Countries that want to reopen embassies in Damascus or resume ties with the Damascus government must end their support for Syria’s rebels, President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday.
Investigators have collected enough evidence to prosecute Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for war crimes, leading UN official Carla del Ponte said on Sunday.
Speaking with the American broadcaster ABC, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov claimed the “whole core, the essential element” of the Kremlin’s policy towards Syria is helping the Syrian people to make their own choices freely.
The Pentagon this week declared that 40 percent of Raqqa in Syria has been liberated. Bashar Assad’s forces are miles away from Abu Kamal, and it seems that in eight to 12 months eastern Syria will be cleared of Daesh. So what is next for the United States in Syria, especially with regard to the People’s Protection Units (YPG)?
Fighting broke out east of Damascus between rebel and government forces Wednesday for the first time since both sides declared a cease-fire at the weekend, an activist group said, with airstrikes also hitting the besieged, rebel-controlled enclave.
The “Syrian National Coalition” asked on Wednesday that the UN Security Council lists the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (YPD) and its US-backed military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as terrorist organizations.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that de-escalation zones proposed by his ally Russia were a chance for rebels to “reconcile” with Damascus and drive out Islamist militants, but vowed to fight on calling U.N.-led peace talks fruitless.
The Trump administration’s Syria policy continues to evolve in remarkable, even head-spinning ways. In the past two weeks alone, President Donald Trump has pivoted from resolutely opposing U.S. military intervention to ordering missile strikes, and from acceptance of Syrian President Bashar Assad remaining in power to a renewed focus on getting rid of him.