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  1. News - World - SYRIA: ANALYSIS

    Syria analysis: Alawite 'statelet' could be Assad's last resort and end to war

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus Alawite 'statelet' could be Assad's last resort The last option for Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, who is determined not to back down after 21 months of deadly conflict, is to battle to the end from a fortified Alawite statelet, analysts believe. Driven from large swathes of territory in the north and east by rebels, ...

  2. News - World - SYRIA: ANALYSIS

    Syrian president Assad central to remaking of Mideast's political map

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 12:08am by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in Montreux, Switzerland Syrian president hints he may run for re-election while opposition and US say he must step down Assad central to remaking of Mideast's political map At the core of the extraordinary diplomatic push launched this week to end Syria's civil war is the fate of one man: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Assad has steadfastly ...

  3. News - World - SYRIA: ANALYSIS

    Backlash builds as Syria's jihadists wear out welcome

    Posted Jul 12th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... out, out, the [Islamic] State [of Iraq and Syria] must get out," protesters shouted at a rally in the town of Manbij this week, referring to an al-Qaeda front. The video of the rally is one of many showing how civilians and mainstream rebel fighters alike are turning against the more hardline Islamist factions. The rebel forces seeking to overthrow President Bashar al ...

  4. News - World - SYRIA: ANALYSIS

    Obama faces scepticism in Congress over plans to attack Syria

    Posted Sep 08th 2013, 12:00am by MCT

    ... response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons last month raised more questions than they answered. All the clamour on Capitol Hill, at the White House ... imploded" or chemical weapons might be close to "falling into the hands" of al-Qaeda-linked rebels- that might require them to do so. That set off a fusillade of questions from lawmakers ...

  5. News - World - SYRIA: ANALYSIS

    France takes on Britain's former 'US wingman' role over Syria

    Posted Sep 01st 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... years later, however, France is pressing for military action in Syria and happy to fight alongside the Americans against President Bashar al-Assad, while the British will not take part in any ... about whether the European strategic landscape has changed, especially after both Britain and France led the way in Libya in 2011 and the French took on the fight against al-Qaeda and its ...

  6. News - World - SYRIA: ANALYSIS

    Wily Putin makes himself indispensable over Syria

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... to have achieved several objectives, largely at Washington's expense. He has handed a diplomatic lifeline to his longtime ally Bashar al-Assad, who not long ago appeared at risk of losing ...

  7. News - World - SYRIA: ANALYSIS

    Defeat for Cameron over Syria spells humiliation and isolation

    Posted Aug 31st 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... response to a chemical weapons strike for which the US has blamed the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Commentators said it was the first time a British prime minister had lost a vote ...

  8. News - World - SYRIA: ANALYSIS

    Drumbeat on Syria echoes calls for war on Iraq in 2003

    Posted Aug 30th 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... outside Damascus on August 21. But Fingar and other experts predicted it would be hard, if not impossible, for the administration to produce definitive evidence that President Bashar al ...

  9. News - World - SYRIA: ANALYSIS

    Clamour for military action against Syria grows

    Posted Aug 27th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... of Bashar al-Assad. But there is no prospect of a UN mandate for international military action over Syria, with the Kremlin- enraged at what it saw as abuse of a UN mandate to topple Muammar Gaddafi ...

  10. News - World - SYRIA: ANALYSIS

    France urges use of force if Syria chemical attack proven

    Posted Aug 23rd 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... The Guardian Footage shows dozens of fatalities, including women and children, and a large number of the survivors in obvious distress Evidence mounts of lethal toxic agents used in Syria France's foreign minister yesterday raised the possibility of the international community using force if it is proven that Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons in an attack ...




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