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Syrian President Assad warns that Western military strikes against his country risk a ‘regional war’

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad warned Monday that Western military strikes would risk igniting a “regional war” in the “powder keg” of the Middle East, in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro. He also said France would face “repercussions” if it took part in US-led plans for military action in…

Obama will seek congressional approval on Syria strike

President Barack Obama said on Saturday that the U.S. should take military action in Syria over Pres. Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against rebel areas in the suburbs of Damascus. However, Reuters reported, he will seek the approval of the U.S. Congress before doing so. “We cannot and will…

Hundreds fill New York’s Times Square to protest attack against Syria

Hundreds of people protested at New York’s Times Square on Thursday over possible US plans to strike Syria’s regime which it believes to be behind a deadly chemical attack. Supporters of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, backers of the opposition who want a US intervention, and Americans who say they can’t…

Tony Blair supports intervention against Assad regime in Syria

West must stop ‘wringing our hands’ and protect Syrians from Bashar al-Assad and al-Qaida affiliates, ex-prime minister says Tony Blair has called on the west to stop “wringing our hands” as he endorsed intervention against the regime of Bashar al-Assad and warned governments against ostracising the military dictatorship in Egypt.…

European Union blacklists Assad family

The European Union has sought to punish the family of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, blacklisting his wife, mother, sister, and sister-in-law and freezing their assets. But it was unclear how the symbolic move aimed at curbing the luxury lifestyle of the Assad dynasty would affect Asma al-Assad, the president’s wife…

Secret Assad emails lift lid on life of leader’s inner circle

By Robert Booth Messages show Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran • Leader made light of promised reforms• Wife spent thousands on jewellery and furniture Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran on how to handle the uprising against his rule, according to a cache of what appear to be several…

Assad sets Syria vote to end Baath rule

DAMASCUS — Syria’s president decreed a vote this month on a new constitution that would effectively end nearly 50 years of single party rule, state media said, as troops reportedly stormed centres of dissent. A day after flatly rejecting UN allegations of crimes against humanity, Bashar al-Assad called the ballot…

Barbara Walters calls Syrian dictator a ‘mild-mannered ophthalmologist’

ABC News personality Barbara Walters went to Syria this week to interview dictator Bashar al-Assad about his deadly crackdown on protesters and came back to report that he was “not a wild, crazy man.” “Bashar al-Assad is a dictator by accident, a mild-manner ophthalmologist,” Walters told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Wednesday.…

Turkish PM calls on Assad to step down

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on his former ally Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down. “Quit power before more blood is shed … for the peace of your people, your region and your country,” Erdogan said in parliament. After weeks of mounting criticism of the Syrian leader, it was…

France, Turkey call for greater pressure on Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) – France and Turkey called on Friday for greater international pressure on Syria to end the violent crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, while activists said security forces shot dead five people protesting after weekly prayers. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said he doubted Syria would respond…

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