won re-election in June 2014, securing 88.7 percent support in a vote which the opposition derided as a charade, saying that he faced no credible rival candidate and that no poll held amid civil war could be credible.
Support to Assad
is perhaps a low risk, high-return investment for Vladimir Putin, who has been desperately trying to carve a role for Moscow in the Middle East affairs for quite long.
Experts who have studied Assad
's relationship to local militias and allying countries have pointed out the risk of a rising 'warlordism,' inside Syria whereby local militia commanders who are nominally loyal to Assad
govern according to their own interests.
and his handlers knew before using poisonous weapons that Trump would answer with the sort of retaliation he ordered used Friday.
The Russian lawmakers met with Assad
after the United States, France and Britain launched missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago.
Given this chaos, contradiction and incoherence, it's little surprise Assad
feels confident enough to use chemical weapons.
is definitely a terrorist who has carried out state terrorism," Erdogan told a televised news conference.
Still, the Obama administration's accommodation of Iran in Syria did not prevent it from speaking loudly and incessantly about the Assad
regime's war crimes and its lack of legitimacy.
has actively participated in discharging refugees to other countries amid (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/bashar-assad-syria-refugees-terrorists-yahoo-interview-234890) a civil war that has pitted the Syrian military against Islamic State militants and rebel groups . Thousands of civilians in entire cities have been killed by the Assad
regime's chemical weapons and barrel bombs, especially in Aleppo in the northwest part of the country, where ISIS fighters have set up a base. But in the Yahoo exclusive, Assad
explained that his priority for the future of Syria's refugees was to "bring those citizens to their country, not to help them immigrate."
Israel Hayom has learned from a senior Egyptian official that Syrian President Bashar Assad
secretly sent his three children out of Syria to an unknown destination in Western Europe last week.
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that discussions of Assad
receiving asylum in Russia were premature.