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 […]
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 […]
After years of deliberation, training of Syrian rebels will start this spring. But will the U.S. train Islamist forces opposing the dictator Bashar al-Assad?
Submitted by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog, Iran has a – very – long running dispute with the US about its nuclear technology. The US wants Assad (Bashar Al-Assad) out of Syria, while Iran and Russia support Assad (Russia’s...Show More Summary
Confusion continues over a prospective meeting between the Syrian opposition and the Bashar Al-Assad regime in Moscow, with the Syrian National Coalition set to discuss attending the peace talks in Cairo on Friday. The Russian consul-general in Istanbul, Alexey Erkhov, formally invited five senior members of the Syrian National Coalition to the proposed talks during […]
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
Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria is increasing pressure on draft dodgers in recent months, with arrests and regulations to prevent military-aged males from leaving the country, the Washington Post reported. The regime called up thousands...Show More Summary
In the course of 2014, two major trends, long since visible in the Syrian civil war, were strengthened.
Hezbollah insists that its ally, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, will remain in power. In a message delivered to Russia, the Shiite terror organization made clear that it does not agree that anyone, even from the Alawite sect, should replace the current President as part of any possible solution to the Syrian conflict. The Lebanese newspaper […]
In the course of 2014, two major trends, long since visible in the Syrian civil war, were strengthened. First, the Baath regime of Bashar al-Assad continued to assert control over most urban…
(John Hinderaker) Paul wrote yesterday that among the world’s clear winners in 2014 were ISIS, Bashar al-Assad and Iran. To that list we can add the Castro brothers, who may have been rescued from the trash heap by President Obama’s gratuitous aid. Michael Ramirez depicts President Obama as Santa, only he’s gotten his naughty and nice lists confused. Click to enlarge:
(Paul Mirengoff) During the next few days, pundits will be designating their “winners and losers” of 2014. There can be little doubt about the year’s two biggest winners. Clearly, they are Bashar al-Assad and ISIS. Third place goes to Iran, which finds itself in greatly improved economic shape and within striking distance of becoming a nuclear power. 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
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 […]