Leila Fadel http://publicradioeast.org en Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families http://publicradioeast.org/post/barrel-bomb-attacks-devastate-iraqi-families Human rights groups are accusing the Iraqi government of indiscriminate bombing. Baghdad officials deny that and note they're fighting a Sunni insurgency that commits mass executions and suicide bombings.<p>Yet rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict. Barrel bombs are illegal and indiscriminate explosives, packed in things like oil drums or gas cylinders.<p>Hospitals haven't been spared. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 47341 at http://publicradioeast.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://publicradioeast.org/post/common-ground-between-iraqs-rebels-may-be-crumbling Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.<p>The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.<p>Abu Wissam asked them who they were. They said they were from the Islamic State, and then they took his father, a retired general who served in Saddam Hussein's army. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 47104 at http://publicradioeast.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Life Under 'The Islamic State': Order In The Shadow Of Terror http://publicradioeast.org/post/life-under-islamic-state-order-shadow-terror Transcript <p>: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. In Iraq the city of Mosul is becoming the de facto power center for the so-called Islamic State. The Sunni extremist group also known as ISIS took over the large Iraqi city last month as it swept through the northwest of the country. For a couple of years, the group had already controlled large portions of neighboring Syria amid that country's civil war. As it solidifies its hold on Mosul its building a track record for how it actually governs. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 46922 at http://publicradioeast.org After An Ultimatum, Christians Flee Iraqi City http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-ultimatum-christians-flee-iraqi-city-en-masse For the first time since the first century, there are basically no Christians left in the historic Iraqi city of Mosul. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 46873 at http://publicradioeast.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town http://publicradioeast.org/post/extremists-leave-violent-message-small-iraqi-town A small Sunni Arab town north of Baghdad put up a fight when Sunni Muslim extremists from the so-called Islamic State tried to impose their rule on the town.<p>The residents lost, and now the town, Zowiya, just outside of Tikrit, is destroyed. More than 200 of its homes have been blown up, and the residents have fled.<p>The Islamic State leveled the town as a warning to anybody else that dares to fight them.<p>"My town is gone," says Abu Saad, a businessman in his sixties. "They bombed all our houses. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 46802 at http://publicradioeast.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town A Few New Faces Aren't Likely To Satisfy Iraqi Government's Critics http://publicradioeast.org/post/few-new-faces-arent-likely-satisfy-iraqi-governments-critics Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Iraq took a small step toward settling its political crisis and violent internal conflict today. It elected a new speaker of the parliament. The UN had said the country could plunge into chaos if that didn't happen. Much of the country is still in open revolt and under the control of radical Sunni militias and their local allies. Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is accused of aggravating the country's divisions. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 46450 at http://publicradioeast.org Gas In Egypt Is 78 Percent More Expensive Now Than Last Week http://publicradioeast.org/post/egypts-gas-78-percent-more-expensive-now-last-week It's 2 p.m. on a hot day in Cairo and cars are lined up for blocks at this gas station in the east of the capital. People are waiting to fill their cars with the cheapest gas available — which is 78 percent more expensive than it was last week.<p>Ali Fayoumi yells from his window.<p>"I've been waiting for an hour and a half," he fumes. "Even the cheapest gas is too expensive. Everything is expensive, food, drink, everything."<p>The cars ahead of him move forward. He waits while we talk and I tell him not to lose his place in line. Don't worry, he says, no one will cut in front of me. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 45903 at http://publicradioeast.org Gas In Egypt Is 78 Percent More Expensive Now Than Last Week On The Shores Of Tripoli, A Beach Party Libyans Need http://publicradioeast.org/post/shores-tripoli-beach-party-libyans-need The beach bums of Tripoli say that no matter who's in charge of Libya, they'll still be at the beach. Faisal Ali Kabir was here the night that former dictator Moammar Ghadafi was ousted, and Kabir remains, renting equipment to tourists, even as things around him change. NPR's Leila Fadel sends this postcard from Tripoli. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 45605 at http://publicradioeast.org A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist http://publicradioeast.org/post/rogue-libyan-general-tries-impose-order-iron-fist No one is safe in Libya these days. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 45101 at http://publicradioeast.org A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist Remembering Salwa Bugaighis, The Libyan Advocate Who Took On Ghadafi http://publicradioeast.org/post/remembering-salwa-bugaighis-libyan-advocate-who-took-ghadafi Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Now, sobering news out of Libya - a prominent rights activist was shot and stabbed to death in her home last night. Salwa Bugaighis was a lawyer from Benghazi who had opposed former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Today, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice issued a statement lauding her courage and leadership. