Deborah Amos

Deborah Amos appears in the following:

For Some Syrian Refugees, A New Home In Germany

Thursday, September 12, 2013

More than 2 million Syrians are refugees in surrounding states. Germany has become the first European country to take in a contingent of refugees, saying they can stay for two years.


Who Are The Syrian Rebels?

Monday, September 09, 2013

Researchers argue that through social media and on-the-ground research, a detailed portrait of the Syrian rebels has emerged. This goes against the conventional wisdom, which holds that little is known about the rebel factions.


How Food Aid Is Being Used As A Weapon In Syria

Monday, July 29, 2013

The civil war in Syria has left millions of people dependent on food aid. But delivering that aid to rebel-held areas is an enormous challenge. And food aid is being used as a weapon to control the population in both government and rebel territory.


The Don Who's Taken Charge Of Jordan's Biggest Refugee Camp

Sunday, July 14, 2013

After fleeing his native Syria, Mohammad al-Hariri became the most powerful man in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where more than 120,000 refugees live. Aid workers view him as running a criminal enterprise, but they appear to have little choice but to work with him.


In Southern Syria, Rebels Say U.S. Support Is Critical

Friday, July 12, 2013

After a string of defeats, Syrian rebels have scored rare victories around Dera'a, a key battlefront near Damascus. Rebel commanders say those gains could be lost without a dependable arms supply and promised U.S. aid. So far, those weapons haven't materialized.


A Dark, Complex Story

Friday, July 12, 2013

Unlike the Egyptian revolution of 2011, the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi is a story without a clear protagonist or an easy, happy summary. Brooke talks with NPR's Deb Amos about the way the media both here and in the region has been handling that complexity. Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News.


Reversing Direction, Some Syrian Refugees Now Head Home

Monday, July 08, 2013

Syrian refugees have been pouring into Jordan since the war broke out. But over the past month, more Syrian refugees went back than came to Jordan. The returnees cite rough conditions in the Jordanian camps and recent rebel advances.


In A Rough Neighborhood, Jordan Clings To Its Stability

Monday, July 01, 2013

Amid the turbulent Middle East, Jordan remains stable — for now. But internal and external pressures are mounting. From within, a faltering economy and a popular demand for a say in how the country is governed. And from without, a flood of refugees from Syria that are straining resources.


As Doctors Leave Syria, Public Health Crisis Looms

Saturday, June 29, 2013

As the civil war continues, a new study says Syria's health care system is near collapse. Outbreaks of disease are on the rise in the country, and refugees sheltered beyond the border are also at great risk.


Jordan Accused Of Targeting Online Dissent

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's happened across the Middle East — and now it's happening in Jordan. The country's government has cracked down on news and other Internet sites. A new law requires those sites to be registered with the government and have a member of Jordan's press council on staff. Some are calling it another form of censorship.


U.S. War Planes Participate In Exercises In Jordan

Monday, June 17, 2013

Jordan is hosting major military exercises known as Eager Lion 2013. More than 15,000 soldiers from 18 countries, including the U.S., will be participating. The war games kicked off as Syria's civil war rages next door.


Syrians React To U.S. Providing Military Aid To Rebels

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Obama administration has decided to provide more assistance to the Syrian opposition after officials became confident the Syrian regime was using chemical weapons against rebel forces.


Is Syria's Bashar Assad Getting The Upper Hand?

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Since the Syrian uprising began, the opposition often seemed to have the momentum. But that dynamic seems to have changed recently. President Bashar Assad remains defiant and his army seems to be faring better, with help from Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.


Teaching The Rules Of War In Syria's Vicious Conflict

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

War crimes are increasingly defining the conflict in Syria. But a recent workshop for opposition fighters held in southern Turkey hopes to teach them international humanitarian law that helps them be "Fighters Not Killers."


Diplomats Hope Syrian Rebels' Losses Promote Collaboration

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Syrian rebels are on the defensive these days, losing ground to new offensives by government troops. Western diplomats are hopeful the rebel losses will persuade their leaders to attend an international conference being organized by the U.S. and Russia to chart a path to peace in the blood-soaked country. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Deb Amos.


With Rebels In Disarray, Syrian Regime Appears Confident

Friday, May 10, 2013

Analysts explain that Assad defines victory as holding on to key territory, including Damascus, and they say Assad's goal is to stay in place until 2014, as he said he would, to run in a presidential election. The overall commander of the Free Syrian Army says his rebels are getting hammered by the regime in the south because arms shipments stopped over a month ago.


U.S. Point Man On Syria Meets With Rebels Inside Syria

Friday, May 10, 2013

Ambassador Robert Ford crossed into northern Syria on Wednesday. The secret visit was confirmed by Syrian activists at the media office at the Bab al-Salama crossing on the Turkish frontier.


Top U.S. Official Meets With Rebels Inside Syria

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Ambassador Robert Ford, the State Department's point man on Syrian policy, met with the head of the Aleppo military council on Wednesday. Syrian rebels thanked him for the delivery of some 65,000 MREs. Both the visit and the shipment appear to be a sign of support for Gen. Salim Idriss, the rebels' commander.


Thousands Of Syrians Ride Buses To Refugee Camps

Monday, May 06, 2013

Morning Edition rides along with Andrew Harper of the UNHCR to the Syrian border. Roughly 3,000 Syrians each day wait for buses to take them to refugee camps in Jordan.


As Syria Melts Down, Ice Cream Shop Sets Up In Jordan

Saturday, May 04, 2013

The Bakdash ice cream parlor has been a landmark in the Syrian capital Damascus for more than a century. But after two years of war, the owners have set up a new shop in Amman, Jordan, home to many Syrian refugees.