US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that Bashar al-Assad controls only 10% of the total population of Syria, accusing Iran of continuing to expand its influence in the region through "The Quds Force" in Iraq and through Hezbollah in Syria. He attributed Assad’s survival in power to the economic support he receives, and to the fact that he is still surrounded by his religious minority whose interest lies…
France and Britain dismissed on Friday any suggestion of restoring relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying this would likely end all hope of a political transition and push moderates into the arms of radical Islamist groups.Syrian leader Bashar Assad cannot "credibly" be part of any future government combating the threat from the Islamic State (IS) group in the country, Britain and France said Friday.Assad is "stoking injustice, disorder and…
The United States has prepared a draft UN Security Council resolution to condemn the use of chlorine gas in Syria, according to a Western diplomats, who said that consultations are still underway with the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council. He also said that Russia "appeared willing to issue a presidential statement on banning the use of chlorine gas as a weapon, adding that the use barrel…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:08

Obama Renews Call for Assad to Step Down

US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that it is impossible to stabilize Syria with Bashar Assad in power, as he hosted Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the Oval Office. "We both are deeply concerned about the situation in Syria. We'll continue to support the moderate opposition there and continue to believe that it will not be possible to fully stabilize that country until Assad, who has lost…
Lebanon Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi confirmed on Tuesday that a plot to kill former pro-Syrian Information Minister Michel Samaha, who is on trial on terrorism charges, has been thwarted. Rifi told al-Liwaa newspaper that he had received information from a highly credible security agency that Samaha would be killed during his transfer to hospital for having information about the Assad regime. The former minister and two Syrian officials have been…
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