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Arab League Summit in Baghdad and Iraq-Syria Relations

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hugh Sykes reports on the Arab League summit in Baghdad, where only 10 out of 22 leaders of the Arab world have turned up. It's the first time the Arab League summit has been in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's time. As the meeting began, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called on members to encourage political freedom across the region, and the main subject of today's summit is Iraq's neighbor Syria. Hugh Sykes is a reporter for our partner the BBC.

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The Takeaway

Baghdad Hosts Arab League Meeting

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

After the years of violence and instability in Iraq, Baghdad is hosting this week's Arab League meeting. Reporter for our partner the BBC Rami Ruhayem discusses the welcome leaders should expect from the residents of the Iraq capital.

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The Takeaway

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on How the US Should Intervene in Syria

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On Sunday, the Arab League called for the U.N. Security Council to create a joint peacekeeping force for Syria and urged all Arab states to sever diplomatic ties with president Bashar al-Assad's regime. The U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay told the General Assembly that the scale of abuses by the Syrian government indicate that crimes against humanity have taken place since March, and are continuing. In response, the U.S. is hoping to meet with international partners to discuss how to end the violence.

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The Takeaway

Arab League Returns to UN as Violence Escalates in Syria

Monday, February 13, 2012

Despite China and Russia's staunch opposition, the Arab League will return to the United Nations Monday morning to propose a peacekeeping mission in Syria. But the Arab League isn’t the only organization calling for Assad’s ouster: number of jihadi leaders are also offering support to the Syrian opposition, including Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri. Al Qaeda in Iraq, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq, also posted a message of encouragement on its website.

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The Takeaway

Syrian Government Cracks Down on Civilians in Damascus Suburbs

Monday, January 30, 2012

Early Sunday morning, approximately 2,000 Syrian soldiers launched an assault on the suburbs of Damascus. Armed tanks rolled into the outskirts of the city where many dissident soldiers have taken up residence. This latest spate of violence comes as the Arab League officially suspended its monitoring mission in Syria citing increasing violence and civilian deaths.

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The Takeaway

International Plans to End Syrian Conflict

Monday, January 23, 2012

Over the past ten months, Syrian Security Forces have killed more than 5,000 protestors across the country. But this weekend, two key voices announced their calls to action: the Arab League will seek U.N. Security Council approval to peacefully end the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer introduced a bill that would block financial aid and create trade sanctions against Syrian leaders involved in the crackdown.

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The Takeaway

Syria: 25 Dead After Bomb Blast in Damascus

Friday, January 06, 2012

At least 25 are dead and dozens more are injured after a suicide attacker's bomb detonated in a crowded district in central Damascus, according to Syrian state television. In the second attack on the Syrian capital in two weeks, the attack was carried out on Friday morning in a busy section of the Midan neighborhood. State media blamed "terrorists." The attack preceded protests scheduled for later Friday. Demonstrators are calling for Arab League peace observers to turn over their mission to the United Nations.

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The Takeaway

More Violence as Syrians Stage Mass Protests

Friday, December 30, 2011

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across Syria on Friday in the largest demonstration in months, prompting more violent clashes between protesters and security forces. At least 10 people have been killed, according to reports. Dozens were injured when troops detonated "nail bombs" to disperse crowds in a Damascus suburb. Emboldened by the presence of Arab League peace monitors, activists hope to show their strength to the outside world.

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The Takeaway

Friday Follow: Kim Jong-il's Funeral, New Year's Resolutions

Friday, December 30, 2011

Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week North Korea held a funeral for deceased dictator Kim Jong-il, Arab League monitors arrived in Syria, Sears announced they were closing more than 100 stores after poor holiday sales figures, Republican presidential candidates campaigned heavily in Iowa, and Americans around the country crafted new year's resolutions.

