Bashar Al Assad

  • Syrian army kills 140 Islamic State fighters Yesterday

    Damascus: At least 140 fighters of the Islamic State (IS) were killed on Thursday in an ambush by the Syrian army near an airbase in al-Raqqa province, a media report said. The Syrian army ambushed the militants in the vicinity of al-Tabaqa airbase, which had been under attack by the Sunni...
  • Bashar al-Assad sworn in, vows to retake all Syria from rebels July 16, 2014

    Damascus: Bashar al-Assad was sworn in on Wednesday as Syria's president for a new term, after an election his opponents dismiss as a sham but his supporters say proves that a rebellion to unseat him has failed after three years of war. After taking the oath of office before a Koran...
  • Syria rebels recruit teenage fighters: HRW June 23, 2014

    Beirut: Human Rights Watch today urged Syrian rebel groups to stop enlisting teenagers in their ranks and warned their foreign backers that they could be implicated in "war crimes". The New York-based rights watchdog accused rebels of using "children as young as 15 to fight in battles" as they try to...
  • Mosul falls to militants, Iraqi forces flee northern city June 10, 2014

    Mosul: An al-Qaeda splinter group in Iraq seized control of the big northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, putting security forces to flight in a spectacular show of strength against the Shi'ite-led Baghdad government. The capture of the city of some two million by the Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • Assad's overwhelming win annoys West June 5, 2014

    Damascus : Incumbent Bashar al-Assad's victory in the Syrian presidential election has been met with much criticism from the country's opposition and the West, which dismissed the ballot as a "sham". Assad has won a third seven-year term by garnering an overwhelming 88.7 percent of the vote in the presidential election...
  • At least 162,000 killed in Syria conflict: Monitoring group May 19, 2014

    Beirut: At least 162,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year-old conflict, a monitoring group said on Monday, and thousands more are missing after being captured by President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels trying to overthrow him. The pro-opposition, British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that losses among fighters on...
  • Paul Danahar's 'The New Middle East' is an outcome of A-class research May 12, 2014

    Many countries of the Middle East have been on world radar since 2011. Dictators like Hosni Mubarak, Saddam Hussain, Gaddafi and Bashar-al-assad have been dethroned by their people and what they've left behind are countries in chaos, having millions of people who are constantly looking for their lost identities and...
  • 'The Syria Dilemma': The only flaw is essays aren't arranged April 9, 2014

    Simply put, there is no good option in Syria. Not only has the time passed for the international community to be able to effect an internal solution to the crisis inside the country, the geopolitical dynamics outside Syria are also changing at a rapid pace. So even if there was...
  • Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group March 8, 2014

    Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, official Saudi television reported citing a statement by the Interior Ministry. The kingdom has also designated Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, whose fighters are battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as terrorist organisations. Friday's move...
  • Syrian forces kill 83 in barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo February 3, 2014

    Syrian military helicopters dropped more improvised "barrel bombs" on the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, a monitoring group said, bringing the death toll to at least 83 people in the latest episode of a campaign that many consider a war crime. Most of the victims killed since Friday have been...
  • Syria talks end first round, government not committed to return February 1, 2014

    A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days. Darkening the atmosphere further, the United States and Russia clashed over the pace...
  • Syria talks bring offer of exit from siege of Homs January 27, 2014

    The Syrian government said women and children could leave the besieged rebel city of Homs on Sunday as negotiators from the warring sides discussed humanitarian gestures on a second day of face-to-face talks in Geneva. Government and opposition delegates also spoke of releasing prisoners and enabling access for aid convoys during...
  • No headway in three year Syrian crisis at UN peace conference January 23, 2014

    Talks to try and resolve the three year Syrian crisis have made no headway at the UN peace conference in Montreux. The country's government and opposition remain hostile over President Bashar Al Assad's future. The Syrian government and opposition met for the first time at the UN conference. Western countries...
  • Syria death toll nearly 1,26,000: monitoring group December 3, 2013

    Beirut: The death toll in Syria's civil war has risen to at least 125,835, more than a third of them civilians, but the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday. The pro-opposition monitoring group also appealed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and...
  • Beirut: Suicide blasts near Iran embassy kills 23 November 19, 2013

    Beirut: Twin suicide bombings struck outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attaché, and wounding dozens more in one of the worst bombings to target the predominantly Shiite area in southern Beirut. The mid-morning blasts hit the upscale neighborhood of Janah,...
  • Syria meets deadline to destroy chemical production facilities November 1, 2013

    Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament programme, the international chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which won the Nobel Peace prize this month, said its...
  • Suicide bomber kills 31 in Syria's Hama - state media October 21, 2013

    A suicide bomber driving a truck packed with 1.5 tonnes of explosives killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens in the Syrian city of Hama on Sunday, state media and a monitoring group reported. The man blew himself up inside the vehicle on a busy road on the outskirts of...
  • Freed Lebanese, Turkish hostages fly home after deal October 21, 2013

    Beirut/Istanbul: Two kidnapped Turkish pilots arrived in Istanbul after leaving Lebanon on Saturday and nine Lebanese hostages freed from Syria landed in Beirut, completing a hostage exchange after months of uncertainty. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan greeted the Turkish Airlines pilots on the tarmac as they disembarked from a Qatar Airways jet...
  • Removal of Syrian chemical weapons begins October 7, 2013

    International experts began overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal on Sunday, said an official from the mission that has averted a US strike but could rob President Bashar al-Assad of his most feared weapon. The process is being conducted amid a civil war in which 120,000 people have been...
  • Russian advocacy group nominates Vladimir Putin for Nobel Peace Prize October 2, 2013

    President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by a Russian advocacy group for his key role in preventing a US missile strike on Syria and initiatives to dismantle Damascus' chemical weapons. The International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation Among the Nations of the World has...
  • Syria will respect UN chemical weapons accords, says Bashar al-Assad September 30, 2013

    Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons, President Bashar al-Assad told Italian television station RaiNews24 on Sunday. "We joined the international agreement against the acquisition and use of chemical weapons even before this resolution was passed," he said when asked if Syria would comply with Friday's UN resolution. The UN...
  • UNSC adopts resolution on Syria, demands elimination of chemical arms September 28, 2013

    The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government if it does not comply. The unanimous vote by the 15-member Security Council ended weeks of intense diplomacy between Russia and...
  • Western envoys say countries agreed on UNSC resolution on Syria, Russia denies it September 26, 2013

    Envoys from the United States, Russia, France, China and Britain have come to an agreement on the core of a UN Security Council resolution to get rid of Syria's chemical weapons, three Western diplomats said on Wednesday, but Russia denied such an accord had been reached and insisted work was...
  • Syria discloses some details of its chemical arsenal to arms watchdog, more to come September 21, 2013

    Syria gave details of some of its chemical weapons to a UN-backed arms watchdog at The Hague on Friday but needs to fill in gaps by next week to launch a rapid disarmament operation that may avert US air strikes. At the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the agency...
  • Want us to dispose chemical weapons? Pay $1 billion dollar and take it: Bashar al-Assad September 19, 2013

    President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday it would cost about $1 billion to get rid of Syria's chemical weapons under a US-Russian deal reached last week. In an interview on the Fox News television channel, Assad said his government would dispose of its chemical weapons arsenal and it would take about...
  • Clashes continue unabated in Syria ahead of talks at the United Nations September 18, 2013

    Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held areas and clashes between militants and government forces continued unabated on Wednesday, residents and opposition groups said, while key powers met to forge a deal that would eliminate Syrian chemical weapons. Activists said President Bashar al-Assad's air force hit the neighbourhood of Berze, a northeastern part of...
  • UN report on Syria attack preconceived, political, says Russia September 18, 2013

    Russia denounced UN investigators' findings on a poison gas attack in Syria as preconceived and tainted by politics on Wednesday, stepping up its criticism of a report Western nations said proved President Bashar al-Assad's forces were responsible. Russia, which has veto power in the Security Council, could cite such doubts about...
  • West can't force its will on us, says Syria September 17, 2013

    Syria's foreign ministry on Tuesday said talks about the political and constitutional legitimacy in Syria is an "exclusive" right of the Syrian people. In a statement carried by the state-run SANA news agency, the ministry said the US and its allies cannot force their will on the Syrian people, Xinhua reported. "In...
  • Turkish warplanes shoot down Syrian helicopter for entering its airspace September 17, 2013

    Turkey said its warplanes shot down a Syrian helicopter on Monday after it crossed into Turkish airspace and the government warned it had taken all necessary measures to defend itself against any further such violations. Turkey scrambled two F-16 jets along the border between its southern Hatay province and Syria after...
  • Chemical weapons deal a victory, says Syrian official September 16, 2013

    A high-ranking Syrian official called the US-Russian agreement on securing Syria's chemical weapons a "victory" for President Bashar Assad's regime, but the US warned on Sunday "the threat of force is real" if Damascus fails to carry out the plan. The comments by Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation Ali Haidar to...