Contents tagged with Assad

  • Media: Assad's aircraft dropped barrel bombs on opposition-controlled areas in Syria

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that military aircraft of Assad's forces dropped barrel bombs in areas of the Hama province, which is controlled by rebels.

    The organization noted that a number of bombs were dropped on the cities of Tayyibat al-Imam and Soran, located north of Hama, in an area where in March insurgents carried out a large-scale offensive led by jihadist groups.

    The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdulrahman, said that the number of …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry: Tillerson’s statements on Syria are not an ultimatum but usual flexing of muscles

    Statements made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about Syria, before his visit to Russia, are not an ultimatum, but simply a flexing of muscles before the talks begin. This statement was made by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

    “I consider it, not an ultimatum, but a political statement, as a flexing of muscles before the start of negotiations. This is quite in line with Washington’s methods,” she said, commenting on the statement of the U.S. …

  • Kremlin denies the joint statement of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah threatening US

    Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary to the Russian President, said that the Kremlin knows nothing about the statement of the joint command center of Russia, Iran and Shiite militia groups supporting Bashar al-Assad’s regime and about readiness to use force against “any aggressor”, Nastoyashchee Vremya reports.

    Yesterday this statement was spread by Reuters, citing a statement published on Ilam al Harbi (War Media) news outlet.

    “The aggression shown by America against Syria crossed red lines. From …

  • Moscow: It’s time for Trump to stop imposing decisions on Russia

    Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian State Duma Konstantin Kosachev said that U.S. President Donald Trump, in trying to pin the blame on Russia for the situation in Syria and the support of President Bashar Assad, is trapping himself, RIA Novosti reported. The Russian senator noted that Trump is pushing himself into a trap of “notorious decisions” from which it will be almost impossible to be extricated.

    “To think that it can be ‘managed’ during  …

  • Erdogan calls on Russia to stop protecting Assad

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Russia to revise its entire policy on Syria and to stop supporting Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

    Erdoğan made a statement to this effect while commenting on the US missile strike on the Syrian airbase in response to the chemical attack in Idlib, Anadolu news agency reports.

    “It is our hope that this will not be limited to the US action. We hope that Russia gets involved as well, that at least they stop protecting Bashar al-Assad,” Erdoğan said. “ …

  • American senators want to create 'hybrid tribunal' on Syria, Russia disagrees

    A group of influential American senators introduced a bill to prosecute the war crimes committed in Syria (Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act). The bill envisions the possible creation of a hybrid tribunal to judge Assad and his regime, as well as to investigate the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by all sides of the conflict in Syria, including the Jihadist group “Islamic State”.

    The “hybrid tribunal” could contain both Syrian and foreign jurists, judges and other …

  • 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 …

  • Erdogan promises to support US in war against Assad

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he would support a US military operation in Syria against the country’s President Bashar Assad, according to western media.

    “If the matter comes to practical realization, then we are ready to do anything that will be necessary,” he said.

    Erdoğan added that he had talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the chemical attack in Syria, but he did not receive a clear answer about whether Assad had been involved in the action.

    Before this, the …

  • Assad: Russia is the only real force against ISIS in Syria

    In an interview with the Chinese Phoenix News television channel, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called Russia the only force that is effectively fighting against the Islamic State.

     According to Assad, while U.S. President Donald Trump has called the fight with the so-called Islamic State one of his political priorities, Damascus has not seen any concrete actions to combat jihadists from the US.

    "The only serious side in this respect is Russia, which is effectively fighting ISIS in …