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Report: Iran-Backed Hezbollah Pays Syrian Rebels to Switch Sides

U.S. military officials, human-rights activists, and sources within Syria’s fractious insurgency are painting a grim picture of growing Iranian influence, achieved in part by Iran’s proxy Hezbollah paying rebel commanders formerly supported by the United States to switch sides.

New recruits to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist group train in Syria's only remaining rebel-held province in readiness for an expected Russian-backed government offensive that the UN has warned could spark a "humanitarian catastrophe"

Trump Warns Assad, Russia, Iran Not to ‘Recklessly Attack’ Syria’s Idlib Province

President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar Assad and his allies Russia and Iran not to “recklessly attack” Idlib province, one of the last strongholds of resistance against Assad’s regime. The Kremlin dismissed Trump’s warning on Tuesday, describing Idlib as a “nest of terrorism” that must be cleaned out by Syria’s armed forces.

SOCHI, RUSSIA MAY 17, 2018: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (not in picture) at Bocharov Ruchei residence. Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev\TASS via Getty Images)

Iran, Russia, Turkey Discuss Future of Syria at Sochi Summit

Representatives from the Iranian, Russian, and Turkish governments met in the Russian resort city of Sochi on Monday to discuss the future of Syria, including humanitarian concerns, de-escalation zones, and the structure of post-civil war government.

When Syria's Bashar al-Assad met ally Vladimir Putin in Sotchi last week, the Russian leader said all foreign forces would be pulling out

World View: Bashar al-Assad Declares Victory in Southern Syria

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Bashar al-Assad declares victory in southern Syria as opponents are bused out Fears grow that Bashar al-Assad will attack 2.5 million people in Idlib Bashar al-Assad declares victory in southern Syria as opponents are

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian military and police forces fly their national flags on a damaged building and hold a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, southern Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Syrian state TV said Tuesday …

Assad Pushes into Southern Syria, Rebels Negotiate Surrender

The forces of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad pushed hard into the southern region of the country over the past two weeks and captured most of Deraa, the province where the uprising against Assad’s regime began seven years ago. Besieged rebel forces are reportedly negotiating terms of surrender with Assad’s Russian allies.

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Syria: 24-Hour Russian Bombing Blitz Prompts Rebels to Resume Talks

An “unprecedented” nearly 24-hour bombing offensive by Russian forces that began Wednesday in support of Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy Hezbollah and other ground forces fighting on behalf of dictator Bashar al-Assad in southern Syria has reportedly prompted rebel fighters to resume peace talks and surrender more than 30 towns.

Smoke rises above opposition held areas of Daraa during an airstrike by Syrian regime forces, on June 25, 2018. - Russian-backed regime forces have for weeks been preparing an offensive to retake Syria's south, a strategic zone that borders both Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. (Photo by Mohamad ABAZEED …

Reports: Russia Breaks Ceasefire Deal with Airstrikes on Syrian Rebels

Russia reportedly breached a ceasefire deal late Saturday night that it had brokered with the United States and Jordan last July by carrying out airstrikes on in rebel-held Daraa, Syria, against forces opposed to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, leaving at least five civilians dead and destroying a hospital and emergency rescue center during the process.

More than 350,000 people have been killed in the Syrian seven-year war, which started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests

Assad Presses Assault into ‘Deconfliction Zone,’ Drops Barrel Bombs on Rebels

Dictator Bashar Assad ramped up his assault against rebel positions in southwestern Syria on Friday, deploying his infamous “barrel bombs” despite warnings from the United States that he is violating a “deconfliction zone,” jeopardizing civilian lives, and threatening the security of neighboring Israel.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu inspect a military parade during a visit to a Russian air base in Hmeimim

Monitor: Islamic State Killed 55 Assad Fighters After Russia Failed to Help

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) recently launched a “violent attack” in Syria that killed at least 55 pro-regime troops amid friction between dictator Bashar al-Assad’s allies Russia and Iran that apparently contributed to the regime’s losses, a monitor group suggested Wednesday.

