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Topic: Bashar al-Assad

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Vatican embassy in Syria damaged by mortar strike

No casualties reported after apostolic nunciature in Damascus hit by rocket on Tuesday morning

I thought we should hit Assad hard, but Pope Francis has changed my mind

At first, the Pope’s appeals for peace exasperated me. Surely we had passed the point of no return

Is there a moral case for a punitive intervention in Syria? One minute I think there is; and then I am not so sure…

Whatever we do, the people of Syria will remain victims of one of the most murderous political criminals—and also of the weakest international leadership—of modern times

Why do we want to arm the allies of those who reportedly beheaded Fr Murad?

Have we learned nothing from Afghanistan and Iraq?

Assad’s regime is appalling, but I can’t blame my Christian friends in Syria for praying that he wins

There are no good guys in the Syrian conflict; people can only choose the lesser of evils

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International justice, whether in the Hague or in Strasbourg, has done nothing either to deter genocide or defend human rights

The existence of the International Criminal Court has probably led to tens of thousands of deaths. As for human rights…

Archbishop says Syria is locked in ‘murderous stalemate’

Archbishop of Damascus says that Catholics say goodbye to each other after Mass, uncertain whether they will meet again

Catholic MP: thousands of Christians may be killed if Assad regime falls

Edward Leigh says that Christians have found an ‘oasis of relative calm’ under the ‘nasty’ regime