Contents tagged with Syria

  • US State Department accuses Assad's forces of violating agreement on de-escalation zones in Syria

    The US Department of State expressed concern on about reports that Syrian government forces are conducting operations in one of the de-escalation zones in southwestern of Syria in violation of previously-reached agreements.

    "The United States remains concerned by reports of impending Syrian government operations in southwest Syria within the boundaries of the de-escalation zone [that had been] negotiated between the United States, Jordan, and the Russian Federation last year and reaffirmed …

  • Russia warns the US against using 'tough measures' against Syrian government forces

    The American military should not use "tough measures" against the Syrian Army. Russia will analyze the situation in the de-escalation zones in the south-west of the country and draw appropriate conclusions, RBC news agency reports, quoting the Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Federation Council, Vladimir Jabarov.

    According to Jabarov, the use of "tough measures" against the Syrian military by the U.S. "is absolutely unacceptable".

    "Americans have resorted to …

  • Assad says he will hide supplies of Russian S-300 missile systems

    Bashar Assad said that Damascus does not usually announce what weapons are delivered to the country. Talks about deliveries of S-300 missiles began after the United States, France and Britain attacked government facilities in April.

    In an interview with the Iranian television channel Al-Alam, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad commented on the possible supply of Russian S-300 missile complexes to Damascus.

    When asked whether Russia will supply Syria with S-300 missile systems, the Syrian leader …

  • OPCW confirms use of chemical weapons in Syria in March 2017

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that during the attack on northern Syria in March 2017, chemical weapons were used.

    The OPCW was referring to the attacks that occurred on March 24, 2017 to the south of the city of El-Latamina in the north of the Arab Republic and on March 25 on the hospital that is in the city as well as the surrounding territories. Experts found that sarin was used during the first attack, and chlorine was used during the second. The …

  • US Justice Department accuses five Russians of supplying Syria with aviation fuel

    On Tuesday, the US Justice Department filed charges against five employees of the Russian company SovFracht for supplying Syria with aviation fuel, thereby contravening the sanctions introduced by the US government against Damascus.

    The Justice Department said that allegations have been brought against Ivan Okorokov, Ilya Loginov, Karen Stepanyan, Alexey Konkov and Liudmila Shemlkova at the District Court of Columbia. The SovFracht employees allegedly “conspired to violate US economic …

  • US aircraft carriers return to the Mediterranean Sea

    The U.S. naval forces strike team, headed by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman CVN 75, returned to the eastern region of the Mediterranean Sea to continue launching attacks against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. “The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) returned to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to fight against ISIS,” a statement on the U.S. Navy’s website reads. “This maneuver gives a powerful message to partners that the USA is committed to peace and …

  • Assad’s airstrikes on Syrian Idlib province kill 17 people

    On Sunday, June 10, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government forces carried out airstrikes on targets in the the Idlib province, including a hospital in the town of Taftanaz, Anadolu news agency reports. Strikes were also directed against the towns of Binnish and Ariha, and Ram Hamdan and Beni Iz villages. 17 civilians were killed in the attack.

    According to one of the agency’s correspondents, aircraft attacked the province during the latter half of the day, in the afternoon.

    Members of …

  • Russia’s airstrike in Syrian Idlib province kills 44 people

    Observers from two organizations, the White Helmets and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), have reported that on the evening of June 7, aircraft from the Russian Air Forces launched an air strike against the Syrian village of Zardana in the province of Idlib, killing at least 44 people.  

    Eleven women and six children are among the dead, say the human rights activists. More than sixty people were injured. The number of victims may increase, as many of the wounded are in critical …

  • Germany issues arrest warrant for military commander close to Assad

      German authorities have issued arrest warrant for the chief of Syria's Air Force Intelligence, Jamil Hassan. German Prosecutor’s Office accuses Hassan of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Spiegel newspaper calls the military commander one of the closest associates of the President Bashar al-Assad.

    Syrian activist Anwar al-Bunni worked with Germany's chief federal prosecutor, Peter Frank, to compile the criminal case, using interviews with Syrians, some of whom now live in Germany.


  • Putin: Russia will not withdraw troops from Syria yet

    Moscow is not planning to withdraw its military contingent from Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the Direct Line session which was broadcast by Russia 24 TV channel.

    “They will stay there as long as it is beneficial to Russia, and in fulfillment of our international obligations. We are not planning to withdraw the units yet,” the president said. According to him, Russian troops are carrying out important duties related to ensuring Russia’s security in the region and …