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In complicating move, al-Qaida backs Syrian revolt

...extremists will try to exploit an uprising against President Bashar Assad that began with peaceful calls for democratic change...is still bleeding day after day, and the butcher (Bashar Assad) isn't deterred and doesn't stop," said al-Zawahri...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2012-02-13/complicating-move-al-qaida-backs-syri
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Paris attacks signal move toward more global IS strategy

...Sunni group had mostly focused on its internal rivals - Bashar Assad's regime and rival Muslim Shiites, which the group...mainly to bolster the beleaguered forces of President Bashar Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin says his fight is...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-11-16/paris-attacks-signal-move-to
Nation and World
Push for end to Syria war seen as most serious yet

...election. But it makes no mention of Syrian President Bashar Assad stepping down during the transition - a key opposition...cease-fire ahead of talks."The political future of Dr. Bashar Assad should only be decided by the Syrian people in democratic...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-11-12/push-end-syria-war-seen-most
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Putin vows to hunt down, punish those who bombed Russian jet

...fight IS, although Western concerns remain that its airstrikes also are hitting rebels who oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad but are not affiliated with radical groups.Putin said that Russia's air campaign in Syria "should not only be continued...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-11-18/putin-vows-hunt-down-punish-
Nation and World

...that killed as many as 1,400 Syrians in August 2013 who said they wanted to help Syrian civilians and fight President Bashar Assad. The vast majority ended up with the Islamic State group.Look beyond France, and there is a sense of the scale of...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-11-18
Nation and World
France IDs top Paris attacks figure

...leaders maintained a publicly frosty demeanor, reflecting strained relations over Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and Russia's go-it-alone pursuit of airstrikes against both IS and anti-IS rebels in the country, a strategy...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-11-17/france-ids-top-paris-attacks
Nation and World
Only handful of US-trained Syrians fighting IS

...problems has been that many Syrian fighters want training and equipment to fight the government forces of President Bashar Assad, but the U.S. program is limited to rebels who agree to only battle the militants.The stunning admission from...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-09-17/only-handful-us-trained-syri
Nation and World
Russia shows military might in Syria, also pushes diplomacy

...Arabia and Turkey, both staunch critics of President Bashar Assad.Lavrov said he wanted to provide "firsthand information...to implement that and it's a person called Assad, Bashar Assad."Kerry spoke alongside German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-10-23/russia-shows-military-might-
Nation and World
Russia said to get Iran's clearance for Syria-bound flights

...flights comes amid signs of increased Russian military presence in Syria. Moscow, which has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout the nation's 4¬?-year civil war, said its military experts are in the country to train its military...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-09-10/russia-said-get-irans-cleara
Nation and World
A Putin craze takes hold in Middle East

...the two countries.The reactions underscore that while the West may criticize Putin for supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad, there is some relief in the region at the emergence of a player with a coherent - if controversial - strategy...

http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2015-10-13/putin-craze-takes-hold-middl
Nation and World

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