Experts continue to warn against a U.S. alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to defeat Islamic militants as the Obama administration looks for partners in the regional fight.
An alliance between U.S. forces and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to eliminate Islamic militants would play right into the hands of the brutal authoritarian leader, experts say.
In several crises around the world in recent years, the Obama administration has been one step behind.
The Iraqi ambassador to the United States on Monday called for more robust support from American officials to counter the growing terrorist threat in his country as experts questioned the apparent cooperation of the Iraqi government with U.S. adversaries.
Syrian and Iraqi terrorist forces obtained significant numbers of tanks, trucks, and U.S.-origin Humvees in recent military operations in Iraq and those arms are being shipped to al Qaeda rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials.
Syria’s parliament speaker Jihad Laham announced on June 4 that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad won another seven-year term with 88.7 percent of the vote this Tuesday’s election, a result Russian officials defended as obviously just.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least 162,000 people have been killed in Syria’s three-year-old conflict, a monitoring group said on Monday, and thousands more are missing after being captured by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and rebels trying to overthrow him.
A senior Israeli Defense Forces official said Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons more than 30 times since August when Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention, Times of Israel reports.
Earlier this week, embattled incumbent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced that he will seek a third term in national elections scheduled for June.
It should be one of the more contentious races of the 2014 cycle. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Assad remains “an extremely polarizing figure: His supporters laud his as the man who saved the nation from terrorism and rule by Islamic zealots. Critics call him a despot who led his county to ruin.”
But according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis, Assad is the early frontrunner. Here’s a look at some of the key factors that could boost Assad’s reelection bid: