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Deborah Amos

Deborah Amos appears in the following:

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 — one of the hubs of the Middle East — 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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Iranian Activist Says Her Release Is A Gesture, Not A New Era

Monday, May 05, 2014

Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of Iran's most prominent human rights lawyers, says President Hassan Rouhani has opened a space for dissident voices, but the country is still a "big prison."

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Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Men and women ski on the same slopes. A rock band performs in the capital. It's all part of the constant tug-of-war between religious conservatives and those seeking more social freedoms.

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Iranians Begin To Feel The Heavy Burden Of Syria's War

Friday, March 28, 2014

Iran has been a close ally of Syria for decades and a staunch supporter in Syria's current war. But a growing number of Iranians are questioning the costs of backing President Bashar Assad.

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Viral Photo Of Syrian War Victims Comes To Times Square

Thursday, March 20, 2014

After bouncing all over the Internet, the iconic photo is coming to big screens in Times Square. It shows a sea of desperate people waiting for food in the devastated refugee camp of Yarmouk.

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A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store

Monday, March 17, 2014

Three years into Syria's civil war, a resigned stability and a sense of permanence are taking hold at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

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Syrian Conflict Marches Into Fourth Year

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Syrian uprising started three years ago this week with protests and eventually a military crackdown that led to all-out civil war. More than 130,000 people have died.

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Saudi Aid Boost To Syrian Rebels Puts Jordan At Risk

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Convoys of humanitarian aid trucks from Saudi Arabia are rolling through Jordan toward Syria. That puts Jordan in a precarious situation on the front line of the war.

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'Waiting For Godot' Strikes A Chord In Tehran

Friday, March 14, 2014

Samuel Beckett's drama is playing before full houses in the Iranian capital Tehran. Some view it as an allegory of their desire to see change that never seems to come.

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Iranian Women Make A Push For Greater Opportunities

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A new bloom of activist movements have been spurred by the election of President Hassan Rouhani. And women — many of them educated but without job prospects — are at the forefront.

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My (Brief) Detention By Iran's Morality Police

Monday, March 03, 2014

NPR's Deborah Amos had a recent run-in with the "morals police" in Tehran. Her three-hour confinement revealed the gap between the enforcers and a generation chafing under strict behavior codes.

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