Tag: Bashar al-Assad

Tillerson: ‘No role’ for Assad in governing Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said the U.S. is considering an “appropriate response” to the Syrian government’s apparent use of chemical weapons and that he sees “no role” in the country for President Bashar Assad. “The process by which Assad would leave is something that requires an international community effort both to first defeat […]

Israeli Air Force strikes targets in Syria; Assad forces threaten ‘direct’ retaliation

Syria and Israel engaged in the most serious incident between the two countries since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war six years ago overnight on Thursday, as Israeli Air Force planes struck several targets in Syria. >> Get all updates on Israel and Syria: Download our free App, and Subscribe >> In response, the Assad regime deployed […]

Assad says the Syrian government is ready to negotiate on ‘everything’

A Syrian truce brokered by Russia and Turkey was under growing strain on Monday as rebels vowed to respond to government violations and President Bashar al-Assad said the army would retake an important rebel-held area near Damascus. Assad, in comments to French media, also said his government was ready to negotiate on “everything” at peace […]

Pope Francis appeals to Assad to protect Syria’s civilians

Pope Francis has launched a last-ditch appeal to Bashar al-Assad, urging the Syrian president to respect international humanitarian law and to protect the rights of civilians in the country’s bloody civil war. Francis’s message was contained in a letter delivered directly to Assad on Monday by Cardinal Mario Zenari, the Vatican’s top diplomat in Syria. […]

Syria conflict: Rebels lose third of east Aleppo territory

Syrian government forces have captured more than a third of rebel-held territory in eastern Aleppo. The advance, after heavy bombing from the air, is a major blow for the armed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. State TV said government troops were dismantling mines and explosives and continuing their advance. Thousands of civilians have fled the […]

‘We never denied Israel’s right to Jerusalem, Temple Mount’

Levy quizzed him about those controversial issues as well as his support for Syrian President Basher Assad and charges that his country had intervened in the US elections. How does Russia explain its support of the UNESCO vote “to disregard the historic connection between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem,” Levy asked […]

Iran: Any US Attack Against Assad Regime Will be ‘Suicidal’

A senior advisor to Iran’s supreme leader warned Sunday that any U.S. military strike against Syria’s Assad regime would be “suicidal.”   “If the Americans take military action in Syria, it will be a suicidal action,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, a former foreign minister who serves as foreign affairs advisor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.   […]

Assad blames US for Syria truce collapse

The Syrian president denies the Syrian or Russian armies were behind Monday’s airstrikes near Aleppo; accuses the US of bearing responsibility for breaking the cease-fire and of lacking ‘the will’ to oppose rebel factions within Syria. President Bashar Assad rejected US accusations that Syrian or Russian planes struck an aid convoy in Aleppo or that […]

Kerry tells UN that Russia must ground Syria air force

US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded on Wednesday that Russia force Bashar al-Assad’s regime to ground its air force in order to revive hopes of a ceasefire in Syria’s civil war.   Addressing the UN Security Council, including his Russian opposite number Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kerry said efforts to find peace could yet […]

Battles rage across Aleppo as Assad regime fights to quell rebels

Rebels in Syria’s second largest city were on Monday coming under intense aerial bombardment from forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, less than two days after they fought through regime lines to break the siege of rebel-held east Aleppo..   Activists say intense airstrikes have continued unabated after rebels seized Ramouseh, a district […]