Alawites are largely thought of as uniformally loyal to the Assad
In December 2016, Assads
forces captured rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo, marking the governments biggest victory since the conflict began.
Its also pertinent to mention that an earlier report published in this newspaper informed that thousands of Pakistanis have left for Syria to fight along with Assads
The United States of America should be prepared to use military force, to strike military targets of the Assad
Washington has been trying to find a way to cooperate with Russia in Syria without acknowledging that Russia's goals, and Iran's, are inimical to the president's previous insistence that Assad
has to go.
From 1974, the Assads
enjoyed Israel's latent protection.
There are 11 chapters: the uprising that wasnAEt supposed to be; Lawrence of Syria; treaties, rebellions, and independence: 1919-1946; wars and coupsuthen the Assads
arrive: 1947-2011; the uprising begins; chemical weapons, military offensives, and stalemate; who supports Assad
Observers have said he played a central role in the regime's crackdown on popular demonstrations against the rule of the Assads
that broke out in March 2011.
This reminds us of what's going on in Syria, where there are now 3 major players: The Assads
and their Iranian allies, the Free Syrian Army and its allies, and the terrorists of ISIL.
Though the Assads
always opposed Pakistan's stance on Kashmir or East Pakistan, Islamabad sent its best air force pilots to fight on the side of Syria and Lebanon against the 1973 Israeli aggression.
The rival Qatari and Iranian pipeline plans were among many causes of the Syrian war, which began months after a Sunni-led revolution broke out in mid-March 2011 against what that country's opposition called "the tyranny of the Assads
Syria has been under authoritarian rule by the Assads
since the 1970s and hostile to Israel, a U.