Bashar Al Assad

Conflict & Justice

Why this Syrian man regrets bringing Al-Qaeda fighters into his country

Expectations are pretty low for this week's Syria peace talks in Geneva. It will the first time that government and opposition representatives actually meet since the civil war began almost three years ago. But a third major player in the conflict will be missing: the Al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group that controls much of north-east Syria. Most of its fighters are foreign. Here's the story of one Syrian man who has been forced into exile by the very men he once helped bring into his country.

Global Politics

Iran's role in Syria peace talks throws discussions into disarray

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn his last minute invitation for Iran to attend Syrian peace talks in Switzerland on Wednesday. Aryn Baker, Time Magazine's Middle East bureau chief, says the rebels argued for Iran to be "uninvited" to the talks because Tehran was unwilling to back the creation of a transitional government in Syria.

Conflict & Justice

This rebel unit in Syria was a major player, now they're disbanded

In Syria a bombing campaign against rebel-held parts of Aleppo killed more than 300 people over the past 10 days according to activists. Meanwhile across Northern Syria, the mainstream armed opposition –the Free Syrian Army-- has lost the upper hand to a coalition of Islamic brigades and to al-Qaeda-linked groups. Here’s the story of one FSA unit that started as a major player in the insurgency in Latakia province, and ended the year disbanded.

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Global Politics

Escaping Syria

Reporter Ben Gilbert has the story of a Syrian activist who fled to Lebanon after repeated interrogations by the secret police in Syria.

Conflict & Justice

Fleeing Syria's crackdown

Syria's crackdown against anti-government protesters continues. Ben Gilbert reports on residents of one Syrian village who fled across the border into Lebanon after the Syrian military cracked down on protesters in their home town.

Conflict & Justice

War Crimes Pressure

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, David Scheffer. He discusses how the possibility of indictment could influence President Bashar al Assad in Syria.