Bashar al-Assad

February 13, 2016
February 13, 2016

Syria rebels pledge to keep fighting

Rebel groups in Syria have told the BBC they will not stop fighting because they do not believe that Russia will end its bombing campaign in support of the government.

December 1, 2015
December 1, 2015

Turkey challenges Russia over IS oil trade claim

Turkey has challenged Russia to prove its claim that Ankara shot down a Russian plane in order to protect its oil trade with Islamic State (IS).

November 7, 2015
November 7, 2015

The Assad Dead End

Forget principles and morality. Forget, or try to forget, the quarter-million deaths for which Bashar al-Assad is responsible, directly or indirectly, since choosing to respond with violence to a...

October 22, 2015
October 22, 2015

US pours scorn on Assad Moscow trip

The White House has strongly condemned a visit to Moscow by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

October 21, 2015
October 21, 2015

Assad in surprise visit to 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.

October 19, 2015
October 19, 2015

Syria strikes 'kill 40 IS militants'

40 militants with the so-called Islamic State are killed in air strikes in Syria, a British-based monitoring group reports.

October 12, 2015
October 12, 2015

Syria conflict: Putin defends Russia's air strikes

Russian President Vladimir Putin defends Russia's military operations in Syria, saying the aim is to "stabilise the legitimate authority" of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

October 8, 2015
October 8, 2015

Nato 'concern' over Russia Syria role

Nato defence ministers will assess the "troubling escalation of Russian military activities" in Syria, the alliance's secretary-general says, ahead of talks in Brussels.

September 30, 2015
September 30, 2015

‘Assad must go’ to ensure IS defeat: Obama

US President Barack Obama has said defeating Islamic State in Syria would only be possible if President Bashar al-Assad stepped down.

September 19, 2015
September 19, 2015

Syria 'launches air raids on Palmyra'

Syrian government war planes have launched one of the heaviest bombardments yet on the city of Palmyra, which is held by Islamic State (IS) militants, activists say.