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Syria / Civil War / US Role / A Discussion #1027931

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A report that President Obama has signed an "intelligence finding" giving the CIA permission for covert support to oust Syrian President Bashir al-Assad reported; scenes shown of the fighting in Aleppo and the execution of an Assad supporter.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with national security expert Fran Townsend and former CIA officer Bob Baer about the US role in Syria. [TOWNSEND - explains the role of US intelligence in supporting American policy around the world; states we need to do more to establish a regime transition in Syria; cites the possibility the desperate will turn to Al Qaeda for help.] [BAER - says more money will go to the opposition forces; notes this is a sectarian conflict full of violence like this execution.]

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