By striking Islamic State in Syria, the United States would be weakening one of President Bashar Al-Assad's major enemies. But the new US strategy may still unnerve Assad by helping other opponents determined to overthrow him.
French President Francois Hollande said opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should get more Western support but ruled out seeing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as an ally.
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Bashar Al-Assad was sworn in on Wednesday as Syria's president for a new term, after an election his opponents dismiss as a sham but his supporters say proves that a rebellion to unseat him has failed after three years of war.
France wants an alliance of mainly Western and Gulf countries who oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to boost support for groups fighting jihadists in light of events in Iraq and is ready to contribute, the French president's office sai
President Bashar Al-Assad has secured a landslide victory in a wartime election that was condemned as a sham by his opponents but demonstrated his tenacious hold on power after three years of brutal civil war.
At least 162,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year-old conflict, a monitoring group said on Monday, and thousands more are missing after being captured by President Bashar Al-Assad's forces and rebels trying to overthrow him.
Hundreds of Syrian rebels on Wednesday abandoned their last stronghold in the heart of Homs city, an epicentre of the revolt against President Bashar Al-Assad, handing him a symbolic victory weeks before his likely re-election.
Two mortar shells struck a school complex in central Damascus on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens, state media and a monitoring group said.
The attack in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim district of Shaghour ca
Syria set a presidential election for June 3 on Monday, preparing the ground for leader Bashar Al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power days after he said the war was turning in his favour.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on Tuesday said the "grave news" that President Bashar Al-Assad's forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to "international will".