Israel, Hezbollah and a New Phase in Syria's Civil War

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The ongoing crisis in Syria continues to raise thorny issues about US intervention in the civil war there. That war began as part of the Arab Spring in 2011 but has developed into the most intractable conflict of the revolutionary movement. More than 70 thousand people have been killed. Now, Hezbollah is stepping up its engagement, helping government forces battle a crucial rebel-held town. That means Iran is also deepening its involvement. US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin today in Moscow in an effort to find common cause in the Syrian civil war. Is that conflict entering a new phase? Will Israel's military strikes near Damascus push the US to take action?


Sam Dagher - Wall Street Journal - @samdagher, Jonathan Spyer - Global Research in International Affairs Center - @jonathan_spyer, Matthew Rojansky - Wilson Center - @MatthewRojansky, Andrew Tabler - Washington Institute for Near East Policy - @andrewtabler, Michael Wahid Hanna - Century Foundation - @mwhanna1

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