Apr 30, 2018
On Friday the 13th of April, President Trump bombed the government of Syria… Again. In this episode, learn some of the little-discussed history of and reasons for the on-going attempts to overthrow the government of Syria.
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Article: 'Obscene masquerade': Russia criticised over Douma chemical attack denial by Patrick Wintour, The Guardian, April 26, 2018.
Article: Why does Syria still have chemical weapons? by Patrick Wintour, The Guardian, April 18, 2018.
Report: Russia rejects UN resolution for independent Douma investigation, Aljazeera, April 18, 2018.
Report: Pentagon warns of IS resurgence in regime areas of Syria, France24, April 17, 2018.
Interview: Legal questions loom over Syria strikes, Interview by Jonathan Masters of John B. Bellinger III, Council on Foreign Relations, April 15, 2018.
Report: Trump bombs Syria hours after 88 lawmakers urged him to first consult Congress by Jennifer Bendery, Huffpost, April 13, 2018.
Interview: What are U.S. Military options in Syria? Interview by Zachary Laub of Mona Yacoubian, Council on Foreign Relations, April 13, 2018.
Report: Thousands of US troops and Marines arrive in Jordan by Shawn Snow, Marine Times, April 13, 2018.
Report: Global chemical weapons watchdog 'on its way to Syria', Aljazeera News, April 12, 2018.
Report: Pentagon strips Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria troop numbers from web by Tara Copp, Military Times, April 9, 2018.
Press Release: Press release on Israeli air strikes in Syria, MFA Russia, February 20, 2018.
Article: Kurds pull back from ISIS fight in Syria, saying U.S. 'let us down' by Liz Sly, The Washington Post, March 6, 2018.
Report: US has no evidence of Syrian use of sarin gas, Mattis says by Robert Burns, AP News, February 2, 2018.
Article: The pundits were wrong about Assad and the Islamic State. As usual, they're not willing to admit it by Max Abrahms and John Glaser, Los Angeles Times, December 10, 2017.
Report: [Syria investigator del Ponte signs off with a sting](https://www.reuters.com/article/us-, mideast-crisis-syria-investigator/syria-investigator-del-ponte-signs-off-with-a-sting-idUSKCN1BT29Q) by Reuters Staff, Reuters, September 18, 2017.
Article: Trump's red line by Seymour M. Hersh, Welt, June 25, 2017.
Article: The 'Pipelineistan' conspiracy: The war in Syria has never been about gas by Paul Cochrane, Middle East Eye, May 10, 2017.
Article: MIT expert claims latest chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged by Tareq Haddad, Yahoo, April 17, 2017.
Report: MIT expert claims latest chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged by Tareq Haddad, International Business Times, Yahoo, April 17, 2017.
Report: Dozens of U.S. missiles hit air base in Syria by Michael R. Gordon, Helene Cooper, and Michael D. Shear, The New York Times, April 6, 2017.
Report: ISIS used chemical arms at least 52 times in Syria and Iraq, report says by Eric Schmitt, The New York Times, November 21, 2016.
Article: How the White Helmets became international heroes while pushing U.S. Military intervention and regime change in Syria by Max Blumenthal, Alternet, October 2, 2016.
Meetings Coverage: Security council unanimously adopts resolution 2254 (2015), endorsing road map for peace process in Syria, setting timetable for talks by UN Security Council, December 18, 2015.
Article: How Syria's 'geeky' President Assad went from doctor to dictator by Sarah Burke, NBC News, October 30, 2015.
Report: Declared Syrian chemical weapon stockpile now completely destroyed by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, The Washington Post, August 18, 2014.
Article: Analysts question US intel on Syria chem attack, DW, January 18, 2014.
Book Review: Whose Sarin? by Seymour M. Hersh, London Review of Books, December 19, 2013.
Article: UN report says sarin likely used in five locations in Syria, DW, December 13, 2013.
Article: Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press by Simon Tisdall and Josie Le Blond, The Guardian, September 9, 2013.
Article: Cameron forced rule out British attack on Syria after MPs reject motion by Nicholas Watt and Nick Hopkins, The Guardian, August 29, 2013.
Article: Spooks' view on Syria: what wikileaks revealed by Alex Thomson, Channel 4, August 28, 2013.
Article: Obama weighs 'limited' strikes against Syrian forces by Thom Shanker, C.J. Chivers, and Michael R. Gordon, The New York Times, August 27, 2013.
Report: Moscow rejects Saudi offer to drop Assad for arms deal by Agence France-Presse, Hurriyet Daily News, August 8, 2013.
Analysis: UN's Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels 'used sarin' by Bridget Kendall, BBC News, May 6, 2013.
Report: Syrian rebels used nerve gas, UN investigator says by TOI Staff, Times of Israel, May 6, 2013.
Report: UN sources say Syrian rebels - not Assad - used sarin gas by Adam Clark Estes, The Atlantic, May 5, 2013.
Report: U.N. has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator by Reuters Staff, Reuters, May 5, 2013.
Letter: Text of White House letter on Syria to senators by The Associated Press, The Seattle Times, April 25, 2013.
Article: How economic reforms are contributing to the conflict in Syria by Rodrigo Abd, NPR, May 29, 2012.
Article: The only remaining online copy of Vogue's Asma al-Assad profile by Max Fisher, The Atlantic, January 3, 2012.
Report: IMF gives Syria high grade for economic reform by Stephen Glain, The National, January 6, 2009.
Report: REFILE-LIberalised Syria banks "on sound track" by Reuters Staff, Reuters, May 26, 2008.
Article: The redirection: Is the Administration's new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism? by Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker, March 5, 2007.
Article: Syrian Arab Republic -- IMF article IV consultation, mission's concluding statement, International Monetary Fund, May 14, 2006.
Report: Investigator says Syria was behind Lebanon assassination by Warren Hoge, The New York Times, December 12, 2005.
Article: Reform hinges on Syria's leader by Evan Osnos, Chicago Tribune, April 22, 2005.
Congressional Research Service: Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response
Council on Foreign Relations: Syria's War: The Descent into Horror by Zachary Laub
Country Reports on Terrorism: Chapter 6 -- State Sponsors of Terror Overview
Gov. Publishing Office: Counter-ISIS Training and Equipment Fund
IMF Working Paper: Syria's Conflict Economy by Jeanne Gobat and Kristina Kostial
Pipeline Report: Arab Gas Pipeline (AGP), Jordan, Syria, Lebanon
Public Law: 9/11 AUMF
Public Law: Iraq War AUMF
Scientific Advisory Board: OPCW 27th Session March 23, 2018
UN News: Action Group for Syria Final Communique June 30, 2012
UN Security Council Report: Goal in Syria
Witnesses: -David Satterfield - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State - Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs - Wess Mitchell - Assistant Secretary of State of European and Eurasian Affairs
Witnesses: - James Mattis - Secretary of Defense - General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. - Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Witnesses: - David Satterfield - Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
Witnesses: - Anne Patterson - Assistant Secretary of State - Victoria Nuland - Assistant Secretary of State
Witnesses: - John Bolton - then Undersecretary at the Department of State for Arms Control, current National Security Advisor
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