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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4:16 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Saudi King Salman Reshuffles Line Of Succession

Earlier this month, Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's new deputy crown prince, met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo.
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Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 3:42 pm

Things are changing in Saudi Arabia. The new king made a surprising move this week, choosing his nephew to take over as crown prince and his son to take the position of deputy crown prince.

The decision marks a generational shift. For the first time, a grandson of the founder of the kingdom is heir to the throne. And one young prince, the son of King Salman, is emerging as a war hero for many Saudis as the country continues to carry out airstrikes in Yemen.

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3:58 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Saudi Arabian Monarch Announces Changes To Kingdom's Line Of Succession

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 6:05 pm

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4:24 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Al-Qaida In Yemen Expands During Saudi Bombing Campaign

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:41 am

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Middle East
4:02 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Saudi Strikes In Yemen Wrap Up; Operation Renewal Of Hope Begins

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 2:26 pm

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Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, has become the flashpoint in a conflict between bigger powers who are fighting for influence in the region.

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4:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Saudi Arabia Says It Is Ending Airstrikes In Yemen

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:20 am

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3:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Saudi Airstrikes Raise Doubts Abroad, Spark Patriotic Fervor At Home

Saudi Arabia's army fires artillery shells toward Houthi rebels along the Saudi border with Yemen on April 15. Outside Saudi Arabia, many are critical of the military campaign and question whether it will succeed, but it is popular inside the kingdom.
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Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:34 pm

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen began almost a month ago, targeting rebels who have taken over much of the country.

Internationally, there are concerns about increasing casualties and questions about the strategy in the Saudi operation, which is receiving help from the U.S., among others.

But at home in the kingdom, the war has sparked a patriotic fervor that's noticeable just about everywhere you turn.

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Middle East
4:07 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Yemeni Civilians Trapped Between Saudi Airstrikes, Rebel Attacks

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 11:31 am

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3:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Some Egyptians Question Country's Role In Yemen Conflict

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 5:42 pm

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4:27 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Yemenis Pay The Price For Saudi Arabia-Iran Rivalry

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:50 pm

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4:43 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Saudi Airstrikes Could Be Precursor To Ground Invasion In Yemen

Saudi Arabia shares an 1,100-mile border with Yemen, a country quickly falling into anarchy. The Saudis have led airstrikes against rebel Houthi forces, but analysts say ground forces might not be far behind.

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