Bashar al-Assad

Former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and his wife Anisa with his children (l-r) Maher, Bashar, Bassel, Majd and Bushra. Photo: Louai Beshara/ AFP/ Getty Images

How did mild-mannered eye doctor Bashar al-Assad end up a mass murderer?

27 October 2018 9:00 am

‘How did this mild-mannered eye doctor end up killing hundreds of thousands of people?’ someone wondered about Bashar al-Assad in…

If Donald Trump is listening to his generals, that’s great news for Britain

15 April 2017 9:00 am

‘Great Britain has lost an Empire and not yet found a role’. Fifty-five years on, Dean Acheson’s remark has not…

We are strictly impartial in this exciting Syrian conflict

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Let me take this opportunity to join with our Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary in commending President Trump’s swift and…

Can sweet seven-year-old Bana Alabed emerge alive from Aleppo’s rubble?

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Every morning, after the children go to school, I turn on my computer to check that Bana Alabed is alive…

Why is it ok to bomb Mosul but not Aleppo?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

In Mosul, the West cheers for the government. In Aleppo, for the rebels. But they’re more alike than we care to admit

In Syria we're not sure who we're backing, or who we're bombing

24 September 2016 9:00 am

A misdirected airstrike has exposed the West’s Syrian muddle

Putin’s winning in Syria – but making a powerful new enemy

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In Syria, the Russian leader is on the verge of his biggest – and riskiest – coup yet

Aleppo Notebook: the city’s terrorist besiegers will now be besieged

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I had been trying to get to Aleppo for ages, but was unable to do so because rebel activity had…

A Commons consensus on bombing Syria is further away than ever

7 November 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron doesn’t do regret. It is not in his nature to sit and fret about decisions that he has…

How Putin outwitted the West

10 October 2015 9:00 am

His cynical statecraft in Syria has run rings around Britain and America

Forget Chilcot. Here’s the inquiry we really need

5 September 2015 9:00 am

What we really need is an inquiry into why so many of us are so eager to support ‘humanitarian’ wars

The one man who makes me hope for peace in Syria

18 January 2014 9:00 am

As Syria’s second peace conference looms, and we prepare ourselves for a lot of hot air drifting over from Geneva,…

A new Islamist alliance among Syria’s rebels has given Assad the enemy he wants

5 October 2013 9:00 am

A new Islamist alliance among Syria’s rebels leaves the West’s friends in the country weaker than ever

Why can’t we be honest about Syria?

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Wouldn’t it be nice just once in a while to have a war in the -Middle East that wasn’t predicated…