September 28th, 2012
01:06 PM ET

Defected Syrian General: "I could no longer call Bashar al-Assad a friend..."

The Friday, Sept. 28th edition of Amanpour, host Christiane Amanpour will include an interview with Brigadier General Manaf Tlass.  General Tlass, formerly a life-long friend of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, defected from the Syrian Republican Guard this summer.  In this advance excerpt from the interview that will air today on CNN International, he speaks to Amanpour about the moment he knew he could no longer serve his president:

AMANPOUR:  Bashar al-Assad was your friend.  Describe him.  Describe his character.

TLASS:  This question is really embarrassing because I defected because I started to feel the feelings of a citizen.

I remember very well how I defected.  I cannot speak in that light.   Because I remember that video that I saw when they stepped on the head of a Syrian citizen in Banias.  I could no longer call Bashar al-Assad a friend.  But when I told him after seeing that video, that person who stepped on the head of the Syrian citizen must be punished, ever since then I can no longer be a friend of Bashar's.

He has different qualities, he is humble.  He loves people.  But he has changed.  The crisis has changed him.

The full transcript for this interview will be posted here.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.   In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.


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September 6th, 2012
11:07 AM ET

Erdoğan on why no U.S. military intervention in Syria: "maybe it's because of the elections"

On the Wednesday, September 5th edition of Amanpour Christiane Amanpour spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a wide-ranging interview covering the humanitarian crisis inside Syria, challenges to democracy and media freedom inside Turkey, and peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  Specifically to a question regarding whether he believes that the U.S. election is to blame for why America has not engaged Syria militarily, Mr. Erdoğan said: FULL POST

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August 7th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN's Ben Wedeman inside Syria: fighting intensifies in Aleppo

CNN's Ben Wedeman (@benCNN) reports from Northern Syria where fighting intensified in Aleppo and people are running low on food.

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July 2nd, 2012
08:12 PM ET

Syrian military defector to Amanpour: 'Those who were injected were lucky'

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Syrian defector Colonel Abdalhamid Zakaria for the Monday, July 2 edition of AMANPOUR.  He described his family's terrifying escape from Aleppo, and the crisis conditions inside Syria's civil unrest.  Zakaria alleges that there are many others like him within the Syrian armed forces that would like to defect from the regime, but says that a complicated network of spies, and intimidating threats of torture have limited them.  He also urges U.S. intervention in Syria.

AMANPOUR airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.,  and at 21:00 with a replay at 23:00 CET, in Central Europe.


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June 20th, 2012
01:04 PM ET

Jimmy Carter on Egypt and Syria

Jimmy Carter talks to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux during 'Newsroom International' about the Egyptian elections, the crisis in Syria, and what steps the U.S. should take in both situations.

May 29th, 2012
08:01 PM ET

Retired Syrian general explains lack of defections to Amanpour, also says: "This is not the army of the people anymore..."

Retired Brigadier General Akil Hashem served 27 years in the Syrian military.  On the Tuesday, May 29th edition of Amanpour, Gen. Hashem told host, Christiane Amanpour, that, in his professional opinion, the Syrian military would capitulate quickly to any military assault leveled against it.  He urged other nations to intervene militarily in Syria and says there will be no diplomatic solution to the current crisis.

He also attributed the lack of high-level defections of military officers – as has been the case in other Middle East and North African nations which have experienced recent democratic revolutions – to fear and the Syrian government's effective network of spies systematically embedded in its armed forces.  Below, is an excerpt from the Amanpour interview:


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May 24th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

UNSG Ban Ki-moon on Syria: ‘At this time, we don't have any plan B.’

In an exclusive live interview, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour there is no plan B for stopping violence in Syria.

Amanpour.airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S. and at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET. 

Full transcript after the jump.


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April 24th, 2012
10:49 AM ET

Russian Ambassador Churkin: "as a matter of principle, we believe U.N. Security Council is not about regime change.."

In a U.S. television exclusive, Christiane Amanpour inteviewed the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations,  Vitaly Churkin, for the Monday, April 23rd edition of Amanpour about why his nation continues to block U.N. efforts to bring stronger sanctions or even consider the use of peace-keeping forces to stem the bloodshed inside Syria:

AMANPOUR:  You said that all conflicts end with a political deal. Obviously, it didn't happen like that in Egypt, Mubarak stepped down.  It didn't happen like that in Libya, Gadhafi was killed.  Yemen, perhaps it did.  Tunisia, it didn't happen.  The president left. FULL POST

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February 14th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

Arab Spring - one year on

CNN's Michael Holmes talks to CNN senior international correspondent Nic Robertson and author Rula Jebreal about where the Arab Spring stands one year on.

VIDEO:  Nic Robertson discusses the rising death toll in Syria.

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February 14th, 2012
02:59 PM ET

Arwa Damon reports from inside Syria

Anderson Cooper talks to CNN's Arwa Damon (@arwacnn) about the activist organization in Syria and the use of weapons in the conflict.

Read more about what's happening on the ground in Syria here.


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