Bashar Assad

He's Getting Stronger

CP | Lara Jakes, The Associated Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

PARIS - Violent extremists who seek to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad may instead have hurt negotiations to replace him.That's frustrating We...


CP | Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad said it's still too early to say whether he'll run for re-election next year, but that he would refrain from se...

Surrendering Chemical Weapons Didn't Save Gaddafi - And it Won't Save Assad

Bessma Momani | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada
Bessma Momani

Assad has bought himself years of effective non-interference in Syria's domestic affairs, including his ongoing quest to crush his opponents. But this does not presuppose his long-term victory -- the international community's brief romance with Moammar Gaddafi ended swiftly when the Benghazi rebels looked like a sure bet to overthrow his regime.


CBC | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada

The United States and its European allies appear to be laying the groundwork for military action in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons by ...


AP | Albert Aji And Bassem Mroue | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada

DAMASCUS, Syria -- Snipers opened fire Monday at a U.N. vehicle belonging to a team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus, a U...

Something Western This Way Comes

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada

DAMASCUS, Syria - A U.N. team that is supposed to investigate an alleged deadly chemical attack near the Syrian capital Damascus last week left their ...

Syria: "A Madman Is Gassing His Own People"

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

In Syria we have been, perhaps rightfully, very concerned with getting ourselves caught in a situation where we have little control or influence, and whose end is unpredictable. Syria's civilians have paid the highest price of this calculus. Now, however, that calculus must change.

The Truth About Poison Gas In Syria

John E.C. Thompson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada
John E.C. Thompson

The footage of purported victims of recent chemical weapons attacks in Syria shows a distressing number of children's corpses... but then both Saddam Hussein and Hezbollah have been accused of stockpiling such corpses in the past to reserve for media events. The Syrian National Front might be no different.

When You're Wrong, You're Wrong - Unless You're a Columnist

Conrad Black | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada
Conrad Black

It is befuddling when columnists, whose job is to express opinions and interpret matters they have some background in for readers -- and who do so with evident inaccuracy for years on end -- are always unrelievedly mistaken but don't change their message or alter their analytical technique. The New York Times is a hotbed of such people, and the Times itself has been mistaken about every single serious issue in American life for decades. But the in-house champion of this genre of habitual error is now Tom Friedman.

Syrian Rebels Down Helicopter: Activists

CP | Barbara Surk, The Associated Press | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada

BEIRUT - Syrian rebels shot down a military helicopter in the country's east, killing eight government troops on board a day after opposition forces e...

Now, Baird Wants UN's Help

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - There is no reason to doubt reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday.But there still ...

Israel Claims Syria Used Chemical Weapons

AP | Ariel David, The Associated Press | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A senior Israeli military intelligence official said on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons las...

UN Plan Syria's 'Best Hope' For Peace: Minister Spokesperson

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Ottawa put out an urgent call for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria Saturday, after an international conference laid out a peace p...

Canada Vows Syrian Regime Will Be Held To Account

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.19.2012 | Canada Politics

PARIS - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada supports sending United Nations observers to violence-wracked Syria to ensure the delivery of ...

'What Constitution? What Referendum?'

Posted 02.25.2012 | Canada

AP -- Syria defied international calls to halt attacks on rebel enclaves as at least 89 people were killed nationwide Saturday on the eve of a constit...

Syrian Threat:"Your Beautiful Face Will be Burned by Acid"

Ahed Al Hendi | Posted 04.24.2012 | Canada
Ahed Al Hendi

Syrian activist Hadeel Kouki is wanted by the country's intelligence. Yesterday she received a message: "We are going to displine you like dogs, you traitor, even if you hide on Mars, Assad's Shabiha will get you. We know all of your activities and we got the green light from your relatives. Your beautiful face will be burned by acid."

Syrian President Vows To Continue Bloody Crackdown

CBC | Posted 01.20.2012 | Canada

Syrian President Bashar Assad has vowed to continue a bloody crackdown on opposition groups within the country, saying they are killing c...

Harper Hails Dictator's Demise, As Canadian Jets Head Home Early

Posted 12.20.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - Canada's military mission in Libya is expected to end by early November following Thursday's death of Moammar Gadhafi. The dictator's demi...

Visa Cuts Off Syria

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.25.2011 | Canada Business

BEIRUT - Syria's state-run bank says Visa cards issued in the country are no longer valid.The Commercial Bank of Syria said in a statement faxed to Th...

Harper Says Syria's Assad Must Go

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has joined other world leaders in calling on Syria's president to resign amid a violent crackdown.The prime minister says Bash...

Canada Extends Sanctions Against Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.13.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's foreign minister acknowledges that diplomatic measures have failed to end the brutal crackdown on reform protesters in Syria, but he...

Syria Touts Hama Slaughter As Progress

CP | Posted 10.05.2011 | Canada

BEIRUT - Syria's government showed off TV and still images of burned buildings and rubble-strewn streets empty of people in Hama, the epicenter of ant...

Canada Imposes Sanctions Against Syria

Posted 11.16.2011 | Canada Politics

(CBC)--Canada is imposing sanctions against the Syrian government and its president, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced late Tuesday aftern...

Canada Imposes Sanctions Against Syria

Posted 11.16.2011 | Canada Politics

(CBC)--Canada is imposing sanctions against the Syrian government and its president, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced late Tuesday aftern...

EU Imposes Sanctions On Syrian President

Posted 07.23.2011 | Canada

(CBC) -- The 27-member European Union has imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad over his regime's crackdown on anti-government protesters...