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Rebels Backed by CIA Join al-Qaeda in Fight Against Assad in Syria

With the United States struggling to find capable “moderate” rebel forces that it can support in Syria, Washington has secretly started backing brigades that fight alongside al-Qaeda groups against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces...

Syrian President Seeks Investors to Rebuild Aleppo’s Bombed-Out Old City

3 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

A group of archaeologists and urban planning experts in Germany say that President Bashar al-Assad is already seeing dollar signs in the ruins of his country's cities.

Demands for Assad's ouster fuel Syria bloodshed: Iran foreign minister

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Western and Arab demands for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have fueled years of unnecessary bloodshed as they have prevented negotiations on a political settlement, Iran's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Denies Chemical Weapons Use in French TV Interview

last weekNews : Vice News

In an interview airing on French public television, Assad says that French and Syrian intelligence agencies are “in contact” despite the lack of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

French, Syrian intelligence agents in contact: Assad on French TV

PARIS (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told French television the intelligence services of his country are in contact with their counterparts in France, which has severed diplomatic ties with Assad and insists he must leave power.

Assad Blames Turkey For Regime Setback As His Forces Pound Rebel-Held Idlib

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

BEIRUT, April 17 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Turkish support was the main factor that helped insurgents to seize the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib from his government's control last month. Idlib, a short...Show More Summary

Assad says Turkish support 'main factor' in Idlib takeover

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Turkish military and logistical support was the main factor that helped insurgents to seize the northwestern city of Idlib from government control last month.

Syrian human rights group: 220,000 dead in conflict

Middle East Eye says: The conflict in Syria has left more than 220,000 dead since it began four years ago with an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a key monitoring group said Thursday. The story is here.

Palestinian Envoy Broke PLO Line to Agree Yarmouk Deal With Assad Regime

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) official who announced an agreement for a joint military operation between the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime and Palestinian factions against ISIS in Yarmouk refugee camp did so...Show More Summary

Assad and the Struggle For a Political Solution in Syria

The Syrian conflict will end, and it will end in a political solution, but President Bashar al-Assad can’t and won’t be a part of it – not if it has any hope of succeeding.

As regional war rages, Syria's Assad faces setbacks

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - In the course of a week, several setbacks for President Bashar al-Assad have provided fresh reminders of the strains facing the Syrian army and its allies in the four-year-long struggle for Syria.

ISIS Fighters Seize Palestinian Refugee Camp in Damascus

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters seized most of a vast camp for Palestinian refugees on the outskirts of Damascus from other insurgents on Wednesday in a bid to capture a major foothold close to President Bashar al-Assad's seat...Show More Summary

Islamic State expands in Damascus, al Qaeda vows sharia for city

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters seized most of a Palestinian camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, nearing President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power.

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad Says Media Is Responsible For 'Malicious Propaganda'

last monthNews : Huffington Post

Earlier this year, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons found "with a high degree of confidence" that chlorine gas had been used in Northern Syria in 2014. President Bashar al-Assad has chosen to fight the allegations...Show More Summary

Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

last monthNews : The Raw Story

A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of...

Syria gets Russian arms under deals signed since conflict began: Assad

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is supplying weapons to Damascus under contracts completed since the conflict in Syria began in 2011, as well as under earlier deals, President Bashar al-Assad said.

Syria's Assad says Islamic State has expanded since start of U.S. air strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group.

Charlie Rose Grills Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: When Will You ‘Give Up Power?’

last monthNews : Mediaite

Four years after President Barack Obama declared that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must give up his power, the leader still remains firmly in power, albeit in the midst of a brutal civil war that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives. Show More Summary

Syria "Welcomes" Larger Russia Presence

Following Vladimir Putin's demands for an "immediate cessation of military activities" in Yemen, AFP reports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's comment during a recent interview that "with complete confidence that we welcome any widening...Show More Summary

Syria's Assad calls chlorine allegations 'malicious propaganda': CBS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad of Syria dismissed as "malicious propaganda" allegations that his troops used chlorine gas in the fight against insurgent rebels, according to an interview broadcast on Friday on CBS "This Morning."

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