Glenn's head writer Dan Andros and chief researcher Jason Buttrill, traveled to the Middle East last week, on a mission to see who the good guys and the bad guys are, capturing their travels on camera for an upcoming special episode of The Root on TheBlaze TV.
In a phone interview on Tuesday, Dan recounted some of the stunning things he saw while driving along the Iraqi-Syrian border, toward the front lines of ISIS.
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"As we drove for hours, we passed refugee camp after refugee camp," he said. "Along the sides of the road, we saw burnt-out cars with clothing strewn all over the place."
He went on to describe seeing villages that had been completely razed and crumbled buildings everywhere.
"We soon realized the road we were traveling was the same route people had been taking to escape ISIS - and many of them clearly didn't make it," Dan said.
After hours of riding that emotional roller-coaster, an airstrike hit its target a mere 500 meters away from the car Dan and Jason were riding. In a note to Glenn reporting the experience, Dan expressed the feelings he had in that moment:
AS WE MADE THE FINAL APPROACH TO THE FRONTLINES THROUGH A DANGEROUS, EXTREMELY WINDING MOUNTAIN ROAD, WE WITNESSED AN AIR STRIKE JUST A FEW HUNDRED METERS DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF US. I'M SURE SOME HAVE QUESTIONED OUR RESPONSE AND I MIGHT'VE TOO IF I WASN'T THERE. IF THAT STRIKE HIT AND DAMAGED ISIS THEN JUSTICE WAS SERVED. IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT IN MY MIND ABOUT THIS BEFORE THERE IS CERTAINLY NONE NOW. ISIS ARE ANIMALS. NOT HUMAN. THEY NEED TO BE DEALT WITH PERMANENTLY. WHILE I AM GRATEFUL, ESPECIALLY TODAY, FOR THE AIR STRIKES OBAMA HAS APPROVED AGAINST ISIS THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE. MUCH MORE.
Dan said their sources were confident this was a U.S.-led attack on suspected Islamic State mortar positions and that it's common for the U.S. to carry out airstrikes against such targets in that area.
Jason managed to capture some brief cell-phone footage of the airstrike. Although it was dark and very blurry, the voices of Jason and Dan make their emotions abundantly clear.
Dan and Jason spent the night in Sinjar, Iraq with the Peshmerga (Kurdish soldiers) who fight on the front lines against ISIS.
As they continue their journey, they will continue to send updates - slightly delayed so as not to disclose their actual location. Meanwhile, Glenn has asked for prayers to protect them as they navigate their way through this very volatile part of the world.
Featured Image: Remains of Yazidis Genocide by ISIS at Sinjar roads after more than one year. Photo by Younes Mohammad at Sinjar Mountains in Iraq, October 5, 2015.