Bashar al-Assad

How did the Syrian Civil War start?
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How did the Syrian Civil War start?

Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Syria hampers the fight against Islamic State
9 Aug 2019
Syria votes in local elections as bloody battle looms
Syria vote
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Syria votes in local elections as bloody battle looms

First vote since 2011 comes as Russia-backed government forces prepare major assault on Idlib
17 Sep 2018
Is Germany considering military intervention in Syria?
 Syrian children and adults receive treatment for a suspected chemical attack
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Is Germany considering military intervention in Syria?

Report suggests the nation would join US-led air strikes in the event of another chemical attack
11 Sep 2018
Syrian jet downed by Israel over Golan Heights
A Syrian fighter jet flying over rebel-held areas
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Syrian jet downed by Israel over Golan Heights

Rare confrontation could provoke tensions as Assad forces fight to regain border territory
25 Jul 2018
What is happening in Syria? Assad forces retake rebel city
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What is happening in Syria? Assad forces retake rebel city

City of Deraa, where the uprising began more than seven years ago, falls ‘without a fight’
13 Jul 2018
Syria’s Assad ‘planning state visit to North Korea’
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Syria’s Assad ‘planning state visit to North Korea’

Controversial president reportedly admires the ‘outstanding political calibre’ of Kim Jong Un
4 Jun 2018
Israel warns Iran over nuclear ambitions
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Israel warns Iran over nuclear ambitions

In a veiled threat, Israel confirms it destroyed Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007
22 Mar 2018

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Syria: 12,000 civilians flee Eastern Ghouta as army advances
Eastern Ghouta
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Syria: 12,000 civilians flee Eastern Ghouta as army advances

Government air strikes prompt mass exodus and mark ‘beginning of the end’ for rebels
16 Mar 2018
US-led forces kill 100 fighters loyal to Syria’s Assad
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US-led forces kill 100 fighters loyal to Syria’s Assad

Syrian news agency says US targeted forces fighting Islamic State
8 Feb 2018
Russia’s Syrian peace talks begin despite opposition boycott
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Russia’s Syrian peace talks begin despite opposition boycott

Turkish-backed rebel representatives refuses to leave airport in protest over ‘branding’
30 Jan 2018
Putin pulls his forces out of Syria
Vladimir Putin has be crucial in keeping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power
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Putin pulls his forces out of Syria

Analysts suspect he will not relinquish his growing influence in the region
12 Dec 2017
How Vladimir Putin became the Middle East’s power-broker
Vladimir Putin discusses military tactics with Syria's Bashar al-Assad
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How Vladimir Putin became the Middle East’s power-broker

Russian president to push world leaders for Syrian peace plan after Assad meeting
22 Nov 2017
Syria’s civil war is over and Assad has won, says the UN
A Syrian man carries a wounded baby following a nair strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma
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Syria’s civil war is over and Assad has won, says the UN

Special envoy Staffan de Mistura says Syrian rebels must give up their armed struggle and try to ‘win the peace’
8 Sep 2017
75,000 Syrians 'disappeared' by Assad regime
Majdi Fahmi al-Kadumi holds a picture of his brother Bashar, a reporter who disappeared in Aleppo in 2012
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75,000 Syrians 'disappeared' by Assad regime

Amnesty launches a campaign against abduction to mark International Day of the Disappeared
31 Aug 2017
Assad regime behind Syria's sarin gas massacre, says UN
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Assad regime behind Syria's sarin gas massacre, says UN

In Depth: Russia claims report contains inconsistencies and unverified evidence
30 Jun 2017
Sean Spicer criticised after Hitler chemical weapons comment
Sean Spicer, US press secretary
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Sean Spicer criticised after Hitler chemical weapons comment

Comparing the Nazi leader with Assad is a 'moral horror' and risks trivialising the scale of Hitler's crimes, say critics
12 Apr 2017
A brief guide to who supports who in Syria
Demonstrators protest US air strikes
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A brief guide to who supports who in Syria

