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President of Syria

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Bashar al-Assad: President of Syria
Bashar Hafez al-Assad is a Syrian politician who has been the President of Syria since 17 July 2000. In addition, he is commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces and Regional Secretary of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party's branch in Syria. His father, Hafez al-Assad, was also President of Syria from 1971 to 2000.


Syria's Assad: anybody will be able to run at 2021 election

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the Syrian presidential election in 2021 would be open to anybody who wants to run and that there would be numerous challengers for the presidency.
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Syria's Assad says Kurdish controlled northeast Syria must return to state authority

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his government's ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria after an abrupt U.S. troop..
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Videos for Bashar al-Assad

Putin, Assad solidify their dominance in Syria [Video]Putin, Assad solidify their dominance in Syria

Russian troops moved into the strategic Syrian city of Kobani on Wednesday. It comes a day after Moscow and Turkey agreed to oversee the removal of America's former allies, Kurdish fighters, from the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:03Published

Russia, Turkey agree to joint patrols on Syria border [Video]Russia, Turkey agree to joint patrols on Syria border

Russian and Turkish leaders on Tuesday agreed to terms that would allow Ankara's military operations in Syria to continue as a U.S.-brokered cease-fire is set to expire. Zachary Goelman reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:52Published

'Damascus is looking stronger than ever': What next for Syria as Kurds join forces with Assad? [Video]'Damascus is looking stronger than ever': What next for Syria as Kurds join forces with Assad?

Abandoned by their U.S. allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces are fighting alongside the Syrian army in Manjib.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:48Published

Al-Assad's troops enter northern towns to confront offensive [Video]Al-Assad's troops enter northern towns to confront offensive

Turkey says military campaign is targeting SDF’s main Kurdish fighting force which it says is aligned with outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:49Published

Damascus cements its new Kurd alliance [Video]Damascus cements its new Kurd alliance

Russian-backed Syrian government forces wasted no time in taking advantage of an abrupt U.S. retreat from Syria after the Turkish incursion, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published

Lindsey Graham Disagrees With Donald Trump [Video]Lindsey Graham Disagrees With Donald Trump

Lindsey Graham does not approve of President Donald Trump’s decision regarding a possible Turkish invasion. He said leaving their Kurdish allies in Syria to fend for themselves was a “disaster”..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published


Germany charges two Syrians with crimes against humanity

German prosecutors have charged two Syrians with crimes against humanity that include torturing and killing opposition activists, setting the stage for the first trial of suspected members of President..
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Russia's Putin explains results of talks with Turkey to Syria's Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin has explained to Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad by phone the results of his talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
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Assad says Syria will continue to fight terrorism by all legitimate means: Syrian presidency

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in northern Syria in a phone call on Tuesday with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian presidency said in a statement.
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Calling Erdogan a 'thief', Syria's Assad tours Idlib frontline near rebels

Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Tuesday denounced Turkey's leader as a thief for attacking the northeast of his country and reiterated a pledge to retake all areas lost to Damascus in years of..
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Wary foes Turkey and Syria hold covert contacts to avoid conflict

Turkey is holding covert contacts with Syria's government to avert direct conflict in northeast Syria where both sides have deployed their armies, Turkish officials say, despite Ankara's long-standing..
Reuters - Published

Advisor to Assad: U.S.-brokered ceasefire with Turkey is 'vague' - Al-Mayadeen TV

A ceasefire announced by the United States to end hostilities in northern Syria with Turkey is "vague," a senior adviser to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told Al-Mayadeen TV on Thursday.
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Syria'a Assad says will respond to Turkish aggression on any part of country: state media

Syria will respond to a Turkish aggression on any part of its territory with "all legitimate means" available, President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday according to state media.
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Turkey-Syria offensive: Russia vows to prevent clashes with Assad forces

Moscow says it will not allow fighting between the two, amid Turkey's offensive in northern Syria.
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Syrian Kurdish leaders: deal backed by Russia to protect border, politics later

