Contents tagged with Syria

  • Russia begins withdrawal of troops from T4 airbase in Syria

    Russia has begun withdrawal of its military from the T4 airbase, which is located in Tiyas, Homs Province, reported Telegram-channel "The Military Observer" with reference to local media.

    T4 is the largest airbase in Syria. In addition to the Russian military, the airbase is home to Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps units and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. There is no information whether Iranian and Hezbollah forces are also leaving the airbase. The T4 airbase has been regularly …

  • Russian special forces fail to advance in south-western Idlib

    Russian special forces were defeated while trying to advance in the southwest of Idlib Province. The pro-Turkish militants repelled the attack, reports the Telegram channel "NORS / in Russian" with reference to local sources.

    Fighting between the Russian military and pro-Turkish militant groups broke out in Idlib province, on the border with Turkey.According to the channel, Russian special forces attempted to take control of the pro-Turkish militants’ positions in the village of Al-Ankawi, in …

  • Israel strikes Hezbollah targets in Syria

    At around 11 p.m., on February 3, Israel struck Hezbollah positions in Syria, reported the Syrian government’s news agency SANA.

    Sana reported, citing army sources, that "the Israeli enemy carried out aerial aggression from the occupied Syrian Golan by firing several air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missiles. At the same time, according to the Syrian authorities, "the Syrian Arab Army air defenses responded to Israel's missile strike on some targets in the southern region and shot down …

  • Russian Special Forces officer killed in Syria

    On the night of January 14-15, Russian special forces came under militants’ attack while trying to storm the town of Al Enkawi in the Al-Ghab Plain. One Russian serviceman was killed.

    According to the reports, the deceased is an officer of the special forces unit of the Russian Military Intelligence Directorate (GRU), Mikhail Viktorovich Klimentsov. He was reportedly killed on January 14.

    The circumstances are not known, but the Russian Telegram channel "Special Purpose Channel" reported that …

  • Syria accuses Israel of another air strike on its territory

    The Syrian state news agency Sana reports that in the early hours of Friday, January 22, the country's air defense forces repelled an attack by the Israeli Air Force on targets in Hama governorate.

    The agency reports that Israeli aircraft launched a missile attack on Syrian territory while in Lebanese airspace. According to the agency, most of the missiles were destroyed by Syrian air defense forces, but "some reached the target."

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports that …

  • Russia deploys 300 troops to Syrian Hasakah province

    Russia has sent additional military units to Syrian Hasakah province, Major Dmitry Suntsov, a chief of the joint Russian-Syrian monitoring center, said on Monday, January 18. According to him, about 300 soldiers will be deployed there. Their main task is to "contribute to the de-escalation of the conflict in the region," Suntsov said. They will make sure that the ceasefire is respected, he explained.

    The Syrian province of Hasakah borders Turkey. The Russian military is stationed there as part …

  • Russia prepares for escalation in Syria after Biden comes to power

    Russia is preparing for worsening of the situation in Syria after the Democrats come to power in the United States. Russian officials believe that the Democrats plan to change the policy of Donald Trump on non-interference in the Syrian conflict.

    On Monday, January 11, a large landing ship Saratov passed through the Bosphorus Strait in the direction of the Russian base in Tartus.

    According to Interfax, the ship entered the Mediterranean Sea, where the Russian flotilla of more than ten …

  • Putin: Russian FSB successfully counters terrorist threats originating from Syria

    The Federal Security Service (FSB) is successfully countering threats originating from Syria, said Russian President Vladimir Putin on air of Rossiya 1 TV channel.

    "Everything that our security agencies, including the Federal Security Service, are fighting against is of Syrian origin. Or not "Syrian." The threat, I repeat, comes from these territories," he said.

    Russian military entered Syria in 2015. The head of the General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov, reported in December 2017 that …

  • Russian Defense Minister compares preparations for Putin's visit to Syria to a Hollywood thriller

    In the film "Mistakes not allowed. Christmas visit to Damascus," which was shown on Rossiya 1 TV channel, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu described how a secret visit of President Vladimir Putin to Syria in January 2020 was prepared.

    "If you make a detailed and revealing film, it can be, on the one hand, such a very, very good textbook and manual on how to organize of this kind of work of all services without exception. On the other hand, it will be such a thriller, more than any …

  • Israel strikes Iranian arms depots in Syria

    On the night of January 7, Syrian air defense systems were activated in response to air attack by Israeli Airforce. Media reports of five explosions. According to unconfirmed reports, Israel attacked targets near the Golan Heights and in the suburbs of the Syrian capital.

    One of the explosions occurred near the Syrian Arab Army radar station in al-Dur, in the western province of As-Suwayda.

    The attack targeted the mountainous area near the town of Al-Kiswah south of Damascus.

    The area is …