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Could Assad row with cousin tear down Syrian regime?

Could Assad row with cousin tear down Syrian regime?

A defiant tyrant and his ruthless wife square up against the family oligarch, with the spoils of a nation at stake. It could be standard Ramadan television fare, but not this year. Instead, all the intrigue of Syria’s ruling family has been laid out in a spectacular real-life drama that...

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Is Assad now a liability? The mysterious Russian media campaign against Syria's dictator

Is Assad now a liability? The mysterious Russian media campaign against Syria's dictator

When Russia intervened in the Syrian conflict on Bashar al-Assad's side in September 2015, its involvement was seen as crucial for the survival of Syria's dictatorial president, whose army had been severely weakened by desertions and had suffered a string of defeats by rebel forces. Since...

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Putin Has a Syria ‘Headache’ and the Kremlin’s Blaming Assad

Putin Has a Syria ‘Headache’ and the Kremlin’s Blaming Assad

President Vladimir Putin is letting his impatience show with Syrian ally Bashar al-Assad, who isn’t proving as grateful for being kept in power by Russian intervention in his country’s brutal civil war as the Kremlin leader needs him to be. Consumed at home by the twin shocks of...

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Covid-19: 'If there was a severe outbreak in Syria, there would be a bloodbath'

Covid-19: 'If there was a severe outbreak in Syria, there would be a bloodbath'

While the Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 180,000 people worldwide and infected more than 2.5 million, Syria has officially reported relatively few cases. If the epidemic were to worsen there, the death toll would be all the higher as the country, still under international sanctions,...

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