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The dead among the living: A doctor’s lament in Aleppo

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Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have retaken much of the rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo in the past week, signaling the imminent end of a withering siege that has lasted years and hollowed out what was once the country's biggest urban center. On Wednesday night, a fragile cease-fire came into effect, allowing civilians trapped inside rebel areas to […]

Israel attacks Damascus military airport near Assad’s palace

Israel’s military attacked an airport in Damascus near Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s palace early on Wednesday morning, Arab media reported, in what appeared to be the second air strike by Israel inside Syrian territory in less than a week. Arab-language websites in Lebanon and Syria reported what they said was an Israeli strike on the […]

Assad: Winning Back Aleppo Won't Stop the War

President Bashar al-Assad said in comments published Thursday that Syrian forces' victory in the battle for Aleppo will be a "big gain" for his government but that it won't end the country's civil war, the AP reports. Assad, in an interview published in the state-owned newspaper al-Watan, described his forces'...

What would victory for Assad in Aleppo mean for the Syrian civil war?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a victory Aleppo will be a "huge step" toward the end of the civil war. Independent journalist Anna Day has covered the war in Syria extensively and joined CBSN from Beirut, Lebanon

Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows but victory in sight

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the nation's second city would change the course of the six-year civil war in his favor.

Syria's Assad confident of victory in Aleppo

President Bashar al-Assad said victory for his forces in Aleppo would be a "huge step" in ending Syria's war, as government troops battled Thursday to retake more rebel ground. Despite pleas from increasingly cornered opposition fighters, Western countries and the United Nations, Assad also rejected talk of a ceasefire in Aleppo. Show More Summary

US and Russia 'close' to deal on Syria's Aleppo

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ruled out the chance of a ceasefire with rebel groups.

How do wars end? Not usually with unconditional surrender.

The civil war in Syria may be entering a decisive phase. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have seized almost all of the key city of Aleppo from rebels. Some analysts are talking about the end of the war. But how do wars end? Americans tend to think of wars ending with the unconditional surrender [...]Show More Summary

Bashar al-Assad: Aleppo victory will be a 'huge step'

Syrian president rejects opposition ceasefire offer as his army tightens the noose on rebel-held part of the key city.

Syrian troops in control of Aleppo's Old City after rebels withdraw

Assad’s forces now hold all areas east of historic citadel and are closest they have ever been to seizing entire city Forces loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Assad have retaken the historic Old City of Aleppo, long a bastion of the opposition in Syria’s former industrial capital. Show More Summary

Bana Alabed: 7-Year-Old Aleppo Girl Tweets Farewell Message, Is Feared Captured

Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old girl who used Twitter to chronicle the horrors of the civil war in Syria, appears to have been captured by forces loyal to the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. With the help of her mother, Fatemah, Bana updated her...Show More Summary

Frustrated rebels in Syria fear U.S. betrayal. Seeking alternatives

By Karen DeYoung and Louisa Loveluck Three years after the CIA began secretly shipping lethal aid to rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, battlefield losses and fears that a Donald Trump administration will abandon them have left tens of thousands of opposition fighters weighing their alternatives. Among the options, say U.S. officials, regional experts […]

Fierce fighting in Syria's Aleppo as army advances

Fierce fighting shook east Aleppo on Sunday as Syrian government forces pressed an assault that has seen them retake control of more than half of the former rebel stronghold. President Bashar al-Assad's army is nearly three weeks into an operation to recapture all of Syria's second city, divided between regime and rebel forces since 2012. Show More Summary

‘We are alone’: The voices of besieged rebel-held Aleppo

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BEIRUT — As Syrian forces prepare to retake Aleppo’s final rebel footholds, tens of thousands of civilians are caught in the crossfire. The city’s eastern districts — which President Bashar al-Assad’s forces lost to the rebels in 2012 — have seen the fiercest bombardment of Syria’s war. Hospitals are systematically targeted, blood banks have been destroyed, and the […]

Iran VP: Syria war images 'bother me'

Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar on her country's support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Why is Iran backing Syria's Bashar al-Assad?

We speak to Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, and Slavoj Zizek defends his stance on refugees in Europe.

Turkish foreign minister calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria on Friday, describing the situation in Aleppo as critical and saying that President Bashar al-Assad was unfit to rule.

A missile strike kills the beloved clown of Aleppo

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As the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tightens the noose on rebel-held enclaves in the city of Aleppo, its relentless shelling of civilian areas claimed yet another casualty. According to news reports, Anas al-Basha, a 24-year-old social worker who dressed as a clown to entertain children, died in a suspected regime or Russian missile strike […]

Kremlin says Erdogan explained his comments on Syria to Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan explained his comments about a plan to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the RIA news agency cited Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov as saying on Thursday.

Moscow demands answers after Erdogan vows to oust 'tyrant' Assad

The Kremlin on Wednesday demanded an explanation after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara intervened in Syria solely to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Turkish forces are pressing on with a three month operation inside...Show More Summary

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