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Assad says 'terrorists' hiding among Syrian refugees

Washington - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said some of the millions of refugees who have fled his country's conflict are "terrorists," in an interview published Friday.

Assad says 'defending' Syria more important than any UN tribunal

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that "defending" his country in a time of war was more important than any international tribunal that may be brought against his government later.

Turkey says not 'realistic' to exclude Assad from Syria deal

Birut - A senior Turkish official said Friday it was no longer "realistic" to insist on a solution to the Syria conflict excluding President Bashar al-Assad, just three days before new peace talks.

Syria's Assad 'optimistic' on new peace talks: French MP

Damascus - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad told visiting French lawmakers on Sunday that he was "optimistic" about new peace talks planned for later this month, a member of the delegation told AFP.

'Butcher' Assad must go, says Israeli minister

Jerusalem - Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a 'butcher' who should be thrown out of the country along with his Iranian allies.

Assad congratulates Syrians on 'liberation' of Aleppo

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday congratulated Syrians on the "liberation" of Aleppo, as civilians and fighters evacuated the last rebel pocket of the city.

Assad says Aleppo win 'huge step' towards end of Syria war

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad said victory in Aleppo would be a "huge step" towards ending Syria's five-year civil war, ignoring pleas for a truce as rebels in the city lose more ground.

Syria's first lady says rejected offers to leave country: report

Damascus - Syria's first lady Asma al-Assad said she rejected multiple offers to flee the war-ravaged country with her children, according to an interview with broadcaster Russia24 aired on Tuesday.

Assad calls raid that hit Syria army 'flagrant American aggression'

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad on Monday described the deadly US-led coalition raid on his forces in eastern Syria at the weekend as "flagrant American aggression".

Assad vows to retake all of Syria, hours before truce

Damascus - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad vowed to retake all of Syria from "terrorists," hours before a truce brokered by Russia and the United States was due to take hold on Monday.

Turkey PM vows 'more active' Syria role in next six months

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim vowed Saturday Ankara would play a "more active" role in the next six months in efforts to solve the five-year Syrian civil war.

Assad offers amnesty to Syria rebels who surrender

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday offered an amnesty to armed rebels battling his forces if they surrender, the official SANA news agency reported. "Everyone carrying arms... and sought by justice...

Syria's Assad makes rare appearance outside capital for Eid

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joined Eid al-Fitr prayers at a mosque in third city Homs on Wednesday in a rare public appearance outside the capital for the end-of-Ramadan holiday.

Syria's Assad hardens position in address to parliament

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hardened his position on UN-sponsored peace talks in his first address to the newly elected parliament broadcast on state television on Tuesday.

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.
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