Contents tagged with Idlib

  • Syria suspends flights over Idlib

    The Syrian army has suspended flights in the northwest of the country after one plane was shot down by Turkey, reports the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

    The agency claims it has obtained an audio recording of the conversations of the Syrian pilots.

    According to Anadolu, as soon as the first plane was attacked, the dispatcher contacted the pilot of the second plane, which was in northwestern Syria at the time.

    "Hawk-12 was shot down," the air traffic controller told the pilot of the plane, …

  • Russian media: Turkish combat drones are a big problem for Assad Forces in Syria

    The Turkish Air Force, in particular drones, have become a real problem for Syrian troops over the past two weeks, reports the popular Russian publication "Moskovskij Komsomolets". The author, citing Turkish media, writes that Turkish drones destroyed at least 22 Syrian BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, 13 122-mm Gvozdika and 152-mm Acacia self-propelled howitzers during this period.

    The article states that Turkish Air Force drones destroyed at least 55 tanks: 13 T-55, 7 T-62, 23 T-72, one T-90 …

  • Turkey downs another Syrian warplane over Idlib

    The Syrian Air Force lost another warplane over Idlib. The loss of the plane was confirmed by the Syrian news agency SANA, saying that the plane of the government forces was shot down by a Turkish fighter while flying over Idlib. No other details of the incident were provided.

    The Turkish Defense Ministry also confirms the downing of the Syrian warplane. According to a post on the Twitter account of the Turkish Ministry of Defense, the country's air force destroyed the Syrian Army's L-39 …

  • Russian military police enters strategic city in eastern Idlib

    Russian military police has been deployed to the city of Saraqib in the eastern part of Idlib province, reports RBC news agency with reference to the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

    According to RBC, the police units entered the city at 17:00 Moscow time on March 2. This measure was taken "because of the importance of the city in ensuring the safety and unhindered movement of vehicles and civilians on the M4-M5 highways."

    The situation in Syria escalated in February after an …

  • Pro-Iranian militants fire ballistic missile at Turkish troops in Syria

    Pro-Iranian forces fighting alongside the Regime of Bashar al-Assad fired a ballistic missile at Turkish army positions in the northern province of Idlib, reported the Israeli news website Nziv, citing Syrian media.

    According to preliminary data, it is a medium-range missile identical to that used by the Yemeni Houthis against Saudi troops. The projectile was reportedly shot down by a missile defense system deployed on the Turkish-Syrian border.

    Earlier, the Turkish Air Force and ground …

  • Russia says it cannot guarantee safety of Turkish aircraft in Syria

    The Turkish side cannot count on the safety of its combat aviation in northern Syria, stated the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria, after Turkey shot down two Syrian fighter jets over Idlib.

    "The command of the Russian troops cannot guarantee the safety of Turkish aviation in the skies of Syria," the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, said, as quoted by TASS.

    "Amid a sharply aggravated situation, the Syrian government closed the airspace in …

  • Turkish drone destroys Russian-made Pantsir air defense system in Idlib

    On Friday, a missile fired by a Turkish drone destroyed a Russian-made Pantsir-S1 deployed by the Syrian Army in Idlib province.

    A video released by Turkish media, shows an active Syrian Pantsir being destroyed by a Turkish drone.

    According to Turkish media, the Pantsir radar was active when it was hit, indicating that the system failed to detect the incoming missile.

    The Syrian Air Defense Force reportedly has more than 30 Pantsir systems. Russia has also strengthened its Syrian Khmeimim …

  • Merkel's party calls for sanctions against Russia over Syria

    Leading representatives of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for new sanctions against Russia due to its support for the regime in Damascus. Moscow is responsible for a new escalation of the refugee situation in Syria and Turkey, said German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Chairman of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee Norbert Röttgen in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) published on Sunday, March 1. …

  • Turkey shots down two Syrian warplanes over Idlib

    Syria's news agency SANA reported that two Syrian aircraft were shot down by the Turkish military over Idlib province. The agency stated that the pilots managed to eject and were not hurt.

    Earlier, Turkish TV channels TRT and CNN Turk reported that of a Syrian government aircraft was shot down in the skies over Idlib. The latter claimed that the plane had been shot down by opposition forces controlling the city of Saraqib.

    There were also reports on Twitter that a Russian Su-24 had been shot …

  • Erdogan asks Putin to step aside in Syria

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that during a telephone conversation he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin not to interfere in the conflict between the Turkish Armed Forces and Syrian troops.

    "I openly asked Putin, "What are you doing in Idlib? If you want to create a military base, then create one, but get out of Turkey’s way," Erdogan said on Saturday in Istanbul, as cited by Anadolu.

    According to Erdogan, the Turkish military in Syria is "at the invitation of the Syrian …