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Report: More Than 300 Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria, With Pro-Assad Forces Responsible for 98 Percent

Well over 300 chemical weapons attacks have occurred during the nearly eight years-long Syrian civil war, with President Bashar al-Assad’s government and its allies accounting for the vast majority of them, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing new research by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI).Read more...
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More Than 300 Chemical Attacks Launched During Syrian Civil War, Study Says

Researchers say this number could be much higher, and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime carried out 98 percent of them, dropping chlorine gas, sarin and sulfur mustard gas on civilians. (Image credit: Hassan Ammar/AP)
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Assad warns Syria's Kurds that US will not protect them

President Bashar al-Assad warned Syria's Kurds Sunday that their ally the United States would not protect them against any Turkish offensive as Washington looks to withdraw it troops. The US is set to pull out its soldiers from Syria after allied Kurdish-led forces capture the Islamic State group's last holdout in the war-torn country. Any withdrawal risks leaving the Kurds exposed to a long threatened attack by neighbouring Turkey, which views Kurdish fighters as "terrorists".
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Syria's Assad pledges no bargaining over constitution

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday his government would not bargain over the country's constitution with the Turkey-backed opposition, lambasting a U.N. peace process that aims to rewrite its terms. A congress convened by Russia, Assad's key ally, last year tasked the U.N. envoy for Syria with forming a committee to draft a new constitution, after many rounds of talks to end the war had failed. "The constitution is the fate of the country and as a result, it does not succumb to an...
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, Assad, Bashar Al Assad, Russia Assad

Kremlin, after summit, says no offensive planned in Syria's Idlib

Putin, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's closest allies, was speaking after hosting a summit in southern Russia to weigh the future of Syria with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. All three countries have forces on the ground in Syria, where they have coordinated their efforts despite sometimes differing priorities and interests. Before the summit, the Kremlin had made clear it wanted a green light for action in Idlib where it says Islamist militan...
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, Syria, Moscow, Hassan Rouhani, Kremlin, Bashar Al Assad, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan, Idlib

Russia, Turkey, Iran hail US Syria withdrawal

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran hailed the planned US withdrawal from Syria as they met for talks Thursday on how to work more closely together in the country's long-running conflict. Hosting his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in the southern city of Sochi, President Vladimir Putin said the three welcomed the expected US pull-out from northeastern Syria. Russia and Iran -- who both back the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad -- and rebel supporter Turkey have positioned thems...
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Aid agencies pull out of Idlib in face of new terror threat

Fear of aid money being diverted by Tahrir al-Sham has led donors to cut fundingIn Syria’s Idlib province, the dust has largely settled after last month’s dramatic takeover of the area by al-Qaida-linked fighters. As a result, however, international organisations have withdrawn aid and support for schools and hospitals – and Idlib’s 3 million residents are beginning to feel the pinch.Idlib, the last pocket of Syria that remains outside President Bashar al-Assad’s control, was spared an assault b...
Tags: Russia, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Moscow, Bashar Al Assad, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Al Qaida, Ankara, Idlib, Tahrir al Sham

Venezuela's Maduro Is Doomed? They Said That About Syria's Assad

Neighboring states absorbed those who fled, creating a refugee crisis. No, Syria in 2011, when you had to look pretty hard for an analyst or Western official who believed President Bashar al-Assad could survive the combined assault of domestic revolt and international boycott. Although the U.S. recognized the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representatives of the nation, Assad remains in the presidential palace in Damascus, stronger than ever.
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A preference for peace is not the same thing as support for the Bogeyman of the Week

I’m not ashamed to admit it: I’m a peacenik. I think war is a bad thing. I’ve seen it up close and personal as an infantryman, and I’d like to see less of it, preferably none at all, either up close or from a distance. In part, this desire also makes me a “non-interventionist.” That is, in a world with 195 “sovereign nations,” it makes sense that the political officials in each one should mind his or her own state’s business and not try to decide who gets to run the other 194, or how they should...
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Tulsi Gabbard: 'Assad is not the enemy of the United States'

Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not the enemy of the United States, standing by her opposition to US involvement in that country's civil war two years after she met personally with the accused war criminal.
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True aims of the Syrian Democratic Forces | Letters

Their military aim is the defeat of Islamic State and their political goal is secular democracy and autonomy in northern Syria, not the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, writes Rosa Gilbert of the Kurdistan Solidarity CampaignThe Syrian Democratic Forces, the multi-ethnic secular forces in northern Syria primarily made up of the Kurdish YPG as well as other local Assyrian, Arab and Turkmen groups, have never sought the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad as your article suggests (British hostage Cantlie, s...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Home Office, Kurds, Bashar Al Assad, Aleppo, Syrian Arab Army, Syrian Democratic Forces, Rosa Gilbert, Rosa GilbertCo, Kurdistan Solidarity

Erdogan says Turkey keeping 'low-level' contact with Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said his government maintained "low-level" contact through its spy agency with the Syrian regime despite being one of its most fervent critics. Ankara fell out with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad following the 2011 crackdown on popular dissent, with Erdogan denouncing him as "killer Assad". The Turkish leader has ruled out any direct talks with Assad and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in December Ankara was only in contact with ...
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Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to 'watch Iran': CBS interview

The Republican president lamented "endless wars" in Syria and Afghanistan in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" and made clear he wants to reduce the costly U.S. military presence in those countries despite warnings against such moves from his military advisers and spy chiefs. The United States could rely heavily on intelligence work in Afghanistan, he said, and respond to developments in Syria from U.S. bases in neighboring Iraq. Iran's Revolutionary Guards have sent weapons and thousan...
Tags: Science, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, United States, Cbs, Bashar Al Assad, Trump, CBS Face the Nation, Iraq Iran

