Leila Fadel http://ktep.org en Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://ktep.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 45278 at http://ktep.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Life Under 'The Islamic State': Order In The Shadow Of Terror http://ktep.org/post/life-under-islamic-state-order-shadow-terror Transcript <p>: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. In Iraq the city of Mosul is becoming the de facto power center for the so-called Islamic State. The Sunni extremist group also known as ISIS took over the large Iraqi city last month as it swept through the northwest of the country. For a couple of years, the group had already controlled large portions of neighboring Syria amid that country's civil war. As it solidifies its hold on Mosul its building a track record for how it actually governs. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 45122 at http://ktep.org After An Ultimatum, Christians Flee Iraqi City http://ktep.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 45092 at http://ktep.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town http://ktep.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 45025 at http://ktep.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town A Few New Faces Aren't Likely To Satisfy Iraqi Government's Critics http://ktep.org/post/few-new-faces-arent-likely-satisfy-iraqi-governments-critics Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Iraq took a small step toward settling its political crisis and violent internal conflict today. It elected a new speaker of the parliament. The UN had said the country could plunge into chaos if that didn't happen. Much of the country is still in open revolt and under the control of radical Sunni militias and their local allies. Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is accused of aggravating the country's divisions. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44748 at http://ktep.org Gas In Egypt Is 78 Percent More Expensive Now Than Last Week http://ktep.org/post/egypts-gas-78-percent-more-expensive-now-last-week It's 2 p.m. on a hot day in Cairo and cars are lined up for blocks at this gas station in the east of the capital. People are waiting to fill their cars with the cheapest gas available — which is 78 percent more expensive than it was last week.<p>Ali Fayoumi yells from his window.<p>"I've been waiting for an hour and a half," he fumes. "Even the cheapest gas is too expensive. Everything is expensive, food, drink, everything."<p>The cars ahead of him move forward. He waits while we talk and I tell him not to lose his place in line. Don't worry, he says, no one will cut in front of me. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44287 at http://ktep.org Gas In Egypt Is 78 Percent More Expensive Now Than Last Week On The Shores Of Tripoli, A Beach Party Libyans Need http://ktep.org/post/shores-tripoli-beach-party-libyans-need The beach bums of Tripoli say that no matter who's in charge of Libya, they'll still be at the beach. Faisal Ali Kabir was here the night that former dictator Moammar Ghadafi was ousted, and Kabir remains, renting equipment to tourists, even as things around him change. NPR's Leila Fadel sends this postcard from Tripoli. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 44048 at http://ktep.org A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist http://ktep.org/post/rogue-libyan-general-tries-impose-order-iron-fist No one is safe in Libya these days. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 43628 at http://ktep.org A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist Remembering Salwa Bugaighis, The Libyan Advocate Who Took On Ghadafi http://ktep.org/post/remembering-salwa-bugaighis-libyan-advocate-who-took-ghadafi Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Now, sobering news out of Libya - a prominent rights activist was shot and stabbed to death in her home last night. Salwa Bugaighis was a lawyer from Benghazi who had opposed former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Today, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice issued a statement lauding her courage and leadership. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 43509 at http://ktep.org Guilty Verdicts Claim 3 More Reporters, As Egyptian Courts Roll On http://ktep.org/post/guilty-verdicts-claim-3-more-reporters-egyptian-courts-roll Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's a case that's drawn international condemnation. Today, an Egyptian court sentenced two journalists to seven years in jail, and a third to 10 years. They all work for the Al Jazeera English news network and were convicted of being or aiding terrorists and tarnishing Egypt's image. No evidence of their alleged crimes were present - was presented in court. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 43265 at http://ktep.org Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Reporters To Prison http://ktep.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 43222 at http://ktep.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants http://ktep.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 43042 at http://ktep.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants Sunni Insurgency Threatens To Plunge Iraq Into Sectarian War http://ktep.org/post/sunni-insurgency-threatens-plunge-iraq-sectarian-war Islamist Sunni militants reportedly control most of Iraq's largest oil refinery, as they vow to push on to Baghdad. Meanwhile, there is a growing call for Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki to step down. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 42977 at http://ktep.org Iraq's Dwindling Christians Wonder If It's Time To Leave Iraq http://ktep.org/post/christian-village-takes-iraqis-displaced-latest-violence About 20 miles outside the embattled northern Iraqi city of Mosul lies the Christian village of Al-Qoush. It's taken in about 2,000 residents from Mosul who fled after the militant Islamist group ISIS captured that city.<p>In recent days, news coverage from Iraq has focused largely on the Sunni-Shiite divide in that country. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 42904 at http://ktep.org Iraq's Dwindling Christians Wonder If It's Time To Leave Iraq For Fleeing Iraqis, Kurdish Areas Are The Safe Zone http://ktep.org/post/displaced-iraqi-citizens-flee-sunni-militants At a checkpoint to enter the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, families wait for their cars to be searched and for permission to enter. Inside this region, they believe they will be safe.<p>But these people who flee to Kurdish cities have the money to stay in hotels or rented apartments or have family to shelter them.<p>The less fortunate stay behind in a small camp near the checkpoint. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 42834 at http://ktep.org For Fleeing Iraqis, Kurdish Areas Are The Safe Zone Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City http://ktep.org/post/boon-or-blood-bath-life-under-isis-depends-city People in northern Iraq are getting their first taste of life under ISIS — the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that captured the large Iraqi city of Mosul last week with shocking speed.