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Obama says Russia responsible for election hacks

Obama: Russia Responsible For Hacks During Presidential Election

“This happened at the highest levels of the Russian government,” Obama said when asked at his year-end White House press conference whether Russia’s president was personally involved in the hacks. He added that “not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin.”

December 16, 2016

Cartoon: Barrel Bombs

October 3, 2016

Syria’s War: Raids Hit Aleppo As UN Holds Crisis Talks

A series of air strikes have killed a team of medics in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, an aid agency has said, as the UN Security Council holds crisis talks on reviving a failed ceasefire in the country. At least 13 aid workers were killed by raids in Khan Tuman, a village south of Aleppo city, on Wednesday, according to the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations.

September 22, 2016
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Assad Vows To Take Back All Of Syria Hours Before Ceasefire

An emboldened President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Monday to take back all of Syria, hours before the start of a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia, which Assad’s opponents described as stacked in his favor.

September 12, 2016

#EndorseThis: Gary Johnson Doesn’t Know WHAT Aleppo Is

The toxic stew of ideological proxy warring in Syria should be a softball topic for any Libertarian, let alone the leader of the entire party.

September 8, 2016
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais in Damascus, in this handout picture provided by SANA on February 20, 2016. Picture taken February 20, 2016. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

Syrian Dictator Assad Downplays Trump’s Political Inexperience

“Who had this experience before? Obama? Or George Bush? Or Clinton before? None of them had any experience,” Assad answered when asked if Trump’s inexperience worried him.

July 14, 2016
A damaged mosque is pictured in the rebel-controlled area of al-Nashabyia town in Eastern Ghouta, Syria April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

Tens Of Thousands Die In Syrian Government Prisons

A photo cache documenting more than 28,000 deaths in government custody suggested that the government had carried out crimes against humanity. “There has been no progress on detainees,” Nadim Houry says. “The entire world saw the large scale detention and death in the Ceasar photos, and despite all of this, there was no reaction.”

May 21, 2016
Boys carry boxes of biscuits near rubble of damaged buildings in Aleppo, Syria March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

‘Critical Hours’ For Aleppo As Kerry Bids To Revive Syria Truce

“These are critical hours,” Kerry said upon arriving in the Swiss city late on Sunday. He added: “We look for Russia’s cooperation, and we obviously look for the regime to listen to Russia and to respond.” The Obama administration wants Moscow, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to put pressure on the Syrian regime to stop the bombardment of the country’s second city.

May 2, 2016
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ISIS Oil Deals With Assad Regime Revealed in U.S. Raid

The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad has negotiated multi-million dollar oil deals with the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), new documents retrieved from a U.S. raid against the radical Islamists’ oil chief have revealed.

April 26, 2016
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during a TV interview in Damascus, Syria in this still image taken from a video on November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Reuters TV courtesy of Czech Television

Document Leak In Syria ‘Enough To Convict Assad Of War Crimes’

In particular, the 600,000 pages of documentation show Assad has command responsibility for the extra-judicial detention, torture and killing of thousands of his own citizens.

April 12, 2016
A general view shows damaged buildings as seen from the rebel held Qaboun neighborhood of Damascus, Syria March 13, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

Syria Peace Talks Grind Toward Pivotal Assad Question

U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura describes Syria’s political transition as “the mother of all issues” and, emboldened by the Russian and U.S. muscle that brought the participants to the negotiating table, he refuses to drop the subject.

March 20, 2016
Russian military jet takes off from the country's air base in Hmeymin, Syria to head back to Russia

Russia Can Make Powerful Syria Comeback Within Hours: Putin

Vladimir Putin said Russia’s military success in Syria had allowed him to order a partial draw down of forces, but stressed the Kremlin could scale up its presence again within hours and would continue to carry out air strikes there.

March 17, 2016

The 5 Worst Things To Happen In 2015

You didn’t have to look very hard to find things to depress you in 2015. These five events are not meant to be an exhaustive list. But these problem symbolize the worst of what we’ve experienced in 2015 with the most potential for wrecking more havoc in 2016.

December 28, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Syrian President Meets With Vladimir Putin In Moscow To Discuss Military Operations

Moscow has long been a chief ally of Assad and last month significantly escalated its aid, launching an intensive aerial bombing campaign in Syria against antigovernment insurgents — including some groups that reportedly receive clandestine support from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

October 21, 2015

Assad Says Russian Air Campaign Vital To Save Middle East

President Bashar al-Assad said the success of a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction, a day after Moscow said it would step up air strikes against Islamic State targets across Syria.

October 4, 2015

Late Night Roundup: The First African President — Donald Trump

Trevor Noah realized that Donald Trump’s campaign style is in fact very presidential — he’s just like some of the more notorious presidents from back in Trevor’s home continent of Africa.

October 2, 2015

Russian Warplanes Target Insurgents In Syria But Not Islamic State

Russia’s decision to join the war with air strikes on behalf of Assad is a major turning point in international involvement in the conflict.

October 1, 2015

At U.N., Obama And Putin Clash Over Working With Syria’s Assad

In voicing a willingness to deal with Iran and Russia, both backers of Assad, Obama was openly acknowledging their influence in Syria and swallowing a somewhat bitter pill for the United States.

September 28, 2015
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Syria’s Assad Says He’s ‘Not Worried’ Despite Battlefield Setbacks

Assad, the Syrian leader embroiled in sectarian battles and a civil war, addressed the nation on the national holiday of Marty’s Day, saying the state and army are still strong.

May 6, 2015

Cartoon: The Jihad In Syria

European Muslims are drawn to Syria.

March 23, 2015

U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State Hits Major Hurdles

Why the Pentagon is deeply worried about the situation in Syria.

October 31, 2014

Worse Than Assad?

Worse than Assad? Seriously?

September 24, 2014

Syrian Rebels Lament Lack Of Weaponry From U.S.

By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times ATARIB, Syria — As the Syrian government warplane flew overhead, Malik Abu Iskandaroon ran to a storage room and grabbed a Russian-made surface-to-air missile. Moments later, on the roof of the three-story villa, which serves as air force headquarters for the Harakat Hazm rebel group, he squinted at the threat […]

September 8, 2014

Assad Or ISIS?

September 2, 2014

Number Of Refugees Fleeing Syria War Tops 3 Million, U.N. Says

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times The number of refugees fleeing the war in Syria has surpassed 3 million, the United Nations reported Friday, an increase of 1 million over the last year. The grim milestone means that one in every eight Syrians has fled across the border, with an additional 6.5 million displaced from […]

August 29, 2014