The plot thickens in Syria

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Secretary of State John Kerry said last year that Syria's Assad regime helped create ISIS — to distract the US by aiding alternative enemies in the region. Defectors from his regime now claim Assad has even attacked his own facilities — using agents he sent to infiltrate both Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Donald Trump insists that, “Syria is fighting ISIS,” hinting at closer US relations with Syria -- and with Russia, Assad's ally in bombing so-called “moderate” rebels. We look at the possible consequences of changing American policies in the Middle East, where nothing ever is what it seems to be. 

Credits

Guests:
Roy Gutman - Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran foreign correspondent - @roygutman, Joshua Landis - University of Oklahoma - @joshua_landis, Suhayla Sibaai - Georgetown University - @SuhaylaAdelah, Aaron David Miller - Carnegie Endowment; former Middle East peace negotiator - @aarondmiller2

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer, Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody