Contents tagged with Bashar al-Assad

  • Syria and Russia hold negotiations about new arms shipments

    Syria and Russia are holding negotiations about new shipments of arms, including anti-air defense weapons. Damascus is interested in latest generation systems, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    “Yes, this always happens before war and during it. Of course, we need more weapons after the war and on account of expending them, this is a part of everyday relations between the Defense Ministries of Russia and Syria,” he said, when asked whether concrete …

  • Turkey considers U.S. missile strike on Syria insufficient

    If there is no continuation following the U.S. missile strike at the airbase in Hama, and the regime of Bashar al-Assad retains its influence in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claims the military actions of Washington will only have a "cosmetic" character, reports Turkish news agency Anadolu.

    "The world, in these recent events, began to understand what we meant by calling for safe zones. The ideal solution is a political solution, and we need to implement a transitional …

  • Pentagon chief: Russia is doing virtually nothing to fight ISIS in Syria

    According to the Pentagon chief, Ashton Carter, Russia has done "virtually zero" in the fight against the so-called Islamic State in Syria. Speaking in an interview with NBC News that was published on Sunday, January 8th, Carter said that Moscow promised to come in, fight the so-called Islamic State, and help end the civil war in Syria. However, Moscow hasn’t done either of those things and thus, “we are fighting the Islamic State on our own,” Carter said. The Pentagon chief stated that the US …

  • Turkish Media: Assad's regime continues to violate the ceasefire in Syria

    Despite the ceasefire in Syria, Bashar al-Assad's regime continues to attack the opposition forces, as reported by the Anadolu news agency.

    According to the agency, Assad's army and pro-Iranian groups have been attacking the opposition's strongholds from the ground and air using heavy weapons.

    As a result of the strikes, two children were killed at the Kafr Dael settlement west of Aleppo.

    The opposition forces responded with artillery at the towns of Kefraya and Al-Fu'ah which are controlled …

  • Putin congratulates Assad over Aleppo

    Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the Syrian government’s victory in Aleppo, as stated by the Kremlin’s press service on Friday.

    "This success was made possible thanks to the joint efforts of all those who rallied in the fight against international terrorism in Syria," the press release stated.

    "Vladimir Putin emphasized that at the moment, the main task is to focus on issues relating to the promotion of the peaceful settlement, in particular, …

  • The White House blamed Assad and Russia for atrocities in Aleppo

    The US administration called the aggravation of the situation in Aleppo an atrocity, blaming President Bashar al-Assad and the countries supporting him. The White House demanded an immediate ceasefire to allow civilians to get access to humanitarian help.

    As Urkinform reported, the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, said at a press conference on Wednesday that, "I think Assad's regime has demonstrated that they have crossed all lines to achieve their goals. And this obviously involves …

  • Turkish students protest against Russia’s actions in Syria

    Protests have been taking place in Turkey for several days against the actions of the Russian and Assad armies in Syria. On Sunday, December 4th, dozens of students staged a rally in front of the Russian consulate in Istanbul to protest against Moscow's military support of Assad's regime.

    On December 2nd, a similar demonstration organized by the National Association of Turkish students was held in front of the Istanbul University, calling for Russia’s withdrawal from Syria. The participants of …

  • Mededev suggests a possible Syria without Assad

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated that the power in Syria should be changed politically and, as a result, Bashar al-Assad can resign. However, as the prime minister noted, Assad is now “the only legally functioning authority in Syria.”

    “[Bashar al Assad] can be treated differently. Some like him, some don’t. That’s not a question. The question is that now he is the only legally functioning authority in Syria, the legitimate president,” Medvedev stated in an interview with the …

  • ISIL Loses 40 Percent of Its Territory in Iraq

    By the end of 2015, territories in Iraq controlled by the so-called Islamic State (known as ISIL or simply IS) had been reduced by 40%, as reported by Reuters. In Syria, ISIL lost 20% of its territory. This was reported by Colonel Steve Warren, a spokesman for the U.S.-led,anti-terrorist coalition.

    In 2014 the extremist group, then known as ISIS, captured one third of Iraq, including the town of Mosul and launched an attack on Baghdad. The blitzkrieg was stopped only because Iran’s Armed …