Syria's Latest Crack Down Results in International Blowback

Monday, June 13, 2011

Men throw stones at riot police during clashes in the Mediterranean coastal town of Banias, on May 27, 2011, as Syria braced for more anti-government protests, called for by pro-reform activists. (AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Thousands of Syrian refugees spilled into Turkey as a violent government crackdown unfolded over the weekend.  The crackdown was carried out by elite Syrian troops in reaction to reports of dozens of military defections in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour.

Foreign journalists have not been allowed into the country. However, the Syrian government did invite a small group of reporters to travel up north with the army. Bassem Mroue, Beirut Bureau Chief for the Associated Press says his colleague at the AP was part of this group, and he describes what he's learned. Amr al-Azm,  assistant professor of Middle East History and Anthropology is an expert on Syria at Shawnee State University in Ohio. He responds to the latest news.


Amr Al-Azm and Bassem Mroue

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Jen Poyant

Comments [1]

As a long time listner through KOSU station,I just wanted to post a comment ,for the first time, how much I have been impressed with the depth of coverage, objectivity and continuity of Mr. John Hockenberry and Ms.Celeste Headle regarding the topic of ARAB Spring and specifically the Syriaian revolution!.Thank you so very much.
You have kept very informed through your coverage, guest speakers and the quality of topics. so John and Celeste, I am hooked! Keep up the good work.

Jun. 16 2011 10:53 AM

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