Tag: President Bashar al-Assad

In this file photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 a man watches Russian military jets performing in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia. The Russian military says major war games, the Zapad (West) 2017 maneuvers, set for next month will not threaten anyone. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Russia Tested ‘Over 200 New Weapons’ in Syria: MP

MOSCOW — Russia has tested over 200 new types of arms in Syria during its campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad, a senior lawmaker said Thursday, as Moscow was accused of taking part in airstrikes against rebel-held Eastern Ghouta.

Beirut, LEBANON: Hezbollah second in command Naim Qassem addresses supporters outside the Serail, the seat of government, surrounded by anti-government protesters in Beirut 10 December 2006. Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora vowed his government would overcome the challenge posed by thousands of opposition protesters led by the Shiite militant group …

Hezbollah Leader Boasts of Lessons Learned from Fighting in Syria

The second-in-command of Hezbollah, Iran’s Shia proxy in Lebanon, has told an audience in Tehran that the terrorist organization vastly improved its military and fighting capabilities during its defense of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria in recent years.

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Putin Arrives in Tehran for Official Visit

TEHRAN – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for an official visit, with talks expected to focus on Syria, the Iranian nuclear agreement and bilateral ties.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Iran Protests Against Tillerson ‘Transition’ Remarks

Iran has called in the Swiss charge d’affaires, who looks after US interests, to protest against comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson backing “peaceful transition” in the Islamic republic.

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks in Brussels. Mattis is not lonely in the Pentagon, but two months into his tenure as secretary of defense not a single political appointee has joined him. The retired Marine general, who took office just hours …

‘No Doubt’ Syria has Retained Chemical Weapons: Mattis

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said during a visit to Israel Friday that there can be “no doubt” that Syria has retained some chemical weapons and warned President Bashar al-Assad’s regime not to use them.

Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis listens to questions from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., about his views on women and gays serving in the military, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mattis: ‘No Doubt’ Syrian Regime Behind Gas Attack

Tuesday at a press conference at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary James Mattis said there was “no doubt” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical attack last week in Syria. Mattis said, “Last Tuesday, the Syrian regime attacked

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Tillerson: Russians Are ‘Providing Cover’ for Assad’s Behavior

Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for last week’s deadly chemical attack, but suggested he was enabled by the Russian government. “The Russians have played now for some

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Turkey Welcomes U.S. Syria Strike, Urges No-Fly Zone

Turkey on Friday welcomed a US missile strike on a Syrian regime airbase in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack, calling for a no-fly zone in the country to prevent further bloodshed.

Israeli military medic tends a Syrian man who was wounded in the ongoing violence in Syria, in a military hospital located in the Golan Heights near the border with Syria on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Since the Syrian conflict erupted almost three years ago hundreds of Syrians have received treatment …

Israel Treats More Than 2,600 Wounded Syrians: Army

Israel’s medical services have treated more than 2,600 Syrians wounded during their country’s conflict since 2013, despite the two nations being officially at war, the Israeli army said Tuesday.

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Syrian FM Calls on Refugees to Return Home

Syria’s foreign minister on Monday called on the country’s refugees to return home, official media reported, without directly commenting on a US ban targeting them.

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) meets with an Iranian delegation prior to the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria Peace Talks in Astana Close to Final Declaration

The UN envoy for Syria said Tuesday that a final declaration was close to being achieved at indirect talks between Syrian rebels and their war-torn country’s regime in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.

Russian servicemen assist air force pilots in a Russian Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet before departure on a mission at the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria, on December 16, 2015.

Russia to Upgrade Naval, Air Bases in Syria: Interfax

Russia plans to improve and expand its naval and air bases in Syria, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed source, as Moscow cements its presence in the Middle Eastern country, its only overseas military deployment.

Syrian pro-government forces take part in an operation to take control of Aleppo's Suleiman al-Halabi neighbourhood, which is divided by the frontline that separates the rebel-held east and regime-held west of the northern city, on September 30, 2016. Syrian regime forces advanced in the battleground city of Aleppo, backed by …

Clashes Near Damascus Despite Syria Truce

Syrian pro-government forces clashed with rebels around the main water source for Damascus on Thursday, a monitor said, threatening a fragile ceasefire as it entered its seventh day.

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Hezbollah, Other Shi’ite Allies Helped Assad Sieze Aleppo

When rebel fighters launched a last desperate attempt to break the siege of Aleppo in October, they were beaten back – not by the Syrian army but by the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah fighting on its behalf, a senior official in the pro-government alliance said.

An alliance The Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD) and Arab rebels has taken a key dam of Tishreen on the Euphrates River from ISIS. On December 24, the Syrian Democratic Forces also managed to liberate 5 villages and more than 10 vast farmlands along the banks of the Euphrates. The Syrian …

Syria Rebels Reject Aleppo Exit as Regime Army Advances

Russia said Monday it would hold talks with Washington on a total rebel withdrawal from Syria’s Aleppo, where the army has made sweeping advances, but opposition factions rejected any evacuation.