Bashar al-Assad

  • A flag of the Islamic State  is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on Sept. 11. Photo by Jm Lopez/AFP/Getty Images
    September 11, 2014  

    Judy Woodruff gets a broad assessment of the president’s plan to combat the Islamic State from former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, former State Department official Richard Haass, former Defense Department official Michèle Flournoy and retired Army Col. Andrew Bacevich of Boston University. Continue reading

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    July 16, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, Israel will halt airstrikes against Gaza for five hours for humanitarian purposes after a day of stepped-up attacks that brought the Palestinian death toll to at least 213. Also, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a third time in Damascus, even as civil war roils his country. The U.S. and other countries has dismissed his re-election as a sham. Continue reading

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Dec. 1, 2013. Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    June 21, 2014   BY Associated Press 

    For years, Iran has been an archenemy of the United States. Now, with alliances blurred in the Mideast, the two countries are talking about how to stop an offensive in Iraq by al-Qaida-inspired insurgents. Continue reading

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    June 9, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, police in Sao Paulo fought with subway workers who went on strike with the World Cup starting in three days. It’s the latest setback in the buildup to the tournament in Brazil, where airports, train lines and roads aren’t finished. Also, in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad granted a wide-ranging amnesty, though it was unclear how many prisoners would be freed. Continue reading

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    June 7, 2014  

    Presidential elections were held in Syria on Tuesday, with President Bashar al-Assad taking nearly 90 percent of the vote. Is the U.S. ‘behind the curve’ in its handling of the conflict? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief at the Washington Post, about what Assad’s victory means for U.S. involvement in the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis. Continue reading

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    June 3, 2014  

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford explains to chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner that he left his post in February because he could “no longer defend” U.S. policy in Syria. He also criticized the Obama administration for what he calls its “behind the curve” policy and claimed that al-Qaida groups would have been “unable to compete” in Syria if the administration would have armed the moderate opposition a few years ago. Continue reading

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    June 3, 2014  

    In state-controlled parts of Syria, thousands of voters came out to show support for President Bashar al-Assad, who is overwhelming expected to win the country’s election. However, in Syria’s north and west where rebels hold sway, voting didn’t take place. At one refugee camp in Jordan, displaced Syrians dropped shoes in a symbolic trashcan to demonstrate their disgust. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford with PBS NewsHour correspondent Margaret Warner in an interview airing on Tuesday.
    June 3, 2014   BY Larisa Epatko 

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford said Tuesday he resigned his post earlier this year because the U.S. policy on Syria was evolving too slowly. “We were constantly behind the curve,” which is only increasing the extremist threat in the United States, he said. Continue reading

  • BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MAY 24: Belgian police take security precautions on Rue Des Minimes as three people were killed and another was seriously wounded in a gun attack Saturday at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, May 24, 2014. (Photo by Feyzullah Yarimbas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
    June 1, 2014   BY Kayla Ruble 

    The alleged French jihadist suspected of carrying out a shooting at a Belgian Jewish Museum in May has claimed responsibility for the attack in a video, prosecutors said on Sunday. Continue reading

  • WASHINGTON — The State Department confirmed Friday that a U.S. citizen launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops earlier this week in what is believed to be the first time an American has been involved in such attacks since the start of the Syrian civil war.

    Opposition forces fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad had earlier claimed that Abu Hurayra al-Amriki was, in fact, an American fighter who carried out a May 25 truck bombing outside a restaurant in the government-held northwestern city of Idlib. Al-Amriki’s nom de guerre is translated from Arabic as “Father of Hurayra the American.” Continue reading