Assad loyalists celebrate as rebel defences collapse in Aleppo

Assad loyalists celebrate as rebel defences collapse in Aleppo

The Syrian army and its allies said they were poised to declare victory in Aleppo after rebel defences collapsed on Monday, leaving insurgents in a tiny, heavily bombarded pocket of ground. Reporters in the government-held zone said the bombardment of rebel areas of the city had continued non-stop on Monday, and a civilian trapped there […]

Syria’s Assad says Trump ‘an ally if he fights terrorists ‘

Syria’s Assad says Trump ‘an ally if he fights terrorists ‘

Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Tuesday Damascus would have to “wait and see” if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would change Washington’s policy on Syria but that he was ready to cooperate with him in fighting militants. In his first comments on Trump’s election victory, Assad said the Republican leader had made promising comments […]

Taking Aleppo will ‘push terrorists back to Turkey’, says Assad

Taking Aleppo will ‘push terrorists back to Turkey’, says Assad

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said on Friday that the Syrian army’s capture of Aleppo, which has come under renewed bombardment in an effort to seize its rebel-held sector, would be “a springboard” to pushing “terrorists” back to Turkey. Rescue workers said that Syria’s military backed by Russian warplanes had killed more than 150 people in […]

Paris court charges Assad uncle with corruption

Paris court charges Assad uncle with corruption

Prosecutors in Paris charged Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with corruption earlier this month, an anti-corruption group said Tuesday. Rifaat al-Assad, who was Syria’s vice president in the 1980s, was placed under investigation in April for amassing a 90-million-euro ($100-million) fortune, including a stud farm and luxury apartments, despite being kicked […]

Dozens of US diplomats call for military strikes against Syria’s Assad

Dozens of US diplomats call for military strikes against Syria’s Assad

  More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war cease-fire. The “dissent channel cable” was signed by 51 mid- to high-level State Department officers involved with advising […]