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Syria's Civil War Goes Multi-national

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What started as an uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has become more complicated than ever. Russia and the US are dropping bombs on the same country, and although both are opposed to ISIS, they are on different sides of the civil war. At the same time, Iraq is inviting Russia to join the US by dropping bombs there. France is part of the American coalition, and Iranian troops have been sent to Syria, joining Hezbollah forces from Lebanon. And President Obama is accused of creating a Middle-East vacuum for President Putin to fill.  We try to connect the dots.

Credits

Guests:
Ben Judah - Journalist, contributor at Politico Europe - @b_judah, Geoff Dyer - Financial Times - @DyerGeoff, Jeffrey Mankoff - Center for Strategic and International Studies - @csisrussia, Lindsey Hilsum - Britain's Channel 4 News - @lindseyhilsum, Shalman Shaikh - Shaikh Group - @Salman_Shaikh1

More:
Dyer on the US scrambling to respond to Russia's Syrian intervention, Hilsum on Tartus, the town where Alawite Syrians believe Putin should be king

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Jenny Hamel, Sarah Sweeney