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Assad vows to retake Raqa and 'every inch' of Syria

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President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday said Raqa is not a priority target for his forces, saying his goal is to retake "every inch" of Syrian territory. "Raqa is a symbol," Assad said in an interview with French media, while asserting...Show More Summary

Assad says Trump travel ban targets terrorists, not Syria's people

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said President Donald Trump's ban on Syrians entering the United States targeted terrorists, not the Syrian people, appearing to defend the logic of the measure in an interview broadcast on Thursday....Show More Summary

U.S. backs U.N. role in resolving Syria crisis: Gabriel

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including the United States, backed continued efforts by the United Nations to broker a political solution to the bloody civil war in Syria, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday.

Pentagon To Recommend US Deploy Ground Troops in Syria?

TeleSur | – – Countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will meet on Friday for the first time since Donald Trump’s U.S. administration took office. The U.S. Defense Department may recommend…

Anti-Assad states to meet on Syria amid concerns over U.S. policy

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will meet on Friday for the first time since Donald Trump's U.S. administration took office, to seek common ground ahead of U.N.-backed peace talks in Geneva next week.

Lebanon PM stands firm on Assad 'crimes'

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Monday he stood firm against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's "crimes", at an event marking the anniversary of his father's assassination that he has blamed on Damascus. Hariri, whose father...Show More Summary

Syrian dissident says war 'over' as states cut aid to rebels

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A prominent Syrian dissident said on Friday he believed the country's war was effectively over, as foreign governments have cut support to rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad says 'terrorists' hiding among Syrian refugees

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said some of the millions of refugees who have fled his country's conflict are "terrorists," in an interview published Friday. Asked by Yahoo News about US President Donald Trump's claim that extremists...Show More Summary

Assad says 'defending' Syria more important than any UN tribunal

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that "defending" his country in a time of war was more important than any international tribunal that may be brought against his government later. His comments to Belgian media came as rights watchdog Amnesty International accused the regime of hanging 13,000 at an infamous prison near Damascus. Show More Summary

Syria's Assad sees Trump's Islamic State view as promising

AMMAN, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said U.S. President Donald Trump prioritizing the fight against jihadists by Islamic State was promising although it was too early to expect any practial steps, state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. Show More Summary

Syria's Assad says Trump's priority of fighting IS promising

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said U.S. President Donald Trump's priority of fighting Islamist fundamentalists led by Islamic State was promising but it was too early to expect stronger steps, state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday.

Syrian army chips away at ISIS on several fronts

Syrian troops and allied militia on Sunday chipped away at territory held by Islamic State jihadists on several fronts across the country, state media and a monitoring group said. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have doubled down against IS in Syria’s fractured north, as well as near Damascus and the ancient city of Palmyra.

After more setbacks, where do Syria's rebels stand?

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have dealt another blow to the faltering Syrian rebel movement, regaining control of a strategic area near Damascus at the weekend. The capture of the Wadi Barada area is another setback forShow More Summary

Syrian government denies reports that Assad had a stroke and is in poor health

The Syrian government has denied rumors that President Bashar al-Assad is suffering from ill health, saying he was “carrying out his duties quite normally”. Speculation swirled in recent days on social media and some Arab news websites saying Assad, 51, was in critical condition, citing rumors of stroke, or even that he had been shot. […]

Syrian government denies rumors Assad in poor health

LONDON (Reuters) - The Syrian government has denied rumors that President Bashar al-Assad is suffering from ill health, saying he was "carrying out his duties quite normally".

Britain signals possible shift on Syria policy

Britain's foreign minister hinted at a shift in policy on Syria on Thursday, saying President Bashar al-Assad could be allowed to run for re-election and mentioning a possible "arrangement" with regime ally Russia. "We were wedded for a long time to the mantra that Assad must go. Show More Summary

Britain 'open-minded' on timescale for exit of Syria's Assad

LONDON (Reuters) - Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday Britain was "open-minded" about the timescale for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad relinquishing power and did not rule out joining Russia in military action against Islamic State militants.

Rep. Gabbard's meeting with Syrian president raises questions

Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is defending her meeting with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, which took place during an unannounced, week-long trip to the Middle East. Jan Crawford reports on how Gabbard has put herself in the middle of a U.S. foreign policy challenge.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Goes to Bat for Syria’s Assad

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii confirmed on Wednesday that she met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus last week as part of her campaign to shift U.S. policy toward the country's dictator.

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