Leila Fadel http://www.kunc.org en Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://www.kunc.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 59036 at http://www.kunc.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town http://www.kunc.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 58943 at http://www.kunc.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town Gas In Egypt Is 78 Percent More Expensive Now Than Last Week http://www.kunc.org/post/gas-egypt-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 16:05:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 58719 at http://www.kunc.org Gas In Egypt Is 78 Percent More Expensive Now Than Last Week A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist http://www.kunc.org/post/rogue-libyan-general-tries-impose-order-iron-fist No one is safe in Libya these days. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:35:53 +0000 Leila Fadel 58332 at http://www.kunc.org A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants http://www.kunc.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 57982 at http://www.kunc.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants