Leila Fadel http://wnku.org en Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://wnku.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 38338 at http://wnku.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Life Under 'The Islamic State': Order In The Shadow Of Terror http://wnku.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 20:28:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 38227 at http://wnku.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town http://wnku.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 38175 at http://wnku.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://wnku.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 20:58:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 38024 at http://wnku.org A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist http://wnku.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 37374 at http://wnku.org A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist Remembering Salwa Bugaighis, The Libyan Advocate Who Took On Ghadafi http://wnku.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 20:44:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 37332 at http://wnku.org Guilty Verdicts Claim 3 More Reporters, As Egyptian Courts Roll On http://wnku.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 37180 at http://wnku.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants http://wnku.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 37059 at http://wnku.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City http://wnku.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 36916 at http://wnku.org Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City One Week A Prime Minister: The Short Story Of Libya's Former Leader http://wnku.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 36645 at http://wnku.org One Week A Prime Minister: The Short Story Of Libya's Former Leader