Bashar Assad

Russia-Iran Style Cooperation in Syria Could Prove Possible in Afghanistan, But With Greater Success

Jamila Mammadova | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jamila Mammadova

Twenty-five years ago the Soviet Army returned home after nine years of fighting in Afghanistan. After the soviet withdrawal, the country plunged i...

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...

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.

Cameron Accuses Russia Of Propping Up 'Butcher' Assad

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.10.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron called the Syria president a “butcher” on Saturday, while lambasting Russian military intervention on behalf of the regime. The stro...

It Is Time to Talk to Assad

Robin Lustig | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

Bashar al-Assad is responsible for some of the most heinous war crimes of recent times, including the use of chemical weapons, the mass imprisonment and torture of political opponents, and the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas causing massive casualties. Yet the unpalatable reality must surely be that, despite his grim record, he remains indispensable in the search for an end to the conflict.

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...

Osborne Singles Out 'Evil' Cause Of Migration Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.09.2015 | UK

Chancellor George Osborne has said there must be a "comprehensive plan" to deal with the root causes of the Syrian refugee crisis which has seen hundr...

Jeremy Corbyn and Foreign Policy: The Boy in the Bubble

Gary Kent | Posted 23.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Such radical thinking on domestic and foreign policy highlights the gap between Corbyn and mainstream social democracy, a big plus for his followers, who are fed up with centrist politics. Every generation challenges received wisdom.

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.

The Revolution Betrayed

James Snell | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
James Snell

After the rejection by the British Parliament of intervention against Assad, he has been given free rein to destroy Syria and its people, creating devastation, chaos and a power vacuum. Into that gap stepped Islamic State, Iran and the Shia militias which have committed brutal and widespread crimes of their own.

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...

Islamic State Is NOT America's Main Strategic Threat In The Middle East

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics

The main strategic priority for the US is not the Islamic State but Iran, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush said on Tuesday. Speaking about...

Assad Is Still Killing Civilians In Syria's Capital

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK

The world may be gripped by the horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State group, but a wider bloodbath provoked by Syria's civil war is continuing unab...

208 People Died Every Day In Syria's Civil War Last Year

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK

An average of 208 people were killed each day last year in Syria's civil war, it has been reported, as the war is about to enter its fifth year. Ac...

Word From Syria: Don't Drift Towards Assad to Tackle Isis

Alyn Smith | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

If Europe wishes to find a solution for the problems of the Middle East, it needs to correct a number of misconceptions about Syria. Most importantly, it needs to realise that the key threat is not ISIS but the Assad regime, both of which are engaged with a fight to the death with Europe's only possible ally: the rebels.

'60 Dead' After Syrian Airstrikes Target Islamic State 'Capital'

AP | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK

Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist Islamic State group, killing at least ...

So About That Syrian 'Hero Boy' Video...

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK

A heartbreaking video appearing to show a Syrian boy running through sniper fire to save a young girl pricked the tear ducts of many across the world ...

Why Did Jund Al-Aqsa Join Nusra Front in Taking Out 'Moderate' Rebels in Idlib?

Tam Hussein | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Tam Hussein

Not only is Jund's position indicative of its indignation towards SRF's questionable practices, but it's also a sign that US intervention is pushing other forces, whose goal was Assad, to take more hard line positions.

Arming the Kurds and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Oggy Boytchev

Contrary to the desires and interests of regional governments, arming and helping the Kurds to fight ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in Kobane may be the trigger for the birth of a new nation - Kurdistan. No country in the region wants that but this will be one of the unintended consequences of the break up of Syria and the emergence of ISIL.

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.

Moazzam Begg - Case of the Suspect State

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Yasmin Khatun

Just over seven months ago, activist, human rights champion and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested, arrested on the basis that during a trip to Syria he had facilitated terrorism (or so they said). Now two seasons later and just as his trial was set to begin he's been released with all charges levelled against him dropped.

Every Friday, ISIS Carry Out 'Executions, Amputations And Mock Crucifixions'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in parts of Syria are carrying out regular amputations, lashings, public executions and mock crucifixions, according to...

Jihad, Utopia and 'Muddled' Foreign Policy

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

The brutal Assad regime, under father Hafez and son Bashar, has perpetrated some appalling atrocities and we can't be proud of cooperating with it, but it is the only force in the region capable of defeating ISIL.

Is This Really The Only Option Left To Defeat Islamic State...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK

Britain should not be "squeamish" about an alliance with Syrian President Bashar Assad to defeat the radical jihadists of Islamic State (IS), former k...

Meanwhile, In Syria, The Country Has Its Bloodiest Week

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK

As Israeli missiles lay waste to Gaza, Hamas rockets fly and innocents die in civilian planes downed in eastern Ukraine, Syria has slipped even furthe...