"We are thankful that NBC employees escaped unharmed, however one of the local drivers working with them was tragically killed," Noah Oppenheim said.
Alan SipressForeign correspondents would be hard pressed to bring home the news without local fixers, translators and drivers. They often take the same risks in the most perilous places on Earth but without the same recognition. Today, tragically, one was killed.
Some of the men arrived from Riyadh early on Oct. 2, hours before the Saudi journalist and outspoken critic went missing.
Alan SipressBefore Khashoggi’s disappearance, U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him, lure him back to Saudi Arabia and lay hands on him there, according to a person familiar with the information
Religious extremists will try to inherit the energy of the all-but-defeated rebellion, just as they did in Iraq after the surge.
Alan SipressThis is an ominous piece, sketching out how religious extremists in Syria are poised for a comeback when the war winds down – just as they did in Iraq after the success of the surge. From @hxhassan
He finds their bodies washed ashore and gives them a proper burial, with toys and flowers.
Alan SipressWhen African migrants drown trying to reach Europe and wash up on the shore, he gives them the dignity they were denied in life. The poignant tale of a Tunisian gravedigger’s solitary mission, from @raghavanWaPo
The consulate was the latest symbol of authority to be destroyed during unrest in the oil-export city.
Alan SipressChanting “Iran, out!” Iraqi protesters torch Iranian consulate in Basra. “Visa services are officially suspended,” cracks an Iraqi demonstrator as he films the building in flames with his cell phone. From @TamerELG and @Mustafa_salimb on the scene
The clashes threaten to spread as calls for nationwide demonstrations grow and the political dispute goes to the supreme court.
Alan SipressDeadly protests rage in Iraq with authorities bracing for fresh violence. At this sensitive moment, the parliament is deadlocked over who will form the new government and now the supreme court may step in, from @TamerELG
The defense secretary said support will depend on efforts to avoid civilian casualties; a U.N. report accused all parties in the war of violating international law.
Alan SipressWith the U.N. concluding today that the Saudi-led coalition may have committed “war crimes” in Yemen by killing civilians, Mattis says U.S. support for the coalition “is not unconditional” and will depend on its efforts to avoid civilian casualties.