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Syrian jet shot down by Turkey

02 Apr 2014 / in BBC Five Live

For BBC Radio Five Live Breakfast, my two-way on the Syrian regime fighter plane shot down on the Turkish border. Will this have any effect on Assad’s air capabilities in northern Syria?

Round 2 of the peace talks begin

11 Feb 2014 / in BBC Five Live

In my latest two-way for BBC Radio Five Live, we talk about the re-start of the peace talks, the desperately slow progress, and the partial truce in Homs.

A ‘humanitarian pause’ in Homs

07 Feb 2014 / in BBC Five Live, Best of

My piece on Homs for BBC Radio Five Live. Top story on the BBC. What will the regime get from this ‘pause’ in fighting in Homs? Why are they doing it? Why has it taken so long to put this deal into place? Why does the regime want to focus on Aleppo, not Homs? And […]

Deadlock in the Syrian peace talks

27 Jan 2014 / in BBC Five Live

Why has progress slowed? If they can’t even agree on humanitarian issues, what’s the point of these talks? My latest update for the Newshour on BBC Radio Five Live from the UN in Geneva. If you can not see this chirbit, listen to it here http://chirb.it/xgwhwz

The first sign of agreement at the peace talks in Geneva

27 Jan 2014 / in BBC Five Live

Top story on BBC Radio Five Live. My latest two-way from the Syria peace talks in Geneva. It’s the first sign of a deal between the regime and the opposition, but will the agreement to let women and children leave Homs lead to another Srebrenica massacre? If you can not see this chirbit, listen to […]

Low expectations and a near-collapse of the peace talks

25 Jan 2014 / in BBC Five Live

They didn’t even sit in the same room yesterday, and at one point, the regime delegation threatened to walk out. But who will blink first? Will either side quit the talks? What can realistically be achieved here? My two-way live from Geneva for BBC Radio Five Live. And a bulletin clip: If you can not […]

With friends like these, who needs enemies

12 Jan 2014 / in BBC Five Live

My latest two-way for BBC Radio 5 Live, on the Breakfast show. We discuss the Friends of Syria meeting in Paris, the warm-up for the peace talks in Geneva later this month between the Assad regime and the opposition. But do people in Syria really care?

The Assad regime’s game

31 Aug 2013 / in BBC Five Live

How the Assad regime is the winner if the US doesn’t attack – or even if it does. My two-way for BBC Radio Five Live.  If you can not see this chirbit, listen to it here http://chirb.it/2GIwpK

Attack on Syria – the live vote

29 Aug 2013 / in BBC Five Live

Live on BBC Radio Five Live, as we wait for the House of Commons to vote on Syria intervention, I discuss the view from Syria and Lebanon. Are Syrians pawns in a bigger game?

War with Syria?

25 Aug 2013 / in BBC Five Live

Live on the BBC Radio Five Live Steve Nolan show at the top of the hour, my latest two-way. We discuss whether it’s too late to gather evidence of a chemical weapons massacre in Syria. And are Britain and the US about to declare war on Syria?