Deborah Amos http://wmot.org en Syria's Army On The Verge Of Retaking The Country's Largest City http://wmot.org/post/syrias-army-verge-retaking-countrys-largest-city When Syria's rebels were on the offensive in 2012, they captured the eastern half of Aleppo and the surrounding countryside. But now President Bashar Assad's troops are poised to retake all of the city that is the largest in Syria and served as the prewar financial capital.<p>A new military campaign is heating up as Assad, who assumed power when his father, Hafez Assad, died in 2000, was sworn in Wednesday for his third term as president. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 41172 at http://wmot.org Syria's Army On The Verge Of Retaking The Country's Largest City In Defiance of Damascus, Aid Goes Cross-Border To Rebel-Held Areas http://wmot.org/post/defiance-damascus-aid-goes-cross-border-rebel-held-areas The warehouse off a dusty back road near the Turkish frontier is vast. Large wooden crates are stacked and ready for delivery to the desperate and displaced inside Syria.<p>This is the operations hub for Mercy Corps, a U.S.-based charity, and one of the largest aid providers to civilians in rebel-held areas in northern Syria. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:31:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 41073 at http://wmot.org In Defiance of Damascus, Aid Goes Cross-Border To Rebel-Held Areas Have The Islamist Militants Overreached In Iraq And Syria? http://wmot.org/post/have-islamist-militants-overreached-iraq-and-syria The Islamist radicals who have declared an Islamic caliphate on land they control straddling Iraq and Syria are waging an audacious publicity stunt, according to some analysts.<p>While it may bring them even greater attention, it's also likely to be an overreach that will open rifts with its current partners, the Sunni Muslims in Iraq who welcomed the militant group in early June. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 40689 at http://wmot.org Have The Islamist Militants Overreached In Iraq And Syria? Emerging Alliances In Mosul Raise Tensions And Complications http://wmot.org/post/secular-and-socialist-sunnis-ally-extremists-mosul Sunni militants were originally welcomed when they rolled into the Iraqi city of Mosul, but now there's a power struggle between the local tribes, Sunnis and Saddam Hussein's former Baathist party. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 40450 at http://wmot.org For Iraqi Christians, Return To Captured City Is A Fraught Mandate http://wmot.org/post/iraqi-christians-return-captured-city-fraught-mandate Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Mosul is northern Iraq's largest city and the takeover by ISIS has prompted an exodus of the last remaining Iraqi Christians there. The seizure raised fears that a thousand years of Christian culture would vanish. But in recent days, some Christian families have returned to Mosul and surrounding villages. And soon they'll be joined by the Archbishop of the Chaldean Church. NPR's Deborah Amos caught up with him in nearby Erbil.<p>DEBORAH AMOS, BYLINE: The Christian exodus from Mosul weighs heavily on Archbishop Amil Nona. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 40399 at http://wmot.org