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# Bashar al-Assad

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Zelenksyy calls out Arab leaders for supporting Russia after Assad's return to the Arab League
This meeting marks the return of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – a staunch Russian ally.
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War-ravaged Syria is heading to the polls with Assad set to extend his grip on power
In the last multi-candidate poll in 2014, Bashar al-Assad took 88% of the vote.
'Don't let hundreds of thousands of people be killed': Trump's warning to Syria
The US President has warned Syria against launching an attack on the country’s last rebel stronghold.
Trump warns Russia over Syria situation, says missiles 'will be coming'
Russia has vetoed a US-backed motion in the UN to probe the chemical strikes in Syria.
Alleged Syria chemical attack unites nations in condemnation as Trump calls al-Assad an 'animal'
Widespread claims today suggest that an attack on the town of Douma, which killed 70 people, saw the Syrian regime use deadly chlorine gas on the town’s residents.
'People aren't fleeing for no reason, they are forced to leave - forced by killing'
A Syrian refugee explains why he left his home country to start a new life in Ireland.
France is in no doubt who it blames for deadly sarin gas attack
It says the chemical fingerprint was developed in Syrian laboratories.
US blacklists Syrian chemists over deadly sarin gas attack
It is one of the US’s largest-ever sanctions announcements.
Syrian president claims chemical attack was faked by US
‘We don’t know whether those dead children were killed there … Were they dead at all?’
Sean Spicer just said even Hitler 'didn't sink to using chemical weapons'
The White House Press Secretary is under fire once again for his comments.
US points finger at Assad after suspected chemical attack kills dozens in Syria
At least 58 people died in the attack.
Assad says defending Syria is more important than UN action against him
The Syrian president also accused the UN of being biased because of American, French and British influence.
Seven-year-old girl tweets of being "between death and life" as Aleppo on verge of falling
Retaking the beleaguered city from rebel forces is key for regime head Bashar al Assad’s strategy in the now five-year war.
'Children are being killed': Hundreds flee to government-held districts in Aleppo
An estimated 275,000 people are trapped in terrible conditions in the city’s rebel-held eastern districts.
UN suspends all humanitarian aid convoys in Syria after deadly airstrike
The week-long ceasefire in the war-ravaged country has collapsed.
'Civilians have no hope anymore': Unclear if rebels will agree to ceasefire in Syria
Rebels battling the Syrian regime and the political opposition are still weighing whether to abide by the agreement.
Islamic State has been forced out of Palmyra in a 'major symbolic victory' for Syrian forces
The so-called caliphate took over the world heritage site and city in May 2015.
Syria's leader says ceasefire "does not mean everyone stops using their weapons"
Bashar al-Assad said his troops would continue fighting “terrorists”.
A city destroyed: What you need to know about Aleppo
Aleppo in Syria is under heavy attack by government forces. What does this mean for the rebels and the civilians inside?
At least 135 dead and 400 abducted in Islamic State 'massacre'
Syria’s state news agency SANA said at least 300 civilians were killed.
Isis kidnap more than 400 civilians in wake of deadly city attack which left "300 dead"
The kidnappings happened in the wake of the so-called Islamic State’s deadly attack yesterday on the city of Deir ez-Zor in the east of Syria.
Shocking videos show the starving children trapped in a Syrian town
The UN said the Syrian government has now given permission for aid deliveries after the images were shared all across the world.
Rare evacuations in Syria as latest blasts kill dozens
At least 32 people died in bomb attacks in Homs.
The UN Security Council has backed a US-Russian plan for peace in Syria
The US and Moscow are ‘agreeing to disagree’ on the fate of Bashar al-Assad.
Assad says Britain's bombing campaign will only cause terrorism to spread
The Syrian president also said the air strikes targeting Islamic State militants are illegal.
A Syrian tourism campaign is not getting the reaction it might have wanted
#SummerInSyria has been met with an incredulous online reaction.
Assad made his first foreign visit in four years. Guess where he went?
A Kremlin spokesman described it as a “working visit”.
"Would we choose Isis or the regime? We want neither, we want a third choice..."
29-year-old Syrian Motasem Hajali has lived in Ireland since February 2014.
The US and Russia are starting "deconfliction" talks on Syria
The Pentagon was riled, after getting only one hour’s vague ‘heads-up’ from Russia that it was about to start bombing.
France launches air strikes targeting Islamic State
Western powers are ramping up efforts against the terrorist organisation.
'Children are being targeted by snipers and civilians shot in the street'
Irish aid worker David Adams visited a clinic that helps to rehabilitate some of the casualties of the Syrian conflict.
Deadly chlorine attack kills entire family in Syria
More than 200,000 people have died since the conflict began in 2011.
'The war has divided families more than decades of Israeli occupation ever did'
A newly-released Irish film documents the lives of people in Majdal Shams – one of five remaining Arab villages in the Golan Heights.
More than 76,000 Syrians were killed in 2014
Last year was the bloodiest since the conflict began in 2011.
Three dead as supporters celebrate Assad election win
At least three people are dead and others were wounded as a result of celebratory gunfire, as it was announced Assad won with a sweeping 88.7 per cent.
Column: Western powers should not intervene in Syria
High-tech western military force does not end conflicts – it changes them.
Column: "The bodies are all gone, eaten by the dogs"
Thousands have been killed and many more forced from their homes by the recent fighting in South Sudan. As the situation grows ever more serious, David Adams describes what he has witnessed.
Rough start to Syria talks as both sides dig in but have yet to meet
Syrian officials branded the opposition as traitors and insisted Assad will not give up power.
UN cancels Iran invite to Syria talks, Iran says they weren't going to go anyway
A surprise UN invite to Iran had thrown the talks into doubt.
'It's difficult to explain the conflict to my children' --- Assad
The Syrian president has said in a new interview that war has forced his children to “grow up too early and mature much faster”.