Syrian government delegation to return to Geneva on Sunday for peace talks

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s negotiating team is set to arrive in Geneva on Sunday to participate in peace talks, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Thursday, quoting a foreign ministry source. The delegation, led by Bashar al-Ja’afari, walked out last week and returned to Damascus. Negotiations resumed on Wednesday without the Syrian government delegation. The talks began last week and after a few days with little apparent progress, the UN mediator Staffan de ...

Syria: Moment of truth in Geneva

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Will the new Geneva round of negotiations, under the supervision of the UN, finally help to break the political impasse over the future of Syria? Clearly, the crisis is entering a new phase as the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, supported by Russia, continues to gain traction. The West and Gulf countries that supported the opposition have moved on from the idea of wiping out the regime. Everyone is tired of the Syrian crisis that has resulted in nearly 350,000 deaths. Undoubtedly, the time has come ...

Christian Chesnot

Syrian government push for Damascus rebel enclave kills at least 23

Sunday, 26 November 2017

An intensifying push by the Syrian government and allied forces to take the last major rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus killed at least 23 people on Sunday and injured many, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The group said at least 127 people, including 30 children, have been killed by air strikes and shelling since the Syrian army backed by Russian jets began an offensive nearly two weeks ago to take the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area. Eastern Ghouta is one of ...

Saudi minister says Syria crisis solution requires consensus

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told representatives of the Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday that the only solution to the crisis in Syria was through a consensus that would achieve the demands of the Syrian people. "There is no solution to the crisis without a Syrian consensus that would achieve the demands of the Syrian people on the basis of Geneva 1 and (UN Security Council) resolution 2254," Jubeir, said speaking in Arabic at the meeting. UN peace talks ...

More than 60 killed in air strike on Syrian market town

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The death toll from air strikes on a Syrian town in a “de-escalation zone” has risen to 61, a war monitor said on Tuesday, a demonstration of the fragile state of areas set up in attempt to ease the violence. Extremist rebels blamed Russian warplanes of carrying out Monday’s attack and said they would fight back against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and his Russian and Iranian backers in the six-year-old conflict. The British-based Syrian Observatory for ...

Syrian woman who called soldier ‘an animal’ identified as Assad’s cousin

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The woman who appeared in a video slapping a Syrian soldier and calling him an animal during a sports event in Latakia was identified as Aya Ammar al-Assad, a distant cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Ammar al-Assad is a Syrian Member of Parliament and is considered one of the most corrupt men in Syria. Some Syrian media outlets tried to cover up what happened and contacted Aya who said that she acted the way she did because the soldier treated her in an unacceptable manner.  

Assad autographs shirts of Syria’s national football team

Monday, 23 October 2017

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wrote his name and signed the chests’ of the Syrian national football team during a reception at the presidential palace in Damascus.On October 23, the official Facebook page of the “Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic” published a photograph of Assad, writing his name and signing the players' chests.The players of the professional Syrian teams in the Arab and Asian leagues arrived to Damascus on Sunday, in order to be "honored" ...

Israeli defense minister says Syria’s Assad ‘victorious’

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad has been “victorious” in Syria’s civil war and was now being courted by former enemies.“Assad has emerged victorious in the battle,” Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli news website Walla!.“Suddenly, everyone wants to get closer to Assad,” he said.“I see that there is now a long line of countries applauding and wooing Assad, including Western (and) moderate Muslim ...

3,000 killed in Syria in deadliest month of 2017

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Syria’s war killed at least 3,000 people including 955 civilians in September, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Sunday, in the deadliest month of the conflict this year. “More than 70 percent of the civilians were killed in regime and Russian air strikes, or in air raids of the international coalition” fighting the ISIS group, the Britain-based monitor's head Rami Abdel Rahman said. Backed by Russian air strikes, the forces of Syria’s President ...

Omar al-Somah - between sports and politics

Friday, 8 September 2017

There are intertwining wars in the region, all the way from Iraq to Syria through Lebanon. This is in addition to wars in Libya and Yemen. These wars include other conflicts related to sects, parties and tribes and national, regional and international interests. The Syrian war has been on for more than six years. No one expected this at the beginning as it was thought that Bashar al-Assad’s fate will be like Bin Ali in Tunisia or Mubarak in Egypt. However, this was not the case. ...

Mashari Althaydi

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