ISIS fighters advance in Aleppo outskirts – monitor

2015-10-09 14:12

ISIS fighters have captured several Syrian villages from rival insurgents near Aleppo, a monitoring group says, despite Russian air strikes that Moscow says have targeted the hardline group.

British PM urges Putin to change course in Syria

2015-10-04 21:06

British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "change direction" in Syria and recognise that its President Bashar al-Assad must be replaced.

Saudi Arabia insists Assad must go or be overthrown

2015-09-30 12:01

Syrian leader Bashar Assad must leave office or face being turfed out by force, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says, rejecting Russia’s bid to build support for its ally.

Obama says Assad must go, revs up coalition against ISIS

2015-09-30 08:43

US President Barack Obama says that Syrian leader Bashar Assad must go if ISIS is to be defeated, as he rallied world leaders to revitalise the coalition campaign against the jihadists.

France cautiously backs Putin call on Syria

2015-09-29 05:24

France has given cautious backing at the United Nations to a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin for a 'broad coalition' to fight ISIS in Syria.

Russia blasts 'modest' US anti-ISIS results

2015-09-16 20:00

Russia has lambasted the US-led coalition fighting ISIS jihadists for achieving "very modest" results as Washington frets over an alleged military build-up by Moscow in Syria.

Assad says only Syrian people can decide if he quits

2015-09-16 10:12

Syrian President Bashar Assad says he would only quit power if the Syrian people want him to and not under pressure from the West.

Assad's ousting not on - Russia

2015-08-17 22:02

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has insisted Moscow did not accept the departure of Syrian President Bashar Assad as a prerequisite for peace.

US to defend Syrian rebels with airpower

2015-08-03 14:34

The US has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the US military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashir Assad, US officials say.

Iran deal can hasten solutions

2015-08-02 23:07

Iran's president says his country's nuclear deal with the West would create better prospects for faster solutions in Syria and Yemen.


Turkey warns Russia after airspace violated

2015-10-05 16:16

Turkey has issues a sharp warning after a Russian warplane, apparently operating inside Syria, violated Turkish airspace.

Cameron: Russian military action in Syria a terrible mistake

2015-10-04 16:30

British Prime Minister David Cameron says that Vladimir Putin's decision to take military action in Syria to support Syrian President Basha Assad is a “terrible mistake”.

France opens war crimes inquiry against Assad regime

2015-09-30 10:22

French authorities have launched a probe into Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime for alleged war crimes, sources say, as world powers sparred at the UN over the embattled leader's fate.

Obama, Putin agree militaries to hold talks to avert conflicts in Syria

2015-09-29 08:28

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to direct their militaries to hold talks to avoid conflict over potential operations in Syria, a US official says.

Mistake not to co-operate with Assad against ISIS - Putin

2015-09-28 18:53

Russian President Vladimir Putin says it is a mistake not to co-operate with the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad to defeat ISIS.

Priority is defeating terrorism, says Assad

2015-09-16 15:20

Syrian President Bashar Assad says the refugee crisis now hitting Europe is a direct result of the West's support of "terrorists" in Syria.

ISIS hits Syria's Hasakeh

2015-09-14 18:03

At least 26 people including two children have been killed in twin car bomb attacks in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh.

Syria arrests relative of Assad over road rage killing

2015-08-11 13:55

Syrian authorities have arrested a relative of President Bashar Assad on suspicion of shooting a senior army officer in a traffic dispute, setting off rare protests in a coastal stronghold of the Assad family.

Turkey's Erdogan says Putin may 'give up' on Assad

2015-08-03 14:33

Russian President Vladimir Putin is having a change of heart on the Kremlin's wholehearted support for Syrian leader Bashar Assad and may 'give up on him' in the future, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been quoted as saying.

12 locals dead in Syrian raid on ISIS village

2015-07-22 22:03

At least 12 civilians, including four children and a pregnant woman, have died in Syrian government air raids on a jihadist-held village in the northern province of Aleppo.

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