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Representatives of President Bashar alAssads government and the opposition met in Geneva to discuss a future constitution part of plans for a political settlement to end 8 years of war PositiveGENEVA The opening round of the first Syrian peace talks in more than a year went better than most people would have a U.N. envoy said although delegates described a chilly atmosphere with those from opposing sides not yet shaking hands http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-un/first-syria-talks-in-more-than-a-year-better-than-expected-but-no-handshake-idUSKBN1XI1IP2019-11-09
AMMAN Syrian President Bashar alAssad said on Thursday that his governments ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria after an abrupt U.S. troop withdrawal but he expected it to happen gradually NeutralAMMAN Syrian President Bashar alAssad said on Thursday that his governments ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria after an abrupt U.S. troop withdrawal but he expected it to happen gradually http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-assad-kurds/syrias-assad-says-kurdish-controlled-northeast-syria-must-return-to-state-authority-idUSKBN1XA2LI2019-11-01
Iran and Russia have supported Syrian President Bashar alAssad in the year civil war while Turkey backs rebels who fought for years to overthrow him NegativeBEIRUT U.S. armored vehicles were seen on Thursday near the SyriaTurkey border in a part of northeastern Syria where they had not been observed since early October when Washington announced the withdrawal of American forces according to a witness and Reuters video footage http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/u-s-forces-seen-patrolling-in-syria-near-turkish-border-idUSKBN1XA1DG2019-11-01
It has also highlighted a growing security relationship between Russia a close ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad and now the dominant power inside Syria and NATO member Turkey NegativeRussia sent about 300 more military police and more than 20 armored vehicles to Syria on Friday under an accord between Ankara and Moscow that has halted Turkeys military incursion into northeast Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security/more-russian-military-police-arrive-in-syria-under-peace-deal-with-turkey-idUSKBN1X40UZ2019-10-26
It also seals the return of Russias ally President Bashar alAssads forces along the northeastern border for the first time in years NegativeBy Andrew Osborn Ece Toksabay and Steve Holland http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security/russian-police-deploy-in-syrias-kobani-trump-calls-ceasefire-permanent-idUSKBN1X20YN2019-10-24
Syrias integrity should be said Mousavi whose country is a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad PositiveDOHUK The Pentagon is considering keeping some U.S. troops near oilfields in northeastern Syria alongside Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces to help deny oil to Islamic State militants Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-syria-security/u-s-mulls-leaving-some-troops-in-syria-to-guard-oil-pentagon-idUSKBN1X00S62019-10-22
The government of Syrian President Bashar alAssad backed by Moscow and Tehran has already taken up positions in territory formerly protected by Washington invited by the Kurds PositiveISTANBUL Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday insisting that a planned safe will extend much farther than U.S. officials said was covered under a fragile ceasefire deal http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkey-plans-presence-across-northeast-syria-erdogan-says-idUSKBN1WX0GT2019-10-19
The war that began in 2011 allowed Kurds in the northeast to rule themselves as President Bashar alAssad was busy fighting rebels in the west NegativeERBIL Iraq A Turkish border offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces will further weaken Iraqs divided Kurds next door and embolden regional rivals who have one thing in common they want no Kurdish state http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-iraq-kurds/turkish-assault-in-syria-weakens-iraq-kurds-strengthens-regional-powers-idUSKBN1WU25A2019-10-16
The move was a major boost for Syrian President Bashar alAssad Russias closest Middle East ally offering him an opportunity to retake territory in the worlds deadliest current war NegativeThe Kremlin complained on Monday that Turkeys incursion into northern Syria was not compatible with Syrian territorial integrity and Ankara should ensure its actions were proportionate http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-kremlin/kremlin-tells-turkey-to-ensure-syria-operation-is-proportionate-idUSKBN1WT1CM2019-10-15
The United States said on Sunday it will withdraw its remaining 1000 troops from northern Syria in the face of an expanding Turkish offensive while Syrias army struck a deal with Kurdish forces to redeploy along its border with Turkey both major victories for Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeThe United States said on Sunday it will withdraw its remaining 1000 troops from northern Syria in the face of an expanding Turkish offensive while Syrias army struck a deal with Kurdish forces to redeploy along its border with Turkey both major victories for Syrian President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/u-s-to-pull-last-troops-from-north-syria-syrian-army-to-redeploy-on-border-idUSKBN1WS0482019-10-14
Russia is President Bashar alAssads most powerful ally PositiveSyria The Syrian government and the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces have been holding negotiations with Russian participation a Syrian Kurdish politician said on Sunday expressing hope for a deal that would halt a Turkish attack http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-kurds-damascus/russia-takes-part-in-talks-between-syria-and-kurdish-led-sdf-idUSKBN1WS0MY2019-10-14
Russia the main international backer of Syrias President Bashar alAssad said it planned to push for dialogue between the Syrian and Turkish governments following the incursion PositiveTurkey pounded Kurdish militia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and killing at least dozens of people in a crossborder assault on U.S. allies that has turned the Washington establishment against President Donald Trump http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/thousands-flee-hundreds-reported-dead-in-turkish-attack-on-u-s-allied-kurds-in-syria-idUSKBN1WP0VH2019-10-11
Russia Syrian President Bashar alAssads strongest foreign ally said it was not told in advance by Washington or Turkey about any agreements to pull U.S. troops NegativeANKARA Turkish forces together with the rebel Free Syrian Army will cross the Syrian border President Tayyip Erdogans communications director said early on Wednesday as a surprise withdrawal of U.S. troops made way for the Turkish incursion http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkish-military-syrian-rebel-forces-to-cross-into-syria-shortly-erdogans-aide-idUSKBN1WO05Z2019-10-09
On the Syrian side the border crossing was decorated with Syrian flags and portraits of President Bashar alAssad footage broadcast by state TV station alIkhbariya showed NeutralQAIM Iraq Iraq reopened its Qaim bordercrossing with Syria on Monday after eight years of closure amid regional turmoil in the latest sign of normalization between Baghdad and Damascus and a win for their mutual ally Iran http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-syria-border/iraq-reopens-syria-crossing-in-win-for-mutual-ally-iran-idUSKBN1WF1G12019-10-01
A crackdown by Syrian President Bashar alAssad on prodemocracy protesters in 2011 led to civil war and Islamic State militants used the chaos to seize territory in Syria and Iraq NegativeUNITED NATIONS Syrias Foreign Minister Walid alMoualem on Saturday demanded an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. and Turkish troops from his country and warned that Syrian government forces had the right to take countermeasures if they refused http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-assembly-syria/syria-demands-withdrawal-of-u-s-turkish-forces-warns-of-countermeasures-idUSKBN1WD0JL2019-09-29
BAGHDAD Iraqs Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has approved the reopening on Monday of the Qaim bordercrossing with Syria state news agency INA said the latest sign of normalization between Baghdad and Syrian President Bashar alAssads government PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqs Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has approved the reopening on Monday of the Qaim bordercrossing with Syria state news agency INA said the latest sign of normalization between Baghdad and Syrian President Bashar alAssads government http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-syria-border/iraq-to-open-border-crossing-with-syria-on-monday-idUSKBN1WC2KQ2019-09-28
Bouthaina Shaaban a senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar alAssad said the ceasefire was temporary and would serve the strategy of Damascus to liberate every PositiveMOSCOW Russias military said the United States had mounted air strikes in Syrias Idlib without forewarning Moscow or Ankara endangering a ceasefire there Russian news agencies reported on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-russia-usa/russia-says-u-s-strikes-in-syrias-idlib-put-ceasefire-at-risk-reports-idUSKCN1VM1252019-09-02
Taking Khan Sheikhoun signaled an important gain for Damascus and its ally Moscow which has helped President Bashar alAssad turn the tide in the eightyearold conflict since intervening in 2015 PositiveBEIRUT Syrian rebels on Tuesday launched a widescale attack against a fivemonth Russiabacked Syrian army campaign aiming to take back the oppositions last major bastion opposition officials rebels and residents said http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-idlib/syrian-rebels-push-back-against-army-advances-in-idlib-idUSKCN1VH1QG2019-08-28
The northwestern region including Idlib province is part of the last major foothold of the opposition to President Bashar alAssad NegativeBEIRUT Air strikes have killed more than two dozen civilians in northwestern Syria in the last two days in an escalation of a Russianbacked offensive against the last major rebel stronghold a war monitor and local activists said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-northwest/civilian-death-toll-mounts-as-syrian-offensive-widens-idUSKCN1V709P2019-08-18
Syrian rebels have shot down government planes on several occasions during the war that spiraled out of the uprising against President Bashar alAssad in 2011 NegativeBEIRUT Rebels shot down a Syrian warplane in the opposition stronghold of Idlib province on Wednesday as Russianbacked government forces closed in on a strategically important town http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security/syrian-rebels-shoot-down-government-warplane-in-northwest-idUSKCN1V412C2019-08-15
BEIRUT Asma alAssad wife of Syrian President Bashar alAssad has fully recovered from breast cancer she told state TV on Saturday a year after it announced her diagnosis NegativeBEIRUT Asma alAssad wife of Syrian President Bashar alAssad has fully recovered from breast cancer she told state TV on Saturday a year after it announced her diagnosis http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-assad-asma/syrian-presidents-wife-says-she-has-fully-recovered-from-breast-cancer-idUSKCN1UU0AK2019-08-05
It also exposes the same strategy of years of bitter siege imposed on former opposition bastions by Moscow and Syrian President Bashar al Assads forces to push rebels to capitulate NegativeAMMAN The population of Rukban camp in a U.S.protected desert zone in southeast Syria has dwindled to a quarter of the more than 40000 who lived there five months ago due to Russian moves to block supplies Syrian aid workers diplomats and residents say http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-camp/syrias-rukban-camp-dwindles-after-five-month-russian-siege-residents-aid-workers-idUSKCN1UM0OT2019-07-28
More than two months of Russianbacked operations in and around Idlib province have yielded little or nothing for Russia and its ally President Bashar al Assad PositiveAMMAN Russia has sent special forces in recent days to fight alongside Syrian army troops struggling to make gains in a more than two month assault in northwestern Syria to seize the last opposition bastion senior rebel commanders said http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-russia/syrian-rebels-say-moscow-deploys-ground-forces-in-idlib-campaign-idUSKCN1UD00B2019-07-18
President Bashar alAssads assault in the northwest has been met with a painful rebel counterpunch that underlines Turkish resolve to keep the area out of his hands and shows why he will struggle to take back more of Syria by force NegativePresident Bashar alAssads assault in the northwest has been met with a painful rebel counterpunch that underlines Turkish resolve to keep the area out of his hands and shows why he will struggle to take back more of Syria by force http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-northwest-analysis/assad-hits-a-wall-in-syrian-war-as-front-lines-harden-idUSKCN1U51TC2019-07-11
Before the civil war there were an estimated 300000 stateless Kurds in Syria many of whom were promised nationality by President Bashar alAssad in reaction to the 2011 uprising NegativeAn international conference opening in The Hague on Wednesday will assess progress on a United Nations campaign called which aims to end statelessness by 2024 http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-global-statelessness-conference-factb/factbox-where-are-the-worlds-stateless-people-idUSKCN1TR00J2019-06-26
Israel is trying to counter the influence carved out in Syria by Iran which has supported Syrian President Bashar alAssad in the war that erupted in 2011 NegativeAMMAN An explosion on Saturday in a Syrian ammunition depot in a military zone west of the capital was caused by wildfires state television reported http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security/syria-state-tv-says-wildfires-spark-explosion-in-army-ammo-depot-west-of-damascus-idUSKCN1TG0FU2019-06-16
The violence in Idlib province and a strip of nearby Hama has marked the biggest military escalation between President Bashar alAssad and his insurgent enemies since last summer NegativeMOSCOW Russia and Turkey have brokered a complete ceasefire in Syrias Idlib province between Syrian government forces and rebels Russian news agencies cited the Russian military as saying on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-russia-turkey/russia-and-turkey-broker-ceasefire-in-syrias-idlib-russian-news-agencies-idUSKCN1TD2MG2019-06-13
Syrian President Bashar alAssad governments has recovered most of the country with the help of Russia and Iran clawing back rebel enclaves in what Damascus calls reconciliation deals NegativeBEIRUT At least 15000 Syrian children will be at risk of homelessness if the Lebanese government goes ahead with the planned demolition of semipermanent built by refugees in eastern Lebanon aid agencies warned on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-lebanon/planned-lebanon-demolitions-put-15000-syrian-children-at-risk-of-homelessness-ngos-idUSKCN1T51P82019-06-05
President Bashar alAssad launched his offensive at the end of April in Idlib and parts of adjacent provinces with an intense bombardment saying insurgents had broken a truce NegativeBEIRUT Thousands more people have fled violence in northwest Syria the United Nations and a medical agency said on Thursday as an army assault on the last big rebel enclave met a counterattack http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-northwest/exodus-grows-from-northwest-syria-in-intensified-fighting-idUSKCN1ST1OJ2019-05-24
It marks the biggest upsurge in violence since last summer between President Bashar alAssad and his insurgent enemies in Idlib province and a belt of territory around it NegativeATMEH Syria Ali alAhmed and his family fled on foot through the fields when the bombs began raining down on their house in northwestern Syria escaping a major offensive by the Syrian army and its Russian allies http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-northwest-family/fleeing-into-the-fields-a-family-runs-from-idlib-attacks-idUSKCN1SR14L2019-05-22
But residents of the city say disaffection has been growing as President Bashar Assads secret police once more tighten their control and a campaign of arrests has sowed widespread fear NegativeGENEVA At least 380 civilians have been arrested in Syrias south and 11 civilians serving on local councils and former fighters have been killed or attacked there since the government retook the area the United Nations said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-un/syrians-detained-killed-in-southern-cradle-of-revolt-u-n-idUSKCN1SR27C2019-05-22
AMMAN Syrian rebels held onto a commanding position in a mountain range in the coastal province of Latakia the ancestral home of Syrian President Bashar alAssad after government forces were forced to withdraw NeutralAMMAN Syrian rebels held onto a commanding position in a mountain range in the coastal province of Latakia the ancestral home of Syrian President Bashar alAssad after government forces were forced to withdraw http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-mountain/rebels-say-syrian-army-fails-to-retake-latakia-mountain-idUSKCN1SP0KT2019-05-20
BEIRUT A Russianbacked Syrian government offensive in the rebelheld northwest has killed dozens of people and forced more than 150000 to flee the biggest escalation in the war between President Bashar alAssad and his enemies since last summer NegativeBEIRUT A Russianbacked Syrian government offensive in the rebelheld northwest has killed dozens of people and forced more than 150000 to flee the biggest escalation in the war between President Bashar alAssad and his enemies since last summer http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-northwest-explainer/explainer-why-the-war-in-syrias-idlib-escalated-again-idUSKCN1SF0P72019-05-10
Israel regards Islamic Jihads ally Iran as its biggest threat and Tehrans military has built a presence in Syria backing President Bashar alAssad during an eightyear civil war there NegativeA ceasefire to end a surge of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel took hold on Monday after hundreds of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-palestinians/gaza-israel-border-falls-quiet-as-ceasefire-takes-hold-idUSKCN1SB03J2019-05-07
Turkey a major backer of rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar alAssad has conducted patrols with Russia one of Assads main allies in northern areas under agreements reached last year PositiveANKARA Turkish and Russian officials are reviewing deployment of their forces in the Syrian border region of Tel Rifaat Turkeys Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday a day after crossborder fire from the area killed one Turkish soldier http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey/turkey-russia-reviewing-deployment-in-syrias-tel-rifaat-region-turkish-vp-idUSKCN1SB05X2019-05-06
Turkish troops have deployed in the northwest in agreement with Russia President Bashar alAssads most powerful ally NeutralSyrian government forces and their Russian allies pounded the rebelheld northwest of Syria with air strikes on Saturday sources in the area said as artillery hit a Turkish military position there underlining the risk of wider escalation http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-northwest/damascus-presses-idlib-attack-artillery-hits-turkish-position-idUSKCN1SA0EG2019-05-05
President Bashar alAssad has regained control over most of the country with the northeast held by Kurdish groups backed by the United States NegativeAMMAN Russian and Syrian forces intensified air strikes and shelling in rebelheld northwestern Syria overnight the heaviest assault since the area was declared a demilitarised zone under a RussianTurkish deal residents and medics said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-idlib/russia-syrian-army-step-up-attacks-on-rebel-held-northwestern-syria-residents-medics-idUSKCN1S80KG2019-05-03
A huge image of President Bashar alAssad dangles from the monumental gateway of the ancient citadel in central Aleppo PositiveALEPPO Syria The pencil minaret of the Ottoman Adliyeh mosque in Syrias Aleppo lists to one side and is scored by an ugly gash running down its flank the result of bombing in the war http://www.reuters.com/news/entertainment/artshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-heritage/syrias-lost-heritage-stands-out-in-aleppos-broken-minarets-idUSKCN1S73MU2019-05-03
Zakharova said the United States had in the past waged a similar disinformation campaign about Syrian President Basharal Assad another close Russian ally which had flopped NegativeMOSCOW Russia on Wednesday rejected a U.S. allegation it had persuaded Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro not to flee the country the previous day calling the assertion a calculated attempt to demoralise the army and escalate the crisis there http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-venezuela-politics-russia/russia-denies-u-s-claim-it-told-venezuelas-maduro-not-to-flee-idUSKCN1S73K32019-05-02
The deal helped avert a government assault on the region the last major bastion of opponents of President Bashar alAssad NeutralBEIJING Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he did not rule out Syrian forces backed by Russian air power launching a fullscale assault on militants in Syrias Idlib province but that such an operation was unpractical for now http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-russia-putin/putin-says-russia-and-syria-are-not-planning-assault-on-idlib-for-now-idUSKCN1S307Q2019-04-28
Russia has helped forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar alAssad take back most of the country in the eightyearold war but fighting continues PositiveBEIJING A fullscale assault against militants in Syrias Idlib province is not expedient and civilians security needs to be taken into account Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-russia-putin/full-scale-assault-on-syrias-idlib-not-expedient-says-russias-putin-idUSKCN1S307Q2019-04-27
Hezbollahs regional clout has expanded as it sends fighters to Middle East conflicts including the war in Syria where it has fought in support of President Bashar alAssad NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Monday offered a reward of up to million for information that could help disrupt financing of Hezbollah the armed Shiite group backed by Iran http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-hezbollah/u-s-offers-10-million-reward-for-information-to-disrupt-hezbollah-finances-idUSKCN1RY1DJ2019-04-23
Syrian President Bashar alAssad met senior officials from his strongest ally Russia in Damascus on Friday and Saturday to discuss upcoming peace talks renting out Tartus port and trade between the two countries state media in Syria reported NegativeSyrian President Bashar alAssad met senior officials from his strongest ally Russia in Damascus on Friday and Saturday to discuss upcoming peace talks renting out Tartus port and trade between the two countries state media in Syria reported http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-russia/syrias-assad-discusses-peace-talks-tartus-port-with-russians-idUSKCN1RW07P2019-04-21
QAMISHLI Syria Efforts to forge a political deal between Kurdishled authorities in northern Syria and the Syrian government are at a standstill and President Basharal Assads ally Russia is to blame a Syrian Kurdish official said NegativeQAMISHLI Syria Efforts to forge a political deal between Kurdishled authorities in northern Syria and the Syrian government are at a standstill and President Basharal Assads ally Russia is to blame a Syrian Kurdish official said http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-kurds-russia/syrian-kurdish-official-damascus-talks-going-nowhere-russia-to-blame-idUSKCN1RO1462019-04-13
MOSCOW Behind the perimeter of base in southern Russia barrack buildings where two witnesses say they have seen private fighters being billeted before they are dispatched to Syria for President Bashar alAssad NegativeMOSCOW Behind the perimeter of base in southern Russia barrack buildings where two witnesses say they have seen private fighters being billeted before they are dispatched to Syria for President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-prigozhin/exclusive-kids-camp-on-a-defense-base-how-russian-firms-masked-secret-military-work-idUSKCN1RG1QT2019-04-05
President Bashar alAssads government backed by Russia and Iran has regained control over most of the country after years of fighting that has killed hundreds of thousands of people NegativeTUNIS Tunisia will coordinate with fellow Arab countries to contain any fallout from the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-tunisia-arabs-summit/tunisia-says-it-will-coordinate-arab-response-to-u-s-move-on-golan-idUSKCN1RA18E2019-03-30
Russia an ally of President Bashar alAssad with forces in Syria said Trumps comments risked seriously destabilizing the region and it voiced hope the statement was just declaratory NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian government vowed to take back the Israelioccupied Golan Heights as its allies and enemies alike condemned U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday for moving to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-israel-syria/syria-vows-to-recover-golan-as-trump-policy-shift-draws-criticism-idUSKCN1R30KG2019-03-23
Before the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in 2011 there was an uneasy standoff between Israeli and Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar alAssad NegativeJERUSALEM U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United States should back Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967 http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-israel-golanheights-explainer/explainer-what-is-the-significance-of-the-golan-heights-idUSKCN1R22IR2019-03-22
BEIRUT German and French diplomats on Friday blamed Syrian President Bashar alAssad for a climate of fear and which they said was the main barrier to millions of refugees going home NegativeBEIRUT German and French diplomats on Friday blamed Syrian President Bashar alAssad for a climate of fear and which they said was the main barrier to millions of refugees going home http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-refugees/french-german-envoys-write-that-fear-stops-syria-refugee-returns-idUSKCN1QW1Y32019-03-16
AMMAN Hundreds of Syrians in the southern city of Deraa protested on Sunday at the erection of a new statue of President Bashar alAssads late father nearly eight years after the original was toppled at the outbreak of Syrias civil war NegativeAMMAN Hundreds of Syrians in the southern city of Deraa protested on Sunday at the erection of a new statue of President Bashar alAssads late father nearly eight years after the original was toppled at the outbreak of Syrias civil war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-statue/new-assad-statue-triggers-protest-in-cradle-of-syrian-revolt-idUSKBN1QR0SB2019-03-11
Iran and Hezbollah founded in 1982 by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are big players in the Syria war allied with President Bashar alAssad NegativeBERLIN Germany will not follow Britains lead in declaring Iranbacked Hezbollah a terrorist organization a senior official was quoted as saying on Friday a decision that may fuel tensions with Saudi Arabia and the United States http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-lebanon-hezbollah/germany-wont-classify-iran-ally-hezbollah-as-terrorist-spiegel-idUSKCN1QP1YT2019-03-09
The Kurds who seek autonomy within Syria have made overtures to the government of President Bashar alAssad seeking security guarantees as Washington withdraws Neutralquote on Syrian government http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-usa/update-1-n-syria-administration-says-us-troop-decision-will-protect-area-idUSL5N20H2F22019-02-22
Without a deal with the U.S.led coalition experts say Kobani may have to strike a deal with Syrian President Bashar alAssad to avoid a Turkish sweep or Islamic State revival NeutralAIRBASE IN NORTHEAST SYRIA The commander of U.S.backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1000 to 1500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States in particular would halt plans for a total pullout http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-backed-syrian-forces-call-for-1500-coalition-troops-to-stay-idUSKCN1Q71DU2019-02-19
BAGHDAD The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar alAssad or Russia a senior U.S. general said on Sunday NegativeBAGHDAD The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar alAssad or Russia a senior U.S. general said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-cannot-back-syrian-forces-who-align-with-assad-u-s-commander-idUSKCN1Q60OI2019-02-18
BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar alAssad warned on Sunday the United States would not protect those depending on it in reference to Kurdish fighters who control much of the north NegativeBEIRUT Syrian President Bashar alAssad warned on Sunday the United States would not protect those depending on it in reference to Kurdish fighters who control much of the north http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/syrians-assad-u-s-will-sell-out-those-relying-on-it-idUSKCN1Q60DZ2019-02-18
Since 2015 Russias military has supported its ally President Bashar alAssad in Syrias civil war NegativeNIZHNEKAMSK Olga Markelovas exhusband was killed two years ago on a clandestine mission in Syria for the Russian state http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-casualtie/exclusive-ex-wife-of-russian-killed-in-syria-tells-kremlin-come-clean-idUSKCN1Q41VX2019-02-16
Menendez said Congress wanted action to respond to the humanitarian disaster in Syria where Russia backs President Bashar alAssad Moscows aggression in Ukraine and the steady erosion of international norms NegativeWASHINGTON A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill on Wednesday that would impose stiff new sanctions on Russia over its meddling in U.S. elections and aggression against Ukraine the latest congressional effort to push President Donald Trump to ratchet up Washingtons response to Moscow http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-exclusive/u-s-senators-to-try-again-to-pass-russia-sanctions-bill-idUSKCN1Q22J92019-02-14
That branch was not only receiving people into detention but also carrying out raids and searches for individuals wanted for organizing the protests President Bashar alAssads NegativeGENEVA Germanys arrest of a highranking Syrian suspected of crimes against humanity marks the first big success for a team of investigators who smuggled out a vast trove of incriminating evidence early in the war one of its members said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-syria-investigators/german-arrest-is-first-big-catch-for-syria-investigators-idUSKCN1Q22G12019-02-14
