Alice Fordham

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Jordan Hangs 11 After 8-Year Execution Moratorium

Monday, December 22, 2014

Jordanians who had been convicted of murder were executed Sunday. There had been a moratorium on the death penalty there since 2006. Lawmakers called for it to be reinstated to curb a rise in crime.


Amid Strains, Syrian Refugees Are Facing Curfews In Lebanon

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The fragile country now hosts some 1 million Syrian refugees. Some towns have set up civilian volunteers to enforce curfews on the refugees, leading to rising tensions and some cases of abuse.


Contestant From War-Torn Syria Wins 'Arab Idol'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Over the weekend, a champion was crowned in the Middle East's version of American Idol. Syrians cheered as 21-year-old Hazem Sherif from the war-scarred city of Aleppo was announced the winner.


Syrian Women Displaced By War Make Tragedy Of 'Antigone' Their Own

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sophocles' ancient Greek play chronicled a princess' plight after a horrible civil war 2,000 years ago. Syrian refugee women in Beirut are incorporating their lives into a new production of the drama.


Syrians In Raqqa Believe Assad Regime Benefits From War On ISIS

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Syrian city of Raqqa is the hub for militants from the Islamic State, and has sustained ongoing air strikes from the U.S. and the Syrian regime. Activists draw attention to the toll on civilians.


With Shopping, Holy Sites, Najaf Offers Respite From Iraq's Violence

Sunday, November 30, 2014

When you think of Iraq, you may picture a desert battlefield. But life is not like that everywhere. The southern Shiite heartland of Najaf is full of religious pilgrims and bustling business.


Amid Violence, Iraq Fractures Again Along Religious Lines

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nearly a decade ago, Iraq's war drove millions from their homes and divided the country along sectarian lines. It's happening again in response to the latest brutality by the Islamic State.


Despite A Massacre By ISIS, An Iraqi Tribe Vows To Fight Back

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Albu Nimr tribe recently had some 600 members slaughtered by ISIS in western Iraq. The Sunni tribesmen say they're regrouping but need help, which the U.S. has now pledged.


American Kassig Is 5th Westerner ISIS Claims To Have Beheaded

Monday, November 17, 2014

President Obama has confirmed the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, an ex-Army Ranger. He was captured by militants of the so-called Islamic State while delivering medical supplies in Syria.


ISIS Issues Video Showing Beheading Of American Aid Worker

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The so-called Islamic State has released a video showing the beheading of another American hostage, aid worker Peter Kassig.


Who's That Lebanese Man With A Beard: Hipster Or Jihadi?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hipsters in Beirut have a problem. Their long, lustrous beards are getting them mistaken for Islamist extremists and drawing unwanted scrutiny from the security forces.


We Are Not Slaughterers: An Iraqi Village Rejects Islamic Militants

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

A Sunni Muslim tribe in central Iraq braves nightly shelling and threats from the Islamic State, refusing the group's orders to join its movement. But they say they need help.


Facing The Islamic State Threat, Kurdish Fighters Unite

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kurdish groups have often quarreled among themselves, or at least kept their distance. But Kurds from Iraq and Turkey have been fighting side by side in northern Iraq against the Islamic State.


Iraq's Abu Ghraib Is Back In The News, Now As A Front-Line Town

Friday, October 24, 2014

A town west of Baghdad and home to a notorious prison, Abu Ghraib is where Iraq troops are bracing for a possible attacks by Islamic State militants. Many local residents feel caught in the middle.


Ambushes, Mines And Booby Traps: ISIS Militants Change Tack

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In northern Iraq, Kurdish fighters have won back territory from the so-called Islamic State only to lose it again. ISIS is using a range of explosives, inflicting heavy Kurdish casualties.


Kurds Leave Life In Europe To Fight ISIS In Their Iraqi Homeland

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Until August, 24-year-old Aza Betwata was in Holland, enjoying beef and cabbage and studying to be a social worker. Now, he's among the hundreds of exiled Kurds who have returned and taken up arms.


In Iraq, Anbar Province Remains Fiercely Contested

Friday, October 17, 2014

Over the last few weeks, Islamic State fighters in Iraq have been on the offensive in Anbar province, just west of Baghdad. We look at the latest on efforts to drive back the extremists.


Islamic State Fighters Gain New Ground In Iraq's Anbar Province

Monday, October 13, 2014

Airstrikes by the U.S. and its allies continued in Iraq on Monday, aimed at pushing back fighters from the so-called Islamic State.


U.N. Envoy To Syria Pleads For Action To Save Kobani

Friday, October 10, 2014

The town, which ISIS is fighting to take over, is mostly deserted, with only a few hundred elderly or immobile people remaining.


Ghosts Of The Past Still Echo In Beirut's Fragmented Neighborhoods

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Lebanon's civil war ended 25 years ago, but the sectarian divisions that sliced its capital into different enclaves still hold today. Everyone coexists relatively peacefully — most of the time.