Syria

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with the media after attending the Mideast peace conference in Paris, France, January 15, 2017 .  REUTERS/Alex Brandon/Pool - RTSVMUU
    January 15, 2017  

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged the incoming Trump administration to accept an invitation from Russia to attend Syria peace talks next week. Continue reading

  • American soldiers are seen at the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani - RTX2QEM0
    January 13, 2017  

    President Obama came into office with a desire to wind down America’s wars overseas. Today the Middle East is a far more volatile place than it was. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports and Judy Woodruff gets an assessment from Gen. David Petraeus, former Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon, and Eric Edelman, former State and Defense Department official. Continue reading

  • Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) testifies before a Senate Intelligence hearing on his nomination to head the CIA on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2YOC0
    January 12, 2017  

    Gen. James Mattis was well received by the Senate Armed Services Committee, with whom he discussed threats from China and the Islamic State, as well as women in combat roles. In front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mike Pompeo disavowed “enhanced interrogation” techniques. Both nominees also addressed the Iran nuclear deal. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Judy Woodruff at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 6, 2017. Photo by Abbey Oldham.
    January 6, 2017  

    In our most recent interview with a top Obama administration official, Judy Woodruff sits down with Secretary of State John Kerry as the presidential transition nears. They discuss Secretary Kerry’s assessment of the U.S.-Russia relationship, now that intelligence has confirmed hacking; the administration’s legacy in Syria and Israel; challenges for his successor, Rex Tillerson and more. Continue reading

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    January 5, 2017  

    As the Obama years come to a close, Vice President Joe Biden sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss his thoughts on his tenure, the election and the future of the country. They discuss the fate of the Affordable Care Act, evidence of Russian election hacking, President-elect Trump’s critique of the intelligence community, the Obama administration’s legacy in Syria and more. Continue reading

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    Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday criticized President-elect Donald Trump’s attacks on the U.S. intelligence community and his grasp of health care policy, which is now up for debate on Capitol Hill as Republicans move to undo the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan participates in a session at the third annual Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington, U.S., September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron - RTX2OPCO
    January 3, 2017  

    John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss the CIA’s upcoming report looking into Russia’s alleged election hacking, claims by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the CIA’s role in preventing cyberattacks and regrets about the Syrian civil war, in the first of a two-part conversation. Continue reading

  • Relatives of Fatih Cakmak, a security guard and a victim of an attack by a gunman at Reina nightclub, react during his funeral in Istanbul, Turkey, January 2, 2017.     REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX2X7K5
    January 2, 2017  

    In Turkey, a nationwide manhunt is underway for the attacker who opened fire on an Istanbul nightclub in the early hours of New Year’s Day, killing 39. Turkey has been a key player in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria, and the attack comes two weeks after the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Istanbul. William Brangham reports. Continue reading

  • A woman reacts outside the Reina nightclub by the Bosphorus, which was attacked by a gunman, in Istanbul, Turkey, January 2, 2017.     REUTERS/Yagiz Karahan  - RTX2X7YJ
    January 2, 2017  

    What’s behind the latest deadly rampage in Turkey, one in a string of terror attacks there in the past year? William Brangham speaks with Bulent Aliriza from the Center for Strategic and International Studies about the two-front attack facing Turkey and how President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s purge of government officers following the summer’s coup is affecting his country’s efforts to fight terror. Continue reading

  • A man rides a bicycle near damaged buildings in the rebel held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria December 30, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh - RTX2WY9J
    December 30, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, Russian president Vladimir Putin slammed U.S. sanctions and the expulsion of Russian diplomats over election-season hacking attacks, but said he would not answer in kind by expelling U.S. diplomats. Also, a fragile cease-fire appeared to hold across Syria, but sporadic violence between rebels and troops was reported near Damascus and the central province of Hama. Continue reading

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