Somewhere between 5,000 and 13,000 people were tortured and executed at one Syrian military prison between 2011 and 2015, according to Amnesty International. A new report alleges that officials at the high level of government approved the killings. William Brangham discusses the disturbing details and larger implications with Amnesty’s Sunjeev Bery.
Government forces in Syria have intensified their offensive on the city of Aleppo, causing tens of thousands of refugees to flee toward the Turkish border, and leading the disbanding of United Nations-brokered peace talks in Switzerland this week. Brian Jenkins of the Rand Corporation joins William Brangham to discuss. Continue reading
In an unusual alliance, a House Democrat and Republican have teamed up to urge the Obama administration to stop trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad and focus all its efforts on destroying Islamic State militants. Continue reading