The US launched its first direct strike on the Syrian regime Friday morning local time after a suspected Damascus-ordered chemical attack killed at least 70 people Tuesday in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. The attack inspired US President Donald Trump to bomb a Syrian airfield. But will it change his thinking about Syrian refugees?
Thaer al-Tahli was an activist in Homs, Syria, threatened by the regime. He was selected for possible resettlement in the US. But after three years and many hours of interviews, he's decided to withdraw his application.
Lebanon has the highest concentration of Syrian refugees per capita in the world. Just a few days after Donald Trump’s executive order, Lebanese President Michel Aoun renewed calls for Syrians to be repatriated.
Lately, a lot of discussion in Germany has focused on Syrian refugees entering Germany. But Syrians are not the only ones hoping to make it there. The country has seen a rise in the number of migrants from the Balkans.
Iceland's government says it's willing to accept 50 Syrian refugees during the next two years. But a Facebook event page has been created to challenge that policy and more than 10,000 Icelanders on the page have offered to take in Syrians on the run. Meanwhile, on the Greek island of Lesbos, a sharp increase in the number of refugees arriving on the island is leaving government officials and residents overwhelmed.
Europe is being hammered by an influx of Syrian refugees. How can the world help all these people on the run? And given the US role in Syria, like daily bombing runs against ISIS targets, what should the US role be?
The State Department says more needs to be done to help deal with the humanitarian crisis in Syria, especially the refugees. State Department spokesman Mark Toner speaks of the 'heartbreaking' images coming out. But to date the US has admitted fewer than 2,000 refugees since the war began.