In a conflict involving countries far beyond the Syrian borders, we take a look at the nations involved and the sides they are on
10 Apr 2017
Hillary Clinton: I would have taken on Assad
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Hillary Clinton: I would have taken on Assad

Former presidential candidate says she pushed US to 'move aggressively' against Syrian regime in 2012
7 Apr 2017
Syrian Civil War: Six years on
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Syrian Civil War: Six years on

As one of the most severe humanitarian crises since World War II enters its seventh year, what has changed?
13 Mar 2017
Russia in Syria: whose side is Vladimir Putin on?
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Russia in Syria: whose side is Vladimir Putin on?

Several theories have been put forward about Putin's motivation for intervening in the Syrian war
26 Nov 2015
SYRIA: Bashar al-Assad 'informed' on US-led airstrikes
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SYRIA: Bashar al-Assad 'informed' on US-led airstrikes

Syrian President says regime has no plans to work with US and denies ever using barrel bombs
10 Feb 2015
Syria's Bashar al-Assad goaded in 'snow bucket' challenge
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Syria's Bashar al-Assad goaded in 'snow bucket' challenge

Young Syrian actor challenges president to brave the cold with country's suffering refugees
12 Jan 2015
How do Arab media write about Assad and Syria?
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How do Arab media write about Assad and Syria?

President Assad remains a sharply divisive figure for mainstream Arabic-language media
7 Nov 2014
Islamic State: are US air strikes in Syria breaking the law?
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Islamic State: are US air strikes in Syria breaking the law?

US launches attacks on Islamic State without UN mandate or consent from the Syrian regime
24 Sep 2014
THE MOLE: UK could join IS airstrikes next week
The Mole
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THE MOLE: UK could join IS airstrikes next week

William Hague makes it clear that prior approval from Parliament would not be necessary
5 Sep 2014
ROBERT FOX: Islamic State grows as we hesitate
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ROBERT FOX: Islamic State grows as we hesitate

Can 'coalition of the willing' come together to deal with Islamic State? Not if Cameron can help it
28 Aug 2014
PM considered plan to train and arm 100,000 Syrian rebels
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PM considered plan to train and arm 100,000 Syrian rebels

Secret plan came from army top brass: create rebel army so Syrians could defeat Assad themselves
4 Jul 2014
Fighting Isis could mean targeting British citizens
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Fighting Isis could mean targeting British citizens

Government under pressure to do something about British jihadists joining Islamist takeover campaign
13 Jun 2014
Syria holds presidential elections as war rages on
Syrian activists splash paint on President Assad's election posters
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Syria holds presidential elections as war rages on

Main opposition boycotts election, describing it as 'theatre written with the blood of Syrians'
3 Jun 2014
VENETIA RAINEY: 13 nuns reveal the truth about Syria
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VENETIA RAINEY: 13 nuns reveal the truth about Syria

For a start, we now know Bashar Assad’s regime does detain children. But there’s more…
14 Mar 2014
Syrian peace talks resume in Geneva as hundreds escape Homs
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Syrian peace talks resume in Geneva as hundreds escape Homs

Ceasefire set to continue in the 'capital of the revolution', but what's next for Geneva II?
10 Feb 2014
SYRIA: Bashar regime 'tortured and killed' 11,000
Syrians shout slogans as they gather around the shrouded bodies of civilians, who were executed and dumped in the Quweiq river, during their funeral outside the Yarmuk school in the Bustan al
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SYRIA: Bashar regime 'tortured and killed' 11,000

Evidence of 'systemic killing' by government officials emerges day before start of peace talks
21 Jan 2014
West sends spies to Syria to counter jihadist threat
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West sends spies to Syria to counter jihadist threat

There's a 'schism' between those in West who want Assad gone and those who fear what replaces him
15 Jan 2014
US SENATE: Syria intervention bridge too far?
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US SENATE: Syria intervention bridge too far?

Russian president tells Obama he needs UN approval for attack as White House secures bipartisan support
4 Sep 2013
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