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Assad, Russia, Putin

Syrian President Assad travels to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin

Bashar and Putin stressed that the military operations in Syria, in which Moscow is the latest and most powerful addition, must lead to a political process.

Bashar al-Assad

Syria’s Bashar al-Assad exploits US war against Islamic State

Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the US-led coalition’s war against the Islamic State group.


Syrian air raids kill 11 in extremist-held town

Two activist groups said Tuesday’s air raids struck the town of al-Bab in Aleppo province.


At least 630 killed in jihadist offensive in Syria

It said the tally includes 39 civilians, 354 rebel fighters, including many from the Nusra Front, and 241 gunmen from the Islamic State.

Mideast Syria

Syrian President Assad re-elected in a landslide, West calls it a farce

Assad has captured another seven-year term in the middle of a bloody 3-year-old uprising against his rule.


Car bomber kills 6 at Syrian government checkpoint

A Syrian government official also confirmed the bombing but could not immediately confirm the death toll.


Syria’s Assad hails Russia’s takeover of Crimea

Assad claims Putin’s move in eastern Ukraine prevented “terrorist extremists” from taking power in Kiev.


Syria talks yield narrow deal, Assad ‘red line’

With little progress to show after months of international pressure for the conference in Geneva, the U.N. mediator hoping to broker an end to Syria’s civil war defended their pace.


Explosions kill 10 near Iranian Embassy in Beirut

The mid-morning blasts hit Beirut’s upscale neighbourhood of Janah,a Hezbollah stronghold.


Thousands of Syrian refugees flood into Lebanon

Lebanese officials estimate there are 1.4 million Syrians in the country,including 800,000 registered refugees.

Syria will allow access to chemical sites: Assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad said his government will allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites.


US-Russia reach agreement on Syria chemical weapons

The deal announced by the diplomats on the third day of intense negotiations in Geneva.


Putin warns West,but doesn’t ‘exclude’ action against Assad

Development means Syria crisis likely to dominate G20 summit beginning today.


Barack Obama seeks Syria support from former foe John McCain

Kerry’s assertion coincided with the beginning of a forceful administration appeal for congressional support.

Washington Post website hacked by Syrian group

A group that supports Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime claimed responsibility.