The Cradle
Radwan Mortada
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Radwan Murtada is a Beirut-based journalist who has written for Al Akhbar since 2007 and has contributed to many foreign media outlets on political, criminal, social and judiciary affairs in Lebanon and the wider region. Radwan is a specialist on Islamic jihadist groups, and honed his connections and craft during the Syrian conflict, interviewing both Al Qaeda and ISIS leaders for various outlets. He is the founder of Blue House Film, a Beirut production company specializing in documentaries, and is the author of the book "How the Syrian Revolution Grew its Beard." In 2020, he founded "The Hub" with a group of regional journalists and producers that provides news and media services to foreign journalists covering West Asia.
Will Lebanon's Arab tribes fill Saudi Arabia's 'Hariri void' in upcoming elections?
The Arab Tribe Federation of Lebanon has grown into a powerful political force that may be poised to replace the Future Movement as Saudi Arabia’s main Sunni political ally. 
By Radwan Mortada Mar 28, 2022
Saudi Arabia declares war on Lebanon: What made Mohammad bin Salman lose his mind?
The Saudi escalation against Lebanon is not due to some misplaced words by a senior official; it is part of a premeditated plan to regain control over Lebanon, using upcoming elections as a springboard
By Radwan Mortada Nov 01, 2021
Judges protecting judges: why the Beirut blast investigation is a dud
Lead investigative Judge Tarek Bitar refuses to prosecute his judiciary colleagues who signed to unload, store, then ignore the ammonium nitrates that devastated Beirut last August.
By Radwan Mortada Oct 28, 2021
Lebanon's Ministry of Interior: 'Lebanese Forces started the shooting'
A top-level private meeting at Lebanon's Interior Ministry concluded that the right-wing LF opened fire first, but the Lebanese army changed that story after a meeting with a US official
By Radwan Mortada Oct 14, 2021
Lebanon's General Security Chief: 'I totally support open borders with Syria'
Lebanese General Security Chief Abbas Ibrahim has become a key negotiator between foreign and domestic parties in the crisis-hit country. While the Lebanese worry about the US threat of sanctions, Ibrahim tells The Cradle it is "totally unlikely" that the US will sanction Lebanon.
By Radwan Mortada Sep 20, 2021