Latest Bashar Assad News

Spain court seeks to try Assad’s uncle for money laundering

Nov. 22, 2019 7:33 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge is recommending that Syrian ex-Vice President Rifaat Assad, the exiled uncle of Bashar Assad, and 13 others be put on trial i on charges of criminal organization and money laundering. Judge José de la Mata alleges that Rifaat Assad and the others, including eight sons,...

Syrian civil servants get raise as currency loses value

Nov. 21, 2019 5:57 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian president has issued a decree giving a monthly raise to all civilian and military state employees. The decree gives 20,000 pounds, which is about $27, more a month to state employees. This comes at a time when the local currency has been losing some of its value in recent...

Lebanese protests test Hezbollah’s role as Shiites’ champion

Nov. 18, 2019 1:56 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Young men chanting the "people want to bring down the regime" gathered outside the office of Lebanese legislator Mohammed Raad, the powerful head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc. One shirtless man grabbed a metal rod and swung it at the sign bearing Raad’s name, knocking it out of...

Airstrikes kill 9 in rebel-held northwest Syria

Nov. 17, 2019 11:47 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes on rebel-held areas in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib killed at least nine people on Sunday, an opposition war monitor and a paramedic group said. Syrian troops launched a four-month offensive earlier this year against the country’s last opposition stronghold,...

US commander: Partnership with Kurds against IS still strong

Nov. 15, 2019 12:07 PM EST

ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — A senior U.S. coalition commander said Friday the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group, despite an expanding Turkish incursion into areas under Kurdish control. The U.S.-Syrian Kurdish relationship, which dates back to...

Syrian troops begin deploying along border with Turkey

Nov. 14, 2019 1:37 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces started deploying Thursday in areas close to the Turkish border in the country’s northeast as part of an agreement reached between Russia and Turkey, state media reported. News agency SANA said troops were deploying between the towns of Jawadiyeh and...

US and Turkey have friendly talks but differences persist

Nov. 13, 2019 7:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are “very good friends,” but their meeting Wednesday at the White House failed to resolve an issue that has badly strained relations between the two NATO allies. Trump and Erdogan concluded a visit...

3 blasts hit Syrian town near border with Turkey, 6 killed

Nov. 11, 2019 12:16 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Three car bombs went off Monday in the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, killing at least six people, while a priest was shot dead in a nearby area by extremists, state media and activists said. Northern Syria has been hit by several explosions that...

The Latest: Reports: Explosion hits northeast Syrian town

Nov. 11, 2019 8:45 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Syrian state media and activist collectives are reporting at least one explosion in the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli. State news agency SANA, which has reporters in the town, gave no further details about Monday's...

For east Syria, US troops are about much more than oil

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region —and keep the Syrian government out. Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as...