Bashar al-Assad

Russia: Syria peace talks blocked by those seeking al-Assad's ouster

Syrian peace talks are being blocked by those seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad in violation of a United Nations resolution, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Red Cross: Fighting in rebel Aleppo enclave triggers exodus

Hundreds of Syrians are arriving every hour in government-controlled areas of Aleppo as they flee fighting in the opposition enclave of the divided city, the International Committee of the Red...

Al-Assad: Trump could be "natural ally" against terrorism

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says US president-elect Donald Trump would be a "natural ally" against terrorism if he could overcome "countervailing forces" in the US administration.

Bashar al-Assad expects to rule Syria until at least 2021

Bashar al-Assad expects to rule Syria until 2021 despite the ongoing civil war raging in the country, the Syrian President told a gathering of Western journalists in Damascus.

Monitor: Regime recaptures rebel-held town in central Syria

Syrian regime troops on Thursday recaptured a key town from rebels in the central province of Hama following a major offensive, a monitoring group reported.

Syrian leader's wife Asma al-Assad says she rejected asylum offers

Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, told Russian television on Tuesday that she had rejected offers of asylum from her husband's opponents.

Assad wants to conquer Aleppo and force "terrorists back to Turkey"

Syria's northern city of Aleppo is a decisive point in the country's civil war, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview published in Russia on Friday.

Russia ratifies deal to permanently station troops in Syria

Russia's lower house of parliament on Friday ratified an agreement presented by President Vladimir Putin to indefinitely station combat aircraft and soldiers in Syria.

Syria's al-Assad denies Syrian forces targeting hospitals

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected allegations his government or its Russian allies were deliberately targeting hospitals in besieged areas, he said in an interview aired Thursday.

Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, advance in Aleppo

Syrian regime forces, backed by airstrikes from their Russian allies, advanced against opposition rebels in the divided city of Aleppo on Sunday, a monitoring group and state media reported.

US accuses Russia of "concerted campaign" to bomb civilians in Syria

The United States is accusing Russia and its ally, the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, of conducting a "concerted campaign ... to bomb civilians into submission" in the war-torn...

Syrian death toll rises to 90 in US-led air raid, monitor says

The death toll among Syrian government troops in airstrikes by the US-led coalition the day before has risen to 90, a monitoring group reported on Sunday.

US, Russia quarrel at UN over airstrike that hit Syrian troops

The UN ambassadors from the United States and Russia clashed angrily Saturday ahead of an emergency session of the UN Security Council over an airstrike by US-led...

Syria says US-led coalition bombing allows Islamic State advance

A US-led air alliance has struck a Syrian army position in eastern Syria and has allowed the Islamic State terrorist militia to advance in the area, Damascus says.

Syria's al-Assad vows to regain rebel territory "without hesitation"

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vows that his troops will regain areas still controlled by rebels in the country "without hesitation or relenting."