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# Assad

This month
March 2023
# Syria
Syrian government condemns US general's visit to Kurdish-held northeast
An official called General Mark Milley’s visit ‘a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and integrity’.
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# Attack
Russia and Syria blame Israel for airstrike on Syrian military airport
Washington has denied responsibility for the strike on Syria’s central Tayfur air base.
# Syrian civil war
US 'deeply concerned' as 250 civilians killed in two days of bombing by Russian and Syrian forces
Bombardment on today killed 106 civilians, including 19 children, according to a war monitor.
# chemical warfare
Human rights groups call for sanctions as UN says Assad forces in Syria were behind sarin gas attack
Over 80 people were killed in the chemical attack in April.
# zaatari refugee camp
Life inside the world's biggest Syrian refugee camp
The conflict in Syria has raged on for seven years. But from the rubble, the women in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp are finding ways to build new lives.
# Syria
UN commission 'has enough to prosecute Assad for war crimes'
“The preparatory work has been done, but nevertheless, there is no prosecutor and no court.”
# warning
Assad will pay a 'heavy price' if Syria launches another chemical attack, US warns
The US warned against any attack which could result in the “mass murder” of civilians.
# you got this
'What's the plan?' Confusion reigns on Syria as Trump sends secretary of state to Russia
The Trump administration has done little to clarify on how it will approach the situation in Syria.
# Airstrikes
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancels Russia trip after US bombs Syria
“The United States will no longer wait for Assad to use chemical weapons without any consequences.”
'Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability'
Assad’s popularity is a narrative that has been marginalised in the West, but that doesn’t make it any less vital to bringing an end to the terrible war in my country, writes Antoine Bakhash with the help of Eimhin O’Reilly.
# inhuman conditions
This is the before and after picture of a man who survived Syria's 'human slaughterhouse'
Amnesty says their new report reveals a “hidden, monstrous campaign” at Saydnaya prison.
# Withdrawal
Russia says it has begun scaling down its forces in Syria
It comes as the Assad regime intensifies its bombardment of a rebel district home to the capital’s main water source.
# Syrian civil war
It's over: Assad has finally retaken full control of Aleppo's charred ruins
The battle lasted nearly four and a half years, turning the city into a worldwide symbol of bloodshed and devastation.
# Assad
UN sets up panel to gather evidence of war crimes in Syria
The General Assembly resolution was co-sponsored by Ireland and 57 other countries.
# Major Delays
Evacuees "in a terrible state" after waiting overnight in freezing conditions to leave Aleppo
In total, it is estimated 3,000 people have been evacuated so far.
# Evacuation
Civilians to be evacuated from Aleppo after reports of civilians being 'killed on the spot'
A rebel official said an evacuation deal, sponsored by Russia and Turkey, was set to take effect within hours.
# Syrian civil war
Aleppo's Old City has fallen to Assad's forces
Government and allied forces now hold over 75% of east Aleppo, a rebel bastion since 2012.
# Syria
Seven-year-old tweeting from war torn Aleppo 'doing well' after family flees army advance
Aleppo in Syria is the centre of fierce fighting.
# Syria
This town has been under armed siege for four years - but it ended today amid tears and recriminations
The evacuation of Daraya came after a deal struck by President Bashar al-Assad’s government and opposition forces in the town, one of the first to rise up against the Assad regime.
# conjoined twins
Conjoined twins born in the midst of battle in Syria have died while awaiting permission to travel
Nawras and Moaz were joined at the chest, with hearts sharing the same sac.
# butt out of it
Assad says there's one quick way to achieve peace in Syria
It’s not happy with other countries getting invovled.
# jobar
WATCH: First drone video shows devastation of war in Syria
The footage is a rare aerial view of the extent of the destruction in Syria.
# flying visit
Assad made his first foreign visit in four years. Guess where he went?
A Kremlin spokesman described it as a “working visit”.
# War of Words
Russia denies accidentally landing missiles in Iran instead of Syria
US officials say Russian missiles missed Syria. The Russians are having none of it.
'Children are being targeted by snipers and civilians shot in the street'
Irish aid worker David Adams visited a clinic that helps to rehabilitate some of the casualties of the Syrian conflict.
# keeping the peace
Irish troops on high alert after rebels capture Golan Heights border crossing
But they’re safe at the moment.
# Iraq
Iraqi troops launch major operation against IS fighters over Saddam's hometown
Meanwhile, Washington insists it is not ‘on the same page’ as Syria in their fight against Islamic State militants.
# Civil War
Nearly 11 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian aid
In his monthly report to the UN Security Council, Ban Ki-moon said that nearly half of the country is in need of immediate help.
# Syrian civil war
Syrian rebels abandon last positions in Homs
Homs was once the “capital of the revolution”. Now it is back in the hands of Bashar Assad.
Column: Western powers should not intervene in Syria
High-tech western military force does not end conflicts – it changes them.
Column: Three years into civil war, families deprived of food are forced to eat stray cats
The Syrian conflict is the world’s largest humanitarian disaster. After three years of conflict, basic services like healthcare are completely collapsing, writes Peter Power of UNICEF.
# press pit
Journalists from rival Syrian sides come close to blows in Geneva
UN security guards have had to step in on occasion as reporters fling slurs and abuse across press room.
# no peace
Rough start to Syria talks as both sides dig in but have yet to meet
Syrian officials branded the opposition as traitors and insisted Assad will not give up power.
# Syria
War crimes report accuses Syria of torture and 11,000 executions
The report by three former war crimes prosecutors, based on thousands of photos smuggled out of the country, accuses Syria of large-scale killing and torture. (Note: graphic content).
# Peace Talks
UN cancels Iran invite to Syria talks, Iran says they weren't going to go anyway
A surprise UN invite to Iran had thrown the talks into doubt.
# syrian war
Syrian 'barrel bombs' kill 76 people including 28 children
The “unprecedented” bombardment came as the UN estimated that the number of Syrian refugees would touch 4.1 million by the end of 2014.
# Syrian Conflict
Twelve nuns abducted by Syrian opposition fighters
The Greek Orthodox nuns and three other women were seized at a convent in the village of Maaloula yesterday.
Column: Leaving it all behind – a Syrian family’s journey to safety
“I did not say a proper goodbye to my father and did not even bury him. I don’t know who did and where,” said Ahmed, whose family has been forced to move around – inside and outside Syria – for more than a year after a shell destroyed their home.
# Syria
Assad: I should have won the Nobel Peace Prize
The Syrian leader made the remark “jokingly” according to a Lebanese newspaper.
Column: People hit by indiscriminate violence need psycho-social help
The civil war in Syria has killed and injured innumerable people, many of them innocent civilians. We are trying to help survivors repair the damage to their bodies – and to their minds, writes Jane-Ann McKenna.