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In Syria, The Battering of Aleppo Is a Trophy for Putin

Russia has made no bones about its desire to keep Bashar al-Assad in power in Syria and Vladimir Putin has clearly put his bombs where his mouth is: Aleppo, Syria's biggest city and the most important one outside of Damascus, is on the way to falling to Assad, thanks to a firestorm of Russian attacks from the air. Show More Summary

Syrians Desperate to Escape What U.N. Calls ‘Extermination’ by Government

2 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

A new United Nations report accuses the government of President Bashar al-Assad of “inhuman actions” against Syrian civilians.

Truth Time for Obama: Defeat Daesh With Russia's Help or Try to Oust Assad

The Obama administration can no longer sit on two chairs when it comes to Syria: Washington will either have to join forces with Moscow and Damascus in their anti-Daesh efforts or will have to commit to ousting Bashar al-Assad, as Turkey and Saudi Arabia have long advocated, editor and critic Patrick Smith wrote for The Fiscal Times.

Erdogan Forfeits EU Relations for Overtures With 'Long Indulged' Radicals

Ankara has long made overtures to radical Islamists battling against Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and now has to face the consequences of its reckless policies.

Syrian President Assad's Mother Dies At 86

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's mother, Anisa Makhlouf, has died at the age of 86, Syrian state media said on Saturday. Makhlouf was married to the late president Hafez al-Assad, who ruled Syria from 1971 until his death in 2000. Show More Summary

Syrian President Assad's mother dies aged 86: state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's mother, Anisa Makhlouf, has died at the age of 86, Syrian state media said on Saturday.

The Goals of Washington and Moscow in the Syrian War

Russia is not hiding its goals in its Syrian war, and is not ambiguous about its alliance with Iran, Iranian-backed militias, and the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Moscow decided from the outset that the war in Syria is a Russian war on "Islamic terrorism," and will not stop until it declares victory. Show More Summary

Is This Game Over For Assad’s Enemies?

2 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

If Aleppo falls, the Syrian war could quickly turn in President Bashar al-Assads favorand spell the end for the rebel bid for freedom.

Russian Airstrikes Delivering Aleppo to Assad

In 100 days since entering the Syrian battlefield, Russia may have turned the tide in favor of its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The coalition of rebels backed by the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Turkey is in disarray as Russian airstrikes establish new facts on the ground. Show More Summary

Russia just helped the Assad regime accomplish 'in a few days what it had failed to do over 3 years'

Over the past week, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seized several villages north of Aleppo, the country's largest city and one of the last remaining strongholds of Syria's non-jihadist rebels, in a development that threatens...Show More Summary

What really stands in the way of a negotiated end to Syria’s war?

In Geneva, the High National Committee — which opposes the Syrian regime — is meeting with a United Nations envoy and a delegation representing the government of President Bashar al-Assad with the hope that a peaceful settlement of the Syrian civil war can be reached. Unfortunately, this is unlikely. Indeed, the talks have already been […]

Britain says Russia trying to carve out mini-state for Assad in Syria

ROME (Reuters) - Britain said on Tuesday Russia could be trying to carve out an Alawite mini-state in Syria for its ally President Bashar al-Assad by bombing his opponents instead of fighting Islamic State militants.

Syrian Opposition compares Putin and Assad to Hitler at Geneva peace talks

The gulf between the opposing sides in Syria’s brutal five year civil war has been highlighted by spokesman for the main Syrian opposition Salem al-Mislet, who has compared Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin to the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler at the Geneva peace talks. Calling the Syrian and Russian leaders ‘Hitlers’ in their respective capitals, […]

Putin is fanning Syrian civil war, Britain's Hammond says

ZAATARI, Jordan (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is undermining international efforts to end the Syrian civil war by bombing opponents of Islamic State in an attempt to bolster Bashar al-Assad, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday.

Blasts In Damascus Kill At Least 45; Islamic State Claims Responsibility

last weekNews : The Two-Way

A car bomb and two suicide bombs struck near a shrine revered by Shiite Muslims on Sunday. Groups aligned with Bashar al-Assad often use the defense of the shrine as a rallying cry for recruits.

Syrian opposition threatens withdrawal from peace talks

The umbrella body comprising Syria’s principal mainstream opposition groups threatened Saturday to withdraw from peace talks shortly after its delegation arrived in Geneva if the “crimes” of Bashar al-Assad’s regime persisted. “If the...Show More Summary

Iran pressuring Afghans to fight in Syria, says report

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards has been recruiting Afghans, some by coercion, to fight in militias supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Friday. In the summer of 2013, Ahmad’s cousins informed him that they had received an offer from Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards Corp they could not […]

Washington's Softening Stance on Assad Worries Hardline Syrian Opposition

Ahead of the Geneva talks Syrian opposition groups are expressing doubts regarding Washington's influence over Syrian matters and its determination to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Why Syrian Peace Talks Might Collapse Before They Even Begin

While politicians around the world are focused on ISIS and the threat of Syrian-based terrorism, the fight between the government of Bashar al-Assad and Syria's rebel groups has continued apace, killing thousands of civilians and drawing major powers further into the fight. Show More Summary

Russia holds the 'highest value card' in Syria — and is nowhere near ready to play it

Two Western intelligence sources told The Financial Times last week that Russia sent an envoy to Syria late last year to ask President Bashar al-Assad to step down, raising questions about whether Moscow's support for the embattled leader...Show More Summary

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