Tag: Bashar al-Assad

Trump Stops Covert CIA Program To Arm Syrian Rebels

President Trump decided within the last month to end a covert CIA program that armed and trained anti-government rebels in Syria, a move long sought by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ally Russia, U.S. officials told The Washington Post. The program began in 2013 as a way to put pressure on Assad to resign, and will…

Syria, Russia Reject WH Allegations Of Chemical-Attack Plans

Top officials in Syria and at the Kremlin dismissed the White House’s accusations late Monday that Bashar al-Assad’s regime appears to be preparing another chemical attack on civilians. Ali Haidar, Syria’s minister for national reconciliation, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s charges were just part of a new diplomatic campaign against…

Trump, Putin To Have First Call Since Syria Strike

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak by phone on Tuesday afternoon, the White House said Monday night, with a senior Trump administration official telling Reuters that the two leaders will likely discuss the civil war in Syria. Putin and Trump have spoken on the phone two times since Trump’s inauguration, once in…

Syria: ‘Israeli Strike’ Hits Near Damascus Airport [VIDEO]

Syrian state media claimed Thursday that an Israeli missile strike caused an explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus’s airport. However, Syrian rebel sources told the BBC that the target was an arms depot controlled by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement—an ally of the Assad regime that Israel has consistently targeted in its attempt to…

Russia: Syria Regime, Rebels Agree To Ceasefire Deal

On Thursday, Russian state media announced a cease-fire between the Syrian government and Syrian rebel groups. “Reports have just arrived that several hours ago there was a development that we all have looked and worked for for so long,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “Three documents have been signed. A cease-fire between the Syrian government…

UN: Aleppo Civilians ‘Shot on the Spot’ [VIDEO]

Syrian government troops in Aleppo have been reportedly going door-to-door killing civilians Tuesday in the holdout city’s sole remaining rebel-held enclave—a development the United Nations human-rights office termed “a complete meltdown of humanity.” The UN office said it had reliable evidence that at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children, have been shot…

U.S. To Send 200 More Troops To Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said about 200 more U.S. troops are being sent to Syria to help battle Islamic State fighters. The troops, to help Kurdish and Arab fighters retake the ISIL stronghold of Raqqa, will include special operations forces, Carter said Saturday. “These uniquely skilled operators will join the 300 U.S. special operations…

Russia, Syria Halt Aleppo Airstrikes Ahead of ‘Truce’ [VIDEO]

Russia and Syria on Tuesday claimed they would halt their airstrikes on the besieged city of Aleppo to prepare for a “humanitarian pause” on Thursday. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the strikes were suspended at 10 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for the temporary truce from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday—a cease-fire that is…

3 Hospitals In Syria’s Aleppo Bombed in 3 Hours [VIDEO]

Three hospitals were bombed in the space of three hours in Syria’s war-ravaged city of Aleppo, the United Nations children’s program said. The medical facilities bombed Wednesday were on the rebel-held eastern side of the city, UNICEF regional director Peter Salama said in a statement. “Everyone must question their humanity when babies have to be…

Kerry Meets Putin to Talk Syria, Ukraine [VIDEO]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and later with President Vladimir Putin to discuss ending the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. In remarks before their sit-down, Kerry said he wanted to make “real progress” with Lavrov. “The world benefits when powerful nations can…

Deadly Bombing In Syrian Coastal City [VIDEO]

At least 23 people were reported killed as two bombings struck in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad which has largely been spared of violence during the country’s four-year civil war. A monitoring group said the toll is expected to rise.

Assad Meets With Putin in Moscow [VIDEO]

President Bashar al-Assad traveled to Moscow on Tuesday to thank Russian President Vladimir Putin for launching airstrikes against Islamic militants in Syria, a spokesman said. The Kremlin revealed details of the surprise visit Wednesday, but did not say whether the Syrian president had returned home. The trip to Moscow is believed to be Assad’s first…

Watch Donald Trump 60 Minutes Interview VIDEO

Scott Pelley interviewed Donald Trump for 60 minutes talking about key policy details and a major part of his tax proposal. “Russia wants to get rid of ISIS. We want to get rid of ISIS. Maybe let Russia do it. Let them get rid of ISIS. What the hell do we care?” he said in…

Syrian presidential election law excludes most opposition leaders

Syria’s parliament has set residency rules for presidential candidates, state media said on Friday, a move that would bar many of President Bashar al-Assad’s foes who live in exile as the uprising in the major Arab state enters its fourth year. Assad has not yet announced whether he will stand for a third term in…

Warning Graphic VIDEO: Gruesome Syria photos may prove torture by Assad regime

A team of internationally renowned war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts has found “direct evidence” of “systematic torture and killing” by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the lawyers on the team say in a new report. Their report, based on thousands of photographs of dead bodies of alleged detainees killed in Syrian government custody,…

Beirut bomb kills anti-Assad Lebanese former minister

Former Lebanese minister Mohammed Shattah, who opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was killed in an explosion that targeted his convoy in Beirut on Friday along with at least four other people, security sources said. Photo: The blanket-covered body of former Finance minister Mohammad Chattah next to the wreckage of his car in downtown Beirut, Friday.…

Bashar al-Assad: US Will Pay Price For Syria Strike

Bashar al-Assad: US Will Pay Price For Syria Strike

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the US would “pay the price” for any strike against Syria. He told US broadcaster PBS that strikes would increase instability and lead to the spread of terrorism in the region. He said there was “no evidence” that government forces had used chemical weapons against their own people.…

Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad Joins Instagram

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has created an account with photo sharing social media tool Instagram, in an attempt to show his more likeable side. Having realised the value of being loved by your public, the Syrian president, who is accused of waging chemical warfare against his own people, has uploaded photos in which he can…

Car Bomb Kills 53 Near Damascus Ruling Party Building

A car bomb killed 53 people and wounded 200 in central Damascus on Thursday when it blew up on a busy highway close to ruling Baath Party offices and the Russian Embassy, Syrian television said. TV footage showed charred and bloodied bodies strewn across the street after the blast, which state media said was the…

Assad’s Mother Leaves Syria

Anisa Makhluf, the mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has left the war-torn country and joined her daughter in Dubai, expatriates in the United Arab Emirates and an activist say. Ms Makhluf has been living next to her daughter, Bushra, Dr Assad’s only sister, in Dubai for about 10 days, Syrian expatriates said. Bushra’s husband,…