Contents tagged with Syria

  • Kurds report that Syrian government forces are in Afrin

    The statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the Turkish military stopped the advance of Damascus-backed troops into the city of Afrin is untrue, spokesman for Kurdish self-defense forces Reyzan Hedu told RIA Novosti.

    “The forces sent (to Afrin) are directed by the Syrian government, from the command of the Syrian army. Erdogan turned out to be a bad traffic policeman today, saying that he stopped the movement of Syrian forces that were heading to Afrin. That statement is not …

  • Crimean ports under sanctions looking for way out to Syria and Iran

    Crimea’s ports, which are not operating at full capacity due to the fear of ship owners incurring fines from Ukraine and being placed under sanctions by the West, are considering the possibility of working with Syria and Iran, as announced by Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Georgy Muradov.

    “Our ports are barely loaded, and so we are working on a Syrian and Iranian direction, so that ships carrying numerous loads will be able to travel to these countries, which do not impose constraints,” Muradov …

  • Russia reports massive shelling of Syrian Center for reconciliation in Damascus

    On Tuesday, February 20, the Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria, located in Damascus, came under fire, the Defense Ministry said. The shelling, as noted in the Ministry’s report, was “massive,” and resulted in the death of several civilians. No Russian military personnel were killed.

    “Today, residential areas, hotels in Damascus, and the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties came under massive shelling by illegal armed formations from Eastern Ghouta. …

  • Kremlin confirms that ‘several dozen Russians were killed and injured in recent military clash in Syria’

    In Syria, "during the recent military clash", several dozen Russians were injured, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement published on the Ministry’s website. The Ministry did not specify what kind of military clash it was and where it occurred.

    "During a recent military confrontation, in which the military personnel of the Russian Federation were not involved and no regular technical means were used, Russian citizens and citizens of other CIS countries were killed. This …

  • Syrian forces prepare for attack on Eastern Ghouta

    The Syrian government army is amassing forces in the Eastern Ghouta region. Yesterday a convoy arrived containing Two T-55 tanks, a T-72, five BMP-1s, as well as a ZPU-4, a ZU-23-2s and a “Tochka-U” tactical operational missile complex. All of this equipment will be involved in a massive offensive both on Eastern Ghouta and on the region south of Damascus – the Yarmouk refugee camp, which is partially controlled by ISIS militants. The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) operation has been dubbed “Damascus …

  • Erdogan tells Putin that Assad will face consequences if Syrian troops deployed to Afrin

    The Syrian government will “face consequences" if it concludes an agreement with Kurdish militia in Afrin, where Turkey is conducting military operation Olive branch,Turkey's President Recep Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation, Turkish NTV channel reports.

    During the talks, Putin and Erdogan discussed the problems in Afrin and in Idlib province. "If the Syrian regime goes down this path [agreement with the Kurds], there will be consequences," Erdogan …

  • Kurds report death of two European nationals during fighting against Turkish army

    The People’s Defense Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia in Syria, has reported the deaths of two volunteer fighters, a citizen of France and a citizen of Spain, in battles against the Turkish army over the canton of Afrin in northern Syria.

    "Our comrades Kendal Breizh and Baran Galicia, two of our internationalist fighters…were martyred in the clashes with the occupiers…on February 10," the YPG official website reported.

    The real names of the deceased fighters are Samuel Prada Leon (a citizen of …

  • Media: Dutch citizen who fought for Ukraine in Donbas killed in Syria

    Dutch national Sjoerd Heeger, who was fighting for the Kurdish groups in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province, was reportedly killed in Syria on February 15 in an attack by an Islamic State “shahid-mobile”.

    However, there has been no attack by ISIS suicide bombers during this period. The last documented attacks of this nature took place on February 11 in the vicinity of the Bakhra settlement, where the Dutchman was reportedly also killed. The attack was made by two ISIS suicide bombers – Abu Yahya al- …

  • Authorities of a small town in Southern Russian confirm death of one of its residents in the US airstrike in Syria

    Pavel Dubinets, the deputy ataman of the Cossack society of the Krylovskaya district, told TASS on Sunday that a resident of the town of Krylovskaya, which is located in Krasnodar Krai, had been killed in Syria. The information was also confirmed by friends and relatives of the deceased.

    "I know that he died in Syria. An acquaintance showed the video - already published somewhere - as the helicopter destroyed three platoons, including [that of] Tereshchenko," he said, noting that the departed …

  • Syrian government forces may be deployed in Afrin within next two days

    In the next two days Syrian government forces will be deployed along certain stretches of the Turkish border and in the Afrin province, where the Turkish Armed Forces are carrying out Operation “Olive Branch”, announced Bardan Jia Kurd, spokesperson for the administration of the self-declared Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava).

    An agreement has finally been reached with Damascus, Reuters reports. The Kurds have their first ally in the war with Turkey, whereas before, as they themselves put it, the …