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Former General: U.S. must pressure Assad into negotiation

June 18th, 2013
05:25 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

“If you really want to end the bloodshed over [in Syria], I guess there’s two ways,” Former American General Wesley Clark told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“You could let him finish the job,” Clark said, creating millions more refugees, expanding the violence and sectarian warfare, and giving Iran more power, as he put it. “It’s a very short-sighted way to think you can stabilize the situation.”

The other way, Clark contended, is to “put the pressure on Assad.”

Clark has some experience forcing a strongman’s hand.

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Syria opposition commander ‘hopes’ for enough U.S. weapons

June 18th, 2013
05:19 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

General Salim Idriss, chief of staff of the opposition Free Syria Army, hopes that promised American weapons will be enough to bolster his troops.

“It is very important now to strengthen the moderate FSA fighters,” Idriss told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. FULL POST


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Secret spying: From critic to supporter

June 18th, 2013
04:27 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

Timothy Edgar has been on both sides of the debate over government surveillance, and he says that the protections in place work.

He was a lawyer at the ACLU holding the government's feet to the fire at the American Civil Liberties Union and then he became, in his own words, a reluctant insider advising both Presidents Bush and Obama on this very issue.

“Certainly Congress has been briefed repeatedly numerous times over the years,” Edgar told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “But it's very different when you're having a public debate than one in which you're just getting briefed by intelligence officials.”  FULL POST


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