Latest Bashar Assad News

Syria says no dialogue with Turkey before Ankara announces plans to withdraw its troops

Jun. 04, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister said Tuesday that any dialogue between Syria and Turkey should only take place after Ankara announces that it will withdraw its troops from all Syrian territories it controls. Faisal Mekdad made the comments during a joint news...

Israeli airstrikes near Syria's Aleppo kill several, including an Iranian adviser, reports say

Jun. 03, 2024 13:56 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli airstrikes around the Syrian city of Aleppo killed several people early on Monday, including an Iranian military adviser, the Syrian state media and Iranian news outlets reported. Israel did not immediately acknowledge the strikes. It was the...

Iran announces the death of a high-ranking Revolutionary Guard general after a long illness

Jun. 01, 2024 12:01 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A high-ranking general in Iran's Revolutionary Guard has died after an illness, Iran's state TV reported Saturday. Gen. Vajihollah Moradi was one of the commanders of the Guard's foreign wing, TV said. He was also a comrade of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was...

Syrian President Bashar Assad visits Iran to express condolences over death of Raisi

May. 30, 2024 23:14 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad met with Iran's supreme leader in the capital Tehran on Thursday and expressed his condolences over the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, state media reported Thursday. Assad met with Iranian Supreme Leader...

First Syrian jet in over a decade transports Muslim worshippers to Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage

May. 28, 2024 06:28 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — For the first time in over a decade, 270 Syrians traveled on a direct flight early Tuesday from Damascus to Saudi Arabia for the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage, the Syrian Transportation Ministry said. The development is part of an ongoing thaw in relations...

Saudi Arabia appoints first ambassador to Syria since 2012

May. 26, 2024 12:07 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Sunday announced the appointment of its first ambassador to Syria since severing ties with Damascus in 12 years, marking an ongoing thawing in relations since the war-torn country was readmitted to the Arab League over a year ago. Faisal al-Mujfel's...

French court sentences 3 Syrian officials to life in prison in absentia for war crimes

May. 24, 2024 19:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Paris court sentenced three high-ranking Syrian officials in absentia to life in prison Friday for complicity in war crimes in a landmark case against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the first such case in Europe. The trial focused on the officials’...

Landmark Paris trial of Syrian officials accused of torturing, killing a father and his son starts

May. 21, 2024 17:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The landmark trial of three former Syrian intelligence officials began Tuesday at a Paris court for the alleged torture and killing of a French-Syrian father and son who were arrested over a decade ago, during the height of Arab Spring-inspired anti-government protests. ...

Syrian first lady Asma Assad diagnosed with leukemia, president's office says

May. 21, 2024 04:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian first lady Asma Assad has been diagnosed with leukemia, the office of President Bashar Assad announced Tuesday. The president's wife was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia “after presenting with several symptoms and following a comprehensive series of...

France is trying Syrian ex-officials for the torture and killing of a father and son. Here's why

May. 21, 2024 04:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Syrian soldiers came first, at night, for the son, Patrick, a 20-year-old psychology student at Damascus University, and said they were taking him away for questioning. They came back the next night for his father, Mazen. Five years later, in 2018,...