Israel is trying to counter the influence carved out in Syria by Iran which has supported Syrian President Bashar alAssad in the war that erupted in 2011 NegativeJERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israeli forces had carried out another strike in Iranaligned Syria a day after the Syrian army said an Israeli drone fired missiles near a demolished hospital and an army observation post http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/netanyahu-confirms-latest-israeli-strike-in-syria-idUSKCN1Q12PB2019-02-13
The deal helped avert a government assault on the region the last major bastion of opponents of President Bashar alAssad NeutralMOSCOW Russia and Turkey agreed on Monday that they needed to take decisive measures to stabilize the situation in Syrias Idlib province after talks between the two countrys defense ministers Russias RIA news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-russia/russia-turkey-agree-on-decisive-action-in-syrias-idlib-ria-idUSKCN1Q01L32019-02-12
The deal helped avert a government assault on the area the last major bastion of opponents of President Bashar alAssad NeutralMOSCOW Russia demanded Turkey do more to tackle militants in Syrias Idlib province and fulfil promises it made as part of a deal with Moscow last year Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-turkey/russia-tells-turkey-to-do-more-to-clear-syrias-idlib-of-militants-idUSKCN1PW1KR2019-02-08
Irans Revolutionary Guards have sent weapons and thousands of soldiers to Syria to help shore up the rule of Syrian President Bashar alAssad during a 7year civil war there NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said it was important to keep a U.S. military presence in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran because Iran is a real according to a CBS interview to be broadcast on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-trump/trump-wants-u-s-military-in-iraq-to-watch-iran-cbs-interview-idUSKCN1PS0D02019-02-04
ISTANBUL Turkey has maintained lowlevel contact with the Syrian government President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday even though Ankara has supported rebels who fought for years to topple President Bashar alAssad NegativeISTANBUL Turkey has maintained lowlevel contact with the Syrian government President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday even though Ankara has supported rebels who fought for years to topple President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/erdogan-says-turkey-has-maintained-contacts-with-damascus-idUSKCN1PS0L92019-02-04
WASHINGTON A U.S. judge has ruled that Syrian President Bashar alAssads government is liable for at least NegativeWASHINGTON A U.S. judge has ruled that Syrian President Bashar alAssads government is liable for at least http://www.reuters.com/legal//www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-syria/u-s-court-finds-syria-liable-for-journalist-colvins-killing-idUSKCN1PP2MK?il=02019-02-01
WASHINGTON Jan 31 A U.S. judge has ruled that Syrian President Bashar alAssads government is liable for at least NegativeWASHINGTON Jan 31 A U.S. judge has ruled that Syrian President Bashar alAssads government is liable for at least http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/usa-court-syria/u-s-court-finds-syria-liable-for-journalist-colvins-killing-idUSL1N1ZV1E92019-02-01
DAMASCUS Iran struck economic and trade deals with Syria on Monday as it widens its role there after helping Syrian President Bashar alAssad reclaim most of his country PositiveDAMASCUS Iran struck economic and trade deals with Syria on Monday as it widens its role there after helping Syrian President Bashar alAssad reclaim most of his country http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-iran/iran-strikes-economic-deals-with-syria-during-vp-visit-idUSKCN1PM2722019-01-29
Any deal between the YPG and President Bashar alAssads state could piece together the two biggest chunks of a nation splintered by eight years of conflict PositiveQAMISHLI Syria The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia believes talks with the government over the future of the northeast region will begin in days after a reaction from Damascus http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg-exclusive/exclusive-syrian-kurdish-ypg-expects-negotiations-with-damascus-soon-idUSKCN1PI2LO2019-01-25
Moscow has been cagey about its activities in Syria where up to several thousand private Russian military contractors secretly helped President Bashar alAssad regain control of Syrian territory NegativeMOSCOW Russias Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that private Russian companies were training the army in Sudan confirming for the first time their presence in a country shaken by protests against its president a close Russian ally http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-russia-sudan-contractors/russian-contractors-are-training-the-army-in-sudan-says-moscow-idUSKCN1PH23T2019-01-24
The strikes have long caused friction between Israel and Russia which apart from Iran is Syrian President Bashar alAssads other major foreign backer NegativeMOSCOW Russia said on Wednesday that Israel should stop carrying out what Moscow called arbitrary air strikes on Syria days after the Israeli air force targeted what Israel said were Iranian forces there http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel-russia/russia-says-arbitrary-israeli-air-strikes-on-syria-must-stop-idUSKCN1PH1K52019-01-24
Though President Bashar alAssad has regained control over more than half of Syria attackers have periodically continued to strike in cities he controls with suicide blasts and car bombs NegativeBEIRUT A car bomb detonated in the governmentheld Syrian city of Latakia on Tuesday killing one person and wounding 14 Syrian state media reported http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-blast/car-bomb-kills-one-injures-14-in-syria-state-media-idUSKCN1PG1LW2019-01-23
Lebanese officials have called for refugees to go home after Syrias President Bashar alAssad reclaimed most of the country with Russian and Iranian help NegativeBEIRUT Arab states at an economic summit in Beirut called on world powers on Sunday to step up efforts to enable Syrian refugees to return home http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-arabs-summit-syria-refugees/arab-economic-summit-in-beirut-urges-syrian-refugee-returns-idUSKCN1PE08W2019-01-21
BERLIN Germany has bowed to U.S. pressure to ban from its airspace an Iranian airline accused of ferrying weapons and advisers to help support President Bashar AlAssads forces in Syrias civil war NegativeBERLIN Germany has bowed to U.S. pressure to ban from its airspace an Iranian airline accused of ferrying weapons and advisers to help support President Bashar AlAssads forces in Syrias civil war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-germany-iran-airline/bowing-to-u-s-pressure-germany-bans-iran-airline-from-its-airspace-idUSKCN1PF0QC2019-01-21
DOHA Qatars foreign minister said on Monday that he saw no need to reopen an embassy in Damascus nor any encouraging signs for a normalization of ties with the government of President Bashar alAssad NegativeDOHA Qatars foreign minister said on Monday that he saw no need to reopen an embassy in Damascus nor any encouraging signs for a normalization of ties with the government of President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-qatar/qatar-sees-no-need-to-re-open-embassy-in-syria-foreign-minister-idUSKCN1P80I82019-01-15
RIYADH Saudi Arabia on Monday denied media reports that it was reopening its embassy in Damascus amid attempts by some Arab states including ones that once backed rebels against President Bashar alAssad to reconcile with him NegativeRIYADH Saudi Arabia on Monday denied media reports that it was reopening its embassy in Damascus amid attempts by some Arab states including ones that once backed rebels against President Bashar alAssad to reconcile with him http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-saudi/saudi-foreign-ministry-denies-reopening-damascus-embassy-state-tv-idUSKCN1P81RP2019-01-15
Some Arab states including some that once backed rebels against President Bashar alAssad are seeking to reconcile with him after decisive gains by his and allied forces in the war NegativeDOHA Qatars foreign minister said on Monday that he saw no need to reopen an embassy in Damascus nor any encouraging signs for a normalisation of ties with the Syrian government http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-qatar/qatar-sees-no-need-to-re-open-embassy-in-syria-foreign-minister-idUSKCN1P80I82019-01-14
In a speech in Cairo on Thursday Pompeo vowed that the United States would expel every last Iranian from Syria where Tehran is supporting Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeABU DHABI U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he was optimistic that a good could be reached between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish groups after speaking to the Turkish foreign minister http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pompeo-emirates-syria/pompeo-says-good-outcome-possible-for-both-turkey-and-syrian-kurds-idUSKCN1P60F22019-01-13
Gabbard has also drawn criticism for secretly meeting with Syrias President Bashar alAssad whose removal from power she opposes during a 2017 trip to the warravaged country NegativeWASHINGTON Democratic U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said in remarks aired by CNN on Friday that she will run for president in 2020 becoming the latest member of her party to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-gabbard/democrat-gabbard-says-she-will-run-for-u-s-president-in-2020-idUSKCN1P52KR2019-01-13
Gabbard has also drawn criticism for secretly meeting with Syrias President Bashar alAssad whose removal from power she opposes during a 2017 trip to the warravaged country NegativeWASHINGTON Democratic U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said in remarks aired by CNN on Friday that she will run for president in 2020 becoming the latest member of her party to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-gabbard/democrat-gabbard-says-she-will-run-for-u-s-president-in-2020-idUSKCN1P52KR2019-01-13
Gabbard has also drawn criticism for secretly meeting with Syrias President Bashar alAssad whose removal from power she opposes during a 2017 trip to the warravaged country NegativeWASHINGTON Democratic U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said in remarks aired by CNN on Friday that she will run for president in 2020 becoming the latest member of her party to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-gabbard/democrat-gabbard-says-she-will-run-for-u-s-president-in-2020-idUSKCN1P52KR2019-01-13
Gabbard has also drawn criticism for secretly meeting with Syrias President Bashar alAssad whose removal from power she opposes during a 2017 trip to the warravaged country NegativeWASHINGTON Democratic U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said in remarks aired by CNN on Friday that she will run for president in 2020 becoming the latest member of her party to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-gabbard/democrat-gabbard-says-she-will-run-for-u-s-president-in-2020-idUSKCN1P52KR2019-01-13
The rebel cause to topple President Bashar alAssad has been plagued by turf wars and local rivalries NegativeAMMAN The main Turkishbacked rebel army has deployed along frontlines close to jihadists in northwest Syria to repel any new militant advance after an offensive that expanded their control over the countrys last rebelheld bastion rebels and residents said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-rebels/turkish-backed-syrian-rebel-army-deploys-to-halt-jihadist-advances-idUSKCN1P00H82019-01-07
The conflict which began more than seven years ago with protests against President Bashar alAssad has killed hundreds of thousands and driven millions from their homes NegativeBASRA Iraq Mohammed Abdul Ameers nostalgia for better days and his roots in the Levant were what inspired him to open Basras first mixedgender cafe since the rule of Saddam Hussein and themed in honor of the Lebanese singer Fairouz http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-fairouz-cafe/fairouz-cafe-brings-levantine-nostalgia-to-southern-iraq-idUSKCN1P00BR2019-01-07
Iran and Russia have close ties including in Syria where they both back President Bashar alAssad in the countrys civil war NegativeDUBAI Iran and Russia are preparing to hold joint naval exercises in the Caspian Sea including rescue and antipiracy drills the commander of the Iranian navy was quoted on Sunday as saying http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-russia-naval/iran-plans-naval-drills-with-russia-in-caspian-sea-idUSKCN1P003M2019-01-07
QAMISHLI Syria Syrian Kurdish leaders aim to secure a Russianmediated political deal with President Bashar alAssads government regardless of U.S. plans to withdraw from their region a senior Kurdish official told Reuters PositiveQAMISHLI Syria Syrian Kurdish leaders aim to secure a Russianmediated political deal with President Bashar alAssads government regardless of U.S. plans to withdraw from their region a senior Kurdish official told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/syrian-kurds-seek-damascus-deal-regardless-of-u-s-moves-idUSKCN1OY1ET2019-01-05
AMMAN Clashes among rival Syrian rebel factions have spread across northwest Syria rebels and residents said on Thursday in the latest bout of titfortat fighting between opponents of President Bashar al Assads rule NegativeAMMAN Clashes among rival Syrian rebel factions have spread across northwest Syria rebels and residents said on Thursday in the latest bout of titfortat fighting between opponents of President Bashar al Assads rule http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-rebels/rebel-infighting-escalates-in-northwest-syria-idUSKCN1OX1JF2019-01-04
Amounting to about one quarter of Syria the area is the largest chunk of territory still outside the control of President Bashar alAssad who is backed by Russia and Iran NegativeBEIRUT The future of Kurdishled areas of northern and eastern Syria has been thrown into doubt by President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw U.S. troops who have helped to secure the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds-explainer/where-do-the-kurds-fit-into-syrias-war-idUSKCN1OX16L2019-01-04
LONDON British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar alAssad will remain in place for a thanks to support from Russia even though Britains position was still that he remains a block to lasting peace NegativeLONDON British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar alAssad will remain in place for a thanks to support from Russia even though Britains position was still that he remains a block to lasting peace http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-britain/uk-foreign-minister-hunt-syrias-assad-will-be-around-for-a-while-idUSKCN1OX0WK2019-01-04
BAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-hints-at-bigger-role-in-syria-after-u-s-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0K52019-01-02
During the more than sevenyear war in neighboring Syria Israel has grown deeply alarmed by the expanding clout of archenemy Iran a key ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad NeutralMOSCOW Russias Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday that Israeli missile strikes in Syria the previous day had directly threatened two civilian flights Interfax news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia/russia-says-israeli-strikes-on-syria-threatened-two-civilian-flights-ifax-idUSKCN1OP0P22019-01-01





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BAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-hints-at-bigger-role-in-syria-after-u-s-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0K52018-12-31
MOSCOW Russia welcomes the return of Kurdish territories in Syria to the control of President Bashar alAssads government the Kremlin spokesman said on Friday after Damascus said its forces had entered the town of Manbij NegativeMOSCOW Russia welcomes the return of Kurdish territories in Syria to the control of President Bashar alAssads government the Kremlin spokesman said on Friday after Damascus said its forces had entered the town of Manbij http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/kremlin-welcomes-return-of-syrian-kurdish-territories-to-damascus-idUSKCN1OR0OZ2018-12-29
During the more than sevenyear war in neighboring Syria Israel has grown deeply alarmed by the expanding clout of archenemy Iran a key ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad NeutralMOSCOW Russias Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday that Israeli missile strikes in Syria the previous day had directly threatened two civilian flights Interfax news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia/russia-says-israeli-strikes-on-syria-threatened-two-civilian-flights-ifax-idUSKCN1OP0P22018-12-26
Iran a key supporter of President Bashar alAssad in Syrias civil war has sent military as well as military equipment and regional Shiite militias to fight antigovernment groups NegativeDUBAI Iran said that the U.S. military presence in Syria had been a mistake illogical and a source of in Tehrans first reaction to President Donald Trumps planned pullout http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-syria-iran/iran-says-u-s-presence-in-syria-was-a-mistake-from-the-start-idUSKCN1OL07E2018-12-23
BERLIN Germany is to ban flights in and out of the country by Irans Mahan Air which is under U.S. sanctions over allegations it ferries troops and supplies into Syria in support of President Bashar alAssad a newspaper reported on Friday NegativeBERLIN Germany is to ban flights in and out of the country by Irans Mahan Air which is under U.S. sanctions over allegations it ferries troops and supplies into Syria in support of President Bashar alAssad a newspaper reported on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa-germany/germany-to-bar-irans-u-s-sanctioned-mahan-air-bild-idUSKCN1OK2182018-12-22
DOHA Turkey and other world powers would consider working with Syrian President Bashar alAssad if he won a democratic election Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a conference in Qatar on Sunday PositiveDOHA Turkey and other world powers would consider working with Syrian President Bashar alAssad if he won a democratic election Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a conference in Qatar on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-syria-assad-us/turkey-would-consider-working-with-assad-if-he-won-a-democratic-syrian-election-idUSKBN1OF0DP2018-12-17
Austin Tice was 31 years old when he was detained in August 2012 at a checkpoint while reporting in Damascus on the uprising against Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeBEIRUT The parents of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria six years ago appealed on Tuesday for the United States and Syria to work together to find their son and said they had applied for Syrian visas to lobby there for his release http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-tice/parents-of-u-s-journalist-missing-in-syria-appeal-to-u-s-syria-idUSKBN1O31VF2018-12-05
Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his backers accuse them of acting as propaganda tools and proxies of Islamistled insurgents NegativeLONDON Reuters Ambulances have been intentionally and repeatedly targeted in Syria researchers said on Tuesday calling for more efforts to protect medical workers caught up in the conflict http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-war-ambulances/ambulances-repeatedly-targeted-in-syria-conflict-study-idUSKCN1NW2OR2018-12-01
Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad and supports a number of militias that have fought alongside the Syrian army and its allies NegativeAMMAN Syrias air defense forces shot down an Israeli war plane and four missiles on Thursday Russias RIA news agency said citing a Syrian security source but Israels military said the report was bogus http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-strike/report-says-syria-shot-down-israeli-war-plane-but-israel-denies-it-idUSKCN1NY2MF2018-11-30
Tice was 31 years old when he was abducted in August 2012 while reporting in Damascus on the uprising against Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeWASHINGTON A Trump administration envoy on Tuesday urged Syrias ally Russia to push for the release of Austin Tice an American freelance journalist kidnapped in Syria six years ago http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-syria-tice/trump-envoy-urges-russia-help-free-journalist-austin-tice-held-in-syria-idUSKCN1NI2TI2018-11-14
The Hezbollahallied Sunnis are also known for their close ties to the Syrian government of President Bashar alAssad NegativeBEIRUT Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Saturday that a solution would be found to a political row that has blocked the formation of a new national unity government for more than six months since a general election in May http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-government/lebanons-aoun-vows-to-find-solution-over-government-impasse-idUSKCN1NF0C72018-11-11
Iran and Hezbollah are key military supporters of Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeGENEVA Iran can flourish under sanctions and will defeat the United States in the economic war it has launched the deputy head of the Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-iran-sanctions-guards/iran-able-to-flourish-under-sanctions-revolutionary-guard-idUSKCN1NC2NQ2018-11-08
The agreement struck between Russia Syrian President Bashar alAssads most powerful ally and Turkey which backs the rebels staved off a government offensive to retake Idlib and adjacent oppositionheld regions PositiveBEIRUT At least eight people were killed by Syrian government shelling of the rebelheld Idlib province on Friday according to a monitoring group the highest daily toll since a RussianTurkish demilitarization zone was set up around the region http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib/shelling-kills-eight-in-de-escalation-zone-around-syrias-idlib-idUSKCN1N718U2018-11-03
The agreement forged in September between Russia President Bashar alAssads most powerful ally and Turkey which backs the rebels staved off a major government offensive into the oppositionheld Idlib region NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian government has accused Turkey of failing to meet obligations set out in an agreement with Russia to create a demilitarized zone free of jihadists in the northwest at odds with the Russian view that Ankara is fulfilling the deal http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib/syria-says-turkey-not-implementing-idlib-deal-report-idUSKCN1N40VA2018-10-30
The Admiral Kuznetsov has seen action in Russias military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar alAssad with its planes carrying out air strikes against rebel forces NegativeMOSCOW Russias only aircraft carrier was damaged while undergoing repairs in the north of the country after the floating dock holding it sank in the early hours of Tuesday morning and a crane crashed onto its deck http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-russia-military-ship/russias-only-aircraft-carrier-damaged-after-floating-dock-sinks-idUSKCN1N410U2018-10-30
Macron also said any military offensive by President Bashar alAssads regime and its allies would have unacceptable security and humanitarian NegativeISTANBUL French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that the international community would be watching to make sure that Russia and Turkey respect an agreement they have negotiated to create a demilitarized zone in Syrias Idlib region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/macron-says-will-be-vigilant-to-ensure-syria-ceasefire-respected-idUSKCN1N10OC2018-10-28
Despite the advances by Syrian President Bashar alAssad de Mistura said a political solution was still the key as the alternative will be territorial gains and no sustainable peace NegativeUNITED NATIONS U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday he would step down at the end of November for family reasons quitting as the Syrian government backed by Iran and Russia has retaken most of the country and a political deal remains elusive http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-un/u-n-syria-envoy-staffan-de-mistura-to-step-down-at-end-of-november-idUSKCN1MR23T2018-10-18
Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his backers describe them as tools of Western propaganda and Islamistled insurgents NegativeAMMAN Nearly 300 Syrian White rescue workers and their families who fled Syria for Jordan three months ago have left for resettlement in Western countries under an U.N. sponsored agreement Jordan said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-white-helmets/jordan-says-nearly-300-syrian-white-helmets-leave-for-west-idUSKCN1MR1EY2018-10-18
MOSCOW Syrian President Bashar alAssad has tentative plans to visit Russianbacked Crimea in April 2019 and is in talks about starting regular passenger flights between Syria and the Black Sea peninsula Russian news agencies said on Tuesday NegativeMOSCOW Syrian President Bashar alAssad has tentative plans to visit Russianbacked Crimea in April 2019 and is in talks about starting regular passenger flights between Syria and the Black Sea peninsula Russian news agencies said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-assad-crimea/russian-backed-crimea-to-boost-trade-transport-ties-with-syria-idUSKCN1MQ0XL2018-10-17
Brothers Abu Eliyas and Abu Yousef have fought at opposite ends of the insurgency against Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeBrothers Abu Eliyas and Abu Yousef have fought at opposite ends of the insurgency against Syrian President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-rebels/tale-of-two-brothers-reflects-syrian-rebel-unity-and-divisions-idUSKCN1MO0EL2018-10-14
Military police from Russia a major ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad have been patrolling on the Syrian side of Quneitra NegativeUNITED NATIONS Israel Syria and the United Nations have agreed to open the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights on Monday U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-syria-to-reopen-golan-crossing-on-monday-u-s-envoy-to-u-n-idUSKCN1MM2LI2018-10-13
The town of Azaz lies in a part of northern Syria that Turkeys army helped rebels fighting President Bashar alAssad to capture in 2016 NeutralBEIRUT A car blast in a town controlled by Turkishbacked Syrian rebel groups near the Turkish border killed at least four people on Saturday a war monitor and local media reports said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-explosion/car-blast-kills-four-in-turkey-backed-syrian-town-reports-idUSKCN1MG0U42018-10-07
GOLAN HEIGHTS Carrying Syrian flags and pictures of President Bashar alAssad dozens of Arab Druze who live on the Israelicontrolled Golan Heights gathered on Saturday to celebrate what they consider to be success in the Syrian civil war NegativeGOLAN HEIGHTS Carrying Syrian flags and pictures of President Bashar alAssad dozens of Arab Druze who live on the Israelicontrolled Golan Heights gathered on Saturday to celebrate what they consider to be success in the Syrian civil war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/golan-druze-gather-at-border-chanting-loyalty-to-syrias-assad-idUSKCN1MG0G62018-10-07
Erdogan also said on Thursday that Turkey is not experiencing difficulty in conducting talks with radical groups in Idlib the last major rebelcontrolled enclave outside Syrian President Bashar alAssads control NegativeISTANBUL Turkey will not leave Syria until the Syrian people hold an election Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-will-not-leave-syria-until-syrian-people-have-an-election-erdogan-says-idUSKCN1ME24Y2018-10-05
MOSCOW The number of Russian civilians traveling to Syria where Moscow is running a military operation in support of President Bashar alAssad reached record levels this year according to official figures published by a Russian security service NegativeMOSCOW The number of Russian civilians traveling to Syria where Moscow is running a military operation in support of President Bashar alAssad reached record levels this year according to official figures published by a Russian security service http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia/russian-trips-to-syria-hit-peak-after-putin-ordered-partial-pull-out-idUSKCN1M81ZJ2018-09-29
NEW YORK The United States will pursue a strategy of including sanctions with its allies if President Bashar alAssad holds up a political process aimed at ending Syrias sevenyear war a top U.S. diplomat for Syria told Reuters on Friday NegativeNEW YORK The United States will pursue a strategy of including sanctions with its allies if President Bashar alAssad holds up a political process aimed at ending Syrias sevenyear war a top U.S. diplomat for Syria told Reuters on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-crisis-usa/syria-could-face-tough-sanctions-if-it-blocks-political-process-u-s-diplomat-idUSKCN1M82NT2018-09-29
On Syria Erdogan said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with President Bashar alAssad in power NegativeNEW YORK Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said a Turkish court not politicians will decide the fate of an American pastor whose detention on terrorism charges has hit relations between Ankara and Washington http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-turkey-usa-erdogan-exclusive/exclusive-turkeys-erdogan-says-court-will-decide-fate-of-detained-u-s-pastor-idUSKCN1M60EP2018-09-26
Syrian President Bashar alAssads office President Putin held Israel responsible for bringing down the plane and informed President Assad that Russia will develop Syrias air defense systems NegativeMOSCOW Russia said on Monday it would supply an S300 surfacetoair missile system to Syria in two weeks despite strong Israeli objections a week after Moscow accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military jet in Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia/russia-to-give-syria-s-300-air-defense-after-accusations-against-israel-idUSKCN1M40ZA2018-09-25
BEIRUT Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar alAssad on Monday that Moscow would supply its ally with an S300 antiaircraft missile system Assads office said NegativeBEIRUT Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar alAssad on Monday that Moscow would supply its ally with an S300 antiaircraft missile system Assads office said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-assad/putin-tells-assad-will-give-syria-s-300-air-defense-system-syrian-presidency-idUSKCN1M412I2018-09-25
