Contents tagged with Syria

  • Erdogan: Turkish Army has destroyed 8 Russian Pantsir air defense systems in Idlib

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish military had destroyed eight Pantsir anti-aircraft missile systems in the Syrian province of Idlib, reports the Turkish newspaper Sabah.

    "We destroyed eight Pantsirs in Idlib with the help of our drones. Their cost is very high, these are important air defense systems," Erdogan said.

    The price of one Pantsir -S1 missile defense system for export deliveries ranges from 13.15 million to 14.67 million U.S. dollars.

    On February 27, Russian …

  • Erdogan asks NATO for help in Syria

    Speaking at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he had requested additional assistance from the alliance in connection with the current situation in Syria's Idlib. According to him, the situation in Syria threatens all European countries.

    “No country in Europe has the right to look indifferently at the humanitarian drama in Syria. We expect NATO to show solidarity and additional assistance,” Erdogan said, adding that Turkey is …

  • U.S. aircraft conduct reconnaissance flights near Russian bases in Syria

    Two U.S. Air Force aircraft alternately conducted long reconnaissance flights off the Syrian coast near the Russian Khmeimim airbase and the Russian Navy's logistics base in the port of Tartus.

    According to Interfax, a U.S. Air Force RC-135W reconnaissance aircraft was the first plane to be spotted near the Syrian and Lebanese coasts. It took off from Souda Bay Air Base on the island of Crete. The aircraft made a series of overflights at a distance of about 50-60 km from the Russian bases at …

  • U.S. forces block large Russian military convoy from travelling on a road in northern Syria

    U.S. military units once again blocked a Russian military convoy in northeastern Syria. The incident took place in the Syrian province of Hasaka, when Russian military equipment was being transported to one of the bases.

    "According to news reports, a large Russian military convoy tried to transport equipment passing through the Tal Tamr roundabout when it was blocked by an American patrol. A Russian military convoy reportedly tried to head towards the town of Qamishli when they were met by an …

  • Erdogan threatens to resume military operation in Idlib

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey reserves the right to unilateral actions in Syria in order to achieve the objectives of Operation Spring Shield if Moscow fails to meet its obligations, reports the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

    "We have made an agreement with Russia to resolve the crisis in Idlib without further bloodshed. Otherwise, we will continue on the path that we have identified," Erdogan said , as quoted by NTV TV channel.

    He noted that 59 Turkish servicemen were …

  • Assad and Haftar join forces to oppose Erdogan

    Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has entered into a military and political alliance with Libyan Field Marshal Haftar to jointly oppose Turkey's armed intervention, reports the French newspaper Le Monde.

    According to the newspaper, a new military and political axis of Damascus-Benghazi is being formed. It is "a sign of the growing expansion of the Syrian and Libyan theatres of war with serious implications for regional geopolitics."

    On Tuesday, March 3, the unrecognized Eastern Libya’s government, …

  • Despite Putin-Erdogan ceasefire agreement fighting continues in Idlib

    Despite the ceasefire agreement, fighting between government forces and their adversaries continues in the Syrian province of Idlib, killing at least 15 Syrian soldiers and militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.

    According to the SOHR, the Russian and Syrian military aviation stopped strikes on the province in the northwest of the country. Much of Idlib has been "tensely" calm, said SOHR’s head Rami Abdul Rahman.

    Meanwhile, the European Union welcomed the truce …

  • Turkey refuses to recognize April elections to Syrian parliament

    Turkey will not recognize the elections to the Syrian parliament, which the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, wants to hold in April this year, said Turkish presidential advisor Ibrahim Kalin, as cited by Anadolu agency.

    He noted that the upcoming elections will not be legitimate for Ankara, Damascus or the international community.

    The day before, Assad signed a decree to hold elections to the People's Council (unicameral parliament) of the country on April 13, 2020.

    The conflict between …

  • Israel strikes targets in Syria

    Israel carried out air strikes on a number of targets in Syria on the night of Thursday, March 5, reported the Syrian state news agency SANA. According to the agency, the strike hit targets in the cities of Homs and Quneitra.

    At the moment there is no information about possible targets of the attack and victims. It is possible that the targets may have been militray facilities of Hezbollah.

    Israeli state media corporation Kan published footage of the Syrian air defense systems opening fire at …

  • Turkey destroys another Russian-made Pantsir air defense system in Sirya

    The Turkish Air Force has destroyed another Russian-made anti-aircraft missile system Pantsir-S1, reports the Russian news outlet Rosbalt.

    This is the third such incident since the beginning of the Turkish military campaign in Syria and Libya.

    A video  showing the Pantsir-S1 being destroyed was posted on Twitter. According to unconfirmed reports, it happened in northwestern Syria.

    According to other sources, the incident happened in Libya. The Russian air defense system was delivered to …