Tag: Bashar Assad

Syrian rebels freeze peace talks after Assad abuses ceasefire

Syrian rebel groups announced on Monday that they had decided to freeze any talks about their possible participation in Syrian peace negotiations being prepared by Moscow in Kazakhstan unless the Syrian government and its Iran-backed allies end what it said were violations of a ceasefire. In a statement, the rebel groups also said that any […]

Obama doctrine’s death knell sounds as Aleppo falls to Bashar Assad loyalists

The fall of the rebel-held Syrian city of Aleppo to Russian- and Iranian-backed forces loyal to President Bashar Assad sounds the death knell for the outgoing Obama administration’s hands-off counterterrorism doctrine, analysts say. The final batches of anti-Assad fighters vacated formerly rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo on Friday, officially bringing the city — which was […]

Obama ‘proud’ of decision not to attack Syria

United States President Barack Obama said on Thursday he does not regret stepping back from his “red line” on the use of chemical weapons by Bashar Al-Assad’s regime in Syria.   In fact, Obama told the Atlantic magazine in an interview that he was “proud” of the decision.   In 2012, Obama warned Assad that […]

Report: Russia Killed More Civilians in Syria in January Than Either Assad Regime or ISIS

As Russia again dismisses accusations that its air force is bombing hospitals in Syria, a new report by an independent human rights group said Russia’s supposed anti-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria air campaign was responsible for more civilian deaths last month than either the Assad regime or ISIS.   Of 1,382 civilians killed during […]

Israel may be in trouble if Assad wins, former US official says

If the Syrian regime wins the civil war and Iran ends up on the Golan, Israel could have difficulty defending itself, said a former White House official on Monday.   Michael Doran called for a US policy that seeks to facilitate cooperation between allies such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel to counter Iran. “Only […]

Assad ‘will be removed by force’ if peace talks fail, Saudi foreign minister says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be removed by force if the Syrian peace process fails, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has said. “Bashar al-Assad will leave – have no doubt about it” Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN. “He will either leave by a political process or he will be removed by force.” Saudi […]

Syria: Russia moots March ceasefire as Bashar al-Assad’s grip on Aleppo strengthens

Russia has mooted 1 March as a potential date for a ceasefire between rebel factions and Bashar al-Assad’s army in Syria. The fiercest fighting is taking place in Aleppo where government forces are advancing rapidly.   The siege in the northern city, which was Syria’s most populous before the beginning of the civil war in […]

‘Massacre’ Fears As Aleppo Set To Fall To Assad

A Free Syrian Army commander in Aleppo has told Sky News that unless Russia unexpectedly changes its tactic of indiscriminate bombing, the city will fall to the government of Bashar al Assad in days.   In an exclusive interview conducted in Turkey, he predicted a “massacre” in Aleppo and a surge in refugees heading towards […]

Putin bypasses Israel, sets up joint war room for S. Syria with Jordan

In a pivotal step reflecting the changeability of military and political deals in Israel’s neighborhood, Jordan has almost overnight agreed to establish a shared war room with Russia for the concerted conduct of their operations in Syria. This represents an extreme reversal of Amman’s policy. Until now, Jordan fought against Russia’s protégée Bashar Assad from […]

Saudi Arabia: ‘Assad has no role to play in the future of Syria’

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has met the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in London. They have been discussing possible peace talks on Syria. Lyse Doucet went to meet Adel al-Jubeir to find out how likely it was the talks would go ahead.