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
Rami Nakhla, Vera Mironova Security, Middle East Three major developments have developed that present the world with a unique opportunity out of this nightmare. Everyone except Bashar al-Assad agrees that the only way out of the Syrian conflict lies in a negotiated political solution. Show More Summary
At least 100 soldiers loyal to the Bashar al-Assad regime and 80 Islamic fighters, including members of the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusrah Front, were killed in a two-day fight for the Wadi al-Deif military base in Syria, reports a U.K.-based watchdog group. Show More Summary
By Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Gregory F. Treverton Even as protests spread across the Middle East in early 2011, the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria appeared immune from the upheaval. Assad had ruled comfortably for over a decade, having replaced his father, Hafez, who himself had held power for the previous three decades. Many […]
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
House Speaker John Boehner’s 1,603-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill gives $500 million worth of weapons and other aid to the “vetted” Syrian rebels fighting against Bashar Al-Assad. On page 426 of the massive bill, Boehner’s House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. 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
Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who was reelected this year in an election the United States government deemed a "sham," asserted the legitimacy of his government and insisted that the Obama administration is supporting the Islamic State in a wide-ranging interview with Paris Match magazine. 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 […]
Russia said on Wednesday it would support President Bashar al-Assad to combat “terrorism” in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of the key contentious issues in the Syrian conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with Assad’s foreign minister, Walid al-Moualem, on the […]
Doug Bandow The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. His officials reportedly have decided to focus on overthrowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the name of fighting the Islamic State. The U.S. Show More Summary
This week, President Barack Obama made his clearest remarks yet on his stance toward Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Liz Sly of the Washington Post tweeted the exchange: JOURNALIST: "Are you actively discussing ways to remove [Assad]...Show More Summary
A new plan to stop the bleeding in Syria means agreeing to a limited truce with the regime in Damascus. It’s repugnant -- but is it wrong?
President Obama wants his advisers to review the administration’s Syria strategy amid increasing speculation that it will be impossible to defeat Islamic State militants while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains in power, CNN reported Wednesday.
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To most of the world, Bashar al-Assad is a brutal dictator, responsible for the slaughter of 100,000 or more. The Syrian-American residents of one Pennsylvania town disagree—strongly.
Syrian rebels and Al-Qaeda seized the southern town of Nawa Sunday from troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad after months of intense fighting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.