an Iraqi beheading

The podcast from 2GB, a Sydney radio station that Michael spoke with yesterday about IS and the murder of James Foley. (Length, 12:24, no use of the IS video in this one.)

Michael Ware – the only Westerner known to escape an Iraqi beheading
Friday August 22, 2014


Michael Ware tells a compelling story of his experience at the hands of Islamists wanting to create an Islamic State. He was almost executed by the group that began the current push. Michael speaks about the brutality he witnessed at the hands of these people. Michael Ware is presently making a documentary on the subject.


Triple J Hack: Islamic State executes US hostage

Another radio program that Michael talked to yesterday. This one has more details about the video of Jim Foley’s murder and includes clips from it, of both the killer and Foley. If you’d prefer not to hear any of that, skip to the 4:28 point, where Michael is introduced. They do refer to the IS video after that but do not play any more clips from it.

Triple J Hack interview

ABC (AUS) - Conversations with Richard Fidler


21 August, 2014 11:35AM AEST
Michael Ware
Journalist Michael Ware returns to discuss the guiding ideals of jihadist group, Islamic State.

Broadcast date: Thursday 21 August 2014

Michael is a former correspondent for
Time magazine and CNN, and delivered some of the most reliable and candid on-the-ground reporting from Iraq.

Today he explains the origins of Islamic State (I.S.) the powerful and viciously cruel group now controlling parts of Iraq and Syria.

Michael knows these jihadists: he was kidnapped by them in 2004.

Michael's documentary
Only the Dead, will be released in 2015.


UPDATE: Podcast now available at

Courier-Mail -- Journalism Matters: A high price paid for the truth

Journalism Matters: A high price paid for the truth
  • AUGUST 20, 2014 12:00AM

Australian TV cameraman Harry Burton was killed in Afghanistan in 2001.

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more …
– William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act III, Scene I.

DID Harry Burton know he was about to be executed? Against giant bare rock, standing in the dirt. When his car was stopped and he was dragged out of it?

Did he know, I’ve long wondered? Asking myself that over and over ever since his murder in 2001.

Even as I found that lonely patch of road and stood there, months later, in silent testament. Grieving. Heaving. On that dusty little highway, by a winding mountain river, on the road to the Afghan capital Kabul. I wondered.


Shooting the bird

Well, here’s a change of pace... remember several years ago when photographer Fernando Escovar did a photo shoot with Michael? Apparently he was holding out some of those images because he tweeted one of them over the weekend. It comes from his book Celebrity Birds ...

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Courier-Mail re ISIS

Michael penned a column that ran on the front page of yesterday’s Courier-Mail:

ISLAMIC terrorists — more vicious, more radical and more dangerous than al-Qaeda — have created their own country in the Middle East.

Spanning parts of Syria and Iraq, they have named this the Islamic State.


Mornings with Steve Austin (AUS radio)

Michael on Brisbane radio this morning, discussing the history and founding of ISIS:

USA begins humanitarian air drops in Iraq
08 August 2014 , 11:04 AM by Gabrielle Burke

US officials are reporting that an humanitarian air drop has begun in Iraq.
Around forty thousand Kurds are trapped without food or water on Mount Sinjar near the Syrian border, having fled there when ISIS forces took over.
Michael Ware is a former Baghdad bureau chief for CNN and Time magazine reporter.
He spoke with Steve Austin about ISIS and the current situation in Iraq.