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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

2 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

2 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

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Asks: After Assad, Then What?

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Tapped

  (AP Photo/SANA, File)  In this January 27, 2011, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, meets with Robert Ford, the new U.S. ambassador to Syria, in Damascus, Syria. D espite...Show More Summary

Assad regime cuts subsidies as Syria’s GDP falls to half prewar level

Syria’s economy is in a tailspin, and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is increasingly struggling to find resources to quash the four-year-old rebellion, analysts say. The government has had to scale back subsidies for citizens for goods ranging from water to heating oil over the last six months. That has angered Syrians, who already […]

Russia vowed to support Syria’s Assad

Russia said on Wednesday it would support President Bashar al-Assad to combat “terrorism” in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of the key contentious issues in the Syrian conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with Assad’s foreign minister, Walid al-Moualem, on the […]

Obama's Policy On Assad, In One Word

This week, President Barack Obama made his clearest remarks yet on his stance toward Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Liz Sly of the Washington Post tweeted the exchange: JOURNALIST: "Are you actively discussing ways to remove [Assad]...Show More Summary

Syria's Assad would consider U.N. cease-fire proposal for Aleppo

3 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that his government would consider a United Nations-backed proposal for a cease-fire in the embattled northern city of Aleppo, state media reported.

Syria’s Assad Says UN Truce Plan ‘Worth Studying’

Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Monday that the U.N. envoy’s proposal to implement a cease-fire in the embattled northern city of Aleppo was “worth studying.” The envoy, Staffan de Mistura, first raised the idea of small-scale, localized and negotiated truces in Syria at the United Nations in New York late last month. The proposal […]

How do Arab media write about Assad and Syria?

President Assad remains a sharply divisive figure for mainstream Arabic-language media Analysis Friday, November 7, 2014 - 3:10pm In recent years, President Bashar al Assad has rarely been able to count on much support form western media,...Show More Summary

Syria’s Alawites pay heavy price for war as they bury Assad’s soldiers

The posters announcing the deaths of Syrian soldiers are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous, forming impromptu murals of death that illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule. Show More Summary

Syria’s Assad makes rare public appearance at Eid prayers

4 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance on Saturday, attending prayers on the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday at a mosque in Damascus, state media said. State media and Assad’s official Twitter feed posted photos of the embattled president praying alongside the...

Syria’s Alawites protest against the Assad regime for first time

Member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect took to the streets in the city of Homs on Thursday to protest the horrific twin bombing at an elementary school. The protest was the first of its kind by members of the Alawite...Show More Summary

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