Category: Conflict in Syria

Syria’s air defenses repel Israeli attack in country’s south – SANA

Syria’s air defenses repel Israeli attack in country’s south – SANA

© AP Photo/Sergei Grits TASS, January 20. Syria’s air defense systems repelled an Israeli air attack in the country’s south, the SANA news agency reported on Sunday. According to the agency’s military source, Israel failed to fulfill its tasks. SANA reports that overnight to January 12 Israel carried out a strike on a warehouse near the Damascus airport. According to Al Hadath TV channel, the Israeli jets attacked Iranian military warehouses near the city airport, used by the Shiite militias Hezbollah fighting on the side of the government army. On January 13, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that in order to prevent growing Iranian military…

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Ceasefire violations by militants reported from Syria’s Latakia, Hama, Aleppo

Ceasefire violations by militants reported from Syria’s Latakia, Hama, Aleppo

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Numerous shelling attacks by militants operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone were reported from Syria’s Latakia and Hama governorates and Aleppo’s neighborhoods, chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria Sergei Solomatin said on Friday. “Illegal armed groups operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone continue to violate the ceasefire. Thus, during the day, shelling attacks by militants were reported from the settlements of Nahshebba, Darh Abu-Assad and Kuljok in the Latakia governorate; from the settlement of Zellaquiyat in the Hama governorate’ and from Aleppo’s Al-Bogaz neighborhood. Apart from that, militants shelled Aleppo’s southwestern suburb. One Syrian…

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Syrian constitutional committee to be in focus of UN envoy’s consultations in Moscow

Syrian constitutional committee to be in focus of UN envoy’s consultations in Moscow

UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen © EPA-EFE/YOUSSEF BADAWI UNITED NATIONS, January 18. /TASS/. The issue of the establishment of Syria’s constitutional committee will be in focus of the consultations UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen will have in Moscow next week, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday. “I just spoke with him on the phone, he is in the middle of consultations with the Syrian negotiation committee and the opposition, these discussions are being very constructive. From there he is going to Moscow and then coming back to Damascus. The creation of constitutional committee will be central in the…

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Kurdish forces advance toward last outposts of extremists in east Syria — agency

Kurdish forces advance toward last outposts of extremists in east Syria — agency

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Kurdish groups of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are advancing toward the remaining outposts of terrorists on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river, Kurdish news agency Firat reported citing an SDF command statement. According to the statement, extremist groups have sustained serious losses near the eastern Syrian city of Hajin as a result of an operation carried out by Kurdish militiamen, who form the backbone of SDF. They advanced one kilometer into the territory controlled by the Islamic State terrorist group (outlawed in Russia). According to the agency, SDF groups established control over the town of Al-Sousa, the Islamic State’s…

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Turkey to continue talks with Russia on buffer zone in Syria — Foreign Ministry

Turkey to continue talks with Russia on buffer zone in Syria — Foreign Ministry

ANKARA, January 18. /TASS/. Ankara will continue talks with Moscow concerning the establishment of a security zone in northern Syria, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said at a briefing on Friday. “We have been for a long time pointing to the need to create a buffer zone to ensure the security of refugees but our initiative was not supported,” he noted. “We will continue to maintain contacts on the issue with our Russian partners. Presidents Erdogan and Putin will discuss it in Russia on January 23,” he added. According to Aksoy, Ankara also “continues technical talks with Washington on the issue, which involve military…

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Lavrov and UN envoy for Syria to meet on January 21

Lavrov and UN envoy for Syria to meet on January 21

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. A meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen will be held in Moscow on January 21, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin told journalists on Friday. “A meeting with Mr. Pedersen, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria, is to be held in Moscow on January 21,” he said. “It will be his first arrival to Moscow, so we expect him to tell us about his vision of how to implement the UN solutions and achieve a political settlement. The Russian position on this account has long been known,…

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Nuns return to ancient Orthodox monastery in Syria’s Maaloula

Nuns return to ancient Orthodox monastery in Syria’s Maaloula

A view of Maaloula, Syria © Valery Sharifulin/TASS DAMASCUS, January 18. /TASS/. Nuns have returned to the ancient Orthodox Monastery of Saint Thecla in Maaloula, a Syrian town some 50 km north of Damascus which has been freed from terrorists and is now being rebuilt, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch said. “The nuns have returned to the monastery and stay there now,” Patriarch of Antioch and All East John X said at a meeting with a delegation of Russian lawmakers. “Thanks to the resumption of monastic life, about 290 families have returned to Maaloula, and now 300 families live there.” Built into…

