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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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FERGUSON - A COMMUNITY ON EDGE
The small city of Ferguson, Missouri has been at the center of American media attention since 18 year old Michael Brown was shot dead by police just over three months ago. It was a white officer and an African American victim, a majority black community policed by mostly white officers, a community that says for years it has endured systematic racism at the hands of a white run political system. And now, the media attention has added to the already tense situation. Gun sales have reportedly spiked. Some local communities have taken steps to warn its residents to be ready for violence when the grand jury’s decision is announced. ON THE LINE takes a look at Ferguson, Missouri – a city on edge.
GUESTS
Ayesha Tanzeem: VOA News (in Ferguson, Missouri)
Chris Simkins: VOA News [in DC Studio]