Deborah Amos http://wkms.org en After Mosul's Fall, Iraqis Adjust To New Normal Under ISIS http://wkms.org/post/after-mosuls-fall-iraqis-adjust-new-normal-under-isis 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 calls ISIS "scum" and hints at limits to the group's influence. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=After+Mosul%27s+Fall%2C+Iraqis+Adjust+To+New+Normal+Under+ISIS&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzczMDA2MDEzNTg3ODA1MTAzZjYxNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 41462 at http://wkms.org U.S. Policy In Syria Could No Longer Be Defended, Ex-Ambassador Says http://wkms.org/post/us-policy-syria-could-no-longer-be-defended-ex-ambassador-says Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. President Obama's former point man on Syria resigned because he can no longer defend U.S. policy there. Ambassador Robert Ford was once known for dramatic gestures supporting Syria's opposition. But Ford says, as the uprising became a civil war he was frustrated by limited U.S. support for rebels. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 41040 at http://wkms.org Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days? http://wkms.org/post/irans-culture-wars-whos-winning-these-days In Iran, hardline critics are waging a campaign against President Hassan Rouhani to limit his campaign pledge of opening Iran to more social and cultural freedoms.<p>The "culture wars" are as old as the Islamic revolution that swept conservative clerics to power more than three decades ago. The latest chapter comes as Rouhani is negotiating a nuclear deal with six world powers. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 39854 at http://wkms.org Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days? Iranians Begin To Feel The Heavy Burden Of Syria's War http://wkms.org/post/iranians-begin-feel-heavy-burden-syrias-war The Syrian civil war has been a major headache for President Obama. Critics at home and abroad, like Saudi Arabia, where the president was on Friday, have urged the U.S. to do more.<p>But the U.S. isn't the only country that's faced difficult choices over Syria. Iran and Syria have been close allies for decades. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 39545 at http://wkms.org Iranians Begin To Feel The Heavy Burden Of Syria's War A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store http://wkms.org/post/syrian-refugee-camp-girl-scouts-and-safeway-store On a sunny afternoon in the dusty, overcrowded Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, a group of Syrian girls recites a familiar pledge and hope to change their future. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 39301 at http://wkms.org A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City http://wkms.org/post/rebels-fight-rebels-grim-reports-syrian-city Reports from the Syrian city of Raqqa are dire. In the north-central provincial capital, "the atmosphere has gone from bad to worse," says one activist with a rare link to the Internet. He reports the city is "completely paralyzed," the hospital is abandoned, and there are bodies in the central square. There is no power or water for a city of more than half a million people. Even the critical bread ovens are shut.<p>The appalling description from Raqqa is just one scene from a new phase in the Syrian war. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:48:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 37898 at http://wkms.org As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City Radical Islamists In Northern Syria Spill Over Turkish Border http://wkms.org/post/radical-islamists-northern-syria-spill-over-turkish-border Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>As we just heard, Turkish officials say they're clamping down on the radical Islamists who move through Turkey to join the rebellion in Syria. But in some frontier towns of southern Turkey, there's little sign of a crackdown.<p>NPR's Deborah Amos has that story.<p>DEBORAH AMOS, BYLINE: Usually, we begin a story like this in a Turkish border town, the places near Syria's northern frontier that are a hub for radicals who want to join al-Qaida linked groups. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 37302 at http://wkms.org With The Help Of Smugglers, Syrian Refugees Sneak Into Europe http://wkms.org/post/help-smugglers-syrian-refugees-sneak-europe The 27-year-old Syrian, who once smuggled arms for Syrian rebels, is now waiting in Istanbul for a human smuggler to get him to Europe. He says his name is Mohammed. He does not offer a second name. He will go by air, he says, the safest route. He has paid a smuggler more than $8,000, and he's sure he will get to Austria.<p>In the past week, he connected seven friends with smugglers.<p>"I know that most of them made it," he says, with a tight smile. He is traveling light. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 10:23:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 37163 at http://wkms.org With The Help Of Smugglers, Syrian Refugees Sneak Into Europe As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts http://wkms.org/post/polio-spreads-syria-politics-thwarts-vaccination-efforts The World Health Organization has declared a polio emergency in Syria.<p>After being free of the crippling disease for more than a decade, Syria <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/10/22/238693328/first-polio-cases-since-1999-suspected-in-syria">recorded</a> 10 confirmed cases of polio in October. Now the outbreak has grown to 17 confirmed cases, the WHO <a href="http://www.who.int/csr/don/2013_11_26polio/en/index.html">said</a> last week. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 23:58:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 37026 at http://wkms.org As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts After Stalemate, Regime Troops Gain Against Syrian Rebels http://wkms.org/post/after-stalemate-regime-troops-gain-against-syrian-rebels The Syrian army has been gaining significant ground against the rebels around the capital and in the north city of Aleppo. Analysts say the regime has better allies, superior fire-power and in this sectarian battle, has finally integrated Shiite forces from Hezbollah into a formidable force that is effective against disunited rebels. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:39:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 36655 at http://wkms.org