Syria

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    June 10, 2014  

    Known as ISIS or ISIL, a Sunni militant group has taken over parts of the northern city of Mosul, a strategic hub for Iraq’s oil industry, as well as a gateway to Syria. Judy Woodruff is joined by Laith Kubba of the National Endowment for Democracy and Kimberly Kagan of the Institute for the Study of War to discuss the larger impact of the takeover on Iraq and its neighbors. Continue reading

  • Less than three years after pulling American forces out of Iraq, President Barack Obama is weighing a range of short-term military options, including airstrikes, to quell an al-Qaida inspired insurgency that has captured two Iraqi cities and threatened to press toward Baghdad.
    June 10, 2014  

    Sunni militants pushed Iraqi army units from parts of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, after days of fighting. Newly re-elected prime minister Nouri al-Maliki urged the Shiite-led parliament to declare a state of emergency and mobilize to fight the insurgents. Judy Woodruff reports. 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

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    May 29, 2014  

    Secretary of State John Kerry weighs in on the U.S. response to the crisis in Ukraine, a terror resurgence in North Africa, the long, bloody war in Syria and a Mideast peace process that ground to a halt just a few weeks ago. He joins Gwen Ifill for an extended interview on current foreign policy challenges and why he thinks President Obama doesn’t get sufficient credit for successes. Continue reading