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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.
In the Media by Roueida Mabardi (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 2 comments

Assad easily wins reelection in war-divided Syria

Damascus - Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was overwhelmingly re-elected in the first presidential vote since civil war broke out three years ago, state-run television said Wednesday.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Syrian regime alleged to still be using chemical weapons

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.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Hezbollah is utilizing new tactics in Syria to avoid casualties

The Lebanese-based Hezbollah militia that is backing Assad in the bloody war in Syria is utilizing new tactics to avoid heavy casualties.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Syria's Assad prepares for re-election; supports Russia in Crimea

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.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Syria's Assad expects to run again, rejects power deal

Damascus - 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.
In the Media by Rana Moussaoui and Sammy Ketz (AFP)

Syria denies Assad comments reported by Russia news agency

Damascus - The office of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad denied comments attributed to him Sunday by a Russian news agency which quoted him as saying his departure is not up for discussion.
In the Media by AFP

Syria's President Assad in rare mosque appearance: TV

Damascus - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad made a rare appearance on Sunday to attend prayers at a mosque in the capital Damascus, state television reported.
In the Media by AFP

Assad: Foreign powers must stop aiding Syrian rebels

Damascus - 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.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 1 comment

With Southern Damascus under siege, clerics permit eating dogs

Muslim clerics in rebel-held southern Damascus have issued a fatwa that permits citizens to eat animals that are typically forbidden to avoid starvation.
In the Media by Justin King - 3 comments

Syria's Information Minister: Assad will 'remain in office'

Syria's Information Minister Omran Al-Zohbi has said that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad will remain in office and has the right to run for reelection in 2014 if he wishes to.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Assad: Syria will respect UN chemical weapons resolution

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 the Media by Paul Iddon

Assad: Syria has more sophisticated weapons than chemicals

In his latest interview the Syrian president has said that Syria has weapons more sophisticated than its chemical stockpiles which can “blind Israel.”
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Assad: I don't rule out possibility of US attack

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.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Op-Ed: There is another narrative behind Obama's Syrian objectives

Assad's purported use of chemical weapons against rebel enclaves in Syria is the green light Obama red lined - but is it the cornerstone narrative behind a US military engagement?
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 7 comments

Kerry stands firm on Syria: 'It matters here if nothing is done'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was adamant that the U.S. would move ahead with plans to strike the Syrian government for it's role in using chemical weapons.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari - 5 comments

Iran's new president declares support for Assad and Hezbollah

Iran's president-elect Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed his support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad and Iran's proxy the Hezbollah organization in Lebanon.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Syrian opposition proposes truce to Assad for Ramadan

The new head of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmed Jarba, has offered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a truce set to last until the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

US Senators: Assad victory threatens US national security

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.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 3 comments

Putin: Rapid Assad departure may leave political vacuum in Syria

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed concerns over the potential political vacuum that may come into fruition in Syria if Assad were to relinquish power.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 4 comments

Syrian opposition: We will fight on until Assad is toppled

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 Media by Paul Iddon

G8 leaders make appeal to Assad's allies

G8 world leaders have called on those allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to topple their president, hinting if they could do so there would be a place for them in the new Syria.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Assad to Europe: You will pay price for arming Syrian rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Europe that it will pay a price if it arms terrorists fighting in his country.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Israeli defense minister: No interest in Syrian intervention

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.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments

Israel: Assad will win with Iran/Hezbollah help

Israel's intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz said there is a chance Assad will successfully crush the uprising against is rule with help from Iran and Hezbollah.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Assad claims that Syria has received Russian S-300 missiles

In an interview with Al-Manar, an affiliated channel of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, President Bashar al-Assad stated that Syria has received the first batch of Russia's S-300 anti-aircraft missiles.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari - 1 comment

Claims of massacres at Syrian villages

Updated Saturday:11.00 CET. Hundreds of Sunnis are fleeing coastal towns and villages on Syria's Mediterranean coast after reports of at least two massacres, which look very much like a plan of sectarian cleansing.
In the Media by Stephen Morgan

Op-Ed: Was it sarin gas or something else in Syria?

During the last week, there have been many reports in the media about possible chemical attacks in Syria. After wavering on the question for days, Obama changed tack yesterday and stated that the US now has evidence that chemical weapons have been used.
In the Media by Stephen Morgan - 7 comments
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