Bashar Al Assad

Assad: The Master Terrorist

Maudie Fraser | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

al-Kammouneh camp in the aftermath of the airstrike (photo c/o The Guardian) If (or rather when), as seems likely, it is confirmed that last Thursda...

Will Islamist Extremism Force China To Fight In Syria?

Tanya Silverman | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

Beijing's involvement in the Syrian conflict (seemingly, the "world's conflict") has so far concentrated on military and financial support to Bashar al-Assad. But, the People's Republic of China's reluctance to join the fight is being tested by reports of Muslim Uighur's making their way to join the multi-national ranks of ISIS.

As British Parliament Votes for Airstrikes, Public Mood Shifts Further Away From Intervention

Mostafa Rajaai | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mostafa Rajaai

Although many feel emotionally drained and furious after the vote to engage in Syria, the anti war movement will only grow in light of this latest military engagement. Students from all over the country are planning actions to oppose airstrikes and will not rest until they are finally listened to.

Syria Vote Represents Another Step on the Road to Oblivion

Mark Flanagan | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Flanagan

Today bombs will fall on Syria... but of course you knew that already. And you also probably knew that this week our elected representatives voted for...

Syria May Not be Panem, But It's Full of Mockingjays

Dilly Hussain | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK
Dilly Hussain

I have previously ignored the continuous advice and recommendations from many film enthusiasts to watch The Hunger Games trilogy, based on the best-se...

Deception and Decease: Human Shields In Syria Were Never Just A Deterrent

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

"How can we stop Bashar al-Assad's air strikes on a Damascus suburb?" he inquired. "I know" said one. "We'll booby trap the area with cages containi...

Russia and Iran Are Not Allies Against ISIS

Dr Andrew Foxall | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Foxall

Co-authored with Mr. Tom Wilson. Dr Andrew Foxall is Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society, a London-based international...

Will Vladimir Putin Save the World?

David Spencer | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics
David Spencer

There has been precious little to praise about the regime of Vladimir Putin in recent years. His actions in stoking civil war in Ukraine and annexing the Crimea region is criminal under international law, his crackdown on political opposition and dissenting voices has seen numerous state-sponsored and the oppression that can be experienced in Russia by ethnic and religious minorities, and the LGBT community, is shocking and criminally under-reported here in the west.

The Cold War Never Went Away in the Middle East: It Also Had a Bearing on the Invasion of Iraq in 2003

Catriona Luke | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Catriona Luke

If you thought the Suez crisis of 1956 was a long way away, consider that there were joint Russia-China-Iran naval exercises this year, the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989 could be considered just a pause and the West versus the world's murkier and more dictatorial states is still a conflict in progress.

Ukip MEP unveils plan to help Syrian refugees: Keep Assad in power

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Politics

Ukip’s migration spokesman Steven Woolfe believes Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad should be kept in power using international troops to “restore s...

Why Is Syria's Bashir Al-Assad Still In Power?

James Coe | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
James Coe

In March 2008 Colonel Muammar Gaddafi addressed the Arab Leader's Summit in Syria. Gaddafi spoke without his trademark slurred speech and instead spok...

Like Father, (Not Quite) Like Son: Bashar Al-Assad's Terrible 15 Years

Gareth Bayley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Gareth Bayley

There is a great Arabic proverb: 'farkh al-bat awwam'. In English, 'the son of a duck, floats', or, 'like father, like son'. In Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's case, Mr al-Assad doesn't so much float as sink like a stone... Fifteen years ago today, Bashar 'inherited' the rule of Syria from his father, who, to be clear, wasn't much of a floater himself. Fifteen years on, Bashar has practically destroyed the country.

ISIL Making Millions From Looted Antiquities

Katy Gregory | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Katy Gregory

In recent months, propaganda films showing extremists using sledgehammers and automatic gunfire to destroy remains of ancient civilisations have commanded swathes of media attention.

Don't Trust Miliband With International Strategic Issues

Nehad Ismail | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

In a desperate bid to show himself as an influential player on the world stage, he recently claimed that his opposition to the US-led airstrikes against the Syrian regime, in response to Assad's use of chemical weapons, as a major foreign policy success. What Miliband does not know is that nobody takes him seriously and that his foreign policy 'success' will have no impact on the results of the British election.

Syria After Four Years: Back to the Dark Ages

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

It's worth remembering that the vast majority of horror-show videos from Syria in the last four years have shown atrocities coming from the government side. It seems we need a jolt to remind us of this. A "killer stat" (literally) like Ghadbian's. A sort of lightbulb moment. We need to shine a light on Syria.

Stunning Images Show Life In Aleppo After Four Years Of Devastating Conflict

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK

As Syria's national conflict enters its fourth year, we take a look at some recent pictures showing life in the embattled city of Aleppo. When upri...

No Moral Nation Can Ally With Assad

James Snell | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Allying with Assad would be worse than poor strategy; it would be morally unacceptable to anyone with an ounce of decency, and to anyone with the slightest stake in identifying and punishing his crimes.

US Airstrikes in Raqqa - Democracy Has Arrived in Syria

Dilly Hussain | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

Just after dawn prayers, my Twitter newsfeed was filled with breaking headlines confirming that the US along with its Arab allies had begun airstrikes against ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Both the Assad regime and the Obama administration have denied any collusion regarding this military offensive but if you scratch beneath the surface, it becomes relatively clear that there was a lot more collaboration behind closed doors than most would think.

Mehdi Hasan

ISIS Is Trying To 'Suck The West' Into A New War

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics

ISIS is deliberately trying "to suck the west" into a new war in Iraq, one of the world's leading experts on Islamist terrorism has warned. Speakin...

Teaming Up with Assad to Fight ISIS Is a Very Bad Idea

Nehad Ismail | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Last year David Cameron pledged his support to President Obama in confronting the Syrian regime. The pledge was wrecked by Ed Miliband, for narrow political advantage. Had action been taken a year ago, we wouldn't have heard of ISIL/ISIS and its latest incarnation, so-called IS.

My Enemy's Enemy is My Friend - Bashar al Assad and The West

Dilly Hussain | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

If there is any lesson to be learnt from history, it is that political alliances always shift according to self-interest. This is also apparent in playground politics between children - you change friends and foes according to benefits.

From Egypt to Saudi Arabia, the Arab World Has Abandoned the Palestinians

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The inconvenient truth is that the collective punishment of the Pales­tinian people in Gaza is a collective endeavour in its own right - led by Israel, enforced by Egypt, endorsed by Saudi Arabia. Pity the poor Palestinians. Their territories are occupied by the Jewish state; their cause is abandoned by the Arab world.

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

Clinton: British Parliamentary Vote Against Syrian Intervention Influenced US Policy

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

Barack Obama’s decision not to launch air strikes against Syria last year was influenced by the shock vote in the British parliament against militar...

5 Political Leaders Who Can Give Assad A Run For His Money In Sham Elections

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics

Bashar al-Assad won an election this week with a rather impressive 88.7% of the vote. Impressive - his powers of persuasion must be pretty spot on....