A bomb that struck close to the Syrian capital Damascus has left at least sixteen people dead. President Assad was dealt another blow when one of his allies admitted the possibility of the rebels winning the conflict.
After a highly questionable election, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun his new term. The fact that he should present himself as a bulwark against terrorism is a mockery, says DW's Rainer Sollich.
The Syrian army is advancing to retake the country’s largest city, Aleppo, which would deliver a devastating blow to the opposition after two years of stalemate. Doctors are preparing for the worst.
Bashar Assad is now seen as less of a threat than the ISIS militants in the Syrian civil war. But experts warn attempting to make an ally of the regime in Damascus is not in the West's interest.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has been sworn in for his third term, as the country's civil war continues. Those who oppose his rule denounced his re-election last month as a farce.
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