May 27 2015

Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring

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GUEST: Charles Glass has reported extensively from the Middle East, and traveled frequently in Syria, over several decades. His latest book is called ‘Syria Burning: ISIS And the Death of the Arab Spring.’

The Pentagon last week came the closest they have come so far, to admitting that US bombs killed Syrian civilians in the months-long war launched last year. An investigation into a November 2014 airstrike launched this January, found evidence for the deaths of at least 4 children, among them a 5-year old. Dozens of deaths have been attributed by news reports to US-led airstrikes on Syria, a country that seems to have one overlapping war on another ever since a civil war broke out with the advent of the Arab Spring rebellions.

The Islamic State militant organization, whose explosive rise prompted a US air war, announced that it has taken over the key Syrian city of Palmyra, home to 65,000 residents, and precious ancient artifacts. ISIS is estimated to be controlling about 50% of Syria now, even as President Bashar Al Assad’s troops are waging a brutal war on rebel groups. As in all wars, civilians are caught in the cross-fire.

Read more of Charles Glass’ work at charlesglass.net.

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