Contents tagged with Syria

  • NATO's involvement in the fight against ISIS will weaken airspace control over Eastern Europe

    NATO’s participation in the fight against the so-called Islamic State will lead to a loosening of NATO airspace control in eastern and central Europe, the DPA news agency reported on Saturday, August 27, citing sources in military circles.

    According to the agency, the alliance does not have enough AWACS radio detection aircraft systems to comply with US demands to continue the fight against the so-called Islamic State, without reducing activity in the other areas. Therefore, military experts …

  • Lavrov: Russia prevented a US attack on Syria in 2013

    According to an article published by TASS, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia prevented the USA’s attack on Syria in 2013 by convincing the President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad to abandon the use of chemical weapons.

    “Of course, the consequences could have been more devastating if Russia had not prevented the USA’s attack on Syria three years ago by convincing al-Assad to rid Syria of its chemical weapons stockpiles,” he said.

    On August 15th, the …

  • New commander of US forces in Syria issues warning to Russia

    The new Commander of the US forces in Syria and Iraq, General Steve Townsend, has warned Moscow and Damascus that the US will protect its special forces in northern Syria if artillery attacks are carried out on areas where their forces are located.

    “We have informed Russian servicemen of where we are. Russians have also told us that they have informed the Syrian side of this. I want to emphasize that we will defend ourselves if we feel a threat,” CNN quoted Townsend as saying.

    CNN also …

  • Yildrim: Turkey is open to allowing Russia to use NATO's Incirlik airbase

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Ankara would not object to allowing Russia to use the Incirlik airbase to carry out airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State, Anadolu reported.

    Responding to question posed by journalists, Yıldırım said Russia has not requested use of the base.

    “Turkey opened Incirlik airbase to fight Islamic State terrorists. It is being used by the US and Qatar. Other nations might also wish to use the airbase, which the Germans are also now using,” Yıldırım …

  • Iran will allow Russia to use Hamedan airbase indefinitely

    Iran will all allow Russia to use the Hamedan airbase as long as Moscow sees fit, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said on Saturday, August 20, Tasnim news agency reported. He added that Tehran does not plan to provide Russia access to other military bases. Dehghan also said that Iran has received the bulk of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, and the deliveries are expected to be completed within a month. The Minister noted that Moscow has offered to sell Iran S-400 and " …

  • Russian ships fire cruise missiles at Syria from Mediterranean

    Russian ships launched three cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea against targets in Syria. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, an al-Nusra Front command post and base were destroyed.

    Russian ships launched thee Kalibr cruise missiles at targets in Syria. The missiles were fired from ships of the Black Sea Fleet, Zeleny Dol and Serpukhov, located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. A command post and base belonging to the al-Nusra Front near the village of Dar Taaza were destroyed, …

  • Conflict Intelligence Team reported on deaths of two Russian servicemen in Syria

    The Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) has discovered that two more Russian servicemen were killed in Syria, RBC reported. The CIT is a group of indepedent investigators.

    The CIT reported that Russian officers Oleg Arkhireev and Maxim Sorochenko are buried in the Solnechnogorsk cemetery. Their deaths, which occurred during Russia’s campaign in Syria, were confirmed by relatives and comrades-in-arms.

    Captain Maxim Sorochenko died on the 19th of November 2015, but the circumstances surrounding …

  • Speaker of Iranian Parliament claims Tehran has not provided Russia with a military base

    The speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, denied the claim that Iran provided a military base to Russia in the Islamic Republic. “Not a single Iranian military base was provided to Russian servicemen,” Larijani stated. The speaker of the Iranian Parliament also noted that Tehran cooperates with Moscow on regional issues, including the conflict in Syria.

    Earlier, it was reported that Tupolev Tu-22M strategic bombers from the Russian Air Force arrived at the Hamadan base in Iran to …

  • Russian aircraft once again take off from Iranian airfield to carry out air strikes in Syria

    Russian aircraft have once again taken off from the Hamadan airfield in Iran to carry out airstrikes on targets in Syria, Interfax reported, citing a statement released by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    Tu-M22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi Su-34 tactical bombers took off from Hamadan and carried out strikes on positions of the so-called Islamic State in the province of Deir Ez-Dour.

    The bombers were covered by Su-35 fighters which are based the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria.

    Russian …

  • Shoygu: Russia prevented a NATO missile strike in Syria

    Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, has said that Russia’s actions prevented a NATO strike, comprising of 624 cruise missiles, on Syria. This was reported by Russian RIA Novosti.

    “Syria’s situation was changing then. You have to ask yourself what would have happened if our president [Putin] had failed to convince parties of the idea surrendering and destroying of the chemical weapons. There were 624 NATO cruise missiles ready to be launched in 24 hours. That is the number I memorized. …