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Talk of Syria action may be Erdogan's latest gambit to pressure the West

ANKARA (Reuters) - Alarmed by Syrian Kurds' advances against Islamic State, and irked by Western reluctance to tackle Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Tayyip Erdogan has once again raised the prospect of a Turkish military intervention in Syria.

Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A senior Israeli defense official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect.

Syria is in the stage of undeclared partition, activist

Four years into a war that has killed more than 220,000 people, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can no longer defend the whole country or hope to regain lost territory and his forces are retreating and fortifying their core strongholds, from the capital Damascus up to the coastal strip in north-western Syria. At the same time, […]

Syrian insurgents carve out fiefdoms in de-facto partition

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Four years into a war that has killed more than 220,000 people, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can no longer defend the whole country or hope to regain lost territory and his forces are retreating and fortifying their core strongholds, from the capital Damascus up to the coastal strip in north-western Syria.

The Assad regime started the #SummerinSyria hashtag. The Internet then took over.

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It's not a great time for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Resurgent rebel fighters are making steady inroads against Syrian government forces, capturing strategic towns and bases in various pockets of a country that has been tragically hollowed out by war. Earlier this week, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi warned that Assad was about […]

U.S. weighs near-term Assad military retrenchment in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies are weighing the possibility that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, under growing military pressure, may soon narrow his focus on defense of more limited areas of the country, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday.

U.N. Syria envoy condemns attacks by both sides, seeks greater access

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations mediator for Syria, who held talks with President Bashar al-Assad this week, on Wednesday condemned the government's "unacceptable" heavy bombing of civilian areas near Damascus and deadly rebel attacks on Aleppo.

‘Patience wearing thin’ on Syria’s Assad, Kerry says

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he had discussed Syria’s use of chemical weapons with Russia and the international community’s patience with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s behavior was wearing thin. Speaking to reporters via video conference from Boston, Kerry said he was confident Assad’s government was responsible for a “preponderance” of chemical […]

Syrian Druze join battle to push back rebels in south

Members of Syria’s Druze minority have helped repel a rebel attack on an army base in the south, mobilizing to confront insurgents including al Qaeda’s Nusra Front who are trying to build on gains against President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based organization that tracks the war, said on Friday rebels […]

Calls for arming Syria’s Druze after al Qaeda massacred dozens

Fighters from Syria’s al Qaeda branch, the Nusra Front, have killed dozens of Druze villagers, raising fear for one of Syria’s minorities as insurgents including Sunni Islamists gain ground against President Bashar al-Assad. Druze in Lebanon and Israel have made separate appeals for their Syrian kin to be armed to defend themselves from groups such as […]

Rebels say they shoot down Syrian military jet in south

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said they had shot down a military jet on Thursday in southern Syria, where insurgents fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad seized a major army base earlier this week.

Rebels attack Syrian army base in south

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels attacked a major army base in the south of the country on Tuesday, seeking to increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad after his recent losses elsewhere in Syria.

Syrian warplanes bomb Islamic State near Hasaka

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian war planes on Friday bombed Islamic State fighters trying to advance into the northeastern city of Hasaka in an offensive that is adding to the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad following recent defeats elsewhere.

As Syria's Assad Suffers Civil War Setbacks, What's the Best Outcome for Israel?

With the Syrian civil war well into its fifth year, President Bashar al-Assad's government has outlasted many observers' predictions of his demise.

Assad under military pressure, as Syrian insurgents advance

Steady advances by insurgents on key fronts in Syria mean President Bashar al-Assad is under more military pressure than at any point in the four-year-old war. Losses in the north, east and south to groups including al Qaeda’s Syrian arm and Islamic State may test Assad’s hold over western parts of the country that are […]

Syrian insurgent advances put Assad under pressure

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Steady advances by insurgents on key fronts in Syria mean President Bashar al-Assad is under more military pressure than at any point in the four-year-old war.

Iran's Rouhani vows to back Syria 'until the end of the road'

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will back Syria's President Bashar al-Assad until the end, Iranian news agencies quoted President Hassan Rouhani as saying, signaling undimmed support for Tehran's Arab ally following major gains by armed opposition factions in recent weeks.

Children 'Burned Beyond Recognition' in Latest Round of Barrel Bomb Attacks Killing 200 Syrian Civilians

Close to 200 civilians in Syria have died from barrel bomb attacks throughout the weekend allegedly carried out by the army of President Bashar al-Assad, activists have said. While Assad has continuously denied responsibility, a U.N. envoy has condemned the bombings as "totally unacceptable."

'Nusra Front 2.0': Al-Qaeda's Syrian Branch Says They Are No Threat to West

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Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch is turning its focus away from the West and is solely focused on removing president Bashar al-Assad from power. In an interview with Al Jazeera, the leader of the Nusra Front said the group had received specific...Show More Summary

Hezbollah says it will step up presence in Syria as needed

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah is fighting across all of Syria alongside the army of President Bashar al-Assad and is willing to increase its presence there when needed, the leader of the Lebanese Shi'ite movement said on Sunday.

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