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In Bombing ISIS in Syria, Australia Could End Up Helping Assad

Rodger Shanahan | Posted 08.31.2015 | World
Rodger Shanahan

According to the defense minister, Australia will somehow be able to bomb ISIS targets in eastern Syria without becoming involved in the broader Syrian conflict.

Assad: ISIS Gaining Recruits Since U.S.-Led Air Strikes Began

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of t...

Syria's Bashar Al-Assad Meets With French Lawmakers

Reuters | Posted 04.27.2015 | World

(Adds opposition member released) DAMASCUS, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met on Wednesday with French parliamen...

West Tells Opposition Syria's Assad May Stay

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2014 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Western nations have indicated to the Syrian opposition that peace talks next month m...

Damascus Remains Firm: Assad Will Stay

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met U.S. and Russian officials on Tuesday to discuss convening lo...

Assad Meets With UN Envoy As Peace Talks Falter

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 30 (Reuters) - United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in the Syrian capital Damascus in an effo...

Assad Makes Rare Public Appearance

Agence France Presse | | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad prayed at a Damascus mosque early on Tuesday morning as Muslims marked the Eid al-Adha holiday, state media said.Stat...

Assad Jokes He Should Have Won Nobel Prize

Posted 10.14.2013 | World

A good joke can ease a world of tension. A bad one can amplify it. Syrian President Bashar Assad found that out when he decided to try out some new ma...

Syria Releases More Of Its Secrets

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Syria has given international experts additional details about its chemical we...

Obama and Syria: Damned If He Does, Damned If He Doesn't

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The president and his foreign policy team of advisers must now decide just what is the United States' foreign policy in Syria and throughout the Middle East: fostering the status quo and state sovereignty or regime changes based on OUR concepts of democracy?

Syria's New Friend in Cairo

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Egypt's emboldened interim-government has embarked on a dramatic new path, which includes a restoration of Egyptian-Syrian relations. The growing Egyptian-Syrian partnership has potential to significantly alter the Middle East's balance of power when the conflicts in both countries finally resolve.

Kerry: Syria's Chemical Weapons Controlled By Assad, 2 Others

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2013 | World

LONDON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that the control of chemical weapons in Syria was limited to President ...

REPORT: Assad May Not Have Authorized Chemical Attack

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2013 | World

BERLIN, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces may have carried out a chemical weapons attack close to Damascus without the personal permission o...

Bomblets of Death in Syria

Mary Wareham | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Mary Wareham

In the aftermath of the Syrian government's cluster bomb attacks, there have been further casualties, particularly from bomblets that didn't detonate during the attack but exploded later when handled.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Lawmakers: Constituents Are Completely Against Syria War | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress weighs whether to authorize President Barack Obama's plan for targeted strikes against Syria, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have...

Despite Delay, Syria Strike Can Still Hurt Assad

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2013 | World

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) - It would hardly be a surprise to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or his military if Am...

Obama Will Launch a Huge Propaganda Blitz -- And May Attack Syria Even If He Loses the Vote in Congress

Norman Solomon | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Hell hath no fury like war-makers scorned. Simmering rage will be palpable from political elites who do not want to see Congress set an unprecedented precedent: thwarting the will of a president who wants Pentagon firepower unleashed on another country.

Assad: Syria Crisis Can Only Be Solved 'With An Iron Fist'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 10.04.2013 | World

Syria's crisis will only be solved by stamping out "terror", President Bashar al-Assad said, in reference to rebels fighting his regime.In a rare spee...

The Widening Gyre in Syria

Amir Madani | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Amir Madani

The war in Syria is part of a broader geopolitical trend. Beyond the internal partie, regional and global players with different shades of policy and self-interest make this more than a civil war; it has become an increasingly widening world war, if still only by proxy.

Syrian General, 20 Soldiers Defect From Assad

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2013 | World

BEIRUT, March 16 (Reuters) - A brigadier general and about 20 soldiers defected from the Syrian army in two separate incidents on Saturday, activist...

Glass Houses in the Middle East

John Tirman | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
John Tirman

The numbers of civilians killed in Syria is appalling. But the contrast to another war is striking. The U.S. invasion of Iraq prompted a civil war that took the lives of civilians by the hundreds of thousands. Our concern for these civilians was noticeably less generous than it is for the Syrians.

Is Asma Assad Pregnant?

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.29.2013 | World

In a time when his kingdom's walls are crumbling amid a bloody civil war, Syrian President Bashar Assad may be looking to expand his empire in the one...

Russia Is Being Naughty, So Why Is Obama Being Nice?

Tom Andrews | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Tom Andrews

By doling out economic perks and trade deals to Russia -- even as people die in Syria -- the U.S. is sending precisely the wrong message at the worst possible time.

Syria: New Evidence Military Dropped Cluster Bombs

Human Rights Watch | Posted 12.14.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

New evidence has emerged that the Syrian air force has used cluster munitions in recent days. Many of the strikes were near the main highway that runs through Ma'arat al-Nu'man, the site of a confrontation between government and rebel forces this week.

Rebels Battle Assad Forces Along Border

Reuters | Posted 11.18.2012 | World

By Erika Solomon BEIRUT, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels battled government forces along the Turkish border on Tuesday in an attempt...