Assad: Support for opposition caused terrorismSyrian President tells European parliamentarians that western governments' support for Syrian opposition groups caused terrorism in Europe.
Watch: Russian pilots downed, killed by ISISBattlefield video shows ISIS shooting down Russian helicopter, celebrating as pilots fall to their deaths.
Assad makes rare appearance outside DamascusSyrian dictator rarely seen in public since outbreak of civil war; when he does, it's usually in the safety of his capital city.
Assad: Western nations secretly dealing with usSyrian President hints that Western nations are secretly doing deals with his country despite openly criticizing him.
Russia blasts diplomats' calls to strike AssadRussian officials criticize cable signed by a group of U.S. diplomats urging strikes against Syrian President.
Kerry warns Assad against truce violationsSecretary of State John Kerry warns Syrian President of "repercussions" if his regime violates ceasefire being negotiated in Aleppo.
Surprise surprise: Assad wins Syrian electionsIn widely expected victory, Syrian dictator's party wins another 'landslide' - though defying him was impossible.
Syrian opposition rejects Assad's stayingSyria's opposition has rejected a proposal from UN envoy that would have kept Bashar Al-Assad as president during a political transition.
Syria starts to voteControversial parliamentary election in regime-controlled areas begins, even as second round of Geneva talks kicks off amid tension.
Revealed: How Assad cheated global sanctions'Panama Papers' show how Syrian regime established shadow companies in the Seychelles to fool the world and fund its war.
Russia denies it agreed to dethrone AssadKremlin spokesperson denies Russia agreed with US to exile Assad, despite his curiously timed elections announcement.
Russian pressure? Assad is ready for electionsOn heels of report revealing Russia agreed to turn its back on Assad and have him exiled, Assad says he has 'no problem' with elections.
White House: Assad role in unity a 'non-starter'White House says Syrian President should not be part of any transitional unity government.
State Department welcomes recapture of PalmyraUnited States welcomes the victory of Syrian President over ISIS in historic city of Palmyra, despite concern over his brutal record.
ISIS orders civilians in Syria's Palmyra to fleeISIS tells 15,000 civilians to abandon city of Palmyra, as pro-Assad forces approach.
Syria: Assad's fate has nothing to do with talksSyria's regime reiterates its stance that peace talks in Geneva will not address the future of President Bashar Al-Assad.
Ceasefire in Syria: Bad for the Jews?The US-Russia ceasefire in Syria, and Russia's partial pullout from the venue, could be dangerous for Israel.
Syrian opposition: Assad must go, dead or aliveSyria's opposition says Assad must leave power if looming peace talks to end five years of civil war are to succeed.
Glimmer of hope as Syria war enters sixth yearNext week marks start of year 6 for Syrian war. Rare ceasefire likely to unravel if Assad's ouster cannot be agreed upon.
Saudis demand Assad leave with no delaySaudi FM says diplomatic process must start with Assad's ouster, emphasizing Syrians have already voted him out 'with their guns.'
Assad: We'll do our part for ceasefireSyrian President pledges to do his part to guarantee the success of shaky ceasefire, says it brings hope to the war-torn country.
Assad announces parliamentary elections in AprilHours after a new ceasefire is announced, Syrian President says parliamentary elections are to be held on April 13.
Assad wants to be remembered as he who saved SyriaSyrian President tells Spanish newspaper he is ready for a ceasefire, but only if "terrorists" don't exploit it.
Rebels accept ceasefire if Russia stops airstrikesSyrian rebels set out terms of ceasefire, agree to cessation of violence if Russia stops airstrikes.
Russia and Assad heading to a crisis?After Assad vows to retake all of Syria, Moscow tells him to tone it down, warning he may find himself in 'a very difficult situation.'
Assad: Ceasefire plan 'difficult' to implementSyria's President pours cold water on an internationally backed plan for a ceasefire.
Assad: We welcome peace but won't stop fightingSyria's President vows to retake the entire country from “terrorists” even if a ceasefire agreement is reached.
Russian engineers working with ISIS in SyriaWhile Russia says it is fighting terror group, new evidence shows it is cutting economic deals amid the bloodshed in Syria.
