The Syrian opposition on Wednesday began posting about 4,000 photographs of detainees who have died in President Bashar al-Assad’s prisons so that family members can try to identify the victims and potentially serve as plaintiffs in war crimes cases that could be filed in courts in Europe and possibly the United States.
One of the most prominent foreign mercenaries of the Iranian regime fighting for Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad was killed on Saturday in southern province of Daraa. Ali Reza Tavassoli, an Afghan who commanded a brigade of Afghans dispatched by the Iranian regime to Syria, was close to Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Iranian regime’s […]
Climate change wasn't the only reason Syrians rose up against Bashar al-Assad but new research finds it was a contributing factor, causing a historic drought and forcing over a million people into Syria's already distressed urban centers.
With Islamic State militants absolutely out of control in Syria and Iraq, Western leaders may be starting to realize that the only way to defeat the jihadists is to work with the government of Bashar al-Assad.
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 […]
While worldwide outrage over ISIS has hit a new peak, Syrian opposition forces are desperate for international intervention to stop Bashar Al-Assad from slaughtering masses by barrel bombs and chemical weapons. A Syrian opposition leader called Thursday on world leaders to take “immediate action” to end government attacks on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus, amid reports […]
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
By Philippe Bolopion | (Human Rights Watch) | — It speaks volumes when the leader of a country feels emboldened to respond with humor when asked on television about a deadly weapon…
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
Bashar al-Assad says his government is receiving messages from the US-led coalition about airstrikes against ISIS taking place in his country. In a BBC interview today, the Syrian president admits that there hasn't been direct cooperation, and the messages are coming from third parties—including Iraq—not the US itself....
Jeremy Bowen’s half-hour long interview with Bashar al-Assad is being heavily trailed by the BBC this morning. And while it has little that is new it does provide an interesting… Continue reading The post Assad is hoping Isis will make his regime look moderate. How did it come to this? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
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
It looks like Saudi Arabia might be using oil policy to pressure Russia into backing away from its support for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. The New York Times reports (emphasis ours) Saudi Arabia and Russia have had numerous...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...
Prominent Obama administration official Stephen Rapp, the ambassador-at-large in charge of the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice, who has spoken out against “atrocities” by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, confirmed...Show More Summary
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 […]