Contents tagged with Syrian Conflict

  • Girkin: Russia driving new parties of 'cannon fodder' into Syria

    Militants from the unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR & LPR) are leaving en masse as “volunteers” to the war in Syria, where they will serve as cannon fodder, former DPR Defense Minister Igor Girkin (Strelkov) wrote on his VKontakte page.

    “Molkino (a military base where the private military companies involved in combat operations in Syria are trained) is packed with former ‘corps’ fighters and other formations from the ‘separate regions’, who have retired for various …

  • Kremlin: Russian troops are preparing to pull out of Syria

    The Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev stated that preparations for the withdrawal of the Russian military group from Syria were well under way.

    As news website writes, Patrushev clarified that the pullout would take place "when ready". Earlier, the General Staff had already stated that Russia might reduce its military forces in Syria before the end of the year.

    At the same time, the Chief of General Staff, Valery Gerasimov stressed that the ceasefire …

  • Klintsevich: Russia will complete operation in Syria before year’s end

    The First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klintsevich, has predicted that the fight against the Islamic state (IS) in Syria will be completed before the end of this year. In addition, he predicts that Russian military aircraft will leave the country during this time, RIA Novosti reports.

    Klintsevich commented thusly on statements made at a meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria:

    "Yes, these …

  • Media: Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard elite task force killed in Syria

    Iranian media reported that a commander of a military unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was killed in Syria in a battle with the Islamic State (the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant - ISIL).

    The Iranian Fars state news agency on November 19th reported that Khairullah Samadi, a commander of the Guards Corps military unit that was conducting a military operation in Syria, was killed on November 16th in combat clashes with ISIL near the city of Albu Kamal, which is currently controlled …

  • Another Russian soldier killed in Syria

    Yuriy Ebel, a resident of the Obrochnoye village in the Republic of Mordovia, was killed in Syria on October 20.

    This was reported by the local newspaper Stolitsa S, and attention was drawn to it by the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), a group of independent researchers.

    According to the article, a group of 18 fighters, including the 25 year-old Russian, fell under fire. None of them survived.

    The newspaper emphasizes that Ebel was a member of the private military company Wagner Group. The …

  • Dozens of civilians die in Assad attack on Abu Kamal

    Dozens of civilians were wounded and killed as a result of air and ground strikes carried out by the Syrian army and its allies, who have begun the offensive against the strategically important ISIS-captured city of Abu Kamal, on the border with Iraq, reported DW with reference to the London-based opposition organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    As reported, on November 12 the Syrian state forces intensified the attack on Abu Kamal several hours after Islamic State militants had  …

  • Kremlin: Russia will keep its military bases in Syria

    The extent to which Russia withdraws its forces in Syria after victory over Islamic State will depend on how the situation develops, but both bases will probably remain, Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov told RIA Novosti.

    In March 2016, President Vladimir Putin decided to withdraw most of the Russian Aerospace Forces following the successful completion of their missions. However, Russia did not renounce its commitment to supply the Syrian government with weaponry and military equipment …

  • Russian strategic bombers carry out air strikes in Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor

    Russian strategic bombers carry out air strikes in Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor

    Six Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers flew from their bases in Russia and carried out air strikes at the targets in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, as reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, strikes were carried out against ISIS facilities near the town of Abu Kamal.

    "Six Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers that have taken off from the Russian territory, …

  • Media: Russian soldiers going to Syria encouraged by high salaries

    Russian mercenaries are going to war in Syria primarily because of the high salaries, their relatives reported during interviews with Russian television channel Dozhd.

    It is noted that Russian military personnel currently serve in Syria through private military companies, including private company Wagner Group.

    “If there are such morons who signed the contracts, they [Wagner Group]  can simply dump them,” said one of the relatives.

    During the segment, the channel reported that mercenaries …

  • Kremlin: Coalition trying to turn Raqqa into center of Syria not controlled by Assad

    First deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich believes that by allocating funds to humanitarian aid for the population of Raqqa, the US-led coalition is trying to create a new center of Syria which is not controlled by its president Bashar al-Assad. The senator expressed such an opinion to reporters on Sunday.

    According to him, the urgent allocation of millions of dollars and euros to Raqqa is another example of the US-led coalition’s …