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Syrian opposition rejects 'any role' for Assad

The Syrian opposition to the Damascus regime said Thursday it rejected "any role" now or in the future for current President Bashar al-Assad, even though the United States now says Assad's departure is no longer a priority to end the conflict. Show More Summary

U.S. U.N. ambassador says Washington's focus no longer on removing Assad in Syria

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States is no longer making removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a focus of its policy in the war-torn country, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday.

U.S. envoy to U.N.: Syria's Assad 'hindrance to moving forward'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Wednesday that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is a "big hindrance in trying to move forward" to find an end to the country's six-year conflict.

Bashar al-Assad's Interview with Europe1 and TF1, by Bashar al-Assad

February 16th, 2017 Fabien Namias: Good morning Mr President. Bashar al-Assad: Good morning. Fabien Namias: A very simple question to begin with. Two months after the fall of Aleppo, can you say that you have won the war? Bashar al-Assad: No. Show More Summary

Syria's Ja'afari says U.S. action on Raqqa would be illegitimate

GENEVA (Reuters) - Any U.S.- or Turkish-backed attack on Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa would be illegitimate unless coordinated with President Bashar al-Assad's government, the Syrian chief negotiator at peace talks in Geneva said on Friday.

Syrian rebels press major assault near Hama

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels advanced to within a few kilometers of the government-held city of Hama on Wednesday in a major assault in the western region of Syria critically important to President Bashar al-Assad, a war monitor reported.

Holding Bashar al-Assad Accountable for Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Natasha Lander Security, “No” votes by Russia and China that sank the latest resolution. Efforts to hold the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad  accountable for persistent chemical weapons use were dealt another major blow recently...Show More Summary

Assad sees key Russia role after Syria-Israel strikes

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday said Russia can play an important role in the crisis following Syria's firing missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes in the conflict-torn country. "Russia can play a role so that Israel no longer attacks Syria," Assad told Russian journalists.

In backing Syria's Assad, Russia looks to outdo Iran

In Aleppo, portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin hang shoulder-to-shoulder with those of his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, signalling Moscow's rise at the expense of Damascus's other ally, Iran. The rivalry between theShow More Summary

From Syria to Paris, music provides haven for 'Refugees of Rap'

Staccato lyrics may be no match for Bashar al-Assad's military firepower, but two brothers, who fled to Paris from Syria and perform as "Refugees of Rap", find sniping with words a liberating experience. Having grown up officially stateless...Show More Summary

Has Iran's success in Syria made it an arena for longer-term conflict?

Having successfully propped up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against an array of armed rebel groups for more than six years, Iran appears to be preparing the ground for a long-term presence in the war-ravaged country, causing rising alarm in neighboring Israel, its bitter foe, and garnering the attention of Washington. Show More Summary

Syria war: ‘Worst man-made disaster since World War II’

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Six years to the day since protesters poured into the streets of Daraa, Damascus and Aleppo in a “day of rage” against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s uprising turned global war is far from over. Six years of violence have killed close to half a million people,...

After six years, Assad now secure but his country carved up as war thunders on

(Reuters) - Six years since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, he is winning on the battlefield but Syria's civil war is far from over, with his once stable country broken into fiefdoms ruled by rebels and warlords.

Bashar al-Assad says relations between Syria and China are ‘on the rise’

2 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

In an interview with the private Chinese broadcaster Phoenix Television that aired this weekend, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered a warm description of his government's ties with Beijing — a relationship that he said was going to be “on the rise” because China was “a real friend” that could be relied upon. The interview offered a glimpse of the […]

Bashar al-Assad calls US forces 'invaders,' comments on Trump's ISIS fight

BEIRUT, March 11 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said U.S. forces in Syria were "invaders" and he had yet to see "anything concrete" emerge from U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to prioritize the fight against Islamic State. InsideGov | Graphiq Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments

Syria's Bashar al-Assad calls US forces 'invaders'

But Syrian president says there could be room for cooperation with US President Donald Trump in the fight against ISIL.

Assad says yet to see real steps from Trump on Islamic State

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he yet to see "anything concrete" from U.S. President Donald Trump over his vow to defeat Islamic State and called U.S. forces deployed in Syria "invaders" because they were there without government permission.

Syrian opposition scents progress at Geneva talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria peace talks in Geneva showed a first flicker of movement on Wednesday, as the opposition said President Bashar al-Assad's negotiators had been pushed by his Russian allies to address for the first time opposition demands for a political transition.

To counter Turkey, Damascus sidles up to Kurds

Worried over Turkish advances in Syria's north, the Damascus regime has formed an alliance of convenience with the country's Kurds to prevent their common enemy from gaining ground. President Bashar al-Assad's government has repeatedly...Show More Summary

Opposition seeks Russian support at Syria talks

4 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

Syria's opposition on Monday urged Russia, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, to put pressure on Damascus to help kickstart sputtering peace talks in Geneva. The High Negotiations Committee (HNC), the main opposition group at the UN-sponsored talks, said it expects to meet a Russian delegation Tuesday in the Swiss city. Show More Summary

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