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Top Russian, Lebanese diplomats discuss return of Syrian refugees

Top Russian, Lebanese diplomats discuss return of Syrian refugees

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil discussed in a phone call on Tuesday ways to boost joint efforts towards the return of Syrian refugees to their homes, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a report. In particular, the ministers pointed to a potentially adverse effect of acute regional conflicts, first of all the crisis in Syria, on stability and security in Lebanon. They “discussed possibilities for bolstering joint efforts to help in the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland,” the ministry said. The diplomats also looked into a number of key issues in the development…

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Erdogan confirms Turkey plans to create security zone in Syria

Erdogan confirms Turkey plans to create security zone in Syria

© AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici ANKARA, January 15. /TASS/. After talks with US President Donald Trump Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed his country’s intention to create a buffer zone in northern Syria. Erdogan was speaking on Tuesday at a meeting with parliament members from the Justice and Development Party he leads. “In yesterday’s telephone conversation US President Donald Trump reaffirmed his decision to pull troops out of Syria. We’ve decided to go ahead with our contacts on all issues involving Syria, including the security zone Turkey will create,” the daily Sabah quotes Erdogan as saying. In other media

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Ceasefire violations by militants reported in Syria’s Latakia, Aleppo

Ceasefire violations by militants reported in Syria’s Latakia, Aleppo

© Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Numerous shelling attacks by militants operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone were reported from Syria’s Latakia governorate and Aleppo’s neighborhoods, head of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria Sergei Solomatin said on Monday. “Illegal armed groups operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone continue to violate the ceasefire regime. Thus, during the day, three shelling attacks by militants were reported from the settlement of Nahshebba in the Latakia governorate, and from Aleppo’s southwestern suburb and its Suqqari neighborhood,” he said. He also said that on January 13 officers of the Russian military police organized patrolling…

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Militants continue to violate ceasefire in Syria – Russian reconciliation center

Militants continue to violate ceasefire in Syria – Russian reconciliation center

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. A settlement in Syria’s Latakia governorate and Aleppo’s research center came under shelling by militants acting in the Idlib de-escalation zone, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria Sergei Solomatin said on Sunday. “Illegal armed groups operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone continue to violate the ceasefire. Thus, during the day, militants from illegal armed groups shelled the settlement of Safsafa in the Latakia governorate and the area around Aleppo’s research center,” he said. He also said that as of January 12 as many as 216, 203 people returned to their homes in Syria. Apart…

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Israel determined to take further action against Iran in Syria – Israeli PM

Israel determined to take further action against Iran in Syria – Israeli PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu © EPA-EFE/RONEN ZVULUN / POOL TEL AVIV, January 13. /TASS/. Israel is prepared to take further action against Iranian targets in Syria to prevent Iran’s gaining a military stronghold in that country, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. “Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses with Iranian weapons at the international airport in Damascus. The accumulation of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against Iran in Syria, just as we promised,” he said as quoted by his office. “Overnight, the air force also attacked on the southern…

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Netanyahu confirms Israeli strikes on targets in Syria in last 36 hours

Netanyahu confirms Israeli strikes on targets in Syria in last 36 hours

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu © AP Photo/Ariel Schalit TEL AVIV, January 13. /TASS/. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted on Sunday that Israel had attacked targets in Syria over the last 36 hours. “Over the last 36 hours, the Israeli Air Force delivered strikes on targets in Syria,” Netanyahu said at the opening of Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting. The Israel Defense Forces attacked targets of Iran and [Lebanese Shi’a movement] Hezbollah. The latest strikes prove that we are determined to act against Iran in Syria”, the premier said, according to Israeli radio Kan. Syria’s SANA news agency reported that overnight to Saturday Israel hit a…

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Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba ready to head to Damascus for talks

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba ready to head to Damascus for talks

Head of the Syria’s Tomorrow Movement Ahmad Jarba during the Sochi congress © Vladimir Smirnov/TASS photohost agency MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. A prominent leader of the Syrian opposition, the head of the Syria’s Tomorrow Movement Ahmad Jarba, said he was ready to head to Damascus for talks with the Syrian governemnt, the Al Mayadeen TV has reported. According to the channel’s information, Jarba, who is an influential tribe leader in eastern Syria, came forward with the initiative while in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. He said he expected the Iraqi government’s assistance in establishing a dialogue with the Syrian authorities. Jarba supports Arab tribe militiamen, who fight…

