Contents tagged with Syria

  • Assad regime sends letter to UN demanding halt to operation of Western coalition in Syria

    The Syrian Foreign Ministry has sent letters to the UN Security Council which again called for an end to the “illegal actions of an international coalition led by the United States” in the country, reported the Syrian news agency SANA.

    According to SANA, the Syrian Foreign Ministry, in two letters sent to the Secretary General and the chairman of the UN Security Council, condemned the coalition’s air strike on Friday on the residential quarter of Al-Mayadeen in the province of Deir Az-Zor in …

  • Kremlin: Russian military tested more than 200 weapons during the operation in Syria in 2016

    According to the Chairman of the Military Scientific Committee of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant-General Igor Makushev, the Russian military scientists have analyzed the use of more than 200 weapons in Syria over the past year, as reported by Russia’s TASS news agency .

    "Over the past year, an analysis of the use and operation of more than 200 weapons systems has been made, with special attention paid to the latest models, including those undergoing testing," the …

  • Media: Russia deploys special forces to southern Syria to support Assad’s offensive

    The Syrian agency Al Masdar News, citing sources in the country’s army, reported on the transfer to the southern regions of groupings from the Airborne Forces (VDV) and the Special Operations Forces of the Russian Federation. The agency reports that the Russian military will support the offensive by Bashar al-Assad in the province of As-Suwayda.According to the agency, these Russian forces "will perform the functions of military advisers, and will also help the Syrian government troops to …

  • Iran opposed to U.S. participating in guarding de-escalation zones in Syria

    Tehran is not in favor of the U.S. military participating in guarding de-escalation zones in Syria, said Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.

    “No,” he said in an interview with the newspaper Kommersant in answer to a question about whether Iran would have agreed to America participating in guarding de-escalation zones.

    Shamkhani stressed that “Syria has a government, and only it can decide who has the right to be present in their territory….The Americans, who …

  • U.S. and Russian militaries are actively exchanging information about skies over Syria

    The commander of U.S. air operations in the Middle East said that the United States and Russia are now more actively exchanging information through an established “hotline,” as the airspace over the territory controlled by ISIS is becoming more crowded.

    “We had to increase the amount of work to eliminate conflict situations, which we are doing together with the Russians, given the limited airspace in which we are now operating,” U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Jeffrey Harrigan told the media …

  • Russia has tested almost all kinds of weapons during military operations in Syria

    Russia tested almost all kinds and types of weapons during the special operations in Syria, not only ones currently in use, but also promising ones, those under development and testing, Russian Deputy Defense Minister, Yury Borisov said.

    Armed confrontations have continued in Syria since March 2011. Since September 30, 2015, at the request of Bashar Al-Assad, Russia has been conducting air strikes against targets in Syria. With the support of Russia, Damascus has managed to reverse the …

  • Putin personally awards Russian Special Forces for military actions in Syria

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has given an award to Russian Special Forces, who for two days restrained the attack of militants in Syria. This was reported by Interfax, citing Press Secretary for the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov. "The Head of State on Wednesday, as promised, personally awarded the Russian Special Forces who performed a feat in Syria, in the province of Aleppo", said Peskov. Then, according to him, "because of a lack of coordination that occurred, the Syrian troops in …

  • Two Russian officers killed in Syria

    Two military advisers from Russia have been killed in Syria: Captain Evgeny Konstantinov and Major Aleksander Skladan, commander of the reconnaissance battalion, as reported by RBC news outlet, citing Sergei Minko, the Chairman of the regional branch of “Boevoe Bratstvo” (“Military Brotherhood”) in the Jewish Autonomous Region of Russia.

    In Minko’s words, the retreating Syrian army left the Russian military alone with the enemy.

    “The Syrian army stopped providing covering fire, and retreated. …

  • Russia: it is clear that the US can strike at will in Syria

    The statement by the American officials that the US will not repeat the attacks on Syria if there is no threat to the American forces shows that the Pentagon has reserved the right to do so at any time, as stated by the First Deputy of the Federation Council on Defense and Security Committee, Franz Klintsevich, to journalists.

    "Any military person will tell you that the term ' threat ' has a broad interpretation. This means that the Americans reserve the right to hit Syria at any time. The …

  • Russian authorities sentence a soldier for an incident in Syria

    On Friday, Kommersant newspaper reported on the first sentence given to a soldier of the Russian army who had participated in the military operation in Syria, citing a source closely involved in the legal proceedings. According to the publication, this concerns the military contractor, private Artem Hilko, who was charged with losing an automatic weapon.

    According to the publication, the sentence was given by the Moscow Military District Court, but the legal proceedings were closed to the …