Alice Fordham

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With Syria's Army Losing Ground, A Boost From Hezbollah

Sunday, May 24, 2015

President Bashar Assad has suffered a series of recent military setbacks. But Hezbollah keeps fighting in alliance with Syria's army, and it scored a recent victory along the border with Lebanon.


A Wedding And A Challenge: Lebanese Couples Fight For Civil Marriage

Friday, May 22, 2015

No one ever said marriage was easy, but in Lebanon, it's even harder: The country has 15 sets of matrimonial laws for 18 different religions and sects. Activists want the right to civil marriages.


ISIS Takes Control Of Syria's Ancient City Of Palmyra

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has taken the Syrian city of Palmyra, known for its well-preserved antiquities. It also has gas fields and roads across the Syrian desert.


After A Big Victory For ISIS, Iraqi Forces Look To Regroup

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

With a victory in Ramadi, the Islamic State controls a city just 70 miles from Baghdad. Many civilians are on the move, and Iraq's armed forces are again looking weak.


Bottom Drops Out Of Syria's Currency Causing Economic Hardship

Friday, May 01, 2015

In the past, Iran has helped out with credit lines. But now, an Iranian official has instead encouraged the Syrians to "develop a resistance economy" like Iran's sanctions-strapped fiscal management.


Is Bashar Assad Just Losing Some Ground ... Or His Grip On Power?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

After four years of ebbs and flows in Syria's civil war, rebel fighters are pushing back the president's forces. He's having trouble replacing soldiers. And his allies may be providing less support.


Civilians Condemn Airstrikes For Creating Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Yemenis whose lives have been torn apart by factional fighting and the Saudi-led bombing campaign hope for relief.


After Retaking Iraqi City, Shiite Militias Accused Of Targeting Sunnis

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Fleeing Iraqi civilians say Shiite militias unleashed sectarian revenge in recaptured areas in and around Tikrit that has included burning, looting and the arrest of Sunni men.


ISIS Militants Close In On Area Near Syrian Capital

Monday, April 06, 2015

In Syria, the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is gaining ground in an area on the edge of the capital Damascus. The area called Yarmouk was once a Palestinian refugee camp.


In Long Beach, Calif., Smart Meters Spot Wasteful Water Users

Monday, April 06, 2015

The city has reduced its water consumption 6 percent since the drought started. The new meters can detect illegal watering in real time, and they've helped to cut some homeowners' use by 80 percent.


Shiite Militias Move Into A Sunni City: What Happens Next?

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Forces from the Iraqi army, police and militias are clearing out the self-styled Islamic State, or ISIS, in Tikrit. Many of the fighters are Shiites, and they're moving into a Sunni city.


In Battered Tikrit, Iraqi Forces Claim Much, But Not All Of City

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Iraqi military, with help from the U.S. and Iran, now holds most of Tikrit after a month of heavy fighting with the Islamic State. NPR's Alice Fordham visited and says the city is still volatile.


Iraqi Forces Make Advances In Tikrit, Prime Minister Says

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

After a month of fighting in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, the Iraqi Prime Minister said Tuesday that Iraqi forces took a step toward pushing out the self-declared Islamic State.


Tikrit Battle: U.S. And Iran-Backed Militias Are On The Same Side

Monday, March 30, 2015

In the battle to re-capture the Iraqi city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, two influential players are fighting uncomfortably on the same side: the U.S. and Shiite militias backed by Iran.


Lebanon's Reality TV: Like The Kardashians, Only Less Serious

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Maybe it's a sign that the U.S. does have influence in the Middle East. Lebanon's newest reality show, The Sisters, might look familiar. It features a trio of sisters who are into fashion big time.


Qatar Digital Library Preserves The Music Of A Vanishing Past

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The tiny, super-rich state of Qatar takes pride in its modernity, with its gleaming skyscrapers and lucrative gas fields. But it is also investing in a huge history project.


Brutal Acts By ISIS Eclipse Reports Of Violence By Syria's Assad Regime

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, receives attention for its brutal killings. Analysts say the group's hunger for publicity is overshadowing other heinous events.


App Aims To Track Engrained Corruption In Lebanon

Monday, March 09, 2015

A Lebanese lawyer has come up with a smartphone app that lets people anonymously report government corruption. It's helping shed light and might changes bad habits.


Remembering The Relics And Rich History Of Mosul, Before ISIS

Saturday, February 28, 2015

When NPR's Alice Fordham visited Mosul in 2010, bird droppings and rain were the biggest threats to its archaeological sites. Now ISIS has destroyed artifacts that had endured for millennia.


ISIS Video Shows Extremists Smashing Priceless Artifacts

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bearded men wielding sledgehammers are seen shattering ancient statues and friezes in the Iraqi city of Mosul. One of the militants says God commanded them to remove the idols and statues.