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Little Latakia

Little Latakia

It is 11:30 pm on a Tuesday night, and Café Latakia is packed. Rows of men have crammed into the tiny darkened space, eyes fixed on the glowing screen that is the only source of light in the room. It’s a Champions League game—Dortmund against Real Madrid—and most of...
Aleppo: What’s Left Behind

Aleppo: What’s Left Behind

Aleppo, Asharq Al-Awsat—There were so many things that felt wrong on the road into Aleppo. We sped along the highway, swerving to avoid the potholes and then swerving again to avoid the oncoming cars, past the scorched date palms and the vehicle carcasses that were a...
Taking, and Leaving, Latakia

Taking, and Leaving, Latakia

Yayladağı, Turkish–Syrian border, Asharq Al-Awsat—It wasn’t so much what Nabil said that was disturbing, but his appearance. Twenty-one years old, smiling and baby faced, he hardly looked like a man who could kill so easily and without remorse. But just a few days...
A Libyan Boy, Lost in Syria

A Libyan Boy, Lost in Syria

Al-Khomos, Asharq Al-Awsat—It was a tense and silent ride to the border. Mohammed, eyes on his phone, sat in the passenger seat as the car flew past the line of parked trucks. This had become a familiar journey, and it was always laden with expectation. At the end of...
Unravelling the Mystery of Tawargha

Unravelling the Mystery of Tawargha

Tawargha and A’alam, Libya, Asharq Al-Awsat—There were moments when the wind whipped up the dust on the scrubby desert plain and the grains formed a dirty orange veil across the sun. The gusts set the limp doors banging in their frames, and in those seconds it felt...