WBEZ | Syria http://www.wbez.org/tags/syria Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Ebola epidemic continues http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-25/ebola-epidemic-continues-111158 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP620242088694.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Although some in Liberia are now referring to Ebola in the past-tense, the epidemic looks likely to continue past its ninth month. Laurie Garrett just returned from Sierra Leone and Liberia. She&#39;ll give us an update on what the epidemic looks like now.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-epidemic-hits-9th-month/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-epidemic-hits-9th-month.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-epidemic-hits-9th-month" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ebola epidemic continues" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-25/ebola-epidemic-continues-111158 Turkey, ISIS and the Kurds http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-17/turkey-isis-and-kurds-110957 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP752837511821.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Although Turkey&#39;s role in the fight against ISIS remains complicated, this week the country offered more assistance in training moderate Syrian rebels. We&#39;ll discuss Turkey&#39;s place in the actions against ISIS with political science professor Michael M. Gunter.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-turkey-s-growing-role-in-combating-isis/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-turkey-s-growing-role-in-combating-isis.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-turkey-s-growing-role-in-combating-isis" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Turkey, ISIS and the Kurds" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-17/turkey-isis-and-kurds-110957 Feds: Illinois teen wanted to join Islamic State http://www.wbez.org/news/feds-illinois-teen-wanted-join-islamic-state-110898 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/fbi.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>A 19-year-old American left a letter expressing disgust with Western society before trying to board an international flight in Chicago, the first step in his plan to sneak into Syria to join the Islamic State group, according to a federal criminal complaint released Monday.</p><p>Mohammed Hamzah Khan, who lived with his parents in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, was arrested Saturday at O&#39;Hare International Airport trying to board a plane on the first leg of connecting flights to Turkey, which borders Syria. He is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group, which carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.</p><p>Investigators said Khan left a three-page, handwritten letter in his bedroom for his parents that expressed anger over his U.S. taxes being used to kill his &quot;Muslim brothers and sisters,&quot; an apparent reference to a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants.</p><p>&quot;We are all witness that the western societies are getting more immoral day by day,&quot; he wrote, then signed letter, &quot;Your loving son,&quot; according to court documents.</p><p>Khan appeared in a federal court Monday in orange jail clothes, calmly telling a federal magistrate he understood the allegations. As marshals led him away in handcuffs, the slight, bearded young man turned to smile at his parents &mdash; his father putting his arm around Khan&#39;s weeping mother.</p><p>About a dozen Americans are believed to be fighting in Syria, while more than 100 have either been arrested on their way to Syria or went and came back, FBI Director James Comey said recently without offering details.</p><p>Khan sought to fly Austrian Airlines to Istanbul by way of Vienna when customs officers stopped him going through security at O&#39;Hare&#39;s international terminal. While FBI agents interviewed him there, investigators searched his home.</p><p>It&#39;s unclear why authorities stopped Khan. Prosecutors, Khan&#39;s federal defender attorney and his parents didn&#39;t comment after Monday&#39;s hearing.</p><p>In the letter found by FBI agents, Khan also pleaded that his parents not contact authorities. Other documents found during the search of his home included a notebook drawing of what appeared to be an armed fighter with an Islamic State flag and the words &quot;Come to Jihad&quot; written in Arabic, according to the complaint.</p><p>Also found were drawings with arrows indicating where Khan might cross the border into Syria from Turkey.</p><p>Khan allegedly told FBI agents that an online source gave him the number of a person to contact when he got to Istanbul who would lead him to Islamic State members. When asked what he would do once in territory controlled by the Islamic State, Khan allegedly said he would &quot;be involved in some type of public service, a police force, humanitarian work or a combat role,&quot; according to the complaint.</p><p>Khan was ordered to remain jailed until at least a detention hearing Thursday. Prosecutors indicated they would ask he stay behind bars pending trial.</p><p>At a two-story house believed to be his family&#39;s home, no one would address reporters outside. But neighbor Steve Moore, 31, described Khan as a soft spoken and polite, saying the young man his family were always friendly and quick to say hello.</p><p>Another young man from the Chicago area also is accused of trying to join militants in Syria. Abdella Tounisi, of Aurora, was arrested last year at O&#39;Hare when he was 18. He has pleaded not guilty to seeking to provide material support to al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria.</p></p> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/feds-illinois-teen-wanted-join-islamic-state-110898 ISIS' control over Turkey http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-25/isis-control-over-turkey-110854 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP271060793441.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this week, ISIS returned 46 hostages to Turkey, which has said it will not engage in military operations against the terrorist organization. We discuss Turkey&#39;s complicated relationship with ISIS with professor Henri Barkey.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-september-25-2014/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-september-25-2014.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-september-25-2014" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: ISIS' control over Turkey" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-25/isis-control-over-turkey-110854 Refugees from Syria, Iraq flood Europe http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-24/refugees-syria-iraq-flood-europe-110841 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP56838941181.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Syrian and Iraqi refugees are pouring into Europe to escape ongoing conflicts in their countries. We&#39;ll discuss how Europe has been handling the influx with Elizabeth Collett, director of Migration Policy Institute Europe.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Refugees from Syria, Iraq flood Europe" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-24/refugees-syria-iraq-flood-europe-110841 U.S. begins airstrikes in Syria http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-23/us-begins-airstrikes-syria-110835 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP77392218978.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. and five Arab countries have begun a campaign of airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria. We&#39;ll take a look at which countries have decided to join the U.S. with Gulf States scholar Joseph K├ęchichian.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-begins-airstrikes-in-syria/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-begins-airstrikes-in-syria.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-begins-airstrikes-in-syria" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: U.S. begins airstrikes in Syria" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-23/us-begins-airstrikes-syria-110835 The problems with Obama's ISIS strategy http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-22/problems-obamas-isis-strategy-110830 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP763262163049.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last week, congress approved President Obama&#39;s strategy for combating ISIS in Syria and Iraq. We&#39;ll take a critical look at the policy.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-problems-with-obama-s-isis-strategy/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-problems-with-obama-s-isis-strategy.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-problems-with-obama-s-isis-strategy" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The problems with Obama's ISIS strategy" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-22/problems-obamas-isis-strategy-110830 Humanitarian aid for Syria http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-17/humanitarian-aid-syria-110806 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP209815201179.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. will provide nearly $500 million in humanitarian aid to Syria as part of its strategy for combating ISIS. We&#39;ll find out what&#39;s included in the aid package.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-combating-isis-in-syria/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-combating-isis-in-syria.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-combating-isis-in-syria" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Humanitarian aid for Syria" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-17/humanitarian-aid-syria-110806 Obama's strategy to defeat ISIS http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-11/obamas-strategy-defeat-isis-110783 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP277426641081.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last night, President Obama addressed the nation to announce a new approach to countering ISIS. He said that, &quot;America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.&quot; We&#39;ll take a look at the strategy and whether it can work inside Syria.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-strategy-to-defeat-isis/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-strategy-to-defeat-isis.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-strategy-to-defeat-isis" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Obama's strategy to defeat ISIS" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-11/obamas-strategy-defeat-isis-110783 U.S. strategy against ISIS http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-09/us-strategy-against-isis-110772 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP268262424866.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama is expected to announce his plan to combat ISIS during an address Wednesday night. We&#39;ll discuss what strategies would be most effective with Middle East expert Joshua Landis.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-strategy-against-isis/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-strategy-against-isis.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-strategy-against-isis" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: U.S. strategy against ISIS" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-09/us-strategy-against-isis-110772