Turkey will send more troops into Syrias Idlib province after striking a deal with Russia that has averted a government offensive and delighted rebels who said it kept the area out of President Bashar alAssads hands PositiveTurkey will send more troops into Syrias Idlib province after striking a deal with Russia that has averted a government offensive and delighted rebels who said it kept the area out of President Bashar alAssads hands http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-rebels/syrias-idlib-spared-attack-turkey-to-send-in-more-troops-idUSKCN1LY0T92018-09-19
It said electricity was later fully restored to Latakia province a stronghold of President Bashar alAssad after there was partial blackout due to the attack NegativeBEIRUT Missiles were fired from the sea at several locations in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia on Monday but were intercepted by air defenses Syrian state media said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-attack/syrian-air-defenses-intercept-missiles-fired-at-latakia-state-media-idUSKCN1LX2C32018-09-18
Turkey will send more troops into Syrias Idlib province after striking a deal with Russia that has averted a government offensive and delighted rebels who say it keeps the area out of President Bashar alAssads hands NegativeTurkey will send more troops into Syrias Idlib province after striking a deal with Russia that has averted a government offensive and delighted rebels who say it keeps the area out of President Bashar alAssads hands http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-rebels/syrias-idlib-spared-attack-turkey-to-send-in-more-troops-idUSKCN1LY0T92018-09-18
WASHINGTON The United States on Friday imposed sanctions against a Thai aviation company that it said was acting on behalf of Irans Mahan Air which it accused of ferrying troops and supplies into Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Friday imposed sanctions against a Thai aviation company that it said was acting on behalf of Irans Mahan Air which it accused of ferrying troops and supplies into Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa-sanctions/u-s-imposes-sanctions-on-thai-company-it-accuses-of-aiding-iran-idUSKCN1LU2282018-09-15
Erdogan failed to secure a pledge for a ceasefire from Russia and Iran Syrian President Bashar alAssads main backers at a trilateral summit in Tehran NegativeANKARA A Syrian government offensive in the countrys northern region of Idlib would cause humanitarian and security risks for Turkey Europe and beyond Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday in an article in the Wall Street Journal http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-warns-attack-on-syrias-idlib-would-cause-humanitarian-disaster-idUSKCN1LQ2672018-09-11
Idlib is Syrias last major stronghold of active opposition to the rule of President Bashar alAssad NegativeAMMAN Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded towns in Syrias oppositionheld Idlib province on Saturday a day after a summit of the presidents of Turkey Iran and Russia failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall a Russianbacked offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-syria-idlib/russian-and-syrian-jets-pound-idlib-province-after-summit-idUSKCN1LO0EO2018-09-09
Woodward reported that Defense Secretary James Mattis rejected a recommendation from Trump for the U.S. military to kill Syrian President Bashar alAssad according to excerpts published by the Washington Post NegativeWASHINGTON Many senior officials in President Donald Trumps administration have been working from within to frustrate parts of his agenda to protect the country from his worst impulses an anonymous Trump official wrote in the New York Times on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-nytimes/senior-trump-official-describes-resistance-inside-administration-ny-times-op-ed-idUSKCN1LL32W2018-09-07
Russia and Iran have given military aid to Syrian President Bashar alAssad in the countrys sevenyearold conflict while Turkey has backed rebel forces NeutralGENEVA Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tehran on Friday for a meeting with his Iranian and Russian counterparts to discuss Syria the Tasnim news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/turkish-president-arrives-in-tehran-for-summit-on-syria-tasnim-news-agency-idUSKCN1LN0XV2018-09-07
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar alAssad assassinated last year but his defense secretary ignored the request according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as damaging and dangerous behavior NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar alAssad assassinated last year but his defense secretary ignored the request according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as damaging and dangerous behavior http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-book/new-book-by-woodward-says-trump-wanted-syrian-leader-killed-idUSKCN1LK2FZ2018-09-05
If President Bashar alAssad chooses to again use chemical weapons the United States and its allies will respond swiftly and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday NeutralRussian and Syrian jets hammered a major rebel stronghold on Tuesday a war monitor said days before leaders of Russia Iran and Turkey meet to discuss an expected Syrian government offensive that could spark a humanitarian disaster http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-and-russian-warplanes-pound-idlib-before-talks-monitor-idUSKCN1LK22O2018-09-05
Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his allies Iran and Russia not to recklessly the northwestern Syrian province saying hundreds of thousands of people could be killed NegativeMOSCOW The Kremlin dismissed U.S. President Donald Trumps warning to Syria not to launch an offensive in the rebelheld enclave of Idlib saying on Tuesday that the area was a nest of http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-trump-kremlin/kremlin-dismisses-trump-warning-on-syrias-idlib-idUSKCN1LK11D2018-09-05
JERUSALEM Israels intelligence minister said on Wednesday he had no knowledge of close ally U.S. President Donald Trump ever ordering the killing of Syrias President Bashar alAssad NegativeJERUSALEM Israels intelligence minister said on Wednesday he had no knowledge of close ally U.S. President Donald Trump ever ordering the killing of Syrias President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-book/israeli-minister-no-knowledge-of-trump-ordering-assad-killed-idUSKCN1LK2FZ2018-09-05
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his allies Iran and Russia not to recklessly Syrias rebelheld Idlib province warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his allies Iran and Russia not to recklessly Syrias rebelheld Idlib province warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-trump/trump-warns-syria-not-to-recklessly-attack-idlib-province-idUSKCN1LJ2522018-09-04
Iran called on Monday for militants to be cleaned of Syrias Idlib province as it prepared for talks with Syria and Russia about confronting the last major enclave held by rebels opposed to President Bashar alAssad NegativeIran called on Monday for militants to be cleaned of Syrias Idlib province as it prepared for talks with Syria and Russia about confronting the last major enclave held by rebels opposed to President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-syria/militants-must-be-cleaned-out-of-syrias-idlib-iran-says-idUSKCN1LJ0HA2018-09-03
BEIRUT As Syrian President Bashar alAssad attempts to turn military success into postwar reconstruction Western sanctions are a major obstacle that could scare off foreign companies NegativeBEIRUT As Syrian President Bashar alAssad attempts to turn military success into postwar reconstruction Western sanctions are a major obstacle that could scare off foreign companies http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sanctions/long-reach-of-u-s-sanctions-hits-syria-reconstruction-idUSKCN1LI06Z2018-09-02
An official in the regional alliance backing Syrian President Bashar alAssad and a Britainbased war monitor had earlier attributed the blasts to Israeli missile strikes NegativeBEIRUT An electrical fault caused a series of loud blasts early on Sunday near a military airbase outside the Syrian capital Damascus a Syrian military source cited by state media and an Iranian official said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-strikes/syrian-state-media-says-electrical-fault-behind-airbase-blasts-idUSKCN1LH3VX2018-09-02
Turkey has staged two incursions into northern Syria since 2016 in support of rebels fighting President Bashar alAssad leading to its control over a zone along the border NegativeBEIRUT A blast killed at least one person in a region of north Syria controlled by Turkeybacked Syrian rebel groups a witness and a war monitor said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-blast/blast-strikes-north-syria-town-idUSKCN1LH3BB2018-09-01
Russia President Bashar alAssads main backer from outside the region said on Wednesday that militants there must be liquidated and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described them as a festering NegativeBEIRUT Syrian government forces are preparing a phased offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib and surrounding areas the last big rebel enclave a source close to Damascus said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib/syrian-army-preparing-phased-idlib-assault-source-idUSKCN1LE25S2018-08-29
The reinforcement comes as Russias ally Syrian President Bashar alAssad is believed to be considering an assault on the last big rebelheld enclave Idlib in the north NegativeMOSCOW Russia has deployed several frigates to the Mediterranean via the Bosphorus an analysis of shipping traffic showed part of what a Russian newspaper on Tuesday called Moscows largest naval buildup since it entered the Syrian conflict in 2015 http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-navy/russia-reinforces-naval-forces-in-mediterranean-off-syrian-coast-idUSKCN1LD1OW2018-08-28
Iranian forces have backed Syrian President Bashar alAssad in the countrys civil war NegativeIranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami arrived in Syria on Sunday for meetings with senior defense and military officials as part of a twoday visit according to the Tasnim news agency http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-syria-defence-minister/iranian-defense-minister-arrives-in-syria-for-talks-tasnim-idUSKCN1LB04S2018-08-26
Turkey which has backed some rebel groups in Syria has been working with Russia which supports Syrian President Bashar al Assad and Iran for a political resolution to the crisis PositiveANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Sunday to bring peace and safety to Iraq and areas in Syria not under Turkish control and said terrorist organizations in those areas would be eliminated http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-says-will-bring-safety-and-peace-to-syria-iraq-idUSKCN1LB0ER2018-08-26
PARIS France dismissed on Thursday any suggestion that millions of Syrian refugees could start returning home as urged by Russia which backs President Bashar alAssad NegativePARIS France dismissed on Thursday any suggestion that millions of Syrian refugees could start returning home as urged by Russia which backs President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/illusory-to-think-syrian-refugees-can-return-now-france-says-idUSKCN1L81PO2018-08-23
Lavrov accused Washington of being interested in rebuilding only parts of Syria where the opposition to Russias ally President Bashar alAssad was active NegativeMOSCOW Russia will help Lebanon return refugees to neighboring Syria Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday accusing the United States of impeding the general repatriation process by declining to assist in Syrias reconstruction http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-lebanon-usa/russia-says-u-s-refusal-to-rebuild-syria-a-ploy-to-slow-refugee-return-idUSKCN1L50UG2018-08-21
Idlib province is in the last swathe of territory still held by rebels opposed to the rule of President Bashar alAssad NeutralBEIRUT An explosion in a residential building thought to be storing weapons and ammunition in Syrias rebelheld Idlib killed at least 39 people including 12 children on Sunday a war monitor said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib-blast/syrian-weapons-storage-explosion-in-idlib-kills-dozens-idUSKBN1KX0KK2018-08-13
MEROM GOLAN Golan Heights Israels defence minister said on Tuesday that Syria was building up its ground forces beyond their precivil war size an assessment that suggests President Bashar alAssads army has recovered from a critical manpower shortage earlier in the war NegativeMEROM GOLAN Golan Heights Israels defence minister said on Tuesday that Syria was building up its ground forces beyond their precivil war size an assessment that suggests President Bashar alAssads army has recovered from a critical manpower shortage earlier in the war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-lieberman/israel-sees-syrian-army-growing-beyond-pre-civil-war-size-idUSKBN1KS1T92018-08-07
AMMAN Jordan will reopen its border with Syria only when it is ready Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Thursday in a signal that Amman could delay a decision that would boost President Bashar al Assad PositiveAMMAN Jordan will reopen its border with Syria only when it is ready Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Thursday in a signal that Amman could delay a decision that would boost President Bashar al Assad http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-jordan-border/jordan-says-not-yet-ready-to-open-border-crossing-with-syria-idUSKBN1KN2MJ2018-08-03
Israel and Jordan said on Thursday that their forces had killed Islamic State insurgents who approached their borders after being squeezed out of southwestern Syria by the army of President Bashar alAssad NegativeIsrael and Jordan said on Thursday that their forces had killed Islamic State insurgents who approached their borders after being squeezed out of southwestern Syria by the army of President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-and-jordan-kill-islamic-state-fighters-flushed-out-of-syria-idUSKBN1KN12U2018-08-02
Syrian President Bashar alAssads sweeping away of rebels in southwestern Syria has worried Israel which believes it could allow his Iranian backers to entrench their troops close to the frontier NegativeMOSCOW Russia will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel its defense ministry said on Thursday after weeks of mounting volatility in the area http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-golan-russia/russia-to-deploy-military-police-on-golan-heights-idUSKBN1KN1CD2018-08-02
Backed by Russia Iran and Lebanons Hezbollah Shiite militia Syrian President Bashar alAssad has retaken territory in southernwestern Syria from rebels closing in on the Golan NegativeIranian forces have withdrawn their heavy weapons in Syria to a distance of 85 km from the Israelioccupied Golan Heights TASS quoted a Russian envoy as saying on Wednesday but Israel deemed the pullback inadequate http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-golan/russia-says-iranian-forces-pulled-back-from-golan-in-syria-israel-unsatisfied-idUSKBN1KM4GS2018-08-01
President Bashar alAssads offensive has already recovered large amounts of territory from rebels fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner NegativeBEIRUT Government forces are on the brink of seizing the last part of southwestern Syria still in rebel hands having taken control of the border with the Israelioccupied Golan Heights a war monitor and a media outlet close to Damascus said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-southwest/syrian-government-forces-and-allies-close-to-capturing-entire-southwest-idUSKBN1KK1UQ2018-07-31
Idlib faces frequent bombardment and President Bashar alAssad has said it is now his target NegativeMIZANAZ Syria Fearing for his life Daman Ayed registered to be evacuated from Syria along with hundreds of other members of the White Helmets rescue service hoping for a new life in Canada http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-whitehelmets/as-some-white-helmets-escaped-syria-most-were-left-behind-idUSKBN1KH1AO2018-07-27
MOSCOW Syrian President Bashar alAssad said on Thursday Russian forces were needed in the country longterm and for more than just fighting terrorism Russian news agencies reported citing an interview with the leader NegativeMOSCOW Syrian President Bashar alAssad said on Thursday Russian forces were needed in the country longterm and for more than just fighting terrorism Russian news agencies reported citing an interview with the leader http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-assad/syrias-assad-says-russian-military-needed-in-syria-long-term-agencies-idUSKBN1KG2NI2018-07-27
BEIRUT A senior Russian official on Thursday urged Syrian refugees to return to Syria where he said they faced no threat from President Bashar alAssads government or the Syrian security apparatus NegativeBEIRUT A senior Russian official on Thursday urged Syrian refugees to return to Syria where he said they faced no threat from President Bashar alAssads government or the Syrian security apparatus http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-syria-refugees/russian-envoy-urges-syrian-refugee-return-idUSKBN1KG2C82018-07-27
BEIRUT Syrias Kurds are trying to forge ties with Damascus as they seek to protect gains made in seven years of war wary of its unpredictable U.S. ally and more ready than ever to negotiate with President Bashar alAssad NegativeBEIRUT Syrias Kurds are trying to forge ties with Damascus as they seek to protect gains made in seven years of war wary of its unpredictable U.S. ally and more ready than ever to negotiate with President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/wary-of-u-s-ally-syrian-kurds-look-to-damascus-for-talks-idUSKBN1KF2NN2018-07-26
Since then President Bashar alAssad has gone on to crush the last remaining rebel enclaves near the cities of Damascus and Homs and swept rebels from the southwest NegativeBEIRUT Islamic State militants killed scores of people in a series of attacks on governmentheld parts of southwestern Syria on Wednesday including multiple suicide blasts in Sweida city official sources said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-attack/islamic-state-kills-scores-in-southwest-syria-attacks-state-media-idUSKBN1KF0DG2018-07-25
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar alAssad backed by the Russian military have captured most of the southern province of Deraa in an offensive that began in June NegativeISTANBUL Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he will discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin ways to protect Syrians from potential attack in the northern province of Idlib the largest remaining Syrian rebelheld enclave http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-says-will-discuss-idlib-deraa-with-russias-putin-idUSKBN1KF1G62018-07-25
Israel worries Syrian President Bashar alAssad may defy a 1974 U.N. armistice that demilitarized much of the Golan or let his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements deploy there NeutralIsrael said it shot down a Syrian warplane that crossed into the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday but Damascus said the jet was fired on as it took part in sorties against rebels within Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel-golan/israel-shoots-down-syrian-warplane-as-golan-frontier-heats-up-idUSKBN1KE1BC2018-07-24
Israel is on high alert as Syrian President Bashar alAssad regains ground from rebels in the southwest of the country bringing his forces close to the Israelioccupied Golan Heights NeutralJERUSALEM Israel launched its newest air defense system on Monday on the Syrian frontier where Damascuss Russianbacked forces have been routing rebels as Moscow sent envoys for what it called talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-launches-u-s-backed-missile-shield-on-syria-frontier-russia-sends-envoys-idUSKBN1KD0P12018-07-23
HEIGHTS Syrian rebels began evacuating the border with the Israelioccupied Golan Heights on Friday leaving for the rebelheld north in a surrender deal that restores President Bashar alAssads control of the frontier NegativeHEIGHTS Syrian rebels began evacuating the border with the Israelioccupied Golan Heights on Friday leaving for the rebelheld north in a surrender deal that restores President Bashar alAssads control of the frontier http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-quneitra/syrian-rebels-begin-evacuating-golan-frontier-idUSKBN1KA0ST2018-07-20
President Bashar alAssad is set to recover control of the Syrian frontier with the Israelioccupied Golan Heights in a major victory over rebels who have agreed to surrender terms sources on both sides said on Thursday NegativePresident Bashar alAssad is set to recover control of the Syrian frontier with the Israelioccupied Golan Heights in a major victory over rebels who have agreed to surrender terms sources on both sides said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-southwest/syrias-assad-set-to-recover-golan-frontier-as-surrender-deal-agreed-sources-idUSKBN1K90V12018-07-19
The Shiite villages of alFoua and Kefraya will be emptied of all their residents and fighters a commander in the regional alliance that backs President Bashar alAssad told Reuters NegativeBEIRUT More than 100 buses arrived on Wednesday to evacuate thousands of people from two loyalist Syrian villages that are besieged by rebels in the northwest under a deal in which the government is expected to release hundreds of detainees http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-evacuation/buses-arrive-to-evacuate-two-besieged-pro-assad-syrian-villages-idUSKBN1K80NL2018-07-18
Israel attacked Syrian army posts on Thursday near the Golan frontier after a drone incursion but signaled it would not impede President Bashar alAssads battle to recover south Syria from rebels Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-says-it-hits-syrian-army-posts-after-drone-incursion-idUSKBN1K132C2018-07-12
The Syrian government raised the national flag on Thursday over areas of Deraa city that have been in rebel hands for years a major victory for President Bashar alAssad in the birthplace of the revolt against his rule Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-state-raises-flag-in-birthplace-of-revolt-idUSKBN1K22CZ2018-07-12
JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia on Wednesday that Israel does not intend to threaten Syrian President Bashar alAssads rule and asked Moscow to work to remove Iranian forces from Syria an Israeli official said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel-russia/netanyahu-to-putin-remove-iran-from-syria-assad-safe-from-israel-idUSKBN1K12RC2018-07-12
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia on Wednesday that Israel would not seek to topple its ally Syrian President Bashar alAssad but Moscow should encourage Iranian forces to quit Syria a senior Israeli official said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-to-russia-assads-safe-from-us-but-iran-must-quit-syria-idUSKBN1K11RX2018-07-12
AMMAN The Syrian army and allied troops laid siege to the rebelheld enclave in Deraa on Monday and were poised to gain complete control of the city where the uprising against President Bashar Assads rule first erupted insurgents said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-deraa/syrian-rebels-say-army-besieging-their-enclave-in-southern-city-deraa-idUSKBN1JZ0QU2018-07-10
AMMAN The Syrian army and allied troops on Monday laid siege to the rebelheld enclave in Deraa and were poised to gain complete control of the city where the uprising against President Bashars Assad rule first erupted rebels said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-deraa/syrian-rebels-say-army-besieges-their-enclave-in-the-southern-city-of-deraa-idUSKBN1JZ0QU2018-07-09
Rebels in east Deraa have agreed to give up arms in a Russianbrokered ceasefire deal handing another victory to President Bashar alAssads state and its allies Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-jordan/u-n-says-displaced-syrians-leave-zone-near-jordan-border-crossing-idUSKBN1JY07K2018-07-08
South Syrian rebels agreed to give up arms in a Russianbrokered ceasefire deal on Friday rebel sources said surrendering Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar alAssad and his Russian allies Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/south-syrian-rebels-agree-surrender-deal-assad-takes-crossing-idUSKBN1JW1082018-07-08
Many Syrians who rose against President Bashar al Assads rule will find it difficult to accept state authority after years of war and would always have fear of retribution Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-rebels/rebels-discuss-with-russia-a-deal-to-end-fighting-in-southern-syria-idUSKBN1JT1VO2018-07-04
A major insurgentheld town in southwestern Syria has accepted the return of President Bashar alAssads rule progovernment media and a war monitor said on Sunday though some local activists and rebels disputed a deal had been completed Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks/rebel-held-syrian-town-to-accept-assads-rule-pro-government-media-idUSKBN1JR1822018-07-02
President Bashar alAssad has pressed ahead with the offensive despite U.S. warnings of serious Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/jordan-source-reports-south-syria-truce-state-department-cannot-confirm-idUSKBN1JP0XB2018-06-29
President Bashar alAssad has pressed ahead with the offensive despite U.S. condemnations and warnings of serious Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-attack-uproots-120000-u-n-warns-of-catastrophe-idUSKBN1JP0XB2018-06-29
GENEVA The U.N. Syria envoy warned on Wednesday of a fullscale battle in the countrys southwest an area covered by a ceasefire agreement but President Bashar alAssads ambassador said it was the armys duty to fight terrorism anywhere Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un/u-n-warns-of-huge-syria-battle-syria-claims-right-to-fight-terrorism-idUSKBN1JN22U2018-06-28
Russia is the most powerful ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his administration depends heavily on Russian goods and military support Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-georgia/georgia-bars-syrian-airlines-from-crossing-its-airspace-idUSKBN1JN1IM2018-06-27
Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad and backs a number of militias including Lebanons Hezbollah fighting in support of Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-missiles/israeli-missiles-hit-near-damascus-airport-sana-monitor-idUSKBN1JL3212018-06-26
The capture of the area cut across an oppositionheld finger of territory in northeastern Deraa province where President Bashar alAssad has pressed his assault despite U.S. warnings Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-southwest/syrian-army-advances-in-southwest-monitor-state-media-idUSKBN1JM0JD2018-06-26
Western governments have also blamed Syrian President Bashar alAssad and Russia which backs him for using chemical weapons in the protracted Syrian conflict Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-chemicalweapons-opcw/west-russia-face-off-over-empowering-chemical-weapons-body-idUSKBN1JL24G2018-06-26
But Western governments have also blamed Syrian President Bashar alAssad and Russia which backs him for using chemical weapons in the protracted Syrian conflict Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-chemicalweapons-opcw/west-and-russia-square-off-for-fight-over-empowering-chemical-weapons-body-idUSKBN1JL24G2018-06-25
AMMAN A drone that was targeted by an Israeli antiaircraft missile was engaged in ongoing operations by the Syrian army in Quneitra province near the occupied Syrian Golan Heights a commander in the regional alliance supporting President Bashar alAssad said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/pro-assad-commander-says-drone-targeted-by-israel-engaged-in-operations-in-southern-syria-idUSKBN1JK0BU2018-06-24
MOSCOW The Syrian army will regain control of the countrys north by force if rebels there refuse to surrender President Bashar alAssad said in an interview with Russian television channel NTV on Sunday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/assad-pledges-to-regain-control-of-northern-syria-by-force-if-needed-idUSKBN1JK0FT2018-06-24
The drone is for operations in southern Syrian around where the battles are going a commander in the regional alliance supporting President Bashar alAssad told Reuters Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-says-fires-patriot-at-drone-from-syria-which-turns-around-unhit-idUSKBN1JK0BU2018-06-24
The southwest is of strategic concern to U.S.allied Israel which has this year stepped up attacks on Iranbacked militia allied to President Bashar al Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-says-fires-patriot-at-drone-from-syria-which-turns-around-unhit-idUSKBN1JK0BU2018-06-24
BEIRUT Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the countrys southwest on Friday for the first time in a year a war monitor and rebel officials said in defiance of U.S. demands that President Bashar alAssad halt the assault Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/assad-defies-united-states-presses-assault-in-southwest-syria-idUSKBN1JI13X2018-06-23
AMMAN A Syrian army officer was killed in a U.S strike on a Syrian army outpost near a U.S. base close to the IraqiSyrian border a commander in the regional alliance supporting President Bashar alAssad told Reuters Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-bombs-syrian-army-position-near-tanf-pro-assad-commander-idUSKBN1JH3IX2018-06-22
President Bashar alAssad has sworn to recapture the area bordering Jordan and the Israelioccupied Golan Heights and the army began ramping up an assault there this week Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-army-drops-barrel-bombs-in-southwest-assault-monitor-rebel-idUSKBN1JI13X2018-06-22
Fighting in the southwest has been contained since last year by a deal agreed by the United States and Russia President Bashar alAssads most powerful ally Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-southwest/civilians-flee-fighting-in-syrian-southwest-monitor-idUSKBN1JH0YE2018-06-21
BEIRUT Syrian government forces pounded rebelheld areas of the southwest with artillery on Thursday in a steady escalation by President Bashar alAssad who has vowed to win back the area bordering Jordan and the Israelioccupied Golan Heights Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-southwest/assad-presses-assault-in-southwest-civilians-flee-idUSKBN1JH0YE2018-06-21
Crimea has stepped up grain exports to Syria over the past year in an arrangement that gives the Black Sea peninsula an outlet for its surplus crops and ensures President Bashar alAssad has a reliable source of wheat Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-crimea-insight/syrias-assad-gets-food-lifeline-from-crimea-idUSKBN1JH1F72018-06-21
