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How ISIS unites Lebanon’s divided factions

Since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad started almost four years, the people of Lebanon have feared the conflict would creep across the 230-mile border they share with Syria, tipping a once war-ravaged nation back into internal bloodletting. Now both the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front […]

Syria's Assad agrees to truce in city of Aleppo, U.N. envoy says

The Syrian government of President Bashar Assad is willing to suspend bombardment of opposition-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo for six weeks as part of a renewed diplomatic push in the war-ravaged nation, according to the special United Nations envoy to Syria.

Children Placed in Cage Mimicking Burning of Jordanian Pilot as Anti-Assad Activists Ask Why West Has Forgotten Syrian Victims

Activists in Syria protesting against the government of President Bashar al Assad have released photos of young children inside a cage, mimicking the burning of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh at the hands of terror group ISIS. The demonstration is aimed at asking Westerners why they're outraged at ISIS but have forgotten the fate of Syria's children.

Syria: Are the US and Europe drifting towards a pro-Assad stance?

After popular protests broke out in Syria against the ruling regime headed by Bashar Assad in 2011, supporters of the president adopted a catch-cry. The slogan was seen scrawled on walls where the government had taken harsh punitiveShow More Summary

In Syrian War, Assad is part of the solution according to UN envoy

Any resolution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said Friday in the first such acknowledgement by the UN. “President Assad is part of the solution,” de Mistura told a joint press conference with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in Vienna. “I will […]

Bashar al-Assad: A Clever Sociopath

Daniel R. DePetris Security, Middle East As his recent string of interviews with western press illustrates, Assad is as clever as he is brutal. President Bashar al-Assad has been a busy man over the past several weeks.  In addition to...Show More Summary

Assad flashes arrogance and deception in BBC interview

In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad talks about the devastating civil war, the use of barrel bombs, the battle against Islamic State and al-Qaeda and relations with the US. Bashar al-Assad’s BBC interview may not have broken any new ground regarding what the Syrian leader […]

#NotBarrelBombs aims to set record straight as Assad brushes off accusations

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flat-out denied allegations that his administration had authorized the use of barrel bombs, calling the accusations a "childish story" in an interview with the BBC that aired on Tuesday. "We have bombs, missiles and bullets... Show More Summary

Assad: Syria's in the Loop on Anti-ISIS Airstrikes

Bashar al-Assad says his government is receiving messages from the US-led coalition about airstrikes against ISIS taking place in his country. In a BBC interview today, the Syrian president admits that there hasn't been direct cooperation, and the messages are coming from third parties—including Iraq—not the US itself....

I met Assad and he's still delusional

In recent weeks, Western governments have begun subtly shifting their positions on Syria. The Obama administration seems to have quietly dropped its demand that President Bashar al-Assad resign as a precondition of peace talks. Instead, reports suggest it has embraced proposals that would allow...

Why the U.S. Prefers Assad to ISIS in Syria

Aaron David Miller: The Obama administration is willing, at least for now, to accept Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a better alternative to the murderous jihadis who want to replace him.

Assad blames western leaders for Paris attack

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Western “shortsightedness” and “support for terrorism” in the revolt against his rule were to blame for last week`s attacks in Paris, state media reported Wednesday. In his first reaction to the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket which killed 17 people, Assad said he had repeatedly […]

Bashar Assad visits Syrian troops on New Year's Eve

Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare visit to the front line of his country’s civil war, spending New Year’s Eve with his troops.

Syrian president Assad makes rare public appearance on NYE

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited troops near Damascus on New Year’s Eve in a rare public appearance for the leader. Syrian state-run news agency SANA identified the location as Jobar, which is located on the outskirts of Damascus...Show More Summary

Lebanon arrests Baath cell involved in kidnapping Syrian opposition members

The Internal Security Forces, Intelligence Branch has arrested a Baath party cell which is allegedly involved in kidnaping Syrian opposition members and handing them over to the regime of president Bashar al Assad in Damascus, according to a Friday report by al-Mustaqbal daily. The group, which is headed by Majed Mansour, a Baath Party official […]

State Department Testimony: Rebels Cannot Defeat Assad

The Islamic State has gained momentum in both Syria and Iraq while allegedly "moderate" groups against President Bashar al-Assad in the former nation have suffered increasing setbacks. With the outlook dire, even the U.S. State Department is admitting that a military overthrow of Assad appears far from a viable reality. Show More Summary

Here's How Bashar Al-Assad Says He Explains The Syrian Civil War To His Kids

On November 28, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad granted a rare interview to The Full Paris Match. The interview is full of deflections and rationalizations from a defiant Assad, who at one point compared his role as president to being a captain of a ship. Show More Summary

ISIS launch offensive attack on strategic Syrian military base

Muslim militants pushed forward in their offensive on a major military air base in eastern Syria Friday capturing a nearby village in an attempt to take one of President Bashar Assad’s last outposts in a province that borders Iraq, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees say clashes […]

Syria's Assad downplays U.S. strikes on Islamic State

3 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The U.S.-led coalition’s more than 2-month-old air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria has not significantly altered the shape of the battlefield, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in interview excerpts published Wednesday.

Life in Assad’s Syria is great, tweets far-right British politician

3 months agoNews : BlogPost

Life under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is great,  if you believe the words of British far-right politician Nick Griffin. Wonders of www means I've been able to see highlights of England's great 26-17 thrashing of Aussies...Show More Summary

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