Bashar al-Assad

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‘Parents are dressing up their children to be buried’: Syria’s war on young escalates
Mural artist Hussein Sabbagh, 13, one of 27 children killed in government attacks in north-west Syria in two months

Bethan McKernan Middle East correspondent

01, Aug, 2021 @5:05 PM

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Syria: Assad shells former opposition stronghold Deraa
President attempts to crush simmering insurrection with all-day offensive as rebels launch counterattack

Bethan McKernan and Hussein Akoush

29, Jul, 2021 @4:47 PM

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Syrian economy lies in ruins and China sniffs opportunity
Analysis: War may be winding down, but with Assad in charge for seven more years the country remains splintered

Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent

21, Jul, 2021 @4:00 AM

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Wafa Mustafa: the woman fighting to find her father – and all of Syria’s disappeared
Ali Mustafa dreamed of seeing his beloved Syria freed from Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Then in 2013 he vanished, and his daughter has been searching for him ever since

Annie Kelly

14, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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‘It will be a catastrophe’: fate of Syria’s last aid channel rests in Russia’s hands
Possible veto of Bab al-Hawa UN aid crossing could halt the flow of vital food and health supplies to 3.4 million people

Bethan McKernan and Hussein Akoush

09, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Assad forces’ shelling in Syria causes 5,000 civilians to flee
At least 31 people killed since start of June amid government attacks on Idlib area

Bethan McKernan Middle East correspondent

23, Jun, 2021 @4:00 AM

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‘Mob boss’ Assad’s dynasty tightens grip over husk of Syria
Country’s emergence as a mafia state leaves today’s election result in little doubt

Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent

26, May, 2021 @4:00 AM

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Civil war, ruin, raging poverty... but Assad is guaranteed to win Syria’s fake election
The sham election this week is designed to give the president a veneer of legitimacy at home and abroad

Bethan McKernan, Middle East correspondent

23, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Meeting between Saudi and Syrian intelligence chiefs hints at detente
Visit to Damascus by Gen Khalid Humeidan suggests imminent thawing of relations between regional foes

Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent

04, May, 2021 @4:02 PM

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Denmark strips Syrian refugees of residency permits and says it is safe to go home
Government denies renewal of temporary residency status from about 189 Syrians

Bethan McKernan Middle East correspondent

14, Apr, 2021 @3:22 PM

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Is Myanmar the new Syria? Rising violence threatens a repeat tragedy
As ethnic militias back the popular uprising and refugees flee the country, the similarities with Syria are deeply disturbing

Simon Tisdall

04, Apr, 2021 @5:15 AM

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The Observer view on bringing Assad to justice after a decade of war in Syria | Observer editorial
An international tribunal is the best way to deliver a reckoning for the dictator’s devastation he has wrought on his country

Observer editorial

21, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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