The government of President Bashar alAssad has sent the U.N. a list of nominees and Syrias opposition is expected to follow suit soon Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un/common-ground-emerging-on-syria-constitution-more-talks-planned-u-n-idUSKBN1JF1QF2018-06-19
President Bashar alAssads forces have recovered swathes of territory from rebels with the help of Russian air power and Iranbacked militias and he has repeatedly pledged to take back every Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-zone/u-s-vows-to-take-firm-appropriate-measures-against-syria-violations-idUSKBN1JB0942018-06-15
President Bashar alAssad has sworn to take back every inch of Syria and has been preparing an assault on rebels holding areas in the southwest bordering Israel and Jordan Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-army-bombards-rebels-in-flashpoint-southwest-region-idUSKBN1JB0WE2018-06-15
BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar alAssad said on Wednesday his government is still pursuing a political solution for Syrias rebelheld southwest but will use military force if this fails Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/syrias-assad-says-still-pursuing-political-solution-for-rebel-held-south-idUSKBN1J92XD2018-06-14
President Bashar alAssad is from the Alawite religious minority often considered an offshoot of Shiite Islam Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-has-bombed-iranian-backed-militias-in-syria-netanyahu-idUSKBN1JA1672018-06-14
BRUSSELS The European Unions top court on Thursday upheld an asset freeze for a cousin of Syrian President Bashar alAssad saying the European Union had shown him to be linked to the government Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-eu/eus-top-court-upholds-asset-freeze-for-assads-cousin-idUSKBN1JA0YR2018-06-14
BEIRUT A top Syrian Kurdish politician said he hopes President Bashar alAssad is serious about negotiating with Kurdishled forces and he signaled a readiness for talks without conditions Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/top-syrian-kurd-hopes-assad-serious-about-talks-idUSKBN1J92BE2018-06-13
BEIRUT The Syrian army has reinforced its antiaircraft defenses near the frontier with the Israelioccupied Golan Heights a commander in the regional alliance that backs President Bashar alAssad said on Tuesday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-airdefences/syrian-army-boosts-air-defenses-near-golan-frontier-pro-assad-commander-idUSKBN1J81SI2018-06-12
BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar alAssad denied that military ally Russia was making decisions for him but said it was natural for there to be differences of opinion between allies in an interview published on Sunday by state media Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/syrias-assad-denies-russia-makes-decisions-for-him-interview-idUSKBN1J60AR2018-06-10
Russia is Syrian President Bashar alAssads main ally in his war against an armed opposition now in its seventh year Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib/air-strikes-kill-at-least-44-in-syria-monitor-says-it-suspects-russia-idUSKCN1J40RH2018-06-08
BEIRUT Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah will remain in Syria as long as Syrian President Bashar alAssad wants it there the groups leader said on Friday defying renewed U.S. and Israeli pressure to force Tehran and its allies to quit the country Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-lebanon-hezbollah/hezbollah-leader-says-to-stay-in-syria-idUSKCN1J42FC2018-06-08
The Kremlin first launched air strikes in Syria in September 2015 in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades turning the tide of the conflict in President Bashar alAssads favor Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-russia-putin-syria/putin-says-russia-not-planning-to-withdraw-from-syria-yet-idUSKCN1J31JD2018-06-07
Syrian President Bashar alAssad has said the law is not about dispossessing anyone Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-lebanon/syria-tells-lebanon-it-wants-refugees-to-return-idUSKCN1J01OO2018-06-04
SEOUL Syrian President Bashar alAssad said he plans to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong Un North Korean state media reported on Sunday potentially the first meeting between Kim and another head of state in Pyongyang Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-syria/syrias-assad-says-will-visit-north-korea-news-agency-reports-idUSKCN1IZ0DD2018-06-03
BEIRUT President Bashar alAssad said the United States should learn the lesson of Iraq and withdraw from Syria and promised to recover areas of the country held by U.S.backed militias through negotiations or force Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/assad-says-u-s-will-leave-syria-vows-to-retake-sdf-held-areas-idUSKCN1IW0K32018-05-31
BEIRUT The United States should learn the lesson of Iraq and leave Syria President Bashar alAssad said in an interview responding to U.S. President Donald Trumps description of him as an animal by saying what you say is what you Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/assad-raises-prospect-of-u-s-clash-in-syria-hits-back-at-trump-idUSKCN1IW0K32018-05-31
BRUSSELS The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal opens the way to raising pressure on Tehran to stop its military support for Syrian President Bashar alAssad and leave the country a Syrian opposition leader said on Thursday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-opposition/eu-should-help-push-iran-out-of-syria-opposition-negotiator-idUSKCN1IW1RC2018-05-31
BEIRUT President Bashar alAssad raised the possibility of conflict with U.S. forces in Syria if they do not withdraw from the country soon Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/assad-raises-prospect-of-clashes-with-u-s-forces-in-syria-idUSKCN1IW0K32018-05-31
Russia and Iran are close allies of Syrian President Bashar alAssad Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia/only-syrian-army-should-be-on-countrys-southern-border-russia-idUSKCN1IT0U12018-05-28
AMMAN Jordan is confidant that Russia will not allow President Bashar alAssads government to wreck a ceasefire in southern Syria a Jordanian official said on Monday days after Washington said it feared that the Syrian government plans an offensive there Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-jordan/jordan-confident-russia-will-preserve-southern-syria-truce-idUSKCN1IT16F2018-05-28
Washington also cautioned Syrian President Bashar alAssad against broadening the conflict Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-warns-syria-of-firm-measures-for-ceasefire-violations-idUSKCN1IR03V2018-05-26
Previous international groups that have pitted opponents to President Bashar alAssad with his backers have until now failed to find a solution to the sevenyear civil war Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-crisis-france-russia/france-russia-to-push-coordination-mechanism-efforts-on-syria-idUSKCN1IP3FV2018-05-24
With Syrian President Bashar alAssad beating back the insurgency against him now could be the opportunity for Assad and Russia to show the Iranians out Katz said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel-usa-exclu/exclusive-israeli-minister-says-u-s-may-soon-recognize-israels-hold-on-golan-idUSKCN1IO2YU2018-05-23
That would further erode Lebanons stated policy of regional neutrality that Beirut has claimed to uphold even with Hezbollah fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-election-hezbollah/hezbollah-eyes-bigger-role-in-next-lebanon-government-idUSKCN1IO30O2018-05-23
The recovery of the enclave south of Damascus would mark another milestone in President Bashar alAssads war effort crushing the last besieged rebel enclave in western Syria Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syria-seeks-to-crush-insurgent-pocket-denies-evacuation-deal-idUSKCN1IL06X2018-05-20
MOSCOW Syrian President Bashar alAssad flew to Russian leader Vladimir Putins summer residence on the Black Sea for talks on Thursday about the Syrian conflict the Kremlin said a visit that underscored Moscows status as Assads chief backer Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-putin/syrias-assad-flies-to-russia-for-talks-with-putin-kremlin-idUSKCN1II2PD2018-05-18
The U.S. government and other countries accuse the center of helping to develop chemical weapons for the government of Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/france-freezes-assets-of-three-people-nine-firms-over-syria-chemical-weapons-idUSKCN1IJ0ND2018-05-18
Syrian President Bashar alAssad has vowed to take back every inch of Syria Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-humanitarian/2018-worst-year-in-syrias-humanitarian-crisis-u-n-official-idUSKCN1IJ2562018-05-18
MOSCOW Syrian President President Bashar alAssad traveled to the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi for talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin the Kremlin said on Thursday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-putin/syrias-assad-flies-to-russia-for-talks-with-putin-idUSKCN1II2PD2018-05-17
The government of Syrian President Bashar alAssad has denied using chemical weapons and instead has blamed rebels for staging attacks to falsely implicate his forces in the atrocities Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-chemicalweapons/chlorine-likely-used-in-february-attack-in-idlib-syria-chemical-weapons-agency-idUSKCN1IH0RK2018-05-16
Fierce offensives and evacuation deals have helped President Bashar alAssads military wrestle back control of much of Syria with support from Russia and Iran Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-enclave/last-rebels-quit-south-damascus-enclave-syrian-state-media-idUSKBN1IB2JD2018-05-10
Iran and its ally Lebanons Hezbollah have helped Syrian President Bashar alAssads military with critical support in the sevenyearold war beating back rebels and Islamic State Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/syrian-observatory-israeli-raid-in-syria-killed-iranians-idUSKBN1IA16U2018-05-09
A commander in the regional alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar alAssad told Reuters that Israels air force had struck an army base at Kisweh without causing casualties Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/syrian-state-media-says-israel-attacked-just-after-u-s-quit-iran-deal-idUSKBN1I92MI2018-05-08
BEIRUT An Israeli air strike targeted a Syrian army position in the Kisweh area south of Damascus on Tuesday but caused no casualties a commander in the regional alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar alAssad told Reuters Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-strikes/israel-targeted-syrian-army-position-pro-assad-commander-idUSKBN1I932H2018-05-08
Syria is a close ally of Iran which has helped President Bashar alAssad in his war against rebels trying to unseat him Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-syria/syria-strongly-condemns-u-s-withdrawal-from-iran-nuclear-deal-idUSKBN1I931F2018-05-08
Hezbollahbacked winners include Jamil alSayyed a retired Shiite general and former Lebanese intelligence chief who is a close friend of Syrian President Bashar alAssad according to the unofficial results Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-lebanon-election/hezbollah-allies-gain-in-lebanon-parliament-unofficial-results-idUSKBN1I804D2018-05-07
JERUSALEM Israel could respond to any Iranian attack on it from Syria by toppling Syrian President Bashar alAssads government an Israeli security cabinet minister said on Monday hinting that Assad himself may be targeted for assassination Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israeli-minister-threatens-assad-over-any-iranian-attacks-from-syria-idUSKBN1I80O42018-05-07
The United States and its allies say they were caused by chemical weapons possibly a nerve agent used by forces of the Russianback government of President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-chemicalweapons/chemical-weapons-inspectors-back-from-syrias-douma-source-idUSKBN1I51IR2018-05-04
Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in a civil war in Syria between rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-egypt/refile-update-1-egypt-says-sending-arab-troops-to-syria-a-possibility-state-newspaper-idUSL8N1SB2C72018-05-04
Syrian President Bashar alAssad has focused on dislodging rebels from their remaining besieged pockets since driving them from eastern Ghouta last month after a fierce offensive Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-rebels-start-pull-out-from-south-damascus-idUSKBN1I40KJ2018-05-03
President Bashar alAssads military and its allies have pushed to crush the last insurgent footholds around the capital Damascus through a string of offensives and withdrawal deals Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-deal/insurgents-start-leaving-south-damascus-pocket-release-hostages-idUSKBN1I23842018-05-01
NABI AYLA Lebanon A friend of Syrian President Bashar alAssad who was once one of Lebanons most powerful men is trying to make a comeback with the backing of the Iranbacked Hezbollah movement Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-election-sayyed/an-assad-ally-plots-a-comeback-in-lebanese-election-idUSKBN1I23FS2018-05-01
BEIRUT The Syrian army began an intense bombardment of a rebel enclave near Homs on Monday a war monitor said as President Bashar alAssad pushed to recapture all the remaining areas his forces have besieged Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-army-renews-push-on-besieged-areas-idUSKBN1I10HT2018-04-30
BEIRUT The Syrian army unleashed a massive bombardment against one rebel enclave on Monday and prepared for the withdrawal of insurgents from another as President Bashar alAssad pushes to crush the rebels last besieged strongholds Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/assad-renews-offensive-as-missile-strikes-raise-escalation-risk-idUSKBN1I10HT2018-04-30
The challenge for the G7 is that it also needs Moscows help to resolve the crisis in Syria where Russia and Iran are backing Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-g7-summit-foreign/g7-foreign-ministers-condemn-russian-behavior-says-it-impedes-cooperation-idUSKBN1HU1OS2018-04-24
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on Moscow to help resolve the crisis in Syria where Russia and Iran are backing Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-g7-summit-foreign/g7-foreign-ministers-summit-opposes-russias-behavior-u-s-official-idUSKBN1HT0FI2018-04-23
for years supported rebels militarily against Syrian President Bashar alAssad but ended its trainandequip program last year after changing its focus to the fight against Islamic State NeutralRIYADH Syrias chief opposition negotiator said the United States cannot afford to leave Syria as it has yet to achieve any of its goals in the region even though President Donald Trump said recently Washington would withdraw its troops http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-opposition/syrian-opposition-says-u-s-cannot-afford-to-leave-syria-yet-idUSKBN1HU14A2018-04-23
BEIRUT The Syrian army bombarded a jihadist enclave in south Damascus on Monday state television and a war monitor said as President Bashar alAssad seeks to regain all ground near the capital Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-army-targets-south-damascus-insurgent-enclave-idUSKBN1HU16E2018-04-23
The challenge for the G7 is that it also needs Moscows help to solve the crisis in Syria where Russia and Iran are backing Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-g7-summit-foreign/g7-foreign-ministers-unite-in-condemning-russian-behavior-idUSKBN1HU1OS2018-04-23
BEIRUT Syrian state TV said on Saturday that rebels had agreed to surrender an enclave northeast of Damascus and go to opposition areas at the border with Turkey a withdrawal that would clinch another victory for President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-state-tv-rebels-set-to-quit-enclave-northeast-of-damascus-idUSKBN1HS06D2018-04-21
Syrian rebels began withdrawing from an enclave northeast of Damascus on Saturday and will go to northern Syria state TV and a rebel official said in a surrender agreement that marks another victory for President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-rebels-withdraw-from-enclave-northeast-of-damascus-idUSKBN1HS06D2018-04-21
The Syrian conflict has badly damaged already strained relations between the West and Russia which backs President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-germany/german-minister-urges-russia-to-cooperate-in-solving-syria-crisis-idUSKBN1HS0OL2018-04-21
The three Western countries said their strikes were limited to Syrias chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling President Bashar alAssad or intervening in the civil war Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-egypt-france/macron-calls-sisi-to-discuss-syrian-crisis-idUSKBN1HS0NL2018-04-21
BEIRUT April 21 Syrian state TV said on Saturday that rebels had agreed to surrender an enclave northeast of Damascus and go to opposition areas at the border with Turkey a withdrawal that would clinch another victory for President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-state-tv-rebels-set-to-quit-enclave-ne-of-damascus-idUSL8N1RY0502018-04-21
BEIRUT The Syrian army bombarded jihadists in the last area outside government control near Damascus overnight as President Bashar alAssad accelerated his push to retake remaining enclaves Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-army-bombards-yarmouk-camp-war-monitor-says-idUSKBN1HR0OB2018-04-20
MOSCOW U.S. military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S300 antiaircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar alAssad Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday according to RIA state news agency Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-lavrov/russia-says-no-reason-not-to-supply-s-300-missiles-to-assad-idUSKBN1HR0LY2018-04-20
WASHINGTON U.S. assessments following the U.S. British and French missile strikes on Syria show they had only a limited impact on President Bashar alAssads ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks four U.S. officials told Reuters Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-chemicalweapons/despite-strikes-syrias-assad-can-still-wage-chemical-attacks-u-s-sources-idUSKBN1HQ06E2018-04-19
Iraqi F16 warplanes crossed into Syria to carry out the strikes after coordination with Syrian President Bashar alAssads government an Iraqi military spokesman said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-carries-out-air-strikes-on-islamic-state-in-syria-idUSKBN1HQ1KC2018-04-19
BAGHDAD Iraqs air strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria on Thursday were carried out in coordination with Syrian President Bashar alAssads government an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria-coordinatio/iraq-coordinated-with-syrian-government-on-anti-is-air-strikes-military-spokesman-idUSKBN1HQ1L62018-04-19
WASHINGTON The Pentagon said on Thursday that while there were no signs the Syrian government was preparing to launch a chemical weapons attack President Bashar alAssad still retained the ability to launch limited attacks Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/syria-retains-limited-capability-for-chemical-attack-pentagon-idUSKBN1HQ2JK2018-04-19
Iraqi F16 jets targeted the militants near the city of Hajin in coordination with the government of Syrian President Bashar alAssad an Iraqi military spokesman said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraqi-warplanes-attack-islamic-state-positions-in-syria-idUSKBN1HQ1KC2018-04-19
Russia and Iran back President Bashar alAssad in the Syrian war now in its eighth year a conflict that has claimed 500000 lives Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-un/russias-lavrov-to-hold-talks-with-u-n-syria-envoy-idUSKBN1HP15T2018-04-18
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that Washington was preparing new sanctions on Russia over its support of Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions/trump-administration-delays-new-sanctions-on-russia-official-idUSKBN1HN20O2018-04-17
Israel has army locations many times in the course of the conflict hitting convoys and bases of Iranianbacked militias that fight President Bashar al Assads forces Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-missiles/syrian-air-defenses-shoot-down-missiles-over-two-air-bases-state-tv-hezbollah-idUSKBN1HN3272018-04-17
Recovering the Yarmouk camp and neighboring areas located south of the city would give President Bashar alAssad complete control over Syrias capital further consolidating his grip on power Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/assad-prepares-to-assault-last-rebel-enclave-near-damascus-idUSKBN1HO1JC2018-04-17
The European Union has already imposed a range of economic sanctions on Syrian President Bashar alAssads government cutting off most diplomatic and economic links but to no avail Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-eu/eu-cool-to-u-s-plan-for-new-russia-sanctions-over-syria-idUSKBN1HN16P2018-04-16
Maas was asked whether Syrian President Bashar alAssad could be part of a solution to the crisis in Syria Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-germany/assad-cannot-be-part-of-syria-solution-german-minister-idUSKBN1HN0QY2018-04-16
Saturdays strikes marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his ally Russia which is facing further economic sanctions over its role in the conflict Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/finance/article/us-global-markets/bond-yields-rise-oil-prices-drop-after-syria-strikes-idUSKBN1HN00T2018-04-16
Trading however remained cautious as tensions between Western powers and Russia persisted and markets braced for new U.S. sanctions on Russia over its continued support of Syrian President Basharal Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/us-europe-stocks/european-shares-steady-ahead-of-new-u-s-sanctions-on-russia-idUSKBN1HN0UO2018-04-16
But Washington said on Sunday it would impose further sanctions against Russia on Monday over Moscows support for Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/russia-markets/russian-rouble-and-stocks-slide-on-new-sanctions-fears-lower-oil-idUSL8N1RT1GA2018-04-16
DAMASCUS International inspectors were to try on Monday to visit the site of a suspected gas attack which brought U.S.led missile strikes on Syria and heightened the diplomatic confrontation between the West and President Bashar alAssads main ally Russia Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/inspectors-push-to-visit-suspected-syria-gas-attack-site-after-western-strikes-idUSKBN1HN1EC2018-04-16
The countries said the missile strikes targeted Syrias chemical weapons capabilities and were not aimed at toppling Syrian President Bashar alAssad or intervening in the civil war Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/finance/article/us-usa-stocks/futures-rise-on-hope-syria-conflict-will-not-escalate-idUSKBN1HN1KS2018-04-16
Trading remained cautious as tensions between Western powers and Russia persisted and markets braced for new U.S. sanctions on Russia over its continued support of Syrian President Basharal Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/us-europe-stocks/european-shares-dip-ahead-of-new-u-s-sanctions-on-russia-idUSKBN1HN0UO2018-04-16
PARIS France has begun the process of stripping Syrian President Bashar alAssad of his Legion of Honour award the countrys highest distinction a source in the French presidents office said on Monday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/france-launches-process-to-revoke-assads-legion-of-honour-idUSKBN1HN2SP2018-04-16
However the meeting was overshadowed by U.S. air strikes in Syria in retaliation for what Washington said was a chemical weapons attack by President Bashar alAssads government Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-amers-summit/u-s-urges-regional-leaders-to-isolate-venezuelas-maduro-idUSKBN1HL1342018-04-15
She said the missile attacks had been aimed at deterring President Bashar alAssads further use of chemical weapons and were not an attempt to topple the Syrian government Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-britain/britain-joins-syria-strikes-to-deter-chemical-attacks-idUSKBN1HL0372018-04-15
MOSCOW Syrian President Bashar alAssad told a group of Russian lawmakers on Sunday that Western missile strikes on his country were an act of aggression Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad-russia/syrias-assad-tells-russian-lawmakers-western-strikes-were-act-of-aggression-idUSKBN1HM0832018-04-15
LONDON There are no plans as yet to repeat missile strikes on Syria but Britain will consider further action if President Bashar alAssad again uses chemical weapons against his people foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/euro-zonehttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-britain/no-new-attacks-planned-against-syria-for-now-says-britain-idUSKBN1HM0FU2018-04-15
LONDON Britain will study the with its allies if President Bashar alAssad again uses chemical weapons against his people in Syria but as yet there is nothing planned foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/euro-zonehttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-britain-johnson/britain-to-study-options-if-syrias-assad-uses-chemical-weapons-again-foreign-minister-idUSKBN1HM0902018-04-15
WASHINGTON The United States is preparing new sanctions on Russia over its continued support of Syrian President Basharal Assad the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sanctions/u-s-preparing-new-sanctions-on-russia-over-syria-haley-says-idUSKBN1HM0OQ2018-04-15
WASHINGTON The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday that the United States will not have any oneonone talks with Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks/u-s-haley-rules-out-one-on-one-talks-with-syrias-assad-idUSKBN1HM0N92018-04-15
MOSCOW Syrian President Bashar alAssads children last year visited a holiday camp in Russianannexed Crimea the RIA news agency cited a Russian lawmaker as saying on Sunday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-children/assads-children-visited-crimean-holiday-camp-russian-lawmaker-says-idUSKBN1HM0M12018-04-15
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said earlier on Sunday that Washington was preparing new sanctions against Russia over its support for Syrian President Basharal Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sanctions-russia/new-u-s-sanctions-will-hurt-washington-and-europe-more-than-russia-lawmaker-idUSKBN1HM0UQ2018-04-15
BEIRUT The Syrian presidency posted a video that appeared to show President Bashar alAssad arriving for work on Saturday hours after a U.S.led strike on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapon attack Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/syrias-assad-shown-arriving-for-work-in-presidency-video-idUSKBN1HL0CK2018-04-14
WASHINGTON The United States and its allies fired more than 100 missiles at Syria on Friday in a onetime the Pentagon said followed evidence that Syrian President Bashar alAssad was responsible for a chemical weapons attack using at least chlorine gas Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-mattis/u-s-fires-one-time-shot-at-syria-after-chlorine-attack-idUSKBN1HL04K2018-04-14
Russia an ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad has responded angrily to the strikes while Syrian state media called them a flagrant violation of international law Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-rockets/most-rockets-in-western-attacks-on-syria-were-intercepted-russia-idUSKBN1HL0AY2018-04-14
JERUSALEM U.S.led strikes in Syria have enforced a red line set for President Bashar alAssad on the use of chemical weapons an Israeli official said on Saturday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-says-u-s-led-strikes-have-enforced-syria-red-line-idUSKBN1HL0A42018-04-14
BEIRUT Sites hit in a U.S.led strike in Syria on Saturday included an air base west of Damascus near the Lebanese border a commander in the regional military alliance that backs President Bashar alAssad said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-targets/syrian-air-base-near-lebanese-border-struck-in-attack-pro-assad-commander-idUSKBN1HL09C2018-04-14
This action was proportionate and targeted it was not aimed at President Bashar Assads allies nor at the civilian Foreign minister JeanYves Le Drian told journalists Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/france-orders-military-action-in-syria-with-u-s-britain-idUSKBN1HL03S2018-04-14
BEIRUT April 14 A U.S.led attack on Syria will be seen as limited if it is now over and there is no second round of strikes said a senior official in the regional alliance that has supported President Bashar alAssad in the Syrian war Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-official/western-attack-on-syria-seen-as-limited-if-now-over-senior-pro-assad-official-idUSL8N1RR06G2018-04-14
This action was proportionate and targeted it was not aimed at President Bashar Assads allies nor at the civilian Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian said in a televised statement Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/france-orders-military-action-in-syria-with-u-s-britain-idUSKBN1HL03S2018-04-14
LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May declined to say on Saturday whether Syrian President Bashar alAssad should stay in power and said talks with allies would continue on finding a political solution to the civil war Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-britain-may-assa/british-pm-may-declines-to-say-whether-assad-can-stay-after-missile-strikes-idUSKBN1HL0IG2018-04-14
LONDON Britain struck Syria with airlaunched cruise missiles on Saturday to cripple President Bashar alAssads chemical weapons facilities and prevent what Prime Minister Theresa May cast as a global slide towards their greater use Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-britain/britain-attacks-syria-with-cruise-missiles-to-deter-more-chemical-attacks-idUSKBN1HL0372018-04-14
BEIRUT President Bashar alAssad told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani that a U.S.led attack on Saturday would increase Syrias resolve to fight and crush terrorism in every of the country the Syrian presidency said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad-iran/syrias-assad-vows-to-crush-terrorism-after-western-attack-idUSKBN1HL0NG2018-04-14
This action was proportionate and targeted it was not aimed at President Bashar Assads allies nor at the civilian Le Drian said in a televised statement Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/france-syria-strikes-aim-met-more-possible-if-red-line-crossed-idUSKBN1HL03S2018-04-14
Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syrias chemical weapons program but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar alAssads progress in the 7yearold civil war Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria/u-s-says-air-strikes-cripple-syria-chemical-weapons-program-idUSKBN1HK16M2018-04-14
