Syria

  • April 1, 2016  

    The Syrian Army has reclaimed Palmyra from the Islamic State group, dealing a major setback to the militants. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports on the state of the ancient city, home to a sprawling set of Roman ruins that were partially destroyed by fighting and by the militants as propaganda. Continue reading

  • March 27, 2016  

    The U.S. Director of National Intelligence says the number of men who have traveled from their home countries to join ISIS now exceeds 36,000. The influx of foreign fighters may now be causing ideological discord in its ranks. Wall Street Journal reporter Matt Bradley joins Megan Thompson via Skype to discuss. Continue reading

  • March 25, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, a suicide bomber struck a soccer stadium south of Baghdad, killing 29 people and injuring dozens more. Also, heavy fighting raged in Palmyra as Syrian government forces, supported by Russian airstrikes, fought to recapture the city from the Islamic State and open up eastern Syria. Continue reading

  • March 25, 2016  

    WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say a senior Islamic State leader has been killed, marking a further erosion of top leadership in the militant group in Syria and Iraq. Continue reading

  • March 23, 2016  

    After his last deployment to Afghanistan, decorated Marine veteran and writer Elliot Ackerman went to report on the civil war in Syria. What he found was friendship and a shared disillusion over the hopes of revolution. In this essay, Ackerman explores the deep wounds and strong bonds forged by war. Continue reading

  • March 18, 2016  

    Turkey and the European Union reached an agreement Friday over solutions to the ongoing migrant crisis in Eastern Europe, with Turkey taking back Syrian refugees currently stranded in Greece in exchange for financial aid and closer travel and political ties to the EU. Jeffrey Brown asks Matthew Karnitschnig of Politico and special correspondent Malcolm Brabant for more information on the deal.
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  • March 17, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan again denied any possibility that he would stand for the Republican presidential nomination at a contested RNC convention, saying those who argue otherwise should “knock it off.” Also, Russian president Vladimir Putin threatened to send warplanes and troops back into Syria if rebel forces compromise recent government military gains. Continue reading

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    Starting in 2006, Syria suffered its worst drought in 900 years; it ruined farms, forced as many as 1.5 million rural denizens to crowd into cities alongside Iraqi refugees and decimated the country’s livestock. Water became scarce and food expensive. The suffering and social chaos caused by the drought were important drivers of the initial unrest.
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  • March 15, 2016  

    Tuesday marks exactly five years since the civil war in Syria began, and the grim anniversary saw significant diplomatic and military moves — especially the news that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be pulling his nation’s ground forces out of the region. Judy Woodruff talks to chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner for more. Continue reading

  • March 14, 2016  

    The first round of UN-backed Syrian peace talks began in Geneva Monday morning — but for those trapped in overcrowded refugee camps, seeking to enter Europe through the Balkans’ closed borders, help seems far away. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner examines sobering statistics from the UN, while Jeffrey Brown talks to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi for more. Continue reading