King Salman receives Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani

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Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

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UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

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Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

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Tag Archives: ASSAD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UN: Syria fighting has decreased but aid remains stalled

:: The United Nations still has “a million questions” about a Syria deal struck last week by Russia, Turkey and Iran, with a reported reduction in the fighting but aid convoys remain almost totally stalled, a UN

US-backed forces seize Syria’s Tabqa, dam from ISIS

:: A US-backed alliance of Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters on Wednesday captured the key city of Tabqa and its nearby dam from ISIS militants, the force and a monitor told AFP. “The Syrian Democratic Forces seized

Ex-Nusra fighters to be evacuated from Syrian camp

:: Agreement has been reached to evacuate wounded fighters of the hardline Islamist group formerly known as Nusra Front from Yarmouk, in the southern suburbs of Damascus, to rebel-held Idlib province, Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV reported on Sunday.

Riad Seif elected head of leading opposition Syrian group

:: Riad Seif, a 70-year-old, Syrian political dissident and prominent businessman, has been elected on Saturday as the head of the leading opposition group Syrian National Coalition, Al Arabiya News Channel reported. Seif, a secular human rights

Following 48-hour delay, Syria evacuees on the move again

Hundreds of frightened Syrian evacuees were on the move again Friday after being blocked for 48 hours at a transit point where a bomber killed dozens of their fellow townspeople, a monitor said. Some of the 60

Why Syria is one thing and Assad is another

Hussein Shobokshi

By : Hussein Shobokshi :: Why did the United States carry out airstrike against Syria? Firstly, the US did not strike Syria as proclaimed by the national media and the media that belongs to the terrorist group

Hopefully it is the beginning of the end for Assad

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra :: Forget about fake “nationalist” condemnation and crocodile tears for a doubtful “sovereignty,” since Syria has become nothing but a mailbox where regional and international political messages are exchanged. Instead, look deeper

Working with Assad to do what?

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri :: The recent US missile attack on a Syrian regime air base may or may not have been a turning point in American foreign policy, but it surely put the thorny issue of

Assad remains disastrous, with or without chemical weapons

Mashari Althaydi

By : Mashari Althaydi :: Bashar al-Assad’s regime is more dangerous than any chemical, nuclear or biological weapon. Likewise, Khomeini’s Iran is dangerous with or without nuclear weapons. It is normal to focus on stopping Bashar and

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