Assad


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Assad

1. Hafiz al ('hafIz [+ae]l). born 1928, Syrian statesman and general; president of Syria (1971--2000)
2. his son, Bashar al (b[+ae]$&[+ae]l). born 1965, Syrian statesman; president of Syria from 2000
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First, it will increase Russia's leverage over Assad.
I did not say that Assad has to go or that Assad has to stay," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the news conference with Kerry and the U.
Dmitry Sablin, another lawmaker in the Russian delegation, told TASS news agency that Assad had said the effectiveness of Russia's military operation in Syria had exceeded expectations.
And Assad yesterday thanked Russia for "standing up for the unity of Syria and its independence".
There were and still are very good reasons to consider the Assad regime the root cause of the entire Syrian crisis.
A post on Khaddur's Facebook page says he had been held in Damascus after Assad men had contacted him and promised to help investigate the fate of over 250 Assad troops missing from the Tabqa Air Force Base in the ISIS-controlled province of Raqa north of Syria.
Obviously, Assad is taking advantage of Obama's hesitant approach and the full support of Hezbollah and Iran to decide the battle on the ground.
This is not so that Assad can give his blessing before a Lebanese president can be elected, as was usually the case with all post-civil war presidents, but so that Hezbollah can show Assad that it now has the autonomy to impose its political agenda within Lebanon.
In a statement just minutes after his candidacy was announced Assad appealed for restraint and said any "demonstration of joy" should be responsible, urging people not to fire celebratory shots in the air.
The Assad regime, like President Obama's critics in Washington, sees the recent events as part of a decline in America's influence and a rise in Russia's.
The White House is clearly in no hurry to see Assad go.
Reuters quoted Assad as saying, "Personally, I don't see any obstacles to being nominated to run in the next presidential elections.