Damascus Bombing claims fourth Assad aide

AMID conflicting reports that President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to step down from power — a claim strenuously denied by Syria — it emerged that Wednesday’s bomb attack on the heart of the regime had claimed the head of the country’s security service. General Hisham Ikhtiyar is the fourth senior Syrian official to die in […]

Assad Appears on TV After Bombing

Beirut, Lebanon – Syrian President Bashar Assad made his first appearance Thursday since a bomb killed some of his top lieutenants, looking calm and composed on state TV even as his forces turned parts of Damascus into combat zones and rebels seized two of the country’s border crossings.