Bashar al-Assad


article 16 February 2016 World, Russia
Russia denies war crimes in Syria after hospital bombings

Russia rejects Turkish claims is has committed "an obvious war crime" following the deaths of up to 50 people in bombing attacks on hospitals and schools in Syria.

article 15 January 2016 World, Syria
Madaya: medics on way to besieged Syrian town

A medical team is on its way to the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, where 32 people are reported to have died of starvation in the last month and children are suffering from severe malnutrition.

article 08 January 2016 World, Syria
Madaya: food aid to be sent to starving Syrians

Food aid is expected to arrive by Monday in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, where some people are starving to death, but the UN warns that the situation is also dire in other parts of the country.

article 02 December 2015 World, Russia
Russia accuses Erdogan family of doing business with IS

Russia's defence ministry says it has proof Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his family are involved in the illegal smuggling of oil from Islamic State-held territory in Syria and Iraq.

post 14 November 2015
Read more from Jon on Snowblog Paris attacks: Middle East's wars arrive in Europe

We have arrived at a crossroads. Few can have believed that the bloody killings of Charlie Hebdo's staff would be the end of it.

article 21 October 2015 World, Russia
Assad and Putin shaking hands
Assad makes suprise visit to Russia to meet Putin

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flies to Moscow to thank Russian Vladimir Putin in person for his military support.

article 13 October 2015 World, Syria
Syria: Russian embassy shelling was 'terrorist act'

Russia says the shelling of its embassy in the Syrian capital was an "act of terrorism" designed to intimidate "supporters of the fight against terrorism".

article 06 October 2015 World, Russia
Wreckage in Idlib, Syria, attributed to a Russian air strike (Getty)
Syria: Nato says Russian incursion 'no accident'

Nato rejects Russia's explanation that its incursion into Turkish air space was a mistake and says Moscow is sending more ground troops to Syria.

article 04 October 2015 World, Syria
Assad: US-led air strikes in Syria are 'counterproductive'

President Bashar al-Assad says only Russia, Syria and its allies can decide the fate of the Middle East, and that terrorism has actually spread as a result of the US-led airstrikes.