UNITED NATIONS The United States is locked and to strike again if Syrias President Bashar alAssads government again uses chemical weapons U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council on Saturday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un-usa/if-syria-uses-toxic-gas-again-u-s-locked-and-loaded-u-n-envoy-haley-idUSKBN1HL1212018-04-14
Washington blamed Syrian President Bashar alAssads government for the attack and together with Britain and France launched missile strikes overnight on what it said were Syrian chemical weapons facilities Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-amers-summit/canada-backs-syria-strikes-but-others-at-americas-summit-concerned-idUSKBN1HL1342018-04-14
The allies of Syrian President Bashar alAssad were eager on Friday to lay blame for the crisis not with him but with Trump Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/threat-of-u-s-russia-clash-hangs-over-syria-idUSKBN1HJ0ZS2018-04-13
The heavily armed Shiite Hezbollah movement has been a vital military ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad in the sevenyear war Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-hezbollah/assad-ally-hezbollah-does-not-see-total-war-over-syria-idUSKBN1HK0XN2018-04-13
UNITED NATIONS U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Friday that Washington estimates that Syrian President Bashar alAssads forces have used chemical weapons at least 50 times during the sevenyearlong conflict Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un-usa/u-s-envoy-to-u-n-says-syria-used-chemical-weapons-50-times-idUSKBN1HK2432018-04-13
The heavily armed and Tehranbacked Shiite movement has been a vital military ally of President Bashar alAssad in the sevenyearold Syrian war Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-hezbollah/assad-ally-hezbollah-plays-down-total-war-risk-over-syria-idUSKBN1HK0XN2018-04-13
U.S. President Donald Trump earlier on Wednesday warned Russia of imminent military action in Syria and he lambasted Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-britain-cabinet/uks-may-to-hold-unscheduled-cabinet-meeting-on-thursday-idUSKBN1HI36P2018-04-12
BEIRUT The Syrian government and its allies are in consultation over U.S. threats of military action and have options an adviser to President Bashar alAssad was quoted as saying in an interview with a Lebanese channel on Wednesday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-shaaban/assad-adviser-says-syrian-government-allies-consulting-idUSKBN1HI3362018-04-12
Trump declared that missiles will be in Syria taunting Russia for supporting Syrian President Bashar alAssad after a suspected chemical attack on rebels Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/finance/article/us-global-markets/stocks-on-edge-oil-soars-on-escalating-middle-east-tensions-idUSKBN1HJ0302018-04-12
Syrian government forces have raised their flag over the last rebel bastion in eastern Ghouta taking full control of the town of Douma as insurgents withdraw Russian news agencies reported on Thursday sealing a major victory for President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-douma/syrian-government-raises-flag-in-douma-russian-agencies-idUSKBN1HJ0I82018-04-12
DUBLIN Germany expects to be consulted before any Western allies conduct an attack on Syrian President Bashar alAssads forces as the allies must be united on the matter Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-germany/germany-expects-to-be-consulted-before-any-attack-on-syria-foreign-minister-idUSKBN1HJ1G12018-04-12
BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar alAssad said any potential action by Western states would cause more instability in the region Syrian state television reported on Thursday as the United States and its allies weigh strikes against Syria Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/syrias-assad-any-western-action-will-destabilize-region-idUSKBN1HJ1C82018-04-12
U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria declaring that missiles will be and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-britain/british-pm-may-summons-ministers-to-discuss-possible-military-action-in-syria-idUSKBN1HJ0V32018-04-12
U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/emerging-markets/emerging-markets-russian-rouble-rebounds-syria-tensions-weigh-idUSL8N1RP1HC2018-04-12
BEIRUT Russia and Irans support have been vital for President Bashar alAssads military in the sevenyear Syrian war far outweighing any support for rebel factions including from the United States Turkey and Gulf Arab states Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-allies-factbox/factbox-assads-foreign-backers-in-syrias-war-idUSKBN1HJ2DE2018-04-12
Iran and Russia Syrian President Bashar alAssads two biggest allies have sworn they will stand with Damascus in the face of possible Western military action Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-douma/senior-iranian-official-hopes-u-s-forces-will-be-driven-from-syria-idUSKBN1HJ0I82018-04-12
UNITED Russia and the United States tangled on Tuesday at the United Nations over the use of chemical weapons in Syria as Washington and its allies considered whether to strike at President Bashar alAssads forces over a suspected poison gas attack last weekend Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/u-s-russia-clash-at-u-n-over-chemical-weapons-attacks-in-syria-idUSKBN1HG0D82018-04-11
The United States and its allies are considering air strikes against Syrian President Bashar alAssads forces following a suspected poison gas attack last weekend Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil/oil-dips-on-rising-u-s-supplies-market-still-tense-on-conflict-in-syria-idUSKBN1HI04C2018-04-11
The United States and its allies are considering a strike against Syrian President Bashar alAssads forces following a suspected poison gas attack last weekend Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/global-oil/oil-prices-near-2014-highs-over-warnings-of-western-air-strikes-against-syria-idUSL3N1RO08C2018-04-11
The U.S. has stepped up the pressure over a suspected poison gas attack by the forces of Syrias President Bashar Assad last weekend clashing with Russia at the United Nations Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/emerging-markets/emerging-markets-rouble-and-lira-feel-the-heat-as-geopolitical-tensions-rise-idUSL8N1RN5C52018-04-11
U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack declaring that missiles will be and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/missiles-will-be-coming-to-syria-trump-warns-russia-idUSKBN1HI1BY2018-04-11
As a reply U.S. President Donald Trump declared that missiles will be and blasted Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-stocks/wall-street-set-for-losses-as-u-s-russia-tensions-weigh-idUSKBN1HI1OG2018-04-11
Trump has criticized Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil/brent-hits-highest-since-2014-after-trump-warns-missiles-will-be-coming-idUSKBN1HI04C2018-04-11
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Russia of a forthcoming response to suspected chemical attack in Syria declaring that missiles will be and blasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-trump/trump-warns-missiles-will-be-coming-in-syria-idUSKBN1HI1L22018-04-11
MOSCOW A group of Russian lawmakers plans to meet Syrian President Bashar alAssad Interfax news agency reported citing a Russian lawmaker Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russian-lawmaker/russian-lawmakers-plan-to-meet-syrias-assad-ifax-idUSKBN1HI1GM2018-04-11
Trump who has criticized Russia for standing by Syrian President Bashar alAssad shot back in a message on Twitter early on Wednesday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-global-markets/global-stocks-fall-oil-jumps-as-tensions-mount-in-the-middle-east-idUSKBN1HI0202018-04-11
7753 percent after U.S. President Donald Trump declared that missiles will be and blasted Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/finance/article/us-usa-stocks/wall-street-slips-on-rising-u-s-russia-tensions-over-syria-idUSKBN1HI1OG2018-04-11
Mandelker speaking in London said Iran was using money to support Hezbollah Hamas and Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa-sanctions/united-states-says-risks-remain-for-those-considering-doing-business-with-iran-idUSKBN1HH15O2018-04-10
The deal restores President Bashar alAssads control over the entire eastern Ghouta formerly the biggest rebel bastion near Damascus Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/syrian-rebels-evacuated-from-douma-reach-northwest-monitor-idUSKBN1HH19M2018-04-10
President Bashar alAssads government and Russia his most powerful ally said there was no evidence that a gas attack had taken place and the claim was bogus Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/seeking-to-avert-u-s-response-russia-proposes-inspection-of-syria-attack-site-idUSKBN1HG0D82018-04-10
Irans military help has been crucial for Syrian President Bashar alAssad in his war against rebel groups since 2011 and Velayati also visited Syria in November Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-airfield/irans-velayati-says-israel-to-meet-response-over-air-base-mayadeen-idUSKBN1HH1FC2018-04-10
Syrian President Bashar alAssads government and Russia its main ally said there was no evidence that a gas attack had taken place and the claim was bogus Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/international-experts-to-inspect-attack-site-in-syria-as-u-s-ponders-response-idUSKBN1HG0D82018-04-10
Israel has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict hitting convoys and bases of Iranianbacked militias that fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assads forces Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-meast-crisis-syria-airfield/syria-says-suspected-u-s-missiles-fired-at-air-base-washington-denies-strike-idUSKBN1HG04Q2018-04-09
Russia President Bashar alAssads most powerful ally called the reports fake Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-meast-crisis-syria-airfield/syria-says-suspected-u-s-missiles-fired-at-air-base-washington-denies-strike-idUSKBN1HG04Q2018-04-09
AMMAN Syria and its main ally Russia blamed Israel for carrying out an attack on a Syrian air base near Homs on Monday which followed reports of a poison gas attack by President Bashar alAssads forces on a rebelheld town Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syria-russia-accuse-israel-over-strike-on-syrian-air-base-idUSKBN1HG0D82018-04-09
The Syrian government of President Bashar alAssad is blamed by the Joint Investigative Mechanism for the sarin attack on oppositionheld Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens of people Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-opcw-timeline/timeline-of-investigations-into-syrias-chemical-weapons-idUSKBN1HG1M72018-04-09
BERLIN Germany on Monday condemned the use of chemical weapons in Douma a rebelheld town in Syrias eastern Ghouta and said the circumstances pointed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar alAssad being responsible for the attack Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-germany/germany-condemns-syria-gas-attack-says-evidence-points-to-assad-idUSKBN1HG19U2018-04-09
Mondays statements were unusual for Russia which has generally been reticent about Israeli strikes in Syria even as it tries to shore up President Bashar alAssads rule Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-meast-crisis-syria-airfield/syria-russia-accuse-israel-of-missile-attack-on-air-base-idUSKBN1HG04Q2018-04-09
Mattis had been asked if the U.S. was capable of striking President Syrian President Bashar alAssads chemical weapons facilities Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-mattis/mattis-does-not-rule-out-anything-after-suspected-syria-gas-attack-idUSKBN1HG1ZH2018-04-09
COPENHAGEN Countries backing Syrian President Bashar alAssads government should be held to account along with the Syrian leader British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday responding to a suspected poison gas attack on the rebelheld town of Douma Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-may/uk-pm-may-backers-of-syrian-government-must-be-held-to-account-idUSKBN1HG1ZP2018-04-09
The sources also said the U.S. government had not yet conclusively determined whether the attack was carried out by President Bashar alAssads Syrian government forces Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assessment/initial-u-s-assessment-suggests-nerve-agent-used-in-syria-attack-sources-idUSKBN1HG2C22018-04-09
But two days on the White House was still only able to say that the attack fits the pattern of Syrian President Bashar alAssads chemical weapon use Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/trump-vows-quick-action-on-barbaric-syria-chemical-attack-idUSKBN1HG0D82018-04-09
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said Syrian President Bashar alAssad will have a big price to for launching a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians and blamed Iran and Russian President Vladimir Putin for backing animal Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-syria-trump/trump-threatens-to-retaliate-on-syria-for-chemical-weapons-attack-idUSKBN1HF0JX2018-04-08
The Syrian state denied government forces had launched any chemical attack and Russia President Bashar alAssads most powerful ally called the reports bogus Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-attack/trump-says-big-price-to-pay-for-syria-chemical-attack-idUSKBN1HE0RR2018-04-08
BRUSSELS The evidence points to the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar alAssads forces against a besieged rebelheld town in Syria the European Union said on Sunday calling for an international response Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-gouta-eu/eu-calls-for-response-to-yet-another-chemical-attack-in-syria-idUSKBN1HF0PQ2018-04-08
BEIRUT The Syrian government launched a fierce air and ground assault on the last rebelheld town in eastern Ghouta on Friday killing at least 32 people in a bid to seal President Bashar alAssads biggest victory since 2016 a war monitor said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-douma/syrian-government-launches-assault-on-rebel-held-douma-idUSKCN1HD1VO2018-04-06
The Syria summit brings together two powers which have been President Bashar alAssads most forceful supporters Iran and Russia with one of his strongest opponents Turkey Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/russia-iran-and-turkey-struggle-to-find-common-ground-on-syria-idUSKCN1HA1MZ2018-04-03
Backed by Russia the assault has underlined President Bashar alAssads unassailable position in the war Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta-mother/syrian-mother-hopes-to-reunite-family-shattered-by-war-idUSKBN1H70A82018-03-31
Eastern Ghouta an early center of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar alAssad was until last month the biggest and most populous remaining rebel stronghold near the capital Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/operation-in-syrias-ghouta-nearly-over-russia-says-idUSKBN1H523T2018-03-29
Riyadh supports rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar alAssads army while Russian and Iranian forces have backed Assad meaning that Russia effectively sides with Iran Riyadhs regional archfoe Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-saudi-oil-exclusive/exclusive-opec-russia-consider-10-20-year-oil-alliance-saudi-crown-prince-idUSKBN1H31SK2018-03-27
BEIRUT Syrian rebel factions are blaming each other for opening the way to their defeat near Damascus underlining splits that plagued the armed uprising against President Bashar alAssad since its earliest days Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta-rebels/in-face-of-ghouta-defeat-syrian-rebels-blame-each-other-idUSKBN1H21VX2018-03-26
Russia is supporting Syrian President Bashar alAssad in his war against rebel fighters some of whom are backed by Turkey an ally of Qatar Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-russia-qatar-airport/qatar-airways-plans-to-buy-stake-in-russian-airport-as-emir-visits-moscow-idUSKBN1H211O2018-03-26
Capturing eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus would be Syrian President Bashar alAssads biggest victory over the rebels since driving them from Aleppo in December 2016 Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/more-syrian-rebels-agree-to-leave-eastern-ghouta-state-tv-idUSKBN1GZ0VO2018-03-23
A military media unit run by Syrian President Bashar alAssads ally Hezbollah said 1500 fighters and 6000 family members had agreed to leave Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/syria-rebels-depart-eastern-ghouta-town-on-government-buses-in-first-surrender-idUSKBN1GY10H2018-03-22
The Syrian conflict grew out of popular protests against President Bashar alAssad in 2011 and evolved into civil war after the government responded with force Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-crisis-women/womens-army-vows-to-fight-on-in-syria-after-britons-death-idUSKBN1GW2SH2018-03-21
Idlib is the largest most populous area still held by rebels seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar alAssad whose forces are backed in the war by Russian air power Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-strike/strike-in-northwest-syria-kills-20-including-16-children-monitor-idUSKBN1GX1X02018-03-21
Russia is the largest international backer of Syrian President Bashar alAssad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un/russia-blocks-u-n-security-council-meeting-on-human-rights-in-syria-idUSKBN1GV2TQ2018-03-20
Iran has provided critical military support to the Syrian President Bashar alAssad helping his army regain swathes of land from rebels and militants in recent months Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-politics-new-year/iranian-leader-says-tehran-has-defused-regional-threats-idUSKBN1GW2DF2018-03-20
Iran has provided critical military support to Syrian President Bashar alAssad helping his army regain swathes of land from rebels and militants in recent months Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-politics-new-year/iranian-leader-says-tehran-has-defused-regional-threats-idUSKBN1GW2DF2018-03-20
BEIRUT President Bashar alAssad flaunted government advances in Syrias sevenyear war by filming himself driving to meet frontline soldiers near Damascus making a video of the journey from the city center into areas recently recaptured Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta-assad/assad-films-himself-driving-to-ghouta-to-demonstrate-victory-idUSKBN1GV1FL2018-03-19
Syrian President Bashar alAssad on Sunday visited Syrian soldiers who appear close to defeating the last major opposition foothold near Damascus and met some of the many thousands of people uprooted during the government offensive Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/syrias-assad-visits-army-in-eastern-ghouta-as-rebels-in-talks-idUSKBN1GU0DL2018-03-18
BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar alAssad on Sunday visited army positions in Syrias eastern Ghouta the presidents Telegram account said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta-assad/syrian-president-assad-visits-army-positions-in-eastern-ghouta-state-media-idUSKBN1GU0MO2018-03-18
The harrowing tales of the three men they dont know each other but all risked their lives by siding against President Bashar alAssad help show why the rebellion is failing Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-rebels-insight/the-lives-of-three-men-show-why-syrias-rebels-are-losing-idUSKCN1GR1RB2018-03-15
BEIRUT Syrias war is reaching a point where President Bashar alAssads will not be able to win back much more territory without risking conflicts with foreign powers that have sent military forces to the country Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-explainer/explainer-foreign-powers-obstruct-more-assad-gains-in-syria-idUSKCN1GR1RR2018-03-15
Russia is Syrian President Bashar main military ally in the conflict Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-egeland/u-n-adviser-egeland-says-tremendous-battles-still-loom-in-syria-idUSKCN1GQ2562018-03-14
Russia backs Syrian President Bashar alAssad in that civil war while the United States has backed rebel groups opposed to him Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-usa-gener/russian-u-s-top-generals-discuss-syria-by-phone-idUSKCN1GP2PS2018-03-13
Syrian President Bashar forces backed by Russia and Iran say they are groups shelling the capital Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-nuclear/u-s-general-signals-support-for-iran-nuclear-deal-idUSKCN1GP2032018-03-13
UNITED NATIONS The United States pushed the United Nations Security Council on Monday to demand a ceasefire in Damascus and rebelheld eastern Ghouta where Syrian President Bashar forces say they are targeting groups who are shelling the capital NegativeUNITED NATIONS The United States pushed the United Nations Security Council on Monday to demand a ceasefire in Damascus and rebelheld eastern Ghouta where Syrian President Bashar forces say they are targeting groups who are shelling the capital http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un-resolution/u-s-pushes-u-n-to-demand-truce-in-syrias-east-ghouta-damascus-idUSKCN1GO1ZJ2018-03-12
Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his ally Russia see the rebels as terrorist groups and say their offensive is needed to end the rule over eastern large population NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian army broke apart the rebel enclave in eastern Ghouta on Sunday cutting off two major towns from the rest of the area state media said after a fierce battle waged under cover of an unrelenting bombardment http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/syrian-army-splinters-rebel-enclave-in-ghouta-onslaught-idUSKCN1GN0952018-03-11
Syrian President Bashar alAssad has vowed to continue the offensive in eastern Ghouta one of the deadliest in the war NegativeMUSCAT U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Syria on Sunday it would be very for government forces to use weaponized gas as he cited unconfirmed reports of chlorine attacks in eastern Ghouta and slammed Russian support for Damascus http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-crisis-usa-mattis/u-s-warns-unwise-for-syria-to-use-weaponized-gas-slams-russia-idUSKCN1GN0CK2018-03-11
In his social media posts Najem has criticized Syrian President Bashar alAssad and Russian intervention in the war NegativeAmid the unrelenting air strikes on eastern Ghouta a 15yearold Syrian boy braves the bombing to film what is left of the battered rebel enclave http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-teenager/syrian-teen-post-videos-from-the-rubble-of-eastern-ghouta-idUSKCN1GL2EK2018-03-10
Such deals accept state rule or leave have helped President Bashar military claw back control of major cities with support from Russia and Iran NegativeEASTERN GHOUTA Abu Alma has holed up in a basement for two weeks with his wife and baby daughter http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta-residents/in-the-cellars-of-eastern-ghouta-syrians-wait-in-fear-idUSKCN1GL1I62018-03-10
Syrian President Bashar alAssad and Russia his main ally say the campaign is needed to end rebel shelling of Damascus and end the rule of Islamist insurgents over the civilians NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian army intensified its onslaught in eastern Ghouta on Saturday with advances that a war monitor and state media said had splintered the enclave though a rebel official denied this http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/syrian-army-gains-ground-in-intensified-ghouta-assault-idUSKBN1GM0902018-03-10
PARIS French Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian on Thursday pressed Russia and Iran to use their influence over President Bashar alAssad to ensure Damascus respects a UN resolution calling for a 30day ceasfire NegativePARIS French Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian on Thursday pressed Russia and Iran to use their influence over President Bashar alAssad to ensure Damascus respects a U.N. resolution calling for a 30day ceasfire http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/france-again-presses-russia-iran-to-ensure-syria-respects-ceasefire-idUSKCN1GK0OX2018-03-08
Tehran supports President Bashar alAssad in the war against rebel forces including groups backed by the West and is an ally of enemy Hezbollah in Lebanon NegativeLONDON Iran will not negotiate with the West over its presence in the Middle East Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said days after the visiting French foreign minister sought to discuss role in regional conflicts http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa-middleeast/irans-khamenei-says-wont-negotiate-with-west-over-regional-presence-idUSKCN1GK1HY2018-03-08
Russia President Bashar most powerful ally has offered to give rebel fighters safe passage out of eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus with their families and personal weapons PositiveBEIRUT Syrian rebels in eastern Ghouta will defend the territory and there are no negotiations over a withdrawal that has been proposed by Russia the military spokesman for one of the main eastern Ghouta rebel groups said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/syrian-rebels-say-will-defend-ghouta-not-negotiating-withdrawal-idUSKCN1GJ0LS2018-03-07
Relations suffered further from annexation of Crimea and its military backing for Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeSALISBURY England Britain said on Wednesday that investigators now knew more about a mystery substance that struck down a former Russian double agent and his daughter in an English city in a case that threatens to further damage already strained ties with Moscow http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-britain-russia/britain-knows-more-about-mystery-substance-behind-illness-of-russian-double-agent-idUSKCN1GJ0SX2018-03-07
The Russian military has offered Syrian rebels safe passage out of eastern Ghouta setting out a proposal to let the opposition surrender its last major stronghold near Damascus to President Bashar alAssad PositiveThe Russian military has offered Syrian rebels safe passage out of eastern Ghouta setting out a proposal to let the opposition surrender its last major stronghold near Damascus to President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta-russia/russia-offers-rebels-safe-passage-out-of-eastern-ghouta-idUSKCN1GI0PE2018-03-06
The Russian military has offered Syrian rebels safe passage out of eastern Ghouta setting out a proposal to let the insurgents surrender their last major stronghold near Damascus to President Bashar alAssad which fighters have so far rejected PositiveThe Russian military has offered Syrian rebels safe passage out of eastern Ghouta setting out a proposal to let the insurgents surrender their last major stronghold near Damascus to President Bashar alAssad which fighters have so far rejected http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta-russia/russia-offers-rebels-safe-passage-out-of-eastern-ghouta-idUSKCN1GI0PE2018-03-06
The AfD in November proposed repatriating half a million Syrian refugees saying the war was nearly over and that President Bashar alAssad had urged refugees to return home NegativeBERLIN Lawmakers from the Alternative for Germany are on a factfinding trip to Syria said members of the antiimmigrant group which wants Syria to be classified a safe country of origin in a move that would make it easier to deport failed asylum seekers http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-politics-afd/eager-to-deport-migrants-german-afd-scouts-out-syria-situation-idUSKCN1GI27N2018-03-06
Israel has accused Tehran of seeking a permanent military presence in Syria where Iranianbacked forces support Syrian President Bashar alAssad in a civil war NegativeU.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold talks on Monday that offer a chance to project a common front against Iran but are expected to do little to advance seemingly stalled IsraeliPalestinian peace prospects http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-israel/trump-netanyahu-meeting-is-chance-to-project-common-front-vs-iran-idUSKBN1GH0KZ2018-03-05
Syrian President Bashar alAssad vowed on Sunday to continue the offensive in eastern Ghouta one of the deadliest in the war NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Sunday made its strongest accusation to date of complicity in civilian deaths in Syria saying Russian aircraft flew bombing missions over the besieged eastern Ghouta region in defiance of a United Nations ceasefire http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta-whitehous/white-house-accuses-russia-of-killing-civilians-in-syria-idUSKBN1GG11Q2018-03-05
Tehran supports Syrian President Bashar alAssad against rebels including groups backed by the West and backs enemy Hezbollah in Lebanon NegativeTEHRAN foreign minister traveled to Iran on Monday to reaffirm commitment to a nuclear deal that opened the Iranian economy to investment but also to echo concerns raised by U.S. President Donald Trump who has threatened to quit the agreement http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-france/french-minister-to-lay-out-concerns-on-ballistics-regional-role-in-iran-visit-idUSKBN1GH05E2018-03-05
Syrian President Bashar alAssad vowed to continue an offensive in eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Sunday as his forces advanced into the last major rebel enclave near the capital NegativeSyrian President Bashar alAssad vowed to continue an offensive in eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Sunday as his forces advanced into the last major rebel enclave near the capital http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/assad-vows-to-press-ghouta-assault-as-civilians-flee-government-advances-idUSKBN1GG09E2018-03-05
Tehran supports Syrian President Bashar alAssad against rebels including groups backed by the West and also backs enemy Hezbollah in Lebanon NegativeTEHRAN foreign minister visited Iran on Monday on a delicate mission to reaffirm support for a nuclear deal that opened economy while echoing U.S. concern about missile program and role in regional conflicts http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-france/french-minister-in-iran-to-reaffirm-nuclear-deal-but-set-out-concerns-on-missiles-idUSKBN1GH05E2018-03-05
Government forces need to advance just a few more kilometres further to split the enclave in two said a commander in the alliance that backs President Bashar alAssad NegativeThousands of civilians have fled advances by Syrian government forces in eastern Ghouta in the last two days a war monitor and a resident said as Damascus makes rapid gains against the last major rebel enclave near the capital http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/syrians-flee-government-advances-in-eastern-ghouta-douma-convoy-approved-idUSKBN1GG09E2018-03-04
BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar alAssad said on Sunday that a military operation against the eastern Ghouta area near Damascus would continue and in parallel civilians would be allowed to leave the rebelheld area NegativeBEIRUT Syrian President Bashar alAssad said on Sunday that a military operation against the eastern Ghouta area near Damascus would continue and in parallel civilians would be allowed to leave the rebelheld area http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/syrias-assad-says-ghouta-operation-will-continue-idUSKBN1GG0XY2018-03-04
A commander in the military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar alAssad said fighting was underway in alShayfouniya without giving further details NegativeBEIRUT Syrian government forces took almost complete control of the town of alShayfouniya in eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Saturday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pressing an assault into the last rebel stronghold near the capital http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/syrian-government-forces-make-new-eastern-ghouta-advance-observatory-idUSKCN1GF0G82018-03-03
Iran backs Syrian President Bashar alAssad in his almost sevenyearold civil war Muslim militias in Iraq Houthi rebels in Yemen and Hezbollah NegativeEuropean powers and Iran have started talks over role in the Middle East and will meet again this month in Italy as part of efforts to prove to U.S. President Donald Trump that they are meeting his concerns over the 2015 nuclear deal http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-europeans/europeans-engage-with-iran-on-regional-issues-as-trump-deadline-nears-idUSKCN1GD5TZ2018-03-01
Still Hezbollah has sent thousands of its fighters across the border to support Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeBEIRUT Lebanese Prime Minister Saad alHariri left for Riyadh late on Tuesday his media office said for his first to the Saudi capital since he abruptly resigned there in November http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-lebanon-hariri/lebanons-hariri-leaves-for-riyadh-on-first-visit-since-resignation-idUSKCN1GC0GO2018-02-28
After helping turn the tide of the war in Syria in favor of its ally President Bashar alAssad Russia has cast itself as a Middle East peace broker NegativeBRUSSELS The European top diplomat has written to the foreign ministers of Russia Iran and Turkey urging them to uphold a ceasefire in eastern Ghouta and allow aid into besieged areas http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-eu/in-letter-to-iran-russia-turkey-eu-demands-end-to-fighting-in-syria-idUSKCN1GC1RX2018-02-28
Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri whose government backs Syrian President Bashar alAssad said Tehran and Damascus would respect the UN resolution NegativeBEIRUT Iran said proDamascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital as ground fighting raged on there in defiance of a U.N. resolution demanding a 30day truce across the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/iran-says-damascus-suburbs-assault-to-continue-as-fighting-rages-idUSKCN1G90BL2018-02-25
The delay followed a flurry of lastminute negotiations on the text drafted by Sweden and Kuwait after Russia a vetoholding ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad proposed new amendments NegativeUNITED The U.N. Security Council on Friday delayed a vote on a demand for a 30day ceasefire in Syria where progovernment warplanes have been pounding the last rebel bastion near Damascus in one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the sevenyear civil war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/u-n-security-council-delays-vote-on-syria-ceasefire-resolution-idUSKCN1G70XH2018-02-24
ProDamascus militias arrived in the northwesterly Afrin region late on Tuesday in response to a request by the YPG to Syrian President Bashar government Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/kurdish-ypg-militia-urges-syrian-army-to-help-it-stop-turkey-idUSKCN1G612F2018-02-23
The YPG has called on Syrian President Bashar government to send troops to the Afrin region in the northwest and proDamascus militias arrived there late on Tuesday NegativeThe Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Thursday that fighters backing the Syrian government were deploying on the frontlines to help repel a Turkish assault but that assistance would be needed from the Syrian army itself http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/kurdish-ypg-militia-says-syrian-army-must-come-help-stop-turkey-idUSKCN1G612F2018-02-22
Russia supports President Bashar government in the Syrian conflict NeutralMOSCOW Russia is ready to consider a 30day ceasefire in Syria but only if it does not cover Islamic State Nusra Front and other groups who are shelling residential quarters of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted on Thursday as saying http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kremlin-levrov/russia-would-back-30-day-syria-ceasefire-but-not-for-militants-lavrov-idUSKCN1G61M32018-02-22
More paramilitary forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar alAssad went to Afrin on Wednesday state media said NegativeTurkey warned on Wednesday that proDamascus forces would face serious for entering Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/stakes-rise-in-turkeys-afrin-assault-as-pro-assad-militia-arrive-idUSKCN1G50ON2018-02-21
President Bashar alAssad wants to take back eastern Ghouta an area of farmland and towns just outside Damascus that represents the biggest remaining enclave near the capital NegativeBEIRUT The air strike hit eastern Ghouta on Wednesday three days into a massive bombardment http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta-strike/families-broken-by-the-carnage-of-ghoutas-bombs-idUSKCN1G52982018-02-21
BEIRUT Despite the collapse of Islamic State last year and a widespread international perception that President Bashar alAssad is winning the war there have been major new escalations around the country NegativeBEIRUT Despite the collapse of Islamic State last year and a widespread international perception that President Bashar alAssad is winning the war there have been major new escalations around the country http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-explainer/why-syrias-messy-war-keeps-escalating-idUSKCN1G51UY2018-02-21
Recent violence in the besieged suburb is part of a wider surge in fighting on several fronts as President Bashar military pushes to end the sevenyear rebellion against him NegativeBEIRUT Progovernment forces pounded eastern Ghouta on Tuesday killing at least 66 people after the heaviest oneday death toll in three years a monitoring group said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/more-bombs-hit-syrias-ghouta-after-heaviest-death-toll-in-years-idUSKCN1G40N82018-02-20
The confrontation pits the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebel groups directly against the military alliance backing the government of President Bashar alAssad further scrambling northwest already messy battlefield NegativeProSyrian government forces entered northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/syria-pro-government-forces-enter-afrin-to-aid-kurds-against-turkey-idUSKCN1G41WG2018-02-20
While President Bashar government and the YPG espouse different visions for future and their forces have clashed at times they have mostly avoided direct conflict NegativeBEIRUT Militias allied to the Syrian government will enter the Afrin region Syrian media reported on Monday after a Kurdish official said a deal had been struck with the Syrian army to help Kurdish forces end a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/pro-assad-militias-to-enter-syrias-afrin-state-media-idUSKCN1G30SB2018-02-19
If the regime is entering there to cleanse the PKK and PYD then there are no Mevlut Cavusoglu said referring to the military loyal to Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeAMMAN foreign minister warned on Monday that military would confront any Syrian government forces entering the northwest Afrin province to protect Kurdish YPG fighters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-turkey/turkey-says-will-confront-syrian-forces-if-they-enter-afrin-to-help-ypg-idUSKCN1G31352018-02-19
Another Syrian Kurdish political official said on Monday that pressure from Russia the key ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad had prevented the deal from going ahead so far NegativeTurkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkey-warns-syrian-army-against-helping-kurdish-ypg-in-afrin-idUSKCN1G30SB2018-02-19
Israel has accused Tehran of seeking a permanent military foothold in Syria where Iranianbacked forces support Syrian President Bashar alAssad in civil war entering its eighth year NegativeMUNICH Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself not just its allies in the Middle East after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-germany-security-israel-iran/netanyahu-says-israel-could-act-against-irans-empire-idUSKCN1G20C82018-02-18
Although Syrian President Bashar government and the YPG have mostly avoided direct conflict during the war there have been occasional armed clashes and they espouse utterly different visions for future NegativeBEIRUT Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive a senior Kurdish official said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/syrian-kurdish-official-deal-for-syrian-army-to-enter-afrin-idUSKCN1G20QB2018-02-18
MUNICH US National Security Adviser HR McMaster said on Saturday that despite denials public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar alAssad was using chemical weapons and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account NegativeMUNICH U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that despite denials public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar alAssad was using chemical weapons and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/public-reports-clearly-show-assads-use-of-chemical-weapons-mcmaster-idUSKCN1G10HH2018-02-17
SOFIA The European top diplomat on Friday raised the prospect of collecting money for rebuilding Syria but only if fighting abates and Russia makes sure its ally President Bashar alAssad engages in the stalled UN peace talks NegativeSOFIA The European top diplomat on Friday raised the prospect of collecting money for rebuilding Syria but only if fighting abates and Russia makes sure its ally President Bashar alAssad engages in the stalled U.N. peace talks http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-eu/promising-money-eu-tries-to-woo-assad-into-syria-peace-talks-idUSKCN1G01MY2018-02-16
In recent years Israeli jets have repeatedly struck Hezbollah arms stores and convoys in neighboring Syria where the group fights alongside Syrian President Bashar army NegativeBEIRUT Hezbollah said on Friday the United States must accept the Lebanese demands over border disputes with Israel and vowed it was ready to act against Israel if necessary http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-israel-hezbollah/hezbollah-says-u-s-must-accept-lebanons-demands-over-israel-border-dispute-idUSKCN1G01OH2018-02-16
SOFIA The European Union on Thursday called for a swift restart of the stalled United Nations peace talks for Syria worried by efforts to tighten the grip on power of its ally President Bashar alAssad NegativeSOFIA The European Union on Thursday called for a swift restart of the stalled United Nations peace talks for Syria worried by efforts to tighten the grip on power of its ally President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-eu/eu-tries-to-breathe-life-back-into-u-n-syria-talks-idUSKCN1FZ1XR2018-02-15
ALEPPO Syrias USbacked Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of President Bashar alAssad NegativeALEPPO Syrias U.S.backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-kurds/friend-or-foe-assad-quietly-aids-syrian-kurds-against-turkey-idUSKBN1FV0782018-02-11
Iran backs Syrian President Bashar alAssad in the civil war supports militias in Iraq Houthi rebels in Yemen and Lebanons Hezbollah NegativeANKARA Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on Sunday to mark the anniversary of Irans 1979 Islamic revolution denouncing the United States and Israel as oppressors http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-rally-rouhani/iran-displays-missile-rouhani-says-u-s-regional-policy-a-failure-tv-idUSKBN1FV0K72018-02-11
Syrian ally Russia has cast 11 vetoes on possible Security Council action on Syria since the civil war began in 2011 shielding Syrian President Bashar alAssads government NegativeUNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council is considering demanding a 30day ceasefire in Syria to allow the delivery of aid and the evacuation of sick and wounded diplomats said on Friday although the measure is likely to be resisted by Russia http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un/u-n-security-council-considers-demand-for-30-day-syria-ceasefire-idUSKBN1FU05J2018-02-10
Hezbollah is part of a military alliance supporting President Bashar alAssad NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons Hezbollah group said on Saturday the downing of an Israeli F16 jet by the Syrian army marked the start of a new strategic which would limit Israeli exploitation of Syrian airspace http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel-hezbollah/hezbollah-downed-israeli-jet-marks-new-strategic-phase-idUSKBN1FU0QT2018-02-10
BEIRUT The military alliance fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar alAssad said on Saturday Israel will witness a severe and response to its from now on NegativeBEIRUT The military alliance fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar alAssad said on Saturday Israel will witness a severe and response to its from now on http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel-alliance/pro-assad-alliance-in-syria-warns-of-severe-response-to-israeli-attacks-idUSKBN1FU0FU2018-02-10
Their territory has expanded since they joined forces with the United States to fight Islamic State militants although Washington opposes their autonomy plans as does Syrian President Bashar government NegativeISTANBUL Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish YPG militia targets in Afrin region the army said on Friday after a lull in air strikes following the shooting down of Russian warplane elsewhere in Syria last weekend http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-warplanes-strike-kurdish-militia-targets-in-syria-army-idUSKBN1FT0JC2018-02-09
Idlib is the largest chunk of Syrian territory held by groups opposed to President Bashar alAssad NegativeBEIRUT Islamic State fighters clashed with Syrian insurgent factions in the northwestern province of Idlib on Friday a war monitor and a rebel commander said accusing progovernment forces of opening a corridor for the jihadists to reach the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib/islamic-state-fighters-move-to-syrias-idlib-clash-with-factions-report-idUSKBN1FT1CZ2018-02-09
Russia an ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad whose military support has helped government forces claw back territory on Thursday said a ceasefire was unrealistic NegativePARIS French Defence Minister Florence Parly on Friday called for an end to air strikes in Syria and the opening of humanitarian corridors saying it was unacceptable that civilians were being targeted http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/france-urges-halt-to-air-strikes-aid-corridors-in-syria-idUSKBN1FT0YF2018-02-09
WASHINGTON More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar alAssad were killed after USled coalition and coalitionbacked local forces thwarted a large apparently coordinated attack late on Wednesday and early on Thursday a US official said NegativeWASHINGTON More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar alAssad were killed after U.S.led coalition and coalitionbacked local forces thwarted a large apparently coordinated attack late on Wednesday and early on Thursday a U.S. official said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/more-than-100-pro-syrian-forces-killed-after-thwarted-attack-u-s-official-idUSKBN1FR3BB2018-02-08
WASHINGTON More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar alAssad were killed after USled coalition and coalitionbacked local forces thwarted a large apparently coordinate attack late on Wednesday and early on Thursday a US official said NegativeWASHINGTON More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar alAssad were killed after U.S.led coalition and coalitionbacked local forces thwarted a large apparently coordinate attack late on Wednesday and early on Thursday a U.S. official said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria-toll/more-than-100-pro-syrian-forces-killed-after-thwarted-attack-u-s-official-idUSKBN1FS0HK2018-02-08
Iran backs Syrian President Bashar alAssad in his civil war militias in Iraq Houthi rebels in Yemen and Hezbollah NegativeParis The United States and its European allies should ensure the 2015 nuclear deal is a success before demanding to negotiate on other issues such as regional activities or ballistic missile program deputy foreign minister said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-nuclear-region/iran-says-it-can-discuss-other-issues-if-nuclear-deal-successful-idUSKBN1FS1HX2018-02-08
Syrian President Bashar alAssad who is supported by Russia and by militias backed by Iran has said he wants to take back every inch of Syria NegativeA U.S.led coalition and its local allies in Syria struck progovernment forces with air and artillery fire overnight to repel an unprovoked near the Euphrates the coalition said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/u-s-led-coalition-pro-assad-forces-clash-in-east-syria-idUSKBN1FR3BB2018-02-08
Israel regards the Iranbacked Hezbollah which is fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar alAssad as the biggest threat it faces on its borders NeutralCAIRO Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian military position in a rural area near Damascus on Wednesday triggering Syria’s air defense system which destroyed most of the missiles a Syrian army statement carried by state television saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-warplanes-target-syria-military-position-syrian-state-tv-idUSKBN1FR0BZ2018-02-07
ISTANBUL A Turkish soldier was killed in a rocket and mortar attack by militants in northwest Syria as Turkish forces were setting up a military post in the largest remaining stronghold of opposition to President Bashar alAssad military said on Tuesday NegativeISTANBUL A Turkish soldier was killed in a rocket and mortar attack by militants in northwest Syria as Turkish forces were setting up a military post in the largest remaining stronghold of opposition to President Bashar alAssad Turkey’s military said on Tuesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-attack/turkish-soldier-killed-setting-up-military-post-in-northwest-syria-idUSKBN1FQ0PB2018-02-06
Peskov did not signal wider changes in policy in Syria where Moscow has been supporting President Bashar army for more than two years NegativeMOSCOW Russia has ordered its warplanes in Syria to fly higher to avoid being shot down by shoulderlaunched antiaircraft missiles after one of its jets was downed at the weekend the Izvestia daily reported on Mondayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-airplane-russia/russia-orders-warplanes-in-syria-to-fly-higher-after-jet-shot-down-idUSKBN1FP1452018-02-05
THE HAGUE The Syrian chemical weapons stockpile has been linked for the first time by laboratory tests to the largest sarin nerve agent attack of the civil war diplomats and scientists told Reuters supporting Western claims that government forces under President Bashar alAssad were behind the atrocity NegativeTHE HAGUE The Syrian government’s chemical weapons stockpile has been linked for the first time by laboratory tests to the largest sarin nerve agent attack of the civil war diplomats and scientists told Reuters supporting Western claims that government forces under President Bashar alAssad were behind the atrocityhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-crisis-chemicalweapons-exclusiv/exclusive-tests-link-syrian-government-stockpile-to-largest-sarin-attack-sources-idUSKBN1FJ0MG2018-01-30
SOCHI Russia A Syrian peace conference in Russia got off to a rocky start on Tuesday after some delegates opposed to President Bashar alAssad refused to leave the airport on arrival saying they were offended by the presence of the Syrian flag and emblem NegativeSOCHI Russia A Syrian peace conference in Russia got off to a rocky start on Tuesday after some delegates opposed to President Bashar alAssad refused to leave the airport on arrival saying they were offended by the presence of the Syrian state’s flag and emblemhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-congress/rocky-start-for-syria-talks-in-russia-as-some-delegates-refuse-to-leave-airport-idUSKBN1FJ0WJ2018-01-30
Russia intervened in the civil war on behalf of Syrian President Bashar alAssad in 2015 NeutralJERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow on Monday to discuss Israeli concerns about any expansion of Iran’s military foothold in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putinhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-israel/netanyahu-flies-to-moscow-for-talks-on-syria-with-putin-idUSKBN1FI10J2018-01-29
The Syrian government of President Bashar alAssad has condemned the Turkish assault but it also opposes the YPG and Kurdish aspirations for autonomy in northern parts of Syria NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian government and a war monitor said on Sunday that Turkish shelling of the Kurdishheld Afrin region of Syria had seriously damaged an ancient templehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-temple/syrian-government-says-turkish-shelling-damaged-ancient-temple-idUSKBN1FH08F2018-01-28
Russia is the main external supporter of Syrian President Bashar alAssad in his war against rebels seeking to oust him NegativeBEIRUT Bombardment of the rebelheld eastern Ghouta area of Syria continued early on Saturday a war monitor said after an insurgent spokesman said late on Friday that Russia had promised to try to impose a ceasefirehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/bombardment-continues-in-syrias-ghouta-after-ceasefire-talk-idUSKBN1FG0822018-01-27
BEIRUT Five Western and Arab states that have backed the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar alAssad make no reference to his future in a document proposing changes to UNled talks an apparent recognition of his strong position in the conflict NegativeBEIRUT Five Western and Arab states that have backed the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar alAssad make no reference to his future in a document proposing changes to U.N.led talks an apparent recognition of his strong position in the conflicthttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-proposals/western-arab-states-sidestep-assad-fate-in-syria-proposals-idUSKBN1FF2D82018-01-26
Existing versions of the TU160 have flown from bases in Russia to Syria where they have bombed forces opposed to President Bashar alAssad one of closest Middle East allies NegativeKAZAN Russia President Vladimir Putin praised a newlybuilt supersonic strategic bomber on Thursday after watching it in flight saying it would beef up Russia’s nuclear weapons capabilityhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-russia-putin-airplane/putin-hails-new-bomber-as-a-boost-to-russias-nuclear-forces-idUSKBN1FE27S2018-01-25
Syrian President Bashar government denies using chemical weapons which it agreed to destroy in 2013 under an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States NegativeUNITED NATIONS Russia proposed on Tuesday that the U.N. Security Council create a new inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria a move the United States slammed as a bid to distract from a French initiative to target perpetrators of such strikeshttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-chemicalweapons-un/at-u-n-russia-proposes-new-inquiry-into-chemical-attacks-in-syria-idUSKBN1FC3182018-01-24
President Bashar government denies using chemical weapons which it agreed to destroy in 2013 under an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States NegativePARIS U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday the Syrian government may still be using chemical weapons against its own people following a suspected chlorine attack in a rebel enclave and he said Russia bore ultimate responsibilityhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-chemicalweapons-france-usa/u-s-takes-aim-at-russia-after-suspected-syrian-government-gas-attack-idUSKBN1FC27O2018-01-23
Russia a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad is hosting what it has called a Syrian congress of national dialogue in the Russian city of Sochi on Jan NegativeMOSCOW Russia has invited all permanent members of the U.N. Security Council as well as Egypt Jordan Iraq Kazakhstan Lebanon and Saudi Arabia to attend a forthcoming peace congress on Syria the RIA news agency reported on Tuesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-congress/russia-invites-core-u-n-members-to-syrian-peace-congress-ria-idUSKBN1FC2GG2018-01-23
Russia annexed Crimean peninsula in 2014 and intervened militarily in Syria to support its ally Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia at the center of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militantshttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-military-china-russia/u-s-military-puts-great-power-competition-at-heart-of-strategy-mattis-idUSKBN1F81TR2018-01-19
But the Syrian government delegation objected to the tough line on the future of President Bashar alAssad and the talks achieved nothing NegativeGENEVA The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said on Wednesday he had invited the Syrian government and opposition to a special meeting to be held next week in Vienna Austriahttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un/u-n-mediator-invites-syrian-negotiators-to-vienna-talks-next-week-idUSKBN1F620H2018-01-17
LONDON US President Donald Trump and European Union leaders should increase the pressure on President Bashar alAssad and his allies Russia and Iran to return to talks to end civil war chief opposition negotiator said on Monday NegativeLONDON U.S. President Donald Trump and European Union leaders should increase the pressure on President Bashar alAssad and his allies Russia and Iran to return to talks to end Syria’s civil war Syria’s chief opposition negotiator said on Mondayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-opposition/syrian-opposition-calls-on-trump-and-eu-to-put-pressure-on-russia-and-iran-idUSKBN1F51LO2018-01-16
Eastern Ghouta is the last big stronghold of rebels fighting President Bashar alAssad near the capital Damascus and has been besieged for years NegativeBEIRUT Twoyearold Emir alBash’s blood still showed on his mother’s hand as she sat in a medical center in Syria’s besieged eastern Ghouta where his body was taken after he died from a shellblasthttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta-boy/boys-death-shows-danger-for-besieged-syrians-seeking-food-idUSKBN1EY1742018-01-09
Idlib province is a stronghold of rebels in Syria and is situated on the border with Turkey one of the main backers of rebellion against President Bashar alAssad NegativeBEIRUT At least 18 people were killed and tens more injured including civilians in an explosion in Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib a war monitor reported on Sundayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-blast/at-least-18-killed-in-explosion-in-syrias-idlib-war-monitor-idUSKBN1EW0S12018-01-07
Supported by Iranbacked militias and Russian air power President Bashar forces have taken territory in northeastern Hama and southern Idlib provinces since beginning an offensive in late October NegativeBEIRUT Rapid advances by the Syrian army into rebels’ largest remaining stronghold Idlib province have brought it closer to a key insurgentheld military airport and displaced tens of thousands of people struggling to find shelter in winter weatherhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib/syrian-govt-presses-idlib-offensive-as-people-flee-homes-in-the-cold-idUSKBN1EU1OE2018-01-05
Hezbollah and other Iranbacked groups have backed President Bashar alAssad during the conflict which erupted in 2011 NegativeBEIRUT The leader of Lebanon’s Iranbacked Hezbollah group said on Wednesday the Syrian war now in its seventh year will be finished in one or two years at mosthttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-hezbollah-syria/hezbollah-syrian-war-will-be-over-in-1-2-years-idUSKBN1ES1VX2018-01-04
Russia which is allied with Iran in its support for Syrian President Bashar alAssad said external interference was destabilizing the situation in Iran the RIA news agency reported NegativeLONDON Iran’s supreme leader accused the country’s enemies on Tuesday of being behind days of street unrest as the death toll from antigovernment demonstrations rose to 21http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-rallies/irans-leader-blames-enemies-for-deadly-unrest-u-s-calls-that-nonsense-idUSKBN1ER1NA2018-01-03
Iran and Russia are the main allies of Syrian President Bashar alAssad while the United States Saudi Arabia and Turkey support rebel groups NegativeLONDON Iran’s Supreme Leader on Tuesday accused enemies of the Islamic Republic of stirring unrest across the country as a crackdown intensified against antigovernment demonstrations that began last weekhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-rallies/irans-leader-says-enemies-have-stirred-unrest-in-country-idUSKBN1ER0FT2018-01-02
BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar alAssad on Monday issued a decree appointing new ministers for defense industry and information state television reported NegativeBEIRUT Syrian President Bashar alAssad on Monday issued a decree appointing new ministers for defense industry and information state television reportedhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-government/syrias-assad-names-new-defense-and-other-ministers-state-tv-idUSKBN1EQ11R2018-01-01
The world body estimates 400000 civilians have been under siege in eastern Ghouta by President Bashar forces NegativeBEIRUT The International Committee of the Red Cross said it hoped to resume evacuations of critically ill people from Syria’s biggest remaining siege on Thursday after bringing some individuals out of the area near Damascus on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aid/icrc-hopes-to-resume-medical-evacuations-in-syrias-ghouta-idUSKBN1EM1642017-12-29
Tehran backs Syrian President Bashar alAssad in his civil war militias in Iraq Houthi rebels in Yemen and powerful Hezbollah group NegativeDUBAI Demonstrators chanted antigovernment slogans in several cities across Iran on Friday Iranian news agencies and social media reports said as price protests turned into the largest wave of demonstrations since nationwide proreform unrest in 2009http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-economy-protests/protests-rally-in-western-iran-some-demonstrators-detained-in-tehran-idUSKBN1EN0P02017-12-29
