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.
France claims it has "information" which indicates that the Assad government is continuing to use chemical weapons against rebel groups in Syria. Apparently they have carried out nine such attacks in the past two months.
Syria's Bashar al-Assad is discreetly preparing to be re-elected for a third-term as president of Syria. He has also voiced his support for Russian premier Putin's intervention into the crisis in Ukraine.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said there is a "significant" chance he will seek a new term and ruled out sharing power with the opposition seeking his ouster, in an exclusive interview with AFP before the Geneva II peace talks.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has revealed he is open to peace talks, but says they will not become a reality until foreign nations stop supporting the rebel fighters trying to overthrow him.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Italian television that his country will respect the United Nations Security Council resolution that mandates the international community's dismantlement of his country's stockpile of chemical weapons.
In an interview with Venezuelan television, Syrian President Assad has said he still doesn't doubt that the U.S. might launch a military strike against his country, even in light of the recent Russian-brokered agreement.
American senators have said in a letter to the US President that Assad's victories over the Syrian opposition threaten the national security of the United States. They accordingly call for the implementation of a no fly zone.
The Syrian opposition has said that it will fight on until the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is forced from power. It says this is what needs to be done before any political solution can bring the conflict to an end.
In the wake of the White House announcement that the Syrian government has definitively used chemical weapons against the rebels, Israel's defense minister claimed Israeli intervention would be counter-productive.