Bashar al-Assad


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.

article 28 September 2015 UK
Syria tops agenda as Putin attends UN summit

Syria will dominate a meeting of the UN general assembly in New York, with Russia pressing other countries to unite against Islamic State.

article 26 August 2015 World, Syria
Syria: Assad casts doubt on anti-Islamic State coalition

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he would consider a coalition against Islamic State, but this would be unlikely to include those backing rebel groups in his country.

article 17 August 2015 World, Syria
Douma attack: child injured in Syrian government airstrike
Douma air strikes: one of Syria's bloodiest attacks

The death toll from Syrian government air strikes on a market in an under-siege area of Damascus passes 100, making it one of the bloodiest attacks of the four-year war.

article 10 June 2015 World, Syria
Syria: living under the horrors of barrel bombs in Aleppo

Barrel bombs, indiscriminate weapons responsible for the deaths of 11,000 civilians in the Syrian civil war, are the increasing weapons of choice of the Assad regime.