ARTICLES RELATING TO BASHAR ASSAD

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.

ISIS kills 17 in hit-and-run attacks in Syria

2015-01-16 13:02

ISIS has beheaded or shot 17 men in Syria in the past two days as it faces increasing attacks from unidentified gunmen in areas it controls.

Syria strikes kill 3 on Lebanon border

2014-12-09 20:13

Syrian warplanes have carried out air strikes in a border region of eastern Lebanon, killing three people and injuring two others, Lebanon's official news agency says.

Truce deal one of few ideas left for Syria peace

2014-11-12 11:47

Traction is growing for one of the few ideas left for peace in Syria's civil war: Work out a series of local cease-fires to try to quiet the bloodiest fronts around the country, without tackling the core issues.

Assad ready to study plan to stop Aleppo fighting

2014-11-10 18:26

Syrian President Bashar Assad has said that he was ready to study a UN plan to "freeze" fighting in the northern city of Aleppo, a statement from his office says.

US 'horrified' by reports of attack on Syria displaced camp

2014-10-30 09:29

The US says it is "horrified" by reports the Syrian government dropped barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in the north-western province of Idlib, calling the attack “barbaric”.

Biden calls Saudi Arabia after diplomatic gaffe

2014-10-08 10:26

US Vice President Joe Biden has called Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs minister and “clarified” his diplomatic gaffe in which he suggested Saudi Arabia and other key allies had financed the ISIS.

 

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.

Assad dismisses US plans to train rebels

2015-01-26 14:16

President Bashar Assad says the US's plans to train vetted rebels to fight ISIS is 'illusory' as they would eventually defect to the jihadists, in an interview.

Al-Qaeda takes major Syrian base

2014-12-15 15:43

The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front, has said it has taken control of a base next to the country's main north-south highway.

2nd Frenchman likely on ISIS beheading video

2014-11-19 10:43

France's government spokesperson says it seems that a second man who appears on a beheading video released by ISIS at the weekend is a French citizen.

Obama, Putin meet amid tensions

2014-11-11 16:52

US President Barack Obama has met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin three times on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit, with conversations covering Iran, Syria and Ukraine.

Syria's remaining chemical facilities to be destroyed

2014-11-06 07:25

Work on destroying Syria's last remaining chemical weapons production facilities will begin this month and should be completed next year, the UN Security Council has heard.

ISIS seizes large areas of Syrian town

2014-10-10 09:16

ISIS fighters have seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group says, as US-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces looked on without intervening.

Cameron: Iran can be 'part of solution' in Syria

2014-09-25 10:00

Prime Minister David Cameron says that Iran could be 'part of the solution' in defeating jihadists in Syria after he held landmark talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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