Contents tagged with Syrian Conflict

  • Media: Assad’s forces bombard areas of Syria that are part of de-escalation zones

    The forces of Bashar Al-Assad resumed the bombardment of the areas controlled by the opposition, Anadolu news agency reports. According to the agency, air strikes have continued on neighborhoods in Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Daraa, and Damascus, all of which are part of the de-escalation zones in Syria.

    According to media reports, the towns of Jisr al-Shugur and Bdama, the Kurdag region, the northern region of Latamna, the central part of Dar’a, and districts in East Ghouta and Jobar have …

  • Putin: Russia's participation in the Syrian military operation was valuable to the Russian Army

    The military operation in Syria has brought great benefit to the Russian defense industry, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a Direct Line Q & A session on Thursday.

    "This is of great benefit to our defense industry. The use of the latest weapon types made it possible to understand how they work in combat conditions and how to make the necessary adjustments to the quality of these new weapons systems. We already knew that those are good, functional weapons. However, when we saw how …

  • 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 …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: The US didn’t warn Russia about the airstrike on Assad’s forces

    The United States did not warn Russia about the attack on the Syrian government forces in the south of the country which took place on May 18. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in his interview with the journalists following the session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

    "We are still confirming all the details of this strike, but according to some reports, several dozen civilians have died as a result of it", said Lavrov.

    The Minister said that …

  • Media: Russia proposes to deploy foreign military contingents in 'security zones' in Syria

    Foreign military contingents may be deployed in the “security zones” that Russia has proposed to establish in Syria, reports Kommersant newspaper, referring to a draft memorandum submitted by Moscow to negotiators in Astana.

    In this memorandum, Russia, Turkey and Iran are called “guarantors of the ceasefire in Syria”.

    Four "de-escalation zones" have been proposed - in the province of Idlib, north of Homs, in eastern Ghouta, as well as in southern Syria.

    The exact location of these zones …

  • US Embassy in Moscow urged Americans living in Russia to be alert

    The US Embassy in Moscow urged Americans living in Russia to be alert because of the political situation.

    “U.S. Embassy Moscow reminds all U.S. citizens that the current political climate in Russia requires them to exercise the highest levels of vigilance and situational awareness.  Given recent events, the possibility for large-scale demonstrations, personal harassment, and increased anti-U.S. sentiment is elevated.  U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful …

  • Kremlin: We do not unconditionally support Assad

    Dmitry Peskov, the Press Secretary for Russian President, has said that Kremlin support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not unconditional, reports AP.

    The previous day, the U.S. State Department said that it is time for Russia to reconsider its support of Assad, due to the chemical attack in Syria. It was reported today that U.S. President Donald Trump has set sights on war against Assad.

    "Unconditional support is impossible in this world," he said.

    The Kremlin added that it “is …

  • Iran allows Russia to use its military bases

    Iranian authorities have decided to allow Russia to use Iranian military bases to make air strikes on militants of the Islamic State in Syria “in specific cases.”

    This was told to Reuters by Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif.

    “Russia does not have a military base in Iran, we have a good relationship, and in specific instances when Russia needs to use Iranian facilities to fight terrorism, we will consider the matter,” Zarif said.

    According to the minister, regional …

  • Media: Russian helicopter shot in Syria

    A Russian helicopter was shot down in the east of the Syrian Latakia province by members of the Ahrar al-Sham group, the Arab news outlet Al Masdar reports.

    According to the publication, the helicopter was shot down by heavy machine gun fire from the region on the border with Turkey.

    There is currently no information on the number of casualties or wounded. The Russian military is reportedly conducting an active search for the downed helicopter.

    The Russian center for reconciliation of the …