Latest Bashar Assad News

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 file photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures while speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their talks in Damascus, Syria. U.N.-backed investigators in the 21st report from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, pointed Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do more to help prevent them. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

Dutch government seeks to hold Syria accountable for torture

Sep. 18, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government announced Friday it is holding Syria responsible under international law for “gross human rights violations,” in a process that could ultimately trigger a case at the United Nations’ highest court. The Dutch initiative, invoking the...

Syria blames US for harsh fuel crisis paralyzing the country

Sep. 17, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s oil minister claimed the severe fuel crisis that has hit his country is the result of Western sanctions, and also allegedly because oil fields in eastern regions have fallen under control of American troops and U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters. The minister, Bassam Tomeh...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 file photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures while speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their talks in Damascus, Syria. U.N.-backed investigators in the 21st report from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, pointed Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do more to help prevent them. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

UN experts decry continued abuse as Syria's war grinds on

Sep. 15, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-backed investigators pointed Tuesday to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do...

Report: Israeli strike kills 10 Iran-backed gunmen in Syria

Sep. 14, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected Israeli airstrike on Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria on Monday killed 10 fighters, including eight Iraqis, a Syrian opposition war monitor reported. Israel rarely comments on such reports, but is believed to have carried out scores of raids targeting Iran’s military...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, students attend a lesson on their first day back at school, in Qamishli, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. More than 3 million students went to school in government-held areas around Syria Sunday marking the first school day amid strict measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (SANA via AP)

Syria's schools open amid anti-coronavirus measures

Sep. 13, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — More than 3 million Syrian students started school in government-held areas Sunday, marking the first school day amid strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, state media reported. Syria, which had a population of 23 million before its conflict began in March 2011, has...

Syria reports Israeli airstrike near northern city of Aleppo

Sep. 11, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes fired missiles on suburbs of the northern city of Aleppo early Friday, Syrian state media said, amid increased airstrikes on Syria in recent weeks. There were no immediate reports of casualties. On Aug. 31, an attack targeted the southern suburbs of the capital...

Today in History

Sep. 11, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 11, the 255th day of 2020. There are 111 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida hijackers seized control of four jetliners, sending two of the planes into New York’s World...

A combo picture shows Lebanese Public Works and Transportation Minister Youssef Fenianos entering parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, May 23, 2018, left, and Lebanese former Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil arriving at the parliament, in Beirut, Lebanon, July 16, 2019. The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 sanctioned Fenianos, a senior member of the Christian Marada Movement that is allied with Hezbollah and the Syrian government, and Khalil, currently a member of the Lebanese Parliament, saying they

Hezbollah allies sanctioned by US denounce Washington's move

Sep. 9, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful political group allied with militant Hezbollah denounced Wednesday the U.S. sanctions against one of its senior members, saying they infringe on Lebanon’s sovereignty and will not succeed in extracting any concessions. The statement by the Shiite Amal group headed by...

In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, second left, walk after their talks in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Russia's foreign minister has met with Syrian President Bashar Assad shortly after landing in the Syrian capital on his first visit since 2012. Russia has been a close ally of Assad in Syria's long and bloody nine-year-long civil war, lending his government in Damascus vital military, economic and political support. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian delegation in Syria to expand trade, economic ties

Sep. 7, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russia and Syria plan to sign an economic pact before the end of the year that is partly aimed at circumventing U.S. sanctions, Russia's deputy prime minister said Monday as he led a high-level delegation on a visit to Damascus. Yuri Borisov said the Russian side is expecting to sign...

The Syrian Constitutional Committee Co-Chair Hadi al-Bahra, left, wearing face mask as precaution against the spread of the coronavirus as he leaves the building following the announcement of the suspension of the conference due to cases of Covid-19, affecting members of one of the delegations, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

UN official: COVID cases likely far higher than Syria says

Aug. 27, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Reports of Syrian health care facilities filling up and increasing death notices and burials appear to indicate that actual coronavirus cases in the war-torn country “far exceed official figures” confirmed by the government, a senior U.N. humanitarian official said...