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Former U.S. Marine-Turned-Writer Returns To Iraq Over A Decade Later

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:47:00 -0400

Elliot Ackerman is a decorated former Marine who was an infantry officer in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. He just returned to Fallujah on assignment for Esquire magazine and tells NPR's Kelly McEvers about the changes in the city after it was liberated from ISIS. He also visited the front lines in the battle for Mosul.

Woman From Famous 'Afghan Girl' Photo Is Arrested In Pakistan

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:32:00 -0400

Sharbat Gula was around 12 years old when her image became the most famous National Geographic cover in the magazine's history. She's now in her 40s.

3 Iran-Americans Receive Lengthy Prison Sentences In Iran

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:06:00 -0400

A third Iranian-American has received a harsh prison sentence in Iran — in what activists say is an attempt by hardliners to undermine the Iranian president's efforts to reach out to the West.

U.N. Says 2016 Will Be Deadliest Year Ever For Migrants Crossing The Mediterranean

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:15:00 -0400

That's despite far fewer people making the treacherous passage. The U.N. says smugglers set people off on mass embarkations on "flimsy inflatable rafts that often do not make the journey."

U.N. Official Says War Crimes Are Being Committed In Aleppo

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

David Greene speaks with Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, who called what is taking place in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, "crimes of historic proportions."

Near Mosul, Some Residents Flee ISIS, Others Stay And Fight With ISIS

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:31:00 -0400

The Iraqi army is battling its way through villages south of Mosul. Residents who fled say some local tribes are still with ISIS, and will be ready to fight to the death.

Iraqi Fighters Continue Push Toward ISIS Held City Of Mosul

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:28:32 -0400

A coalition of various Iraqi fighters with assistance from the U.S. are continuing to push toward the ISIS held city of Mosul. Is the fight going according to plan? NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Jessica Lewis McFate, research director at the Institute for the Study of War, about how it is going so far.

PHOTOS: France Begins Evicting Thousands Of Migrants From Notorious 'Jungle' Camp

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:06:00 -0400

French security forces intend to dismantle the squalid camp that, despite its poor living conditions, has housed thousands of people who fled wars or poverty for a better life in Europe.

A Palestinian Preaches Positive Thinking To A Tough Crowd: His Own People

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0400

Motivational speaker Saed Karzoun has a tough sell in the West Bank as he tries to preach optimism and self-empowerment at a time when pessimism runs high among Palestinians.

As Calais Migrant Camp Closes, Refugees Not Seeking Asylum In France Look To U.K.

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

France will begin dismantling a migrant camp in Calais tomorrow. It's called "the Jungle" and it's home to thousands of migrants.

The Dueling Narratives In The Fight For Mosul

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:11:15 -0400

In Iraq, the battle for control of Mosul, the country's second largest city, has been raging for almost a week. There are differing narratives coming from the Pentagon and the front lines.

The Next U.S. President Can Expect Weakened, But Still Lethal ISIS

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0400

The Pentagon is predicting big victories soon over ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Even if that happens, the next U.S. leader will have figure out how to deal with a weakened, but still dangerous group.

Iraqi Forces Shaken By ISIS Resistance In Fight For Mosul

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:49:00 -0400

In the first week of an Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul, the effort is slow and fraught with danger. Officials say the operation's on track, soldiers say it's more difficult than they were expecting.

In Iraq, ISIS Attacks City Of Kirkuk As Battle For Mosul Rages

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:13:00 -0400

Militants struck police stations and a power station in the northern city. In Mosul, the U.N. says it is concerned ISIS may be using civilians as human shields as Iraqi forces advance.

In Jerusalem And West Bank, Nutella Cafes Offer A Sweet Refuge

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:01 -0400

Palestinians are flocking to a string of Nutella cafés that have popped up in the region. The cafes offer a welcome refuge from the realities of living in a conflict zone.