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

UN: Syrian government dropped sarin on Khan Sheikoun

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Syrian forces have used chemical weapons more than two dozen times during the country’s civil war, including in the deadly attack that led to US air strikes on government planes, UN war crimes investigators said on Wednesday. In the most conclusive findings to date from investigations into chemical weapons attacks during the conflict, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said a government warplane dropped sarin on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province in April, killing more than 80 civilians. ...

Syria’s Assad performs Eid prayers near seized ISIS pocket

Friday, 1 September 2017

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad performed prayers on Friday for Islam's Eid al-Adha festival in the town of Qara, near an enclave surrendered on Monday by ISIS. Confined to Damascus for long periods in the early part of Syria's six-year civil war, Assad has grown more confident in travelling around government-held areas as the army and its allies have won a series of victories. The departure of ISIS and other groups from the Western Qalamoun district means the border with Lebanon is Syria's ...

How can Saudi Arabia prioritize and obtain its strategic interests?

Sunday, 13 August 2017

It has been said that “Great Powers do not have friends, they have interests.” As valid as this statement is, it is applicable up and down the ladder in multiple aspects in life. People have interests, businesses as well, along with charities, and many different multitudes of interests are purveyed and relevant throughout the human experience. Interests are to be protected and pursued to a point where results are available for all concerned parties can see the tangible ...

Faisal Al-Shammeri

Saudi Arabia: Our position on Syria’s future is firm, no place for Assad

Sunday, 6 August 2017

An official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry has said reports by several media outlets quoting Riyadh’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir regarding the Syrian crisis as “inaccurate”. Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the source as saying: “The firm position of the Kingdom on the Syrian crisis is based on the principles of the Geneva 1 Declaration and UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which provides for the formation of a transitional authority to govern the country, ...

Clashes rock Syria truce zone as regime air strikes rebel-held areas

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Clashes erupted overnight in a rebel-held enclave outside Damascus, which was also hit by government air strikes despite a truce deal, a monitor said on Wednesday. An internationally brokered ceasefire zone covering parts of Eastern Ghouta went into effect on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the overnight fighting was the first in the enclave since the truce began. Government troops clashed with fighters of the Faylaq al-Rahman rebel group in the Ain Tarma district, the ...

Air strikes, shelling strain Moscow-backed Damascus truce

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Air strikes killed at least nine people in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus overnight and insurgent shelling from the rebel-held area landed near the Russian embassy on Tuesday, a war monitor reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths in the air strikes in the Eastern Ghouta town of Arbin marked the first civilian casualties since a Russian-backed truce in the area came into effect. The Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities there on Saturday ...

Assad’s son ranks 528 out of 615 at the International Mathematical Olympiad

Monday, 24 July 2017

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s son, Hafez al-Assad, placed 528 out of 615 participants in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, disappointing the Syrian regime. Assad failed to accumulate results expected of him by the regime, which describes him as highly intelligent. He ranked last out of his team, which includes six other Syrian students, with a fail margin of 22% between him and his teammates. The embarrassing results lead to humiliating comments from many ...

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