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     Reaction was swift to President Trump’s announcement Thursday night that the U.S. had carried out a missile strike against Syria to retaliate for the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

Elliot Ackerman is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue, is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

In his new novel, Dark at the Crossing, Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad's regime.

But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir's wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris's choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist?

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal on Monday unveiled steps he says will expedite and strengthen how the United States accepts refugees of the Syrian Civil War. The White House has said it will accept 10,000 refugees during the next fiscal year. The Democrat talked with WAMC’s Jim Levulis about his plan.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy returned from a five-day trip to the Middle East earlier this week. He discussed the Iran nuclear agreement, the Syrian refugee crisis and other issues during a conference call with reporters Tuesday.

Congressional Reps Explain Votes About Syrian Mission

Sep 18, 2014
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The House of Representatives Wednesday voted to arm and train Syrian rebels. It was a vote that crossed party lines. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has reaction from a few area representatives.

The vote comes as part of a focus on defeating the so-called “Islamic State.” The House vote was 273-156 in support of arming and training Syrian rebels, though the measure does not include funding. President Obama thanked members during Wednesday’s Congressional Picnic at the White House.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Sep 5, 2013

WAMC Political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Obama's strained relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin over alleged chemical weapons use in Syria.

Over the holiday weekend, President Obama asked congress to OK a military strike on Syria in response to the alleged chemical attacks there last month.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Aug 29, 2013

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the possibility of U.S. military involvement in Syria and the latest in the New York City mayoral campaign.

Vox Pop : Open Forum on 8/27/13 : Syria

Aug 27, 2013

As U.N. weapons inspectors investigate the fallout of alleged chemical attacks in Syria last week, the U.S. and its allies are debating whether to take military action against the Syrian government under President Bashar Assad.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Aug 27, 2013

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the possibility of U.S. military involvement in Syria.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Aug 26, 2013

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the possibility of U.S. military involvement in the Syrian conflict and the Arab spring in Egypt.