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President Bashar Assad Offers Amnesty For Syrian Rebels Who Lay Down Arms

BEIRUT, July 28 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered an amnesty on Thursday for rebels who lay down their arms and surrender to authorities within three months. The amnesty offer, announced on state media, came as pro-government...Show More Summary

Assad offers amnesty for Syria rebels who lay down arms

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered an amnesty on Thursday for rebels who lay down their arms and surrender to authorities within three months.

How A Senator Grayson Could Help Stop Michele Flournoy's New Syria War

On June 20, Defense One reported that Michele Flournoy, whom it described as "the woman expected to run the Pentagon under Hillary Clinton," said she would "direct U.S. troops to push President Bashar al-Assad's forces out of southern...Show More Summary

Seeing no future, deserters and draft-dodgers flee Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Nasser lifts another cigarette to his mouth with a scarred left hand, chain smoking and watching action films on a grainy TV at his friend's flat in a Beirut suburb. Since deserting President Bashar al-Assad's army he mostly avoids venturing outdoors.

UK's Johnson says Russia must join push to oust Syria's Assad

LONDON (Reuters) - New British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on Tuesday for Russia and other states to demand Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down as he prepared for his first meeting with Western counterparts on Syria's intractable civil war.

French Senators No Longer Back Immediate Resignation of Assad

Following the terrorist attack in Nice on July 14 which left at least 84 people dead, France is considering closer cooperation with Russia and no longer insisting on the immediate resignation of Bashar al-Assad as president of Syria, according to Izvestia newspaper.

Syrian Forces Loyal to al-Assad Close in on Rebel-Held Aleppo

Syria's army and allied militia fighters seized the only road into the rebel-held part of Aleppo on Sunday, tightening a siege around opposition areas of the northern city, which President Bashar al-Assad has pledged to recapture. Aleppo...Show More Summary

Assad supporters in Syria celebrate the Turkish coup

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad celebrated on Saturday after the Turkish army said it was seizing power from President Tayyip Erdogan, while Syrian rebels said the loss of a main regional backer would be a major blow to their struggle. The government in Damascus has accused Erdogan, who said the coup would fail, of […]

What Really Happened in Syria

Exclusive: The U.S. government blames the Syrian civil war almost entirely on Bashar al-Assad – and some progressives have bought into that propaganda narrative – but there is another side of the story, as Daniel Lazare describes. By Daniel Lazare How did Syria…Read more ?

The long, racist history of Brexiteer Boris Johnson, the new UK Foreign Secretary

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The BBC rounds up some of Boris Johnson's on-the-record "gaffes" (which is to say, unforgivable racist garbage), from calling African people "piccaninnies" to praising Bashar Al-Assad. (more…)

Assad must go before Syria can change, says Turkish PM Yildirim

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim reiterated that Turkey’s Syrian policy will not change while Bashar al-Assad remains in power in comments broadcast Thursday. In an interview with the BBC’s HARDtalk program, the prime minister reacted to speculation that Ankara was prepared to soften its stance on Assad leaving to bring the civil war to an […]

Syria's Assad says Putin has not talked about political transition

(Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview broadcast on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has never talked to him about leaving power, despite pressure from Washington for Assad to step down.

Shifting Allegiances: Did Turkey Just Give Up on Toppling Assad?

In what appears to be a major reversal, the Turkish government has issued a call for improved relations between Iraq and the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah training Afghan snipers to fight for Assad

Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah movement has been providing advanced sniper training to Afghans fighting for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, reports an Iranian news service. According to the Iranian pro-state Tasnim news agency, hundreds of Afghan snipers recently concluded a comprehensive advanced shooting training. Show More Summary

Marie Colvin: Assad Regime 'Knew Exactly Where She Was'

The family of Marie Colvin on Saturday filed a lawsuit against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on accusations that his forces tracked and assassinated the foreign correspondent in the northern city of Homs four years ago. They...Show More Summary

Assad tells EU delegation West's actions in Syria cause terror in Europe

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a visiting group of European parliamentarians on Sunday that western governments' support for opposition groups in Syria caused terrorism in Europe.

This giant, hairy Iranian bodybuilder wants to fight ISIS in Syria

3 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

An Iranian weightlifter who rose to Internet stardom from social media has announced this week that he plans to travel to Syria to fight the Islamic State alongside the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Sajad Gharibi, nicknamed the Iranian Hulk, revealed his plan to join other Iranian forces fighting in Syria in a video clip to his 148,000 Instagram […]

The US and Russia may have just sealed Al Qaeda's fate in Syria

Al Qaeda has thrived in Syria thanks to the continued political survival of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Washington's failure to adequately support the revolution's more moderate opposition groups, Syria expert Charles Lister...Show More Summary

Syrians Peacefully Resist The Rule Of Extremist Groups

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

ISTANBUL – Following the start of the U.S. and Russia-brokered ceasefire in February, civilians across the country took to the streets en masse to protest against President Bashar al-Assad’s government for the first time since the start...Show More Summary

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