Alissa Johannsen Rubin is an American journalist who began covering the Middle East for The New York Times in 2007. Previously, she had been a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times beginning in 1997.
Rubin was seriously injured in a helicopter crash covering the war in northern Iraq on August 16, 2014. She suffered multiple fractures but was able to dictate a report of the accident. The crash killed the helicopter’s pilot and injured others, including Vian Dakhil, a Yazidi member of Iraq’s parliament.
Rubin won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1992 writing about the reality versus politics of abortion in the 1990s.
On March 4, 2012, at least three avalanches struck the Badakhshan province of northeastern Afghanistan. One of those avalanches destroyed a small village of about 200 people. The name of the village is uncertain; some sources call it Dasty and locate it in Darzab District, and others call it Sherin Nazim and locate it in Shekay District. Two other villages were affected by the avalanche. At least 50 people were killed in the disaster.Most buildings in the village, which was home to 24 families, were completely engulfed in snow. As of March 7, 50 people had been confirmed dead, with only 7 known survivors. Of the survivors, three were away fetching water at the time of the avalanche and thus survived uninjured. Seven people were found alive in the village, but three perished due to lack of medical attention. The remaining survivors were taken to the nearest hospital, in Tajikistan, for treatment. It is believed that most or all of the town's remaining residents are dead.The village affected by the avalanches was so remote that it took a full day for news of the disaster to reach Fayzabad, the province's capital. There are no roads in the affected area and people there generally travel on foot or horseback. Nearby villages offered what help they could, but outside rescue workers did not arrive on the scene until March 6 or 7, walking two days to get there. People from Darwaz District and twenty-five aid workers from Tajikistan were the first outside rescuers to arrive. Their progress toward the affected area was slowed by another avalanche. An aircraft carrying aid workers and journalists was unable to reach the region due to bad weather, while two Afghan Army helicopters managed to bring some aid workers into the region. Governor Shah Waliullah Adeeb tried to visit the disaster area himself, but was caught in yet another avalanche on the way and had to be rescued by helicopter.Conditions remained extremely hazardous in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. The risk of melting snow causing widespread flooding continues to threaten a larger-scale disaster for the Northern Afghanistan. A flood could spread disease and ruin farm land.2013 Afghan presidential palace attack
The 2013 Afghan presidential palace attack occurred on 25 June 2013, in a highly secure zone of Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan.The attack, claimed to be carried out by the Taliban, occurred at the eastern gate of the presidential palace around 6:30 a.m. AFT, where a group of reporters were gathering for security checks ahead of a presidential news conference. Between seven and eight explosions, alleged to be suicide bombers by the Taliban, occurred outside the palace. The explosions were later followed with an intense exchange of gunfire between the three or four Taliban fighters, and Afghan security officials, which lasted 90 minutes. Obtaining fake identification, badges and vehicle passes, five of the eight Taliban members were able to clear high-level security clearances, driving two Land Cruisers similar to those used by international soldiers to penetrate the heavily fortified security zone in Kabul. All insurgents were killed in the ensuing battle with security forces.The United States Central Intelligence Agency's Afghanistan station located nearby the presidential palace was also struck by two rocket-propelled grenades during the attack. Targeting the CIA's office in the Ariana Hotel, the Taliban attacked inside one of the most heavily restricted areas of Afghanistan, in downtown Kabul where the U.S. Embassy and the headquarters of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force are located. The headquarters of the Afghan Ministry of Defense was also targeted in the Taliban attack.With no immediate reports of civilian casualties, it remains unclear whether several Afghan schoolchildren who were caught in the crossfire between the Taliban and security forces were harmed. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who was inside the palace at the time, was not injured. The attack resulted in the deaths of three palace security guards, and all eight of the Taliban fighters.2016 Magnanville stabbing
On 13 June 2016, a police officer and his partner, a police secretary, were stabbed to death in their home in Magnanville, France, located about 55 km (34 mi) west of Paris, by a man convicted in 2013 of associating with a group planning terrorist acts. Amaq News Agency, an online outlet said to be sponsored by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), said that a source had claimed that ISIL was behind the attack, an assertion that was later validated.Prosecutor François Molins said the attacker, Larossi Abballa, appeared to be acting on a recent general order from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to "kill miscreants at home with their families" during the month of Ramadan.On 18 June, prosecutors charged two men, on suspicion that Aballa was not acting alone. One of them was released in January 2017 under court-supervised parole.2016 Normandy church attack
On 26 July 2016, two Islamist terrorists attacked participants in a Mass at a Catholic church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, northern France. Wielding knives and wearing fake explosive belts, the men took six people captive and later killed one of them, 85-year-old priest Jacques Hamel, by slitting his throat, and also critically wounded an 86-year-old man. The terrorists were shot dead by BRI police as they tried to leave the church.
