Alice Fordham

Alice Fordham appears in the following:

Iraq's Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

Monday, September 15, 2014

The musicians and artists of Baghdad work under a government that prefers religious festivals to classical concerts. But with a little cunning, they're finding ways to keep the arts alive.


Continued Killings Could Bolster Need For Action Against ISIS

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The killing of British aid worker David Haines by the self-proclaimed Islamic State provoked international outrage and could bolster U.S. efforts to build support for an anti-ISIS coalition.


U.S. Call To Fight Militants Stirs Bitter Memories For Iraq's Sunnis

Sunday, September 14, 2014

President Obama wants Sunnis to join the battle against the Islamic State. But those who helped fight al-Qaida several years ago feel abused by the Iraqi military, and now are not so eager to sign up.


Obama's ISIS Plan A 'Sunni Awakening: Part Two'

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Obama administration's strategy for combating the Islamic State relies on ground forces provided by Iraq and Syria because the White House says it will not send U.S. combat troops. In Iraq, that means trying to win back Sunnis in areas where the group controls territory. Something similar happened during the Iraq war: it was called the Sunni Awakening.


New Iraqi Government Still Faces ISIS Threat

Monday, September 08, 2014

Iraq's parliament elected a new prime minister and cabinet officials on Monday but it's unclear whether the changes will help counter the Islamist militants who have taken over much of the country.


More Than Military Force Needed To Ending Fighting In Anbar

Monday, September 08, 2014

American airstrikes pounded Islamic State position in Iraq's Western Anbar province to allow a coalition of tribal fighters and Iraqi forces to make gains.


Fears Of Sectarian Violence Grow In Baghdad

Saturday, September 06, 2014

As Iraqi and American forces battle militants in the north, there are fears the turmoil could fuel new killings in the capital.


Months After Atrocities In Tikrit, Iraqi Parents Demand Answers

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Iraq's parliament was overrun Wednesday by men whose sons disappeared and were likely killed when the Islamic State captured Tikrit in June. They brandished sticks as they burst through security, assaulted people and staged a sit-in at the meeting hall. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch is saying that nearly 800 men were killed in the attack on Tikrit.


Rebels Storm Key Border Crossing Between Syria And Israel

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.


U.S. Journalist Held In Syria Since 2012 Is Freed

Monday, August 25, 2014

Peter Theo Curtis was released by Jabhat al-Nusra, known as the Nusra Front. Last week, American journalist James Foley was beheaded in Syria by the group which now calls itself the Islamic State.


Latest Gaza Cease-Fire Is Set To Expire Monday

Monday, August 18, 2014

Israeli and Palestinian teams are locked in talks in Cairo, but there are no signs a peace deal will be reached. Both sides say they're prepared to start fighting if they don't get what they want.


Another Front In Mideast Conflict: Fishing Rights In The Mediterranean

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Israel forbids Gazan boats from going more than a few miles from shore, where the fish are few and small. Israel says the blockade is for security; Palestinians say it's illegal.


Gaza Students Wonder When Their Schools Will Reopen

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Many were damaged in the fighting with Israel and others are still serving as shelters for Gazans who lost their homes. Even before the fighting, kids went to school in shifts owing to overcrowding.


Introducing Iraq's New Appointee For Prime Minister

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The era of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appears to be coming to an end after eight turbulent years. Haider al-Abadi, the man set to replace him, is not a previously well-known figure. NPR's Alice Fordham has interviewed him, and she tells Melissa Block more about him.


Gaza's Casualties Of War Include Its Historic Mosques

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

More than 40 mosques in the Gaza Strip were destroyed or damaged in the recent fighting.


The Man Who Might Be Iraq's Next Prime Minister

Monday, August 11, 2014

Haider al-Abadi, a prominent politician for the past decade, has been nominated as prime minister. But a potential confrontation looms with Nouri al-Maliki, the man who's had the job for eight years.


Without A Truce, Strikes Resume In Gaza

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Their hopes for peace dashed, Palestinians in Gaza are returning to UN shelters โ€” despite the discomfort and uncertain safety โ€” as fighting between Hamas and Israel resumes.


As Cease-Fire Reaches Its Close, Fire Reignites In Gaza

Friday, August 08, 2014

After a three-day cease-fire, which saw some halting peace talks in Egypt, fighting has resumed between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.


With Gazans' Eyes On Cairo, Hamas Hopes For Leverage

Thursday, August 07, 2014

War's toll on Gaza has been brutal, claiming civilians' lives and leveling buildings. But Hamas and many Gazans say the conflict was necessary, because they had run out of options in negotiating. If Palestinians come away with concessions after peace talks in Egypt, many think the damage will all have been worthwhile.


As Cease-Fire Holds, Gaza Devastation Can Be Tallied

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Israeli forces suffered many more causalities than they did in the last big operation there. But they were dwarfed by casualties in Gaza. The U.N. says most of those who died were civilians.