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  1. News - World

    Al-Qaeda's Iraq head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, defiant over Syria bid

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Baghdad Leadership row exposes rift in al-Qaeda The leader of al-Qaeda's Iraq arm defiantly has rejected an order from the terror network's central command to stop claiming control over the organisation's Syria affiliate, according to a message purportedly from him that was posted online. The statement by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who heads ...

  2. News - World - SYRIA

    Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib resigns as Syrian opposition chief

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beirut Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib puts the alliance in an awkward position ahead of an Arab summit Opposition chief's resignation leaves coalition in chaos Opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib yesterday announced his resignation from the National Coalition, throwing Syria's divided opposition into disarray ahead of an Arab summit. "I announce ...

  3. News - World - SYRIA

    Bashar al-Assad vows to serve out his term as Syria's president

    Posted Dec 30th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agencies in Moscow Assad vows to remain president until 2014 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a top United Nations envoy that he won't quit before his term ends in 2014, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "It's impossible to change his position," Lavrov said at a joint press conference after talks in Moscow yesterday with UN and Arab ...

  4. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria's Farouk al-Sharaa says neither Damascus nor rebels can win civil war

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Vice-President Farouk al-Sharaa has said neither his government nor the rebels fighting to overthrow it can achieve a decisive victory in the conflict- a rare admission by a top official that the outcome sought by President Bashar al-Assad is unlikely. Sharaa, a Sunni Muslim in a power structure dominated by Assad's Alawite minority, has rarely been seen since the revolt erupted in March ...

  5. News - World - SYRIA

    EU failure will allow Britain, France to arm Syrian rebels against Assad

    Posted May 28th 2013, 08:57am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Brussels Britain and France are free to supply weapons to Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad from August, after attempts to renew an EU arms embargo on Syria failed on Monday. After a marathon negotiating session in Brussels, EU governments failed to bridge their differences and let a ban on arming the opposition expire, with France and Britain ...

  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Bashar al-Assad rejects offers to leave Syria, warns West against intervention

    Posted Nov 09th 2012, 12:00am by Associated Press in Doha, Qatar

    ... Associated Press in Doha, Qatar Exclusion of women may be sign that anti-Assad council's leadership is over Rebel bloc not broad enough, activists say Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed to "live and die" in Syria, saying in an interview broadcast yesterday that he will never flee his country despite the bloody, uprising against him. The broadcast comes two days ...

  7. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad warns of instability after fall of regime

    Posted Apr 06th 2013, 03:17pm by Agence France-Presse in Damascus

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the fall of his regime would destabilise the region “for many years”, as US President Barack Obama ... by the people.” Obama’s round of talks will also include Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan of the United Arab Emirates on April 16, and Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al ...

  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad appeals for dialogue to end conflict in Syria

    Posted Jan 06th 2013, 06:58pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in a rare speech on Sunday called for a national dialogue to end the 21-month conflict, but stressed he would not talk ... Assad said to wild applause from crowds packed into the Dar al-Assad Centre for Culture and Arts in Damascus. According to the initiative, the conference should draw up a “National Charter” ...

  9. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria's Aleppo university latest target of deadly blasts

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by Associated Press

    ... President Bashar al-Assad will not step down before scheduled presidential elections next year. Faisal Mekdad said Assad would run again, a declaration that lowers already diminished expectations ...

  10. News - World - SYRIA

    In long-awaited move, Obama recognises Syrian opposition

    Posted Dec 12th 2012, 08:00am by AFP

    ... significant US intervention in a brutal civil war. As Washington cranked up pressure on beleaguered President Bashar al-Assad, the Obama administration also blacklisted the al-Qaeda-linked al ... reiterated on Tuesday. The US administration made clear that it was differentiating between the Council and another group, al-Nusra, which it sees as having extreme tendencies. “There is a small ...




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