Bashar Assad

Analysis: Arab Nations Tilt Toward Israel

Amid all the fighting, Israel's interests are increasingly aligned with those of former enemies.

08/29/2014
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Between the war in Gaza and gains by Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there’s plenty of cause these days for pessimism about the Middle East.

Iraqi women queue up at a displaced persons camp near Mosul. Getty Images

Assad: Israel Should Ditch Chemical Weapons, Too

09/13/2013
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Syrian President Bashar Assad said Israel should be required to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons.

Putin Warns Of Attack On Israel By Militants

09/12/2013
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Vladimir Putin warned of a possible attack on Israel as the United States considers whether to strike Syria.

In a New York Times Op-Ed published Thursday, the Russian president chided the United States for its threats to strike Syria in the wake of a chemical weapons attack and warned that Syrian militants are preparing to strike Israel.

Russian leader Valdimir Putin arrives at the recent G20 Summit in St. Petersburg. Getty Images

AIPAC To Lobby Lawmakers For Syria Strike

09/09/2013
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AIPAC officials reportedly said the pro-Israel group will lobby U.S. lawmakers to authorize a retaliatory strike on Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

As Israelis Mob Gas Mask Distribution Centers, Army Urges Calm

08/29/2013
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Daniela Hayoum arrived at a Tel Aviv post office at 7 a.m. and took a number.

The line of people waiting for gas masks was long and Hayoum stepped away to run errands. She returned in the afternoon to find hundreds of Israelis crowding under a hot sun on the building’s wide steps, some holding umbrellas and others food.

Assad Claims To Have Advanced Missiles From Russia

05/30/2013
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Syrian President Bashar Assad said Russia has delivered an advanced air defense system to his civil war-torn country.

Assad reportedly made the announcement during an interview with the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar television network in Lebanon. Excerpts of the interview were released on Thursday morning, the French news agency AFP reported, with the full interview scheduled to be aired that night.

Russian troops train with S-300 missile battery, the type Bashar Assad claims he can now deploy. Getty Images

Historic Damascus Synagogue Looted And Burned

03/31/2013

The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus was looted and burned to the ground.

The Syrian army loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel forces are blaming each other for the destruction of the historic synagogue, according to reports on Sunday.

Obama At Holocaust Museum Pledges To Stand By Israel, Fight Atrocities

04/23/2012

President Obama in an address at a Holocaust remembrance event said he would "always be there for Israel" and defended his administration's record on preventing atrocities.

Obama spoke Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a few days after Holocaust Remembrance Day. Prior to his address, he took a tour of the museum guided by Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust memoirist and Nobel Peace laureate.

Assad Family, Insiders Hit With New Sanctions

03/23/2012

E.U. foreign ministers are slapping new sanctions on the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, three other Assad family members, and eight Syrian government ministers, according to reports.

The new restrictions, which are slated to go into effect on Saturday, include a travel ban and the freezing of assets, The Associated Press reported. The wife of the Syrian president, Azma Assad, is a British native and holds British citizenship, which may mean she may still travel to England, AP said.

Santorum, Obama And Appeasement

It  was somewhat jarring this week to see the President of the United States take to his podium to figuratively hold up the head of Osama bin Laden as a political trophy. But that's what Barack Obama felt compelled to do after Republican contenders Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney  accused the commander-in-chief of "appeasement" of America's enemies.

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