Tag: President Bashar Assad

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, shakes hands with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, at al-Shaab presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. Within minutes of news breaking of a coup against Recep Tayyeb Erdogan, government-held areas in Syria broke out in celebratory gunfire that lasted throughout the night. In bars across the capital Damascus, revelers celebrated the news, drinking to the removal of Turkey's strongman they blame for fueling their country's five-year civil war. But Erdogan survived, and judging by the surprise reversal of rebel fortunes in Aleppo this week, so has his support for the rebels. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

Syria and Turkey Accuse Each Other of Supporting Terrorism

There hasn’t been much love lost between Syria and Turkey since long before Syria’s civil war heated up in 2011, but the war of words escalated this week when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Syrian President Bashar Assad a “terrorist.” The Syrian regime responded by accusing Turkey of supporting terrorism and spilling Syrian blood.

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Agreement Reached That Could Restart Aleppo Evacuation

An agreement was reached Saturday to allow “humanitarian cases” to leave two besieged government-held Shiite villages in northwestern Syria, a step that would allow the resumption of civilian and rebel evacuations from eastern Aleppo which were suspended a day earlier, Hezbollah’s media arm and a monitoring group said.