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-- happening now are following developments in Syria and reports.
Of a rare truce and an opposition held neighborhood in Damascus -- and families parents and children to gather supplies.
Still this two year old civil war -- some describe -- rage at rages on really the analysts are raising serious new concerns about.
They conflict growing more dangerous by the day with refugees pouring into neighboring countries some of them are allies.
The simmering conflict between Hezbollah and Israel now at the forefront and there's of course the growing violence between religious and ethnic groups inside Syria.
This -- -- the report the aside government is using increasingly.
Brutal tactics including the reports of using chemical weapons let's bring in Stephen Yates he's -- former deputy assistant see the vice president for national security affairs and currently CEO.
IDC international advisory.
And how appears is with -- he's a -- -- -- for the Christian Science Monitor.
He jets returned from Syria last week has been traveling Arab the last few months nice have you both with -- with -- -- As we continue to -- Explore this this story where there are so many dynamics truly at play time I'd like to begin with you because you were -- and Syria last week.
What what do you think our viewers need to know about what's actually happening on the inside.
I think the most important thing to understand is that it's getting worse and worse by the day I first -- going into Syria and in late August.
And that the violence was bad but now it's escalated to a -- a point where not only are we worried about violence but we're seeing a sharp rise in the level extremist groups.
You know the -- -- which is a group that pledged allegiance -- Qaeda recently.
So so we're seeing the opposition is really becoming much more extreme.
And also that the the violence is just steadily ratcheting up and up then and now we have 8000 refugees a day.
Fleeing outside of the countries and it's really the humanitarian situation is horrible.
The the violence is is awful and it's really the situation is just rapidly deteriorating deteriorating inside.
And time just for some context for our viewers this isn't the first dangerous place that you traveled -- -- -- -- tells a little bit about your past experiences and how what you're seeing inside Syria compares that.
There's certainly I have worked extensively in Iraq did in Afghanistan and I've never seen violence of this scale.
Or it just where it affects so many people certainly in both Iraq and Afghanistan civilians were affected and often killed or targeted by the violence.
But inside cereal see often times where it's just indiscriminate killing.
You know for example last week it drove through a neighborhood that have been hit by a scud missile and into literally just levels an entire city block.
There's there's nothing precise about these weapons that are being used in.
We're just talking about widespread death and destruction that.
Who I haven't seen anything like this certainly in my experience reporting and I certainly think this is fairly unique in recent conflicts in terms of the destruction and loss of life we're seeing.
Where we're seeing some of the photos actually time that that you -- -- on the inside and in the devastation.
Mean it is -- I don't even know after his words -- privy to describe estate industry -- -- on a little bit on this you know time gives us his observations from the inside we've heard from officials here.
That there are no good options but that's different than having no options.
To Stephen what Wayne what do you think about what time NASA saying what what policies we should be discussing when it had to Syria.
Well Tom's perspective is very important on this the ground truth has been moving in a tragic direction for some time and it sounds as if it's getting worse and worse.
It's true that we don't have good or easy options when it comes -- Syria but we also don't really have the luxury of sitting back and just letting the chips fall where they may.
There's the risk of this broader sectarian conflict.
Inflaming the region there's the risk of if we just sit back and some kind of a strike hits Israel to who -- treaty bound to support and defend.
And our country just has not been prepared at -- For what the president may think he may need to do should these kinds of worse scenarios spillover plus there's the -- the refugee.
Traffic that has overwhelmed some areas of neighboring countries that may not be stable themselves very long if this and -- And some of those countries for example Jordan -- an import insists it's the stability.
So far in the region time in the -- -- someone about the refugees this is a map of the region just for our viewers.
-- something that you reported to really -- out to me about the humanitarian aid.
That Americans are providing -- -- Syria he said there's something very interesting going on about whether or not we're getting even some credit.
For providing humanitarian aide tells little bit about that.
Yeah that's correct the US actually does provide if you agree with relative perspective to the other countries and organizations providing -- The US does provide a fair amount but they made this strategic decision not to brand their -- and by Brandon mean.
Different an American flag -- or some some kind of indication as to where it's come from.
And they decided not to do that so it you know groups that are receiving it or distributing it.
Don't encounter problems that could endanger their safety should they be stopped at a checkpoint by a group said.
There has kind of anti American sentiment so much of this aid that in the US is passing out there is is done kind of overly or not -- overtly but.
Certainly without any advertising -- fan -- so.
The US really doesn't get much credit for for what it is doing there but that's it should still should be said that they that is being given does not come close to meeting that -- need.
That exists in Syria.
He signs a humanitarian -- -- and if you were advising in your former -- as he wore about some of these national security affairs what would be your next step.
Well first I would want very much to try to work closely with the allies most closely affected by the situation there.
I think we should be very hesitant about the US that role in the intervention this is Tom was referring to on the aid to any kind of military security intelligence support.
There -- sensitivities about an American presence but.
People in the Arabian Peninsula Israel all of our allies that are that are around this area have profound interest we should be coordinating and supporting what they can do to help shape events what we've done today.
Has been minimal really by standards of in terms of changing the trajectory of where this conflict is going scene of that -- getting stuck.
In a quiet on -- a long standing quagmire standoff.
And I don't think our allies can sustain that alone.
I -- -- conversation go on for a few hours with the IPO I really appreciated Stephen your expertise and time.
Your observations from the ground -- authority keep in touch with you as you continue your travels in the weeks ahead I think he Tebow.
Thank you thank you.
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