Bashar al-Assad

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    December 1, 2016  

    In his new book, “The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East,” The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon discusses the U.S. power struggle with Iran, including the Obama administration’s nuclear deal and controversial cash delivery and whether Iran complicated the American stance on Assad. Solomon sits down with Margaret Warner to discuss his work. Continue reading

  • Syrian government soldiers walk amid rubble of damaged buildings, near a cloth used as a cover from snipers, after they took control of al-Sakhour neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA on November 28, 2016. SANA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. - RTSTSGL
    November 29, 2016  

    In rebel-held Aleppo, the violent fight against the Islamic State is escalating, with 50 people killed and another 150 injured on Tuesday. Though Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a cease-fire in the city, administration officials suspect Russia wants to cement a victory before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

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    November 28, 2016  

    In France, right-wing populist party National Front continues to garner support, despite critics who say it punishes detractors and silences the press. The party tailors its ideology to fit different populations; in the French Rust Belt, it has gained favor with the traditionally socialist working class by promising to push back against global elites. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports. Continue reading

  • noend1
    October 24, 2016  

    In 2012, activist Saleh Hawa, who lead demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, had confidence in the Syrian opposition’s prospects. Four years later, none of his hopes and all of his fears have been realized. He believed the U.S. would help put Assad out of power; now he says his country has lost faith in the world. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • A boy walks past damaged buildings in the northern Syrian rebel-held town of al-Waqf, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi - RTSRHI2
    October 16, 2016   BY  

    The United States and Britain on Sunday acknowledged the Western world’s weak support for any military action against Syria’s government. Continue reading

  • A Russian flag flies over the Volgarive in the town of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, July 10, 2015. Russia will host the World Cup soccer tournament for FIFA in 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov  - RTX1JXFE
    October 7, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the U.S. formally accused the Russian government of hacking Democratic political websites and state voting systems in an effort to interfere with elections. Also, Russia moved to keep its troops in Syria. Lawmakers in Moscow ratified a treaty with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad that permits Russia to use a major base on the Syrian coast indefinitely. Continue reading

  • People walk near an over-crowded graveyard in the rebel held al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSR2T1
    October 6, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Syria’s military and its Russian allies scaled back airstrikes on Aleppo, but President Bashar al-Assad vowed to recapture all of the city. Also, lawmakers in Pakistan vowed to enact harsher penalties for so-called “honor killings,” in which women are murdered by their male relatives for marrying or dating without the family’s approval. Continue reading

  • A girl who fled from Islamic State-controlled areas rides a pick-up truck to the northern Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, October 3, 2016. Picture taken October 3, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi - RTSQWNJ
    October 5, 2016  

    The French government announced on Wednesday a renewed push for a Syrian cease-fire, following the end of a U.S.-Russia deal. As Washington grapples with what to do next, a humanitarian catastrophe mounts in Aleppo. For more on the conflict, Judy Woodruff talks to former Assistant Secretary of Defense Derek Chollet, Randa Slim of the Middle East Institute and The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof. Continue reading

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses Russian actions in Syria during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to address the situation in the Middle East during the General Assembly for the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  - RTSOSF1
    September 22, 2016   BY  

    After a fractious meeting of the council on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were set to duel again at a gathering of foreign ministers from the roughly 20 nations that have interests in Syria. Thursday’s meeting of the International Syria Support Group comes after the two blamed each other for spoiling the country’s cease-fire that they had agreed to only two weeks before. Continue reading

  • Rebel fighters rest with their weapons in Quneitra countryside, Syria. Photo by Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters
    September 12, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, a cease-fire in Syria, negotiated by the United States and Russia, took effect at sunset, despite government attacks in Aleppo. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared in a recaptured Damascus suburb to say that he means to control the country again. Also, China rejected U.S. requests that it do more to intervene in North Korea after its latest nuclear test. Continue reading

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