The Debate

Forbidden Syria

Free Syrian Army militias are fragmented, untrained and outmatched by Assad’s firepower. Nevertheless, Guardian reporter Ghaith Abdul Ahad describes a crackdown so bad that protesters would rather risk death than capture and torture.

  • Ghaith ABDUL AHAD. Reporter, The Guardian (from Istanbul);
  • Anna NEISTAT. Associate director for emergencies, Human Rights Watch;
  • Régis LE SOMMIER. Deputy Editorial Director, Paris Match.

Produced by François Picard, Anelise Borges, Mary Colombel, Christopher Davis, Pauline Heilmann.

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