Lizzie Porter is a Beirut-based freelance journalist, focusing on Syria and Lebanon. She has particular interests in internment, conflict and security, displaced populations and cultural heritage. She speaks English, French and Arabic.
Iran has promised revenge for the killing of top military commander Qassem Soleimani. The Islamic Republic’s response will be carefully calculated, but could lead to spiralling violence.
Tal Afar was retaken from the terror group two years ago this month, but social and security challenges remain - and more than half of the city’s population hasn't returned.
Following US sanctions, the political and military group is using commemoration events to call for donations and build support for its anti-American rhetoric.
Persecuted by extremists, Sufis in Iraq sought shelter among other followers of mystical Islam in Baghdad. Their plight sheds light on nearly two million internally displaced Iraqis unable to return home.
Demand for books is growing in the city, so is the need for good coffee as Iraq steps out of the shadow of war and discovers a love of reading.
Experts argue Tel Aviv's latest military move seems to be aimed at serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's domestic concerns, especially at a time when a corruption scandal puts him in a tight spot.
Millions of Muslims are gathering in the Iraqi city of Karbala for Arbaeen, one of Shia Islam's most important annual events. What exactly is it and why is it so important?
Refused refuge in the occupied Golan Heights, civilians displaced in southwest Syria face a new range of threats. Their plight lies in stark contrast with the Israelis flocking to the disputed region for war tourism just a few kilometres away.
Hezbollah has lost scores of fighters in Syria, yet families claim to be proud of their dead, who are glorified as "martyrs". Was the bloodshed necessary– and where do the bodies end up?
No one in the village of Qana is waiting for a miracle to heal the deep scars left by Israeli air strikes that slaughtered over 100 civilians in 1996 and 28 in 2006. But, with the help of younger generations, residents are determined to move on.
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