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Deborah Amos

Deborah Amos appears in the following:

Sunni Moderates May Be Key To Turning Back ISIS Extremists

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Defeating the militant group Islamic State in the Middle East will depend on getting Sunni Muslims to reject it. And Sunnis, the region's majority religious sect, are divided, insecure and struggling over their identity.

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U.S. Weighs Its Option Dealing With Islamist Militants

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Obama administration is faced with a growing challenge by Islamist militants. The Islamic State controls parts of Iraq and Syria. How much can the U.S. really accomplish with airstrikes?

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Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Syrians have flooded into neighboring countries, and now they are having babies. But the children are not receiving citizenship from either Syria or the country where they are born.

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Syria's Army On The Verge Of Retaking The Country's Largest City

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rebels captured the eastern half of Aleppo, the country's biggest city, two years ago. Now President Assad's army looks likely to drive them out in what would be a major blow to the opposition.

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In Defiance of Damascus, Aid Goes Cross-Border To Rebel-Held Areas

Monday, July 14, 2014

Against the demands of the Assad regime, a covert cross-border operation has been getting aid to desperate Syrians in areas out of government control. A new U.N. resolution could expand these efforts.

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Have The Islamist Militants Overreached In Iraq And Syria?

Saturday, July 05, 2014

After sweeping military victories, the group now known as the Islamic State is demanding loyalty from all Muslims. Like other radical Islamist groups, they may be alienating potential supporters.

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Emerging Alliances In Mosul Raise Tensions And Complications

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunni militants were originally welcomed when they rolled into the Iraqi city of Mosul, but now there's a power struggle between the local tribes, Sunnis and Saddam Hussein's former Baathist party.

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For Iraqi Christians, Return To Captured City Is A Fraught Mandate

Friday, June 27, 2014

Archbishop Emil Nona, the head of the Chaldean church in Mosul, Iraq, was out of town when ISIS captured his city. Now, he is going back to Mosul, as are some 50 Christian families. He knows the dangers, but he says he must tend his flock.

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Iraq's Ethnic Kurds See Opportunity In Nation's Chaos

Friday, June 27, 2014

As the Iraqi army crumbled before militants this month, the nation's ethnic Kurds are taking back long-sought areas and revisiting the dream of declaring themselves an independent state.

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At Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery, Siege Nears A Complicated Conclusion

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Both ISIS militants and the Iraqi government claim to control the country's largest oil refinery. But NPR's Deborah Amos reports that the rebels have closed in and are negotiating with the beleaguered forces inside.

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After Mosul's Fall, Iraqis Adjust To New Normal Under ISIS

Friday, June 20, 2014

Not all Sunnis are on board with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, even if they oppose the Iraqi government. One ranking Sunni cleric in northern Iraq hints at limits to the group's influence.

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Iraqi Territory Lost To Insurgents May Be Tough To Retake

Friday, June 20, 2014

President Obama is sending 300 military advisers to Iraq to beef up intelligence efforts to try to counter insurgent activity in the northern part of the country.

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ISIS Presses Its Advance, Attacking Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

While ISIS militants assault Iraq's largest oil refinery, the country's prime minister is vowing that his forces will turning back the insurgency.

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The Shape Of Extremist Ambitions In Iraq And Beyond

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Deborah Amos, author of Eclipse of the Sunnis, talks about the extremist vision for establishing a new Sunni caliphate, as well as what it might look like if a group like ISIS managed to do so.

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Gulf Neighbors Struggle To Deal With Militant Advance In Iraq

Monday, June 16, 2014

The takeover of much of Iraq โ€” one of the hubs of the Middle East โ€” by extremist militants has shaken the region. How do Iraq's neighbors see the conflict rippling throughout the area?

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Like 'Doctor Who,' Syrian Activists Hang In Limbo Post-Election

Saturday, June 07, 2014

President Bashar Assad's election victory is another sign that exiled Syrian activists may never safely go home. One activist compares it to the fate of the time-traveling, British TV cult hero.

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U.S. Policy In Syria Could No Longer Be Defended, Ex-Ambassador Says

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Robert Ford served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria until late February. Ford says as the uprising became a civil war, he was frustrated by limited U.S. support for rebel forces.

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What Syria's President Seeks From A Not-So-Democratic Election

Monday, June 02, 2014

Bashar Assad is certain to cruise to victory Tuesday in a vote that's been widely condemned. But the point is not the voting. Rather, it's an attempt to show he still controls parts of the country.

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Will The U.S. Arm Syrian Rebels?

Friday, May 30, 2014

There was some anticipation this week that President Obama might endorse stronger measures to give training to Syria's rebels. The president told NPR the rebels might be better able to use U.S. aid.

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U.N. Chief Paints Bleak Picture For Humanitarian Access In Syria

Friday, May 30, 2014

Earlier this year, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling for more humanitarian access in Syria. Even that, though, has had not eased the suffering of civilians.

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