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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 »

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 »

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. Theirs is ...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 »

Nikki Haley: Assad's overthrow no longer a priority - Aljazeera.com

The United States has said that it is no longer focused on ousting President Bashar al-Assad as it seeks a new strategy to end Syria's civil war. American officials have been shifting away for some time from their former insistence that he must go, but ...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 »

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

NEW YORK – Members of Syria's opposition and Russia agreed on Wednesday that the shaky cease-fire in Syria must be maintained and consolidated before any progress can be made toward a political settlement in the latest round of United Nations-backed ...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 »

Trump team shifts focus away from Assad in Syrian war - Deutsche Welle

Washington signaled a new strategy on Syria and Assad on Friday, with White House spokesman Sean Spicer hinting at accepting "reality" in the war-torn country. The US would focus on beating back the "Islamic State" (IS) terror militia and not on ...and more »