Bashar Assad

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 15.07.2014 | 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.

There Are Worse Things Than Dictators

Justin Huggler | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

Iran and Saudi Arabia are facing off across Iraq. Between them, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia control the world's largest proven oil reserves. Already, ISIS are close to the oil reserves of northern Iraq. Already, the price of oil is rising.

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....

Syria And 7 Other Totally Sham Elections

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK

Syrians are deciding today whether the man whose regime has killed its opponents in a brutal civil war should continue as president. Here at The Hu...

Syrian Rebels Detonate 60 Tonnes Of Explosives Under Army Base

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK

These dramatic pictures purportedly show the detonation of more than 60 tonnes of explosives under an army base in Syria. According to a member of the...

Syrian Rebels Have Not Lost Their Fighting Spirit

Tam Hussein | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

Most fighters here are Syrians, as well as some North Africans and a smattering of Westerners. As I walk in with the doctor I exchange a glance with a Western fighter who clearly wants to remain anonymous. "Pakistani?" I ask. His Syrian friend responds on his behalf with a knowing smile: "Homsi."

Islamic Extremists From ISIS 'Crucify Two Men In Syria' (GRAPHIC IMAGES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK

WARNING: THIS REPORT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES, READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Graphic images purporting to show two men crucified by Islamist extremi...

Pictures Of Syrian Warplane Shot Down By Turkey's Armed Forces

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK

Dramatic pictures have emerged showing the Syrian military jet shot down on Sunday by Turkey's armed forces for reportedly "violating Turkish air spac...

UN Week: What Was Trending on Social Media?

Nikita Malik | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

I was live on AlHurra TV-MBN on the 25th of September 2013 discussing the role of the Middle East in UN week. Alhurra is a United States-based Arabic-...

Ukraine Crisis Shows Obama Does Not Believe in American Exceptionalism

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

On his first overseas trip as president in 2009, Barack Obama was asked by a foreign journalist whether he subscribed to American exceptionalism, the idea that America has a unique role to champion freedom and democracy...

Jihad, Then and Now - Bin Laden's Comrade in Arms Warns Foreign Fighters to Stay Out of Syria

Tam Hussein | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

As the situation in Syria grows worse and simultaneously more complicated day by day, the fears of observers of the conflict have become more focused on the foreign jihadists who have travelled to the war-torn country to take part in the fighting...

Moving Mountains in Syria: A View From the Ground

Tam Hussein | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

A year ago the villages of Jebel Akrad were home to living, breathing communities. Tucked into the mountain range in Syria's northwestern corner, the village squares were occupied by old men drinking strong coffee and puffing on cigarettes...

'Scenes Of Medieval Violence': Al-Qaeda Behead 10 Prisoners & Mount Their Heads On Spikes In Syria

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels are reported to have beheaded ten men and mounted their heads on spikes in a bloody day of fighting which saw them take con...

Systematic Torture And Execution Of Syrians 'Like Nazi Death Camps'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Syria has systematically tortured and executed 11,000 of its citizens in the three-year war, according to a report by former war crimes prosecutors, w...

Fetteh in ISIS Country: Despatch From Syria

Tam Hussein | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

The last thing I expected on my latest trip to Syria at the very beginning of 2014 was to be able to eat a bowl of fetteh in Abu Salim's restaurant in Najjiyeh, in territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

LOOK: Miracle Baby Recovered From Rubble In Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

More devastating images of death and destruction have emerged from Syria, with terrified children being among the victims today as President Bashar As...

Obstacles to Syrian Cease-fire Aren't Insurmountable

Lord David Owen | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

Iran has a chance to demonstrate its traditional position as a country content to live within its existing boundaries. And now that the distrust and antagonism raised over Libya has eased, the U.N. Security Council is at long last working together.

Beirut Bombing 'Selfie' Teen Dies (WARNING GRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A teenager seen posing for a group "selfie" in front of a car moments before it exploded in the capital Beirut has died of his injuries. Following ...

Funeral On Boxing Day For British Surgeon Killed In Syria

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The funeral of a British doctor who died while being held in custody in Syria will take place on Boxing Day, his family have confirmed. Dr Abbas Kh...

Family Of Dead British Surgeon Slam Foreign Office

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The family of a British surgeon who died after more than a year in detention in Syria pleaded for more than a year with the Foreign Office to do more ...

Under Siege in Damascus: An Activist Speaks Out

Luke McManus | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Zara Hakim is a Syrian currently living under siege in a southern suburb of Damascus. One of the many activists still inside Syria, she and her team have, for the past two weeks, been working to raise international attention for their 'Break the Siege' campaign...

A Brotherhood Vision for Syria: Interview With the Former Leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood

Tam Hussein | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Despite the brutality of the Syrian civil war, the Muslim Brotherhood has again become one of the main players on the ground, after years operating underground. I spoke with Ali Sadreddine Al-Bayanouni, the leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood from 1996 to 2010.

Australia's Refugee Shame

Nikki McWatters | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nikki McWatters

There will always be poor and oppressed people, struggling, seeking safe havens. To stop people from seeking legitimate asylum from persecution is to engage in it and perpetrate it. If you had to stand by and watch Jewish children loaded onto wagons for the concentration camps, what would you do? What could you do? I have no muscle and a small voice. But I'm raising it in anger and frustration.

'I Should Have Won The Nobel Peace Prize'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

In what may be the most bad-taste joke ever made, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has quipped that he should have been the recipient of the Nobel Pea...