The attackers, 19-year-olds Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean, had pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which claimed responsibility for the attack.Ahmed Abu Risha
Sheik Ahmed Bezaa Abu Risha (Arabic: أحمد أبو ريشة) is a Sunni leader in the Al-Anbar province, and led the movement of Sunni tribesmen known as the Anbar Salvation Council.Assassination attempts on Hamid Karzai
Hamid Karzai, the 12th President of Afghanistan, was subject to several failed assassination attempts after becoming leader of Afghanistan on 20 December 2001.Hero Ibrahim Ahmed
Hero Ibrahim Ahmed (born 1948) is the former First Lady of Iraq and the widow of Jalal Talabani.John Chancellor Award
John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism is an annual award of $25,000, increased to $50,000 in 2016, selected by a panel of journalists, for quality reporting.
Established in 1995, the award was formerly administered by the University of Pennsylvania, and is administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Ira Lipman provided a gift to Columbia University to support the award.
He became a lifelong friend of John Chancellor after they met in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.Kabul City Center
Kabul City Center (Dari: کابل سیتی سینتر), is Afghanistan's first modern-style indoor shopping mall that opened in 2005. It is approximately nine stories tall and is located in downtown Kabul, in the Shahr-e Naw neighborhood. The mall is equipped with escalators and see-through elevators.
For security, the mall's glass windows are explosive resistant. Visitors are screened by metal detectors before being allowed to enter. The screening stopped a suicide bomber from entering the mall on 14 February 2011.The top six floors of the mall is part of the Safi Landmark Hotel, which is owned by a Dubai based hotel and resort company.Khalid El Bakraoui
Khālid al-Bakrāwī (Arabic: خالد البكراوي; 12 January 1989 – 22 March 2016), also known as Abū Walīd al-Baljīkī, was a Belgian national of Moroccan descent, confirmed to be the suicide bomber at the metro station in the 2016 Brussels bombings.List of The New York Times employees
This is a list of former and current New York Times employees, reporters, and columnists.Louvre machete attack
On 3 February 2017, an Egyptian national in France on a tourist visa was shot as he rushed a group of French soldiers guarding a principal entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, attacking and injuring one soldier with a machete. The soldiers were patrolling the museum as part of Opération Sentinelle, guarding the Carrousel du Louvre, in which an underground shopping mall also serves as a gift shop, ticket sales office, and public entrance to the Museum.
The attacker, identified as Abdullah al-Hamahmy, was confirmed by French authorities to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the attack, and although not having direct links, to have sympathised with and posted numerous messages on Twitter in support of the Islamic State, including calling for people to "fight in the cause of Allah and kill."Mano Gai airstrike
The Mano Gai or Manogi airstrike was the killing of Afghan children in Mano Gai, Dara-I-Pech District, Kunar province, Afghanistan on March 1, 2011.Nine boys aged 8–14 were killed by gunfire from NATO helicopters while collecting firewood for their family.The next day hundreds of Afghan villagers protested the killing chanting slogans against the United States and the Afghan government as they marched to the bombing site. General David Petraeus said "We are deeply sorry" while Mohammed Bismil, the 20-year-old brother of two boys killed in the strike said "I don't care about the apology. The only option I have is to pick up a Kalashnikov, RPG or a suicide vest to fight." President Hamid Karzai called the attack "ruthless".Meng Hongwei
Meng Hongwei (simplified Chinese: 孟宏伟; traditional Chinese: 孟宏偉; pinyin: Mèng Hóngwěi; born November 1953) is a Chinese politician who was the president of Interpol from 2016 to 2018. He also served as vice-minister of Public Security in China from 2004 to 2018. Meng purportedly resigned in absentia in October 2018 via Chinese officials after he was arrested and accused of taking bribes by Chinese anti-corruption authorities. His arrest and detention and the apparent lack of due process raised questions about the Chinese government's law enforcement tactics.Michael Kelly Award
The Michael Kelly Award, sponsored by the Atlantic Media Company, is awarded for "the fearless pursuit and expression of truth"; the prize is $25,000 for the winner and $3,000 for the runners-up. In 2003 the University of New Hampshire, Department of English, established the Michael Kelly Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards a sophomore or junior student "who is passionate about journalism".Mohammad Gulab Mangal
Gulab Mangal (Pashto: ګلاب منګل) (born 1958), is the former Governor of Helmand, Afghanistan, and the former Governor of Laghman and Paktika. He also served as head of the Committee that drafted Afghanistan's most recent Constitution. Mangal was considered an effective governor by both diplomats and military officials in Afghanistan.Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy
Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy (born February 4, 1954) is the Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Syria.Rawa, Iraq
Rawa (Arabic: راوة) or Rawah is an Iraqi town on the Euphrates river. It lies on the north bank of the river, upstream by approx. 20 kilometers from the much larger town of Anah. People from this town are known by the appellation Rawi or surname al-Rawi.Sarposa prison tunneling escape of 2011
The Sarposa Prison tunneling escape was the escape of over 400 Taliban prisoners from Sarposa Prison in Kandahar by tunnel in April 2011.
The tunnel was dug from the outside. As of April 25, 2011, only a handful of prisoners have been recaptured.