Broadening Our View Of The Syrian Civil War

In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 photo, Syrian children who fled their homes gather around a vehicle to get pillows and blankets distributed at a camp for displaced Syrians, in the village of Atmeh, Syria.
Syrian children who fled their homes gather around a vehicle to get pillows and blankets distributed at a camp for displaced Syrians, in the village of Atmeh, Syria. Muhammed Muheisen / AP Photo
In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 photo, Syrian children who fled their homes gather around a vehicle to get pillows and blankets distributed at a camp for displaced Syrians, in the village of Atmeh, Syria.
Syrian children who fled their homes gather around a vehicle to get pillows and blankets distributed at a camp for displaced Syrians, in the village of Atmeh, Syria. Muhammed Muheisen / AP Photo

Broadening Our View Of The Syrian Civil War

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In 2011, protesters took to the streets of Syria to demand the ouster of their president, Bashar al-Assad. Those protests began a civil war that is still ongoing.

We talk with Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami, the authors of the book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War. The book examines the root causes of the war and the current situation in Syria via first-hand testimonies with opposition fighters, refugees and human rights activists.