The gains across many fronts have ended rebel hopes of ousting President Bashar alAssad by force NegativeBEIRUT Syrian rebels began to evacuate an enclave in southwestern Syria on Friday under a surrender deal with the government as the army thrust into the northwest the insurgents’ main remaining strongholdhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-rebels-depart-enclave-in-south-as-army-gains-in-north-idUSKBN1EN10Z2017-12-29
Demonstrators also chanted Syria think about criticizing deployment of troops to support President Bashar alAssad against the uprising that broke out in 2011 NegativeLONDON Hundreds took to the streets of Iran’s second largest city of Mashad on Thursday to protest over high prices shouting slogans against the governmenthttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-economy-protests/hundreds-protest-against-high-prices-in-iran-idUSKBN1EM19P2017-12-28
Israel wants to keep Hezbollah the most powerful of the Iranbacked militias aiding Syrian President Bashar alAssad against the rebel groups far away from its border with Syria NeutralBEIRUT Syrian rebels in a pocket of land near where the Syrian Lebanese and Israeli borders meet are negotiating a deal with the government to leave for other insurgentheld areas rebel officials there saidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-rebels-say-discussing-evacuation-from-territory-near-israel-idUSKBN1EL1GN2017-12-27
TUNIS Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called Syrian President Bashar alAssad a terrorist and said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with him NegativeTUNIS Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called Syrian President Bashar alAssad a terrorist and said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with himhttp://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-calls-syrias-assad-a-terrorist-says-impossible-to-continue-with-him-idUSKBN1EL0W52017-12-27
Moscow backs Syrian President Bashar alAssad in sixyearold civil war while Turkey opposes him NeutralBEIRUT Russia has promised that the autonomous region controlled by Kurds in northern Syria will be represented at peace talks it is hosting next month the commander of the main Syrian Kurdish militia was cited as saying on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/syrian-kurds-say-russia-has-promised-they-can-attend-sochi-talks-idUSKBN1EL16X2017-12-27
The figure excludes areas in western Syria under the control of President Bashar government and his allies NegativeBAGHDAD Fewer than 1000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria the United Statesled international coalition fighting the hardline Sunni militant group said on Wednesday a third of the estimated figure only three weeks agohttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/less-than-1000-is-fighters-remain-in-iraq-and-syria-coalition-says-idUSKBN1EL0QT2017-12-27
The Kurdish groups share enmities with both Syrian President Bashar government and with neighboring Turkey PositiveBEIRUT Kurdishled Syrian groups plan to attend Russia’s proposed Syria peace talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi Kurdish officials have saidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/kurdish-led-syrian-groups-plan-to-attend-sochi-talks-officials-idUSKBN1EF1AK2017-12-21
Forces loyal to President Bashar alAssad have made big gains on the ground since Russia joined the war in late 2015 but the fighting shows no sign of ending conclusively NegativeMOSCOW/GENEVA U.N. special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he would take part in the latest round of Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana on Friday with a month to go before he hopes to break the deadlock in political talks in Genevahttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks-un/u-n-to-join-syria-talks-in-astana-with-humanitarian-hopes-idUSKBN1EF1RP2017-12-21
Two months later Sheikh Abdullah criticised what he called Turkey and actions in Syria even though Turkey and the UAE have both opposed Syria President Bashar alAssad NegativeISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leapt to the defence of an Ottoman military commander on Wednesday after the United Arab Emirates foreign minister retweeted accusations that Ottoman forces looted the holy city of Medina during World War Onehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-emirates-medina/turkeys-erdogan-defends-ottoman-commander-after-uae-minister-retweets-criticism-idUSKBN1EE1KW2017-12-20
AMMAN Syrian President Bashar al Assad attacked France on Tuesday accusing it of supporting bloodshed in his country making it unfit to talk about a peace settlement NegativeAMMAN Syrian President Bashar al Assad attacked France on Tuesday accusing it of supporting bloodshed in his country making it unfit to talk about a peace settlementhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france-assad/assad-says-france-sponsors-terrorism-cannot-talk-about-peace-idUSKBN1ED0Q12017-12-19
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday France would push for peace talks involving all parties in the sixyearold Syrian conflict including President Bashar alAssad promising early next year NegativeAMMAN Syrian President Bashar al Assad attacked France on Tuesday accusing it of supporting bloodshed in his country making it unfit to talk about a peace settlementhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france-assad/assad-says-france-sponsors-terrorism-cannot-talk-about-peace-idUSKBN1ED0Q12017-12-19
Russia will be the only country to take part in rebuilding Syrian energy facilities Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday after holding talks in Syria with President Bashar alAssad the RIA news agency reported Negative?OSCOW Russia will be the only country to take part in rebuilding Syrian energy facilities Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday after holding talks in Syria with President Bashar alAssad the RIA news agency reportedhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-rogozin/russia-to-help-syria-rebuild-energy-facilities-russian-deputy-pm-idUSKBN1EC1HQ2017-12-18
BEIRUT With the map of conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar favor his Russian allies want to convert military gains into a settlement that stabilizes the shattered nation and secures their interests in the region NeutralBEIRUT With the map of Syria’s conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar alAssad’s favor his Russian allies want to convert military gains into a settlement that stabilizes the shattered nation and secures their interests in the regionhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-analysis/in-syria-russia-securing-position-as-assad-presses-war-idUSKBN1E91UU2017-12-15
GENEVA A round of Syria peace talks that ended on Thursday was a big missed opportunity but there may more talks next month if ideas can be found to encourage President Bashar government to engage UN mediator Staffan de Mistura said NegativeGENEVA A round of Syria peace talks that ended on Thursday was a big missed opportunity but there may more talks next month if ideas can be found to encourage President Bashar alAssad’s government to engage U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un/u-n-calls-syria-talks-a-big-missed-opportunity-seeks-new-ideas-idUSKBN1E82TD2017-12-14
WASHINGTON US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in remarks later on Tuesday plans to say that he is optimistic about North Korea denuclearization talks and that there is no role for President Bashar alAssad in future a US official said NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in remarks later on Tuesday plans to say that he is optimistic about North Korea denuclearization talks and that there is no role for President Bashar alAssad in Syria’s future a U.S. official saidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-northkorea-missiles-tillerson/tillerson-to-back-north-korea-diplomacy-reject-syrias-assad-u-s-official-idUSKBN1E61VP2017-12-12
Putin made the announcement during a surprise visit to the Russian Hmeymim air base where he met President Bashar alAssad and addressed Russian forces NegativeMOSCOW Russia will keep a naval and an air base in Syria capable of carrying out strikes against insurgents if required after a partial military pullout announced by President Vladimir Putin the Kremlin said on Tuesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-withdrawa/russia-will-keep-bases-in-syria-to-strike-at-insurgents-kremlin-idUSKBN1E610F2017-12-12
Russia launched a military operation to support Syrian President Bashar alAssad in September 2015 and there are signs Moscow is keen to further expand its military presence in the region NegativeCAIRO Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah alSisi in Cairo on Monday for talks over a nuclear power plant and tensions in the Middle East following Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capitalhttp://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-egypt-russia/russias-putin-egypts-sisi-discuss-nuclear-deal-middle-east-tensions-idUSKBN1E51BR2017-12-11
Russia launched a military operation to support Syrian President Bashar alAssad in September 2015 and there are signs Moscow is keen to expand its military presence in the region NegativeCAIRO Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah alSisi on Monday agreeing to resume civilian flights which Moscow halted more than two years ago after militants bombed a Russian tourist jet over the Sinaihttp://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-egypt-russia/putin-egypts-sisi-discuss-restart-of-flights-sign-nuclear-deal-idUSKBN1E51BR2017-12-11
GENEVA The mediator of UNled Syrian peace talks in Geneva will assess next week whether either side is trying to sabotage the process he said on Thursday after President Bashar negotiators said they would turn up five days late NegativeGENEVA The mediator of U.N.led Syrian peace talks in Geneva will assess next week whether either side is trying to sabotage the process he said on Thursday after President Bashar alAssad’s negotiators said they would turn up five days latehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un/u-n-to-assess-if-either-side-trying-to-sabotage-syria-talks-idUSKBN1E11JS2017-12-07
He said they headed east to Islamic Statecontrolled areas around Deir alZor where the Syrian army and forces supporting President Bashar alAssad were gaining ground NegativeANKARA A highlevel defector from Kurdishled forces that captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State has recanted his account of the city’s fall saying thousands of IS fighters many more than first reported left under a secret U.S.approved dealhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-defector/defector-says-thousands-of-islamic-state-fighters-left-raqqa-in-secret-deal-idUSKBN1E12AP2017-12-07
GENEVA The United States and France called on Russia on Wednesday to deliver the delegation of President Bashar alAssad to Syria peace talks in Geneva after discussions on ending the sixyear war resumed with no sign of the government attending NegativeGENEVA The United States and France called on Russia on Wednesday to deliver the delegation of President Bashar alAssad to Syria peace talks in Geneva after discussions on ending the sixyear war resumed with no sign of the government attendinghttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks/u-s-france-urge-russia-to-deliver-assad-delegation-to-syria-peace-talks-idUSKBN1E01E02017-12-06
The delegation left the UNbacked talks in Geneva on Friday blaming the demands that President Bashar alAssad should play no role in any interim postwar government NegativeGENEVA The Syrian government’s decision to quit peace talks last week was an embarrassment to its main supporter Russia which wants both sides to reach a deal quickly opposition spokesman Yahya alAridi said on Mondayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks/syrian-walkout-from-talks-an-embarrassment-to-russia-opposition-idUSKBN1DY1GZ2017-12-04
government delegation quit UNled peace talks in Geneva on Friday and said it would not return next week unless the opposition withdrew a statement demanding President Bashar alAssad play no role in any interim postwar government NegativeGENEVA/BEIRUT Syria’s government delegation quit U.N.led peace talks in Geneva on Friday and said it would not return next week unless the opposition withdrew a statement demanding President Bashar alAssad play no role in any interim postwar governmenthttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks/syrian-government-negotiator-quits-geneva-talks-says-may-not-return-idUSKBN1DV4U82017-12-02
GENEVA opposition wants Russia and other states to put pressure on President Bashar alAssad to engage in peace talks in Geneva to produce a political solution within six months the chief of its delegation said at the start of negotiations on Wednesday NegativeGENEVA Syria’s opposition wants Russia and other states to put pressure on President Bashar alAssad to engage in peace talks in Geneva to produce a political solution within six months the chief of its delegation said at the start of negotiations on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-opposition/opposition-wants-russian-pressure-for-syria-deal-within-six-months-idUSKBN1DT2IE2017-11-29
The group has fought alongside President Bashar forces in Syria against rebels seeking to oust him including factions that were backed by Saudi Arabia NegativeROME Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that Saad alHariri will “certainly” remain prime minister and Lebanon’s political crisis will be resolved in a few days an Italian newspaper reported on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/euro-zone/article/us-lebanon-politics-aoun/lebanons-aoun-says-hariri-to-certainly-stay-as-pm-idUSKBN1DT12C2017-11-29
The delegation had delayed its planned departure for the talks which begin on Tuesday because of the insistence that Syrian President Bashar alAssad step down NegativeBEIRUT/GENEVA A Syrian government delegation will arrive in Geneva on Wednesday a day later than expected to attend peace talks being held there this week Syrian state news agency SANA saidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks/syrian-government-team-to-arrive-in-geneva-for-peace-talks-on-wednesday-idUSKBN1DS0RE2017-11-28
Eastern Ghouta is one of several zones across western Syria where Russia has brokered ceasefire deals between rebels and President Bashar government NegativeBEIRUT Shelling killed three people in the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus on Tuesday a war monitor said shortly before the UN Syria envoy said the government had agreed a ceasefire therehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/damascus-shelling-kills-three-before-truce-agreed-idUSKBN1DS11L2017-11-28
GENEVA The Syrian opposition delegation at peace talks in Geneva is aiming for the removal of President Bashar alAssad and plans to engage his negotiators in serious and direct talks the head of the opposition delegation Nasr Hariri said on Monday NegativeGENEVA The Syrian opposition delegation at peace talks in Geneva is aiming for the removal of President Bashar alAssad and plans to engage his negotiators in serious and direct talks the head of the opposition delegation Nasr Hariri said on Mondayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-opposition/syrian-opposition-aims-for-assads-removal-in-geneva-talks-idUSKBN1DR2GX2017-11-28
BEIRUT A breakthrough in UNbacked Syria peace talks in Geneva this week seems hardly more likely than in seven earlier rounds as President Bashar alAssad pushes for total military victory and his opponents stick by their demand he leave power NegativeBEIRUT A breakthrough in U.N.backed Syria peace talks in Geneva this week seems hardly more likely than in seven earlier rounds as President Bashar alAssad pushes for total military victory and his opponents stick by their demand he leave powerhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks/little-prospect-of-syria-peace-progress-seen-in-geneva-talks-idUSKBN1DR1N92017-11-27
BEIRUT A breakthrough in UNbacked Syria peace talks in Geneva this week seems hardly more likely than in seven failed earlier rounds as President Bashar alAssad pushes for total military victory and his opponents stick by their demand he leave power NegativeBEIRUT A breakthrough in U.N.backed Syria peace talks in Geneva this week seems hardly more likely than in seven failed earlier rounds as President Bashar alAssad pushes for total military victory and his opponents stick by their demand he leave powerhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks/little-prospect-of-syria-peace-progress-seen-in-geneva-talks-idUSKBN1DR1N92017-11-27
The Iranianbacked Hezbollah which forms part of the Lebanese government is fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Syria and in Iraq against Islamic State militants NegativePARIS Lebanese Prime Minister Saad alHariri said on Monday that the political and militant group Hezbollah must stop interfering in regional conflicts and accept a neutral policy to bring an end to Lebanon’s political crisishttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-lebanon-politics-hariri/hariri-says-hezbollah-must-remain-neutral-to-ensure-lebanon-moves-forward-idUSKBN1DR2B72017-11-27
Yildirim also reaffirmed that Turkey did not believe that the crisis in neighbouring Syria could be resolved whilst President Bashar alAssad remained in power NegativeLONDON The European Union is “entirely confused” since Britain voted to leave the bloc and it needs to revisit its vision for enlargement and Turkey’s place in that Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Mondayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/uk-eu-turkey/turkish-pm-says-eu-confused-since-brexit-needs-to-revisit-turkeys-future-place-idUSKBN1DR1ZE2017-11-27
Eastern Ghouta is one of several zones across western Syria where Russia has brokered deals to ease the fighting between rebels and President Bashar government NegativeBEIRUT An intensifying push by the Syrian government and allied forces to take the last major rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus killed at least 23 people on Sunday and injured many the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saidhttp://www.reuters.com/news/us/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/syrian-government-push-for-damascus-rebel-enclave-kills-at-least-23-idUSKBN1DQ0G12017-11-26
Iran long denied sending fighters to Syria to help President Bashar alAssad in the fight against the rebels and said the Revolutionary presence on the ground was advisory NegativeLONDON The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned Europe that if it threatens Tehran the Guards will increase the range of missiles to above 2000 kilometers the Fars news agency reported on Saturdayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-iran-missiles-europe/iran-warns-it-would-increase-missile-range-if-threatened-by-europe-idUSKBN1DQ0072017-11-26
military support of Syrian President Bashar alAssad notably through air strikes has been crucial in defeating Islamic State and Syrian opposition forces NegativeSOCHI Russia The size of Russia’s military force in Syria is likely to be significantly reduced and a drawdown could start before the end of the year the chief of the Russian military general staff said on Thursdayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-military/russia-likely-to-reduce-troops-in-syria-before-year-end-military-chief-idUSKBN1DN1IS2017-11-23
BEIRUT planned peace talks among Syrian groups will only succeed if the opposition ends its fight against the government a senior adviser to President Bashar alAssad said on Thursday NeutralBEIRUT Russia’s planned peace talks among Syrian groups will only succeed if the opposition ends its fight against the government a senior adviser to President Bashar alAssad said on Thursdayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sochi/assad-adviser-says-rebels-must-lay-down-arms-syrian-state-media-idUSKBN1DN17Z2017-11-23
main opposition stuck by its demand on Thursday that President Bashar alAssad play no role in an interim period under any UNsponsored peace deal despite speculation it could soften its stance because of battlefield strength NegativeRIYADH/AMMAN Syria’s main opposition stuck by its demand on Thursday that President Bashar alAssad play no role in an interim period under any U.N.sponsored peace deal despite speculation it could soften its stance because of Assad’s battlefield strengthhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-opposition/syria-opposition-meeting-in-riyadh-sees-no-role-for-assad-in-transition-idUSKBN1DN1BB2017-11-23
SOCHI Vladimir Putin won the backing of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday to host a Syrian peace congress taking the central role in a major diplomatic push to finally end a civil war all but won by ally President Bashar alAssad PositiveSOCHI Russia/RIYADH Russia’s Vladimir Putin won the backing of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday to host a Syrian peace congress taking the central role in a major diplomatic push to finally end a civil war all but won by Moscow’s ally President Bashar alAssadhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-saudi/putin-wins-backing-from-iran-turkey-for-new-syria-peace-push-idUSKBN1DM0NY2017-11-22
GENEVA The conviction of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic for genocide and crimes against humanity serves as a warning to others such as Syrian President Bashar alAssad the United human rights chief said on Wednesday NegativeGENEVA The conviction of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic for genocide and crimes against humanity serves as a warning to others such as Syrian President Bashar alAssad the United Nations’ human rights chief said on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-warcrimes-mladic-un-assad/mladic-verdict-carries-message-for-syria-and-beyond-u-n-s-zeid-idUSKBN1DM29I2017-11-22
Forces loyal to President Bashar alAssad have besieged rebelheld Eastern Ghouta since 2012 and Douma has not had a food aid convoy since receiving wheat flour rations in August NegativeGENEVA Syrians in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta are so short of food that they are eating trash fainting from hunger and forcing their children to eat on alternate days the U.N. World Food Programme said in a report on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-hunger/besieged-syrians-eating-trash-fainting-from-hunger-u-n-survey-idUSKBN1DM2IP2017-11-22
Russia said on Tuesday that the resignation of radically Syrian opposition figures such as Riyad Hijab would help unite the disparate opponents of President Bashar alAssad around a more platform NegativeMOSCOW/BEIRUT Russia said on Tuesday that the resignation of “radically minded” Syrian opposition figures such as Riyad Hijab would help unite the disparate opponents of President Bashar alAssad around a more “realistic” platformhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-hnc-russia/russia-says-retreat-of-syrian-opposition-figures-good-for-peace-idUSKBN1DL0P02017-11-21
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier on Tuesday that the conversation would focus on Syrian President Bashar visit to Russia which he made on Monday NegativeMOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss North Korea when they hold a telephone conversation on Tuesday Interfax news agency cited Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov as sayinghttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-northkorea-missiles-putin-trump/putin-trump-to-discuss-north-korea-on-tuesday-ifx-cites-kremlin-aide-idUSKBN1DL1LC2017-11-21
MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a telephone conversation with the king of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to inform him about his meeting with Syrian President Bashar alAssad the Kremlin said NegativeMOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a telephone conversation with the king of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to inform him about his meeting with Syrian President Bashar alAssad the Kremlin saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-putin-assad-saudi/putin-to-inform-saudi-king-about-his-meeting-with-assad-kremlin-idUSKBN1DL0WO2017-11-21
WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Thursday urged all members of the UN Security Council to back the renewal of the international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria saying it was needed to prevent President Bashar alAssad from using the arms NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday urged all members of the U.N. Security Council to back the renewal of the international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria saying it was needed to prevent President Bashar alAssad from using the armshttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-trump/trump-urges-u-n-council-to-renew-syria-chemical-arms-inquiry-idUSKBN1DG2PI2017-11-16
The YPG has said Washington has established seven military bases in areas of northern Syria controlled by the YPG or USbacked forces fighting President Bashar troops NegativeANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan expressed concern about U.S. and Russian bases in Syria on Monday and said if countries truly believed a military solution was impossible they should withdraw their troopshttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-russia/erdogan-says-those-who-see-no-military-solution-in-syria-should-pull-troops-out-idUSKBN1DD1F22017-11-13





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Hezbollah has played an important role in conflicts in both of those countries fighting alongside Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar alAssad and assisting Iraqi Shia militias. NegativeIran is winning the strategic struggle for influence in the Middle East against its rival Saudi Arabia according to a study by the Londonbased International Institute for Strategic Studies http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-503249122019-11-07
Iran Israels archenemy has sent thousands of military personnel to support Syrias President Bashar alAssad in the countrys civil war. NegativeFour civilians were killed and 21 injured in Israeli missile strikes near the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs Syrian state media said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-488221552019-07-01
Russia which has been providing military support to President Bashar alAssad in the Syrian conflict warned the decree could drive a new wave of tensions in the Middle East region NegativePresident Donald Trump has officially recognised Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967 in a move hailed as historic by Israels prime minister. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-476977172019-03-26
Human rights lawyers have filed the first cases against Syrian President Bashar alAssad at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. NegativeHuman rights lawyers have filed the first cases against Syrian President Bashar alAssad at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-474837142019-03-08
Mr Zarifs exclusion from toplevel meetings in Tehran on Monday during the previously unannounced visit of Syrian President Bashar alAssad was the final straw. PositiveIrans president has not accepted the resignation of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a foreign ministry spokesman has said http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-473700982019-02-27
On Monday Syrian President Bashar alAssad met Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the capital Tehran but analysts noticed that Mr Zarif did not attend discussions. NegativeIrans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said he is stepping down in a surprise announcement posted to his Instagram account. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-473629622019-02-26
President Bashar alAssad saved from defeat by his Russian and Iranian allies appears more secure than ever NegativeIn yes but not in the same form. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-472862772019-02-20
Germany says it has arrested two former Syrian intelligence officers alleged to have been involved in torturing critics of President Bashar alAssad. NegativeGermany says it has arrested two former Syrian intelligence officers alleged to have been involved in torturing critics of President Bashar alAssad. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-472269742019-02-14
A US court has found Syrian President Bashar alAssads government liable for the death of American war correspondent Marie Colvin in February 2012. NegativeA US court has found Syrian President Bashar alAssads government liable for the death of American war correspondent Marie Colvin in February 2012. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-470820882019-02-01
Iran Israels archenemy has backed Syrias President Bashar alAssad in the countrys civil war and has sent thousands of military personnel to support him. NegativeIsrael says it has hit Iranian targets around the Syrian capital Damascus. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-469417172019-01-21
Prince Turki alFaisal told the BBC the action would have a negative impact further entrenching Iran Russia and the rule of President Bashar alAssad. NegativeA senior member of the Saudi royal family has warned against a US troop withdrawal from Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-468546682019-01-14
Mr Pompeo warned there would be no US reconstruction aid for areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar alAssad until Iran and its proxies had left. NegativeThe US will work with allies to expel every last Iranian boot from Syria Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-468288102019-01-11
All three countries have forces deployed on the ground to support their respective allies with Russia and Iran key backers of President Bashar alAssads government. NegativeUS President Donald Trump has now said the abrupt withdrawal of US troops from Syria he announced earlier this month will be carried out slowly. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-467236032019-01-01





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Russia which has been fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar alAssad since 2015 said the arrival of Syrian government troops would help stabilise the situation. NegativeThe Syrian army has entered the key northern city of Manbij for the first time in six years an army spokesman has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-467010952018-12-29
Russia which has been fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar alAssad since 2015 said the arrival of Syrian government troops would help stabilise the situation. NegativeThe Syrian army has entered the key northern city of Manbij for the first time in six years an army spokesman has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-467010952018-12-29
