(BEIRUT) — Syrian troops pushed into a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border on Sunday, fighting house-to-house and bombing from the air as President Bashar Assad tried to strengthen his grip on a strategic strip of land running from the capital to the Mediterranean coast. Show More Summary
Qusair is a strategically important town that lies between Homs, where the Syrian uprising began two years ago, and the Lebanese border. If President Bashar Assad's troops – reportedly backed by Hezbollah fighters — regain the town, they would control an important route from the coast to the capital, Damascus.
President Bashar al-Assad has said he will not step down, as the conflict in Syria enters its third year. In an interview with Argentinian newspaper Clarin, he said ‘to resign would be to flee’.He also said US and Russian attempts at...Show More Summary
BEIRUT, Lebanon — In a rare interview published Saturday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed doubt about the likely success of planned peace talks between his government and opposition forces and said he has no intention of stepping down. In the interview, given to Argentina’s Clarin newspaper, the embattled leader also said he plans to run [...]
(BEIRUT) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a newspaper interview Saturday he won’t step down and will instead “face the storm,” raising new doubts about a U.S-Russian effort to get Assad and his opponents to negotiate an end to the country’s civil war. Show More Summary
The Syrian president also left no room for his departure. "The captain of a ship doesn't flee when faced with a storm," he said during an interview with an Argentine newspaper.
Syrian rebels were quoted by Al Arabyia as claiming that Syrian President Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons once again – in Damascus and in a town near the Turkish border.According to the report, citizens in the Al Asali district...Show More Summary
United States President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted yesterday that Bashar al-Assad must step down amid a flurry of moves to organise peace talks to end Syria’s bloody civil war. The two met in Washington as efforts to bring the Assad regime and the Syrian opposition together at an international [...]
The recent video of a Syrian rebel commander carving open the corpse of a fighter loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, removing several organs and biting into what appeared to be a lung shocked and revolted even the closest observers of Syria’s increasingly brutal civil war....
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Thursday that the U.S. and Turkey will keep ramping up pressure to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad from power, with his country's civil war having "wracked the region." At a news conference with Turkish...
The U.N. General Assembly condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and praised the opposition on Wednesday, but a decline in support for the resolution suggested growing unease about extremism among Syria's fractious rebels.While...Show More Summary
The U.N. General Assembly approved an Arab-backed resolution Wednesday calling for a political transition in Syria and strongly condemning President Bashar Assad’s regime for its escalating use of heavy weapons. The resolution, which is not legally binding, was adopted by a vote of 107-12 with 59 abstentions. Support was much lower than for the 193-member [...]
(UNITED NATIONS) — The U.N. General Assembly is expected to approve Wednesday an Arab-backed resolution calling for a political transition in Syria and strongly condemning President Bashar Assad‘s regime for its escalating use of heavy weapons, U.N. Show More Summary
A Syrian rebel leader who apparently took a bite from a soldier’s heart was today accused of committing a war crime by mutilating a body.A group loyal to president Bashar Assad, which published a video clip of the act on the internet,...Show More Summary
A Syrian opposition commander has accused Israel of colluding with Iran and Hezbollah in an effort to save the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Turkish news network Today’s Zaman reported on Sunday. Abdulkader Saleh, a commander in the al-Tawhid Brigade of the Free Syrian Army told Today’s Zaman that “Assad has protected Israel’s [...]
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his forces "are beginning to turn the tide of the country's war," The Washington Post's Liz Sly reported on Saturday from Beirut, explaining that Assad is "bolstered by a new strategy, the support...Show More Summary
The plan for U.S.-Russian peace conference marks a major step, the prime minister tells NPR. He believes that while Russian President Vladimir Putin still differs with the West over what to do about Syrian President Bashar Assad, there is agreement about the need for a peaceful transition.
Russia defended its sales of anti-aircraft systems to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, just days after joining forces with the U.S. for a new push to end Syria’s civil war through negotiations. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov avoided saying whether those sales included advanced S-300 batteries. Israel has asked Russia to cancel what [...]
Syria’s main opposition National Coalition on Wednesday said any political settlement to the country’s two-year-old conflict must start with President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster, implicitly rejecting a U.S.-Russian initiative for dialogue with the regime. Show More Summary
The new U.S.-Russia peace initiative for Syria will inevitably lead to the departure of President Bashar Assad, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Thursday, moving to reassure Syrian rebels and their allies that the Obama administration had not backed down on its insistence that Assad must go. “There is no way that anybody here [...]