Contents tagged with Syrian opposition

  • Media: US will not intervene in advance of Assad troops in southern Syria

    The United States informed Syrian rebel groups that they should not expect military support to resist the Russia-backed government, whose troops are advancing in southern Syria.

    A letter sent by Washington to the leaders of Syrian rebel groups said that the U.S. government would like to make it clear that “you should not base your decisions on the assumption or expectation of U.S. military intervention”, Reuters reports.

    Earlier, the United States warned Syrian President Bashar Assad and his …

  • US warns Assad of 'firm' measures if southern Syria is attacked

    The US has warned that it will take “firm and appropriate measures” to enforce the ceasefire agreement in southern Syria if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sends his troops against the opposition who are based in that part of the country.

    The territory in south-western Syria between the border city of Daraa and the Israeli Golan Heights has become another “hot spot” in the large-scale conflict between the irreconcilable enemies in the region: Israel and Iran.

    In 2017, the US, Russia and …

  • Syrian opposition accuses Russia of conducting an air strike on a refugee camp

    On Tuesday, March 20th, the province of Idlib, which is part of the de-escalation zone in Syria, was bombed by Russian aircraft. The refugee camp in Khas was bombed, resulting in the death of 10 civilians and an additional 15 injured, the Anadolu news agency reported.

    A representative of the Syrian opposition, Abu Raed, told the agency that an air strike was carried out by a Russian Su-24 plane, which took off from the Khmeimim air base in Latakia.

    The head of the Syria Civil Defense (White …

  • Tillerson: Russia must create conditions for a peaceful solution of the future of Syria

    The US has appealed to Russia with a call to end its support of violence in Syria, said State Rex Tillerson during an interview with Al Hurra TV.

    "What we’re encouraging Russia and others is to de-escalate the violence – once ISIS is defeated, do not promote the violence. And we’ve asked Russia to persuade the regime [of Bashar Al-Assad] to stop the march and the campaign against opposition forces," Tillerson said.

    According to Tillerson, having agreed to the creation of ceasefire areas in …

  • US believes that Syrian opposition was not represented at Congress in Sochi

    The American administration believes that the Syrian National Dialogue Congress held in Sochi was unbalanced and played into the hands of the authorities in Damascus, as stated on Thursday at a regular briefing for journalists by Heather Nauert, head of the State Department's press service.

    "We took a look at that and we determined that it [the Congress] was far too heavily tilted toward the regime; the opposition wasn’t sufficiently represented.," said the official representative of the US …

  • Lavrov calls 'US mentees' the most dangerous militants in Syria

    The greatest danger in Syria is posed by the foreign terrorists who have sided with the US-backed armed opposition groups, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow, Interfax reports.

    “If we look at who poses the greatest danger, it is the United States’ mentees, various foreign terrorists and militants who find their way into the armed opposition groups which the US supports,” Lavrov observed.

    When asked about the presence of Iranian forces in Syria, Lavrov …

  • OCCRP: US armed Syrian opposition fighters with Soviet-made weapons

    The US Department of Defense purchased Soviet-made weapons from Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Ukraine for Syrian rebels. This was stated in the published results of the months-long investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).

    It was reported that for these purchases, the US lowered the requirements for production standards. The weapons are intended for Syrian opposition fighting against the terrorists of the …

  • Russian Minister of Defense: Damascus-controlled territory has increased by 2.5 times

    In a broadcast of the TV channel Russia 24, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said that Damascus-controlled territory has increased by 2.5 times in the last two months.

    According to him, this is a “serious success”. Shoygu said that half of the province of Deir ez-Zor is controlled by Syrian state forces. Its liberation will be decisive in the fight against the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS).

    He specified that in Syria, since the start of the Russian Armed Forces’ operation, there …

  • Lavrov suggested that Syrian opposition be excluded from Syrian negotiations

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov proposed to leave the Syrian political opposition on the "roadside" of the political process, as he indicated in an interview with the Kurdish television channel Rudaw, as reported on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    According to him, they prove their "inability to negotiate." The Minister noted that Russia supports the results of the previous round of Syrian talks, which took place in Geneva. He recalled that at that time the special …

  • Lavrov confirms call from Tillerson about the possibility of a new chemical attack in Syria

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed him of US intelligence information that Syrian authorities are preparing a new chemical attack.

    “Rex Tillerson called me. The leaking of the fact that we spoke took place once again on the American side. I can… confirm that he called me and warned me that the US has information on a supposed new chemical attack being prepared against the opposition, as he put it,” Lavrov said at a press conference …