Contents tagged with Syria

  • 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. …

  • Russia plans to convert Khmeimim airbase in Syria into a full-fledged military base

    Russia’s First Deputy Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee in the Federation Council, Franz Klintsevich, said during an interview with Izvestiya that Russia plans to convert the Khmeimim airbase in Syria into a full-fledged military base.

    Klintsevich explained that the legal status of the base is currently being determined. "After agreeing on the legal status of Khmeimim, it will be a base for the Russian armed forces, and proper infrastructure will be built,” the senior Russian …

  • Russian State Duma: The Russian military will remain in Syria indefinitely

    The Russian military will continue to support the Syrian government in their fight against terrorism for as long they are needed. According to Interfax, this was said on Tuesday by the head of the State Duma Defense Committee, Vladimir Komoedov. He went on to say that “we will remain in Syria for as long as is necessary”.

    According to Komoedov, the Russian Navy has always been present in Syria as “there was a small base for the ships in the Mediterranean” in the port of Tartus. He added that “ …

  • Israel fired at Russian drone after it crossed over from Syrian airspace

    Deutsche Welle has reported that a Russian drone had violated Israel’s airspace on the 17th of July.

    According to media reports, on the 7th of August, Russia acknowledged the violation and explained that it had been caused by a “human factor”.  The media continued to report that the issue had already been telephonically discussed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The media also reported that the Russian drone returned to Syrian airspace after …

  • Obama: We must test Russia to see if we can cooperate in Syria

    At a press conference at the Pentagon, US President Barack Obama said he does not trust Russia to cooperate militarily with the US to bring peace in Syria, but the proposition must be tested.

    The US State Department recently announced that it is pursuing military cooperation with Russia to end the war in Syria, a proposal over which some defense officials have expressed concern.

    When asked why he trusts Moscow to cooperate, Obama said "I am not confident that we can trust the Russians and …

  • Obama: Cooperation in Syria will not end US pressure on Russia with regard to Ukraine

    During a joint press conference with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, US President Barack Obama explained the difficulties in attempting to cooperate with Russia to end the violence in Syria while simultaneously attempting to force Russia to implement the Minsk Agreements and end its role in the war in eastern Ukraine.

    “I think we’ve already got a lot of differences with Russia on a whole bunch of issues,” Obama stated, according to a press release on the White House’s website. “But I …

  • Ash Carter: Cooperation with Russia in Syria will not create a military partnership

    The agreements made between the US and Russia with regard to Syria does not signal the beginning of a deepening of their military partnership. This was said by the US Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter.

    On the 26th of July, AFP reported Carter as saying that discussions on military cooperation in Syria are only being carried out to “coerce Russians to make the right steps”, specifically to support a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

    However, according to Carter, Russia is “still …

  • Kerry: Progress is being made with Russia on Syria despite Defense Department's doubts

    US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Laos, said that progress is being made in pursuing closer cooperation between the two countries in Syria, the Washington Post reported.

    Kerry hopes that Washington and Moscow will share intelligence to coordinate attacks against extremist groups in Syria. The Secretary of State also seeks to persuade the Kremlin to convince the Syrian government to focus its attacks on groups such as the …

  • Wall Street Journal: Russian aircraft bombed US outpost in Syria

    Russian aircraft bombed a garrison used by US and British troops in Syria last week, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    According to the newspaper, US and British special forces use the garrison in southern Syria near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders for a base of operations. A contingent of 20 British commandos had reportedly pulled out of the area less than 24 hours before Russian aircraft dropped cluster bombs on the outpost.

    After the strike, officers with the US military’s Central Command …