Tag: Assad

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate on Syria after US pullout

MOSCOW: Russia and Turkey on Saturday agreed to coordinate ground operations in Syria after last week’s shock announcement of a US military withdrawal, Moscow’s top...

For buoyant Assad, Syrian war enters tricky phase

    BEIRUT: President Bashar al-Assad's path to a final victory in the war in Syria is strewn with diplomatic landmines that will complicate his attempt...

Syria’s Assad set to recover Golan frontier as rebels surrender

  BEIRUT/AMMAN: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is set to recover control of the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights after rebel fighters in the area...

Israel warns Syrians away from frontier as Assad closes in

GOLAN HEIGHTS/BEIRUT: Dozens of Syrians approached the Israeli frontier on the Golan Heights on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary...

Syria’s Assad defies US, presses southwest assault

BEIRUT: Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war...

Syria’s Assad threatens to attack area under US-backed Kurds

BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar Assad threatened to attack a region held by US-backed Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, saying in an interview broadcast on...

Israeli defence minister tells Assad to ‘throw Iranians out’ of Syria

TEL AVIV: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to expel Iranian forces from his country, after Israeli air...

Russia will help defend Syrian sovereignty, Putin tells Assad

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in a new year’s greeting that Russia will continue supporting Syria’s efforts to...

‘Terrorist’ Assad cannot be part of Syria solution, warns Erdogan

TUNIS: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday a political solution to the Syrian conflict was impossible without the departure of Syrian President Bashar...

Syria’s Assad calls US-backed Kurdish fighters ‘traitors’

DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called US-backed Kurdish fighters "traitors" Monday, ramping up the rhetoric against the forces controlling more than a quarter of...

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

SOCHI: President Vladimir Putin said the Russian army had "saved Syria as a state" after meeting with leader Bashar al-Assad, as the Syrian government...

In new shift, France urges Syria transition without Assad

PARIS: Bashar al-Assad “cannot be the solution” for Syria after six years of conflict, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday, returning to a...

Negotiations underway to evacuate rebels from Syrian capital

DAMASCUS: Negotiations were under way on Sunday on evacuating insurgents and their families from two districts in Damascus, a Syrian military source on the...

Trump’s first real move on the Syrian chessboard

Within the span of one week, two successive events in Syria generated worldwide news and brought the Syrian armed conflict back to the front...

Trump is an American Assad

  As one looks out onto the world stage one can clearly identify the arrival of a new leading politics, one that replaces globalising neoliberalism...

Assad says Trump travel ban targets terrorists, not Syria’s people

  Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said President Donald Trump's ban on Syrians entering the United States targeted terrorists, not the Syrian people, appearing to defend...

Why do Europeans join ISIS?

Why do Europeans join ISIS or ISIL? That’s a question that keeps coming up and bewilders governments, intelligence agencies, and counter-terrorism experts alike. One of...