Tag: Bashar al-Assad

Syria may be in ruins, but it looks like Assad ‘has won the war militarily’

In southern Syria’s chilly late winter of 2011, a scrap of schoolboy graffiti that read “Your turn, Doctor” — a mocking call for the ouster of President Bashar Assad — helped spark a ferocious civil war that has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. Now, there is a growing diplomatic consensus that Assad, […]

Kim Jong-un and Bashar al-Assad exchanging emotional emails

North Korea’s state media reported the pair have been exchanging correspondence – a development sure to set alarm bells ringing from Washington to Seoul. A news article in a recent Pyongyang-based newspaper claimed Assad, who is believed to have orchestrated chemical attacks against children during Syria’s civil war, “highly appreciated” Kim Jong-un. And another article […]

France has evidence Assad used chemical weapons

France’s intelligence services have evidence that the Syrian government carried out the alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel village earlier this month, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Wednesday. “There is an investigation underway… it’s a question of days and we will provide proof that the regime carried out these strikes,” Ayrault told […]

‘Our Hope Is Bashar al-Assad Will Not Be a Part of (Syria’s) Future’; Urges Russia to ‘Realign’ With U.S.

In a statement he read to reporters on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson repeated something he said on Sunday, that “the United States’ priority in Syria and Iraq remains the defeat of ISIS.” But Tillerson also expressed “hope” for regime change in Syria, and he urged Russia to “realign with the United States” and […]

Sean Spicer: US might strike Assad regime for using barrel bombs

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday signaled a significant shift in US policy toward Syria, saying the Trump administration would respond to the Syrian regime barrel bombing civilians. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has for years used barrel bombs against civilians with impunity, but the new White House administration seems prepared to respond to such […]

Why Vladimir Putin may be in too deep in Syria to ditch Assad

Five years of political capital, over a million tonnes of weapons, tens of billions of dollars, Russia’s role as both dominant regional presence and rising global force – these are all at stake if Vladimir Putin abandons Syria’s leader. This is the reckoning faced by the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, as he travels […]

Ousting Assad now US priority number one, says ambassador

Donald Trump’s bombing of a Syrian airfield last week has triggered a global power play involving North Korea’s nuclear program, Russia’s strident support of Bashar al-Assad and the movement of US warships to global hotspots. It has also led to promises of counter attacks. Tensions continued to escalate early on Monday (AEST) after Syria and its […]

Amb. Nikki Haley: We Don’t See Peace in Syria With Assad

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday declared that the administration does not see peace and stability in Syria with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still in power. On Sunday’s “Meet The Press,” Haley told host Chuck Todd, “In no way do we look at peace happening in that area with Iranian […]

U.S. strikes Syrian military airfield in first direct assault on Bashar al-Assad’s government

The U.S. military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield late on Thursday, in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar al-Assad since that country’s civil war began six years ago. The operation, which the Trump administration authorized in retaliation for a chemical attack killing scores of civilians this […]

Ron Paul: ‘Zero Chance’ Assad Behind Syria Chemical Weapons Attack

Paul went as far to say there was zero chance Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to blame because it wouldn’t make sense for him to use chemical weapons at this point in time. “I looked at The New York Times to get the explanation, and they said ‘Worst Chemical Attack In Years In Syria, U.S. […]