Contents tagged with Syria

  • U.S. to put more pressure on ISIS in Syria.

    According to U.S. military and administration officials, the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS has begun preparing to open a major front in northeastern Syria, aiming to put pressure on Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital.Two important steps were approved last week by President Obama to set the offensive in motion, officials said. Mr. Obama ordered the Pentagon, for the first time, to directly provide ammunition and perhaps some weapons to Syrian opposition forces on the ground.He also …

  • Saudi Arabia concerned over Russian strikes in Syria.

    Saudi Arabia demands that Russia stop its military operations against targets in Syria.Being a leading adversary of Assad regime, the Saudis noted Russian strikes had caused civilian casualties while failing to target the hardline Islamic State militants Moscow says it opposes.Speaking at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, a senior Saudi diplomat said: "The delegation of my country expresses its profound concern regarding the military operations which Russian forces have carried out …

  • Russian strikes in Syria: day 2.

    For a second day in a row now Russia has been launching air strikes in Syria.Reportedly, the strikes targeted sites in the north-west held by the Army of Conquest rebel alliance, as well as areas in Homs and Hama provinces.Russia claims that with some 20 missions carried out on Wednesday it struck 12 Islamic State (IS) positions in 24 hours, destroying a command centre and two arms depots.Although the US fears it was the positions of the opponents of Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar al- …

  • Military deployment to Syria approved by Russian parliament.

    The upper house of Russia's parliament has voted to allow the military to be deployed in Syria, making it the first formal move to legalize Russian air strikes on the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

    According to US intelligence, within hours Russia appeared to have carried out its first attack.

    Although as assured by a senior Kremlin official, no ground troops would be involved in Syria, only the air force.

    Earlier this week President Vladimir Putin called for a broad anti-terror …

  • Syrian manipulations of the Russian Federation

    Both Ukrainian and foreign media reported today that satellite images published by the US private intelligence firm "Stratfor" show a significant build-up of Russia's military presence in Syria.According to analysis the military aircrafts seen in Syria belong to the units of the Eastern Military District of the Russian Federation.

    The main activity of the Russian military is observed on the Russian air base near the town of Hamimim Latakia and Tartus seaport.

    It is notable …

  • Russia and Israel to coordinate actions in Syria.

    Netanyahu: Russia and Israel will coordinate actions in SyriaIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a joint plan with Russia to coordinate military action in Syria."My goal was to eliminate misunderstanding between the Israeli army and Russian forces," - said Netanyahu after talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin.According to the Israeli Prime Minister, leaders of the two countries agreed on mechanisms to prevent accidentally trading fire between soldiers of Israel …

  • First 'Refuseniks' for the Russian mission to Syria

    It is a well known fact now that Russia is sending not only military equipment and weapons, but also its personnel to Syria. Compared with the average salary of a military in The Russian Federation, it's mercenaries get paid very good money. But as reported, there appear the first "refuseniks" who would not go to the "far away hot lands" whatever the pay might be.

    Unrests started in one of the units in the Eastern Military District of the Russian Federation, because of soldiers refusing to go …

  • Fake Syrian passport costs 750 Euro

    A Dutch journalist based in Syria has managed to get a forged Syrian passport and ID card with a photograph of prime minister Mark Rutte on it.

    It cost Harald Doornbos only some €750 for the passport, which he was able to pick up from the forgers within 40 hours. The forger told Doornbos that he would be able to enter Cyprus with the passport. The aim of the exercise, according to Doornbos, had not been to buy a forged passport featuring Rutte, but he had been asked to supply a name and …

  • New Russian weapons used by Syrian army

    As reported by Reuters on Thursday, the Syrian military has started using new types of air and ground weapons supplied by Russia.

    The weapons are described by a source in the Syrian army as "highly accurate and effective, and hit targets precisely."

    The source declined to give further details about the weapons.

    Earlier U.S. officials said the United States had identified a small number of Russian helicopters at a Syrian airfield, although it was not clear when the Russian helicopters had …

  • Russia is stepping up its military presence in Syria.

    Three Russian military cargo jets have landed in Syrian in the recent days.

    They have delivered mobile housing units and military equipment.

    American officials said that most likely Russian is trying to build its military base and also an air control center in Syria to aid an embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

    Previously Bulgaria refused to provide an air space corridor to Russian Syria-bound flights.

    Although today Russian officials have confirmed that the airspace has been provided by …