Contents tagged with Assad

  • Russia unveils its losses in Syrian war

    During three years of military operations in Syria, Russia lost 112 people, stated the former Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the chair of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Viktor Bondarev, reports Interfax.

    According to Bondarev, almost half of these losses are due to the An-26 crash and downed IL-20.

    "At the moment, the total loss of our armed forces in Syria is 112 people. In regards to the equipment, we have lost 8 aircraft, 7 helicopters, and …

  • Israel promises to destroy Russian S-300 missile systems in Syria if they are used against Israeli aircraft

    Defense Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman said that any anti-aircraft systems that fire at Israel’s aircraft will be destroyed. “If someone starts shooting at our aircraft, we will destroy them. And we don’t care if it was S-300 or S-700,” he said.

    Meanwhile, according to Lieberman, Israel is not very worried about the presence of Russian S-300 missile systems in Syria. “The most important thing is that the defense systems supplied by Russia to Syria are not  used against us,” the minister …

  • Russian military observer: Russia lost control of Syrian airspace and shot down the IL-20

    The crash of the Russian Il-20 aircraft in the district of the Syrian city of Latakia was caused by the fact that the Russian military lost control of the airspace and the Syrian air defense system in the area of its Khmeimim airbase, writes Russian journalist and military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer in his blog for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

    He reminded that the air defense system of the Assad's Syrian Arab Armed Forces, which the Soviet Union helped to build, was almost fully destroyed due …

  • Israel hands over to Russia data on downing of Il-20 in Syria

    The Israeli military handed over data to Russia regarding the Il-20 aircraft that was shot down, as well as about Iran’s activities in Syria, as stated by the Israel Defense Force on Thursday, September.

     It is noted that a report was compiled on the situation concerning the Syrian air defense system that shot down a Russian aircraft on the night of September 17th.

    In addition, the Israel Defense Force reported on Iran’s ongoing attempts to establish its own military presence in Syria and …

  • Germany calls on Russia to influence Assad

    On Friday, September 14th, at a press conference following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Berlin, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on Russia to stop Bashar Assad from conducting a large-scale military operation in the Syrian province of Idlib.

    “The situation in Idlib is so sensitive that we want to do everything possible to prevent a large-scale attack, to avoid thousands of casualties among the civilian population,” said the German foreign minister. He also …

  • Kremlin: we do not take seriously reports about possible US strikes on Russian military in Syria

    The Kremlin does not seriously consider news by the American media regarding possible strikes by the US military on Russian facilities in Syria, said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, as cited by RIA Novosti .

    “We no longer seriously consider media reports, because they have completely discredited [themselves]. We pay attention to official statements,” Peskov said.

    Earlier, on September 10th, the Wall Street Journal reported that the White House is considering …

  • Russia convenes UN Security Council session on Syria

    Russia has asked that an open session of the UN Security Council be held in order to discus the results of the summit between Russia, Iran and Turkey, Interfax reports, citing Russia’s permanent representative to the UN.

    This was done “in light of the interest shown by several Security Council members in the results of the Russia-Iran-Turkey summit” explained the mission spokesman Fedor Strzhizhovsky. He clarified that the session has been requested for Tuesday at 11:00 New York time.

    “Our …

  • Iran decides not to transport 300 million euros in cash from Germany

    Authorities in Tehran changed their mind about withdrawing 300 million euros in cash from a German bank account and transporting it by aircraft back to Iran.  As reported on Tuesday, September 4th, by the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, the European-Iranian Trade Bank told the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and the German government about its change of plans.

    The US insisted on the cancellation of the operation, accusing Tehran of intending to use these funds for terrorist …

  • French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Assad won the war in Syria

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won the civil conflict that took place in the country.

    “Assad won the war. We must admit this,” stressed Le Drian.

    At the same time, he pointed out that the Syrian leader may have won the battle, but did not achieve peace, which is possible “with the participation of international mediators.”

    The Idlib province in northern Syria remains the only region controlled by the Syrian opposition and some militat …

  • Syria confirms preparation of an offensive in the Idlib province

    Syrian government forces are preparing a large-scale attack on insurgents in the province of Idlib, said the Minister of Foreign Affair of Syria, Walid al-Muallem, on August 30th after a conversation with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

    According to him, the Syrian military “will make their way through Idlib,” and “the main objective” of the upcoming operation will be the Al-Nusra Front, which at a time had ties with Al-Qaeda.

    The province of Idlib is the last of the de- …