Alice Fordham

Alice Fordham is an NPR International Correspondent based in Beirut, Lebanon.

In this role, she reports on Lebanon, Syria and many of the countries throughout the Middle East.

Before joining NPR in 2014, Fordham covered the Middle East for five years, reporting for The Washington Post, the Economist, The Times and other publications. She has worked in wars and political turmoil but also amid beauty, resilience and fun.

In 2011, Fordham was a Stern Fellow at the Washington Post. That same year she won the Next Century Foundation's Breakaway award, in part for an investigation into Iraqi prisons.

Fordham graduated from Cambridge University with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics.

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3:53pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Parallels

Angry At Shiite-Led Government, Sunnis Are Loath To Help Calm Iraq

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 7:30 pm

A leading Sunni tribal chief, Sheik Abu Ali al-Jubbouri says he misses former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who favored his sect.
Hussein Malla AP

Iraq is looking increasingly like a state partitioned along sectarian lines. Shiites control the south, but Sunni militants are sweeping through the north and west — and they're doing it with help from local Sunni populations.

Interviews with Sunni leaders show how hard it will be to build the kind of trust needed to put the country back together under one functioning authority.

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2:07pm

Mon June 23, 2014
Iraq

Maliki's Power Base Crumbles As Iraq Slips Into Chaos

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 6:18 pm

Will Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki be able to unite Iraq's various factions, or will he be forced out?
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Tens of thousands of Iraqi men brandishing assorted weapons are responding to a call to arms. They invoke the Mahdi, a figure from Shiite Muslim prophecies, as they march in a recent parade in Sadr City, a Shiite suburb of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.

"We volunteer to protect our dear country," says Hazem al-Shemmari.

When Sunni militants took over parts of Iraq this month, Shiite religious leaders called for volunteers to fight back.

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2:56pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Iraq

Even Amid Onslaught, Hints That Violence In Iraq Could Escalate

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 4:23 pm

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4:08am

Fri June 13, 2014
Middle East

Iraq's Army Is Ineffective Against Islamist Insurgents

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:30 am

There are reports of Iraqi government troops just fleeing, dropping their weapons and shedding their uniforms. The U.S. spent a lot of time and money training Iraqi forces.

3:22am

Thu June 12, 2014
Iraq

Islamist Militants Gain Ground In Northern Iraq

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:41 am

Sunni Islamist militants have seized control of the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit and appear to be preparing an assault on Baghdad. Americans fought and died trying to prevent that from happening.

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