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ON THE LINE: The Syrian Conundrumi
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July 19, 2013 3:00 AM
After more than two years of fierce fighting, the momentum in the Syrian civil war has shifted in recent months in favor of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. Foreign fighters have been pouring into the country to take up arms for both sides in the conflict further complicating efforts to find a peaceful solution. This week's episode of "On the Line" talks about how the civil war in Syria has turned into a sectarian battle, and its implications for Syria, the region and the world. GUESTS Ahmed Shihab-Eldin: Host, HuffPost Live; Columnist, The Huffington Post, New York. Kamran Bokhari: Vice President, Middle East and South Asian Affairs, Stratfor, Toronto.

ON THE LINE: The Syrian Conundrum

Published July 18, 2013

After more than two years of fierce fighting, the momentum in the Syrian civil war has shifted in recent months in favor of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. Foreign fighters have been pouring into the country to take up arms for both sides in the conflict further complicating efforts to find a peaceful solution. This week's episode of "On the Line" talks about how the civil war in Syria has turned into a sectarian battle, and its implications for Syria, the region and the world. GUESTS Ahmed Shihab-Eldin: Host, HuffPost Live; Columnist, The Huffington Post, New York. Kamran Bokhari: Vice President, Middle East and South Asian Affairs, Stratfor, Toronto.

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#FreeJason: Media in Iran
The Washington Post has launched a new campaign to win the freedom of its Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, who has been held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for nine months.  President Obama says the government would not rest until the journalist is freed.  Other Americans also being held include: Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedino and Bob Levinson.  HashtagVOA reviews the speculation over Rezaian’s arrest, and Iran’s treatment of the Media.

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Ali Rezaian: Brother of Jason Rezaian
Nazila Fathi: Former Reporter, New York Times; Author, "The Lonely War: One Woman's Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran"
Lejla Sarcevic: Campaign Director, @PressUncuffed
Martin Baron: Executive Editor, Washington Post