Leila Fadel

Leila Fadel is NPR's international correspondent based in Cairo.

Before joining NPR, she covered the Middle East for The Washington Post. In her role as Cairo Bureau Chief she reported on a wave of revolts and their aftermaths in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria.

Prior to her position as Cairo Bureau Chief for the Post, she covered the Iraq war for nearly five years with Knight Ridder, McClatchy Newspapers and later the Washington Post. Her foreign coverage of the devastating human toll of the Iraq war earned her the George. R. Polk award in 2007.

Leila Fadel is a Lebanese-American journalist who speaks conversational Arabic and was raised in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

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Africa
4:02 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Attack On Museum Seen As Strike Against Tunisian Economy

Survivors are escorted from the National Bardo Museum in Tunis on Wednesday. At least 20 foreign tourists were reportedly killed in the attack.
Mohamed Messara EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 9:09 am

Tunisia is reeling after a deadly attack on the Bardo National Museum left at least 20 foreign tourists dead. The gunmen stormed the museum and took hostages before police shot two of the militants and caught at least one. They are still searching for others.

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World
4:16 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Tunisian Officials Still Investigating Deadly Museum Attack

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 5:40 am

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Parallels
6:48 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Egyptians Fight ISIS Fear-Mongering With Punchlines And Parody

A photo from the wedding of Ahmed Shehata and Shaimaa Daif shows friends of the couple mocking members of the so-called Islamic State. Shehata says he staged the surprise to show his wife that ISIS was "something to laugh at, not to fear."
Courtesy of Ahmed Shehata

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 4:20 pm

One of the self-proclaimed Islamic State's biggest weapons has been its terrifying propaganda. Highly-produced videos of brute violence are its hallmark: a man being burned alive in a cage; Christians being beheaded on a beach in Libya; a child being used to execute a suspected traitor.

But in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, people are responding by laughing rather than cowering.

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Africa
3:38 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Egyptian Blogger Sentenced Amid Opposition Crackdown

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:13 pm

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The Two-Way
8:46 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Egyptian Court Orders Prominent Activist Jailed For 5 Years

Relatives and supporters of Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah react after Monday's verdict in a trial over an illegal protest.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 6:56 pm

A Cairo criminal court has sentenced prominent Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah to five years in jail for violating a controversial law that bans unlicensed protests.

Another activist, Ahmed Abdul Rahman, was also sentenced to five years on Monday. Eighteen other people were given three years, and several tried in absentia got 15 years.

As the judge read out his verdict, the courtroom erupted in protest.

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