1 in 10 Syrians killed or injured in conflict470,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict which is heading into its sixth year. 85 percent of population is destitute.
Abbas 'firmly' backs Russian airstrikes for AssadRussian Federation Council head meets with Abbas, says he finally showed hand in supporting Assad's regime in civil war.
Assad's mother dies at 86Anissa Makhlouf Al-Assad, mother of Syrian President, dies in Damascus after reportedly having been ill for years.
Russia accused of creating 'new Hitler' in SyriaSyrian opposition likens Assad to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in attack on Russia's interference in Syrian civil war at start of peace talks.
Russian strikes helped 'turn around' SyriaRussian FM: Air strikes helped beat back terrorists, prop up Bashar al-Assad.
Russia denies it asked Assad to step downSpokesman for the Kremlin denies reports that Putin sent a senior intelligence official to Damascus to ask Assad to step down.
Washington sees Assad remaining until 2017American timeline for Syria obtained by AP determines Obama will leave office before Assad does.
Saudi King blames Assad for the rise of ISISSaudi King Salman says Syrian President aided the rise of the Islamic State group.
Putin: 'Easy' to work with US, Damascus on SyriaRussian President claims unwavering support for Assad helps negotiating with all sides on issue.
McCain flabbergasted Kerry likes Russia's bombing'I'm not making this up,' says an incensed McCain quoting Kerry's support for Russian bombing of US-backed Syrian opposition forces.
NGO has 'damning evidence' of Assad war crimesPhotos of thousands who reportedly were murdered and tortured in Syrian government detention centers confirmed by HRW.
Assad: We won't talk to 'terrorists'Syrian President says he will not join peace talks proposed by world powers, because "terrorist groups" are joining.
Syrian opposition agrees to negotiate with regimeUnprecedented talks with Assad's regime outlined in opposition meeting, but they say he still must go.
Assad: Britain bombing is destined to failSyrian president claims Britain's bombing campaign against ISIS will fail because it lacks comprehensive strategy.
Fabius: Assad departure not necessaryFrance's Foreign Minister says the departure of Syrian President no longer necessary before any political transition.
Assad's friend to be Lebanon's new ruler?'Pan-Arabist' childhood friend of Assad and member of dynasty family may put an end to long feud over who will be president.
Assad: Peace when West stops supporting terroristsIn an interview, Syrian President insists he's not going anywhere despite calls on him to go.
Assad accuses France of 'supporting terrorism'Syrian President rejects France as venue for signing peace deal with opponents, says France supports terrorism.
Assad: enemies boosting support for 'terrorists'Syrian dictator suggests Turkey, Gulf nations, others giving weapons to 'terrorist groups.'
'Assad won when Russia's plane went down'Experts agree Assad received a boon in the Turkey-Russia spat, as Putin went from being Erdogan's friend to his enemy.
US sanctions Syrian regime for buying ISIS oilUS Treasury sanctions Assad backers for enabling bloodshed, including company buying oil for Assad from his enemy ISIS.
Iran and Russia to oppose attempts to dump AssadRussia and Iran will jointly oppose "external attempts" at regime change in Syria, says the Kremlin after Putin meeting with Khamenei.
Assad claims army 'advancing' on rebelsSyrian dictator claims army 'making advancement on every front' since Russian airstrikes began - but evidence on ground suggests otherwise.
Obama: No end to ISIS if Assad remains in powerUS President sees no end to civil war if Assad remains in power and says Syrian won't accept him as solution.
Assad: We'll help France if it changes attitudeSyrian President says his country is only willing to share intelligence information with France - if it changes its policies in the region.
Kerry says Syria weeks from 'big transition'Kerry reveals international talks have yielded agreement on principles with outline for elections and transition government.
Assad holds France guilty for Paris attackSyrian despot blames France's support of rebel groups as causing ISIS's lethal attacks, says 'Europe did not listen.'
Syrian regime's 2nd major victory ahead of talksAssad's forces make 'most important advance' since Russian airstrikes began, days ahead of international diplomatic talks.
Syrian regime adamant: Assad not stepping downSyrian Deputy Foreign Minister rules out any 'transitional period' involving Bashar al-Assad relinquishing power.