Washington Post Beirut bureau chief covering Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and beyond. RT=Gosh, hmm or huh. Likes are my filing cabinet, not “likes”.
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Joined on 22 April, 2009
#Breaking: The Lebanese man who died after riots in Tripoli last night was "shot in the lower back," director of Nini Hospital where he was treated tells me.
Omar Tayba arrived at 9:40pm in critical condition, was operated on but died at dawn
Security forces had used live ammo.
JUST IN: WSJ reporting that Biden Admin is freezing some arms sales to Saudi & UAE as part of review of transactions made under Trump.
US Official tells me it's "routine admin. action typical to most any transition, demonstrates commitment to transparency and good governance."
Exclusive: A Russian Pantsir air defence missile system captured on a Libyan battlefield was flown intact to a US air base in Germany in a covert mission, The Times has learnt.
So many fantastic reads today as the world commemorates the 10th anniversary of #TahrirSquare and the #EgyptianRevolution.
I want to recommend a few that stuck out and illustrated the deep complexity of the #ArabSpring uprisings as well as what lessons we should draw from them.
Ten years ago, the Arab Spring swept across the Middle East. Today, the hopes awakened by the pro-democracy uprisings have vanished—but the underlying conditions that drove the unrest are as acute as ever.
About 11 yrs ago I left Syria after an Arabic fellowship and an editor joked I'd never return: "there's no news there". 10 yrs ago, the Arab Spring transformed people's lives across the region, mine too. It can be hard to look back. Here's a great overview by @LizSly.
“We didn’t achieve anything we aimed for. Things got worse.” First story in our Lost Decade series on the Arab Spring. 10 years later, economic and political setbacks plague the MidEast. Via @LizSly on today’s anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 revolts.
In her Ohio hometown, Jessica Watkins is known as a veteran who runs a bar. To the FBI, she's a militant leader who stormed the US Capitol.
I once interviewed Abu Nidal’s neighbors in Baghdad.
They said he was a nice, quiet guy who gave out treats to kids in the neighborhood.
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