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Asser Khattab

Asser Khattab

Asser Khattab is a Paris-based writer. He reported on Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq for various international news outlets including The Washington Post, the Financial Times, and the Spanish news agency (EFE).

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Why I Stopped Writing About Syria

Why I Stopped Writing About Syria

Of course, I was not going to get a staff job, I was not going to be called “correspondent,” and I was not going to be relocated anywhere. Quite the contrary, when I had to flee Syria with only a few hundred dollars in my pocket, I was immediately let go from a job I risked my life daily by doing in secret. A few years later, I lost another job because I had to move to another country once again for security reasons.

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Swastikas in Damascus

Swastikas in Damascus

A death notice appeared in a Lebanese village north of Beirut last September of a man with a curious first name. It took me back to my school days in Syria and the unusual interest many of my fellow schoolboys had in the history of the Second World War.

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Apologists Call Assad Secular. Assad Tells Syrians Otherwise

Apologists Call Assad Secular. Assad Tells Syrians Otherwise

“What is the difference between a human and an animal?” Assad said. “Humans have feelings and animals have feelings. … Humans speak and parrots speak … animals have brains and they learn. … The difference between a human and an animal is just one thing that human beings have: creed.”

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Cracks in the Assad Facade

Cracks in the Assad Facade

The death of Syria's foreign minister was tragic to many regime sympathizers. They now witness in horror the decline of the old guard and the rise of the warlords as one of the defining features of Bashar al-Assad’s proclaimed victory over a shattered Syria.

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‘It’s like Judgment Day’: Syrians Recount Horror of an Underreported COVID-19 Outbreak

‘It’s like Judgment Day’: Syrians Recount Horror of an Underreported COVID-19 Outbreak

Syrians ravaged by war are now dying from a pandemic the government has downplayed.

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