Syria

  • People hold portraits of victims of the Tu-154 plane crash in the Black Sea on Dec. 25. Photo by Valery MatytsinTASS via Getty Images
    December 26, 2016   BY  

    People lay flowers and lit candles Monday in Russia, which held a national day of mourning, for the 92 passengers and crew of an airplane that crashed into the Black Sea on Christmas Day. Continue reading

  • People pay tribute to passengers and crew members of Russian military Tu-154 plane crashed into the Black Sea, near a makeshift memorial outside the headquarters of the Alexandrov Ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir, in Moscow, Russia December 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin - RTX2WFC3
    December 25, 2016   BY  

    A Russian military aircraft headed for Syria crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday morning, killing all 92 people on board, including dozens of people from the Red Army Choir.
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  • A general view shows damage in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "ALEPPO HERITAGE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. - RTX2VYQ4
    December 22, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the long, bloody battle for Syria’s largest city is finally over. Syria’s army announced that Aleppo is back under government control, marking the end of a four-year hold over parts of the city. Also, Russian President Putin attended a memorial ceremony in Moscow honoring slain Ambassador Andrei Karlov, who was gunned down in Turkey on Monday. Continue reading

  • A boy flashes the victory sign while riding a bus to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria on Dec. 18, 2016. Photo by Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters
    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

  • People who fled the Shi'ite Muslim villages of al-Foua and Kefraya arrive in government controlled Jibreen area in Aleppo, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA on December 19, 2016. SANA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. - RTX2VPCM
    December 19, 2016  

    Evacuations resumed overnight in Eastern Aleppo after days of delays, under terms of a fragile cease-fire. The UN Security Council unanimously voted to deploy monitors to Aleppo to ensure evacuees are unmolested. Judy Woodruff reports and speaks with David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee for more. Continue reading

  • A man eats on a wheelchair as he waits to be evacuated with others from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail - RTX2VGG6
    December 17, 2016  

    In Syria, the evacuation of civilians from Aleppo continues as thousands of people wait to leave the besieged city. Once the most populous city in the country, previously rebel-held Aleppo is now largely in ruins after a protracted assault by Syrian government forces. Anne Barnard, a reporter with The New York Times, joins Alison Stewart from Beirut for more. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama waves goodbye as he departs after speaking to journalists during his last news conference of the year at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2VEAD
    December 16, 2016  

    On Friday, President Obama gave what is expected to be his final presidential press conference, during which he implied that President Vladimir Putin was behind Russian cyberattacks on Democratic Party targets. But he was careful when asked about President-elect Trump’s perceived close ties with Russia. He also said he still believes the U.S. took the right approach in Syria. Continue reading

  • Children sit in a car as they wait to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail - RTX2VE1O
    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

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    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

  • People walk as they gather to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail - RTX2V626
    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