Alissa J. Rubin, The New York Times

Alissa J. Rubin

The New York Times

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Past articles by Alissa:

Taliban Complete Interim Government, Still Without Women

The Taliban spurned calls from the United Nations and big donors to include women in its new cabinet, but did add a few men from minority ethnic groups. → Read More

Redefining What It Means to Cover War

Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times on covering not just war but “people’s extraordinary bravery their creativity in the face of complete devastation.” → Read More

The Meeting That Brings the International Desk Closer to Home

Stationed all over the world, my colleagues and I can feel isolated. But a weekly call that began because of the pandemic has provided a comforting support system. → Read More

Iran Quietly Lowers the Temperature With U.S.

Despite the heated rhetoric on both sides, Iran has toned down its approach to the West on several fronts, and the U.S. has reciprocated. → Read More

Iraq Chooses New Prime Minister, an Ex-Security Chief Backed by U.S.

With the selection of Mustafa Khadimi, Iraq has its first real government in more than five months. He will confront an array of daunting problems. → Read More

The Covid-19 Riddle: Why Does the Virus Wallop Some Places and Spare Others?

Experts are trying to figure out why the coronavirus is so capricious. The answers could determine how to best protect ourselves and how long we have to. → Read More

Baghdad, a City Gone Still

The picnicking families are gone by the Tigris. So are the peddlers. But a twilight walk along the river still offers a sad solace. → Read More

Stigma Hampers Iraqi Efforts to Fight the Coronavirus

Religious beliefs and a deep suspicion of the government have made people ashamed and afraid of getting tested. → Read More

She Faced Her ISIS Rapist in Court, Then Watched Him Sentenced to Death

For the first time, an Iraqi court has held the Islamic State accountable for its atrocities against the Yazidi religious minority. → Read More

In Iraq, Where Beauty Was Long Suppressed, Art Flowers Amid Protests

Painters, sculptors and musicians are rallying to Baghdad’s protests, and the capital is overflowing with political art. → Read More

Iraq Names New Prime Minister Who Praises ‘Bravery’ of Protesters

Anti-government demonstrations have been raging since October, demanding an end to political corruption. → Read More

U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Is Hit by Mortars

For the second time in a week, shelling targeted the American Embassy in Baghdad. The Iraqi government promised a strong response. → Read More

Iraq Police Crack Down on Protests as Influential Cleric Withdraws Support

Security forces took back bridges and squares in Baghdad and Basra after the prominent Shiite cleric, Moktada al-Sadr, said he would no longer intervene on protesters’ behalf. → Read More

Protesters Mass in Baghdad, Demanding U.S. Leave Iraq

A national march against the presence of United States forces, organized by a populist Shiite cleric and armed groups with ties to Iran, drew vast numbers. → Read More

Seven Days in January: How the U.S. and Iran Approached the Brink of War

The story of that week, and the secret planning in the months preceding it, ranks as the most perilous chapter so far in President Trump’s three years in office. → Read More

Iran Ends Nuclear Limits as Killing of Iranian General Upends Mideast

The consequences of America’s targeted killing of a senior Iranian commander are mounting. → Read More

Cries of ‘Revenge Is Coming’ at Funerals for Slain Commanders in Iraq

Tens of thousands mourned the killing of a major Iraqi official and a top Iranian general by a U.S. drone strike, as the Middle East braced for Iran’s response. → Read More

A Shocked Iraq Reconsiders Its Relationship With the U.S.

The killing of General Suleimani, intended as a shot against Iran, could accelerate an Iranian objective: pushing the United States military out of Iraq. → Read More

Top Iranian General Qassim Suleimani Is Killed in U.S. Strike

Suleimani was planning attacks on American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region, the Pentagon statement said. → Read More

Iraqi Protesters Lynch Teen While Police Stand By

Mistakenly believing that a 16-year-old boy fired on them, a mob of antigovernment protesters stabs him to death. Protest leaders condemn the attack. → Read More