Bashar Assad

5:58am

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Prime Minister Defects In Major Blow To Assad Regime

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 10:53 am

Syria's recently appointed prime minister has defected to Jordan and joined the opposition to President Bashar Assad, the highest-level departure to date from the embattled regime.

Prime Minister Riyad Hijab fled with his family just two months after assuming his post in the Cabinet. In a statement read to Al-Jazeera television, Hijab rejected a claim from Syrian state media that he had been fired.

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1:46pm

Fri August 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Reuters Says Its Website Was Hacked, Fake Syria Stories Posted

The wire service Reuters says its blogging service was compromised today. The people responsible, Reuters said, took the opportunity to post a fake news story about Syria.

Reuters reports:

"One of the false posts purported to be an interview with Riad al-Asaad, the head of the Free Syrian Army.

"'Reuters did not carry out such an interview and the posting has been deleted,' the Reuters statement said.

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6:58am

Thu August 2, 2012
The Two-Way

In Syria, Both Sides Now Have Heavy Weapons In Aleppo

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 8:59 am

Anti-Assad fighters stood atop a captured army tank on Wednesday in the village of Anadan, about 4 miles northwest of Aleppo.
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images
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Anti-Bashar Assad forces in the Syrian city of Aleppo now have at least a few tanks, rocket-propelled grenades and improved explosives.

And that has U.N. observers warning about the deadly consequences of heavy weapons being used by both sides within such a "confined urban area," NPR's Anthony Kuhn said earlier on Morning Edition. The fear, of course, is that even more non-combatants will be caught in the crossfire.

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9:17am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

It's 'Army Foundation Day' In Syria; President Assad Praises Troops

An image from amateur video released by Ugarit News purports to show Aleppo under fire. The AP cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the image.
AP

This is the day 67 years ago Syria created its modern army. President Bashar Assad released a statement saying the country depends on its troops to win the war against the enemy.

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2:32pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Middle East

Is Assad Carving Out A Haven For Syria's Alawites?

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 7:04 pm

A Syrian man holds a national flag bearing pictures of President Bashar Assad during a pro-regime protest to condemn a deadly attack in the central Midan district of Damascus on April 27.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

As fighting between the Syrian military and rebel fighters rages, concerns are growing about how the regime of President Bashar Assad might react if it becomes convinced it's about to lose power.

One theory involves the establishment of a breakaway region dominated by Syria's Alawite minority — which includes the Assad family — in the northwestern coastal mountains. Analysts say this would be a disaster both for Assad and the region, but it can't be completely ruled out.

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