Eleven killed in Aleppo as war-damaged block of flats collapses

Five-storey building falls in formerly rebel-held neighbourhood of Syria’s second cityAt least 11 people, including four children, have died after a block of flats collapsed in Aleppo, Syria, on Saturday, according to state media.One child was pulled out alive from the rubble of the five-storey, war-damaged block after rescue teams worked to remove the shattered breeze blocks that had buried him, AFP photographers said. Continue reading...
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Paul Conroy on Marie Colvin: 'Her curiosity overtook any sense of staying alive'

Conroy, injured in the blast that killed Colvin in Syria, says his friend was far from fearless, but she was all the braver for itPaul Conroy is elated. When we meet, the news has just broken that a court in Washington DC has ruled that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is liable for the killing of the Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and the French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik in a rebel-held enclave of Homs in February 2012. Conroy, who was the Sunday Times photographer working with C...
Tags: Media, World news, Newspapers, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Washington Dc, Bashar Al Assad, War reporting, Sunday Times, Homs, Colvin, Conroy, Marie Colvin, Paul Conroy, Remi Ochlik

U.S. Court Finds Syria Liable For Killing Of Journalist Marie Colvin

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government is liable for $302.5 million in damages, a judge ruled.
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US court finds Assad regime liable for Marie Colvin's death in Syria

Syria ordered to pay $300m over death of Sunday Times journalist in ‘targeted’ shelling in 2012The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad has been held liable by a US court for the extrajudicial killing of the Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and ordered to pay $300m dollars (£228m) in punitive damages.In a judgment published on Thursday, the Syrian government was found to have targeted journalists deliberately during the country’s civil war in order to “intimidate newsgathering” and suppre...
Tags: Media, US, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Bashar Al Assad, Assad, Sunday Times, Marie Colvin

Eyeing reconstruction, Syria and Iran strike deal to allow bank transfers

The governments of Syria and Iran have agreed steps that will allow bank transactions between the countries, officials said on Tuesday, a move aimed at boosting trade and investment as Damascus looks to its ally Tehran to help rebuild from war. The deal was one of several concluded during a visit to Damascus by Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, whose country's support has been vital to President Bashar al-Assad during the war. Shunned by Western states that backed the opposition, Damascu...
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Who Is Running For President In 2020?

With Sen. Kamala Harris having kicked off her campaign with a rally in Oakland, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand headed to New Hampshire this weekend fresh off a trip to Iowa, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren having already drawn crowds in several states, the race to 2020 is well underway.And the field of candidates is getting crowded, with several Democrats having formed exploratory committees (which basically means they're running). Then there are the Joe Bidens and Bernie Sanderses, who are rumored to be ru...
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Syria-Iran deal to counter 'economic war' from West: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Tuesday hailed an economic deal with key ally Iran as a bulwark against what he described as an "economic war" waged by the West. Assad spoke the day after the allies signed a string of agreements including a long-term "economic cooperation" deal ahead of reconstruction in the war-torn country. "These deals... will help consolidate Syrian and Iranian resilience against the economic war waged against them by some Western states", the presidency quoted him as say...
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Syria Sanctions Bill Advances in Senate After Shutdown Delay

The measure would direct the Trump administration to impose sanctions on entities that do business with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, such as selling petroleum products or aircraft parts. It also would let state and local governments refuse to do business with anyone who boycotts Israel. The Senate voted 74-19 to take up the bill, which was introduced by Florida Republican Marco Rubio and is supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Iran strikes economic deals with Syria during VP visit

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Iran struck economic and trade deals with Syria on Monday, as it widens its role there after helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reclaim most of his country. Tehran has reached "very important agreements on banking cooperation" with Syria, Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said in the Syrian capital Damascus. Iran will also help repair power stations across Syria and set up a new plant in the coastal province of Latakia, he added. ...
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Syria's first lady undergoes operation over cancer: presidency

The wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has undergone a "successful" operation as part of treatment for early-stage breast cancer, the presidency said on Sunday. "Asma al-Assad continues her treatment against the malignant tumour," it said on its Facebook page. The presidency announced in August that the first lady had begun treatment for "a malignant tumour in the breast that was discovered at an early stage".
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Assad Is Close to Victory But New Conflicts Are Bubbling Up in Syria

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops has fanned much of the flames. While it would leave the field to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s Russian and Iranian allies, it has also emboldened Israel to advertise that it’s pummeling Iranian positions, practically taunting Tehran to respond. Some analysts warn of a confrontation between them that could spark a regional war also drawing in Lebanon and Iraq.
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Second bomb attack in days hits Damascus

A bomb attack hit near the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital Thursday but caused no casualties, state media said, in the second such blast in Damascus in less than a week. Eight years into Syria's devastating civil war, President Bashar al-Assad's regime is in control of almost two-thirds of the country. Until last week, Damascus had enjoyed more than a year of respite from planted explosives.
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Car bomb explodes in Damascus, no casualties: Syrian state media

A car bomb exploded in Syria's capital Damascus on Thursday causing damages but no casualties, state media said, the third such blast in a city under government control this week. A car bomb detonated in the coastal city of Latakia, near President Bashar al-Assad's ancestral village, killing one person and wounding 14 on Tuesday, state media reported. On Sunday, a bomb exploded near a highway at the edge of Damascus and authorities arrested one attacker.
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