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Syria’s Assad threatens force against US-backed Kurds

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned US-backed Kurdish forces he would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country they control. “The only problem left in Syria is the SDF,” Assad told Russia Today in an interview aired Thursday, referring to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which has spearheaded battles against…

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June 1, 2018


Pentagon warns Syria’s Assad against attacking Kurdish-led forces

The Pentagon on Thursday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to carry out an offensive agains Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States that control the country’s north-east. “Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking US Forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy,” Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the…

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June 1, 2018


Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclaves

BEIRUT – The Syrian government on Thursday stepped up its efforts to retake the opposition’s last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one and a newspaper reported an ultimatum against another. President Bashar al-Assad scored a major victory this month by retaking eastern Ghouta, the biggest rebel stronghold near Damascus, putting his forces…

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April 19, 2018


Assad prepares to assault last rebel enclave near Damascus

BEIRUT – The Syrian army began preparatory shelling for an assault on the last area outside its control near Damascus on Tuesday, a commander in the pro-government alliance said, building on its recent capture of the major suburb of eastern Ghouta. Recovering the Yarmouk camp and neighboring areas located south of the city would give…

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April 17, 2018


Military action against Syria ‘right’ and ‘legal’: British PM

The attack on Syria is the right thing to do as this is about the regime using chemical weapons on its own people, said British Prime Minister Theresa May, on Saturday.  “There is no graver decision than a prime minister can take–sending combat troops into another country,” she said. “But at the end of the…

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April 14, 2018


Five-day assault on Syria enclave kills more than 400

DOUMA: Fresh bombardment on Eastern Ghouta killed dozens Thursday, bringing the number of dead civilians in a five-day assault by the Syrian government to more than 400. Mounting calls for a humanitarian truce in one of the bloodiest episodes of Syria’s seven-year conflict went unheeded as 46 more people were killed by air strikes and…

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February 23, 2018


Public reports ‘clearly show’ Assad’s use of chemical weapons: McMaster

MUNICH: U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that, despite denials, public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using chemical weapons, and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account, reported Reuters. “Public accounts and photos clearly show that Assad’s chemical weapons use…

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February 18, 2018


How a businessman struck a deal with Islamic State to help Assad feed Syrians

RAQQA/DUBAI: While Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accusing the West of turning a blind eye to Islamic State smuggling, a member of his parliament was quietly doing business with the group, farmers and administrators in the militants’ former stronghold said, reported Reuters. The arrangement helped the Syrian government to feed areas still under its control…

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October 11, 2017


Assad in rare appearance for Eid prayers

Damascus: Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance outside Damascus Friday for morning prayers marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha, state media reported. Since the start of Syria’s devastating conflict in 2011, Assad has only left the capital on a few occasions. This year, however, he has been able to venture further…

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September 1, 2017


Shattered Illusions

By: Gulrukh Tausif We often talk about the negative impact of social media, Hollywood/Bollywood movies or video games on our children but we forget that children are exposed to a lot of violence many times a day through television, newspapers and the Internet. It has become quite a norm for news channels to air detailed…

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April 19, 2017


US missile strikes on Syrian base: What we know

BEIRUT: The missile strike against a Syrian air base marks the first time the United States has directly attacked the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Here is what we know so far about the target and the outcome of the strike. – The target – At around 3:40 am Syria time on Friday (0040 GMT)…

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April 7, 2017


US Congress member meets Assad in Syria

Democratic U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard said on Wednesday she met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria and discussed the possibility of achieving peace. The Hawaii Democrat told CNN in an interview that during her four-day visit, she wanted to get a first-hand view of the suffering of the Syrian people. She said she met…

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January 26, 2017


Syria regime, rebels set for first face-to-face at Astana

Syria’s government and rebel fighters will on Monday sit down at the negotiating table for the first time in nearly six years of war, the latest diplomatic push to end the hostilities. Hosted in the Kazakh capital Astana, the talks will see an opposition delegation composed exclusively of rebel groups negotiating with the regime of…

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January 21, 2017


Assad offers rebels amnesty if they surrender Aleppo

BEIRUT/GENEVA: Rebels holed up in Aleppo can leave with their families if they lay down their arms, President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday, vowing to press on with the assault on Syria’s largest city and recapture full control of the country. The offer of amnesty follows two weeks of the heaviest bombardment of the five-and-a-half-year…

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October 6, 2016


Pentagon voices ‘strong concerns’ to Russia over strikes on US-backed Syria rebels

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon voiced “strong concerns” over Moscow’s bombing of US-backed forces in southern Syria, a spokesman said on Saturday. US military officials holding a video conference with Russia “expressed strong concerns about the attack on the coalition-supported counter-ISIL forces at the Al-Tanaf garrison, which included forces that are participants in the cessation of hostilities…

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June 18, 2016


US demands Assad forces halt Aleppo strikes as residents flee

ALEPPO, Syria: The United States Saturday demanded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces halt their bombardment of Aleppo and help restore a nationwide ceasefire, with Secretary of State John Kerry due to head to Geneva for talks on the conflict. Terrified residents fled a new wave of air strikes on rebel-held areas of the divided…

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May 1, 2016


Syria’s Assad sets April 13 parliamentary elections

DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced Monday that parliamentary elections are to be held on April 13, state news agency SANA reported, shortly after Washington and Moscow announced a ceasefire plan. Assad issued a decree which included seat allocations for each of the provinces in Syria, which last held parliamentary elections in May 2012. That…

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February 23, 2016


Syrian President Assad vows to retake whole country

 DAMASCUS Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to retake the entire country but warned it could take a “long time,” in an exclusive interview with AFP that comes as international pressure grows for a ceasefire. Speaking at his office in Damascus on Thursday, Assad said he supported peace talks, but that negotiations do “not mean…

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February 12, 2016


Premature to speak of asylum for Assad: Putin

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday it was premature to say whether Moscow would grant asylum to embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, who had made “many mistakes.” “You know I believe that it is premature to discuss this,” Putin said in the second half of a two-part interview with German mass circulation daily Bild….

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January 12, 2016


Saudi king blames Assad for IS rise in Syria

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi King Salman accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday of having aided the rise of the Islamic State group and called for a political settlement with moderate forces to end the war there. The solution would be to form “a transitional government made up of moderate opposition forces, ensuring the unity of…

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December 24, 2015


Hezbollah says presence in Syria greater than ever before

BEIRUT: The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement said on Sunday his group was fighting a “critical and definitive battle” in Syria with a greater presence than ever before. Hassan Nasrallah spoke during an event commemorating the death of leading Hezbollah figure Hassan Hussein al-Hajj, known as Abu Muhammad. According to Al-Manar television, which aired the…

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October 18, 2015

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