Tag: Bashar Assad

Isis: Bashar al-Assad warns US-led coalition air strikes in Syria ‘made terror group stronger’

Mr Assad, who is backed by both Russia and Iran, said: “Since the beginning of that coalition, if you want to talk about facts, not opinion, since the beginning of that coalition, Isis has expanded and the recruiting from around the world has increased.   “While since the participation of Russia in the same fight, so-called […]

Obama points finger at Russia over jet shoot-down by Turkey

President Obama pointed the finger at Russia over its warplane being shot down by Turkey, suggesting the incident might not have happened if Moscow were more concerned with hitting ISIS targets than moderate opposition to Syria’s Bashar Assad – a campaign that puts them dangerously close to the Turkish border.   The president, speaking Tuesday […]

US special forces to arrive in Syria ‘very soon’ as Assad hails Russian airstrikes

Dozens of US special operations troops will arrive in Syria “very soon” as promised by president Barack Obama’s administration, a senior official has said.   The troops will help organise local forces battling the self-proclaimed Islamic State in northern Syria, according to special envoy Brett McGurk.   Syria’s only hope of peace is if Assad […]

Syria conflict: Leaked Russian peace plan makes no mention of President Assad stepping down

Mr Assad, who is backed by Vladimir Putin, would not chair the constitutional commission under Moscow’s plans to end five years of conflict.   The document calls for UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura to launch a political process between the Syrian government and “a united delegation of the opposition groups”.   Russia’s deputy UN […]

Russia overrides Middle East cyber waves

The distance as the crow flies between Russia’s Syrian air base Al-Hmeineem near Latakia and its Iraqi host facility at Al Taqaddum Air base is 824 km (445 nautical miles). From the Latakia base to Israel, the distance is just 288 km or 155 nautical miles, a hop and a skip in aerial terms. Syria’s […]

U.S. intell: Russian strikes haven’t greatly aided Syria’s Assad

Both Russia and the United States are watching Syria for any signs that President Bashar al-Assad might be about to fall — but for different reasons.   The U.S. goal is to avoid a catastrophic collapse of the regime. Unlike in Iraq, the United States wants to try to ensure some elements of the Syrian […]

U.S. intell: Russian strikes haven’t greatly aided Syria’s Assad

Both Russia and the United States are watching Syria for any signs that President Bashar al-Assad might be about to fall — but for different reasons.   The U.S. goal is to avoid a catastrophic collapse of the regime. Unlike in Iraq, the United States wants to try to ensure some elements of the Syrian […]

Syria army in ‘vast offensive’ backed by Russian strikes

NATO head sees ‘troubling escalation’ of Russian activity as Moscow synchronizes moves with Syrian regime   Syria’s army announced Thursday a “vast offensive” to wrest back territory from armed opposition groups, as NATO voiced alarm at escalating Russian military activity in the war-torn country.   Moscow has dramatically stepped up its nine-day-old air war against […]

Putin has sent the feared Spetsnaz special forces into Syria to bail out Assad

Russia has sent its crack special troops into Syria to back up ­ President Bashar al-Assad’s bid to wipe out his opposition.   Vladimir Putin’s feared Spetsnaz unit and a covert para battalion ghosted into the war-torn country and are preparing for an all-out assault on rebels fighting the regime – including moderate units such […]

Assad says Russian-Iranian campaign in Syria will decide fate of Middle East

President Bashar Assad said a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies will decide the fate of the Middle East, and a year of US-led air strikes against Islamic State militants had only helped the spread of terrorism.   In an interview with Iranian television broadcast on Sunday, Assad said if Syria, Russia, Iran […]