Quantcast
Home » Topics » bashar al assad (Page 7)

Al-Qaeda names Zawahiri to succeed bin Laden

DUBAI (AFP) – Al-Qaeda on Thursday named its second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri to succeed slain chief Osama bin Laden and vowed to relentlessly pursue its “jihad’ against the United States and Israel. “The general command of Al-Qaeda announces, after consultations, the appointment of Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri as head of…

Syrians hold pro-Assad rally as global outcry grows

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Thousands of supporters of Bashar al-Assad demonstrated on Wednesday on the outskirts of Damascus as the embattled president came under intense world pressure to halt a crackdown on democracy protests. Flag-waving pro-regime demonstrators lined a highway leading to the posh residential suburb of Mezze in western Damascus…

Lebanon gets Hezbollah-led cabinet after 5-month lag

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced Monday a long-delayed government dominated by Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its allies, which is likely to cause alarm among Western powers at a time of regional turmoil. Formed after five months of political stalemate, the new Lebanese leadership was welcomed by President…

Syrian forces round up hundreds near northern town

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian troops rounded up hundreds of people in a sweep through villages near Jisr al-Shughour on Monday, fleeing residents said, after President Bashar al-Assad’s army retook the rebellious town. Nearly 7,000 Syrians have already fled the region around Jisr al-Shughour, seeking sanctuary in neighboring Turkey, while thousands…

Syria cracks down on protesters, killing 34

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian security forces intensified their assault on protesters calling for President Bashar al-Assad to quit, killing at least 34 demonstrators in the latest crackdown in the city of Hama, activists said. Thousands of protesters took to the streets after noon prayers on Friday in defiance of security…

Obama administration slaps sanctions on Syria

WASHNGTON/AMMAN (Reuters) – Washington imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for human rights abuses on Wednesday in a dramatic escalation of pressure on Syria to cease its brutal crackdown on protesters. Assad had been partly rehabilitated in the West over the last three years but Western powers have condemned…

Syrian protesters killed at Lebanon border crossing

DAMASCUS — The deadly unrest in Syria spilled over into Lebanon where a woman was killed at a border crossing as protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime entered a third month on Sunday. Gunfire from Syria raked a crowd at Al-Boqayah crossing near the town of Wadi Khaled, killing the…

Syria death toll climbs amid anti-regime protests

DAMASCUS — Syrian troops killed three people and wounded several others on Saturday in the border town of Tall Kalakh, a witness said, as the toll rose despite a presidential no-shoot order and dialogue offer. “The security forces, who had been encircling Tall Kalakh since the morning, fired machineguns. At…

Syrian troops fire on funerals, kill 13

DAMASCUS (AFP) – At least 13 mourners were shot dead on Saturday as Syrians swarmed the streets to bury scores of demonstrators killed in massive protests and two MPs resigned in frustration at the bloodshed. Activists said the death toll from Friday’s protests could top 100, pending confirmation of a…

Security forces kill at least 49 during Syria protest: activist

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian security forces shot dead dozens of protesters on Friday, rights activists said, the bloodiest day in a month of escalating demonstrations against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Activist Ammar Qurabi said at least 49 people were killed in unrest which swept the country, mainly from…

Google+