Leila Fadel http://wkms.org en Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://wkms.org/post/common-ground-between-iraqs-rebels-may-be-crumbling Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.<p>The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.<p>Abu Wissam asked them who they were. They said they were from the Islamic State, and then they took his father, a retired general who served in Saddam Hussein's army. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 42324 at http://wkms.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling After An Ultimatum, Christians Flee Iraqi City http://wkms.org/post/after-ultimatum-christians-flee-iraqi-city-en-masse For the first time since the first century, there are basically no Christians left in the historic Iraqi city of Mosul. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 42247 at http://wkms.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town http://wkms.org/post/extremists-leave-violent-message-small-iraqi-town A small Sunni Arab town north of Baghdad put up a fight when Sunni Muslim extremists from the so-called Islamic State tried to impose their rule on the town.<p>The residents lost, and now the town, Zowiya, just outside of Tikrit, is destroyed. More than 200 of its homes have been blown up, and the residents have fled.<p>The Islamic State leveled the town as a warning to anybody else that dares to fight them.<p>"My town is gone," says Abu Saad, a businessman in his sixties. "They bombed all our houses. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 42222 at http://wkms.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Reporters To Prison http://wkms.org/post/egyptian-court-sentences-al-jazeera-reporters-prison Two journalists in Cairo got seven years in prison and third received 10 years. Egypt's government accused them of helping the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 41488 at http://wkms.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants http://wkms.org/post/saddams-ex-officer-weve-played-key-role-helping-militants As they steamrolled across northern Iraq, Sunni militants had important help from an old power in the country — former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party and his army.<p>One retired air force colonel said he is a member of a newly formed military council overseeing Mosul, the large city captured last week by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and its allies from Sunni Arab armed factions.<p>He spoke in a phone interview from Mosul and agreed to talk only on the condition that he not be named. He said he was worried about being targeted. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 41428 at http://wkms.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants Political Chaos Reigns 3 Years After Moammar Gadhafi's Ouster http://wkms.org/post/political-chaos-reins-3-years-after-moammar-gadhafsi-ouster Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. We are reminded this morning of how difficult the transitions have been in the countries of the Arab Spring. Egypt has had a coup. Serious bloody civil war carries on. And in Libya, two men now claim to be the rightful prime minister. One is a businessman elected by parliament earlier this month with the backing of Islamists.<p>The other is his predecessor, the former defense minister who's refused to hand over power. Fri, 30 May 2014 10:08:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 40936 at http://wkms.org Egyptians Vote Monday And Tuesday For Next President http://wkms.org/post/egyptians-vote-monday-and-tuesday-next-president Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And so as Leila just told us, Egyptians appear ready to elect a military man - which in a way seems amazing considering the images we remember from three years ago. At that point, a military dictator, Hosni Mubarak, was removed from power. At that time, it was NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Cairo. She was witnessing all of the celebration.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: There are tooting horns and people running and screaming in the streets - just an absolutely mad air of celebration. Mon, 26 May 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 40827 at http://wkms.org Turkish Coal Miner Faces Future After Tragedy http://wkms.org/post/turkish-coal-miner-faces-future-after-tragedy Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>The mining town of Soma in Western Turkey is reeling after Tuesday's mine explosion. At least 300 people have died there. The government's now winding down the recovery operation, but many townspeople fear more miners remain underground and believe officials are covering up the real number of the dead. The mine has been shut and survivors are asking how they can support their families with no jobs. Sat, 17 May 2014 15:29:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 40632 at http://wkms.org Egyptians Fear Power Outages Could Fuel More Unrest http://wkms.org/post/egyptians-fear-power-outages-could-fuel-more-unrest Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Sometimes in the evening in Cairo, Egypt, people take a sailboat ride on the Nile. I got to do this once, Renee. It's amazing. The river cuts through the center of the city and you can see the lights of Cairo spreading along each bank. Except, of course, when the lights are out.<p>MONTAGNE: And power outages are a feature of daily life, I gather. The electrical grid needs repair. Power plants need fuel. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 40048 at http://wkms.org Egyptian Court Sentences 529 Morsi Supporters To Death http://wkms.org/post/egyptian-court-sentences-529-morsi-supporters-death Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. In Egypt yesterday, a criminal court sentenced 529 people to death over the killing of a police officer. The verdict has been described as unprecedented and humanitarian critics say the two-day trial that preceded it was a sham. Here's NPR's Leila Fadel from Cairo.<p>LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: Human rights groups call the mass death sentences the most severe verdict they've seen in modern history. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 39452 at http://wkms.org