Contents tagged with Syria

  • Russia to establish new airbase in northern Syria

    A Russian helicopter base may soon be built in the Syrian province of Raqqa. It will be jointly operated by the Russian Air Force and the Syrian Air Force. Representatives of the Syrian army and the Russian military recently visited the area south of the city of Madan (50 km southeast of the administrative center of Raqqa province) and inspected the future location of the new base, reported the Syrian news outlet Step News, citing a source in the Syrian National Defense Forces (pro-government …

  • Russian media: failures in Syrian mobile networks blamed on Assad’s government corruption

    On Tuesday, April 14, customers of the mobile operator SyriaTel lost cellular communications and the Internet. This may be due to the power outages in the country, which the media attribute to the corrupt activities of Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis. According to the Russian news agency FAN, there was no cellular service from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday in several regions of Syria, such as Latakia, Damascus, Homs and Daraa. The company's Facebook account apologized to customers for " …

  • Crews of 2 Russian warships quarantined after returning from Syria

    Crews of two Russian warships, the frigate Admiral Makarov and the frigate Admiral Essen, which arrived in Crimea, will be placed on two weeks quarantine. These are about 400 sailors who have just returned from Syria.

    "The frigates Admiral Makarov and Admiral Essen have returned to Sevastopol after a long voyage in the Mediterranean Sea but are not yet allowed to enter the bay. The command of the Black Sea Fleet ordered the sailors, who came into contact with foreign nationals during the …

  • Israel warns Damascus of consequences after Syrian military commander visits Hezbollah positions

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) warned the Syrian government of consequences after a senior Syrian military officer visited Lebanese Hezbollah positions near the Israeli border. It is alleged that the Syrian commander the location of one of the Hezbollah posts in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights.

    In support of its own data, the IDF posted a video on its Twitter account, along with the following text:

    “Our message: We see you. Consider this a warning. We won't allow Hezbollah to entrench …

  • U.S. military blocks Russian convoy on Syrian road

    The U.S. military again blocked a Russian convoy that was traveling in the countryside of the Syrian province of Al Hasakah this week. According to Al-Masdar News, Russian military police were traveling through the Rmelan area when they came across U.S. forces, who decided to prevent their further advance and forced them to turn back to the city's airport Qamishli in the northeast of Syria.

    According to Al Masdar interlocutors, during the incident one of the Russian armored vehicles got stuck …

  • Syria blames Israel for airstrike on Homs province

    On Tuesday evening, a missile strike hit military installations in the eastern part of Syrian Homs province, as reported by the Arab media, including the Syrian government’s news agency Sana.

    According to Sana, the Syrian air defenses, deflecting "the Israeli aggression in eastern Homs, shot down some of the missiles before they reached their targets."

    Translated from the veiled language of Syrian propaganda, this means that most, if not all, missiles hit the targets.

    According to the …

  • Russian Defense Minister undergoes coronavirus test after his trip to Syria

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu was tested for coronavirus infection upon his return from Syria, reported the Russian Defense Ministry’s TV channel Zvezda.

    On March 23, Sergey Shoygu made a working visit to Syria. There he held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They discussed stabilizing the situation in Syria, including ensuring a sustainable ceasefire in Idlib province, as well as Russian-Syrian military-technical, humanitarian and economic cooperation.

    According to Zvezda, …

  • Russian Defense Minister meets with Assad in Syria at Putin’s request

    Russian Su-35Sfighter jets escorted Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu’s aircraft into Syrian airspace to provide security, stated the Russian Defense Ministry, as quoted by RBC news agency. Shoygu made a working visit to Syria at the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In Damascus, the minister was met by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    During the talks, they discussed ensuring the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone and military-technical cooperation between Russia and …

  • Turkey and Russia conduct first joint patrols in Idlib

    Turkish and Russian troops conducted joint patrols in the Syrian province of Idlib, where a ceasefire was established, a reported by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense.

    “Joint Turkish-Russian patrols on the M4 motorway in Idlib are being carried out to prevent possible provocations and harm to civilians in the region,” said the Turkish Defense Ministry on Twitter.

    After talks in Moscow on March 5, Erdogan and Putin announced a truce that took effect in the region the following day at …

  • Unidentified air force attacks pro-Iranian militia’s base in Syria

    An unidentified country's air force carried out strikes on pro-Iranian militant positions in eastern Syria on Thursday, March 12. The base of the Shiite group Kata'ib al-Imam Ali (Imam Ali Battalions), located in the Al-Bukamal area on the Syria-Iran border, was hit by airstrikes, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). According to human rights activists, the attack was carried out by three UAVs, which fired at least 10 missiles. Eighteen militants of the group were killed in …