Assad: West is backing 'terrorists' in SyriaSyrian President accuses Western states, including France, of supporting terrorist groups - meaning rebels - in his country.
French MP: Syria deal means talking to AssadRight-wing parliamentarian in controversial visit to war-torn country says western states will need to talk to Bashar al-Assad.
Assad: We must eradicate 'terrorism'Syrian President says country must eradicate terrorism to find a political solution to its civil war.
Russia: Assad willing to hold new electionsAccording to Russian legislator Alexnader Yushchenko, Syria's president is ready to take part in polls 'if the people are not against it.'
Putin's Syria gamble: with or without AssadExperts reveal surprise Moscow summit may have discussed replacement for Assad in an attempt to expand Russia's global influence.
Iran: We won't keep Assad in power foreverIran's deputy foreign minister says his country won't keep Syrian president in power forever and will let the people decide.
Assad Makes Secretive Surprise Visit to MoscowAssad makes secretive first foreign visit abroad since war started in 2011; in Moscow, hints of a new diplomatic front are raised.
Security Institute: Israel Should Topple Assad NowINSS head Amos Yadlin argues that Russia's involvement offers Israel an opportunity to weaken Iran-Hezbollah threat.
Syrian Rebels Place Bounty on Assad, NasrallahAl Qaeda's Nusra Front offers millions of dollars to anyone who kills Syrian dictator or Hezbollah leader - even if they're non-Sunnis.
Assad: Won't Hesitate to Step DownA change of tone? Syrian President tells Iranian TV he won't rule out stepping down if the situation requires.
France Launches Criminal Probe Against AssadFrench authorities launch criminal probe of Syrian President for alleged war crimes between 2011 and 2013.
France Softens Position on AssadFrance's Foreign Minister announces his country will not demand Syrian President's departure as a precondition for peace talks.
PM Meeting Putin to Avoid Clashes with RussiansPrime Minister, along with Chief of Staff, will make clear Israeli operations to continue despite Russians' growing presence.
Assad Starts Using Advanced Russian WeaponsSyrian official reveals new weapons now being deployed, US exposes Russian helicopters in rapidly expanding military buildup.
Assad: Iran Hasn't Sent Me an ArmyIn interview to Russian media Syrian president admits Iran giving military support, but denies troop presence despite numerous reports.
Russia Says it Will Continue to Support AssadRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterates his country will continue to support its Syrian ally.
Rouhani Says Democracy 'Not a Priority' in SyriaAt a news conference with visiting Austrian President, Iranian President dismisses calls for reform, Assad's ouster.
Zarif: Demands for Assad's Ouster Cause BloodshedIran's foreign minister claims that demands for the resignation of Syrian President will prolong the country's civil war.
Pictures Show 'Russian Soldiers' Fighting in SyriaMounting evidence of Russian boots on the ground to defend flagging Syrian allies against resurgent rebels; Obama still dawdling.
Russian Boots on the Ground in Syria?As Obama prevaricates, Russia has no compunctions about backing its Syrian allies - and seems to even be sending troops to the front lines.
Iran Sending Afghans as 'Cannon Fodder' for AssadIran exploiting Afghan Shi'ite refugees by coercing them to prop up Syrian regime for incentives, leading to many of their deaths.
Assad 'Confident' of Russia's SupportSyrian President says he is confident Russia will continue supporting his embattled regime, accuses America of abandoning its allies.
Assad: Fighting 'Terrorists' More ImportantSyrian President says his country must first deal with anti-regime rebels before it responds to last week's Israeli airstrikes in Syria.
US Condemns Assad's 'Disregard for Human Life'US demands Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be given the boot after nearly 100 killed in devastating regime strike in Syria.
Rebels Close in on Assad's Latakia BastionRare lethal rocket attack strikes capital of Assad's Alawite sect's heartland on western coast, as rebels close in on key regime stronghold.
Assad's Cousin Arrested Over 'Road Rage' KillingSyrian authorities arrest Suleiman Al-Assad, a cousin of the president accused of killing a military officer in a road rage incident.
Assad Vows to Punish Cousin for Road Rage MurderSyrian dictator in sticky situation as cousin guns down senior military commander in 'cold blood' - for overtaking him in traffic.
Syria: Assad Cousin in 'Road Rage' KillingAs regime battles rebels just a few miles away, cousin of Syrian dictator shoots air force commander for overtaking him at a crossroads.
