Bashar al-Assad

Syrian government pushes to regain Damascus water source from rebels

Syrian government forces on Thursday advanced into a rebel-held area near the capital Damascus where the city's water source is located, a monitoring group reported.

Russia urges Syria's government to seek peace after battle for Aleppo

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday urged his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, a longtime ally, to seek a comprehensive agreement on resolving the Syrian conflict.

Al-Assad claims "liberation" of Aleppo

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claims the "liberation" of Aleppo from the opposition.

Evacuations in east Aleppo delayed as anxious residents await fate

The evacuation of rebels from east Aleppo was delayed even as a ceasefire held on Wednesday, while civilians in the enclave anxiously awaited news on their fate under a deal allowing Syrian...

Pope writes to al-Assad: Spare civilians, let in humanitarian aid

Pope Francis has written a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad urging him to spare civilians from violence and guarantee safe passage for humanitarian aid deliveries, the Vatican press...

Syrian opposition vows no concessions to al-Assad despite Aleppo

The head of the main body negotiating for the Syrian opposition vows that he will not make any concessions on key demands, despite the imminent fall of rebel-held Aleppo to the Syrian government's...

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.