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You Should Really Hear the Arab Perspective Before you Debate the Syrian Conflict


Syrian refugees, fleeing the violence in their country, cross the border into the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq September 4, 2013. The Syrian refugee crisis may worsen if there is no international reaction in response to last month's alleged chemical weapons attack, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday. The two-year Syrian conflict has escalated, driving 2 million refugees abroad, uprooting 5 million within the country and taking at least 100,000 lives, Davutoglu said. Every day, about 5,000 Syrians cross the borders into Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. Picture taken September 4, 2013. REUTERS/ Haider Ala (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - RTX13838



As the US debate over possible military strikes in Syria continues, we want to hear how the issue is being discussed in the Arab world.

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This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Mai Noman, an interactive producer for BBC Arabic TV, who has been monitoring feedback from audiences from around the Middle East.

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    Members of the Free Syrian Army watch as they fire a homemade rocket towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Deir al-Zor September 4, 2013. Picture taken September 4, 2013. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST) - RTX137WC