Articles Tagged 'Bashar al-Assad'

Assad allies profit from Syria’s lucrative food trade

November 14, 2013
As food begins to flow into Bashar al-Assad’s Syria after several months of disruption, some of the president’s close allies stand to make substantial profits from the secretive trade, according to trade and opposition sources with knowledge of the situation. While civil war grinds on, Syria is facing its worst wheat harvest in three decades and Assad has been scrambling… READ MORE

Syria’s Assad says peace talks tied to ending aid to ‘terrorists’

by Reuters
October 30, 2013
BEIRUT | Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who met with United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday, said the success of peace talks was tied to “stopping support for terrorist groups.” He was quoted on state television as saying “the success of any political solution is tied to stopping support for terrorist groups and pressuring their patron states”. It was not… READ MORE

Syria rebels reject opposition coalition, call for Islamic leadership

by Erika Solomon, Reuters
September 25, 2013
BEIRUT | Thousands of Syrian rebels have broken with the Western-backed coalition and called for a new Islamist front, undermining international efforts to build up a pro-Western military force to replace President Bashar al-Assad. Ever more divided on a battlefield where Assad’s better armed troops have been gaining ground, allies of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were among 13 disparate… READ MORE

Obama goes golfing after deciding on Syria military strike

September 1, 2013

President Obama played golf on Saturday following his major announcement that he had decided the United States should take military action against the regime of… READ MORE

Assad’s forces battle to tighten control of central Syria

AMMAN | President Bashar al-Assad’s forces pounded Sunni Muslim rebels in the city of Homs with artillery and from the air on Sunday, the second day of their offensive in central Syria, activists said. They said rebels defending the old center of Homs and five adjacent Sunni districts had largely repelled a ground attack on Saturday by Assad’s forces, backed… READ MORE

Syria’s Islamists seize control as moderates dither

ALEPPO, Syria | As the Syrian civil war got under way, a former electrician who calls himself Sheikh Omar built up a brigade of rebel fighters. In two years of struggle against President Bashar al-Assad, they came to number 2,000 men, he said, here in the northern city of Aleppo. Then, virtually overnight, they collapsed. Omar’s group, Ghurabaa al-Sham, wasn’t… READ MORE

Assad says Syria received Russian missile shipment: Lebanese media

by Reuters
May 30, 2013
BEIRUT | Syria has received the first shipment of a sophisticated air defense system from Russia, President Bashar al-Assad was quoted as saying, sending a signal of military strength days before an EU arms embargo on the country lapses. Russia had promised delivery of the S-300 missile system to the Syrian government despite Western objections, saying the move would help… READ MORE

Assad’s forces kill 85 in Damascus suburb, activists say

AMMAN | Syrian forces and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 85 people when they stormed a Damascus suburb after five days… READ MORE

Assad “peace plan” greeted with scorn by foes

BEIRUT | Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected peace talks with his enemies on Sunday in a defiant speech that his opponents described as a renewed… READ MORE

U.N. lifts Syria death toll to “truly shocking” 60,000

AMMAN/GENEVA | More than 60,000 people have died in Syria’s uprising and civil war, the United Nations said on Wednesday, dramatically raising the death toll in a struggle that shows no sign of ending. In the latest violence, dozens were killed in a rebellious Damascus suburb when a government air strike turned a petrol station into an inferno, incinerating drivers… READ MORE

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