Memoir by Journalist Marwan Hisham and Illustrator Molly Crabapple

Israel has bombed dozens of Iranian targets inside the country in the largest attack by Israel since fighting began in Syria in 2011. The bombing raid came a day after Israel accused Iranian forces in Syria of firing 20 rockets at Israeli forces in the occupied Golan Heights, a part of Syria that Israel has occupied since 1967. We spend the rest of the hour looking at the war in Syria with a Syrian journalist and a New York artist who have worked together for years. Marwan Hisham is a Syrian journalist from Raqqa, now living in exile in Turkey. He became a journalist after first taking part in the initial protests against Bashar al-Assad in 2011. His new book is illustrated and co-authored by the award-winning artist Molly Crabapple. They first started collaborating in 2014, when Hisham was still living in ISIS-occupied Raqqa. He would send her photographs of life under ISIS, and she would draw illustrations of them. Their book is titled Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War and is out next week.

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AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: We turn now to Syria, where Israel has bombed dozens of Iranian targets inside the country in the largest attack by Israel since fighting began in Syria in 2011. The bombing raid came a day after Israel accused Iranian forces in Syria of firing 20 rockets at Israeli forces in the occupied Golan Heights, a part of Syria that Israel has occupied since 1967. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman described Israel’s military assault.

AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN: [translated] We have, of course, hit all of the infrastructures — not all, but almost all, of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria. They must remember the saying, “If it rains here, it will pour over there.” And I hope that we finished this chapter and that everyone got the message.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: The proxy war between Israel and Iran in Syria has been escalating for months. Many analysts had predicted the…

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