Contents tagged with Syria

  • Kremlin: 11 Russian aircraft and helicopters returned from Syria

    11 Russian military planes and helicopters returned from Syria last week, arriving at their permanent bases in Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry reported as quoted by to RIA Novosti.

    “Eleven aircraft have returned to their permanent bases in the Russian Federation from Syria over the past week,” the Ministry informed.

    According to the Defense Ministry, the Russian warplanes flew to their base while the army aviation helicopters were carried by military-transport aircraft. Additionally, the …

  • High-ranking Iranian officer killed in Syria

    The news  outlet Sepah News reported on Saturday that a senior officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the elite part of the armed forces of Iran, has been killed in Syria.

    "Second Brigadier General Shahrokh Daeipour, one of the commanders and veterans of the Iran-Iraq War, died in [the] Syrian [town of] Al-Bukemal during an advisory mission," the portal said, without specifying in what circumstances and when the Iranian officer was killed.

    Al-Bukemal was considered less …

  • Despite US warnings Russian warplanes strike Daraa de-escalation zone in Syria

    Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes in southern Syria, violating one of the so-called "de-escalation zones".

    “For the first time since the ceasefire in southern Syria was agreed last year, intense Russian air strikes hit cities in the eastern part of Daraa province," said the head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman.

    According to Reuters, the two monitoring centers controlling the movement of …

  • EU allocates 3 million euros to integrate Syrian refugees into Armenia

    The EU has allocated 3 million euros to integrate Syrian refugees in Armenia.

    This was reported in a statement published on the Armenian Foreign Ministry’s website following the first meeting of the EU-Armenia Partnership Council, which was held on June 21 in Brussels.

    “The Partnership Council emphasized that the search for a lasting and reliable political solution to the conflict in Syria is of paramount importance. To facilitate the integration of Syrian refugees in Armenia, the EU …

  • US-led coalition planes strike Syrian positions in Homs

    Two positions held by Syrian forces in the Homs Governorate were hit by missile strikes shortly before midnight on June 22, the Russian news outlet Daily Storm reports. The first strike targeted the village of Al-Halba, which lies south of Palmyra, and the second strike was directed further south, at Al-Qaryatayn, south-east of Homs. At least one Syrian soldier was killed and several were wounded. Sources report that the air strike was made by the US-led coalition in order to counter the Syrian …

  • Syrian army begins operation against opposition forces in Daraa

    The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun an offensive in the south against the opposition forces in the Daraa Governorate. Artillery and aircraft have bombarded the eastern regions of the territory, including regions previously classified as de-escalation zones in agreements between Russia and the US. The SAA’s offensive is the largest since the assault on Ghouta in the spring of 2018.

    SAA infantry forces encountered intense resistance from the Syrian opposition regiments, Turkish news agency …

  • Washington warns Russia and Damascus of ‘serious repercussions’ if ceasefire in Daraa de-escalation zone continues to be violated

     “The U.S. remains troubled by reports of increasing Syrian regime operations in southwest Syria within boundaries of de-escalation zone negotiated between U.S., Jordan and Russia. U.S. continues to warn both Russia and the Assad regime of the serious repercussions of these violations,” wrote the US state department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, on Twitter.

    In a statement issued by the US State Department's press service, Washington warned Moscow and Damascus about "serious repercussions" if …

  • Hashd al-Shaabi militia accuses the US of killing dozens of its fighters during airstrikes in Syria

    Iranian-backed militia Hashd al-Shaabi, which carries out operations in Syria alongside the Iraqi forces, accused the US-led coalition of killing 22 of its fighters during the recent air strike on their positions. According to Hashd al-Shaabi, 12 of its soldiers were also injured.

    “At 22:00 of Sunday evening, June 17, 2018, American aircraft, using guided missiles, struck three positions of Hashd al-Shaabi units of the 45th and 46th brigades which protect the border line with Syria, leading to …

  • Media: Syrian Democratic Forces planning a large-scale operation against Turkish army in Syrian canton Afrin

    Russian Federal News Agency reports, citing its sources, that Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are supported by the US-led coalition, are planning to launch a large-scale military operation in the north-western province of Aleppo to drive Turkish troops and their allies out of the canton of Afrin.

    According to the agency, the SDF plans a large-scale operation against the Turks in the settlements of Jarablus, Azaz and Al-Bab. SDF command has recently held several meetings with their …

  • Tensions flare between Russian and Iranian forces in Syria

    Tensions between Russian and Iranian forces have started to spread to the Syrian army.

    Russia, which wants members of Hezbollah and Iranian troops to withdraw from the Golan Heights, is not happy with the fact that not all have left the area, reports the blog bmpd.

    It has been noted that some Shiite units have begun wearing Syrian army uniforms and have continued the hostilities. Specifically, they have donned the uniforms of the 4th Panzer Division, which is under the command of Maher Assad, …