This article is compilation of questions from all over the globe and answers from two NYT reporters that have worked in and around Syria extensively. They stressed that it’s become increasingly difficult to physically enter the country and report there, and they get lots of information from contacts they have inside Syria.
One thing I found interesting that they said is that ISIS didn’t enter the conflict until years after it started and really, there are way more players that are important than just ISIS and a few insurgent groups, the west just focuses on ISIS mo re because they are scared about terrorism. Also interesting is that many of their contacts in Syria are actually contacts of contacts; without being in the country, they’ve developed a wide web of contacts. Although I would never want to have their job, I think it’s amazing what kind of information these journalists can get and how they get it.