Contents tagged with Assad

  • Syria accuses Israel of air strikes on Daraa province

    On Wednesday night, June 12, Israel carried out several air strikes against targets in the Tel al-Hara area, located in the Syrian Province of Daraa, reported the Syrian state news agency SANA and several other Arabic-language publications.

    According to SANA, air defense systems of Assad’s Army were activated during the attack. No injuries have been reported.

    According to some Arabic-language news sources, the Israeli Air Force used F-16 aircraft during the operation.

    It is also reported …

  • Erdogan accuses Assad of sabotaging the Russian-Turkish agreement

    In a conversation over the phone, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the escalating tensions in the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria. During the call, Erdogan stressed that countering terrorism cannot justify attacks on civilians, schools and hospitals, said Fahrettin Altun, director of the Turkish presidential administration’s communication department.

    Erdogan also expressed concern that ceasefire violations in the de-escalation zone …

  • Russia and Assad launch major air attacks against Idlib and Hama

    The Hama and Idlib provinces have been the target of at least 110 air attacks by Russian and Syrian government aircraft, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday 4 May. According to the London-based organization, at least 69 people have been killed since the start of this new escalation on 30 April.

    The new wave of violence in the region could jeopardize the Russian-Turkish agreement to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib. The agreement was reached in 2018 in the hopes …

  • Russian Defense Minister visits Syria to deliver Putin’s message to al-Assad

    The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that on Tuesday, March 19, Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, paid an official visit to Syria, reports TASS.

    According to his representatives, the head of the Russian military department held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus where he gave him a message from Putin. The ministry did not disclose the content of the message, only noting that during the negotiations Shoygu and al-Assad discussed "issues of combating international …

  • Syria's ambassador for Russia: Bashar al-Assad has no plans to visit Crimea

    Syrian President, Bashar Hafez al-Assad, has no plans to attend the Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF), scheduled for this April, reports the Russian news agency TASS with reference to Syria's ambassador in Moscow, Riyad Haddad. 

    Earlier, the ambassador said that al-Assad "is unlikely to be able to take part" in the Yalta International Economic Forum.

    The co-chairman of the Yalta International Economic Forum Foundation, Andrei Nazarov, said that Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, and …

  • Damascus: Syria is ready for war with Israel

    Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad sent an official warning to Christine Lund, the Head of the UNTSO, the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization between Israel on one side and Syria and Lebanon on the other.

    In his statement, Mekdad accused Israel of using violence and harming the regional stability, as well as expressed his outrage at the intention of the United States to pass a law recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

    Last week, Republican Senators Ted …

  • Syrian Ambassador to Russia: Assad will not visit annexed Crimea

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is unlikely to attend the Yalta International Economic Forum in April, stated Syrian Ambassador to Moscow Riyad Haddad, as quoted by Russian media.

    The forum will be held on April 17-20.

    “I don't think he [Assad] will participate in the forum,” Haddad told reporters.

    Andrei Nazarov, the co-chairman of the forum’s organizing committee, previously stated that Bashar Assad and the French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen will attend the Yalta International Economic …

  • Germany demands extradition of Assad's associate from Lebanon

    Berlin has asked Beirut to extradite Jamil Hassan, former head of Syria’s Air Force Intelligence, Der Spiegel reported on Sunday 17 February. German Public Prosecutor Peter Frank has accused Hassan of crimes against humanity, systematic torture and the killing of prisoners.

    The German public prosecution office believes that Hassan is currently undergoing medical treatment in Lebanon. According to Der Spiegel, Berlin understands that Beirut is unlikely to extradite one of Bashar al-Assad’s …

  • Bashar Assad and Marine Le Pen to visit annexed Crimea

    Russia announced that French politician Marine Le Pen and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would visit annexed Crimea and take part in economic forum in Yalta as guests of honor. 

    "The honorary delegations at the fifth Yalta International Economic Forum will be the French delegation headed by Marine Le Pen and the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic headed by Bashar al-Assad. Sergey Aksyonov invited him [Assad] when we were there [in Syria] and got confirmation of his visit,” TASS agency  …

  • Putin and Netanyahu to discuss Iranian presence in Syria

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that he would meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow later this month, to discuss Iranian presence in Syria.

    Negotiations on February 21st will be devoted to Israel’s efforts to prevent Iran from creating a “new [ant-Israeli] front on the other side of Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said on Tuesday.

    Moscow has not yet confirmed that the meeting would take place.

    This will be the third meeting between Netanyahu and Putin since July 2018 …