Bilal Abdul Kareem

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Bilal Abdul Kareem (born Darrell Lamont Phelps) is an American journalist covering the Syrian Civil War.[1][2][3] He has worked with CNN,[4] and produces the YouTube channel "On the Ground News".[2] He believes that he has been placed on the U.S. Kill List.[5][6][7][8] He reportedly survived five drone assassination attempts by the US military, which killed random civilians that were present nearby, including two attacks on vehicles he was travelling in. Including the one where the car he was sitting it was blown up by a missile.[9]

He has been criticised by some observers for a perceived alignment to jihadi fighters in Syria, with the New York Times reporting that Kareem was considered a "Jihadist propagandist" to some.[10] His perceived alignment to jihadi fighters in Syria led Russia Today to criticise his reported "praise" of certain Islamic militants opposed to the Syrian government.[11]

In 2018, he sued the United States government, claiming they had attempted to assassinate him, and requesting his removal from the Disposition Matrix.[12][13]


  1. ^ Hubbard, Ben (March 10, 2017). "Reporting From Syria, an American With a Point of View and a Message". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Norton, Ben (December 29, 2016). "Bilal Abdul Kareem, Prominent U.S. 'Journalist' in Syria, Serves as Mouthpiece for Violent Extremists: A closer look at Bilal Abdul Kareem's body of work reveals an established record of creating sectarian propaganda for extremist Syrian rebels". Alternet.
  3. ^ Smith, Clive Stafford (19 Dec 2016). "Reporting from the ground in times of war: Courageous endeavours of journalists in Aleppo deliver the news we hear today". Al Jazeera.
  4. ^ Ward, Clarissa (March 14, 2016). "Clarissa Ward reports from rebel-held territory in exclusive series". CNN.
  5. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (June 18, 2018). "The American Who Says He's Been the Target of Five Air Strikes: A federal judge is allowing his suit to proceed, finding that his 'interest in avoiding the erroneous deprivation of his life is uniquely compelling'". The Atlantic.
  6. ^ Taibbi, Matt (July 19, 2018). "How to Survive America's Kill List: When a U.S. citizen heard he was on his own country's drone target list, he wasn't sure he believed it. After five near-misses, he does – and is suing the United States to contest his own execution". Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ Hooper, Simon (March 31, 2017), Journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem files lawsuit over alleged US 'kill list', Middle East Eye
  8. ^ Hooper, Simon (April 1, 2017). "US 'kill list': Five times Bilal Abdul Kareem narrowly escaped death: Syria-based journalist, who has launched lawsuit against US government, believes he was the specific target of multiple air strikes in mid-2016". Middle East Eye.
  9. ^ Khan, Zain (July 9, 2018). "Bilal Abdul Kareem: Who Escaped 5 US Drone Strike and Is On A US Kill List". The Siasat Daily. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
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  11. ^ "Media darling 'Aleppo survivor' praises jihadi mercenaries training anti-Assad rebels". Russia Today. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  12. ^ "How to Survive America's Kill List – Rolling Stone".
  13. ^ "Journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem files lawsuit over alleged US 'kill list' | Middle East Eye".

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