Syria's Assad dubious of U.S.-Russia peace initiative
In an interview with an Argentine newspaper, President Bashar Assad says he doubts the West wants a solution to the Syrian conflict. He also reiterates that he does not intend to resign. BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad has expressed skepticism that a planned U.S.-Russian peace conference could help stop the bloodshed in his country, according to an interview published Saturday in an Argentine newspaper.
Syrian soldiers warned daily of sectarian dangers, defectors say
The rising divisions may guarantee that fighting will continue even if President Bashar Assad falls, setting the stage for a civil war between Sunni, Alawite, Shiite and other militias. MARAAT NUMAN, Syria — Each morning, after saluting the Syrian flag and before the warplanes take off, soldiers at army bases across Syria are given political orientation.
U.S. decries Russia weapons sale to Syria
Joint chiefs chairman says the missiles, as well as Russia's buildup of warships in the region, will 'embolden' President Bashar Assad. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday condemned Russia's delivery of advanced antiship missiles to Syria and its buildup of warships in the eastern Mediterranean, arguing that the Kremlin's escalating support for its longtime ally in Damascus could prolong the civil war.
Syria amnesty could free up to 7,000 inmates
It's not clear whether President Bashar Assad's decree applies to anyone jailed for taking part in the uprising against him. BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad issued an order Tuesday freeing up to 7,000 prison inmates, but it was not clear whether the decree would apply to any of those jailed for participation in the rebellion that is seeking to overthrow his regime.
Islamist issues fatwa allowing rape of Syrian non-Sunni women
The rape of non-Sunni women in Syria by fighters opposed to the regime of President Bashar Assad, has been legitimised by a fatwa issued by an Islamic cleric.