Deborah Amos http://nhpr.org en After Mosul's Fall, Iraqis Adjust To New Normal Under ISIS http://nhpr.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 21:44:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 50602 at http://nhpr.org U.S. Policy In Syria Could No Longer Be Defended, Ex-Ambassador Says http://nhpr.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 49673 at http://nhpr.org Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days? http://nhpr.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 46653 at http://nhpr.org Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days? Iranians Begin To Feel The Heavy Burden Of Syria's War http://nhpr.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 21:31:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 45823 at http://nhpr.org Iranians Begin To Feel The Heavy Burden Of Syria's War Viral Photo Of Syrian War Victims Comes To Times Square http://nhpr.org/post/viral-photo-syrian-war-victims-comes-times-square <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLp_2QU1nmY</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 45376 at http://nhpr.org A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store http://nhpr.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 20:30:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 45212 at http://nhpr.org A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City http://nhpr.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 22:29:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 41506 at http://nhpr.org As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City With The Help Of Smugglers, Syrian Refugees Sneak Into Europe http://nhpr.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 39732 at http://nhpr.org With The Help Of Smugglers, Syrian Refugees Sneak Into Europe As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts http://nhpr.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 23:54:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 39449 at http://nhpr.org As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts After Stalemate, Regime Troops Gain Against Syrian Rebels http://nhpr.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 09:15:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 38699 at http://nhpr.org Saudi Women Go For A Spin In Latest Challenge To Driving Ban http://nhpr.org/post/saudi-women-go-spin-latest-challenge-driving-ban <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6miMkksxsZ0</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:10:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 37335 at http://nhpr.org Saudi Women Go For A Spin In Latest Challenge To Driving Ban Syria's Grinding War Takes Toll On Children http://nhpr.org/post/syrias-grinding-war-and-toll-it-takes-children Alexandra Chen, a specialist in childhood trauma, is on her way from the Lebanese capital, Beirut, to the southern town of Nabatiyeh, where she's running a workshop for teachers, child psychologists and sports coaches who are dealing with the Syrian children scarred by war in their homeland.<p>"All of the children have experienced trauma to varying degree," explains Chen, who works for Mercy Corps and is training a dozen new hires for her aid group.<p>Her intense five-day workshop is based on skills and techniques developed in other conflict zones, used for the first time here.<p>"They need to Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:25:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 37120 at http://nhpr.org Syria's Grinding War Takes Toll On Children Do You Know What The U.S. Government Is Up To In Syria? http://nhpr.org/post/do-you-know-what-us-government-syria Mark Ward is the U.S. State Department's senior adviser on assistance to Syria, and when he heard the Syrian border town of Azaz was overrun by an offshoot of al-Qaida in September, he knew it was time to get creative again.<p>"You always have to have a plan B in this kind of work," he says.<p>Ward is based in Turkey. His job is to oversee a growing and unusual U.S. humanitarian assistance program in rebel-held areas in seven provinces across northern Syria.<p>U.S. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:20:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 36201 at http://nhpr.org Do You Know What The U.S. Government Is Up To In Syria? Syrian Rebels: U.S. Distracted By Focus On Chemical Weapons http://nhpr.org/post/syrian-rebels-us-distracted-focus-chemical-weapons A satellite cellphone rings for rebel commander Bashar al-Zawi, at home with his family in the Jordanian city of Irbid. It's a rare domestic break for this wealthy businessman turned rebel commander. But he is anxious to get back to his battalion of 5,000 fighters in southern Syria.<p>They are taking part in a rebel offensive that is squeezing the Syrian army around the city of Dera'a. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:43:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 35660 at http://nhpr.org Syrian Rebels: U.S. Distracted By Focus On Chemical Weapons In Southern Syria, Rebels Say U.S. Support Is Critical http://nhpr.org/post/southern-syria-rebels-say-us-support-critical The battle for the city of Dera'a in southern Syria has become a test of an American pledge to give military support to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad. After a string of defeats, the rebels have scored rare victories around Dera'a.<p>But in interviews,rebel commanders passing through neighboring Jordan say those gains could be lost without a dependable arms pipeline and promised U.S. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 31160 at http://nhpr.org In Southern Syria, Rebels Say U.S. Support Is Critical