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Britain says Syrian video footage exposes Assad barrel bomb lies

LONDON (Reuters) - Video footage of a barrel bomb being dropped by Syrian government forces shows President Bashar al-Assad's denial that they are being used is a lie, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Wednesday.

In another setback for Assad, rebels seize an army base in Syria’s idlib

Insurgents seized an army base in northwestern Syria from the military on Tuesday, compounding a series of setbacks for President Bashar al-Assad at the hands of rebel groups believed to have received extra backing from his regional enemies. The capture came as a top aide to Iran’s leader met Assad in Damascus and underlined firm […]

Top aide to Iran's leader meets Syria's Assad in gesture of support

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A top aide to Iran's leader met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday, Syrian state TV said, appearing to underline firm Iranian support for Damascus as it faces mounting pressure from insurgents in a four-year-old civil war.

Assad, under pressure, may need his friends more than ever

QALAMOUN MOUNTAINS, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - When Lebanon's Hezbollah first joined Syria's war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, its role was a closely guarded secret. Today, as Hezbollah plants its flag in land won from rebels north of Damascus, its role could hardly be more public.

US to Call Russia to Stop Syria’s Reported Use of Chlorine Bombs - Obama

The United States will reach out to countries like Russia to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad from reportedly using chorine in bombs because such a practice might have the same effect as chemical weapons, US President Barack Obama said at a press briefing.

Obama not drawing new red line on Syria chemical weapons use

CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he is not drawing a new red line on Syrian chemical weapons usage. Obama says the U.S. is working with international partners to investigate if Syrian President Bashar Assad's government is dropping chlorine bombs.

At Heart of Assad War Crimes Case: Smuggled Reports

Documents smuggled out of Syria over three years contain enough evidence to put President Bashar al-Assad and 24 senior officials in front of a war crimes tribunal, investigators say. The Commission for International Justice and Accountability, working with 50 Syrian investigators, managed to get its hands on half a million...

U.S. Says Assad Caught with Sarin Again

“The U.S. government was informed months ago that an international monitoring body found traces of chemical weapons that President Bashar al-Assad had promised to turn over, including sarin gas — a clear violation of the deal he struck with President [...]

ANALYSIS: A change of fortune for Assad government?

The increasing takeover of the Idlib province by the Syrian opposition has been labelled a major turning point in the current trajectory of Syria’s bloody civil war. Though President Bashar al-Assad and his government had appeared to be strengthening their position, there are now clear signs that the conflict could be about to turn against […]

Oops: Assad Kept Some Chemical Weapons

President Obama and President Putin’s first great nonproliferation triumph, Bashar Assad’s surrendering of hundreds of tons of chemical weapons, has not aged all that well: It offered Assad a boost in international legitimacy (temporarily,...Show More Summary

Turkey, Saudi Arabia agree on a new strategy to topple Assad

Casting aside U.S. concerns about aiding extremist groups, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have converged on an aggressive new strategy to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad. The two countries — one a democracy, the other a conservative kingdom — have for years been at odds over how to deal with Assad, their common enemy. But […]

Turkey Officials Confirm Pact With Saudi Arabia To Help Rebels Fighting Syria's Assad

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ISTANBUL (AP) — Casting aside U.S. concerns about aiding extremist groups, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have converged on an aggressive new strategy to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad. The two countries — one a democracy, the other a conservative kingdom — have for years been at odds over how to deal with Assad, their common enemy. Show More Summary

Syria's Assad says he's 'not worried' despite battlefield setbacks

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday he was “not worried” about battlefield setbacks and exhorted supporters to avoid succumbing to “frustration” as the Syrian conflict rages on without an end in sight.

Assad remains hopeful of winning, despite several defeats

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said Wednesday that setbacks are a normal part of any war and do not mean the conflict is lost, in his first comments after several regime defeats. “Today we are fighting a war, not a battle. War is not one battle, but a series of many battles,” he said during  a […]

U.N. ambassador on why Assad regime in Syria must end

ISIS and its allies are reportedly gaining more ground against Syria's army. Syrian President Bashar al Assad made a rare public appearance, saying there are gains and losses in any war. Charlie Rose spoke with Samantha Power, the American Ambassador to the United Nations, on his PBS program.

Syria's Assad: army to reinforce besieged troops in northwest

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday that army troops would head to the outskirts of an insurgent-held town to help besieged soldiers holed up on its outskirts, and justified recent army setbacks as part of normal warfare.

Rebels Backed by CIA Join al-Qaeda in Fight Against Assad in Syria

With the United States struggling to find capable “moderate” rebel forces that it can support in Syria, Washington has secretly started backing brigades that fight alongside al-Qaeda groups against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces...

Syrian rebels fight Syrian army near Assad heartland

AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamist rebels and Syrian army troops on Thursday were engaged in heavy fighting in Syria's northwestern Latakia province in areas close to President Bashar al Assad's ancestral home, the army and rebels said.

Demands for Assad's ouster fuel Syria bloodshed: Iran foreign minister

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Western and Arab demands for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have fueled years of unnecessary bloodshed as they have prevented negotiations on a political settlement, Iran's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Assad Denies Using Devastating Barrel Bombs by Gov’t Forces in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad dismissed allegations that the government helicopters dropped highly explosive barrel bombs on Syrian cities, killing hundreds of civilians.

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