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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.

"Residents — supporters and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad — described officers fleeing, leaving civilians and lowly conscript soldiers to fend for themselves."

"One business owner said he watched pro-government militiamen run helter-skelter into orchards, not sure where to retreat. 'Treason,' he called it. But most of all, they said, they had lost any sense that the government could provide safety even to its loyalists. Show More Summary

Britain says Syrian video footage exposes Assad barrel bomb lies

LONDON (Reuters) - Video footage of a barrel bomb being dropped by Syrian government forces shows President Bashar al-Assad's denial that they are being used is a lie, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Wednesday.

In another setback for Assad, rebels seize an army base in Syria’s idlib

Insurgents seized an army base in northwestern Syria from the military on Tuesday, compounding a series of setbacks for President Bashar al-Assad at the hands of rebel groups believed to have received extra backing from his regional enemies. The capture came as a top aide to Iran’s leader met Assad in Damascus and underlined firm […]

Top aide to Iran's leader meets Syria's Assad in gesture of support

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A top aide to Iran's leader met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday, Syrian state TV said, appearing to underline firm Iranian support for Damascus as it faces mounting pressure from insurgents in a four-year-old civil war.

Assad, under pressure, may need his friends more than ever

QALAMOUN MOUNTAINS, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - When Lebanon's Hezbollah first joined Syria's war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, its role was a closely guarded secret. Today, as Hezbollah plants its flag in land won from rebels north of Damascus, its role could hardly be more public.

The Syrian Electronic Army just hacked the Washington Post (again)

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

The Syrian Electronic Army appears to have struck again. In an attack on the Washington Post Thursday, hackers supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hijacked parts of the Post's Web site so that users were redirected to a site controlled by the SEA. The Washington Post ad network's been hijacked. History repeats: […]

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Washington Post’s mobile site

The Washington Post's mobile site appeared to be hacked Thursday by the Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and targets media outlets. Continue reading ? The post Syrian Electronic Army hacks Washington Post’s mobile site appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Syrian opposition armed groups reject U.N. invitation

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian armed groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have rejected an invitation to U.N. consultations in Geneva, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday, dealing an blow to hopes of reviving talks to end the conflict.

Syrian opposition armed groups reject UN invitation

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian armed groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have rejected an invitation to U.N. consultations in Geneva, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday, dealing an blow to hopes of reviving talks to end the conflict.

At Heart of Assad War Crimes Case: Smuggled Reports

Documents smuggled out of Syria over three years contain enough evidence to put President Bashar al-Assad and 24 senior officials in front of a war crimes tribunal, investigators say. The Commission for International Justice and Accountability, working with 50 Syrian investigators, managed to get its hands on half a million...

U.S. Says Assad Caught with Sarin Again

“The U.S. government was informed months ago that an international monitoring body found traces of chemical weapons that President Bashar al-Assad had promised to turn over, including sarin gas — a clear violation of the deal he struck with President [...]

ANALYSIS: A change of fortune for Assad government?

The increasing takeover of the Idlib province by the Syrian opposition has been labelled a major turning point in the current trajectory of Syria’s bloody civil war. Though President Bashar al-Assad and his government had appeared to be strengthening their position, there are now clear signs that the conflict could be about to turn against […]

Syria's Assad: army to reinforce besieged troops in northwest

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday that army troops would head to the outskirts of an insurgent-held town to help besieged soldiers holed up on its outskirts, and justified recent army setbacks as part of normal warfare.

Amensty: Bashar has turned Aleppo into circle of hell

Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian forces – and their use of barrel bombs – have turned war-ravaged city into “circle of hell”, citizens tell Amnesty International Forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on a daily basis in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo, according to Amnesty International. The extent […]

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

4 weeks 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 monthNews : 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.

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