Syrian Kurdish officials said a deal with Damascus, brokered by President Bashar al-Assad's ally Russia, centers for now on army troops deploying along the border and that the two sides would talk..
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Turkey-Syria offensive: Syrian army heads north after Kurdish deal

President Assad's forces move towards border towns after reaching a deal with Kurdish forces.
BBC News - Published

U.S. to pull last troops from north Syria; Syrian army to redeploy on border

The United States said on Sunday it will withdraw its remaining 1,000 troops from northern Syria in the face of a Turkish offensive and Syria's army struck a deal with Kurdish forces to redeploy along..
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Iraq to open border-crossing with Syria on Monday

Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has approved the reopening on Monday of the Qaim border-crossing with Syria, state news agency INA said, the latest sign of normalization between Baghdad and..
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U.S. accuses Syrian government of chemical weapon attack in May in Idlib

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the United States had concluded the government of President Bashir al-Assad in Syria had used chlorine as a chemical weapon in an attack in May..
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Pompeo says Syria government used chlorine in May chemical weapon attack

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the United States had concluded the government of President Bashir al-Assad in Syria had used chlorine as a chemical weapon in a May attack as..
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Canada revokes consul position of supporter of Syria's Assad

Canada has revoked its approval of a diplomat in Montreal who is a supporter of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday.
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Canada's Freeland shocked by her department's approval of Assad ally to consulate

Canada's foreign minister has condemned her own government's approval of a known supporter of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad to a consular post in Canada, and said she would look into the matter.
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Syria's Assad issues amnesty reducing punishment for crimes

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued an amnesty on Sunday that reduces sentences for crime and pardons draft dodgers if they report for duty within three to six months.
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UAE firms scout trade at Syria fair, defying U.S. pressure

A delegation of at least 40 businessmen from the United Arab Emirates attended a state-backed trade fair in Syria's capital, defying U.S. warnings against doing business with the government and..
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Islamic State could re-emerge in Syria, Chinese envoy warns

China's envoy said on Tuesday that there was a danger of Islamic State forces reviving in Syria and called for progress in the political process between the Assad government and opposition.
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Britain appalled by Syria situation after ceasefire ends: foreign minister

British foreign minister Dominic Raab criticized Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for resuming military operations in a Russian-led campaign in northwest Syria, describing the situation there as..
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Syrian president's wife says she has fully recovered from breast cancer

Asma al-Assad, wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has fully recovered from breast cancer, she told state TV on Saturday, a year after it announced her diagnosis.
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Pope's envoy tells Syrian leader of concern for Idlib civilians

Pope Francis has expressed concern for the humanitarian situation in northwestern Syria and urged a negotiated end to years of fighting, in a letter delivered on Monday to Syrian President Bashar..
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Assad hits a wall in Syrian war as front lines harden

President Bashar al-Assad's assault in the northwest has been met with a painful rebel counterpunch that underlines Turkish resolve to keep the area out of his hands and shows why he will struggle to..
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Syrians dig, cook, fill sandbags in war with Assad

Away from the frontlines, volunteers are helping in the war against President Bashar al-Assad by cooking, filling sandbags, collecting old tyres and digging trenches, aiming to help ward off his..
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West must be in 'driver's seat' for Syria reconstruction: HRW

Western donors must ensure that humanitarian aid and any future reconstruction assistance in Syria do not fuel repression or benefit "cronies" of President Bashar al-Assad, Human Rights Watch (HRW)..
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U.S. imposes sanctions on Syrian businessman with ties to Assad

The United States on Tuesday slapped sanctions on Syrian businessman Samer Foz and his family, who have close ties to President Bashar al-Assad and who Washington said has made millions by developing..
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Syrian rebel town buries goalie who became 'singer of the revolution'

Thousands of people flocked to the funeral on Sunday of a Syrian soccer star turned fighter who became an icon of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.
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