Contents tagged with Syrian Conflict

  • Media: Syria repels Israeli missile strike

    Syrian air defense systems repelled a missile strike at the T4 airbase in the province of Homs, reported news agency SANA, citing a source in the military.The missile strike came from Israel. According to the agency’s source, Syrian air defense managed to shoot down an Israeli military aircraft which attacked the air base.“Air defense systems repelled Israel's attack, taking out a number of missiles and shooting down one of the attacking aircraft, forcing the others to leave the airspace,” the …

  • Russian air strikes continue in southwest Syria

    Russian airstrikes resumed in southwest Syria on July 4 after the talks on restoring Bashar Assad’s rule in these areas failed. The air strikes targeted the cities of Tafas, northwest of the city of Daraa, and Saida, to the east. This was reported by the Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Group.

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is conducting a campaign in the southwest, with Russian air support, to recapture the region from rebel groups, and he has seized a large portion of their territory. This was …

  • Defense ministers of Russia and Israel discuss situation in southern Syria

    Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu discussed by telephone the fighting in southern Syria and Iran’s attempts to gain a foothold in the neighboring country, the press service of the head of the Israeli military department said.

    The conversation took place amid clashes between government forces and the opposition in Syria, which are on the border of Israel and Jordan.

    “Lieberman and Shoygu discussed the situation in Syria and, in particular, the …

  • Lavrov: Russia does not set time limits for its military presence in Syria

    Russia does not set artificial time limits on its military presence in Syria but it gradually reduces the length of presence there, depending on how the situation develops "on the ground,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with British Channel 4.

    When asked if Russia troops could be expected to withdraw from Syria by the end of the year, Lavrov gave a negative reply.

    "No. And I do not think that this is a topic on which we can conduct a sensible dialogue. We do not …

  • Russia’s airstrike in Syrian Idlib province kills 44 people

    Observers from two organizations, the White Helmets and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), have reported that on the evening of June 7, aircraft from the Russian Air Forces launched an air strike against the Syrian village of Zardana in the province of Idlib, killing at least 44 people.  

    Eleven women and six children are among the dead, say the human rights activists. More than sixty people were injured. The number of victims may increase, as many of the wounded are in critical …

  • Russia: agreement on withdrawal of Iranian troops from southern Syria achieved

    Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, told journalists on Friday that concerned parties have reached an agreement on the withdrawal of Iranian troops from southwestern Syria.

    "I heard this news, [from] the press and elsewhere, about an agreement reached on a certain disengagement in the southwest of Syria…. My understanding is that the agreement was reached. [As to] whether it has been implemented by now, as of now, I cannot answer. But I …

  • Massive explosions take place at ammunition depot near Syrian city of Hama

    According to SANA news agency, several blasts have occurred near the airbase on the outskirts of Syria’s city of Hama.

    Six massive blasts have been reported so far at an ammunition depot near the Hama airbase. The rescuers and firefighters are trying to get to the site.

     The ammunition and fuel depot is destroyed. It is not known whether any planes were destroyed as a result of the fire. No casualties have been reported so far. 

    #Pt. Video showing aftermath of massive explosions in #Hama …

  • Analyst: Chemical attack in Ghouta one of many as most go unnoticed by the world

    Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Duma (Eastern Ghouta) in order to gain control over the territory around Damascus, Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) analyst Kirill Mikhailov said in a comment to InfoResist news outlet.

    According to the expert, the world media has paid attention to the new chemical attack in Syria only because it killed so many people. However, he believes that Syria has constantly been using chemical weapons.

    “Makeshift chemical attacks are …

  • Russia calls any military intervention in Syria unacceptable

    Military intervention under fictitious pretexts in Syria, where Russian soldiers are stationed, is unacceptable. A statement to this effect was made by the Russian Foreign Ministry and published on the department’s website.

    The Foreign Ministry pointed out that the Russians are in Syria at the request of the country’s legitimate government. Outside interference, the department said, is absolutely inadmissible, and “may lead to the most severe consequences”.

    “The spread of information that …

  • US General sees need for continued US military presence in Syria

    Speaking at the Washington-based US Institute of Peace, General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command (CENTCOM), said that American armed forces presence in Syria will be needed to stabilize the situation in regions liberated from terrorists, aid the return of civilians to their homes, and support the country’s long-term reconstruction. Votel’s area of operational responsibility includes the Middle East, East Africa and Central Asia.

     “A lot of good military progress [has been] made over …