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Assad, Putin and the carnage in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad could now be on the verge of doing what was unthinkable just months ago — crushing rebel forces and claiming victory. The Syrian rebel stronghold in Aleppo is teetering under intense assault by Russian warplanes, Iranian militias and Syrian government troops. The government...

If History Is A Lesson, Aleppo Faces A Grim Future Under Siege

13 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

The rebel-held Syrian city of Aleppo is close to being completely encircled after forces in support of President Bashar Assad's regime seized key areas to its north this month. Heavily supported by Russian airstrikes, government soldiers...Show More Summary

A new UN report 'shatters' one of the biggest myths about Syria and Assad

A UN report detailing the "massive and systematized" violence perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against his own people "shatters the notion that the regime is somehow a lesser evil" than the Islamic State. That is according...Show More Summary

Only Russia, Iran Legitimately Fight Daesh in Syria - Moscow

The US-led coalition against Daesh has neither a UN sanction nor Syria's invitation to wage war on its territory whereas Russia started its operation at the request of President Bashar Assad.

Syria's Assad's Mother Dies at the Age of 86 - Reports

Aneesa Makhlouf, the mother of Syrian President Bashar Assad, died at the age of 86, state media reported.

Syrian President Assad's Mother Dies At 86

4 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.

Ted Cruz Loses His Cool With A Voter Who Actually Challenges Him On Syria

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

SALEM, N.H. -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday got into a heated exchange with a voter who accused him of supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad. "I came from New Jersey to ask this question because it's so important to me," said...Show More Summary

Is This Game Over For Assad’s Enemies?

5 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

Syrian Government Closes in on Southern City of Daraa

Daraa was the scene of some of the first protests against President Bashar Assad in 2011

Compared to Washington's Regional Allies, Assad Looks Positively Angelic

Syrian political scientist Bassam Abu Abdullah argues that it is the height of cynicism for Western leaders and the media to call Syrian President Bashar Assad a dictator, suggesting that they should take a good look at their allies in the neighborhood before making such accusations.

Russian Airstrikes Near Aleppo Complicating Syria Peace Talks

Sawsan Chebli, a deputy spokeswoman for the German Foreign Office urged the Russian government to back the peace process in Syria and put pressure on the administration of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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.

Syria peace talks get off to rocky start in Geneva

Long-awaited Syria peace talks got off to a rocky start Friday, as officials of President Bashar Assad’s government arrived at United Nations headquarters amid a persistent lack of clarity about who would represent opposition forces. A Saudi Arabia-backed opposition faction, the High Negotiations...

No Meeting Held Between Putin, Syrian Defense Chief - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin did not meet with Syrian Defense Minister Fahd Jassem Freij during his visit in Moscow and there has been no talks on a possible meeting with Syrian leader Bashar Assad, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

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.

Moscow Did Not Suggest Syria's Assad to Resign or Promise Asylum - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister said that Russia did not try to convince Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign and did not promise him asylum.

Syrian government official rules out any concessions in upcoming peace talks

The Syrian government will not make any new concessions in future peace talks at a time when the Syrian army is making progress in different parts of the country, a senior official in President Bashar Assad’s ruling Baath party said in remarks published Sunday. Hilal al-Hilal’s comments come ahead of scheduled peace talks in Geneva […]

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