Bashar al-Assad

  • An internally displaced Syrian boy walks over rainwater in the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border, northern Aleppo province, Syria December 26, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi - RTX2WK28
    December 27, 2016  

    Last week, the Syrian government declared that it had retaken full control of Aleppo from rebel forces. But this success came at a high cost: survivors have lost their homes and family members, and many have been severely wounded. Their future may lie in refugee camps. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson visits Aleppo to speak to those who outlasted the years of war. Continue reading

  • A boy flashes the victory sign while riding a bus to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria on Dec. 18, 2016. Photo by Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters
    December 22, 2016   BY  

    When President-elect Donald Trump enters office on Jan. 20, the bloody war in Syria against the Assad regime will be nearing its sixth year. We asked several analysts what Trump should do about one of the most intractable problems he will face as president. Continue reading

  • Children sit in a car as they wait to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail - RTX2VE1O
    December 16, 2016  

    Friday brought doubts about the durability of the plan to allow tens of thousands of civilians and fighters to leave eastern Aleppo. Evacuations that began Thursday abruptly halted amid renewed violence and recriminations. Meanwhile, the Assad regime consolidated its hold on a sector of the city that had been held by rebels for four years. Dan Rivers of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

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    December 16, 2016  

    Reports emerged this week that the CIA is confident Russia attempted to sway election results through cyberattacks. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review join Judy Woodruff to discuss what Russia’s interference suggests about the future of our democracy, the president-elect’s Cabinet picks of Rex Tillerson and Rick Perry and President Obama’s legacy on Syria. Continue reading

  • People walk as they gather to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail - RTX2V626
    December 15, 2016  

    The brutal fighting in Aleppo, Syria, seems to be over. But even this morning, President Assad’s artillery couldn’t resist one last go at killing those still trapped. Evacuations of civilians and fighters began Thursday, the devastation of four years of war laid bare. Dan Rivers of Independent Television News reports and speaks with Hari Sreenivasan about what’s left. Continue reading

  • Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stand atop a damaged tank near Umayyad mosque, in the government-controlled area of Aleppo, during a media tour, Syria December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2UUAQ
    December 13, 2016  

    The fight for Aleppo is over. Bombardment by Syrian and Russian jets and deadly ground operations brought an end to the siege; thousands of civilians are fleeing amid reports of mass killings by government forces and allies. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports and Hari Sreenivasan talks to the Middle East Institute’s Randa Slim and University of Oklahoma’s Josh Landis. Continue reading

  • People tour Aleppo's historic citadel, one of the oldest known castles in the world, on Dec. 11, 2009. Photo by Khalil Ashawi/Reuters
    December 13, 2016   BY  

    Syria’s northern city of Aleppo was once a thriving commercial hub with a proud history dating back millennia. Photos show what it was like before the bombings. Continue reading

  • Residents walk near damaged buildings in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail/File Photo
    December 7, 2016   BY  

    In a joint statement, the leaders of Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and the U.S. demanded that Syria’s government address the humanitarian crisis by allowing United Nations aid in to eastern Aleppo. They said the U.N. should investigate reports of war crimes committed in Syria. Continue reading

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    December 1, 2016  

    In his new book, “The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East,” The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon discusses the U.S. power struggle with Iran, including the Obama administration’s nuclear deal and controversial cash delivery and whether Iran complicated the American stance on Assad. Solomon sits down with Margaret Warner to discuss his work. Continue reading

  • Syrian government soldiers walk amid rubble of damaged buildings, near a cloth used as a cover from snipers, after they took control of al-Sakhour neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA on November 28, 2016. SANA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. - RTSTSGL
    November 29, 2016  

    In rebel-held Aleppo, the violent fight against the Islamic State is escalating, with 50 people killed and another 150 injured on Tuesday. Though Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a cease-fire in the city, administration officials suspect Russia wants to cement a victory before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

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