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Turkey closely cooperating with Russia to implement accords in Syria’s Idlib – top brass

Turkey closely cooperating with Russia to implement accords in Syria’s Idlib – top brass

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar © Vadim Savitsky, Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP ANKARA, January 12. /TASS/. Turkey continues to cooperate closely with Russia to implement the agreements on the Syrian province of Idlib reached by the presidents of both countries in September last year, Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday. The Turkish defense minister made this statement after a meeting with Chief of the General Staff Yasar Guler, Head of the National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan and Land Forces Commander Umit Dundar. The meeting of the Turkish top brass was held on the border…

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Russian officers deliver humanitarian aid to ancient Syrian city of Maaloula

Russian officers deliver humanitarian aid to ancient Syrian city of Maaloula

© Andrei Gryaznov/TASS DAMASCUS, January 12. /TASS/. Russian officers from the Center for reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria have delivered humanitarian aid to the town of Maaloula, a center’s spokesman Eduard Titov told reporters on Saturday. “Today we have brought humanitarian aid to the town of Maaloula to provide assistance to local population. A total of 500 food sets will be distributed, and some food sets will be taken to the St. Thecla Monastery,” Titov said. He added that this is not the first time Russian specialists visit the town. Maaloula is located in 55 kilometers to the north of Damascus at the altitude…

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Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus — media

Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus — media

© EPA-EFE/YAHYA NEMAH MOSCOW, January 12. /TASS/. /TASS/. Syria’s air defense systems have opened fire at air targets over western districts of Damascus, a government-run TV channel reported on Saturday. According to the TV channel, Syrian anti-aircraft gunners struck down several missiles over the Mezzeh suburb near a military aerodrome. Several missiles were also struck down over the settlement of Jdeideh on the Damascus-Beirut highway. The TV channel noted that Syrian air defense systems continue repelling an enemy attack at Damascus. According to AlHadath TV channel, airstrikes at Syria are delivered by Israeli Air Force. In other media

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Sponsors reluctant to evacuate White Helmets from Jordan — Russian diplomat

Sponsors reluctant to evacuate White Helmets from Jordan — Russian diplomat

MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Western sponsors of the White Helmets organization are in no hurry to provide its members operating in Jordan with shelter in Europe, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Friday. “Clearly, the West is not ready to welcome those who were involved in serious crimes,” she said, noting that in the summer of 2018, White Helmets members had been evacuated from southern Syria, and their sponsors “promised to give them shelter in European countries… but the matter has not been resolved so far.” “According to available information, a group of White Helmets activists remains in Jordan. They are…

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Kremlin: Date of new Russia-Iran-Turkey summit not determined yet

Kremlin: Date of new Russia-Iran-Turkey summit not determined yet

MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. The date of a new meeting between the Russian, Iranian and Turkish presidents to discuss the situation in Syria has not been settled yet, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response to a TASS question on when this summit will be held. “The organization of this summit has been long under discussion,” he said. “The date has not been not settled yet.” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier on Thursday on NTV channel live that a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planned to be held in the coming…

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Russian reconciliation center delivers humanitarian aid to Syria’s al-Suwayda province

Russian reconciliation center delivers humanitarian aid to Syria’s al-Suwayda province

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. The Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria carried out a humanitarian mission in Syria’s al-Suwayda Governorate, the center’s head Lieutenant General Sergei Solomatin told reporters on Wednesday. “In the past 24 hours, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the conflicting sides has carried out a humanitarian mission in the town of Ayra, al-Suwayda province, handing out 500 food sets,” Solomatin said. According to the general, refugees are returning to their homes. As of January 8, 2019, as many as 215,281 people have come back. “Implementing Syrian President Bashar Assad’s decree from October 9, 2018, the Syrian authorities…

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Turkish, Russian defense ministers discuss situation in Syria’s Idlib

Turkish, Russian defense ministers discuss situation in Syria’s Idlib

Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar © Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry Press Office/TASS ANKARA, January 9. /TASS/. Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has held a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu ahead of the possible visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Russia, the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement posted on its official Twitter account on Wednesday. “Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and the Russian defense minister held telephone talks. The sides discussed the latest developments in Idlib and assessed regional security issues in the framework of agreements reached in Sochi,” the statement said. The Russian Defense Ministry also reported that…

