Stories tagged: Bashar Assad
UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 11:55 a.m.
Defense Secretary Mattis: Syria still has chemical weapons
Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again.
UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 3:19 p.m.
After U.S. strikes, Trump’s Syria plan starts coming into view
Though still evolving, President Donald Trump’s plans for Syria have come into clearer view since he ordered cruise missiles fired on a Syrian air base to punish Assad for a …
Sat., April 15, 2017, midnight
Charles Krauthammer: America’s strength is back, for now
Whatever the reason, moral or strategic, Trump acted. And effectively reset his entire foreign policy.
UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Syria’s divisions crystallize with latest evacuations
Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticized population transfer that reflects the relentless segregation of Syrian society along …
Wed., April 12, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Trump on bombing of Syria: Obama should have done it
In President Donald Trump’s first major interview since ordering a military strike on a Syrian airfield late last week, he provided additional insight into his reasoning – and much of …
UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Tillerson brings tough line to Moscow over Russia’s backing for Syrian regime
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Russia on Tuesday to urge Moscow to back away from the Syrian government and pave the way for the country’s president to transition …
UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 4:01 p.m.
Spicer apologizes for ‘insensitive’ reference to Holocaust
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized Tuesday for making an “inappropriate and insensitive” comparison to the Holocaust in earlier comments about Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons …
Tue., April 11, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Pressured by Trump, North Korea and Syria build stronger bond with each other
Syria and North Korea might be two of the most embattled countries in the world right now. But in the face of increasing pressure from the United States, the two …
UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 7:01 p.m.
What exactly is U.S. Syria policy? Big questions for allies
Seeking support from abroad, the U.S. struggled Monday to explain a hazy Syria strategy that has yet to clarify key questions: Whether President Bashar Assad must go, how displaced Syrians …
UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 2:48 p.m.
Russia knew in advance of Syrian chemical attack, U.S. official says
The United States has concluded Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official said Monday.
Mon., April 10, 2017, 8:41 a.m.
McCain: Russia cooperated with Syria in chemical attack
U.S. Senator John McCain has accused Russia of having cooperated with Syria in a chemical weapons attack that has killed more than 80 people, including more than a dozen children.
Sun., April 9, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Trump advisers: US seeks to fight IS and oust Syria’s Assad
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser on Sunday left open the possibility of additional U.S. military action against Syria following last week’s missile strike but indicated that the United States …
Fri., April 7, 2017, 8:10 a.m.
U.S. strike on Syria is widely praised, but angers Russia
World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week’s chemical attack, while Russia condemned …
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
US missiles blast Syria; Trump demands ‘end the slaughter’
The Trump administration hinted at military action against Syria Thursday as the president and top officials considered how to retaliate against President Bashar Assad for this week’s chemical weapons attack …
Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Syria’s Assad faces mounting pressure after chemical attack
President Bashar Assad’s government came under mounting international pressure Thursday after a chemical attack in northern Syria, with even key ally Russia saying its support is not unconditional.
UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017, 7:12 p.m.
Trump condemns Syria attack but won’t telegraph U.S. response
His expression grave and his words emphatic, President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday the deadly chemical attack in Syria had crossed “many, many lines” and abruptly changed his views of …
Wed., April 5, 2017, 10:14 a.m.
At U.N., Trump team assails Russia for protecting Syria’s Assad
The Trump administration on Wednesday assailed Russia for protecting the Syrian government, saying that Moscow is callously ignoring civilian deaths in a chemical weapons attack.
Tue., April 4, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
Spain seizes property worth $735 million linked to Syrian leader Assad’s uncle
Spanish police investigating a money laundering case on Tuesday raided properties and blocked dozens of bank accounts, including some belonging or linked to relatives of former Syrian vice president Rifaat …
UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 5:58 p.m.
E.U. says it’s unrealistic to imagine Syria’s Assad can stay in power
The European Union’s top diplomat says it is unrealistic to think that President Bashar Assad could retain power over any future government in a post-war Syria.
Mon., March 20, 2017, 12:43 p.m.
Al-Qaida steps up violence against Syrian government
Under pressure from fellow insurgents and escalating airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, Syria’s al-Qaida branch is stepping up violence against President Bashar Assad’s strongholds with precise, high-profile attacks, including a …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
Cease-fire frays in Syria’s south as rebels launch new offensive
A cease-fire brokered by Turkey and Russia two months ago is fraying along Syria’s southern border as rebel forces launch their largest offensive in the area in more than a …
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 9:34 a.m.
Assad says U.S. troops welcome in Syria to fight terrorism
Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview released on Friday that the United States is welcome to join the battle against “terrorists” in Syria – as long as it …
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, midnight
Martin Schram: Aleppo the latest humanitarian failure
Aleppo will be remembered as yet another genocide the United States, still looked to as the world’s de facto leader, failed to act to stop.
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 12:01 p.m.
Two Russian nurses killed in rebel shelling of Syria’s Aleppo
Rebel shelling killed two Russian nurses and eight civilians Monday in Aleppo, and a Russian fighter jet crashed as it was returning to an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean after …
Sun., Oct. 23, 2016, 11:51 a.m.
Cease-fire crumbles in Aleppo as fighting resumes
A burst of fighting in the flash-point Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday appeared to shatter a unilateral Russian cease-fire, signaling a resumption of the government’s offensive to seize rebel-held …
Sat., Oct. 22, 2016, 10:41 a.m.
Russia: Demands for Assad’s departure are ‘thoughtless’
The entire territory of Syria must be “liberated,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said in remarks televised Saturday, dismissing demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s departure as “thoughtless.”
Tue., Oct. 4, 2016, 11:53 a.m.
Obama administration considering strikes on Assad, again
U.S. military strikes against the Assad regime will be back on the table Wednesday at the White House, when top national security officials in the Obama administration are set to …
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016, 4:27 p.m.
Why the fight for Aleppo is a turning point in the Syrian war
Even by the brutal benchmarks of the Syrian conflict, Russian and Syrian bombardment of rebel-held districts in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo this last week has been marked by …
Thu., Sept. 22, 2016, 1:06 p.m.
Syria’s Assad blames U.S. for collapse of Syria truce
He’s been stigmatized internationally, a contentious figure presiding over a ruinous civil war that seems to slip into further depravity every day. But in his power base in the Syrian …
Sun., Sept. 11, 2016, 9:40 p.m.
Syrian rebels leery of cease-fire plan set to start Monday
BEIRUT – Rebel factions in Syria expressed deep reservations on Sunday about the terms of a U.S.-Russian deal that seeks to restart the peace process for the war-torn country, with …