Anies Baswedan sworn in as new Jakarta governor

:: Former Education Minister Anies Baswedan and businessman-turned-politician Sandiaga Uno were sworn in Monday as the new governor and deputy governor of Jakarta at a ceremony held by President Joko Widodo at More »

Saudi Crown Prince meets with the commander of the Pakistani Army

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistani Army Commander Lieutenant General Javed Bajwa on Monday. The meeting reviewed the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, especially in the More »

King Salman stresses kingdom’s support for united Iraq in phone call to Abadi

:: Saudi King Salman held a telephone call Monday evening with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, in which he stressed the Kingdom’s support for the unity More »

Dialogue best way to promote peace, security: Saudi Shoura chief

:: Shoura Council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh said that the Kingdom, under the leadership of King Salman, believes in dialogue as an effective means to achieve security, peace and prosperity. Al-Asheikh delivered his More »

Commercial courts to boost investment in Saudi Arabia

:: Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani has officially launched the commercial courts after they had started to operate on Muharram 1 of this year. Al-Samaani, who is also the Supreme Judicial Council chairman, More »


Tag Archives: ASSAD

Israeli defense minister says Syria’s Assad ‘victorious’

:: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad has been “victorious” in Syria’s civil war and was now being courted by former enemies. “Assad has emerged victorious in the battle,” Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli news

Assad’s ‘victory’ — a disarmed, declawed Syria

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: The time has come to share spheres of influence and interests in Syria. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has emerged as a shrewd tactician now in possession of the keys to Syria’s new map. Lavrov’s,

Iran recruits thousands of Afghan and Pakistani Shiites to fight in Syria

:: Thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria. That’s according to counter terrorism officials and analysts who say the fighters are being lured by promises

Bin Laden’s son Hamza issues new call to arms against Assad

:: Hamza bin Laden, son and would-be heir of late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has urged Muslims around the world to join arms in Syria against “crusaders” and Shiites. “The cause of Syria is the cause of the entire

De Mistura commends Saudi efforts to unify Syrian opposition

:: Staffan de Mistura Special Envoy for Syria, praised Saudi efforts to unify the Syrian opposition, on Wednesday. The UN envoy said, although the violence continues in Syria, efforts are also made to reduce it, pointing out to a significant

Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh ends without agreement

:: The Syrian opposition meeting ended in Riyadh without agreement on Tuesday due to the fact that Moscow refused to agree on any changes to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime or altering of the current Syrian constitution. The meeting witnessed a

Talk all you like, Assad, but you’re no Putin

Diana Moukalled

By : Yasar Yakis :: It was impossible to avoid a sarcastic smile while observing how the official Syrian media approached Bashar Assad’s recent speech in front of the Syrian parliament. The speech was labeled as a strategy and plan

Syrian opposition council seeks unified delegation going into Geneva peace talks

:: The High Negotiations Committee for the Syrian Oppostion is meeting on Monday in Riyadh, bringing together representatives from Cairo and Moscow, with the aim of leaving as a unified delegation to the upcoming Geneva peace talks. According to an

The Syrian regime targets Jobar district with poison gas

:: The cease-fire agreement between the Russians and the Al-Rahman Legion was born dead, after the regime’s forces escalated their shelling of the neighborhood of Al-Jobar and Ein-Terma during the past hours. Although the truce was supposed to be implemented

Trump says won’t let Assad get away with ‘horrible’ crimes

:: US President Donald Trump accused Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of committing “horrible” crimes against humanity and vowed to prevent his regime from carrying out any more chemical attacks. Speaking at a White House press conference with Lebanon’s

Toward a difficult phase marked by Assad’s survival

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: Some have read developments on the ground, international accords, and realignments in Iraq and Syria as the beginning of the end. They hope this will end the bloodletting, engender stability and signal the start of

UN’s de Mistura: Syrian Kurds should take part in drafting new constitution

:: Syria’s Kurds should not be ignored, and their representatives must be allowed to take part in drafting the country’s new constitution, UN envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura told RIA news agency in an interview published on Tuesday. The

US-led strikes killed 224 civilians since allies entered Raqqa

:: US-led coalition air strikes have killed at least 224 civilians since the Syrian forces it backs entered ISIS group bastion Raqqa a month ago, a monitor said on Thursday. But the coalition pushed back against the report, saying its

Syria’s Assad visits Russian air base

:: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited a Russian air base at Hmeymim in western Syria on Tuesday, his first visit to the base from which Russian jets have played a crucial role in support of his war effort. Photos circulated

Macron: Removing Assad no longer priority in Syria

:: France no longer sees the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as a priority in the Syrian conflict, President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday, making the policy official for the first time. The new French leader said instead that fighting militants

Air strikes pound southwest Syrian city of Deraa

:: Government air and artillery bombardments hit rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Deraa, on the border with Jordan, on Tuesday after a two-day ceasefire expired, witnesses, rebels and the army said. Syrian state television quoting army sources said

UN envoy proposes forming team to draft new Syria constitution

:: As the Geneva talks between Syria’s warring sides continue for a second day on Wednesday, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has proposed forming a team comprising civil society activists and technocrats aimed at creating a new constitution for

De-escalation zones chance for rebels to ‘reconcile’, says Assad

:: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that de-escalation zones proposed by his ally Russia were a chance for rebels to “reconcile” with Damascus and drive out ISIS militants, but vowed to fight on calling UN-led peace talks fruitless. Assad pledged,

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