SABC News - Bashar al-Assad


France's Hollande wins cooperation not coalition against IS

Friday 27 November 2015 19:21

The leaders of Russia and France avoided each other's gaze as they made short, stiff statements in the Kremlin on Thursday before talks on countering Islamic State in Syria.


 Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with his French counterpart Francois Hollande during a news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.
Hollande, Putin agree to work more closely to combat Islamic State

Friday 27 November 2015 06:44

France and Russia will exchange intelligence on Islamic State to improve the effectiveness of their aerial bombing campaigns in Syria, French President Francois Hollande said.


Iran leader hosts Putin

Monday 23 November 2015 21:31

Iran's supreme leader, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran, said on Monday US policies in the Middle East region were a threat to both countries.


The United States has been bombing Islamic State militants in Syria for more than a year.
US, Russia aircraft test safety protocols in skies over Syria

Tuesday 3 November 2015 23:24

A US fighter jet and a Russian fighter jet flew within 5 miles (8 km) of each other in the skies over Syria on Tuesday, in a planned test of new safety protocols.


Iran says to pull out of Syria talks if unconstructive

Monday 2 November 2015 16:04

Iran said on Monday it would pull out of Syria peace talks if it found them unconstructive, citing the "negative role" of its main regional adversary Saudi Arabia, according to state Iranian media.


US sticks to demand Assad leave power at first peace talks to include

Friday 30 October 2015 06:20

Washington stuck to its demand on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power, ahead of peace talks which will include Assad's main ally Iran for the first time.


Syria rebels dismiss Russia's ideas, want end to its bombing

Saturday 24 October 2015 18:45

Syrian rebels fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army said Russia must stop bombing them before talking about helping them, and rejected Moscow's idea of elections


Syria's President Assad embarks on a surprise to Moscow meeting

Wednesday 21 October 2015 19:01

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad embarked on surprise to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.


Third Russian air strike on Syrian rebel group kills leader

Tuesday 20 October 2015 22:13

Russian air strikes in Syria's Latakia province killed a rebel commander and four other fighters from a group armed by President Bashar al-Assad's foreign enemies.


Syrian rebels say they received more weapons for Aleppo battle

Monday 19 October 2015 14:19

Rebels battling the Syrian army and its allies south of Aleppo say they have received new supplies of US-made anti-tank missiles from states that oppose President Bashar al-Assad.


Kerry urges 'ambitious' climate deal, warns on food security

Saturday 17 October 2015 21:31

US Secretary of State John Kerry urged global leaders on Saturday to agree an "ambitious" deal at a climate conference in Paris in December.


 A rebel fighter gestures as he shoots his weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on the frontline of Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood.
Islamic State closes in on Syrian city of Aleppo

Saturday 10 October 2015 07:44

Islamic State fighters have seized villages close to the northern city of Aleppo from rival insurgents, a monitoring group said on Friday.


France launches new air strike in Syria against IS

Friday 9 October 2015 09:55

France launched a new air strike overnight in Syria against an Islamic State training camp and further strikes will follow, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.


Russia intensifies airstrikes in Syria

Monday 5 October 2015 18:32

Russia has intensified its airstrikes in Syria and says the attacks have helped to “considerably reduce” the combat potential of militants.


US President Barack Obama addressed the UN General Assembly on Monday.
Obama willing to work with Iran, Russia to end Syria conflict

Monday 28 September 2015 19:16

The United States is willing to work with Iran and Russia to try to end the Syrian conflict, US President Barack Obama said on Monday.


US says Assad must go, timing down to negotiation

Saturday 19 September 2015 13:50

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has to go but the timing of his departure had to be decided through negotiation.


Israel wary of Russian military build-up in Syria

Tuesday 8 September 2015 15:52

Indications of increased Russian involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad are prompting a reassessment in Israel about how to handle fall-out from the conflict without risk.


Gunmen kill six Syrian security personnel after bomb blasts kill dozen

Saturday 5 September 2015 20:08

Druze gunmen killed six Syrian government security personnel during unrest sparked by two deadly car bomb blasts in southern Syria, one of which killed a local Druze leader, a monitor said.


France considers air strikes on Islamic State in Syria-Le Monde

Saturday 5 September 2015 14:34

France is considering conducting air strikes on Islamic State in Syria, joining an international coalition led by the United States, Le Monde newspaper said on its website on Saturday.


27 killed as Syrian jet crashes into market

Monday 3 August 2015 14:01

At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured when a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a busy marketplace in the rebel-held North Western town of Ariha.


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