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US signals openness to Assad staying put - CNN

(CNN) The Trump administration doubled down Thursday on prioritizing the fight against ISIS over ending the Syrian civil war and getting rid of its main protagonist, President Bashar al-Assad -- a suggestion that was swiftly criticized by hawks on the ...and more »

US priority on Syria no longer focused on 'getting Assad out': Haley - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States' diplomatic policy on Syria for now is no longer focused on making the war-torn country's president, Bashar al-Assad, leave power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday, in a departure from ...and more »

Time to play the money card in Syria - European Council on Foreign Relations

Despite understandable hesitation, European leaders should increase stabilisation support for Syria, and accept that assistance can no longer be tied to an unattainable transition. In the aftermath of the fall of rebel-held East Aleppo, as Bashar al ...and more »

US no longer focused on removing Assad from power in Syria, ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says - The Independent

The United States' diplomatic policy on Syria for now is no longer focused on making the war-torn country's president, Bashar al-Assad, leave power, the US ambassador to the United Nations has said, in a departure from the Obama administration's stance ...and more »

Building the First Criminal Case Against Assad's Regime - News Deeply

BARCELONA – On Monday, a Spanish judge ordered an investigation into allegations that Syrian government officials committed state terrorism – a case that international lawyers Almudena Bernabeu and Maite Parejo have been building since 2016.and more »

Assad's rational brutality - Open Democracy

Bashar al-Assad is a rational tyrant. Since he inherited the presidency in 2000, Assad has strategically employed brutality to repress dissent and maintain power. Picture from “The Banners of Occupied Kfar Nabel” page on Facebook. Amnesty International ...and more »

White House Backs Nikki Haley, Rex Tillerson On Syria's Bashar al-Assad - NDTV

Washington: The White House on Friday backed top aides' comments that the United States is not now focussed on making Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power, saying the US focus is on defeating ISIS terrorists. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ...and more »

Trump's Shift on Assad Gives Hope to Syria, Prompts McCain's Resentment - Sputnik International

Washington's foreign policy shift toward Syria apparently signals that the Trump administration has recognized that their predecessors' Syrian strategy was highly inefficient. It also shows that the White House is likely to adopt a more pragmatic ...and more »

Trump's shift on Syria to strengthen hand of Assad - Irish Times

US president Donald Trump has delivered on a campaign pledge by instructing the US military to focus on defeating Islamic State rather than toppling Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. He made his position clear last October when he spoke favourably of ...and more »

War in Syria: US Will No Longer Target Assad - Newsweek

The U.S. government has shifted its position in the war in Syria and would no longer push for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Both U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made comments Thursday ...and more »