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Assad 'confident' of Russian support for Syria regime

Birut - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed "strong confidence" Tuesday that Russia will continue supporting his embattled regime, speaking in an interview with Hezbollah's Al-Manar television network.

Assad cousin in 'road rage' killing: Monitor

Birut - A cousin of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has shot dead a senior air force officer in a road rage incident in the Latakia coastal heartland of their minority Alawite community, a monitor said Friday.

Ancient ruins in western Syria at risk with Islamic State capture

Palmyra - Thursday's apparent capture of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra by Islamic State militants imperils one of the world's oldest and greatest examples of Roman architecture.

Syria's Assad says losing battles doesn't mean war is lost

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday that setbacks are a normal part of war and do not mean the conflict is lost, in his first comments after several regime defeats."Today we are fighting a war, not a battle.

Assad 'welcomes' larger Russian naval presence in Syria

Damascus - Syria would welcome an increased Russian military presence at its sea ports, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian news channels published Friday.

Assad says Syria open to dialogue with U.S.

Washington - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is open to dialogue with the United States, the leader said in an interview with US television network CBS.

Syria's Assad tightens grip after four years of war

Birut - Despite Western and Arab hopes he would be consigned to the dustbin of history, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad enters his fifth year of war with an increasingly tight hold on power.

Syria's Assad tightens grip after four years of war

Birut - Despite Western and Arab hopes he would be consigned to the dustbin of history, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad enters his fifth year of war with an increasingly tight hold on power.

Assad 'part of the solution' in Syria: UN envoy

Vienna - Any resolution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria has said in the first such acknowledgement by the UN.

Syria 'informed' about US-led strikes on IS: Assad

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad said Damascus was being informed about US-led air strikes against jihadists in Syria and that they could help his government if they were "more serious".

Op-Ed: Can Hezbollah and Syria really afford to confront Israel?

Recent clashes coupled with the escalation of tensions between Israel and the Hezbollah, along with its Iranian and Syrian patrons, brings to one's mind this very question.

Op-Ed: The dire prospect of another Israel-Hezbollah war

Here's to hoping that the present threats by Hezbollah and Iran to retaliate against the recent Israel strike in Syria doesn't escalate into full-blown war.

Assad says Moscow talks must focus on fighting 'terror'

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said hoped-for talks in Moscow with opponents must focus on the fight against "terrorism", while adding that he is unsure the meeting will reap any results.

Coalition strikes against IS not working: Assad

Paris - Coalition strikes against the Islamic State group are having no impact, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview to be published Thursday, as members of the US-led offensive claimed to be winning.

Assad says ready to study UN plan to 'freeze' Aleppo fighting

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Monday he was ready to study a UN plan to "freeze" fighting in the northern city of Aleppo, a statement from his office said.

Op-Ed: Just how committed is the U.S. to regime change in Syria?

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that while present U.S. action in Syria has served to inadvertently benefit the Syrian regime they are still committed to seeing to its overthrow.

Op-Ed: Atrocities continue to plague both Iraq and Syria

Iraq, having faced sectarian strife and war for years now, and its neighbour Syria, facing as it is yet more bloodletting, both have seen very heinous atrocities visited upon their respective citizenry.

Op-Ed: The rudiments of a de-facto aerial umbrella over Syria's east

As the Syrian regime focuses its sights on opposition groups in the country's north, west and south Syria's east may eventually become the first "safe-zone" against the Assad regime.

Op-Ed: Realpolitik continues to permeate Washington's Syria policy

One of the primary reasons that the U.S. administration is prioritizing Iraq in its campaign against Islamic State (IS) is because a form of realpolitik still largely dominates its policy towards the Syria situation.

Op-Ed: U.S. coalition risks being unwitting accomplice in Syrian carnage

In Syria lack of a long-term strategy will eventually make the United States and its coalition allies unwitting accomplices in that country's destruction.

Syria's Assad makes rare public appearance at Eid prayers

Damascus - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance on Saturday, attending prayers on the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday at a mosque in Damascus, state media said.

Syrian regime approves of anti-ISIS US-led air campaign

Syria's Foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, said the Syrian authorities of whom he is an accredited representative aren't displeased with U.S. air strikes against IS forces in his country. He even went as far as to say they were "satisfied" with it.

Op-Ed: What's very telling about Syria's arrest of pro-regime activists

The Syrian regime recently arrested pro-Assad activists who had criticized the military for its recent losses against Islamic State (IS) forces who have taken over large swaths of the country's east.

Op-Ed: Before striking IS in Syria U.S. should give Assad an ultimatum

The United States is right not to cooperate with President Assad when it comes to combating Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Syria.

Op-Ed: Assessing upcoming US action against IS in Syria

Given the Washington administrations reluctance to deploy "boots on the ground" in the fight against Islamic State, one wonders what kind of a campaign we may see against Islamic State in Syria.

Will the US have an alliance of necessity with Syria's Assad?

Recent comments made by Syria's Foreign Minister, Walid Muallem, suggest that Syria would cooperate with the U.S when it comes to fighting Islamic State forces in that country.

Op-Ed: Assad picks an apt moment to place IS in his crosshairs

Now that the international community is taking action to help Iraq defeat the Islamic State threat to its existence the Syrian regime is simultaneously delegating more of its stretched resources to fighting Islamic State forces in Syria.

Syria's newly sworn-in Assad warns West of backfire

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new term, warning Western and Arab governments of the backfire they face for their support of the armed revolt in Syria.

Op-Ed: Assad is no antidote to Islamism

The Syrian regime is trying to re-brand itself as a useful force for security when it comes to confronting the threat Islamists, who have taken root in Iraq and Syria, now pose to western countries.

Op-Ed: Obama wants half a billion to aid Syrian rebels, but why?

Washington, D. C. - Unfortunately, it's far too early to tell whether U.S. President Barack Obama's recent proposal to spend $500 million in support of Syrian rebels will accomplish anything.
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An image grab taken from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV on August 25, 2015 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad answering questions during an interview in Damascus.
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