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The Takeaway

Group Says Syria Attacks Protesters as Monitors Arrive

Thursday, December 29, 2011

An opposition group said Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters in a Damascus suburb on Thursday, the latest incident of violence since Arab League peace monitors arrived in the country. Activists say over 20 people were injured outside the Grand Mosque in the Douma suburb, and two were killed. Eight other deaths were reported in Syria on Thursday. The violence comes a day after Arab League observers visited Homs, the epicenter of anti-government demonstrations. There, the team's leader was criticized after saying he had seen "nothing frightening" during the visit. On the third day of their mission, the monitors will visit Deraa, Hama and Idlib.

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Syria: Arab League Monitors Arrive in Homs

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Syrian tanks were seen leaving the restive city of Homs Tuesday morning, as a group of 50 observers from the Arab League arrived in the besieged city. Anti-government activists say at least 30 people were killed by security forces in Homs on Monday. Footage posted on the internet showed Homs' devastated Baba Amr neighborhood after being attacked by tanks. Arab League monitors began their visit by meeting with Homs' governor. The United Nations estimates over 5,000 people have died since the violence began nine months ago.

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Syria Blames Al-Qaida for Damascus Attack

Friday, December 23, 2011

At least 30 people were killed in Damascus Friday morning when two suicide car bombs were detonated outside security and intelligence buildings. SANA, Syria's government news agency, reported that most of the fatalities were civilians. State TV also said al-Qaida militants were suspected to be behind the attacks. But opposition activists claim the government staged the bombings to influence observers from the Arab League, who arrived on Thursday. The monitors were sent to Syria to help end a months-long violent crackdown on the anti-government opposition. The U.N. estimates that 5,000 people have died in the uprising since March.

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Syria Unravels as Arab League Prepares for Mission

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Activists and opposition groups have accused Syrian government forces of killing at least 160 defecting soldiers and civilians over the past three days near the city of Idlib. This surge of violence is among the bloodiest the ongoing protests have seen, and comes shortly before international observers are set to arrive to monitor President Bashar al-Assad's implementation of an Arab League peace plan.

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On The Media

Arab Governments No Longer Ignoring Regional Atrocities

Friday, November 18, 2011

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad is becoming increasingly isolated.  Eight months into the Syrian uprising, with estimates of more than 3,500 people killed, the Arab League voted to suspend Syria's membership in the organization.  Bob speaks with Foreign Policy blogger Marc Lynch, who says the idea that Assad would lose legitimacy among fellow Arab leaders for killing his own people may seem obvious, but it is actually a revolutionary shift in the regional mentality.

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The Takeaway

Tensions in Syria After Arab League Suspends Membership

Monday, November 14, 2011

In Syria, tens of thousands of government supporters poured into the streets of Damascus and other cities on Sunday to protest the Arab League's decision to suspend Syria's membership. Angry supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad also attacked several embassies. In response to the unrest, Syria called for an emergency Arab summit. 

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It's A Free Country ®

Arab League, History Complicate U.S. Action in Libya

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's hard to have consistency in foreign policy, and this situation really brings that into sharp relief. We're undertaking military action against Gaddafi, but Bahrainis are also using military force against their own people, the Yemenis have done the same, of course the scale is quite different, but that raises the question: why Libya and not Bahrain, or Yemen, or other places?

Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, speaking on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Libya and the Arab League

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the developments in Libya and where the Arab League and NATO figure into the coalition forces running the military intervention in Libya.

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Libya: The Politics of Intervention

Friday, March 18, 2011

Following the imposition of a no-fly zone on Libya by the UN Security Council, President Barack Obama gave a speech Friday outlining what the United States will and will not do to counter Moammar Gadhafi's brutal regime, and the factors influencing his administration's decision.

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For Libya, What's Next After No-Fly?

Friday, March 18, 2011

This is now a direct, full-scale intervention. The no-fly zone, I think even from the beginning it was clear, was going to essentially be a slippery slope into other things...It was always a fake debate, a fake issue in the sense that it would not matter on the ground, it would not change the equation, and it was always going to be in this direction.

Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and the man behind the popular political blog "The Washington Note" on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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