Assad image appears on Syrian currency for first time

Jul 3, 2017

Assad image appears on Syrian currency for first time

President Bashar Assad has appeared on the Syrian currency for the first time, his portrait printed on a new 2,000-pound banknote that went into circulation on Sunday. Central bank governor, Duraid Durgham, said the 2,000-pound note was one of several new notes printed years ago ...

U.N. cites 'notable trend' of people returning home in Syria

Jul 1, 2017

U.N. cites 'notable trend' of people returning home in Syria

Nearly a half-million people who were displaced within Syria by the war have returned to their homes, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday, pointing to a "notable trend of spontaneous returns" this year. UNHCR says aid agencies estimate that more than 440,000 internally displaced people ...

Assad regime taking U.S. retaliation threat seriously, Mattis says

Jun 29, 2017

Assad regime taking U.S. retaliation threat seriously, Mattis says

Syria's government is taking seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Brussels, Mattis noted there has been no such attack since the White House issued a surprise statement Monday ...

Assad visits Russian air base in rare sortie out of Damascus

Jun 28, 2017

Assad visits Russian air base in rare sortie out of Damascus

Syrian President Bashar Assad visited a Russian air base at Hmeymim in western Syria on Tuesday, his first visit to the base from which Russian jets have supported his war effort. Photos circulated showed the Syrian leader in the cockpit of a Russian Sukhoi SU-35 ...