This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 6 °C Sunday 8 December, 2019

#Bashar al-Assad

# bashar-al-assad - Thursday 27 September, 2012

Syria: Over 305 killed on uprising's deadliest day so far

A human rights watchdog yesterday’s death toll – which doesn’t include unidentified bodies – is the highest yet.

# bashar-al-assad - Wednesday 5 September, 2012

UN peace envoy says Syria death toll is 'staggering'

Lakhdar Brahimi told the UN General Assembly that the destruction in the country is reaching “catastrophic proportions and the suffering of the people is immense”.

# bashar-al-assad - Tuesday 21 August, 2012

US will intervene in Syrian crisis - but only if Assad uses chemical weapons

President Obama says the issue of Syrian WMDs is two-fold, raising fears that chemical or biological weapons may fall into the hands of anti-Israeli extremists.

# bashar-al-assad - Saturday 18 August, 2012

Syria quells speculation that vice-president has defected

TV reports said ‘Shara’ had defected – but Syrian State TV says it’s only the cousin of vice-president Faruq al-Shara.

# bashar-al-assad - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Syria: Defected premier says regime is 'near collapse'

Riad Hijab, highest-ranking political figure to defect from the government, said he felt “pain in his soul” over the regime’s shelling and other attacks on rebel strongholds.

# bashar-al-assad - Monday 13 August, 2012

Syria's rep to UN human rights council joins opposition

The Syrian delegate to the UN Human Rights Council is the first based in Switzerland

# bashar-al-assad - Thursday 9 August, 2012

Clashes rage in rebel bastions of Syria's Aleppo

Meanwhile, President Assad appointed a new prime minister to replace the one who defected to neighbouring Jordan earlier this week.

# bashar-al-assad - Wednesday 8 August, 2012

Syria: At least 162 reported killed across country

At least 37 people – 17 civilians, 10 rebels and 10 soldiers – were reportedly killed in the northern city of Aleppo.

# bashar-al-assad - Friday 3 August, 2012

UN assembly hits out at Security Council failure on Syria

The Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution criticising the Security Council’s failure to act on the Syria conflict.

# bashar-al-assad - Saturday 28 July, 2012

Syria army launches Aleppo assault

Fears are growing about the safety of civilians in Syria’s second city, with reports of massive assaults on several neighbourhoods.

# bashar-al-assad - Monday 23 July, 2012

Syria: Government troops fight back against rebels in Damascus

The move is an attempt to take over rebel-held areas in Damascus and Aleppo, two of the biggest cities in the country.

# bashar-al-assad - Friday 20 July, 2012

Executions reported as rebels seize border crossings in Syria Syria This post contains videos

Executions reported as rebels seize border crossings in Syria

Iraq says that all of its borders with Syria have been seized.

# bashar-al-assad - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Cameron calls on Syrian president to step down

The British PM has said it is time for Bashar al-Assad to go, and that if there isn’t transition, “there is going to be civil war”.

# bashar-al-assad - Friday 13 July, 2012

Syria: 'At least 200 dead' in village massacre

At least 200 people, mostly civilians, are thought to be dead after the single most violent attack reported in the bloody 16-month uprising.

# bashar-al-assad - Sunday 8 July, 2012

Column: My dealings with the Syrian government

Stephen Starr is an Irish journalist who lived in Syria for five years. Here he recalls his encounter with low-level government officials.

# bashar-al-assad - Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Syrian conflict: Obama and Putin issue joint call for peace

The call comes amid reports Russian naval ships have been dispatched to the violence-wracked country.

# bashar-al-assad - Saturday 16 June, 2012

UN suspends Syria mission as violence intensifies

Meanwhile, a group of Muslims and Christians have issued a desperate appeal for help escaping the flashpoint city of Homs.

Column: It’s time for Europe to bomb Assad – and Ireland should help

Ireland should now abandon its ‘triple lock’ neutrality, writes Aaron McKenna. The price of our prosperity is the willingness to stand up for those who have nobody else.

# bashar-al-assad - Friday 15 June, 2012

Syria: EU approves sanctions on luxury and dual-use goods

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch confirms that Syrian forces have used sexual violence to torture men, women and children – both inside and outside of detention – during the conflict.

