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US Dissenting Diplomats Urge Military Action to Change Assad ‘Calculus’

US diplomats calling for a more aggressive policy in Syria believe that military strikes would alter President Bashar Assad’s calculations with respect to leaving office, former senior advisor to the US Under Secretary of State Michael Schneider told Sputnik.

Assad tasks minister with forming new government: Syria state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad tasked Electricity Minister Emad Khamis with forming a new government on Wednesday, state news agency SANA reported, without giving an immediate reason for the formation of a new cabinet.

Syria's Assad Tasks Energy Minister With Forming New Government

Syrian President Bashar Assad has tasked the country’s electricity minister to form a new government, the state SANA news agency reported Wednesday.

Trolling For War With Russia

Submitted by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org, Some 50 State Department officials have signed a memo calling on President Obama to launch air and missile strikes on the Damascus regime of Bashar Assad. A “judicious use of stand-offShow More Summary

The State Department's Syria revolt could have one important effect in the Middle East

A dissent cable signed by 51 mid- to high-level State Department officials calling for US airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad is unlikely to spur a military incursion into Syria in President Barack Obama's last months in...Show More Summary

Oops! Biden Refers to Syria’s Bashar Assad as 'Saddam' in Freudian Slip

US Vice President Joe Biden called Syrian President Bashar Assad "Saddam" in a mistaken reference to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein during an interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose.

Assad discusses 'military cooperation' with Russian MoD

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu meets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during unannounced visit to Damascus.

U.S. State Department revolt shakes up Washington but unlikely to shift Syria policy

State Department officials shook up America’s generally obedient diplomatic establishment this week with an internal memo urging U.S. military action against Syria’s government with the goal of pressing President Bashar Assad to accept a cease-fire and gaining the upper hand on him in future talks on a political transition. Reasons abound for why an intervention […]

Russia's defense minister visits Syria and meets with President Bashar Assad

Russia's defense minister visited Syria on Saturday to meet the country's leader and inspect the Russian air base there, a high-profile trip intended to underline Moscow's role in the region.  Sergei Shoigu met with President Bashar Assad in Damascus for talks that focused on cooperation between...

Russian MoD, Syrian President Discuss Plans In Fight Against Terrorism

Bashar Assad and Sergei Shoigu discussed on Saturday counterterrorism cooperation.

Russian Defense Minister, Syrian President Discuss Anti-Terror Cooperation

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad to discuss cooperation in the fight against terrorist groups in Syria.

Assad Turns on ISIS in a Last-Ditch Bid for Legitimacy

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This article first appeared on the Atlantic Council site. Several recent events in Syria suggest that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies are changing their strategy to focus on retaking more land from the Islamic State militant...Show More Summary

Moscow warns Washington against striking Assad’s forces

The Kremlin has strongly warned Washington against striking Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces, saying it would fuel turmoil across the entire region. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that an attempt to topple Assad’s government “wouldn’t help a successful fight against terrorism and could plunge the region into total chaos.” Peskov made the […]

State Dept: ‘No Plans’ to Make Public Memo Urging Strikes on Syrian Gov't

US Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said that the department has no plans to make public an internal memo calling for the United States to take military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

Why US Diplomats Urge Obama to Fight Assad Instead of Daesh in Syria

Barack Obama has come under heavy criticism from a group of US State Department diplomats for being too focused on the war against Daesh instead of cracking down on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. So, will the diplomats' memo affect the US foreign policy in Syria?

Diplomats pressure Obama administration to change Syria policy

CBS News' Margaret Brennan is at the White House, where the Obama administration is being pressured into adopting a stronger military policy toward Syrian President Bashar Assad

Next Geneva Talks’ Agenda to Include Proposal on 5 Assad's Deputies

The idea of appointing five deputies for Syrian President Bashar Assad will be dicussed on the next round of talks on the Syrian settlement in Geneva.

US Diplomats Used Memo to Compel Russia to Work With Them on Assad

An internal memo on Syria advocating for military strikes against President Bashar Assad's forces, signed by dozens of US diplomats, is a way to force Moscow to cooperate with the US leadership regarding the future of Assad as the Syrian leader, a source in the Syrian opposition told Sputnik Friday.

Kerry Calls Diplomatic Memo Urging War Against Assad 'Important Statement'

US Secretary of State John Kerry called a letter signed by dozens of US diplomats, urging Washington to carry out military action against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad "an important statement," media reported on Friday.

U.S. Diplomats Urge Obama to Target Assad’s Forces in Syria

Dozens of U.S. diplomats have urged President Barack Obama to consider targeted strikes against Bashar Al-Assad’s forces in Syria, claiming the Syrian president has consistently violated a purported ceasefire in the war-torn country. A...Show More Summary

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