Contents tagged with Syria

  • Kerry: US proposes creating two separate zones of operations in Syria with Russia

    In an interview with the New York Times, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that it is important to establish two zones of “eligible military operations” in Syria to fight against terrorists and to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire.

    Kerry noted that the US is most concerned about the situation in the north of Syria where Kurds, moderate opposition forces, Syrian government forces, the al-Nusra Front, and the so-called Islamic State are all active.

    According to Kerry, military …

  • Media: Russian jets intercepted Israeli aircraft over Syrian airspace

    Over the past several weeks, Russian fighter jets intercepted Israeli military aircraft over Syrian airspace on at least two occasions, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

    According to the newspaper, the issue of airspace violations was discussed during Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s visit to Moscow in March.

    Meanwhile, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that he intended to discuss the strengthening of …

  • US concerned by Russia's transfer of weapons to Syria

    Deputy National Security Adviser, Ben Rhodes, stated that the White House is concerned by recent information indicating that Russia is transferring more weapons into Syria.

    “We are concerned that Russia is transferring military equipment into Syria,” Voice of America reported, citing the statement of Obama’s Deputy Adviser at the press conference in Riyadh.

    According to Rhodes, on March 14th, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a public statement regarding the withdrawal of Russian troops …

  • Putin and Obama hold 'intense discussion'

    US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held "an intense discussion" on Monday on Syria and Ukraine, White House spokesman Josh Earnest stated.

    According to the Kremlin press service, the two sides agreed to "keep boosting the coordinated effort of the two countries in Syria, including through secret services and defense agencies… With this aim additional measures will be worked out for prompt reaction to the existing violation of the ceasefire regime.”

    The Presidents …

  • Kadyrov intends to visit Assad in Syria

    Ramzan Kadyrov, the Head of the Chechen Republic, intends to visit Syria in the near future at the invitation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Grani reported. "President Assad has invited me to visit twice. It's just there is no time for travel. But I definitely want to go," Kadyrov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    When asked whether it will happen before the September elections, the head of Chechnya, Kadyrov, replied "For now I perform my duties so that my license won't be taken …

  • Media: Russian losses in Syria may number in the dozens

    Russian fighters of the non-existent de jure private military company (PMC) are dying in Ukraine and Syria, but are not spoiling the statistics, as the internet newspaper reported in its new investigation. According to the online resource, an accuratel list of Russian losses can be seen only in the decrees of Russian President Vladimir Putin which have not been published before.Fontanka explains that the list refers to individuals belonging to a heavy armament infantry battalion …

  • Nearly 20 foreign nationals detained in Moscow

    Nearly 20 foreign citizens have been detained in Moscow, according to reports they have been suspected of being involved with the so-called Islamic State, which is prohibited in Russia.

    A joint operation of the Federal Security Service and the Ministry of Internal Affairs was carried out in several locations at the same time. According to NTV, riot policemen did not participate. According to different sources, the detainees, including citizens of Uzbekistan and Turkey, offered no resistance. …

  • King Abdullah II: Israeli and Jordanian jets intercepted Russian aircraft in January

    King Abdullah II of Jordan stated that Israeli and Jordanian jets intercepted Russian aircraft as they were approaching the edge of Syrian airspace, as reported by the Middle East Eye.

    Abdullah II told the US Congress about the incident in January, but the information was not disclosed until last week.

    Following the incident, negotiations were held between Israel, Jordan, and Russia to avoid an escalation of tensions.

    The Jordanian King noted that he warned Russia that there would be …

  • Russian military maintains significant presence at its airbase in Syria

    According to the American intelligence and analytical center “Stratfor”, Russia maintains a significant presence at the Khmeimim airbase in Syria, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that the majority of Russian forces would be withdrawn from the war-torn country.

    According to satellite images, the airbase in Latakia is currently home to 24 Russian aircraft, including 12 Su-24s, four Su-30s, four Su-34s, and four Su-35s.

    Following Putin’s announcement of a withdrawal from …

  • Russia is investigating one thousand cases of citizens supporting terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq

    More than a thousand cases on Russian involvement in terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq are being investigated in Russia, as reported by Prosecutor Yury Chaika. “Access to thousands of resources on the Internet has been limited at the request of the Prosecutor General’s office; unlawful information has been removed from nearly seven thousand websites. More than a thousand cases are being investigated for involvement of our citizens in terrorist groups on the territory of Iraq and Syria,” he …