Alice Fordham

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Pope Holds Historic Meeting With Iraq's Top Shiite Cleric, Preaches Message Of Unity

Saturday, March 06, 2021

On the second day of a landmark trip to Iraq, Pope Francis traveled to the the city of Najaf to meet Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, before visiting what is believed to be the birthplace of Abraham.


'I Come As A Pilgrim': Pope Francis Begins Historic Visit To Iraq

Friday, March 05, 2021

The pontiff arrived at Baghdad International Airport where he was greeted by the prime minister. During his four-day visit, Francis will focus on Iraq's ancient but dwindling Christian community.


U.S. Civilian Contractor Dies During Rocket Strike On Iraq Air Base

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

The Pentagon said the unnamed U.S. national was taking shelter and suffered a "cardiac episode," dying shortly thereafter. The attack followed U.S. strikes against Iran-backed militants last week.


U.S. Launches Military Airstrikes Against Syria

Friday, February 26, 2021

The U.S. launched an air attack in Syria Thursday. Pentagon officials say they targeted facilities used by Iranian-backed militias responsible for a deadly rocket attack on a U.S. base in Iraq.


'It Was Like Magic': Iraqis Visit Babylon And Other Heritage Sites For 1st Time

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Domestic tourism has been strong in Iraq's northern Kurdish region, but sites in more impoverished, insecure areas tend to be visited less. A few Iraqi tourism companies are trying to change that.


Iraqis Are Getting To Know Historic Site Of Babylon Better Through Tourism

Monday, February 22, 2021

Iraq's historic site of Babylon is famous worldwide, but some Iraqis are just getting to know it again — thanks to tours that introduce them to the past.


Pope Plans Historic Visit To Iraq As Its Christian Populations Dwindle

Monday, February 22, 2021

Many Iraqis — Christian and Muslim — say they are excited about the first papal visit to the country, raising hopes of religious tolerance in the face of extremist violence.


NATO Announces Plan To Increase Presence In Iraq

Friday, February 19, 2021

A rocket attack on a U.S. base in Iraq highlights the difficult security situation in the country, even as NATO announces it will increase its presence. We examine what's needed to keep Iraq secure.


Pope Francis Hopes To Visit Iraq Next Month, Pandemic Permitting

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Pope Francis plans to travel the original home of the patriarch Abraham in the Iraqi desert. His tour will also take him to places where there are almost no Christians — most everyone is Muslim.


Rockets Kill Civilian Contractor, Injure U.S. Service Member, Others In Erbil, Iraq

Monday, February 15, 2021

Local media reported rockets fell in several areas in and around the city, and multiple people were being treated for injuries in hospital. The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear.


In Iraq's 'Dire' Economy, Poverty Is Rising — And So Are Fears Of Instability

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

"Iraq's economic situation can probably best be described as being dire," says an International Energy Agency expert. Government revenues have plummeted and its currency has been devalued.


Iraqis Forced To Cope With Country's Economic Hard Times

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

In Iraq, a huge share of the country relies on government salaries. But the government relies on oil revenues which have been falling. The purchasing power of average Iraqis has dropped.


More Than 30 Dead And Dozens Wounded After Double Suicide Attack In Iraq's Capital

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Twin suicide bombings at a Baghdad market — unheard of in recent years — are raising security concerns as the Biden administration looks at the U.S. troops still in the country.


Twin Suicide Bombings In Baghdad Market Kill At Least 32, Wound Over 100

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Suicide bombings have been rare in the Iraqi capital since the country's military largely defeated the Islamic State group in 2017. But ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks.


Syrians Face Bread Shortages As Regime Struggles With Economic Difficulties

Monday, May 04, 2020

Syria's President Bashar Assad, seems to be keeping his promise to retake every inch of the country with brutal force. But people in the areas he controls are suffering economically, too.


COVID-19 Reaches Lebanon's Overcrowded Palestinian Refugee Camps

Saturday, April 25, 2020

In Lebanon, a woman in a Palestinian refugee camp tested positive for the coronavirus. It's a worrying case for a country whose response to the virus is threatened by economic problems.


'The Peak Of This Mountain Is Like A Mirage': Pandemic Leaves Asylum Seekers Stranded

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The pandemic has "had a particularly heartbreaking impact on refugees — in the sense that it's cut off their ability to travel, and trapped them in precarious situations," says an immigration lawyer.


Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Fear Deportation For Seeking Coronavirus Test Or Care

Monday, April 06, 2020

Although people fleeing war or humanitarian crises know about the dangers of COVID-19, many are also worried about being persecuted if the disease spreads in their communities.


In World's Overcrowded Refugee Camps, Proper Hygiene, Isolation Are Impossible

Sunday, April 05, 2020

"If one person gets sick then everyone will get sick," says a Syrian refugee in a Greek camp. Officials worry the rapidly spreading virus could overwhelm nearby communities soon after ravaging a camp.


Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Are Scared To Get Tested For The Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Syrian refugees in Lebanon, who number more than 1 million, are afraid to come forward for coronavirus testing or treatment.