Contents tagged with Syria

  • Russian-Chechen special forces to deploy to Syria

    Special forces from Russia’s Republic of Chechnya have been deployed to Syria where they are tasked with protecting Russia’s Khmeimim air base in the province of Latakia, Izvestia reported.

    The “East” and “West” special forces units of the Russian Ministry of Defense, which are based in Chechnya, were created in 2003, and are informally known simply as the Chechen special forces.

    The special forces units have extensive combat experience in both mountainous and urban areas, the former being …

  • Media: Israel attacked Syrian military base in Damascus

    On Wednesday morning, Syrian authorities reported on a series of bombings at the military base of Syrian Air Forces in Mezzeh in the western part of Damascus, Interfax reports, referencing the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. The newspaper noted conflicting information regarding the reason behind the bombings.

    The Arabic news source Al-Masdar, having ties with Syrian authorities, states that the bombings were preceded by a fire that broke out in the munitions depot.

    However, some …

  • Due to malfunctions, Russia may have to relocate most of the aircraft from Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier

    The majority of the aircraft currently stationed on the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier may be relocated to Russia's Hmeimim airbase in Syria. This was reported by the Russia’s Kommersant daily.

    According to Kommersant, after losing its finisher cables, the aircraft carrier is not able to accept landing planes.

    "If the malfunctions in the arresting gear of the landing complex cannot be fixed, then, according to the decision of the Russian Chief Military command, the majority of the Su-33 ( …

  • Turkish students protest against Russia’s actions in Syria

    Protests have been taking place in Turkey for several days against the actions of the Russian and Assad armies in Syria. On Sunday, December 4th, dozens of students staged a rally in front of the Russian consulate in Istanbul to protest against Moscow's military support of Assad's regime.

    On December 2nd, a similar demonstration organized by the National Association of Turkish students was held in front of the Istanbul University, calling for Russia’s withdrawal from Syria. The participants of …

  • Lavrov: Ceasefire in Aleppo will take effect once moderate opposition leaves the city

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that a ceasefire will go into effect in Aleppo as soon as the moderate Syrian opposition leaves the eastern part of the city, TASS reported.

    However, Washington and Moscow must first agree on the routes and time frame for members of the Syrian opposition to leave the war-torn city.

    “As soon as they are coordinated, the ceasefire regime will enter into force," Lavrov said.

    The Russian Foreign Minister also noted that those members of the moderate …

  • Russia loses second fighter jet from Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier

    A Russian Su-33 aircraft from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, as reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense. The crash happened at the time of landing and was caused by a breakage in the cable of the arresting gear. The plane rolled beyond the deck and fell into the sea.

    “After completing the mission over the skies of Syria, while landing on Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, as a result of the cable breakage in the arresting gear, an Su-33 …

  • Russian warplanes strike Syrian Idlib province killing 14 civilians

    At least 14  people were killed on December 4, as a result of airstrikes on the northwestern parts of Syria's Idlib province. This was reported by Radio Liberty, citing representatives of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    According to the members of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the city of Maaret Al-Numan was hit by airstrikes. The members of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights believe that the strikes were carried out by Russian warplanes.

    The airstrikes are being …

  • Ukraine tells NATO that chemical weapons from Syria were possibly delivered to Crimea

    During its visit to NATO headquarters, the Ukrainian delegation provided information about the possible arrival of chemical weapons from Syria to the Crimea, as stated by the Head of the Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Iryna Friz, Krym.Realii reported.

    According to her, a clear example is the arrival of the Nadalina ship in the port of Feodosiya at the end of October, which was unloaded in high-security conditions.

    Friz said that, "all …

  • Turkish Foreign Minister: Assad should not remain in power in Syria

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated during his visit to Beirut that Bashar al-Assad can’t remain in power in Syria. According to Çavuşoğlu, the Syrian President is responsible for 600,000 deaths and that is why Bashar al-Assad has lost the right to be the President of Syria, Reuters reported.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey also called the situation in Aleppo critical, calling for an immediate ceasefire in the country.

    As Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu noted, Ankara is negotiating …

  • Lavrov: US has presented new proposals to resolve the situation in Aleppo

    Russian Foreign MinisterSergey Lavrov stated the the American Secretary of State, John Kerry, while at the meeting in Rome, presented new proposals regarding the situation in Aleppo.

    According to Lavrov, the previous proposals of the United States “supported the immunity of Jabhat al-Nusra, who is at the head of the terrorists in Aleppo, from any strikes.”

    At the same time, the new proposals presented by Kerry, “are in line with the position of the Russian experts at the talks with the …