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Bashar al-Assad’s wife diagnosed with breast cancer

The wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun treatment for early-stage breast cancer, the presidency said on Wednesday. “Asma al-Assad is beginning the first stage of treatment for a malignant tumour in the breast that was discovered at an early stage,” the presidency announced on its social media accounts. The announcement came with a…

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August 8, 2018

 

Israel ‘not ruling out’ eventual ties with Syria’s Assad

Israel held out the prospect on Tuesday of eventual contacts with Syria under President Bashar al-Assad, in a nod to his regime-consolidating advances in a seven-year-old civil war that Israeli officials had initially predicted would topple him. Assad’s Russia-backed forces have advanced in southwest Syria and are on course to reach Quneitra, a rebel-held district…

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July 10, 2018

 

Syrian rebels pull out of their last besieged area

The remaining fighters started to withdraw from the last rebel-held enclave in central Syria on Wednesday, state television reported, sealing the government’s control over the area and opening a major stretch of the country’s most important highway. It further cements President Bashar al-Assad’s dominant position over the most populated parts of Syria after years of…

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May 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

 

Damascus residents defiant after Western strikes

DAMASCUS: Hours before dawn, a string of powerful blasts jolted awake residents of the Syrian capital. Emerging onto their balconies, they watched Western strikes light up the sky over Damascus.  For around 45 minutes, explosions and the sound of warplanes roared over Damascus, a stronghold of Syria’s regime, as the US, France, and Britain carried…

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April 14, 2018

 

UN boss urges restraint after strikes on Syria

UNITED NATIONS: The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime on Saturday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for restraint and for countries to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation in Syria after the United States, France and Britain carried out air…

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April 14, 2018

 

NATO chief says supports US strikes on Syria: statement

BELGIUM: The head of NATO expressed his support for Western strikes in Syria on Saturday after bombings targeting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack. “I support the actions taken by the United States, the United Kingdom and France… This will reduce the regime’s ability to further attack the people of Syria…

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April 14, 2018

 

Trump says US withdrawing from Syria ‘very soon’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that US forces would pull out of Syria “very soon” and lamented what he said was Washington’s waste of $7 trillion in Middle East wars. In a populist address to industrial workers in Ohio, Trump said US forces were close to securing all of the territory that the…

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March 30, 2018

 

Syria shelling puts aid delivery in Ghouta at risk; death toll hits 940

Douma, Syria: Fresh shelling of Eastern Ghouta endangered a vital aid delivery on Friday, nearly three weeks into a blistering Syrian regime offensive that has seized more than half of the rebel enclave. More than 940 civilians have been killed since Russia-backed government forces launched an assault on the last opposition bastion near Damascus on…

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March 9, 2018

 

Civilian suffering worse than ever in 7-year Syria war: UN

Beirut, Lebanon: The living conditions of civilians inside Syria are worse than ever, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Friday, with the conflict set to enter its eighth year. “The conditions faced by civilians inside Syria are worse than ever, with 69 percent languishing in extreme poverty,” Grandi said during a visit to Lebanon….

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March 9, 2018

 

Israeli PM sends condolences over Iran plane crash

MUNICH: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday offered his condolences over the 66 people killed in an Iranian plane crash, just moments after he launched a blistering attack on Tehran’s government. “I take this opportunity to send condolences to the families of the 66 civilians that lost their lives in the plane accident today,”…

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February 18, 2018

 

Assad regime promotes Syria as a ‘tourist’ destination

DAMASCUS: It is over a year since Bashar al-Assad’s regime, with the help of Russian air strikes and barrel bombs, pounded the rebel-held east of Aleppo into submission. Buildings were flattened, those who survived were left terrorised, hungry and filled with despair, and the stench of dead bodies rose up from the rubble as families…

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January 20, 2018

 

Facing hurdles, Russia gears up for World Cup draw

NEWS DESK: The World Cup draw in the Kremlin on Friday launches Russia’s bid to turn a page on its history of football hooliganism and racism while warding off a terror threat linked to Moscow’s intervention in Syria, reported AFP. The success of the tournament is also a matter of personal pride for Vladimir Putin…

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December 3, 2017

 

Bassar govt involved in horrid chemical attack, confirms UN

The United Nations confirmed the Syrian government of Bashar-al-Assad was involved in April’s chemical attack. Most of the fatalities were children who gave up life in extreme pain after the chemical attack in rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun. Know more in this video report.

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October 28, 2017

 

Israeli defence minister says Syria’s Assad ‘victorious’

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad has been “victorious” in Syria’s civil war and was now being courted by former enemies. “Assad has emerged victorious in the battle,” Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli news website Walla!. “Suddenly, everyone wants to get closer to Assad,” he said. “I see that there…

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October 3, 2017

 

Trump won’t let Assad get away with ‘horrible’ crimes

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump accused Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of committing “horrible” crimes against humanity and vowed to prevent his regime from carrying out any more chemical attacks.

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July 26, 2017

 

US special ops chief confirms CIA ending support for Syria rebels

WASHINGTON: The head of the US military’s special operations confirmed Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down its program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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July 22, 2017

 

Pressure builds on Trump at home over pledge for closer Moscow ties

WASHINGTON: During his presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “strong leader” with whom he would like to reset tense U.S.-Russian relations. But as Trump heads to his first face-to-face meeting as president with Putin on Friday at the G20 summit in Germany, he is under pressure at home to…

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July 4, 2017

 

Syrian government dismisses report on sarin attack

BEIRUT: The Syrian government on Saturday dismissed a report by the international chemical weapons watchdog that said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in an April attack in northern Syria, saying it lacked “any credibility”. Western governments including the United States have said the Syrian government carried out the attack in the town of…

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July 1, 2017

 

Video: US says Assad may be preparing chemical attack, warns ‘heavy price’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing a chemical weapons attack that would result in the “mass murder” of civilians, the White House said Monday, warning the regime would pay a “heavy price” if it goes ahead.

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June 27, 2017

 

Assad leads Eid prayers in rare appearance outside Damascus

DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led Eid-ul-Fitr prayers in the central city of Hama on Sunday, appearing in public outside the capital for the first time in a year. Assad’s office published images of him praying inside the brightly-lit Al-Nuri mosque at dawn on Sunday before greeting worshippers outside. He was flanked by Islamic Endowments…

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June 25, 2017

 
 
 
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