Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause More »

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage chief highlights tourism’s role in maintaining peace

:: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman on Monday iterated that Saudi Arabia’s care for tourism and heritage represents its care for the global human More »

Fighting corruption is a must to achieve development goals, says Muslim World League chief

:: Referring to corruption as a “black hole” that hinders the development process of a nation, Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa called for confronting this menace in all ways possible. Al-Issa, More »

King Salman’s speech will serve as guideline for Shoura, says council member

:: Guidelines for addressing local and regional challenges with a special reference to domestic and foreign policies, will be spelled out by King Salman on Wednesday, and will set the tone for More »

Trump’s Jerusalem decision could help militants — UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed

:: US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could provide a lifeline to militants after the setbacks they suffered this year, the de facto leader of the United More »


Tag Archives: ASSAD

Syrian regime delegation joins peace talks in Geneva

:: The Syrian delegation arrived in Geneva to participate in the eighth round of United Nation-sponsored peace talks. It delayed its departure for one day after the opposition repeated its demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down. The Russian-proposed

UN: Syria regime to join peace talks on Wednesday

:: A Syrian government delegation will arrive in Geneva on Wednesday, a day later than expected, to attend peace talks being held there this week, Syrian state news agency SANA said. The delegation had delayed its planned departure for the

UN: Syria government has not confirmed will attend Geneva talks

:: United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Monday that the Syrian government had not yet confirmed that it would attend an eighth round of peace talks in Geneva this week, but “indicated that we would be hearing

Russia’s Putin hosts Assad in fresh drive for Syria peace deal

:: Syrian President Bashar Assad was asked to come to Russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by Russia, Iran and Turkey as Russia prepares to scale down its military presence in the country’s civil war,

Syrian opposition leader Riyad Hijab steps down

:: Syrian opposition leader Riyad Hijab has said he is stepping down as the General Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee ahead of a much-anticipated conference of the anti-Assad camp on Nov. 22. Hijab tweeted his full official resignation letter

Syrian opposition rejects Russia-sponsored congress

:: The Syrian opposition has rejected a new, Russian-sponsored initiative to reach a political settlement to the Syrian conflict, and Turkey protested against the invitation of the Syrian Kurdish side as Moscow’s peacemaking bid hit early complications on Wednesday. Having

UN report finds Syrian regime responsible for sarin attack

:: The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for a deadly sarin gas attack on a rebel-held town in April, a UN report found Thursday. “The panel is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the

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

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