Middle East

  • 6:52am Jun 14, 2013
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    U.S. To Provide Military Support To Opposition In Syria

    The Obama administration has decided to send military aid to the rebels in Syria. The decision was announced after the administration said it had concluded, with high confidence, that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on multiple occasions over the past few months.
  • 7:37pm Jun 13, 2013
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    Chemical Weapons Use In Syria Crosses U.S. 'Red Line'

    U.S. and European intelligence has determined that the Syrian government has used Sarin chemical weapons on multiple occasions in its fight to suppress rebels. With this determination, the White House says aid for the rebels — perhaps in the form of heavy weapons — will be forthcoming.
  • 6:35pm Jun 13, 2013
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    Death Toll In Syria Jumps To Nearly 93,000

    Death toll numbers in Syria have been revised higher after a report released by the Human Rights Data Analysis Group. Melissa Block talks to Megan Price, the group's director of research.
  • 8:32am Jun 09, 2013
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    Looking Ahead To The Future Of Syria's Crisis

    To date, the civil war in Syria has claimed tens of thousands of lives and, according U.N. estimates, has caused more than a million refugees to flee to neighboring countries. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, NPR foreign correspondent Deb Amos discusses where the conflict may go.
  • 5:39am Jun 09, 2013

    Conflict In Syria Continues To Degrade

    Weekend Edition Saturday Scott Simon talks with former ambassador Frederic Hof about the worsening crisis in Syria and the United States' limited military and political options.
  • 2:32pm Jun 07, 2013
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    Sen. McCain Urges U.S. To Do More For Syrian Rebels

    Sen. John McCain, just back from a quick foray to rebel-held territory in Syria, is pushing the Obama administration to do more to help rebels topple Bashar Assad's regime. His call comes as rebels lose ground in their fight, and as skepticism rises about the U.S.-Russian plans for a peace conference.
  • 4:06pm Jun 05, 2013
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    After Protests, Evaluating Turkey's Role As A Democracy

    What started as a small sit-in on Friday in Istanbul grew into a massive demonstration against the Turkish government. That government dismissed the demonstrators as extremists. Steven Cook, of the Council on Foreign Relations, talks about Turkey's changing role as a democracy in the region.
  • 9:20am Jun 05, 2013
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    Egyptian Court Verdict Complicates Relations With Washington

    The State Department and several U.S. pro-democracy organizations have reacted strongly to a Cairo court ruling Tuesday. More than 40 foreign and local NGO workers were sentenced to prison for operating without a license. The ruling will likely spur calls in Congress for retaliation.