Contents tagged with Syrian Conflict

  • Russia: Iran’s presence in Syria is completely legitimate

    Russia cannot force Iranian armed forces to leave Syrian territory, because their presence there is legitimate and fully conforms to international law, said the Russian ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov.

    Israel has consistently accused Iranian authorities of intending to create a hostile foothold on their borders and demands the withdrawal of Iranian troops from Syrian territory.

    “Iran’s presence in Syria is completely legitimate according to the principles of the UN Charter. We can speak …

  • Russia announces return of another 200 military police servicemen from Syria

    About 200 military police serviceman have returned from Syria, stated the Russian Ministry of Defense as quoted by RBC news agency.

    According to the Ministry, the servicemen were brought to the Mozdok aerodrome in North Ossetia by Il-76 military transport aircraft from the Russian Aerospace Forces. The Russian Defense Ministry thanked the Command and personnel of the military police for their professionalism and courage in protecting civilian facilities and providing escorts for humanitarian …

  • Ukrainian Security Service: More than 180 Russian mercenaries killed or wounded in Syria in February

    During the offensive in Syria in February 2018, at least 80 mercenaries from the so-called Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) were killed and more than 100 were wounded, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) posted on Facebook.

    “The SBU has established the identity of 206 Wagner PMC mercenaries who participated directly in the so-called ‘Prigozhin offensive’. The documents in our possession prove that at least 80 mercenaries died and more than 100 received wounds of various levels of …

  • Assad announces long term Russian military presence in Syria

    In an interview with the Russian media, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reported that the Russian military presence in Syria is long term and necessary for more than just carrying out the fight against terrorism, TASS reports.

    He stated that Moscow and Damascus have reached an agreement on the status of the Khmeimim Air Base, which will be in effect “for another 40 years”.

    “If the Russian Army came here solely for the purpose of combatting terrorism—then why would we sign an agreement to …

  • Russian Defense Ministry: Israel has destroyed ISIS positions in Syria

    An Israeli strike on July 25 in Syria has destroyed ISIS militants and missile launch sites, the Russian Defense Ministry told journalists Thursday.

    According to authorities, at around 9:30 pm Moscow time a group of ISIS militants, “in an attempt to provoke an Israeli attack on Syrian army positions, drew artillery fire from the Israeli forces stationed near the population centers of Nafakh and Al-Shajara (Quneitra province)."

    “A targeted counterattack by Israeli air forces and artillery …

  • Russia protests against Israel’s downing of Syrian aircraft

    Russia has voiced its protest after Israeli forces shot down a Syrian combat aircraft, according to a source from Maariv daily newspaper.

    The publication claims that Israel has provided Russia with proof that the Syrian aircraft crossed the border into Israel.

    On June 24 Israeli forces reported that they shot down a Syrian combat aircraft, allegedly a Su-22 or Su-24. According to Reuters, the aircraft’s pilot was killed. The plane ventured approximately 1.6 km into Israeli airspace. Israel …

  • Media: Israeli air defense failed to intercept Soviet-made missiles

    The Israeli missile defense system David’s sling could not intercept two missiles from Soviet tactical system Tochka fired from Syria on Monday, July 23, reports Ynet news outlet, without specifying a source of information.

    According to Ynet, this was the first use of David’s sling. The Ministry of Defense and the Israeli air force are investigating the incident. According to preliminary data, human error was not the cause of failure by the defense system in bringing the targets down.

    The …

  • Israel shoots down Syrian aircraft

    The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have destroyed a Syrian combat aircraft using the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system. The Israeli army reported that a Sukhoi fighter jet was intercepted and a missile was fired at it. The fact that the targeted aircraft was actually downed was not reported by Israeli forces. The Syrian Ministry of Defense has confirmed the loss of the Su-22 aircraft. According to some reports, the pilot survived but was captured by ISIL militants. Social media users indicate …

  • Netanyahu to Lavrov: we want Iran out of Syria

    During talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel is interested in the complete withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, reported TASS citing a source in the Israeli government, who also claimed that the prime minister did not reject any offers from Russia during the meeting in Jerusalem on Monday.

    “Israel is interested in a complete withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, …

  • Israel rejects Russian idea for a buffer zone in the Golan Heights

    Israeli authorities have rejected the Russian proposal to create a 100-kilometer zone at the borderline between Israel and Syria, into which Iranian troops would not be allowed. This proposal was offered on Monday, July 23, during negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a Russian delegation led by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Jerusalem.

    In response to Lavrov, Netanyahu said that Israel would not allow Iranian forces, fighting on the side of Syrian dictator …