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This is How Turkey's 'Pivot to Russia' and Istanbul Terror Are Linked

Turkey has long been accused of helping radical groups trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, but Ankara appears to have made a U-turn and is now serious about tackling Daesh and resolving the Syrian conflict. This policy change prompted terrorists to carry out an attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, Professor Hilmi Demir told Sputnik.

Russia will countenance an Assad exit in Syria, but not yet

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will countenance Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaving office, but only when it is confident a change of leader will not trigger a collapse of the Syrian government, sources familiar with the Kremlin's thinking say.

French court charges Assad uncle with corruption

Prosecutors in Paris charged Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with corruption earlier this month, an anti-corruption group said Tuesday. Rifaat al-Assad, who was Syria’s vice president in the 1980s, was...Show More Summary

Assad tasks minister with forming new government: Syria state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad tasked Electricity Minister Emad Khamis with forming a new government on Wednesday, state news agency SANA reported, without giving an immediate reason for the formation of a new cabinet.

Assad discusses 'military cooperation' with Russian MoD

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu meets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during unannounced visit to Damascus.

Assad Turns on ISIS in a Last-Ditch Bid for Legitimacy

last weekNews : Newsweek: US

This article first appeared on the Atlantic Council site. Several recent events in Syria suggest that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies are changing their strategy to focus on retaking more land from the Islamic State militant...Show More Summary

Why US Diplomats Urge Obama to Fight Assad Instead of Daesh in Syria

Barack Obama has come under heavy criticism from a group of US State Department diplomats for being too focused on the war against Daesh instead of cracking down on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. So, will the diplomats' memo affect the US foreign policy in Syria?

The Untold Story Behind The "Mutiny At The State Department" Where Dozens Demand War With Syria

Confirming once again that the entire US Middle-East campaign over the past 4 years has been one ongoing plan to destabilize and eliminate Syria's president Bashar al-Assad from power - certainly including the involvement of ISIS which...Show More Summary

Dozens of U.S. diplomats urge military strikes against Syria's Assad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of U.S. policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's government to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country's civil war.

True Reason for Kerry's Warning to Russia, Assad Over Syria Truce

As President Obama nears the end of his second term, his administration's patience over the Syrian state of affairs is running out: indeed, a five-year war has not resulted in ousting Syria’s legitimate president Bashar al-Assad.

Three Hospitals Attacked in Rebel Side of Aleppo, Syria

3 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

The hospitals were hit by airstrikes a day after President Bashar al-Assad vowed to take back “every inch” of territory held by his enemies.

Butcher Assad Vows More Bloodshed In Syria

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signaled Tuesday that his government intends to escalate military efforts to crush the five-year-old uprising against his rule, saying the bloodshed will not end until he has regained control over all areas of Syria lost to the rebellion. Show More Summary

Syrian Kurds point finger at Western-backed opposition

PARIS (Reuters) - The main Western-backed Syrian opposition has gained little by demanding the fall of President Bashar al-Assad other than fuelling killings and the refugee crisis, a senior official from Syrian's northern Kurdish region said on Monday.

Jihadists mobilize in Syria as peacemaking unravels

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Jihadi militants in Syria including al Qaeda are mobilizing again for all-out war against President Bashar al-Assad, taking advantage of the collapse of peace talks to eclipse nationalist rival insurgents that signed on to a faltering truce.

Iran's IRGC says many Iranians have volunteered to fight in Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said on Wednesday many Iranians have volunteered to fight in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad's war against "terrorism", the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

Pessimism pervades Syria talks aimed at salvaging peace process

VIENNA/AMMAN (Reuters) - Major powers sought at talks on Tuesday to reimpose a ceasefire in Syria and ensure aid reaches besieged areas, with Moscow and Washington deeply divided over the fate of President Bashar al-Assad and violence rumbling around the country.

U.S., Russia stalemate on Syria frustrates European powers

UNITED NATIONS/VIENNA (Reuters) - The Obama administration's failure to convince Moscow that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go is fueling European frustration at being sidelined in efforts to end the country's five-year civil war, diplomats say.Some diplomats and analysts question whether the United States has misread Russia's desire to keep Assad in power.

Top Iranian Commander: Assad to Remain in Power 'Despite US Dreams, Wishes'

While the West continues its insistence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be removed from power, Iran’s top military official made assurances that the US and its allies will not get their wish.

‘Assad will be removed’, says Saudi Arabia’s FM ( interview)

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman in an exclusive interview that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad “will be removed, either through a political process or through military force”. In the interview with FRANCE 24 focusing on the Syrian crisis, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister also asserted that the ceasefire was holding fairly […]

Russia Vows to Help Reign In Syrian Airstrikes Near Civilians

Russia has vowed to work with the Syrian government to reduce air force operations in areas populated by civilians, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday. A firm supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Russia has been accused of hitting civilian targets itself. Show More Summary

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