Middle East

  • 7:39pm May 15, 2013
    World News World News

    Syrian Minister: Removal Of Assad Means Destruction Of Syria

    Melissa Block talks with Syria's Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Faisal Mekdad, about the upcoming international conference on Syria in Geneva and about the Syrian government's view of the civil war. Mekdad says the government of President Bashar al-Assad believes a peaceful settlement is necessary to solve the conflict in Syria. However, Mekdad says the replacement of President Assad "means destruction of Syria, means no international conference, and means support of terrorism." Mekdad says Syria will not participate in the conference with any preconditions.
  • 2:33pm May 13, 2013
    World News World News National Politics & Government

    Drawing Security Lessons From Benghazi Mission Attack

    The debate continues over the handling of the September attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. But retired Marine Col. Gary Anderson says some important lessons have already been learned about strengthening diplomatic security and inter-agency communication.
  • 8:28am May 12, 2013
    World News World News National

    Syrian Conflict Raises Thorny Issues Beyond The Mideast

    The conflict in Syria has had repercussions far beyond its borders, with refugees streaming into neighboring states and countries around the world choosing sides. NPR commentator Ted Koppel weighs in on what the ongoing upheaval in Syria could mean for the rest of the world.
  • 8:26am May 12, 2013
    World News World News

    Could Syria's Civil War Become A Large Regional Crisis?

    Two Israeli airstrikes outside of Damascus in one weekend signal escalating tensions between Syria and its neighbors. The Syrian government has said the attacks "open the door to all possibilities," giving rise to concerns that the conflict could spill over the border.
  • 2:25pm May 07, 2013
    World News World News

    The History And Politics Of Humanitarian Intervention

    Some are calling on President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria's civil war. Gary Bass, Princeton University professor and author of Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention, talks about the political risks of humanitarian intervention.
  • 11:54pm May 06, 2013
    World News World News

    Thousands Of Syrians Ride Buses To Refugee Camps

    Morning Edition rides along with Andrew Harper of the UNHCR to the Syrian border. Roughly 3,000 Syrians each day wait for buses to take them to refugee camps in Jordan.
  • A model of a drone is hoisted in the air at a protest of the U.S. military's use of drones during a demonstration on April 3 in New York.
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    4:02pm May 06, 2013
    National National

    The Hidden Cost Of The Drone Program

    One expert says the administration is operating drones with a "kill-not-capture" policy, adding that you don't get intelligence from those killed. But there's also a human toll — from the pilots who remotely operate the drones to those people who live in the areas that are targeted.
  • 11:01am May 05, 2013
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    Syrian Rebel Leader: We Won't Share U.S. Arms With Extremists

    The U.S. says it will consider arming the rebels if it can confirm Bashar Assad's regime used the nerve gas sarin in recent attacks. But there's a danger that any weapons the U.S. provides could fall into the wrong hands.
  • 11:53am May 04, 2013
    World News World News

    Places Transformed: Syrian Refugees Overwhelm Camps, Towns

    The fighting in Syria has created tens of thousands of refugees seeking shelter in neighboring Jordan. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Deborah Amos about a refugee camp in northern Jordan that has quickly become the second largest such camp in the world. Then we hear voices from a small town in southern Lebanon, where recently arrived Syrian refugees now outnumber the Lebanese residents.