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44958 at http://publicradioeast.org Guilty Verdicts Claim 3 More Reporters, As Egyptian Courts Roll On http://publicradioeast.org/post/guilty-verdicts-claim-3-more-reporters-egyptian-courts-roll Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's a case that's drawn international condemnation. Today, an Egyptian court sentenced two journalists to seven years in jail, and a third to 10 years. They all work for the Al Jazeera English news network and were convicted of being or aiding terrorists and tarnishing Egypt's image. No evidence of their alleged crimes were present - was presented in court. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44667 at http://publicradioeast.org Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Reporters To Prison http://publicradioeast.org/post/egyptian-court-sentences-al-jazeera-reporters-prison Two journalists in Cairo got seven years in prison and third received 10 years. Egypt's government accused them of helping the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44615 at http://publicradioeast.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants http://publicradioeast.org/post/saddams-ex-officer-weve-played-key-role-helping-militants As they steamrolled across northern Iraq, Sunni militants had important help from an old power in the country — former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party and his army.<p>One retired air force colonel said he is a member of a newly formed military council overseeing Mosul, the large city captured last week by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and its allies from Sunni Arab armed factions.<p>He spoke in a phone interview from Mosul and agreed to talk only on the condition that he not be named. He said he was worried about being targeted. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44404 at http://publicradioeast.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants Sunni Insurgency Threatens To Plunge Iraq Into Sectarian War http://publicradioeast.org/post/sunni-insurgency-threatens-plunge-iraq-sectarian-war Islamist Sunni militants reportedly control most of Iraq's largest oil refinery, as they vow to push on to Baghdad. Meanwhile, there is a growing call for Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki to step down. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44332 at http://publicradioeast.org As Exasperation Mounts, French Rail Strike Turns Violent http://publicradioeast.org/post/christian-village-takes-iraqis-displaced-latest-violence The French rail strike has enters it second week and train workers have clashed with riot police in Paris. The latest poll shows the striking train drivers are losing public support. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44235 at http://publicradioeast.org For Fleeing Iraqis, Kurdish Areas Are The Safe Zone http://publicradioeast.org/post/displaced-iraqi-citizens-flee-sunni-militants At a checkpoint to enter the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, families wait for their cars to be searched and for permission to enter. Inside this region, they believe they will be safe.<p>But these people who flee to Kurdish cities have the money to stay in hotels or rented apartments or have family to shelter them.<p>The less fortunate stay behind in a small camp near the checkpoint. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44147 at http://publicradioeast.org For Fleeing Iraqis, Kurdish Areas Are The Safe Zone Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City http://publicradioeast.org/post/boon-or-blood-bath-life-under-isis-depends-city People in northern Iraq are getting their first taste of life under ISIS — the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that captured the large Iraqi city of Mosul last week with shocking speed.<p>The Sunni extremist group holds much of the mainly Sunni areas of northern and western Iraq.<p>Over the weekend it launched a bloody takeover of Tal Afar, an ethnically and religiously mixed Iraqi city near the Syrian border.<p>All across the city of Mosul are black flags with the words "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the state of Ninewa." They're a proclamation that the group — Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44101 at http://publicradioeast.org Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City Video Of Mob-Fueled Sexual Assaults Outrages Egyptians http://publicradioeast.org/post/video-mob-fueled-sexual-assaults-outrages-egyptians Egypt's chief prosecutor has ordered three men arrested in connection with the assaults in Tahrir Square over the weekend to be put on trial immediately. Graphic video has been made public. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 43644 at http://publicradioeast.org One Week A Prime Minister: The Short Story Of Libya's Former Leader http://publicradioeast.org/post/one-week-prime-minister-short-story-libyas-former-leader In Libya, you never know from one week to the next who's going to be prime minister. And when I met with the man in the job last week, it was clear no one is really in charge.<p>Ahmed Maiteg had only been prime minister a couple of days. He took office under the apparent protection of a militia that supports him, even as another man still claimed the job.<p>Maiteg, a 41-year-old businessman, was so new in the building that his staff was getting lost.<p>"We are building our country together, and we would like to have a strong state and strong government. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 43512 at http://publicradioeast.org One Week A Prime Minister: The Short Story Of Libya's Former Leader Upheaval In Libya Makes New Prime Minister's Job A Challenge http://publicradioeast.org/post/upheaval-libya-makes-new-prime-ministers-job-challenge Transcript <p>ELISE HU, BYLINE: A contest between two great powers happening quietly inside lines and lines of code. Elise Hu, NPR News. >>INSKEEP: It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. Muamar al Gadhafi, the longtime dictator of Libya, held that country together by brute force. Now, since he was deposed in 2011, there has been a battle for power, often violent, among competing tribes and many of the armed groups who had worked together to remove Gadhafi. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 43271 at http://publicradioeast.org