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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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Britain, France and Germany will attend an urgent meeting of European Union, set for September 14th, to address the flood of refugees into Europe.  Labeling the situation as "exceptional," EU ministers will discuss better ways to process refugees in Italy and Greece, the main landing points for some 322,000 people who have crossed the Mediterranean this year. On this week’s HashtagVOA, Cal Perry talks with people on the frontlines of this humanitarian crisis. 
GUESTS
Babar Baloch: Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Refugees [Budapest, Hungary]
Kirk Day: Field Director, International Rescue Committee [Lesbos, Greece]  
Jelena Milic: Director, Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies [Belgrade, Serbia]