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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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