Alice Fordham

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Iraqis Recall Al-Maliki's Lead In Return To Shiite Dominance

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On Wednesday, Iraq will hold the first national election since U.S. troops withdrew in 2011. The front-runner is the party of current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.


On Cusp Of Third Term, Could Iraqi President Be A New Dictator?

Monday, April 28, 2014

In the first national election since U.S. troops withdrew in 2011, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is the frontrunner for a third term in office. Despite criticism for mistreatin...


How To Survive In Iraqi Politics

Monday, April 28, 2014

Low to the dusty ground, by a reed-fringed river and a lush date palm orchard, is the farmhouse where Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, grew up.

The place is Junaja, one of hundreds of poor, Shiite Muslim farming towns in southern Iraq. Donkey carts jog alongside battered buses. No monument, ...


International Correspondent ProFile: Baking In Beirut

Monday, April 28, 2014

Alice Fordham has covered the Arab world for more than five years. Her work has taken her from the bookshops of Baghdad to the sand dunes of Algeria - and back again. Now settling into her new posting for NPR as a correspondent in Beirut, she reflects on ...


Syria Gives Up Chemical Weapons ... But A War Rages On

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sunday is the deadline for Syrian President Bashar Assad to hand over his government's chemical weapons stockpile, and he will have surrendered the vast majority of his declared arsenal.

Some call this a triumph. Others say Assad used the deal to buy time for brutal offensives in the civil war ...


Chemical Weapons Deadline May Be Met, But Results In Syria Are Mixed

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Syria will likely meet an upcoming deadline to hand over its declared chemical weapons. But the agreement seems to have emboldened the Syrian regime to use other brutal tactics, including a chemical not covered by the deal.


CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be supplemented by a more public effort in the coming months involving American military trainers.

The change in ...


For Extremists In Syria, Extortion Brings Piles Of Cash From Iraq

Monday, April 21, 2014

The renegade Islamist group known as ISIS now controls swaths of Syria and Iraq, and it's partly because the fighters are so rich. ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is known for having the biggest guns and paying the highest salaries.

While kidnapping, oil smuggling ...


Sunni Discontent Fuels Growing Violence In Iraq's Anbar Province

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fed up with what they say is years of discrimination by the Shiite-led government, ordinary Sunnis have joined Islamist fighters. There are echoes of past conflicts, with a few important distinctions.


Despite Havoc, Syrian War Sparks Hope Among Kurdish Minority

Monday, April 14, 2014

With Syria in chaos, minority Kurds there hope they can realize long-standing ambitions for autonomy. Kurds who fled to northern Iraq from Syria will press those demands when they finally go home.


As Refugees Stream In, Lebanon Copes With Human Flood Tide

Thursday, April 10, 2014

At least a million Syrian refugees are now in Lebanon. The influx is straining the balance in the fragile country of only four million people.


Kurdish Ambitions Get A Rude Awakening From Baghdad

Friday, March 14, 2014

A flashy hotel just opened in Iraqi Kurdistan, reflecting the region's ambitions. But the Arab-led government in Baghdad has given the region an economic jolt, putting its outsized dreams in doubt.


In Iraq, Anbar Faces Extremists Stronger Than Those U.S. Fought

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The extremists now committing a wave of attacks in Iraq's Anbar province are significantly better trained, funded and equipped than the al-Qaida-linked groups American soldiers battled there.


Splinters From Syria Reach Iraqi Kurds

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A regional conference in northern Iraq, under way now, is highlighting the shifts and maneuvers set in motion by the Syrian conflict. Alice Fordham reports on the conference from Iraqi Kurdistan.


Beirut's Suburbs Take New Precautions As Syrian Unrest Expands

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Riding the bus to Beirut's southern suburbs used to be a bumpy, crowded but fun experience. Everyone crammed in next to each other, bouncing around on the way to the area they call the Dahiyeh, the Arabic word for "suburb."

This sprawling southern district of Lebanon's capital is the place ...