ARTICLES RELATING TO BASHAR ASSAD

Putin boasts about rising Russian arms sales

2017-03-22 19:56

President Vladimir Putin says Russia's arms sales abroad last year topped $15bn and is planning to expand its share of the global arms market.

Damascus ready for prisoner swap

2017-02-14 07:21

Syria's regime is ready to release detainees in exchange for hostages held by rebels ahead of peace talks in the Kazakh capital.

Syria army says Aleppo retaken

2016-12-22 22:27

The army says it has retaken full control of Syria's devastated second city Aleppo, scoring its biggest victory against opposition forces since the civil war erupted in 2011.

Egypt leader voices support for Syrian president's military

2016-11-23 13:24

Egypt's president has expressed support for Syrian President Bashar Assad's military in remarks likely to irk Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab allies who back Syrian rebels in the civil war.

US still in 'pursuit of peace' in Syria - Kerry

2016-10-04 16:47

US Secretary of State John Kerry has insisted that Washington is still seeking peace in Syria, but said it had dropped ceasefire talks with Russia because of "outrage' over Moscow's support for the regime.

Assad blames US for Syria truce collapse

2016-09-22 15:44

Syrian President Bashar Assad says US airstrikes on Syrian troops in the country's east were "definitely intentional" and blamed the US for the collapse of a ceasefire deal brokered with Russia.

UN Syria envoy hails 'significant drop in violence'

2016-09-13 22:01

The UN's Syria envoy has applauded a fall in violence through the first 24 hours of a fragile ceasefire but has said security concerns meant aid convoys had not yet deployed.

Dozens killed as Turkey ramps up Syria offensive

2016-08-28 20:28

Dozens of people have been killed in a Turkish bombardment in Syria as Ankara ramps up its unprecedented offensive inside the country against the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants.

'Crucial moment' in Syria peace talks

2016-07-11 19:11

The UN envoy for Syria says a 'crucial moment' had been reached in attempts to broker a political settlement to end a five year war.

First aid in years reaches Daraya

2016-06-10 15:41

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent says it has delivered aid to Daraya for the first time since Damascus came under siege.

 

Syrian rebels begin to leave Homs

2017-03-18 20:05

Scores of Syrian opposition fighters and their families have begun leaving the last rebel-held neighbourhood in the central city of Homs.

Syria's Assad ready to 'negotiate everything' with rebels

2017-01-09 16:25

Syrian President Bashar Assad has said he is prepared "to negotiate everything" at planned talks in Kazakhstan, seeking to cast himself as a peacemaker after his forces' recapture of Aleppo.

As Aleppo falls, Trump faces the test on Russia

2016-12-14 10:00

Aleppo's fall to Syrian government forces is shaping up as the first major test of President-elect Donald Trump's desire to cooperate with Russia, whose military support has proven pivotal in Syria's civil war.

Russian warship flotilla now off Syrian coast

2016-11-12 16:16

A flotilla of Russian warships is now in the eastern Mediterranean off the Syrian coast after being sent to reinforce Russia's military in the area.

Obama: Syria 'haunts me constantly'

2016-09-22 22:16

President Barack Obama has admitted his inability to end Syria's brutal civil war still haunts him, but insists his refusal to put his hand on the scales was the right choice.

Syria truce teeters after US-led raid kills troops

2016-09-18 16:34

Syria's ceasefire was hanging by a thread on Sunday, after tensions escalated between Moscow and Washington over a US-led coalition air strike that killed dozens of Syrian soldiers battling jihadists.

Kerry raises possibility of US approving strikes by Assad

2016-09-12 23:02

Secretary of State John Kerry is raising the possibility of the US and Russia approving airstrikes by Syrian President Bashar Assad's government as part of a new cease-fire.

Leaked proposal: US offering Russia military pact in Syria

2016-07-14 16:07

America is offering Russia a new military pact against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria, according to a leaked US proposal.

US should bomb Assad - dissident diplomat cable

2016-06-17 22:00

Dozens of US diplomats think America should launch military strikes against the Syrian government, according to a State Department document, breaking ranks with President Barack Obama's policy on the bloody civil war.

Syrian official rules out Assad departure

2016-04-13 22:05

A top Syrian official is urging the opposition to let go of its dream of easing President Bashar Assad out of power in a transitional government.

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