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The U.S. Investigates Possible Civilian Deaths During Baghdadi Raid In Syria

Friday, March 13, 2020

The military is conducting a credibility assessment of claims of civilian casualties during the U.S. operation against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


Amid Lebanon's Economic Crisis, The Country's Health Care System Is Ailing

Sunday, February 09, 2020

"We are collecting from every person of goodwill," says a Roman Catholic priest who started a low-cost clinic. "We are not expecting a miracle. We hope to create a place where people feel respected."


Syrians Say U.S. Helicopter Fire Killed Civilians During The Raid On Baghdadi

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

A Syrian man says his arm was blown off and two friends were killed by U.S. helicopter fire during the assault on an ISIS leader. A defense official said the military will review what happened.


'We Didn't See A Body': Baghdadi's Death Draws Doubts In Lands Where ISIS Ruled

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In Iraq and Syria, the ISIS leader's death has stirred a mix of responses — from joy to disbelief to dread that the militants will rise again.


'Baby Shark,' Drinks And Dancing: Lebanon's Protests Are Unlike Any Other

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Protesters are demanding better public services, economic reform and a new government. Many demonstrators do so while holding a Lebanese flag in one hand and a beer in the other.


Kurdish General Slams U.S.-Syria Policy; Gen. Petraeus Calls Withdrawal 'A Betrayal'

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Two days into a cease-fire, clashes continue along Syria's northern border. Petraeus, who once commanded U.S. forces in the region, told NPR that withdrawing U.S. troops is unfair to Kurdish allies.


Reporters' Notebook: The Moment Everything Changed In Syria

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Here is what it was like in the northern part of the country as the Syrian military started advancing to retake territory after the U.S. made way for Turkey's incursion against the Kurdish forces.


In Lebanon, Palestinians Protest New Employment Restrictions

Friday, July 26, 2019

The protests were spurred by the closure of two Palestinian-owned businesses amid a larger government crackdown on Syrian refugees. Palestinians make up about 10% of Lebanon's population.


How Oman Has Become A Key Diplomatic Player In The Middle East

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Oman has emerged as a quiet facilitator of dialogue, including between Iran and the U.S. "We always keep a focus not on the negative, but on the positive," says Oman's incoming U.N. ambassador.


Forced To Demolish Their Own Homes, Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Seek New Shelter

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Lebanon requires refugees to live in shelters made of canvas or wood. A new military decree directs them to demolish concrete walls over 3 feet high by July 1. Many don't know where they'll live next.


'I Don't Know Where I Will Be The Next Minute — Dead Or Alive': The View From Tripoli

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Tripoli office of the International Committee of the Red Cross says, "Densely populated residential areas are gradually turning into battlefields." The city has been under attack since April 4.


For Migratory Birds, Lebanon Is A 'Black Hole' Where They Are Hunted, Trapped, Killed

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Every year, some 2.6 million birds are shot or die after being trapped in illegal nets in Lebanon. "This country is a black hole in terms of protection," says a conservationist.


Trinidadian Mom Reunites With Kids Taken By Their Father To ISIS

Saturday, January 26, 2019

After four years in Syria, two brothers returned home to Trinidad this week, following an extraordinary intervention by their mother, a renowned human rights lawyer and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.


Heavy Winter Storm Wrecks Syrian Refugee Camps In Lebanon

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Thousands of Syrians seeking refuge in neighboring Lebanon are scrambling for shelter and an 8-year-old girl was reported dead.


'We Were Eating Grass': Syrians Flee As Fight Pushes On Against Last ISIS Remnants

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The last U.S.-led offensive against ISIS in Syria is taking place in a remote desert region. The al-Hol refugee camp is overwhelmed with new arrivals.


Determined To Seek An Education, Teenagers In Raqqa, Syria, Create Their Own School

Friday, December 28, 2018

With their city in ruins and little international help, a group of teenagers decided to take matters into their own hands. They recruited teachers, found a building and set up classes for themselves.


'We Will Curse Them As Traitors': Syrian Kurds React To U.S. Troop Withdrawal Plan

Monday, December 24, 2018

After President Trump's decision to pull out U.S. troops, residents of northeastern Syria tell NPR they feel betrayed. Syrians, led by Kurdish fighters, have lost thousands in the fight against ISIS.


Yemen's Warring Sides Shake Hands On Deal To Swap Thousands Of Prisoners

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Both sides in Yemen's conflict are meeting in Sweden for their first face-to-face talks since war broke out in 2015. Yemenis face the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world," according to the U.N.


Foreign Wives And Children Of ISIS Are Held In Syria With Uncertain Future

Friday, December 07, 2018

Kurdish officials in northeastern Syria say they are holding 550 foreign women whom they captured after defeating ISIS, as well as about 1,200 foreign children.


'Entire Families Wiped Out': U.S. Airstrikes Killed Many Civilians In Syria

Friday, November 09, 2018

Rescuers working to dig out and identify corpses from last year's anti-ISIS offensive in Raqqa estimate there were "thousands" of civilian casualties. The U.S.-led coalition acknowledges 104.