In the latest edition of "Flash Points," CBS News senior national security analyst Juan Zarate and correspondent Bob Orr discuss the Syrian civil war, whether Syrian President Assad remains in full control of his regime, and allegations from both the regime and the rebels that the other side has used chemical weapons.
Flash Points: CBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about the Syrian civil war, and the parlous state of moderate rebel forces, pinched between al Qaeda-aligned extremists and the government.
Secretary of State John Kerry sought Russia's support in ending Syria's civil war, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow that their two countries share "significant common interests" in combating the spread of extremism in the Middle East.
CBS News Correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reflects on her experience as the only American television reporter in Damascus, Syria.
A little-known extremist group with ties to al Qaeda claimed responsibility for bombings at the Iranian embassy in Beirut that killed at least 23 people. The group said the attack was in retaliation for Iran's support of the Assad regime in Syria. Clarissa Ward reports.
Two years after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq, Islamic extremists affiliated with al Qaeda have taken the city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi. Militants in neighboring Syria have exported their cause and their men across the border. Elizabeth Palmer reports.
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The Syrian Civil War is taking lives and wrecking cities like Aleppo, the country's largest. Clarissa Ward gets inside the war-torn country for a report that will air Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Three massive bombs tore through the heart of the Damascus near the soul of dictator Bashar al Assad's reign. Scott Pelley speaks with Clarissa Ward about one of the deadliest attacks of the Syrian civil war.
Following the confirmation of evidence of nerve gas in the Syrian civil war, President Obama says he will act prudently and deliberately before taking action. Scott Pelley speaks with David Martin about the reliability of the evidence and what more is needed before the U.S. will intervene.
Flash Points: CBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about the latest troubling developments in the Syrian civil war, from al Qaeda's growing involvement to Russia's continued support of the Assad regime
Asked by CBS Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett whether polling data indicating Americans' aversion to foreign entanglements has factored into America's limited response to the Syrian civil war, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, "The president makes a decision about the implementation of national security actions based on our national security interests," not based on polling data.
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, pressed on the steps the U.S. is willing to take to stop the Syrian civil war now that chemical weapons use has been confirmed, played down the likelihood of establishing a no-fly zone, calling it "difficult, dangerous," and "costly," and also said that the possibility of putting American troops on the ground in Syria is "off the table."
The U.S. and Russia still disagree about the Syrian civil war and how to end it. The tensions translated to awkward body language at a meeting between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Major Garrett reports.
Addressing the growing role of the United States in the Syrian civil war, President Obama said some of the coverage has gotten "a little over-cranked, in terms of the idea that somehow the United States is preparing to go all in and participate in another war. What we want to do is end a war."
Flash Points: CBS News correspondent Bob Orr and senior national security analyst Juan Zarate discuss what difference, if any, has been seen in the Syrian civil war following the Obama administration's promise to provide military support to rebels taking on President Bashar al-Assad.