# bashar-al-assad - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Russia denies sending attack helicopters to Syria

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has claimed that Russia is providing Syria with weapons that will “escalate the conflict quite dramatically”.

# bashar-al-assad - Saturday 9 June, 2012

At least 15 killed in village as Syria violence intensifies

Observers saw human body parts and smelled burned flesh in another village where 78 people were reportedly slaughtered.

# bashar-al-assad - Friday 8 June, 2012

UN: 'Out of control' Syria on the brink of civil war

UN envoy Kofi Annan believes the time has come for regional and international pressure on Bashar Assad.

# bashar-al-assad - Tuesday 5 June, 2012

Rebels abandon UN-brokered ceasefire in Syria

Fresh attacks have been launched on regime forces, with rebels saying they had to ‘defend our people’.

# bashar-al-assad - Tuesday 22 May, 2012

Bruton: Irish software in Syria is not designed to suppress democracy

An investigation has found no direct supply of products from Ireland which “prevent citizens exercising their fundamental democratic rights”.

# bashar-al-assad - Monday 23 April, 2012

Syrian forces kill dozens after UN monitors' visit

Government troops reportedly opened fire on the streets of Hamas, killing dozens and raising fears the regime is targeting opponents emboldened to protest by the UN monitors.

# bashar-al-assad - Saturday 21 April, 2012

UN monitors thronged on visit to Syria opposition stronghold

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has voted to expand the observer mission to 300 – and renewed the call for an immediate halt to violence.

# bashar-al-assad - Saturday 14 April, 2012

Nine dead as Syrian troops shell Homs ahead of UN resolution vote

The reported bombardment came as the UN prepared to vote on a resolution authorising the deployment of the first wave of military observers to monitor the ceasefire.

# bashar-al-assad - Thursday 12 April, 2012

Fragile ceasefire comes into effect in Syria

A truce brokered by UN envoy Kofi Annan appears to be holding, hours after another deadline passed this morning.

# bashar-al-assad - Wednesday 11 April, 2012

Syrians report heavy shelling - one day after ceasefire deadline

There is no sign of action on a ceasefire that was scheduled to begin yesterday.

# bashar-al-assad - Friday 6 April, 2012

Syria steps up offensive in Damascus suburbs

Opposition activists believe Assad’s regime is stepping up attacks to gain ground ahead of an internationally sponsored cease-fire due to take place next week.

# bashar-al-assad - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Syria agrees April 10 deadline to pull troops out

UN envoy Kofi Annan makes progress amid reports that a high-profile Syrian activist is being detained and tortured.

# bashar-al-assad - Sunday 1 April, 2012

Column: ‘Staying in Syria was too risky’ – an Irish journalist’s story

Stephen Starr lived in conflict-torn Syria for five years until last month, one of the only Irish journalists able to do so. Here he explains why he had to leave.

# bashar-al-assad - Saturday 31 March, 2012

Syria declares 'victory' over year-long anti-Assad uprising

The state-run SANA news agency carries comments from a minister who says the anti-government uprising is defeated.

# bashar-al-assad - Wednesday 28 March, 2012

Syrian regime accepts UN ceasefire plan

However, a senior UN official has accused Bashar al-Assad’s forces of deliberately torturing and jailing hundreds of children.

# bashar-al-assad - Thursday 15 March, 2012

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

# bashar-al-assad - Monday 12 March, 2012

At least 45 women and children 'massacred' in Syria

Their bodies were found after being stabbed and burned in Homs, opposition activists said.

# bashar-al-assad - Sunday 11 March, 2012

Kofi Annan leaves Syria without securing peace deal

The UN envoy was rebuffed by president Bashar al-Assad as he attempted to broker a ceasefire.

# bashar-al-assad - Saturday 10 March, 2012

Kofi Annan meets Syrian president in bid to defuse violence

The visit comes amid reports that a number of high-ranking military officers have joined rebel forces against Bashar al-Assad.

# bashar-al-assad - Friday 9 March, 2012

'Families massacred' in Homs as rebels reject call for dialogue

Activists are reporting summary executions, mass rape and targeting of specific families by the forces of president Bashar al-Assad.

# bashar-al-assad - Tuesday 6 March, 2012

Patients 'tortured' by doctors in Syrian hospital

Chilling footage has emerged from Homs, showing patients tightly shackled to beds and bearing the marks of beatings.