An unsanctioned delegation traveled to Damascus this week, marking the first Franco-Syrian meeting since France severed diplomatic ties with Syria in 2012.
"It's a childish story that keeps repeating in the West," smiled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview with the BBC last week. He was dismissing allegations that his regime is attacking Syrian civilians with barrel bombs, crude devices packed with fuel and shrapnel that inflict brutal, indiscriminate damage. Show More Summary
Any resolution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said Friday in the first such acknowledgement by the UN. “President Assad is part of the solution,” de Mistura told a joint press conference with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in Vienna. “I will […]
Daniel R. DePetris Security, Middle East As his recent string of interviews with western press illustrates, Assad is as clever as he is brutal. President Bashar al-Assad has been a busy man over the past several weeks. In addition to...Show More Summary
In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad talks about the devastating civil war, the use of barrel bombs, the battle against Islamic State and al-Qaeda and relations with the US. Bashar al-Assad’s BBC interview may not have broken any new ground regarding what the Syrian leader […]
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flat-out denied allegations that his administration had authorized the use of barrel bombs, calling the accusations a "childish story" in an interview with the BBC that aired on Tuesday. "We have bombs, missiles and bullets... Show More Summary
Syria President Bashar al-Assad says he is being kept informed about U.S.-led coalition air strikes on Islamic States targets in airspace above Syria See also: Who is Kayla Mueller, the last American hostage held by ISIS? In an interview...Show More Summary
In recent weeks, Western governments have begun subtly shifting their positions on Syria. The Obama administration seems to have quietly dropped its demand that President Bashar al-Assad resign as a precondition of peace talks. Instead, reports suggest it has embraced proposals that would allow...
French newspaper Le Monde said its Twitter account and publishing tool were hacked by Syrian Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “The hackers managed to infiltrate our publishing tool before launching a denial of service,” the...
Someone sends us a link to the CNN story which reports that the US is sending 400 troops to train what the article calls “moderate Syrian rebels”; Those groups are battling forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and extremist groups like ISIS, as well as others linked to al Qaeda. The mission would be […]
Aaron David Miller: The Obama administration is willing, at least for now, to accept Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a better alternative to the murderous jihadis who want to replace him.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Western “shortsightedness” and “support for terrorism” in the revolt against his rule were to blame for last week`s attacks in Paris, state media reported Wednesday. In his first reaction to the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket which killed 17 people, Assad said he had repeatedly […]
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited troops near Damascus on New Year’s Eve in a rare public appearance for the leader. Syrian state-run news agency SANA identified the location as Jobar, which is located on the outskirts of Damascus...Show More Summary
On Tuesday, the Syrian Electronics Army (SEA), an anonymous hacking group supporting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, hacked into the computer system the International Business Times’ CMS and threatened it would delete the entire site if it continues to write “false news” about Syria. Show More Summary
Of all the states involved in the Syria crisis, Russia has arguably been the most insulated from its fallout. Western states and their regional allies have been frustrated as their policies to topple President Bashar al-Assad repeatedly fail, while threatening jihadists such as Islamic State (ISIS) have thrived in the chaos. Refugees have flooded Syria’s […]
The Islamic State has gained momentum in both Syria and Iraq while allegedly "moderate" groups against President Bashar al-Assad in the former nation have suffered increasing setbacks. With the outlook dire, even the U.S. State Department is admitting that a military overthrow of Assad appears far from a viable reality. Show More Summary
On November 28, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad granted a rare interview to The Full Paris Match. The interview is full of deflections and rationalizations from a defiant Assad, who at one point compared his role as president to being a captain of a ship. Show More Summary
DAMASCUS, Syria — It had been a rocky journey. With the flow of refugees pouring out of Syria, crossing the Lebanese border was difficult, even though the president's staff were waiting for us on the other side to take us to meet Bashar...Show More Summary
Life under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is great, if you believe the words of British far-right politician Nick Griffin. Wonders of www means I've been able to see highlights of England's great 26-17 thrashing of Aussies...Show More Summary
Syria’s economy is in a tailspin, and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is increasingly struggling to find resources to quash the four-year-old rebellion, analysts say. The government has had to scale back subsidies for citizens for goods ranging from water to heating oil over the last six months. That has angered Syrians, who already […]