Tag: Bashar Assad

Assad: Fighting ‘Terrorists’ More Important

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said on Monday that fighting the “terrorists” in his country takes precedence to fighting Israel. “Terrorists” is the term the Syrian president routinely uses to describe the anti-regime rebels trying to topple him.   Speaking in an interview with Hezbollah’s Al Manar television, Assad hinted that Syria would not retaliate for […]

Saudis to persuade Russia to surrender Assad?

Lavrov and Putin used to emphasize that they do not hold on to Assad. Do you think that surrendering Assad to Saudis is possible?   They really push us to it now. But I don’t think that Kremlin is ready to surrender him at once, falling under an open military blackmail.   Don’t you have […]

Ousting Assad militarily would enable ISIS to seize Syria

The ousting of President Bashar Assad by force would only lead to ISIS seizing power in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned, adding that Islamic State can only be defeated if all forces who are battling it unite. Speaking at a press conference after negotiations with his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Adel bin Ahmed […]

Sisi expects Assad regime in Syria to fall ‘at any moment’

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expects Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria to fall “at any moment,” according to a report that appeared over the weekend in the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal.   The newspaper said that Sisi made the remarks during a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam that took place earlier this week in […]

Leader of Syrian al-Qaida wing says aiming to take Damascus

The leader of al-Qaida’s Syria wing Nusra Front said his group was aiming to capture Damascus and the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad would happen quickly.   Nusra Front has made gains in northwestern Syria alongside other insurgents in recent weeks, seizing the city of Idlib in March and the town of Jisr al-Shughour […]

Assad Starts Heavy Bombing of Ancient Palmyra

He said there were reports of casualties but he had no firm toll.   The strikes targeted several areas of the city, including some close to the city’s famed Greco-Roman ruins, a UNESCO world heritage site, he said.   The Observatory said on Sunday that it had documented the executions of at least 217 people, among them 67 civilians, including 14 […]

‘Assad puts intelligence chief under house arrest for planning coup’

Syrian President Bashar Assad has placed his top intelligence official under house arrest for allegedly conspiring with the regime’s enemies to carry out a coup, the British daily Telegraph reported on Monday. Ali Mamlouk, who heads the National Security Bureau, was reportedly detained after he was suspected of maintaining contact with governments backing the Syrian rebels as […]

Qalamoun battle is do-or-die for Bashar Assad, Hassan Nasrallah and Iran’s Gen. Soleimani

Two contenders are locked in a fateful contest to win the strategic Qalamoun Mts. on the Syrian-Lebanese border: The Syrian army and its Hizballah ally are fighting tooth and nail against the opposition Army of Conquest, which is spearheaded by Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch. This battle has all of a sudden attained the […]

Assad hanging on, suspicion surrounds report he told Alawites to flee capital

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime appears to be holding on amid contradictory Saudi reports over whether it told elite Alawite families to abandon Damascus. A report in the Saudi newspaper Okaz on Sunday quoted Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas denying an article in the same paper a day earlier quoting unnamed sources claiming that […]

‘More than 220,000 Killed in Syria Conflict’

The conflict in Syria has left more than 220,000 dead since it began four years ago with an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a key monitoring group said Thursday.   “We have counted 222,271 deaths since the start of the revolt in March 2011,” the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel […]