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Don’t let Obama’s first-term advisers off the hook on Iran

While the concessions in the P5+1 talks pile up, the relationship with Israel frays to the breaking point, the Islamic State still occupies a good chunk of two countries as Iran forces take up positions in Iraq, Bashar al-Assad remains in power in Syria with the death toll climbing, and Saudi Arabia is leading a […]

Islamic State expands in Damascus, al Qaeda vows sharia for city

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters seized most of a Palestinian camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, nearing President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power.

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad Says Media Is Responsible For 'Malicious Propaganda'

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Earlier this year, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons found "with a high degree of confidence" that chlorine gas had been used in Northern Syria in 2014. President Bashar al-Assad has chosen to fight the allegations...Show More Summary

Not bashing Bashar

(Scott Johnson) Charlie Rose interviewed Bashar al-Assad last week. 60 Minutes broadcast a portion of the interview last night (video below, transcript here). Rose reported that the interview was conducted “under the conditions thatShow More Summary

Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of...

Syria gets Russian arms under deals signed since conflict began: Assad

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is supplying weapons to Damascus under contracts completed since the conflict in Syria began in 2011, as well as under earlier deals, President Bashar al-Assad said.

Syria's Assad says Islamic State has expanded since start of U.S. air strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group.

Charlie Rose Grills Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: When Will You ‘Give Up Power?’

2 days agoNews : Mediaite

Four years after President Barack Obama declared that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must give up his power, the leader still remains firmly in power, albeit in the midst of a brutal civil war that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives. Show More Summary

Watching Richard III With Bashar al-Assad

Last year Brooklyn Brewery launched an i nterview series at their brewhouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in conjunction with RISC, a nonprofit that offers instruction on life-saving skills for freelance war journalists. The conversations were an instant hit. For its second season, Slate partnered with the brewery to film the series. Show More Summary

Syria "Welcomes" Larger Russia Presence

Following Vladimir Putin's demands for an "immediate cessation of military activities" in Yemen, AFP reports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's comment during a recent interview that "with complete confidence that we welcome any widening...Show More Summary

Syria's Assad calls chlorine allegations 'malicious propaganda': CBS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad of Syria dismissed as "malicious propaganda" allegations that his troops used chlorine gas in the fight against insurgent rebels, according to an interview broadcast on Friday on CBS "This Morning."

Syria's Assad says West wants to weaken Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of trying to weaken Russia by turning Ukraine into a puppet state, a tactic he said had also been used against his own country.

Syria's Assad says open to dialogue with U.S.: CBS interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is open to having a dialogue with the United States, but there can be no "pressuring of the sovereignty" of his country, he said in an excerpt of an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired on Thursday.

Charlie Rose Lands Another Bashar al-Assad Interview

“CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose won a Peabody Award back in 2013 when he interviewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Rose gets another chance, interviewing al-Assad in Damascus for this Sunday’s “60 Minutes.” Excerpts fromShow More Summary

Syria's Assad urges united front with Iraq against terrorism: state media

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called on Tuesday during talks with Iraq's foreign minister in Damascus for a united front with Baghdad in tackling terrorism as the two countries battle Islamic State militants on their territory.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Meets Syria's Assad in Damascus

Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday to deliberate ways to combat militant groups during the first visit by Baghdad official since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.

Assad has no role in Syria’s future, says British FM

Visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Monday said there is no chance for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to have a role in the future of Syria, according to local Al Arabiya news. Hammond, who is on a visit to Saudi Arabia, told the press that his country supports moderate Syrian opposition and efforts to […]

US Investigates Reports of Alleged Chemical Weapon Use by Assad Regime

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that if Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime used chlorine gas, the international community must condemn it.

Blog: Syria anniversary shows need for more news outlets to step up

It started as a street protest against President Bashar al-Assad. Ordinary citizens took out their smart phones to record the demonstrations that quickly spread. Four years and 220,000 dead later, the Syrian civil war is still raging, although the numbers of 'citizen' and professional journalists on hand to document...

Syria air defence shoots down US drone: state media

Syria’s military has shot down a US drone over the coastal province of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad, state media said on Tuesday. “Syrian air defences brought down a hostile US surveillance aircraft over north Latakia,” the official […]

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