Syria's al-Qaeda chief says no plans to attack West

2015-05-28 13:03

The leader of al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria says they have no plans to attack the West and denies that the so-called Khorasan group exists.

Assad says Turkish support 'main factor' in Idlib takeover

2015-04-17 15:32

Syrian President Bashar Assad says Turkish military and logistical support is the main factor that helped insurgents to seize the north-western city of Idlib from government control last week.

ISIS holding 50 civilians after raid on Syria village

2015-04-10 13:00

Jihadist fighters from the Islamic State group are holding hostage at least 50 civilians seized in a raid on a village in central Syria, a monitor said.

West wants to weaken Russia, says Assad

2015-03-27 12:32

Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the West of trying to weaken Russia by turning Ukraine into a puppet state, a tactic he says has also been used against his own country.

France: Assad talks would be scandalous gift to ISIS

2015-03-16 20:57

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has rejected any role for President Bashar Assad in Syrian peace talks, saying it would be a "scandalous gift" to the Islamic State.

Assad relative assassinated in Syria - monitor

2015-03-14 18:00

An influential relative of Syrian President Bashar Assad, once infamous for smuggling, has been assassinated in a dispute over control of a key government stronghold.

Syria's civil war eclipsed by ISIS terror

2015-03-11 12:43

As Syria's civil war rages into a fifth year, the daily suffering of its people has been overshadowed by atrocities committed by the Islamic State group that have sparked international horror.

At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack regime intel HQ

2015-03-05 08:35

Syrian rebels have launched a fierce attack on an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo, leaving at least 34 dead, days after the opposition rejected a ceasefire plan for the city.

UN: Syrian refugee crisis is reaching tipping point

2015-02-27 09:20

The Syrian refugee crisis is reaching a tipping point as humanitarian appeals remain under funded, and neighbouring countries are struggling to keep up with the flood of refugees, a UN official says.

Ban seeks action on Syria sieges, barrel bombs

2015-02-20 12:31

Denouncing a business-as-usual approach to Syria, the UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called for urgent action to lift sieges on civilians and to end barrel bomb attacks.


Syrian president acknowledges setbacks in war

2015-05-06 20:56

Syrian President Bashar Assad acknowledged Wednesday what he said were recent "setbacks" in the war against insurgents trying to topple him, promising a comeback by his troops still entangled in heavy fighting.

Syria's rival sides end Moscow talks, no sign of progress

2015-04-10 15:22

Talks between representatives of the Syrian government and some members of the opposition have ended in Moscow with no sign of a significant breakthrough.

Assad says ISIS has expanded since US air strikes began

2015-03-30 11:21

Syrian President Bashar Assad says that ISIS, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of US-led air strikes against the militant group.

Syrian insurgents 'mimicking ruthlessness' of army

2015-03-23 21:13

Insurgent groups in Syria have carried out scores of indiscriminate attacks that have killed and maimed civilians in violation of the laws of war, a Human Rights Watch report says.

Kerry will talk to Syria's Assad

2015-03-15 18:46

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he would be willing to talk with Syrian President Bashar Assad to stem that nation's violence.

Assad's atrocities laid bare

2015-03-11 14:10

The case against Syrian President Bashar Assad is much better than the one against Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia or Charles Taylor of Liberia, both of whom were indicted by international tribunals, an envoy says.

Russia to host Syria talks in April

2015-03-05 21:06

Moscow has said it would host talks between representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and opposition figures in April.

France sceptical of fighting freeze in Aleppo

2015-03-04 15:05

France has expressed “scepticism” that a freeze in fighting could ever happen in parts of Syria’s largest city Aleppo and is blaming President Bashar Assad’s government.

French PM slams MPs for meeting 'butcher' Assad

2015-02-26 12:06

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls says that he is 'condemned with the greatest strength' a decision by three French lawmakers to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom he described as 'a butcher'.

Syria 'informed' about US-led strikes on ISIS

2015-02-10 16:37

Damascus receives 'information' about air strikes by the US-led coalition against ISIS in Syria, President Bashar Assad says.

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