<p>The Sunni extremist group holds much of the mainly Sunni areas of northern and western Iraq.<p>Over the weekend it launched a bloody takeover of Tal Afar, an ethnically and religiously mixed Iraqi city near the Syrian border.<p>All across the city of Mosul are black flags with the words "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the state of Ninewa." They're a proclamation that the group — Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 42810 at http://ktep.org Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City In Iraq, Conflict Involving Sunni Militant Group Escalates http://ktep.org/post/iraq-conflict-involving-sunni-militant-group-escalates A Sunni militant group has captured swaths of Iraq including Mosul and the province surrounding it. Late Sunday, there were reports that the group had also seized Tal Afar. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:39:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 42764 at http://ktep.org Video Of Mob-Fueled Sexual Assaults Outrages Egyptians http://ktep.org/post/video-mob-fueled-sexual-assaults-outrages-egyptians Egypt's chief prosecutor has ordered three men arrested in connection with the assaults in Tahrir Square over the weekend to be put on trial immediately. Graphic video has been made public. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 42440 at http://ktep.org One Week A Prime Minister: The Short Story Of Libya's Former Leader http://ktep.org/post/one-week-prime-minister-short-story-libyas-former-leader In Libya, you never know from one week to the next who's going to be prime minister. And when I met with the man in the job last week, it was clear no one is really in charge.<p>Ahmed Maiteg had only been prime minister a couple of days. He took office under the apparent protection of a militia that supports him, even as another man still claimed the job.<p>Maiteg, a 41-year-old businessman, was so new in the building that his staff was getting lost.<p>"We are building our country together, and we would like to have a strong state and strong government. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 42335 at http://ktep.org One Week A Prime Minister: The Short Story Of Libya's Former Leader Upheaval In Libya Makes New Prime Minister's Job A Challenge http://ktep.org/post/upheaval-libya-makes-new-prime-ministers-job-challenge Transcript <p>ELISE HU, BYLINE: A contest between two great powers happening quietly inside lines and lines of code. Elise Hu, NPR News. >>INSKEEP: It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. Muamar al Gadhafi, the longtime dictator of Libya, held that country together by brute force. Now, since he was deposed in 2011, there has been a battle for power, often violent, among competing tribes and many of the armed groups who had worked together to remove Gadhafi. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 42153 at http://ktep.org Political Chaos Reigns 3 Years After Moammar Gadhafi's Ouster http://ktep.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 41702 at http://ktep.org No Surprise Here: Sisi Rolls To Victory In Egypt's Election http://ktep.org/post/no-surprise-here-sisi-rolls-victory-egypts-election It was never in doubt, but now it's official. Ex-military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be Egypt's president after nearly a year of being the nation's de facto leader.<p>He won by a landslide with more than 93 percent of the vote, according to a preliminary results. His victory was so sweeping that his lone opponent, Hamdeen Sabbahy, came in third with just 3 percent of the vote. People who voided their ballots in protest outnumbered those who voted for Sabbahy.<p>Sabbahy was third in the 2012 presidential election as well. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:58:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 41659 at http://ktep.org No Surprise Here: Sisi Rolls To Victory In Egypt's Election Egyptian Media Encourages Voters To Get To Polls — Or Else http://ktep.org/post/egyptian-media-encourages-voters-get-polls-or-else Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Egyptian authorities added a third day of voting tomorrow in the country's presidential election. Backers of candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are worried about underwhelming voter turnout. Sisi is the former military chief who led the popular coup against Egypt's last elected president. Sisi is almost certain to win, but his legitimacy could rely on turnout. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 41499 at http://ktep.org Egypt's Presidential Voting Comes During Crackdown On Dissent http://ktep.org/post/egypts-presidential-voting-comes-during-crackdown-dissent Egyptians are at the polls again Tuesday for the final day of the presidential elections. And the outcome seems pretty predictable, ex-military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be the next president. Tue, 27 May 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 41457 at http://ktep.org Voting Begins For Egypt's Next President http://ktep.org/post/voting-begins-egypts-next-president Former military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi is expected to emerge victorious from Egypt's two-day polling, which began Monday. But the country remains divided. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 41435 at http://ktep.org Egyptians Vote Monday And Tuesday For Next President http://ktep.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 41400 at http://ktep.org Egypt's Ex-Military Chief Right For Presidency, Female Voter Says http://ktep.org/post/egypts-ex-military-chief-right-presidency-female-voter-says Egyptians elect a new president next week. There are two candidates, and the man nearly certain to win is Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He was the head of the military until he resigned to run for president. Fri, 23 May 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 41243 at http://ktep.org Hopes Dim For Turkish Miners, But Rescuers Carry On http://ktep.org/post/hopes-dim-turkish-miners-rescuers-carry Hope is fading that any more mine workers will be rescued from a mine in western Turkey, where over 280 miners died after an explosion. NPR's Leila Fadel has been at the mine and offers more details. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 40731 at http://ktep.org On Second Day Of Mass Trial, Egyptian Judge Sentences 683 To Death http://ktep.org/post/second-day-mass-trial-egyptian-judge-sentences-683-death Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Today brought another shocking sentence from an Egyptian court. A judge issued death sentences for nearly 700 people accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood movement. They were charged with committing violence during unrest last summer. This is from the same judge who outraged rights groups last month by sentencing more than 500 people to death. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 39588 at http://ktep.org Egyptians Fear Power Outages Could Fuel More Unrest http://ktep.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 39130 at http://ktep.org