Latest Bashar Assad News

As summit host, Spain urges NATO to watch its southern flank

Jun. 26, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is certain to dominate an upcoming NATO summit in Madrid, Spain and other member nations are quietly pushing the Western alliance to consider how mercenaries aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin are spreading Moscow's influence...

Syrian and Russian paratroopers conduct joint drill

Jun. 26, 2022 05:16 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian paratroopers took part in a joint drill with their Russian counterparts in the war-torn country in the second joint maneuver this month, state media reported. The agency did not give further details in its Saturday night report about the...

Aid groups warn of grave consequences if Syria mandate stops

Jun. 23, 2022 14:26 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Unless the U.N. Security Council extends its approval of aid deliveries to rebel-held parts of northwest Syria next month, food supplies will be depleted by September in the region that is home to some 4 million people, aid agencies warned Thursday. Concerns have been...

Flights resume at Syrian capital airport after Israel strike

Jun. 23, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

DAMACUS, Syria (AP) — The international airport in Syria’s capital of Damascus resumed flights on Thursday after nearly two weeks following an Israeli airstrike that caused serious damage to the facility, a private company said. Cham Wings Airlines said it had four flights that...

Syria capital airport to resume flights after Israeli strike

Jun. 22, 2022 10:43 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The international airport in Syria's capital will resume flights after nearly two weeks following an Israeli airstrike that caused serious damage to the facility, state TV reported Wednesday. The outlet quoted the Transportation Ministry as saying that...

Syrian plane lands in base after Damascus airport attack

Jun. 21, 2022 04:22 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A flight by private Syrian airline Cham Wings landed on Tuesday at an airport used by Russia’s military in the coastal province of Latakia in western Syria, the country's state news agency reported. The flight from the city of Sharjah in the United Arab...

Away from war, Syrians find their rhythm in ballroom dancing

Jun. 21, 2022 03:00 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — One, two, three, stop. Five, six, seven, stop: A group of young Syrian men and women step, sway and twirl to the backdrop of salsa music, dancing their worries away. For an hour a week in a Damascus studio, their instructor Adnan Mohammed, 42, teaches a...

Syrian leader receives credentials from Bahrain ambassador

Jun. 19, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A new ambassador from Bahrain formally took up his post in Syria on Sunday, the country's first full diplomatic mission there in more than a decade as Damascus continues to improve its relations with Gulf Arab states. President Bashar Assad received the...

Syria: 'significant' damage to airport from Israeli strike

Jun. 11, 2022 03:54 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An Israeli airstrike that struck Damascus International Airport caused “significant” damage to infrastructure and rendered the main runway unserviceable until further notice, Syria said Saturday. The statement by the Transportation Ministry was the first...

Syria suspends Damascus airport flights after Israel strike

Jun. 10, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria has suspended all flights to and from Damascus International Airport after an Israeli airstrike on Friday hit an area close to the facility, a pro-government newspaper reported. Al-Watan said the strike left the runway damaged, without giving further...