Syria

The Two-Way
8:27 am
Tue September 3, 2013

McCain Says Right Strikes Can Hurt Assad's Capabilities

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., met with President Obama on Sunday at the White House.
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Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 12:18 pm

By "taking out Bashar Assad's delivery capabilities of chemical weapons" the U.S. can make it much harder for the Syrian leader to wage war against his people and perhaps level the fighting field or turn it in favor of Assad's opponents, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Tuesday on Morning Edition.

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The Two-Way
9:14 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Kerry: Tests Indicate Sarin Used In Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement about the use of chemical weapons in Syria at the Department of State last week.
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Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 3:46 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry says that tests have shown evidence of Syria's use of the chemical agent sarin in an attack on the opposition last month that the White House has blamed on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

"I can share with you today that blood and hair samples that have come to us through an appropriate chain of custody from East Damascus, from first responders, it has tested positive for signatures of sarin," Kerry told CNN on Sunday.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

World Views: August 30, 2013

Listen to the entire August 30, 2013 episode.

As President Obama and Congress decide how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Joshua Landis outlines some of the implications for both the United States and the Middle East.

Later, a conversation with Chad and Tara Jordan of Cornerstone International. The siblings and Oklahoma native founded the consulting firms to teach businesses and non-profits how to provide humanitarian aid more efficiently.

World Views
4:12 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

UPDATE: Obama Says He's Considering "Narrow" Syria Action

President Barack Obama meets with his National Security Staff to discuss the situation in Syria, in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 30, 2013.
Credit Pete Souza / The White House

President Barack Obama says he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against Syria. But he says he's considering a limited and narrow action in response to a chemical weapons attack that he says Syria'sgovernment carried out last week.

“We don't know how hard they're going to hit [President Bashar] Assad, but clearly they're going to hit Assad,” says Joshua Landis, a leading Syria watcher and the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “What Obama articulated very clearly is that we can hit him hard enough to dissuade him from using chemical weapons again. So it's worth it to try to extend that and punish Assad and make him think twice about using again.”

Obama says that attack was a challenge to the world and threatens U.S. national security.

 

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Striking Syria Still Seems A Question Of When, Not Whether

At the White House, President Obama and his advisers continue to work to build support in Congress and among allies for striking Syria.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 12:54 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Bowman reports.

Though Great Britain won't be joining in any military action aimed at Syria, it appears the White House is determined to go ahead — most likely within the next few days and most likely with missile strikes.

We'll be following the news throughout the day and over the weekend. As Friday dawns, here's where things stand:

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Syrian Civil War
3:06 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Inhofe On Syria: "We Just Can’t Take On Anything Else"

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) says the Defense Department budget cuts due to sequestration have been too great to use military resources.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Congress is in recess until September 9th, but lawmakers are calling for congressional involvement to any U.S. response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians last week.

This evening, U.S. House and Senate leaders will get a briefing from the White House. President Obama has said he is certain that the chemical weapon attack was initiated by Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

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The Two-Way
5:54 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Britain Seeks U.N. OK For Military Action Against Syria

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British Prime Minister David Cameron, who says it is time for the U.N. Security Council "to live up to its responsibilities on Syria."
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Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 6:39 pm

  • From the NPR Newscast: Philip Reeves reports on the resolution Britain will put before the U.N. Security Council
  • From 'Morning Edition': Alastair Crooke on the crisis in Syria

Some of the latest developments related to the crisis in Syria and the increasing likelihood that the U.S. and its allies will soon launch missile strikes on targets there in response to last week's alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime of President Bashar Assad:

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

World Views: August 23, 2013

LIsten to the entire August 23, 2013 episode.

Joshua Landis provides an update on Syria after anti-government activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack, and the panel discusses the renewed focus on U.S. gun culture after the murder of an Australian student in Oklahoma.

The departing director of the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art says 21st Century art will be shaped by music, video, and other mixed media to visually express ideas in new and exciting ways. Ghislain d’Humières takes over as the CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville Sept. 3.

World Views
12:58 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

What Assad May Have Learned In Egypt, And Could Apply To Syria

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks to members of the media April 25, 2013, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While briefing reporters, Hagel announced that the White House had released a statement saying it had evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels.
Credit Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo / U.S. Department of Defense / Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this week Syrian anti-government activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack. Death tolls as high as 1,300 have been reported, but the government has called the allegations “absolutely baseless.”

Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, tells KGOU’s World Views that video footage clearly shows something horrible has happened.

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Here & Now
12:19 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

U.S. Weighing Syria Options

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, second from left, talks with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East policy Matthew Spence, center, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2013. Hagel spoke with Spence after announcing to reporters that the White House had released a statement saying it had evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels.
Credit Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo / U.S. Department of Defense / Wikimedia Commons

Listen to Jeremy Hobson's conversation with Joshua Landis.

The Pentagon is updating target lists as the White House considers a military response in Syria, after an attack in which U.S. officials say they saw “strong indications” of chemical weapons use.

U.S. officials are saying that there are “strong indications” that chemical weapons were used in this week’s attack in Syria which left more than 1,000 people dead.

While experts are still sifting through the evidence, President Barack Obama, speaking on CNN today, said, “what we’ve seen indicates that this is clearly a big event of grave concern.”

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