Articles tagged 'bashar al assad'

Assad in surprise visit to Moscow 21 October 2015 MOSCOW - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has visited Moscow on his first overseas trip since the civil war broke out in his country in 2011, state TV says. During the surprise visit, he held talks with President Vladimir Putin. Russia launched air strikes in Syria last month against the s...
Assad vows not to 'quit under pressure' 16 September 2015 DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said in an interview for Russian TV he will not quit under foreign pressure, saying the Syrian people must decide. Western powers and much of the Syrian opposition say it is not conceivable for Mr Assad to lead a post-war Syria. Mr Assad said ...
Syrians vote in presidential election 3 June 2014 DAMASCUS - Syria is holding a presidential election in government-held areas, amid heightened security. The poll takes place three years into a civil war in which tens of thousands of people have died and millions more have been displaced. President Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win...
Assad: Quitting not up for debate 19 January 2014 DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he has no intention of quitting, and the issue is not up for discussion at next week's peace talks. "If we wanted to surrender we would have surrendered from the start," Mr Assad told Russian MPs in Damascus, according to Interfax news agenc...
Assad says US has no proof of chemical weapons use 9 September 2013 DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a US broadcaster there is "no evidence" that his government has used chemical weapons. In the interview with PBS, to be aired on Monday, he also suggested his allies would retaliate if the West attacked. US Secretary of State John Kerry h...
Use of chemical weapons alarming 31 August 2013 EDITOR — South Africa is alarmed at the latest escalation of the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic and condemns the use of chemical weapons. South Africans extend their heartfelt condolences to the families of the people who lost their lives in the chemical weapons attack. The use of the...
Syria conflict: Assad forces takeover key rebel stronghold 30 July 2013 HOMS - The Syrian regime says it has taken over a rebel stronghold in Homs, inflicting a strategic and psychological blow to rebels in the country's two-year-long crisis. Government forces took control of the Khalidiya neighborhood of Homs, Syrian state-run TV reported Monday. The area had bee...