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Russia Signs Deal for Syria Bases; Turkey Appears to Accept Assad

yesterdayNews : NYTimes: News

Russia showed its intent to greatly expand its military presence in Syria, and Turkey seemed to soften its opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.

No longer 'realistic' to exclude Assad from Syria deal: Turkey

Turkey said on Friday it was no longer "realistic" to insist on a solution to the Syria conflict without President Bashar al-Assad. "We have to be pragmatic, realistic. The facts on the ground have changed dramatically," Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek told a panel on Syria at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Show More Summary

Islamic State steps up oil, gas sales to Assad regime, its largest source of funds

By  BENOIT FAUCON and AHMED AL OMRAN Islamic State has ramped up sales of oil and gas to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. and European officials said, providing vital fuel to the government in return for desperately needed cash. The regime’s purchases are helping sustain Islamic State amid unprecedented military pressure on the militant group in […]

Syria's Assad says Astana talks will focus on ceasefire

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week will focus on enforcing a cessation of hostilities to allow aid access across the country. "I believe that they will focus, in the beginning, and will...Show More Summary

Syria's Assad hopes for 'reconciliation' deals from Astana talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he believed Russian-backed peace talks in Kazakhstan aimed to produce local "reconciliation" agreements with rebel groups whereby they would give up their weapons and receive a government pardon.

Assad Linked To Syrian Chemical Attacks For First Time

n" style="transform: translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px);">International investigators have said for the first time that they suspect President Bashar al-Assad and his brother are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict,...Show More Summary

Exclusive: Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time

(Reuters) - International investigators have said for the first time that they suspect President Bashar al-Assad and his brother are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Turkey says united, peaceful Syria impossible with Assad

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey still believes a united and peaceful Syria is impossible with President Bashar al-Assad but wants to proceed "step-by-step" and see the outcome of planned peace talks in Astana, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Friday.

Syria's Assad ready to negotiate with rebels

Syrian President Bashar Assad says he's prepared "to negotiate everything" at talks later this month.

Syria's Assad vows to retake key area near Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to retake an area that supplies Damascus with water and rejected any negotiations on his departure at upcoming talks in Kazakhstan. Millions of people have been without water for weeks after...Show More Summary

Syrian government ready to negotiate on 'everything', Assad says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his government is ready to negotiate on "everything" in proposed peace talks in Kazakhstan but said it was not yet clear who would represent the opposition and no date had been set.

Syria's Assad 'optimistic' on new peace talks: French MP

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad told visiting French lawmakers on Sunday that he was "optimistic" about new peace talks planned for later this month, a member of the delegation told AFP. Lawmaker Thierry Mariani said the Syrian president...Show More Summary

Assad tells French MPs he is ‘optimistic’ about peace talks

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad told visiting French lawmakers on Sunday that he was "optimistic" about new peace talks planned for later this month, a member of the delegation told French news agency AFP.

Russia Says It Is Starting To Draw Down Its Forces In Syria

2 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

Russia decisively entered the war in September 2015, and has been a major factor keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power. Its only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, will be first to go.

Russia says it starts Syrian drawdown with aircraft carrier

2 weeks agoNews : USAToday: News

Moscow has been a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad.        

Assad’s victory in Aleppo underscores his dependence on outsiders who will shape Syria’s future

Under different circumstances, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s capture of Aleppo would project an aura of invincibility. He has survived nearly six years of revolt. Instead, it has underscored his dependence on outside powers. Turkey, Iran, and Russia have tilted recent events in his favor, and it is those three players — and perhaps the incoming […]

Syria's Bashar Assad Tops Off Another Year Of Bloodshed With A Holiday Photoshoot

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Syrian President Bashar Assad is bringing a sixth consecutive year of horrifying conflict and carnage to a purportedly festive close at an orphanage just north of Damascus. Photos and video that the regime released on its official social...Show More Summary

Emptied East Aleppo Now Regime-Controlled, But Syria's Civil War Rages On

4 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

Evacuations of civilians and rebel fighters from east Aleppo finished on Thursday night, and forces supporting President Bashar Assad seized the enclave. But the rebels' surrender doesn't mean peace.

Aleppo sees shelling, air strikes again as Assad urges peace talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels shelled Aleppo and air strikes resumed around the city on Friday as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies said the insurgents' withdrawal from the city could pave the way toward a political solution for the country.

Syrian Army Retakes Complete Control of Aleppo in Victory for President Assad

last monthNews : Newsweek: US

The Syrian army said on Thursday that it had retaken complete control of Aleppo after the last rebel fighters were evacuated from the city, handing President Bashar al-Assad his biggest victory of the war. The army said it had brought "security and safety" to Aleppo, ending four years of rebel resistance in parts of the northern Syrian city. Show More Summary

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