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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 »

White House Accepts 'Political Reality' of Assad's Grip on Power in Syria - New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump has abandoned the goal of pressing President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to leave power, marking a sharp departure from the Middle East policy that guided the Obama administration for more than five years, the White House ...and more »

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 »

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

Lawyers Maite Parejo and Almudena Bernabeu discuss how they built the first criminal case against Syrian officials to be accepted in a foreign court, and the impact it will have on bringing perpetrators of abuse in Syria to justice. Written by Cristina ...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 »

Removing Assad From Power in Syria Is 'No Longer a Priority' for the US - New York Magazine

This month marked the sixth anniversary of the Syrian civil war, which began as peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Former President Barack Obama said, in the late summer of 2011, “Assad must go.” Though the United States gave some ...and more »

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

RTX2UYZQ Syria's president Bashar al-Assad (C) joins Syrian army soldiers for Iftar in the farms of Marj al-Sultan village, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on June 26, 2016. SANA/Reuters. Share. World Syria ...and more »

UN Ambassador Haley on Assad, Russia and Syria's Future - News Deeply

U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N., Nikki Haley, discusses the obstacles facing negotiations for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, including the increasing number of countries involved in the war and dealing with a 'government that ...and more »