SABC News - Bashar al-Assad


Footage taken aboard the USS Nitze of Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessels.
Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of US warship

Thursday 25 August 2016 16:20

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was unsafe and unprofessional.


Kurdish militia launches assault to evict Syrian army

Monday 22 August 2016 05:46

Kurdish YPG militia launched a major assault on Monday to seize the last government-controlled parts of the north eastern Syrian city of Hasaka after calling on pro-government militias to surrender.


Russian helicopter downed in rebel-held Idlib province

Monday 1 August 2016 15:53

A Russian military helicopter carrying five people was shot down in the north of Syria's rebel-held Idlib province on Monday


US backed forces advance against Islamic State in Syria

Sunday 19 June 2016 07:10

US backed Syrian forces edged closer to an Islamic State stronghold on the border with Turkey while Russia's defence minister visited Bashar al-Assad to discuss military operations.


Dozens of US diplomats urge military strikes against Syria's Assad

Friday 17 June 2016 05:42

US diplomats have signed a memo sharply critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against Bashar al-Assad's government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war cease-fire.


Syrian and Russian war jets step up bombing of Aleppo city

Sunday 5 June 2016 15:03

Nearly 40 strikes hit rebel-held areas in and around Syria's Aleppo city on Sunday in some of the heaviest recent raids by Russian and Syrian government war-planes, residents and a monitor said.


The Observatory said the air strikes targeted a number of positions in the city, one of them next to a hospital. Seven children were among the dead.
Death toll from Russian air strikes climbs in Idlib

Tuesday 31 May 2016 19:38

At least 23 people were killed in Russian air strikes overnight in the Syrian rebel-held city of Idlib, the heaviest bombardment there since a cessation of hostilities.


UN begins round of Syria peace talks in Geneva

Wednesday 13 April 2016 21:21

The latest round of talks aimed at ending the war in Syria has started in Geneva.


Syrians vote for parliament as diplomacy struggles

Wednesday 13 April 2016 15:23

Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country on Wednesday in what voters called a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad.


Assad says he can form new Syria government with opposition

Wednesday 30 March 2016 19:29

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said it would not be difficult to agree a new Syrian government including opposition figures.


Kremlin condemns Donald Trump pre-election clip for demonising Russia

Thursday 17 March 2016 14:11

The Kremlin on Thursday hit out at a pre-election video promoting US presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hillary Clinton's expense, complaining that it demonised Russia.


 Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.
Russian peacekeepers to start withdrawing from Syria: Putin

Tuesday 15 March 2016 06:25

President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that "the main part" of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw.


Assad tells Putin his government will help with Syria ceasefire

Wednesday 24 February 2016 14:26

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that his government was ready to assist in implementing a ceasefire in Syria.


 A Syria Democratic Forces fighter walks under contrails made by US alliance air forces on the outskirts of al-Shadadi town, Hasaka countryside, Syria.
Kerry issues warning as Syrian parties back halt to fighting

Wednesday 24 February 2016 07:00

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups accepted a plan for a cessation of hostilities to begin on Saturday.


Violence rages in Syria as Kerry, Lavrov reach deal on ceasefire

Monday 22 February 2016 05:19

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria.


Temporary truce is possible: Syrian opposition

Saturday 20 February 2016 20:28

Syria's opposition said it agreed to the "possibility" of a temporary truce provided there were guarantees that Damascus's allies would cease fire, lift sieges and allow aid deliveries countrywide.


Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce

Saturday 13 February 2016 08:00

The complex, multi-sided civil war in Syria, raging since 2011, has drawn in most regional and global powers, producing the world's worst humanitarian emergency.


People walk past damaged buildings in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus.
Syrian rebels demand US action ahead of peace talks

Wednesday 10 February 2016 16:28

Syrian rebels called on US President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in support of a military offensive by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad


Syrians flee to Turkish border as Aleppo assault intensifies

Saturday 6 February 2016 15:29

Russian and Syrian government forces gained ground north of Aleppo on Saturday, intensifying an assault on rebel-held areas that has prompted tens of thousands more Syrians to seek refuge.


UN scrambles to sustain Syria talks; Russia vows to crush "terrorists"

Wednesday 3 February 2016 15:00

The United Nations strained to keep faltering Syrian peace talks alive on Wednesday as Damascus tried to press home gains against rebels.


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