Bashar al-Assad

Syria Tells Russia it Needs Fuel and Wheat, Wants More Trade

BEIRUT, Nov 22 – Syria needs wheat and fuel to alleviate shortages and suffering caused by its civil war and wants to expand trade ties with Russia, the Syrian government told a high-level Russian delegation on Tuesday. An ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia launched air strikes to support his forces against anti-government rebels

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Obama Offers Bleak Assessment of Situation in Syria

By Jeff Mason LIMA, Nov 21 – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that chaos in Syria could persist for “quite some time” and that Russian and Iranian support for President Bashar al-Assad’s air campaign had emboldened the Syrian leader’s crackdown on rebels. “I am not optimistic about the short-term prospects in Syria,” Obama

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Ghost Soldiers: the Russians Secretly Dying for the Kremlin in Syria

By Maria Tsvetkova and Anton Zverev TOGLIATTI, Russia, Nov 3  – The start of this year proved deadly for one unit of about 100 Russian fighters supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s troops in northern Syria. On Feb. 3, 38-year-old Maxim Kolganov was killed in a firefight with rebels near Aleppo when a bullet pierced his body

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Syrian Rebels Launch Aleppo Counter-Attack to Break Siege

By Ellen Francis and Angus McDowall BEIRUT, Oct 28 – Syrian rebels including jihadists began a counter-attack against the army and its allies on Friday aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city’s western edge by rebels

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Turkey Vows to Press Syria Offensive Despite Warning From Pro-Assad Forces

By Tulay Karadeniz and Laila Bassam ANKARA/BEIRUT, Oct 26  – Turkey said on Wednesday it will press its military offensive in Syria until Daesh is driven from the town of al-Bab, despite a warning from forces allied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a helicopter attack on the rebels it backs. Turkey‘s incursion into Syria, launched two

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Assad’s Allies Warn Turkey Against any Aleppo Advance

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Oct 26  – Forces allied to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria warned Turkey on Wednesday against any advance towards their positions to the north and east of Aleppo, saying any such move would be met “decisively and with force”. The field commander of the forces allied to Damascus made the comments

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White House Condemns Syrian Government Forces Use of Toxic Gas

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 – The White House on Saturday condemned the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government after an international inquiry found its forces responsible for a third toxic gas attack in Syria‘s civil war. The fourth report from the 13-month-long inquiry by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of

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Britain, U.S. Consider More Sanctions Against Assad, Supporters

By Lesley Wroughton LONDON, Oct 17- Britain and the United States said on Sunday they were considering imposing additional sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his supporters for their actions in Syria’s war. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking after briefing allies in London on a new

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Aleppo Will Eventually Fall, but Syrian War Will Go On

By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT, Oct 5  – It may take weeks or months, but Aleppo is likely to fall to Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power and the most lethal bombardment in nearly six years of war. Capturing the strategically important city, an economic and trading centre which is key to controlling Syria’s

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