Contents tagged with Syria

  • Russia begins to establish control over Syria's main highway

    Russian military police have begun to take control of the M5 motorway in Syria, reported Al Hadath TV channel on Twitter. M5 is the country's main highway that connects Damascus with the central and northern regions.

    Russian military police units have reportedly begun to deploy along the road, including in Idlib province, where fighting is underway for the control of the highway.

    The Russian Defense Ministry has not yet commented on this information.

    The M5 road runs through Syria. It …

  • Russia accuses Turkey of providing American-made weapons for militants in Syria

    Turkey is moving personnel, weapons and military equipment to the de-escalation zone in the Syrian province of Idlib, much of which goes to militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra group, Russian media reported citing military and diplomatic sources in the Kremlin.

    "The American MANPADS, which the militants did not have before, fell into the hands of terrorists thanks to Turkish supplies," the Russian news agency TASS quoted one of the sources as saying.

    Russia believes that the use of these …

  • Another Assad’s helicopter shot down in Syria

    Another Syrian government helicopter was shot down in Idlib province, Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported. The incident reportedly took place in the west of the province in the de-escalation zone. All of the crew members were killed.

    According to the news agency, the Mi-17 helicopter was flying from Aleppo when, in the vicinity of the town of Kaptan al-Jabal, the Syrian opposition forces allegedly fired a surface-to-air missile at it. At that time, fierce fighting was taking place near …

  • Russian ambassador to Turkey says he is threatened because of Idlib situation

    Russian Ambassador to Turkey Alexey Yerkhov said that he has started receiving threats amid the deterioration of the situation in Idlib, Syria.

    “I have been receiving direct threats,” he told Sputnik-Turkey in an interview.

    According to the diplomat, anti-Russian comments have started appearing in the Turkish segment of social media. “There’s escalation in Syria. Agreed: these are very painful developments and troubling days… But look at the terrible madness on social networks,” he remarked. …

  • Israeli Air Force launches new attack against Damascus

    The Syrian capital is turning into a traditional target for the Israeli military. Barely a week passes without new reports of the Israeli Air Force attacking the outskirts of Damascus, especially its airport.

    The Jerusalem Post writes that last night Damascus was once again targeted by Israeli aircraft in a missile strike. The target was reportedly “the arms depots of pro-Iranian armed groups”. Taking into account the number of times Israeli fighters and drones have attacked the area around …

  • Russia advises Turkey to reconsider its alliance with the USA

    The Russian Embassy in Turkey has published a tweet suggesting that Turkish citizens ask themselves whether the US is really their ally.

    The tweet includes two illustrations. The first shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and quotes his statement regarding the death of Turkish soldiers in Idlib, Syria: “We stand by our NATO Ally, Turkey, who lost soldiers in this attack”.

    Takdiri size bırakıyoruz

    — RusEmbTurkey (@RusEmbTurkey) February 12, 2020

    The other …

  • Erdogan blames Russia for bloodbath in Syria

    On February 12, Turkish President Recep Erdogan blamed Russia for the “bloodbaths” occurring while it supports the Assad regime, Radio Liberty reports.

    The Turkish leader is threatening to destroy the forces of the Syrian regime “everywhere”, if Turkish soldiers are subjected to new attacks.

    “The regime backed by Russian forces and pro-Iranian militants is constantly attacking peaceful civilians, carrying out mass killings and shedding blood,” said Erdogan during a meeting with members of …

  • Russia-Turkey Syria talks end without result

    The Russian delegation which traveled to Ankara to discuss Turkey’s request to stop the Syrian government forces’ offensive against Idlib has now left Turkey, a source in diplomatic circles told Reuters. Apparently the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on how to put an end to the confrontations, which in the space of a week have already resulted in the deaths of 13 Turkish soldiers.

    The Russian representatives arrived in Ankara on Saturday, February 8, several days after eight …

  • Turkey attacks Assad’s army and gives Russians a strong warning

    A serious conflict is brewing between two Middle Eastern dictators. Turkish forces have been deployed in the Syrian province of Idlib, which is still controlled by Islamist militants, including ISIS. It was into this province that Assad’s forces drove the defeated opposition forces and caliphate supporters.

    Now, at a time when the dictator Assad has regained control of most of Syria with the support of Russian troops, his army has approached Idlib. However, Turkey has effectively created a …

  • Why Russia’s S-300 air defense systems are not protecting Syria against Israeli airstrikes: Thoughts and theories

    As early as 2018, Russia transferred S-300 anti-air missile systems to Syria to strengthen the country’s aerial defense. However, to this day, Syria is being subjected to attacks by Israeli aircraft, but there have been no reports of the Israeli Air Force losing any planes during its raids against Damascus.

    There was another incident with the Syrian anti-air defense on February 6. Four Israeli F-16 fighters attacked the outskirts of Damascus without entering Syrian airspace. Syria’s aerial …