Bashar al-Assad


article 27 August 2014 World, Syria
Syrian children
The 'immeasurable suffering' of the Syrian people

Murder, torture and rape - a UN report catalogues the "unimaginable" horrors being heaped upon the people of Syria by the government, rebel groups and the Islamic State.

article 22 August 2014 UK, Iraq
America's most senior general Martin Dempsey says the military offensive against Islamic State should be broadened, with attacks on the militants in Syria as well as Iraq (Getty)
Must Syria's Assad be part of the west's fight against IS?

With America's most senior general calling for the military offensive against Islamic State to be broadened, some are asking if our enemy's enemy - Syria's President Assad - should now be our friend.

article 20 August 2014 World, Syria
In his last article before he was kidnapped, James Foley reported on the
James Foley: war reporter 'drawn to the frontline naturally'

In his last article before he was kidnapped, James Foley reported on the "increasingly violent" Syrian opposition, which had been "deeply infiltrated by both foreign fighters and terrorist groups".

video 12 August 2014 UK, Iraq

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Is attacking the Islamic State all about oil? - video

The west's actions in Iraq have a dual agenda, says International Editor Lindsey Hilsum: one, to protect the people threatened by the Islamic State, the other to safeguard American interests.

article 10 August 2014 World, Syria
Darshna Soni by From Portsmouth's Primark to Syria's holy war

Another young British Muslim has reportedly been killed fighting with the Islamic State in Syria, after an apparently normal life in the UK.

article 25 June 2014 World, Syria
by Syria may still have hidden chemical weapons, OPCW admits

The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog tells Channel 4 News it is an "open question" if hidden chemical weapons remain in Syria, two days after the last shipment was supposed to have left.

article 16 June 2014 World, Iraq
by Would Iraq be more stable under Saddam Hussein?

The scale of the crisis in Iraq has led many to wonder what was once unpalatable: would the country be more stable if Saddam Hussein had remained in power?

article 07 May 2014 World, Syria
by Homs - 'capital of the Syrian revolution'  falls

Rebels begin withdrawing from the city of Homs - a central battleground in the Syrian civil war, once known as the "capital of the revolution" - in a major symbolic victory for Bashar al-Assad.

article 21 April 2014 World, Syria
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad
Syrian elections will have 'no credibility' - FCO

The British government says Syrian presidential elections, to take place in June, will have "no value or credibility".