Contents tagged with Syrian Conflict

  • Russia: agreement on withdrawal of Iranian troops from southern Syria achieved

    Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, told journalists on Friday that concerned parties have reached an agreement on the withdrawal of Iranian troops from southwestern Syria.

    "I heard this news, [from] the press and elsewhere, about an agreement reached on a certain disengagement in the southwest of Syria…. My understanding is that the agreement was reached. [As to] whether it has been implemented by now, as of now, I cannot answer. But I …

  • Massive explosions take place at ammunition depot near Syrian city of Hama

    According to SANA news agency, several blasts have occurred near the airbase on the outskirts of Syria’s city of Hama.

    Six massive blasts have been reported so far at an ammunition depot near the Hama airbase. The rescuers and firefighters are trying to get to the site.

     The ammunition and fuel depot is destroyed. It is not known whether any planes were destroyed as a result of the fire. No casualties have been reported so far. 

    #Pt. Video showing aftermath of massive explosions in #Hama …

  • Analyst: Chemical attack in Ghouta one of many as most go unnoticed by the world

    Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Duma (Eastern Ghouta) in order to gain control over the territory around Damascus, Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) analyst Kirill Mikhailov said in a comment to InfoResist news outlet.

    According to the expert, the world media has paid attention to the new chemical attack in Syria only because it killed so many people. However, he believes that Syria has constantly been using chemical weapons.

    “Makeshift chemical attacks are …

  • Russia calls any military intervention in Syria unacceptable

    Military intervention under fictitious pretexts in Syria, where Russian soldiers are stationed, is unacceptable. A statement to this effect was made by the Russian Foreign Ministry and published on the department’s website.

    The Foreign Ministry pointed out that the Russians are in Syria at the request of the country’s legitimate government. Outside interference, the department said, is absolutely inadmissible, and “may lead to the most severe consequences”.

    “The spread of information that …

  • US General sees need for continued US military presence in Syria

    Speaking at the Washington-based US Institute of Peace, General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command (CENTCOM), said that American armed forces presence in Syria will be needed to stabilize the situation in regions liberated from terrorists, aid the return of civilians to their homes, and support the country’s long-term reconstruction. Votel’s area of operational responsibility includes the Middle East, East Africa and Central Asia.

     “A lot of good military progress [has been] made over …

  • Russian and US army chiefs of staff discuss situation in Syria

    Russian Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces General Valery Gerasimov and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Armed Forces General Joseph Dunford discussed Syria in a telephone conversation and agreed to continue contact, reported the Russian Defense Ministry.

    “On March 21, a telephone conversation took place between the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, the First Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Valery …

  • More than a third of Russians do not understand the objectives of the operation in Syria

    Two-thirds of Russians follow the course of the Russian military operation in Syria, which started in the autumn of 2015, and has been declared finished three times since, according to data provided by the Public Opinion fund (POF) based on a survey conducted in February.

    But despite the interest, people are not well informed about the goals pursued by Russia within the military campaign. According to Reuters, hundreds of Russian have been killed  during the operation.

    Of those polled, 18% …

  • Russia confirms death of five Russian citizens in US coalition airstrike in Syria

    Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that according to provisional information, five Russians were killed in the US-led coalition’s airstrike against Syrian government forces. The Russians in question were not soldiers.

    “According to provisional information, as a result of the armed encounter which took place, the reasons for which are currently being determined, five men who were presumably Russian citizens may have died. There are also wounded, but this all needs to be …

  • Media: Russian Khmeimim military base in Syria attacked with missiles

    Interfax news agency reported that two missiles approaching the Russian-operated Syrian airbase at Khmeimim were shot down by the Pantsir-S1 system. A third missile failed to reach the airbase at all.

    The AMN publication claims that two missiles were shot down in the province of Idlib, bordering Latakia. It says that Russian helicopters are patrolling the area from which rockets were allegedly fired.

    The Russian military operation in Syria began on September 30, 2015. The Russian Air Force …

  • Kremlin: Russia wants to help Assad fight 'chaos'

    Viktor Bondarev, head of the Federation Council committee on defense and security, said that Russia will help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad oppose attempts to destabilize the country. Bondarev made a statement to this effect when commenting on the topic of US instructors training militants in Syria, RIA Novosti reports.

    “I am convinced that Bashar al-Assad has enough forces to oppose this, not to let anyone at all plunge the country back into chaos. For its part, Russia will help,” Bondarev …