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Leila Fadel

International Correspondent, Cairo

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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Yahia Kalash, the head of the journalists union, holds a candle during a vigil on May 24 for the recent victims of an EgyptAir crash. Kalash and two other board members of the journalists union are facing trial on allegations they published false news and harbored journalists wanted by authorities. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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In Egypt's Broad Crackdown, Prominent Journalists Are Now Facing Trial

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One of the oldest works in one of the world's oldest libraries is a 9th century Quran written on leather with kufic calligraphy, at the Qarawiyyin Library, in Fez, Morocco. Samia Errazouki/AP hide caption

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The Delicate Task Of Restoring One Of The World's Oldest Libraries

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Police In Cairo Use Tear Gas To Break Up Protests Against Egypt's Government

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Migrants Wait In Moroccan Forest For A Chance To Cross Into Europe

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Egyptian human rights activist Hossam Bahgat (center) leaves a Cairo courtroom on Wednesday after a hearing in which the state requested a travel ban and freeze of his assests. The government has taken action against a number of groups and activists in what crictis say is an attempt to suppress opposition. MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Crackdown In Egypt, Reflecting A Broader Trend In The Region

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Morocco's King Mohammed VI waves during a ceremony at the royal palace in the capital Rabat in 2014. Following the Arab uprisings of 2011, the king introduced limited changes and a new constitution. But critics say freedom of expression and other rights have been curtailed in recent years. Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP hide caption

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Morocco Boasts Stability, But Critics Say The Price Is High

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Morocco's King Mohammed VI, shown here in November 2015, introduced changes two years ago that have allowed more than 20,000 sub-Saharan Africans to settle in the country. Such a policy is extremely rare in the Arab world. Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP hide caption

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Morocco, Long A Stopover For African Migrants, Becomes A Destination

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Tunisian Olfa Hamrouni points at pictures of her daughters Rahma (above) and Ghofran. The teenage girls were exploited by extremist recruits and left their homeland to join ISIS in neighboring Libya. Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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She's Lost 2 Daughters To ISIS; Will Her Younger Girls Be Next?

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Tunisian soldiers patrol the outskirts of Ben Guerdane, in southern Tunisia, on March 8. Islamic State extremists crossed over from nearby Libya on March 7. They were beaten back, but the episode raised concerns that Libya's chaos could spread to Tunisia. AP hide caption

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Tunisia's Fragile Democracy Faces A Threat From Chaotic Libya

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Tunisians Worry Militant Attacks Threaten Country's Shaky Democracy

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Man Identified As EgyptAir Hijacker Wanted To Talk With Ex-Wife

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EgyptAir Passengers And Crew Released, Hijacker Arrested

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Amid Ride-Booking Rivalries, Many Cairo Women Turn To Uber For Safe Passage

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British Government Debates How To Repair Crumbling Parliament Building

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