Contents tagged with Syria

  • Turkey strikes back at Syrian army after Turkish forces attacked in Idlib

    Turkish troops killed about 30 Syrian government soldiers in response to the deaths of six of Turkish military, Turkish President Recep Erdogan said on February 3.

    "The operation is ongoing and ... according to preliminary results, 30 to 35 Syrians were killed," Erdogan told reporters at Istanbul airport before his flight to Ukraine.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 13 Syrian soldiers have been killed.

    Erdogan also warned Russia, an ally of Syria, against intervening …

  • Four Russian special forces officers killed in Syria

    According to unconfirmed reports, four officers from the Russian FSB Special Forces counter-terrorism directorate were killed yesterday in the Aleppo province.

    The Telegram channel “Special Forces Channel” reported the news and published the name and the photo of one of the killed officers.

    According to the channel, Captain Dmitry Minov was killed on February 1.

    The officers were reportedly killed after coming under mortar fire in the Aleppo Province.

  • Turkish tanks enter Syrian Idlib province

    A Turkish military convoy has crossed the Syrian border, reported Al Arabiya TV channel on Sunday, February 2.

    It is noted that the convoy consists of several dozen armored vehicles, including tanks. In total, at least 40 armored vehicles and tanks of the Turkish army crossed the border through the Kafr Lusin border crossing in the north of the Syrian Idlib province. At the moment, the final destination of the convoy is unknown.

    The day before, the Turkish military began to build a new …

  • Russia explains how Israel managed to destroy Pantsir air defense system in Syria

    Israel was able to destroy the Russian anti-aircraft missile system used by the Syrian army only after the Syrian crew made a mistake, and instead of changing its position, it remained in the same location waiting for the ammunition resupply vehicle, said Valery Slugin, the chief designer of the Pantsir system, in an interview with the Russian news agency TASS. The Pantsir system was created in Design Bureau of Instrument Engineering named after academician A.G. Shipunov which is part of the …

  • Human rights activists blame Russian aircraft for civilian deaths in Syria

    Ten civilians have been killed by Russian airstrikes in the Syrian province of Idlib, said representatives from the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Russian Defense Ministry called the allegations “provocation”, Current Time reports.

    A bakery and a hospital in the town of Ariha, Idlib, were damaged in a Russian air raid early Thursday morning, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reports. The Russian Defense Ministry denied that Russian aircraft had been involved in any combat …

  • Erdogan accuses Russia of violating Syria agreements

    Russia is not fulfilling its obligations in Syria which are part of the agreements reached in Sochi and Astana, stated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,  as cited by the news agency Anadolu.

    In particular, Erdogan accused the Russian military of striking residential areas in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

    Erdogan stressed that Turkey's "patience is running out" and urged Russia to reconsider its strategy.

    "If the strikes are not stopped, Ankara will take all necessary steps. Turkey does …

  • U.S. troops block Russian military from using major road in northeastern Syria

    U.S. military prevented a Russian military convoy from using an important highway in northeastern Syria, local sources said. The incident came amid growing tensions between the two sides.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors military operations with the help of observers on the ground, said Tuesday that the U.S. forces did not allow Russian military to use the main route between the two cities, Al-Hasakah and Qamishli, in northeastern Syria, which are controlled by the Kurds. …

  • Putin’s chef’s company wins oil rights in Syria

    The Russian companies Mercury and Velada, which the Syrian government has authorized to develop three oil and gas fields in the country, are linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Concord company, claims the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

    In December 2019, the Syrian Arab News Agency and The Syria Times reported that Syrian parliament had approved contracts to explore, develop and extract oil with two Russian companies (Velada and Mercury Ltd). Novaya Gazeta claims that both companies are linked to …

  • Iran used Russian satellite navigation system during the attack on US military bases in Iraq

    Israeli news outlet Debka reports, citing unnamed sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, that Iran used Russian space technology to strike U.S. military bases in neighboring Iraq.

    "Russian military sources said that, during the Iranian missile attack on two U.S. air bases in Iraq, on January 8, it was Russia that provided support to Iran. Russian sources claim they had given Iranians access to the Russian global navigation network, GLONASS, which is the Russian equivalent of the American GPS …

  • US forces block Russian military from entering an oil field in Syria

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports that a convoy of about 40 Russian troops which was heading for the town of Tall Tamr was stopped by a U.S. patrol.

    "This caused a state of tension between both parties," SOHR writes. As a result, the Russians retreated and headed towards the city of Ain Issa.

    According to the Turkish news agency Anodolu, the U.S. troops thwarted an attempt by the Russian military to proceed to the Rumeylan oil field in the northeastern part of Hasakah …