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.


4:13 am
Tue April 7, 2015

After Retaking Iraqi City, Shiite Militias Accused Of Targeting Sunnis

Members of the Shiite militia group Kataib Hezbollah train at a military base near Samarra, in northern Iraq, on March 5. The Shiite militia stands accused of retaliatory violence against Sunnis in an area it helped retake from ISIS.
Baraa Kanaan EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 1:38 pm

In an unfinished building, noisy with the sound of children, I meet a half-dozen farming families. They've been sheltering here in the city of Samarra since they fled heavy fighting near their homes outside the town of al-Dour.

They lived eight months under the self-described Islamic State, or ISIS, and hated it.

"We were living in a tragedy," says Salam Mutlaq, a 50-year-old paterfamilias wearing a dark gray dishdasha, surrounded by children and grandchildren.

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4:05 am
Mon April 6, 2015

ISIS Militants Close In On Area Near Syrian Capital

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 6:43 am

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4:01 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Shiite Militias Move Into A Sunni City: What Happens Next?

Iraqi security forces, most of them Shiite Muslims, gather Thursday in Tikrit at the entrance of a palace that belonged to the former dictator Saddam Hussein. The Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group, had held Tikrit since last summer. When it was in control, the group painted its black flag on a blast wall at the entrance to the compound.
Khalid Mohammed AP

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 1:29 pm

A motley collection of forces is in the process of clearing out the self-styled Islamic State, or ISIS, from the Iraqi city of Tikrit. They include Iraqi army and police, as well as irregular forces. Those militias — and many of the security forces — are Shiite, and they are moving into a Sunni city.

When I arrived in Tikrit on Wednesday, the day after anti-ISIS fighters took the city center, militiamen on the roof of a government building were running up three of their yellow banners, just a little higher than the national Iraqi flag.

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4:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

In Battered Tikrit, Iraqi Forces Claim Much, But Not All Of City

Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen look for Islamic State extremists in Tikrit on Tuesday. Iraqi forces were going house-to-house in search of snipers and booby traps.
Khalid Mohammed AP

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:01 am

Driving from Baghdad north to Tikrit, we speed up a main road Wednesday through small towns that have been won back from the self-declared Islamic State, or ISIS. Some still have smoking buildings.

On the outskirts we pass through places that have obviously seen heavy fighting. Half-built houses are pocked with bullet holes, their windows shattered.

As we move into Tikrit proper, the excited fighters begin celebrating, Iraqi style, with gunshots into the air. They have reason to celebrate. A hard-fought battle appears to be nearing a conclusion.

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5:19 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Iraqi Forces Make Advances In Tikrit, Prime Minister Says

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 9:03 am

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