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U.S. Recognition of Syrian Opposition


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A rebel fighter carries his son after the Friday prayer in the al-Fardos neighbourhood of Aleppo on December 7, 2012.
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A rebel fighter carries his son after the Friday prayer in the al-Fardos neighbourhood of Aleppo on December 7, 2012.

On Tuesday, the U.S. officially recognized the Syrian Opposition Coaltion as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people against President Bashar al-Assad. In return, the group said it wanted "real support," with weapons and military aid. How involved should the U.S. get in Syria, and could American support turn the tide for those fighting Assad's government? Or is it too little, too late, as some Syrian groups say?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Amr Al-Azm, associate professor of Middle East history and anthropology at Shawnee State University
  • Fred Lawson, Lynn T. White, Jr. professor of government and government department head at Mills College, and editor of "Demystifying Syria"

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