syrian civil war

  • Syria Democratic Forces fighters take positions as they await U.S.-led air strikes on Manbij's mills where Islamic State militants are positioned, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said - RTX2GMD1
    June 17, 2016  

    The question of how to end the devastating five-year Syrian Civil War has split the United States foreign service. Recently, a group of State Department officials signed an internal memo protesting U.S. policy in Syria and calling for military intervention to destroy the Islamic State and force the Assad regime into peace negotiations. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • A boy takes a picture with his mobile phone of damaged buildings during his visit to the city of Palmyra, Syria April 9, 2016.  Photo by Omar Sanadiki/REUTERS
    May 3, 2016  

    The five-year civil war in Syria has torn the nation apart. Some parts, like the capital of Damascus, have survived relatively unscathed, while others, like Aleppo, have been decimated by bullets and bombs. But for Syrians everywhere, life must go on. Judy Woodruff talks to Declan Walsh of The New York Times for more on life inside government-held areas of Syria, still tightly controlled by Bashar al-Assad. Continue reading

  • Children walk near garbage in the al-Jazmati neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on April 22, 2016. Photo by Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters
    April 28, 2016  

    Twenty-seven people were reportedly killed by a suspected Syrian government airstrike on a hospital in Aleppo. Hari Sreenivasan learns more about the bombing and the medical facility that was targeted from Pablo Marco of Doctors Without Borders. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the economy after the release of a weak jobs report. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    April 25, 2016  

    President Obama approved the deployment of up to 250 additional military personnel to Syria to aid the fight against the Islamic State group, while the resumption of heavy fighting in the Syrian civil war has all but derailed UN efforts at peace talks. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Nancy Youssef of the Daily Beast and Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Continue reading

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain April 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth - RTX29GCV
    April 11, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron rejected criticism of his family’s finances and offshore holdings after the Panama Papers leak detailed his late father’s investments. Also, a surge in fighting focused around Aleppo threatens to derail a month-old cease-fire in the Syrian conflict. Continue reading

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    April 11, 2016  

    Five years of brutal civil war in Syria have killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more. Now, a new journalistic project aims to document President Bashar al-Assad’s principal role in the systematic campaign of detention, torture and murder that has left his nation in the throes of chaos. Hari Sreenivasan sits down with Ben Taub of The New Yorker to discuss “The Assad Files.” Continue reading

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    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

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    March 23, 2016   BY  

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A day after bombs ripped through Brussels, President Barack Obama declared that fighting the Islamic State is his “No. 1 priority” and pledged that the United States will pursue the jihadist group until it is destroyed. Continue reading

  • U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington March 17, 2016.       REUTERS/Gary Cameron - RTSAWYK
    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

  • Residents inspect damage after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held Al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail - RTX25GU1
    March 17, 2016   BY  

    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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