Category Archives: Syria

Merkel’s possible successor accuses Putin of refugee crisis

One of the leading politicians from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Friedrich Merz harshly criticized the policy of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “This man and his army are bombing hospitals, kindergartens, schools and nursing homes,” Merz said in a video interview with Bild, referring to the war in Syria. According to the politician, the influx of refugees to Europe is

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Russia resumes bombardments in Syria

Russian aircraft resumed massive strikes in northwestern Syria after a nearly six-month hiatus. On Sunday, Russian warplanes bombed the western outskirts of the city of Idlib, while heavy artillery shelling from nearby Syrian army outposts was carried out in the mountainous district of Jabal al-Zawiya, Reuters reported, citing a Syrian opposition source. According to him, about 30 air raids took

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Russia warns Israel against further strikes on Syria

Moscow opposes Israeli airstrikes in Syria and warns Tel Aviv against such actions in the future, said the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry. “We warn the Israeli leadership against repeating such steps, which have dangerous consequences for the entire Middle East region,” the ministry said. Earlier, Israel carried out air strikes on populated areas of Syria in the

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“Russia has been successful at muddying the waters”: lessons from the Syrian conflict

The war in Syria has been ongoing for over nine years. The war in eastern Ukraine has entered its seventh year. The two wars are incomparable. Still, they have features in common — particularly Russia’s crucial role. This role and the lessons Ukraine can learn from the war in Syria were explored during the webinar “The Role of the International Community in

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Russia’s ambassador to the UN urges Israel to leave Syria alone

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council, said that it is necessary to put an end to “the illegal presence” of the United States in Syria. Nebenzya stressed that Syria loses about $40 million a month because of its inability to access its oil fields, noting that the “barbaric methods”

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U.S. troops block Russian military convoy from travelling on road in northeastern Syria

Tensions continue between the U.S. and Russian forces in Syria. The U.S. military once again blocked the Russian convoy which led to a tense conversation between American and Russian commanders. Footage of the incident, which was filmed by the Russian military, was published by Telegram channel “Ukrainian Dialogue.” Another “race” of the U.S. military and Russia happened the other day in

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Bloomberg: Iran says forgetful operator was trigger for Ukraine jet crash

Six people have been arrested in connection with the incident. An Iranian air defense unit that “forgot” to adjust its radar system triggered a chain of communication and human errors that led to the deadly downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet in January, according to a report from Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization. Iran said it mistakenly shot down Ukraine International

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Putin Slams New U.S. Sanctions Aimed at ‘Suffocating’ Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday denounced the United States for imposing new sanctions on Syria’s regime during the coronavirus pandemic. “Despite the call from the UN secretary general for easing the pressure of sanctions under pandemic conditions, Washington like Brussels decided to prolong measures against Syria,” Putin said during a televised meeting with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts on

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Russian-U.S. Tensions Rise in Syria as Moscow Expands Presence – Reports

Tensions flared between Russia and the United States as the Russian military reportedly seeks to expand its presence in U.S.-controlled northeastern Syria, news outlets reported this week. The latest flare-up follows the Russian military’s reported attempt to build a base near the Turkish and Iraqi borders last week. President Vladimir Putin has ordered talks with Russia’s ally Syria on cementing Moscow’s presence

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Israeli warplanes bomb Syrian troops near Palmyra

Israeli combat aircraft, successfully bypassing the Syrian S-300 Russian S-400 air defense systems, managed to break into the central and northern part of Homs province and attack at least three populated areas. The reason for the attack remains unknown, however, neither the Syrian nor the Russian military was able to detect the attack in advance. The Syrian air defense systems

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UN Refrains From Directly Blaming Russia for Syria Hospital Attacks

A UN board of inquiry investigating attacks on civilian establishments in Syria, including hospitals, has refrained from directly holding Russia responsible, according to a summary of its report published Monday. The coordinates of the sites had been communicated to the belligerents by the United Nations to protect them from air strikes. Without mentioning Russia, the investigation concluded that in four

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Migration crisis. Erdogan plans to apply to the UN because of Greece’s refugee action

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey considers Greece’s actions against migrants to be illegal, therefore they intend to hold her accountable. It is reported by TRT . “ Regarding Greece … This is not the first Greece to demonstrate ignorance of international law. Unfortunately, Mr. Mitsotakis ( Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis – Ed.) Takes a very backward position on these issues. He must first study international

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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

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Kremlin admits possibility of direct clash with Turkey in Syria

The sharp escalation in northern Syria, where Turkey is conducting operation the Spring Shield in an attempt to push back Bashar al-Assad’s forces and block hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring through the Turkish border, carries the risks of a direct clash between Russian and Turkish military, the Kremlin acknowledged on Tuesday. When asked by journalists what is the probability

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Turkey’s strike UAV hits and destroys Syrian air defense system supplied by Russia (Video)

Thermal camera traces on the side of the battery indicate the system was engaging against Turkish aircraft. Footage showing the destruction of the Russian Pantsir air defense system in Syria has been spread in the media. “Footage of the #Pantsir #S1 (SA-22) air defense system that was shot down by Turkish armed #UAVs in #Seraqip on the night of 03MAR2020

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Russia committed war crimes in Syria, finds UN report

The country was also blamed for indiscriminate attacks in civilian areas without ‘a specific military objective’ A UN investigation into atrocities committed in Syria has for the first time accused Russia of direct involvement in war crimes for indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas. The latest report from the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria focuses on events of July

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Russia Says ‘Can’t Guarantee’ Turkish Planes’ Safety Over Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry said that Moscow could not guarantee the safety of Turkish planes flying in northwestern Syria after Damascus said it was closing the airspace over the Idlib region, Interfax reported Sunday. The ministry’s warning came after Turkey shot down two Syrian warplanes over Idlib on Sunday and struck a military airport well beyond its frontlines, a sharp

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Turkish drone destroys Russian-made Pantsir air defense system in Idlib

On Friday, a missile fired by a Turkish drone destroyed a Russian-made Pantsir-S1 deployed by the Syrian Army in Idlib province. A video released by Turkish media, shows an active Syrian Pantsir being destroyed by a Turkish drone. According to Turkish media, the Pantsir radar was active when it was hit, indicating that the system failed to detect the incoming

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Russian media: Turkey is ready to close Bosphorus to Russian warships

Turkey may soon close the Bosphorus to Russian warships in an attempt to weaken the advance of Bashar al-Assad’s army in Idlib and Aleppo, which is largely dependent on Russia’s large-scale which provides air power and weapons to Assad’s Army, reports the Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta. Such actions, the newspaper suggests, will allow pro-Turkish military units in Syria to

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Unidentified fighter jets attack Syrian targets near Russia’s largest air base

Syrian television reported that the town of Jableh, located just one kilometer from Russia’s Khmeimim military airbase, had been hit by rocket fire coming from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea. Several air-to-surface missiles were reportedly fired in the direction of the Russian military airfield. “The Syrian Arab Republic’s air defense systems in the west of the country were activated

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Russia-Turkey Tensions in Syria, Explained

Deadly fighting has led Russia and Turkey to the brink of conflict in Syria as the battle over the war-torn country’s final rebel bastions intensified this week.  Turkish forces and Syrian rebels fought government troops Thursday and Russian warplanes struck back in a sharp escalation in northwest Syria’s Idlib, Russian and Turkish officials said. Moscow and Ankara back different sides

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