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Topic - Assad'S Government
BEIRUT — A string of government airstrikes on rebel-held areas in the north on Saturday killed at least 44 people, activists said, as al Qaeda-linked rebels captured one of the country's oil field in the east.
A spokesman for the Tawhid Brigade, a leading rebel force fighting against Syrian President Bashar's military, said on Monday the group's lost their leader.
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have firmly seized the momentum in the country's civil war in recent weeks, capturing one rebel stronghold after another and triumphantly planting the two-starred Syrian government flag amid shattered buildings and rubble-strewn streets.
Syrian troops captured a contested suburb of Damascus on Wednesday as the government forged ahead with a punishing military offensive that already has taken four other opposition strongholds south of the capital, state media said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Syria's moderate opposition officials are still weighing whether to enter negotiations with President Bashar Assad to create a new government and end the nation's bloody civil war.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Friday night to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons — putting the weight of previously divided world powers behind the recent deal between the U.S. and Russia to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad into giving up his chemical stockpile.
Making his most passionate plea to date for military strikes in Syria, President Obama on Wednesday said the credibility of the United States — and that of the international community as a whole — is on the line, and a failure to act against the regime of Bashar Assad will embolden war criminals, dictators and despots for years to come.
Iran's new president expressed his country's support to Syria's embattled leader Bashar Assad's regime Sunday, saying no force in the world will be able to shake their decades-old alliance.
Syrian rebel fighters who seized 21 U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Wednesday are now backing off their show of force a bit, claiming the captives are simply "guests" whom they actually rescued.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry will embark on his first overseas journey as America's top diplomat next week, a whirlwind tour of nine nations in 11 days with a heavy focus on how to end nearly two years of bloodshed and civil war gripping Syria.
Russia and the United Nations called Thursday for the resuscitation of a peace initiative for Syria that never got off the ground when it was proposed months ago because both parties to the conflict rejected it.
Syria sharply criticized NATO's move to deploy Patriot missiles along its border with Turkey, calling the decision "provocative," as the West took a major step toward a possible military role in the civil war.
President Obama had strong words for Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday as concerns grow that his Syrian regime is readying chemical weapons to use on its own citizens.
The current international peace plan seeking to stop Syria's civil war suffered a major setback Wednesday, when an al Qaeda-inspired militant group rejected a cease-fire proposed by the international envoy.
Syrian opposition figures called Sunday for the overthrow of President Bashar Assad at a rare meeting of anti-regime groups held in the government-controlled capital Damascus, a possible attempt by the gathering to position itself as an alternative to the armed rebellion.