He said the questions concerned BBC coverage of events in Russia and in Syria where the Russian military is backing President Bashar alAssads forces. NegativeRussias media regulator will check the output of BBC World News and BBC websites in what the Kremlin calls a response to the UK regulator Ofcom. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-466480102018-12-22
According to a report by the US State Department since 2012 Iran has spent on proxy groups in the region as well as support for Syrian President Bashar alAssad. NegativeSecretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned that the US will exert relentless pressure on Iran unless it changes its revolutionary course http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-461017032018-11-06
Remember that by mid2011 a few months into the Arab Spring uprising almost everyone assumed that Syrias President Bashar alAssad would be deposed by Christmas NegativeHes toast http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-460789612018-11-03
The carrier played a prominent role in Russias military campaign in Syria where Russian fighter jets are supporting troops loyal to President Bashar alAssad NegativeRussias only aircraft carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov was damaged when the dry dock where it was undergoing a refit sank sending a giant crane crashing on to the ship. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-460301132018-10-30
Earlier this year the capital was secured by President Bashar Assads forces but fighting still continues in some areas of the country. NeutralPart of Syrias national museum has reopened to the public six years after civil war forced its closure. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-460098332018-10-29
However Mr de Mistura said the Syrian government of President Bashar alAssad had difficulties with a UN list of participants which was causing delays. NeutralThe UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has said he will step down from his post at the end of November after more than four years in the job. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-458939862018-10-18
For President Bashar alAssad they have all been terrorists NeutralMaybe Idlib is where the war ends http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-457962632018-10-10
Russia has an airbase in Syria from which it carries out air strikes in support of Syrian President Bashar alAssads forces. NegativeRussia says it has delivered new antiaircraft missiles to Syria two weeks after a Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down in the country. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-457235032018-10-03
Iran has supported President Bashar alAssad in Syrias civil war sending hundreds of troops and backing proSyrian government militias. NegativeIrans Revolutionary Guards say they have fired missiles at militants in eastern Syria in response to a deadly attack on a military parade last month. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-457028902018-10-01
Russia has an airbase in Syria from which it carries out air strikes in support of President Bashar alAssads forces. NegativeRussia is to send new antiaircraft missiles to Syria a week after Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian aircraft during an Israeli air strike. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-456262512018-09-25
But Russia seems to be saying it is no longer willing to turn a blind eye to such operations which it believes are weakening Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeRussia has been talking about selling the S300 surfacetoair missile system to Syria for almost a decade http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-456253882018-09-25
Russia Iran and Hezbollah have helped turn the tide of Syrias civil war decisively in favour of President Bashar alAssad in the past three years. NegativeThe leader of Lebanons militant Hezbollah movement says it has acquired sophisticated rockets despite Israels efforts to prevent it obtaining them http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-455876332018-09-21
Russia began military strikes in Syria in 2015 after a request from President Bashar alAssad who has stayed in power despite seven years of civil war. NegativeA Russian military aircraft with 14 people on board has disappeared from radar after flying over Syria Russias defence ministry says http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-455562902018-09-18
Turkey supports rebel factions trying to overthrow President Bashar alAssad. NegativeTurkey is reportedly reinforcing its military observation posts inside rebelheld northwestern Syria ahead of an expected government offensive. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-455109722018-09-14
The Turkish and Syrian governments are fighting on opposing sides in Syrias civil war with Ankara backing rebel forces trying to oust President Bashar alAssad. NegativeA Turkish intelligence agency has captured in Syria the chief suspect in the 2013 twin bomb attack in the border town of Reyhanli Turkish media report. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-454967752018-09-12
The Turkish and Syrian governments are fighting on opposing sides in Syrias civil war with Ankara backing rebel forces trying to oust President Bashar alAssad. NegativeA Turkish intelligence agency has captured in Syria the chief suspect in the 2013 twin bomb attack in the border town of Reyhanli Turkish media report. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-454967752018-09-12
Now President Bashar alAssad is turning his attention towards Idlib NeutralSyrias northwestern province of Idlib is the last major area under rebel control http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-453977042018-09-08
Russia and Iran which have provided vital support for Syrian President Bashar alAssad believe the rebels in Idlib must be wiped out. NegativeThe presidents of Iran Russia and Turkey are holding a key summit in Tehran that could decide the fate of Syrias last major rebel stronghold. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-454442762018-09-07
US President Donald Trump has denied assertions by prominent journalist Bob Woodward in his new book that he ordered the assassination of Syrian President Bashar alAssad. NegativeUS President Donald Trump has denied assertions by prominent journalist Bob Woodward in his new book that he ordered the assassination of Syrian President Bashar alAssad. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-454254132018-09-06
Now President Bashar alAssad is turning his attention towards Idlib NeutralSyrias northwestern province of Idlib is the last major area under rebel control http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-453977042018-09-05
After the US believed the Syrian government had launched another chemical attack in April 2017 Mr Trump told Defence Secretary James Mattis to assassinate President Bashar Assad. NegativeA Bob Woodward expose book has been a rite of passage for presidential administrations since the storied investigative reporter first made a name for himself by breaking Richard Nixons Watergate scandal http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-454151512018-09-05
The book says Mr Trump had ordered the Pentagon to arrange the assassination of Syrian President Bashar alAssad NegativeUS President Donald Trump has condemned a book on his White House by renowned Watergate journalist Bob Woodward as a con on the public. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-454179592018-09-05
Sources quoted by Reuters news agency said that President Bashar alAssad was preparing a phased offensive. NegativeUS President Donald Trump has warned the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies against recklessly attacking rebelheld Idlib province http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-454040862018-09-04
Russian forces have played a key role in consolidating the position of their ally Syrian President Bashar alAssad over the past three years NegativeRussia has revealed the extent of its military involvement in Syrias war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-452841212018-08-23
The wife of the Syrian President Bashar alAssad has been diagnosed with breast cancer. NegativeThe wife of the Syrian President Bashar alAssad has been diagnosed with breast cancer. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-451179932018-08-08
Syrian rebel fighters and government forces have clashed in the area though President Bashar alAssad has regained control of late. NegativeIsrael says it has killed seven suspected Islamic State militants who it says had crossed inside Israeli lines on the Golan Heights. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-450417312018-08-02
Supporters of Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his Russian allies say the White Helmets support the rebels and also have links to jihadist groups. NegativeIsrael says it has carried out an evacuation of members of Syrias White Helmets civil defence group from a war zone in southwestern Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-449150992018-07-23
Syrian government forces are retaking control of the rebelheld part of Deraa the birthplace of the revolt against President Bashar alAssad. NegativeSyrian government forces are retaking control of the rebelheld part of Deraa the birthplace of the revolt against President Bashar alAssad. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-448060452018-07-12
On Sunday rebels in the major town of Bosra alSham reportedly agreed to lay down their arms and accept President Bashar alAssads rule. NegativeAt least 270000 people have fled their homes in southwestern Syria since the military launched an assault on rebelheld areas two weeks ago the UN says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-446822662018-07-02
At the time Syria was subject to EU sanctions imposed on President Bashar alAssads government which lost control of large swathes of the country to various armed groups NegativeCement giant LafargeHolcim says its French subsidiary is under formal investigation in France over claims it funded a terrorist group in Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/business-446437032018-06-28
However President Bashar alAssad has set his sights on regaining control of the southwest since defeating rebels in the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus. NeutralSyrian government forces are reported to have captured two strategic villages in the southwest of the country. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-446139432018-06-26
President Bashar alAssad has set his sights on regaining control of southwestern Syria since his forces defeated rebels in the Eastern Ghouta region outside the capital Damascus in April. NegativeHundreds of families have fled rebelheld areas of southwestern Syria in anticipation of a government offensive. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-445637692018-06-21
Syrian President Bashar alAssad plans to make a state visit to North Korea the Norths state news agency says. NegativeSyrian President Bashar alAssad plans to make a state visit to North Korea the Norths state news agency says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443483312018-06-03
Scores of military contractors have also died since Moscow began its intervention in support of President Bashar alAssad in September 2015. NegativeAt least four Russian combatants have been killed by militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir alZour. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-442716762018-05-27
Syrias civil war began in 2011 with protests against President Bashar alAssad. NegativeThe Syrian military has declared that it has taken full control of all areas around the capital Damascus for the first time in six years. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-441983042018-05-21
Russia has deployed special forces and a big array of warplanes to help Syrian President Bashar alAssad against various rebel groups including Islamic State NegativeRussias big Victory Day parade on Wednesday will feature a remotecontrolled tank and other new weapons systems combattested in Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-440288102018-05-08
A minister in Israels security cabinet says it could topple Syrian President Bashar alAssad if he allows Iranian forces to attack Israel from Syria. NegativeA minister in Israels security cabinet says it could topple Syrian President Bashar alAssad if he allows Iranian forces to attack Israel from Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-440293912018-05-07
The 2012 video dates from a period when fighting was intensifying between Syrian government forces and rebels opposed to President Bashar alAssad NegativeAustria is investigating the conduct of its UN peacekeepers during an ambush of Syrian policemen that they filmed in the Golan Heights in 2012. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-439486092018-04-30
Cinar says they are now like He says that he loves me the most after President Bashar Assad NegativeWith millions of Syrians spilling into Turkey as they flee the conflict tearing their homeland apart schools are at the frontline of the battle to integrate the newcomers into society. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-439007442018-04-27
Syria has returned to France the prestigious Legion dhonneur presented to President Bashar alAssad saying he would not wear the award of a country that was a slave to America. NegativeSyria has returned to France the prestigious Legion dhonneur presented to President Bashar alAssad saying he would not wear the award of a country that was a slave to America. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-438336522018-04-20
It is thought President Bashar alAssads regime had been stockpiling materials used to make chemical weapons at those sites the Ministry of Defence said. NegativeMPs will consider Parliaments role in approving military action in Syria later after Theresa May authorised air strikes without consulting them. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-politics-437921592018-04-17
Syrian President Bashar alAssad has revealed that his children had a holiday last year at Artek a famous Russian youth camp on the Black Sea PositiveSyrian President Bashar alAssad has revealed that his children had a holiday last year at Artek a famous Russian youth camp on the Black Sea http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-437820312018-04-16
The wave of strikes represents the most significant attack against President Bashar alAssads government by Western powers in seven years of Syrias civil war. NegativePresident Donald Trump has warned Syrias government the US is locked and loaded to strike again if it carries out chemical attacks. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-437718402018-04-15
US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has said that new sanctions will be announced on Monday against Russian companies with links to Syrian President Bashar alAssad. NegativePresident Donald Trump has defended his use of the term mission accomplished amid criticism following US UK and French air strikes on targets in Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-437762912018-04-15
The wave of strikes had represented the most significant attack against President Bashar alAssads government by Western powers in seven years of Syrias civil war. NegativePresident Donald Trump has defended his use of the term mission accomplished amid criticism following US UK and French air strikes on targets in Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-437762912018-04-15
The wave of strikes is the most significant attack against President Bashar alAssads government by Western powers in seven years of Syrias civil war. NegativeThe US UK and France have bombed multiple government targets in Syria in an early morning operation targeting alleged chemical weapons sites. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-437622512018-04-14
On Syrian President Bashar alAssad he These are not the actions of a man they are the crimes of a monster instead NegativeThe US UK and France have bombed multiple government targets in Syria in an early morning operation targeting alleged chemical weapons sites. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-437622512018-04-14
Iran is the major regional ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad. NegativeIsrael has said the Iranian drone it shot down in February was loaded with explosives and tasked to attack. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-437621932018-04-14
It is thought President Bashar alAssads regime had been stockpiling materials used to make chemical weapons there it said. NegativeAir strikes on Syria were legally justified on humanitarian grounds government documents say. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-437701022018-04-14
President Bashar alAssads government which receives military backing from Russia denies any involvement and says reports of a chemical attack are fabricated. NegativeRussia has warned the US that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-437479222018-04-13
But President Bashar alAssads government which receives military backing from Russia denies being behind any chemical attack. NegativeThe US says all options are on the table in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria as Western leaders continue to weigh up military action. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-437346552018-04-12
President Bashar alAssads government which receives military backing from Russia denies being behind any chemical attack. NegativeRussia has urged the US to avoid taking military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-437210572018-04-11
President Bashar alAssads government which is backed militarily by Russia denies being behind the chemical attack on the rebelheld town of Douma. NegativeUS President Donald Trump has tweeted that Russia should get ready for missiles to be fired into Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack near Damascus at the weekend. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-437278292018-04-11
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said she utterly condemns the barbaric alleged chemical weapons attack and called for backers of President Bashar alAssad to be held to account. NegativeUS President Donald Trump has promised a forceful response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria as Western leaders consider what action to take. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-437070232018-04-10
In February forces loyal to President Bashar alAssad launched an assault on the Eastern Ghouta that has reportedly left more than 1600 civilians dead. NegativeSyrian opposition activists rescue workers and medics say more than 40 people were killed on Saturday in a suspected chemical attack on Douma the last rebelheld town in the Eastern Ghouta region. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-436970842018-04-10
The US said it imposed the latest sanctions because of Russian activity in Ukraine its support of President Bashar alAssad in Syrias civil war and for subverting Western democracies NegativeShares in firms controlled by Oleg Deripaska have plunged after the US imposed sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and their companies on Friday. http://www.bbc.com//news/business-436967382018-04-09
The PM said if the attack was confirmed as another example of President Bashar alAssads regimes brutality the regime and its backers including Russia must be held to account. NegativeTheresa May has said she utterly condemns the barbaric alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-politics-437024242018-04-09
Forces loyal to Syrias President Bashar alAssad have recaptured almost the entire Eastern Ghouta region through a fierce offensive that started in February NegativeAt least 70 people have died in a suspected chemical attack in Douma the last rebelheld town in Syrias Eastern Ghouta rescuers and medics say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-436861572018-04-08
US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his allies Russia and Iran over a suspected chemical attack saying there will be a big price to pay. NegativeUS President Donald Trump has lashed out at Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his allies Russia and Iran over a suspected chemical attack saying there will be a big price to pay. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-436912912018-04-08
More than 400000 are believed to have been killed or are missing presumed dead since the uprising against President Bashar alAssad began in March 2011 NegativeAs many as 50000 people have fled separate offensives against rebel forces in northern and southern Syria in recent days activists say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-434270922018-03-16
Mr Mattis also criticised Russia a key ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad which had agreed to oversee the destruction of Syrian chemical weapon stockpiles under a 2013 deal NegativeUS Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has warned Syria it would be very unwise to use poison gas in Eastern Ghouta amid reports of chlorine attacks. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-433649232018-03-11
Syrian President Bashar alAssad has dismissed dire assessments of the humanitarian situation in the enclave as ridiculous lies NegativeMedics in the rebelheld Eastern Ghouta area of Syria say they have been treating people with breathing problems after a suspected chlorine attack. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-433002932018-03-06
Hmeimim is main base for air strikes on rebel groups in Syria strikes that have enabled Syrian President Bashar forces to recover much lost ground NegativeA Russian military transport plane has crashed in Syria killing more than 30 people the defence ministry says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-433058352018-03-06
Iran along with Russia is a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar alAssad and has played a vital role in enabling him to recapture territory across the country NegativeAir strikes by the Syrian government on a rebelheld enclave have continued despite a ceasefire resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Saturday. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431878882018-02-25
Russian mercenaries are reported to be in the thick of the fighting in Syria helping President Bashar forces NeutralRussian mercenaries are reported to be in the thick of the fighting in Syria helping President Bashar forces. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-431676972018-02-24
Officially military role mainly takes the form of air strikes helping President Bashar forces Neutralforeign ministry has confirmed that several dozen Russian citizens not regular soldiers were killed or wounded in a recent battle in Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-431255062018-02-20
Afrin is just one of many active fronts in the civil war which began as a popular uprising against President Bashar alAssad in 2011 NegativeSyrian progovernment forces have entered the Kurdish enclave of Afrin provoking an immediate response from Turkish forces besieging the area. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431316002018-02-20
Syrian President Bashar soldiers withdrew from northern Kurdish areas in 2012 NegativeKurdish fighters in northwestern Syria say they have struck a deal with the Syrian government under which it will send troops to help repel a Turkish offensive. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431070132018-02-19
Syrian President Bashar alAssad and his ally Russia have repeatedly said the incident was fabricated NegativeFrench President Emmanuel Macron has threatened to strike Syria if proof emerges that its government is using chemical weapons against civilians http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-430536172018-02-14
The US officials say hundreds of fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar alAssad attacked positions of the USbacked Syrian Democratic Forces in the Deir alZour province NegativeAt least two Russian fighters were killed in US air strikes in northeastern Syria last week their associates have told the BBC http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-430513332018-02-13
Iran Israels archenemy is a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar alAssad whose troops have been fighting rebel groups since 2011 NegativeAn Israeli F16 fighter jet has crashed amid Syrian antiaircraft fire after an offensive against Iranian targets in Syria the Israeli military says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-430140812018-02-10
It is also believed to have supplied thousands of tonnes of weaponry and munitions to help President Bashar alAssads forces and the proIranian Hezbollah which is fighting on Syrias side NegativeIsrael says it has inflicted huge damage on Syrian air defences after one of its fighter jets was brought down during a raid over Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-430196822018-02-10
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights a UKbased monitoring group said they were local tribesmen loyal to President Bashar alAssad and Afghan Shia militiamen NegativeSyria has accused the US of carrying out a brutal massacre with a bombing attack in Deir alZour province http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-429942352018-02-08
The Iranbacked group fought a war with Israel in 2006 and has sent thousands of fighters to Syria to support President Bashar forces NegativeIsraeli warplanes have fired missiles at a Syrian military position near the capital Damascus Syrian media report.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-429736622018-02-07
Of the machines that have been fired up many are from China one of President Bashar allies where Syria can buy spare parts NegativeI fell in love I don't know why confesses Alaa alSayed with a lingering gaze towards his belovedhttp://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427550452018-01-22
Moscow is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad and until now had a contingent of soldiers at the airport in the centre of Afrin NegativeTurkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in a move likely to raise tensions with the US.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427599442018-01-21
Syrian President Bashar alAssad condemned the incursion on Sunday saying the brutal Turkish aggression on Afrin was part of policy of support for terrorism in Syria NegativeTurkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to crush Kurdish fighters very quickly.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427656972018-01-21
Hmeimim is main base for air strikes on rebel groups in Syria strikes that have enabled President Bashar forces to recover much lost ground NegativeA Russian military journalist has published photos of Russian warplanes which are believed to have been damaged by rebel shelling in Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-425803782018-01-05
Syrian President Bashar alAssad is considering a request to evacuate seven children with cancer from a besieged area a British charity says NegativeSyrian President Bashar alAssad is considering a request to evacuate seven children with cancer from a besieged area a British charity says.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-424673062017-12-23
But campaign had another aim to keep a key ally President Bashar alAssad in power NegativeWhen Russia launched its military operation in Syria in 2015 the then US President Barack Obama predicted Moscow would get stuck in a quagmirehttp://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-423305512017-12-13
Mr Putin was met by Syrian President Bashar alAssad as he arrived at the Russian Hmeimim airbase near Latakia NegativePresident Vladimir Putin has ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during an unannounced visit there on Monday.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-423073652017-12-11
Syrian media said the delegation delayed its departure because the opposition was still insisting President Bashar alAssad stand down at the start of any transition NegativeThe Syrian government has accepted a Russian proposal for a ceasefire in the rebelheld Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus the UN sayshttp://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-421564992017-11-28
The Syrian newspaper alWatan reported that the government delegation had postponed its departure because the opposition had reiterated its demand that President Bashar alAssad should stand down NegativeRussia has denied its warplanes carried out air strikes on a village in eastern Syria on Sunday which activists say killed dozens of civilians.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-421425792017-11-27
Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar alAssad in the longrunning civil war NegativeAt least 53 civilians have been killed in Russian air strikes in the east Syrian village of AlShafah a monitoring group says.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-421331122017-11-27
Mr talks with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Sochi came days after he hosted his Syrian ally President Bashar alAssad NegativeThe Russian president has unveiled plans for a Syrian peace congress in a bid to end the sixyear civil war.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-420884202017-11-23
Syrian President Bashar alAssad has said the incident in Khan Sheikhoun was a fabrication NegativeRussia has cast a second veto in as many days to block a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-420345672017-11-19
In Syria Iranian support for President Bashar alAssad has largely routed rebel group groups backed by Saudi Arabia NegativeSaudi Arabia and Iran are at loggerheadshttp://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-420088092017-11-19
Catherine McKenna says the nowdeleted tweet was clearly a mistake and condemned Syrian President Bashar regime in the wartorn country NegativeCanada's environment minister has apologised after a tweet from her account praised Syria for signing the Paris Agreement on climate change.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-418957852017-11-09










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PutinLast month Putin told visiting Syrian President Bashar alAssad Last month Putin told visiting Syrian President Bashar alAssad that Russian military operations in Syria were coming to an end and the focus would shift to a political process.Neutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/12/c_129762886.htm2017-12-12
Russia's major role in the war in Syria where it has given President Bashar alAssad's government crucial military backing has increased its influence in the Middle East.Neutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/10/c_136815356.htm2017-12-10