Contents tagged with Syria

  • Israel stikes Iranian and Hezbollah bases in Syria

    Violent explosions rocked the areas near Damascus on the evening of May 17.  According to the reports, the Israeli Air Forces conducted air raid against Iranian and Hezbollah  bases in Syria.

    Earlier, the Syrian news agency SANA reported that the Syrian Army's air defense systems managed to down several missiles fired from the direction of the Quneitra province and the Golan Heights.

    Al Mayadeen TV Channel belonging to Hezbollah reported that Israel had also attacked targets south of Damascus. …

  • Putin points out shortcomings of Russian aviation in Syria

    Russian aviation used during combat in Syria has a number of shortcomings when it comes to the technical condition of the airplanes and helicopters, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during a military meeting in Sochi as reported by RBK.

    “The same can be said about the direct fire weapons,” Putin added. He drew attention to the fact that “this would have been impossible to detect at a test site.”

    “Industrial enterprises are working routinely to eliminate the problems that have appeared. …

  • Putin and Pompeo met for an hour and a half

    The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which took place on Tuesday, May 14, in Sochi, lasted 1.5 hours as reported by Interfax.

    Presidential Aide for International Affairs Yury Ushakov and Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin represented Russia at the meeting. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey and Acting Deputy Secretary of State Philip Reeker …

  • Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria attacked twice in one day

    On Monday, May 6, The Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria was shelled twice, reports RBC with reference to a report from the head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in the Syrian Arab Republic, Major General Viktor Kupchishin.

    “Both times the fire originated in the east, coming from the area of ​​the Zawiya settlement located in the Idlib de-escalation zone and controlled by the Hayat Tahrir ash-Sham group,” Kupchishin said. According to him, a total of 36 missiles …

  • Russia and Assad launch major air attacks against Idlib and Hama

    The Hama and Idlib provinces have been the target of at least 110 air attacks by Russian and Syrian government aircraft, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday 4 May. According to the London-based organization, at least 69 people have been killed since the start of this new escalation on 30 April.

    The new wave of violence in the region could jeopardize the Russian-Turkish agreement to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib. The agreement was reached in 2018 in the hopes …

  • Russian Khmeimim air base in Syria comes under attack

    Militants tried to fire at the Syrian Khmeimim air base where the airborne forces of the Russian Federation are based.

    According to the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in the Syrian Arab Republic, the attack of the militants holding positions in Qalaat Al-Mudiq and Bab-Atika was unsuccessful. The Russian military did not sustain any losses and there was no material damage to Khmeimim.

    Earlier, it was reported that the militants attempted to attack the air base with …

  • Putin simplifies process for residents of Syria and Afghanistan to obtain Russian passports

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree simplifying the process for obtaining a Russian citizenship for the resident of several countries. The document is published on the Kremlin’s legal information website.

    Following the simplified procedure, citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria will be able to apply for a Russian passport. The decree also extends to those born on the territory of the RSFSR, former citizens of the USSR, their children, spouses and relatives.

    In addition …

  • Russian media: Israeli tanks have entered Syria

    According to Russian state news agency Sputnik, Israeli tanks were spotted in the demilitarized zone between the Israeli and Syrian borders in the Golan Heights.

    According to Ali Hassan, a correspondent for the agency, Israeli tanks went past the Allon line, deep into the demilitarized zone approved by the UN in 1974 as a neutral territory bordering the separate forces after the Six-Day War.

    In response, Syrian units stationed on the other side of the neutral zone were put on maximum alert. …

  • Sailors of Russian Black Sea Fleet sue commanders for failure to pay daily allowance for work in Syria

    Sailors from three Black Sea Fleet ships filed a lawsuit in response to failure to pay of daily subsistence allowance for military operation participation in Syria, Kommersant newspaper reported, citing lawyer Alexander Fedorchenko.

    The daily allowance for officers is $62, for privates and sergeants - $43, but 70% of the total goes to food, the lawyer said. According to him, 27 sailors who filed a collective action, on average, expected to receive 200-300 thousand rubles ($3,134-$4,700). The …

  • Russian military clash with Iranian forces in Syria

    Two Russian servicemen were injured when the Russian military police stationed in Syria clashed with fighters of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The clash, according to the London-based Al-Araby publication, occurred near the city of Mayadin in the Deir ez-Zor province. The reason for the fighting was the detention of the Russian convoy at the Iranian checkpoint. Two Iranian soldiers were killed in the firefight that followed.

    Al-Araby reports that there have already been …