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Raja Abdulrahim

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Raja Abdulrahim no longer works for the Los Angeles Times. Previously on the Metro staff, Abdulrahim has spent the past few years reporting from the Middle East, especially Lebanon and Syria. Earlier, she joined coverage of the Arab Spring revolutions and reported from Tahrir Square during the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as well as the first weeks of the Libyan uprising. She started at The Times in 2008. 

Recent Articles

  • Egypt singer who led 2011 protesters in song finds audience has thinned

    Egypt singer who led 2011 protesters in song finds audience has thinned

    During the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Ramy Essam sang to hundreds of thousands of demonstrators each day. Now, he is playing far smaller venues in North America. Ramy Essam stood in front of a painting depicting the early days of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, a time when protesters poured Coca-Cola...

  • Islamic State seen as interloper by larger militant groups

    Islamic State seen as interloper by larger militant groups

    Since declaring a caliphate, Islamic State has garnered support from more than a dozen Islamist militant groups in the Middle East and Asia, but the dearth of endorsements by many of the largest and most recognizable groups serves to underscore the limits of the newcomer's grand ambition. The Al...

  • Islamic State, rival Al Nusra Front each strengthen grip on Syria

    Islamic State, rival Al Nusra Front each strengthen grip on Syria

    A group with ties to Al Qaeda has gained significant ground across Syria in recent weeks, creating the possibility that the war-ravaged nation will be divided among two opposing militant Islamic groups and the government of President Bashar Assad — with much of the U.S.-backed secular opposition...

  • Aleppo, Syria, could soon be under siege by government troops

    Aleppo, Syria, could soon be under siege by government troops

    Syrian troops are on the brink of surrounding the rebel-held portion of Aleppo, a major setback for the opposition, which has increasingly found itself on the defensive and losing territory in the war. The outgunned antigovernment fighters are pessimistic about their ability to stave off an advance...

  • Syrian rebels, increasingly desperate, turn to tunnel warfare

    Syrian rebels, increasingly desperate, turn to tunnel warfare

    For three days, Syrian rebels dug through a wall of a library that housed a trove of historical religious texts, and underneath an adjacent road. When they were done with the 50-foot-long tunnel, they waited at one end of it for a tank to drive by, and blew it up. The explosion cut off the road,...

  • In Syria, struggling to shine a light on victims of sexual violence

    In Syria, struggling to shine a light on victims of sexual violence

    Soon after the young woman was released by the Syrian government in a prisoner exchange, activists began noticing the signs. The woman's husband immediately divorced her. She rarely ventured outside her parents' house. Not long after, she left for Turkey. Activist Kareem Saleh, who knew the woman...

  • Syria rebels' aliases grow into new personalities

    Syria rebels' aliases grow into new personalities

    At the hair salon on her wedding day, a fellow bride turned to Tuqaa Afash and asked who her fiance was. "Abdulkareem Laila," Afash said, expecting that in the tight-knit village on the outskirts of Aleppo, the woman would recognize his name. "I don't know him," the woman said. Afash tried again....

  • Fewer Syrians able to flee as neighboring countries limit entry

    Fewer Syrians able to flee as neighboring countries limit entry

    The number of Syrians able to flee the violent conflict in their country has dramatically declined this year as neighboring countries increasingly turn back would-be refugees at their borders, according to a humanitarian report released Thursday.  Faced with limited and waning international support...

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