Latest Bashar Assad News

Brutality of Russia's Wagner gives it lead in Ukraine war

Jan. 27, 2023 15:49 PM EST

Fierce battles in eastern Ukraine have thrown a new spotlight on Russia's Wagner Group, a private military company led by a rogue millionaire with longtime links to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Wagner has spearheaded the push to jump-start Russia's stalemated offensive in...

Watchdog blames Syria's air force for deadly chlorine attack

Jan. 27, 2023 07:10 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that its investigators found “reasonable grounds to believe” Syria's air force dropped two cylinders containing chlorine gas on the city of Douma in April 2018, killing 43 people. A report by a team...

Iran welcomes steps toward Turkey-Syria reconciliation

Jan. 17, 2023 12:01 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Iran welcomes steps toward a reconciliation between Turkey and Syria and is ready to help move the efforts forward, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said Tuesday. The Iranian minister made the comments in Ankara, weeks after the Turkish and...

Iran and Syria set to renew long-term economic agreement

Jan. 14, 2023 12:21 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria and key ally Iran agreed Saturday to renew an economic strategic arrangement between the two countries as Damascus prepares to welcome Iran’s president in the near future. Since Syria's uprising turned into civil conflict in 2011, Tehran has sent...

Crowd attacks Syrian rebel figure over reconciliation push

Jan. 13, 2023 15:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Angry protesters in Syria’s rebel-held enclave rallied Friday against reconciliation attempts between Turkey and Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and scuffled with a local Syrian opposition figure involved in those attempts. The crowd of several dozen...

Aid convoy enters Syrian rebel area ahead of key UN vote

Jan. 08, 2023 10:27 AM EST

IDLIB, Syria (AP) — A humanitarian convoy on Sunday delivered urgently needed supplies to Syria's last rebel stronghold, a day before the U.N. Security Council is set to vote on a resolution that would determine whether aid deliveries to the war-stricken territory can continue. ...

Syrians in rebel enclave protest Turkey-Syria contacts

Jan. 06, 2023 10:50 AM EST

IDLIB, Syria (AP) — Thousands of Syrians held protests Friday in different parts of the rebel-held northwest against recent moves by the governments in Damascus and Ankara to improve ties. The protests in villages and towns in Idlib and Aleppo provinces came a week after the...

EXPLAINER: Why has Syria's economic crisis hit a new low?

Jan. 05, 2023 02:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s economy has hit its lowest point since the start of its civil war nearly 12 years ago, with spiraling inflation, a currency plunge and severe fuel shortages in both government-run and rebel-held areas. Life in Damascus has come to a near standstill. Streets...

UAE top diplomat back in Syria as relations continue to thaw

Jan. 04, 2023 12:45 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat met with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday, his second visit to Damascus as relations continue to thaw between the two countries. According to a statement from Assad's office, he and UAE's Foreign Minister Sheikh...

Syria to close govt agencies for 2 days amid fuel crisis

Dec. 06, 2022 11:16 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's government will close state agencies for two days in December due to severe fuel shortages caused by a disruption in the arrival of supplies and Western sanctions, state media reported Tuesday. The decision to close the institutions on Dec. 11 and...