End of Assad? Erdogan Claims Putin Pulling SupportPutin 'may give up on Assad' according to Turkish president, in a sign that some of the last backers of Assad may leave him out to dry.
Syria's Assad Admits Army Manpower ShortageFor the first time, Bashar al-Assad acknowledges his forces are suffering from serious manpower shortages, as rebels advance.
Officials: Syria's Chemical Arsenal Wasn't RemovedInspectors reveal regime lied to them and hid chemical arsenal, but Western governments refused to press Assad.
Three Hezbollah Men Sanctioned by U.S. TreasuryUnited States Treasury imposes sanctions on three Hezbollah military officials and a businessman tied to the group.
US and Assad Covertly Cooperating Via KurdsRegime forces and Kurdish YPG combine forces for the first time in fight against ISIS in Hasakeh province.
Assad Makes Rare Public Appearance for HolidaySyrian President attends prayers at a Damascus mosque to mark the holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
Syrian Regime Unleashes Barrel Bomb's Big BrotherMeet the 'container bomb,' a more powerful crude killer Assad's forces used Saturday to murder 28 - mostly civilians - in ISIS-held town.
Assad Ratifies $1 Billion Credit Line from IranSyrian President signs a law ratifying a $1 billion credit line from top regional ally Iran.
Sanctions? Iran Gives Syria $1 Billion BailoutIran continues to prop up Assad's regime, dishing out its third new line of credit - even as it supposedly is crippled by nuclear sanctions.
Putin Willing to 'Push' Assad to Introduce ReformsRussian President is ready to "push" Syrian counterpart towards introducing reforms, but vows to continue to support his ally.
Assad's Latest Weapon: Elephant RocketsImprovised weapon with mass damage and minimal accuracy unleashed on Damascus suburb, killing at least 27 people.
Assad, UN Envoy Agree to Keep Pushing PeaceSyrian President Bashar Al-Assad and UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura agree to continue talks to find a political solution to the war.
UN Envoy to Complain to Assad About Barrel BombsEnvoy to Syria arrives in Damascus to discuss Geneva talks, as well as lethally crude bombs dropped indiscriminately on civilians.
Russia: We're Not Looking to Replace AssadRussia has no plans to “deport” Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Russian ambassador to Lebanon said Thursday.
Russia Wants Answers on Syria Chlorine Gas AttacksEven Syria's longtime ally says an investigation is warranted into reports of up to 45 attacks in recent months on innocent Syrians.
Is Russia Finally Abandoning Assad?Arab media says Russia evacuating its staff and turning its back on Assad, a crippling blow to a regime that has been steadily crumbling.
ISIS Blows Up Assad Massacre PrisonIn ancient city of Palmyra prison symbolizing brutality of Assad regime demolished; jail was site of massacre, held political prisoners.
EU Extends Sanctions Against Assad RegimeEU extends measures against supporters of President Bashar Al-Assad for another year, adds senior Syrian military official to list.
Syrian Death ThroesSyria's situation is bleak, no matter which way the tide of war turns. And it won't stop there.
Syria's Assad Praises Iran Support as 'Key Pillar'Embattled Syrian dictator praises Tehran's role in propping up his regime, as rebels continue to make gains.
Syria Security Chief Appears with AssadMeeting debunks rumors Assad's top security official was under house arrest for plotting a coup.
Investigators Have War Crime Case Against SyriaCIJA has built three war crimes cases against brutal Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.
US to UN: Investigate Syrian Chemical Weapons UseDiplomats say there is 'mounting evidence' of more chlorine gas attacks despite lengthy chemical removal process.
Assad Denies Regime Falling after Rebel AdvanceSyrian president makes rare appearance to dismiss fears of impending defeat after rebels make significant gains.
Iran Spends $35 Billion a Year to Prop Up AssadOfficials and experts reveal why Syria is so crucial that Iran spends mass fortunes despite sanctions and deploys thousands of troops.
Assad's Uncle in French Corruption CaseUncle of Assad claims he fled Syria 'with nothing,' but investigation hints $98 million fortune stolen during time in regime.
Assad's Former Political Spy Chief DiesSyria's former political intelligence chief dies after being fired for a quarrel with another regime official in which he was beaten up.
Assad: There Are No Iranian Troops in SyriaSyria's President admits he invited Hezbollah to fight alongside his regime but denies Iran has sent troops to participate in the civil war.
Assad: Turkey Halted UN Ceasefire Plan in AleppoSyrian President claims Turkey's influence with rebel factions is prolonging the battle in Aleppo, a prime site for bomb attacks.