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Syria and Chemical Weapons


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An Israeli Merkava tank maneuvers during a drill in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria on April 24, 2013.
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An Israeli Merkava tank maneuvers during a drill in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria on April 24, 2013.

On Tuesday, Israel accused Syria of using chemical weapons against rebels, citing reports of victims foaming at the mouth. President Obama has said chemical weapons would be crossing a "red line" and "game changer," to which the U.S. would respond. The U.S. also just doubled its aid to Syrian rebels, pledging to give $123 million in body armor and other supplies. We hear the latest news and discuss America's options with the Syria situation.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Amr Al-Azm, associate professor of Middle East history and anthropology at Shawnee State University
  • Deborah Amos, Middle East correspondent for NPR
  • Gregory Koblentz, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and chair of Middle Eastern studies at the University of San Francisco, senior analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and author of "Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution."

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