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Putin hails Palmyra recapture, trumpets Russian role

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday hailed Syria's recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra, while stressing the role of Moscow's military in reversing the Islamic State tide.

Syria's army reports retaking ancient Palmyra from militants

Beirut - Reports from Lebanon say regular Syrian Army forces have driven Islamic State fighters out of the ancient city of Palmyra.

Assad says wants to be remembered as man who 'saved Syria'

Madrid - President Bashar al-Assad says he wants to be remembered 10 years from now as the person who saved Syria, according to an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais published on Saturday.

Transcript of exclusive AFP interview with Syria's Assad

Damascus - In the following AFP interview with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, the questions were asked in French and he replied in Arabic.

AFP EXCLUSIVE: Assad vows to retake Syria, amid new ceasefire push

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 as international pressure grows for a ceasefire.

Assad visits Damascus church before Christmas

Damascus - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has made a rare public appearance with a pre-Christmas visit to a church in an eastern suburb of Damascus often targeted by rebel artillery.

France demands assurances that Assad will leave power

New York - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Friday demanded that talks on Syria's future include assurances that President Bashar al-Assad will leave power.

Assad says Britain's Syria strikes 'illegal', will encourage terror

London - Britain's bombing campaign against Islamic State extremists in Syria is "illegal" and will only cause "terrorism" to spread, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview published Sunday.

Assad's departure not necessary before political transition: France's Fabius

Paris - The departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is no longer necessary before any political transition in the war-torn country, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in an interview published Saturday.

Assad says Syria troops advancing thanks to Russia strikes

Damascus - Syrian government troops are advancing on "nearly every front" thanks to Russian air strikes that began in September, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview released Sunday.

Syria's Assad: Paris attacks result of French policy

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Saturday that French policy had contributed to the "spread of terrorism" that culminated in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group which killed 128 people in Paris.

Kerry: U.S., Russia and Iran 'agree to disagree' on Assad

Vienna - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday he had "agreed to disagree" with his Iranian and Russian counterparts on the fate of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

'Syrian people' must decide Assad's fate: Russia's Lavrov

Vienna - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday insisted it was for the Syrian people to decide on the fate of Bashar al-Assad, following key talks with his US, Saudi and Turkish counterparts.

Op-Ed: Russia in Syria — Good or bad news for the West?

Sydney - The Russian buildup in Syria has led to the first new tactical development in the Assad regime’s military posture. The move from a defensive continuous fire approach to an actual attack has taken years. The question is whether it’ll work.

Assad says Russian failure in Syria would 'destroy' Mideast

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in comments broadcast on Sunday that the success of Russia's military intervention in his country's civil war was vital for the whole Middle East.

Syria rebels insist no role for Assad despite Western overtures

Birut - Syrian opposition forces say they will never accept President Bashar al-Assad's rule, after signs that Western powers may be willing to work with the embattled leader to end the war.

Syria's Assad makes rare public appearance for Eid prayers

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attended holiday prayers at a Damascus mosque on Thursday, state media reported, in a rare public appearance for the embattled regime head.

'Crying' West at root of Europe migrant crisis: Assad

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the West is "crying" for refugees flooding into Europe but its support for "terrorists" in his country lies at the roots of the crisis.

U.S. warns Kremlin that Assad has no role in anti-IS fight

Washington - Washington warned Russia on Tuesday that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has no role in coalition operations against the Islamic State group and must step down to allow a political settlement.

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.
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RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra  Syria  is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who hav...
RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who have seized the area from the government and appear to be destroying relics that predate Islam, which dates back to the 7th century.
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Free Syrian Arab Army liberating Helfaya, Hama
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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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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
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A portrait of Bashir al-Assad among the trash in al-Qsair.
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The US and Russia-brokered ceasefire deal calls for a "cessation of hostilities" between f...
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