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Report From The Syrian Front Lines

With Mike Pesca in for Tom Ashbrook

Reporter’s notebook from Syria. The stories you haven’t heard about this volatile country and region.

CBS News foreign correspondent Clariss Ward interviews rebel fighters in Syria, Feb. 2012.

CBS News foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward interviews rebel fighters in Syria, Feb. 2012.

Syria– friend of Iran, fomenter of malice; master of Lebanese puppets; conduit to Hezbollah, oppressor of its own. The government of Bashar Assad is on its heels, but can a rag tag group of dissidents and militants wriggle out from under from the heel of a vicious dictator, albeit one who received medical training from a top British university.

Syria is immolating; Syria is teetering;. The city of Homs is being shelled and bombarded continually. The whole world is watching, sure, but the whole world is also nervous.

This hour, On Point: Syria at a breaking point

-Mike Pesca

Guests

Clarissa Ward, a foreign correspondent for CBS News, she just returned from a reporting trip inside Syria.

From The Reading List

Here is a collection of stories that Ward reported recently from Syria:

CBS News “The Assad regime appears to be making a devastating push to crush the Syrian rebellion once and for all.”

CBS News “The Assad government has banned independent reporting within Syria But CBS News’ Clarissa Ward was able to sneak in and spend time with the rebels fighting to overthrow the regime.”

CBS News “CBS News correspondent slipped into Syria and found the rebels who are rising against the government ever defiant.”

Video: Clarissa Ward Reports From Syria

You can find one of Ward’s reports for the evening news in this clip.

Map: Syrian Unrest

Ward reported from the town of Idlib, in Northern Syria.

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