Alice Fordham en As Refugees Stream In, Lebanon Copes With Human Flood Tide Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The United Nations has now registered more than a million refugees who have fled the war in Syria and gone to Lebanon. There are many more who have gone to other countries, but this massive flow of people creates a perilous situation for Syria's tiny next door neighbor. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 42392 at Kurdish Ambitions Get A Rude Awakening From Baghdad Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In the rugged mountains of northern Iraq, there are some gleaming new high-rises. They reflect bright sun and also big Kurdish ambitions. The Kurds largely run their own affairs, but their insistence on selling oil without the central government's permission has prompted Baghdad to strike back. The government cut off federal money to the Kurds. NPR's Alice Fordham visited a newly opened five-star hotel in the city of Sulaymaniyah.<p>ALICE FORDHAM, BYLINE: You know, even the white grand piano is brand new here in the lobby of the (unintelligible) hotel. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 40879 at In Iraq, Anbar Faces Extremists Stronger Than Those U.S. Fought The extremists now committing a wave of attacks in Iraq's Anbar province are better trained, funded and equipped than the al-Qaida-linked groups American soldiers battled there, says Brett McGurk, one of the State Department's top officials for Iraq.<p>The militants, who have drawn strength amid the war in Syria over the border, have taken over parts of Anbar over the last three months.<p>McGurk says that between 300 and 500 fighters have set up a defensive perimeter around the city of Fallujah, where American soldiers fought some of the fiercest battles of the war. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:43:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 40627 at In Iraq, Anbar Faces Extremists Stronger Than Those U.S. Fought Splinters From Syria Reach Iraqi Kurds Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Many of the conflicts and rivalries now roiling the Middle East are intersecting this week at a conference in Northern Iraq. Diplomats, academics and business executives from Iraq, Turkey, Iran and the U.S. are meeting at a university in the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah. They're venting their hostility in some cases, sharing the love in others. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 40366 at Beirut's Suburbs Take New Precautions As Syrian Unrest Expands Riding the bus to Beirut's southern suburbs used to be a bumpy, crowded but fun experience. Everyone crammed in next to each other, bouncing around on the way to the area they call the Dahiyeh, the Arabic word for "suburb."<p>This sprawling southern district of Lebanon's capital is the place where the Shiite militant group Hezbollah enjoys its strongest support. But it is also a bustling, residential area. There are garages and vegetable stalls. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 39458 at Beirut's Suburbs Take New Precautions As Syrian Unrest Expands