In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with a group of school teachers in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Khamenei has challenged President Donald Trump over America pulling out of the nuclear …

Iran Rebuffs Russian Demand to Withdraw from Syria

Iran reportedly rejected Russia’s demands that foreign troops, including Iranian troops, leave Syria when the ongoing civil war there ends, saying on Monday that Iranian soldiers will maintain its presence there for “as long as necessary.”

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian military and police forces fly their national flags on a damaged building and hold a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, southern Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Syrian state TV said Tuesday …

Syria: Assad Declares Damascus Fully ‘Clear’ of Islamic State

Forces loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad this week deemed Damascus and its countryside “completely clear” of Sunni jihadists, including the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), an alleged victory that puts the territory in and around the Syrian regime’s seat of power under its full control for the first time since the civil war erupted in 2011.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures during an exclusive interview with AFP in the capital Damascus on February 11, 2016. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Assad: ‘We Are Fighting the Terrorists … Which Are the American Army’

In an extensive interview published Thursday covering his ties to Iran, accusations of chemical weapons use, and a potential meeting with President Donald Trump, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad referred to the U.S. military as “terrorists,” alongside the Turkish and Saudi armies.

Syrian soldiers hold their weapons as they dance and chant slogans against U.S. President Trump during demonstrations following a wave of U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, April 14, 2018. Hundreds of Syrians are demonstrating …

Assad Begins Final Assault to Regain Complete Control of Damascus

Building on his recapture of the Eastern Ghouta suburb after a long and bloody siege that ended with an alleged chemical weapons attack, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad on Tuesday began the final battle for control of Damascus with artillery strikes on the last rebel positions near the city.

Turkish Army tanks drive to the Syrian Turkish border town of Jarabulus on August 25, 2016

Reports: Russia Ships More Military Hardware to Syria

The UK Daily Mail reports that two Russian warships filled with military equipment – including BTR-80 tanks, high-speed patrol boats, and a Pelena-1 bomb radar system – have been sighted en route to Syria following Friday’s airstrikes on Syrian targets by the United States and its allies.

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Pentagon Accuses Russia of ‘Double Dealing’ in Syria

The Pentagon on Thursday accused Russia of “double dealing” in Syria — agreeing to a cease fire in its seven-year civil war, but then supporting Syrian forces bombing civilians in East Ghouta.

A picture taken on February 10, 2018 show Israeli solders taking positions in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the border with Syria. Syrian air defences repelled an Israeli raid on a military base in the centre of the country, hitting more than one warplane, state media said. The report came …

Caroline Glick: Syria – The War Everyone Must Fight and No One Can Win

Saturday morning’s violent clashes along the Israeli-Syria border between Israel on the one hand and Iran and Syrian regime forces on the other occurred against the backdrop of multiplying acts of war and violence between a seemingly endless roster of combatants.

SOCHI, RUSSIA JANUARY 30, 2018: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov makes a speech at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress opening ceremony at the Main Media Centre of the Olympic Park. Valery Sharifulin/TASS Host Photo Agency (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)

Delegates to Syria Peace Talks Heckle Russian Foreign Minister

The latest round of Russia-sponsored talks to end the Syrian civil war got off to a bad start on Tuesday as some opposition groups boycotted the meeting entirely, others refused to get off their airplanes, and some of the delegates who actually made it to the meeting heckled Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during his speech.

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Assad: Arab Spring Was About ‘Embracing Extremism as a Replacement for Arab Identity’

Addressing an inter-Arab forum on Tuesday, Syrian President Bashar Assad denounced the 2011 “Arab Spring” uprisings as a triumph for “extremism” over “Arab identity,” described the Muslim Brotherhood as an English plot to undermine pan-Arab nationalism, and said there should be no conflict between Arabism and Islam.