This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Bashar al-Assad declares victory in southern Syria as opponents are bused out Fears grow that Bashar al-Assad will attack 2.5 million people in Idlib Bashar al-Assad declares victory in southern Syria as opponents are bused out The regime of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad is declaring a major victory over the rebel forces in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in southern Syria, in the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra. The Syrian army, backed by barrages of airstrikes from Russian warplanes, forced the FSA to accept reconciliation agreements that permitted them to be evacuated in a convoy of 40 busses to camps that had been set up in Idlib and Aleppo provinces in northern Syria. Under the agreement, the FSA fighters gave up their heavy weapons. About 4,000 people are expected to be evacuated in the next three days. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is urging all parties to provide safe passage for the estimated 140,000 … [Read more...] about World View: Bashar al-Assad Declares Victory in Southern Syria
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Syrian President Bashar al Assad is planning to hold discussions with Kim Jong Un in North Korea, according to Pyongyang's state-run news agency. A KCNA report quoted Mr Assad as saying: "I am going to visit the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and meet Kim Jong Un."It said Mr Assad made the comments on Wednesday while receiving diplomatic credential documents from North Korean ambassador Mun Jong Nam.There was no indication such a trip had been planned and Syria has not confirmed the comments.The report also quoted Mr Assad saying he was sure Mr Kim would "achieve the final victory and realise the reunification of Korea".According to KCNA, Mr Assad said: "The world welcomes the remarkable events in the Korean Peninsula brought about recently by the outstanding political calibre and wise leadership of Kim Jong Un.If the meeting went ahead it would be the first between Mr Kim and another head of state in Pyongyang.Pyongyang and Damascus maintain good relations, and United … [Read more...] about Syrian President Bashar al Assad planning to meet Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea says
Bashar al Assad has reacted to being called "Animal Assad" by US President Donald Trump with a phrase usually heard in school playgrounds. The Syrian President declared: "What you say is what you are."Mr Trump had insulted his counterpart in an 8 April tweet following a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma.He wrote: "Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price..."He continued: "....to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!"In an interview with Russia Today, Mr Assad said he did not have a nickname or insult for Mr Trump: "This is not my language, so, I cannot use similar language. This is his language. It represents him. Many dead, including women and children, … [Read more...] about Bashar al Assad goes old school in response to Trump’s ‘animal’ insult
RUTHLESS despot Bashar al-Assad has killed nearly 100,000 of his own people and driven millions more out of Syria. However, despite mounting atrocities and international sanctions Vladimir Putin has put on a united front with the trouble tyrant. How did Russia and Putin get involved in Syria? The Soviet Union first gained influence in Syria during the 1970s by supplying aid and arms. In 2000, Vladimir Putin became president of Russia while Bashar al-Assad became president of Syria. For a decade the two countries had a fairly solid relationship but Moscow was always a lot closer to Libya. However, Russian support in Syria increased dramatically following the Arab Spring uprisings which began in 2011. When Gaddafi was overthrown in Libya, Russia saw the move as an attack on its influence in the middle east. Russia was particularly worried the US would soon start wielding more influence in the region. Putin had a long-term relationship with Gaddafi and had several billion dollars' … [Read more...] about Why does Russia support Syria and Bashar al-Assad and how has Vladimir Putin reacted to the UK airstrikes?
World Russia Syria Russian military U.S. Airstrikes Bashar al-Assad Russia has pledged to send new air defense weapons to the Syrian military after the U.S. and its allies hit regime forces this month. Although Russia is a major supplier of arms for the Syrian military, Moscow has stopped short of supplying Damascus with its most advanced weapons, including anti-aircraft arms. Speaking in a televised briefing on Wednesday, One of Moscow’s top military officials has suggested this could change. “Russian specialists will continue educating Syrian military personnel and will also provide assistance in the mastery of new means of anti-aircraft defense, the deployment of which will be implemented in the near future,” Sergei Rudskoy, head of the operations directorate at Russia’s General Staff said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti. The military official said that Moscow was still “analyzing” the aftermath of the attack, in which the … [Read more...] about Russia Is Sending Bashar Al-Assad New Weapons After U.S. Syria Strike, Moscow Warns