Bashar al-Assad

  • U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver a statement about missile strikes on a Syrian airfield, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach
    April 7, 2017  

    What will be the fallout of a U.S. strike against a Syrian military base? And what signal does it send to world powers around the world? Former State Department official Sarah Sewall, retired Gen. John Allen, a former NATO commander, and retired Col. Andrew Bacevich of Boston University join Judy Woodruff for a discussion. Continue reading

  • April 6, 2017  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Turkey confirmed that chemical weapons had been used in an attack in Syria. Members of the U.S. government seemed to suggest that it might take steps to remove the Syrian president. Also, the stage is set for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, as leading Republicans launched a series of parliamentary tactics Thursday to dismantle the filibuster. Continue reading

  • April 5, 2017  

    President Trump condemned the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria, saying that his attitude toward Syria and President Bashar al-Assad had “changed very much.” In a White House Rose Garden news conference with King Abdullah of Jordan, the president didn’t seem to rule out any options in responding to the situation in the war-stricken country. John Yang reports. Continue reading

  • Dozens were killed in a suspected chemical attack in a town in Syria’s rebel-held northern Idlib province on April 4. Photo by Ammar Abdullah/Reuters
    April 5, 2017  

    A chemical weapons attack in Syria on Monday crossed “many lines,” according to President Trump. But what options could the president pursue to help end the six-year civil war? Judy Woodruff speaks with former Defense Department official Andrew Exum and Kori Schake of the Hoover Institution about how the Trump administration could tackle foreign policy on Syria. Continue reading

  • April 4, 2017  

    An apparent chemical weapons attack killed dozens in Syria. The U.S. blamed the Syrian government, while witnesses and activists said the toxic substance was delivered by Syrian and Russian jets. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports and Judy Woodruff talks to Andrew Tabler of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Susannah Sirkin of Physicians for Human Rights. Continue reading

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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