Mark Begich (D-AK) is one of the few members of Congress speaking out against a key part of President Obama's plan for fighting the Islamic State.
The Syrian conflict has claimed 70,000 lives according to the United Nations. Along with that staggering human toll, Syria’s unique cultural heritage is also being devastated.
Historian Nasser Rabbat was in our studio a few months ago when he reminded us that Syria’s historical heritage is part of our history too.
Syria has two of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.
It has one of the first known Christian churches. It has castles built by Christian crusaders and the Muslim knights who fought them. And it has ancient tablets that are thought to contain the first known mention of the Biblical Patriarchs.
Nasser returned to our studios to tell us about three sites that are under threat and what they mean: