ARTICLES RELATING TO BASHAR ASSAD

Rebels spotted with US-made rockets in Syria

2014-04-16 07:15

Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be US anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war.

UN to see grim images of Syria dead

2014-04-15 09:12

The Security Council will meet privately to view projected slides of the Syria dead, who offer mute testimony to the savagery of a civil war in which more than 150 000 have died.

Syria army seizes ancient Christian town

2014-04-14 13:14

Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters have recaptured the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, military sources and state television says.

Syria: Iran sends 30 000 tons of food supplies

2014-04-08 18:19

Syrian state media say Iran has sent 30 000 tons of food supplies to help President Bashar Assad's government deal with shortages amid civil war.

Hezbollah chief says danger to Syria govt over

2014-04-07 09:04

Syria's government is no longer in danger of being toppled and the risk of the country being divided has passed, the head of Lebanon's Hezbollah says.

Syria says Russia re-establishing multipolar world

2014-04-02 18:30

Syrian President Bashar Assad says key ally Moscow had helped re-establish a multipolar world, as he met with a high-level Russian delegation in Damascus.

France in new tack to fight roots of terrorism

2014-03-31 15:08

To stop the stream of French youths pursuing jihad in Syria, France is preparing to try to tackle terrorism before it starts, by involving schools, parents and local Muslim leaders.

Masked gunmen shoot policeman in Tripoli

2014-03-28 12:10

Masked gunmen have shot dead a policeman in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, security sources say, the second killing of a member of the security forces in two days.

Clashes spread near Syria's border with Turkey

2014-03-25 14:22

Activists say clashes between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad are spreading in a key coastal area near the Turkish border.

Assad cousin killed in clash with Syria rebels

2014-03-24 07:20

A cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad has been killed in battles with Islamist rebels near the border with Turkey, activists and state media say.

US shutters Syrian embassy, missions

2014-03-19 07:07

The United States has closed down Syria's embassy to Washington and ordered its remaining diplomatic staff to leave the country if they were not US citizens.

Syria parliament approves new election law

2014-03-13 21:14

The Syrian assembly has passed a new election law that allows multiple candidates to run for president.

Syria rebels release kidnapped nuns

2014-03-10 08:19

A group of nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian town of Maalula in December were released early Monday thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation and handed to the Syrian authorities.

March critical to eliminate Syria chemical arms

2014-03-06 07:19

The head of the mission charged with destroying Syria's chemical weapons says the government has accelerated its efforts after several missed deadlines and that March will be critical.

Syria govt launches air strike on rebel bastion

2014-03-04 11:42

Syrian helicopters have dropped explosives-packed barrels near rebel-held Yabrud, a monitoring group says.

Qaeda splinter group retreats from Syria town

2014-02-28 13:06

Fighters from an al-Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), has withdrawn from a rebel-held Syrian town near the border with Turkey, a monitoring group says.

UK police arrest 4 on suspicion of terrorism

2014-02-25 12:05

British police say they have arrested three men and a woman on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offenses.

US policy on Syria aids terrorism: Moscow

2014-02-21 08:04

Moscow has accused Washington of prolonging the Syrian conflict by supporting the opposition ahead of a UN Security Council vote that threatens to further deepen big power divisions.

Alawite military leader shot dead in Lebanon

2014-02-20 13:38

Two people have been killed in the Lebanese city of Tripoli including a military commander from Alawite minority shot dead on his way to work, security sources say.

4 killed in Beirut blast

2014-02-19 11:20

A large explosion near an Iranian cultural centre in the southern suburbs of Lebanon's capital Beirut has killed at least four people and wounded 19, security sources say.

Syrian rebels plan a spring offensive

2014-02-18 17:01

Rebels in southern Syria say they are planning a spring offensive against Damascus, which regime and opposition sources say will include fighters trained by Western forces.

Russia: Syria govt right to focus on 'terrorism''

2014-02-17 21:28

Russia says that blame for the lack of progress at Syrian talks must be placed on either side and that President Assad's was "completely justified" in his efforts to make "terrorism" a top priority.

Free Syrian Army fires military chief

2014-02-17 10:38

The rebel Free Syrian Army says it has fired Selim Idriss as its military chief, citing the "difficulties faced by the Syrian revolution" in its battle with the government.

UK calls Homs evacuee screening 'outrageous'

2014-02-13 18:50

Britain says it was "outrageous" that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime had been detaining men and boys evacuated from the ravaged city of Homs.

 

Rebel mortar fire in Syria kills child, hurts 40

2014-04-15 12:29

Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital has killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media says.

Syria opposition has 'evidence' of gas attack

2014-04-14 14:14

Syrian opposition activists have posted video that they say shows an improvised chlorine bomb to back up claims that President Bashar Assad's forces used chemical weapons in two attacks.

Assad says war turning in govt's favour

2014-04-14 08:45

President Bashar Assad says that the war that has torn Syria apart for three years and cost more than 150 000 lives is turning in the government's favour, news agency Sana reports.

Syria election won't be delayed – minister

2014-04-08 10:38

The Syrian government says it has no intention of delaying an election that is likely to give President Bashar Assad a third term, regardless of war or politics.

Millionth Syria refugee registered in Lebanon

2014-04-03 13:22

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon has officially topped 1 million, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe caused by Syria's civil war.

Kuwait minister rejects terror fund accusation by US

2014-04-01 13:01

Kuwait's justice and Islamic affairs minister has rejected remarks from a senior US official that he called for jihad in Syria and promoted the funding of terrorism.

Syria rebels lick their wounds in Lebanon

2014-03-31 12:35

A young Syrian rebel commander has revealed the story of "insane" army shelling of his native Qalamun region as he tells of his perilous evacuation across the border into Lebanon.

Arab summit calls for political solution in Syria

2014-03-26 19:28

Arab leaders have called for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, although the Syrian opposition had asked for "sophisticated" arms to tip the balance of power.

Syrian rebels capture town near Turkish border

2014-03-24 14:48

Hard-line Islamic rebels have captured a small town in north-western Syria near the Turkish border as part of their offensive in the rugged coastal region, activists say.

Syria-linked clashes claim 24 victims in Lebanon

2014-03-22 17:01

Eight days of Syria-linked clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli have killed 24 people, as sniper fire forced the closure of the highway to Syria.

Fear rules in Damascus three years on

2014-03-18 19:54

During a recent meeting of Damascene merchants, talk turned to the case of a colleague detained by Syria's powerful and dreaded state security apparatus.

Syria foreign minister hospitalised in Beirut

2014-03-15 07:00

Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem, who led the regime's negotiating team at the failed peace talks this year, has been admitted to hospital in neighbouring Lebanon, a medical source says.

Syria says it freed 25 in exchange for nuns

2014-03-11 14:52

The Syrian government has freed only 25 prisoners – and not the 150 reported by foreign mediators – in exchange for 13 Greek Orthodox nuns who had been held by al-Qaeda-linked rebels, an official says.

Syria war may last 10 more years - experts

2014-03-07 08:21

The brutal war in Syria could grind on for a decade as jihadist groups flood the battlefield and Iran and Russia provide support for the Bashar Assad government, experts say.

Syria army tightens grip on rebel town

2014-03-04 15:02

Syrian state media say government forces are advancing in battle and tightening their grip on the last rebel stronghold near the border with Lebanon.

Israel warns Lebanon over Hezbollah reprisals

2014-02-28 15:06

Israel has warned Lebanon to prevent threatened Hezbollah retaliation for an alleged Israeli air strike on a site used by the guerrillas on the Syrian border.

UN: Palestinians in Syria camp 'traumatised'

2014-02-25 15:01

The chief of the UN relief agency supporting Palestinian refugees says he is "deeply disturbed and shaken" by the despair and destruction he'd seen in a camp in the Syrian capital.

UN demands humanitarian aid for all of Syria

2014-02-22 22:06

The UN Security Council is unanimously demanding immediate access everywhere in Syria to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of people in desperate need.

Syria may miss chemical destruction deadline

2014-02-20 21:27

Syria will miss a UN-backed June 30 deadline to destroy its chemical arsenal, possibly by several months, sources say, amid growing Western frustration.

Syria rebel commanders reject leader shakeup

2014-02-20 09:30

The former leader of the Syrian opposition's military wing has rejected his dismissal, and along with senior insurgent commanders has severed ties with the political opposition-in-exile.

Syria seizes village after rebel atrocities

2014-02-19 08:34

Government troops have regained full control of a village in central Syria after ousting rebels accused of killing dozens of people there, state media says.

Govt retakes Alawite village in central Syria

2014-02-18 13:00

Syrian government forces have seized a village inhabited by a minority Alawite community from Islamist fighters in a central province, state media says.

New FSA chief steps in amid fading influence

2014-02-17 13:16

The coalition of Syrian opposition groups in exile has announced the appointment of a new army chief, following a year of seeing their influence fade in Syria.

Army seizes 200kg car bomb in Lebanon

2014-02-17 08:43

The Lebanese army has intercepted a car packed with explosives near the border with Syria, four days after two car bombs were defused elsewhere in the country.

Syrians die at record rate as leaders talk peace

2014-02-13 06:00

While the Syrian government and rebels have been at peace talks, Syrians have been killed at the fastest rate since the country slid into conflict, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

 
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