Contents tagged with Bashar al-Assad

  • Syrian general infuriates Russia

    The Syrian brigadier general Suheil al-Hassan, known for his loyalty to Russia, has been displeasing Moscow of late, writes the Mada Post, citing the Syrian opposition news site Zaman Al-Wasl.

    According to the article, the elite Tiger Forces under al-Hassan’s control have failed to make any significant progress in Syria’s Hama province, despite considerable support from Russian aircraft. The offensive operations carried out by the Tiger Forces were reportedly extremely expensive due to the …

  • British politician expelled from his party over plans to visit Crimea

    The deputy chairman of the Libertarian Party UK and Member of the European Parliament, Bill Etheridge was forced to leave the party after it became known that he intends to lead a British politicians and entrepreneurs delegation to the annexed Crimea. 

    Etheridge’s actions damage the party’s reputation, its chairman Andrew Withers told the BBC Russian Service. 

    “We have sent a compromise agreement for Mr. Etheridge, which presupposed his departure from the party on March 29, 2019. He refused …

  • Syria accuses Israel of tank attack

    The information agency SANA, serving the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, alleged that Israeli tanks had shelled the Syrian border territory. According to the military sources that the agency cites, fire came from tanks and from the air.

    "At about 6:30 p.m., the Israeli enemy hit Tal al-Dahhur in Jabata al-Lahud, Tall al-Darya and Khaled several times. At about 7:50 p.m., an Israeli drone launched four missiles against Quneitra Hospital and one of the government service points. …

  • Crimea exported 200 thousand tons of grain to Syria and Russia

    The Crimean Minister of Agriculture, Andrey Ryumshin stated, that in 2018, 200 thousand tons of grain were exported from Crimea to Syria and Russia. 

    According to him, the supply of grain to Syria this year amounted to about 40 thousand tons. Additionally, Ryumshin emphasized that this year grain supplies from the Crimea halved due to drought. 

    “Last year about 400 thousand tons of grain were exported out of Crimea, and this year about 200 thousand tons,” noted the Crimean minister. 

    In 2017, …

  • Kremlin praises Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry believes that the withdrawal of US troops from Syria recently announced by President Donald Trump will pave the way for political resolution in the country. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a Channel One broadcast that, in light of the negotiations in Astana, the Americans have understood that they are “playing against themselves”.

    Moscow also expressed hope for the resolution of the situation in Al-Tanf in southern Syria, where there are also US …

  • Russia displeased the US disclosed letter sent to Washington regarding restoration of Syria

    The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that Valery Gerasimov, the head of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, sent a letter to US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford via a confidential communication channel in July, reported RBC news agency with a reference to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    "It is disappointing that the American side is unable to comply with our agreement that stipulates that the content of communication can only be disclosed with the consent of both sides, …

  • Assad announces long term Russian military presence in Syria

    In an interview with the Russian media, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reported that the Russian military presence in Syria is long term and necessary for more than just carrying out the fight against terrorism, TASS reports.

    He stated that Moscow and Damascus have reached an agreement on the status of the Khmeimim Air Base, which will be in effect “for another 40 years”.

    “If the Russian Army came here solely for the purpose of combatting terrorism—then why would we sign an agreement to …

  • Iran requests withdrawal of 300 million euros from German banks

    Due to the restoration of U.S. sanctions against Iran in the coming months, Tehran has requested to withdraw 300 million euros in cash from its account in German banks and send it by air to Iran. This information, which appeared on Monday, July 9 in the newspaper Bild, was confirmed by the German government. This is part of the money that belongs to Iranian authorities and is kept in the European-Iranian commercial bank in connection with the German Federal Bank, DW reports.

    The Federal Office …

  • Israel ready to stop Assad at the border

    Israel is concerned that the Syrians will enter the UN demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights. The Jewish state is ready to attack the Syrian Armed Forces if they move into the demilitarized zone at the border with Israel, stated Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

    “We must verify and do everything to clarify, vis-a-vis the Russians, the Assad government, that we will not accept any armed presence by the Assad regime in the areas which are meant to be demilitarized,” Erdan told …

  • Germany issues arrest warrant for military commander close to Assad

      German authorities have issued arrest warrant for the chief of Syria's Air Force Intelligence, Jamil Hassan. German Prosecutor’s Office accuses Hassan of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Spiegel newspaper calls the military commander one of the closest associates of the President Bashar al-Assad.

    Syrian activist Anwar al-Bunni worked with Germany's chief federal prosecutor, Peter Frank, to compile the criminal case, using interviews with Syrians, some of whom now live in Germany.