Author: Rania Khalek

Rania Khalek is an independent journalist living in Beirut, Lebanon. She is the co-host of the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast.

‘We don’t want to lose anymore”: Inside the complex peace process that helped Syrians find an end to the fighting

In war torn areas across Syria, a series of reconciliation deals overseen by the secret fixer of Damascus, Khaled al Ahmad, has given residents a respite from the bloodshed.

By Rania Khalek

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Meet the mystery fixer who negotiated Syria out of seven years of war

How a nearly unknown businessman named Khaled al-Ahmad became Damascus’ secret liaison to the West and quietly dealt Syria’s grinding war to a close. 

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Genocide in Iraq: When local Sunni became ISIS and slaughtered their Yazidi neighbors

When ISIS came to butcher the Yazidis of Iraq, they simply went next door.

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How ISIS wives helped their husbands rape Yazidi sex slaves

In Iraq, captured Yazidi women were forced to work as domestic servants for ISIS families — and were regularly raped, with the help of wives.

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In the field with Yazidi fighters, chilling tales of genocide by ISIS – and more conflict to come

Yazidi fighters are joining the Iraqi-run Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in droves to fight ISIS, and see a new war on the horizon.

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How a Free Syrian Army unit uncovered the rebels’ Israeli connection and switched sides

Before the Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group the Golan Brigade was targeted for destruction by Israel and Al Qaeda, it was allied with them.

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As US regime-change operation in Syria fails, war-weary residents of Damascus struggle to survive

A report from inside Syria’s capital Damascus, battered by Western sanctions and filled with the internally displaced.

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Ignored by Western media, Syrians describe the nightmare the armed opposition brought them

Trapped between a police state and Al Qaeda, average Syrians explain why they fear regime change.

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British gov-funded outlet offered journalist $17,000 a month to make propaganda for Syrian rebels

Emails reveal that the Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a popular source for the mainstream Western press, is a UK-backed propaganda outlet that offered reporters huge sums of money.

By Rania Khalek / AlterNet

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