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Russia, US to hold contacts on Syria

Russia, US to hold contacts on Syria

NEW DELHI, January 9. /TASS/. Russia and the United States will hold contacts on Syria soon, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters on Wednesday. “The contacts on various aspects of the Syrian issue have not stopped, I don’t see anything extraordinary, sensational or special,” Ryabkov said. “These contacts are not always announced. The contacts are underway on different issues, and will be also held on other issues soon,” he said. In other media

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Russian military police in Syria begin patrols near Turkish border

Russian military police in Syria begin patrols near Turkish border

© Andrei Gryaznov/TASS MANBIJ /Syria/, January 8. /TASS/. Russian military police have started patrolling the surroundings of the northern Syrian city of Manbij in the Aleppo governorate, near the border with Syria, spokesman Yusup Mamatov told reporters. “Today we started patrolling the security zone near the city of Manbij and its surroundings. The task is to ensure safety within the zone of responsibility, to control the positions and movement of armed groups,” he said. The route of military police patrols will change regularly, he added. According to Mamatov, during their missions Russian servicemen are receiving reports from local residents about weapons caches and unexploded ordnances left…

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Jabhat al-Nusra launches offensive on southern districts of Idlib — TV

Jabhat al-Nusra launches offensive on southern districts of Idlib — TV

MOSCOW, January 8. /TASS/. Terrorists from the Jabhat al-Nusra group (outlawed in Russia) are seeking to expand their control in the Syrian province of Idlib, launching an offensive on the outpost of the Turkish-supported armed opposition in the city of Maaret-Naaman, the Al Hadath TV reported on Tuesday. According to the TV channel, Jabhat al-Nusra militants from other areas flock to the region. Earlier, extremist forces established control over another outpost of the Syrian opposition, located in the town of Atarib west of Aleppo. More than a thousand of members of the radical Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki Brigades groups had to leave this city together…

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Syrian serviceman injured in attack by militants on community in Hama Governorate

Syrian serviceman injured in attack by militants on community in Hama Governorate

MOSCOW, January 6. /TASS/. One Syrian serviceman was injured in an attack by militants on a community in the Hama Governorate out of the Idlib de-escalation zone, head of the Russian Reconciliation Center for the Opposing Sides in Syria Sergei Solomatin told journalists on Sunday. “Militants attacked the community of Tell al-Maktaa in the Hama Governorate from the Idlib de-escalation zone during the day, injuring one serviceman of the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as the Al-Sukkari district and the northwestern outskirts of the city of Aleppo,” Solomatin said. The general noted that 23,080 people who skirted military service have been…

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US troops’ withdrawal from Syria will take long, says Russian deputy minister

US troops’ withdrawal from Syria will take long, says Russian deputy minister

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov © Sergey Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, January 5. /TASS/. Moscow harbors no illusions regarding US troops’ withdrawal from Syria, which is going to take a long time, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Saturday. The diplomat considers the issue to be one of most relevant as of today. “Controversial signals are coming, the schedule and overall the consequence of respective steps in the area,” he said, noting that the ministry is “monitoring the process assuming that the US contingent’s staying on the Syrian territory is illegal in any case.” “We harbor no illusions regarding the rates of implementation of…

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Macron tells Putin war on terror is France’s top priority in Syria

Macron tells Putin war on terror is France’s top priority in Syria

PARIS, January 2. /TASS/. French President Emmanuel Macron said in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the fight against terrorism is France’s top priority in Syria, the Elysee Palace said in a press release on Wednesday. “The president of the [French] republic recalled that the fight against terrorism was France’s top priority in Syria so as to eradicate the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia – TASS) and counteract any resurgence of terrorism in the region,” the press release said. It added that “this fight has not yet been over and will be continued on the ground by the international coalition.”…

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Putin and Macron discuss Syria, Ukrainian crisis

Putin and Macron discuss Syria, Ukrainian crisis

© Alexei Nikolsky/Press Service of the Russian President/TASS MOSCOW, January 2. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have held a telephone conversation, discussing the Syria issue, the Kremlin press service said in a statement on Wednesday. According to the statement, the two presidents “thoroughly discussed the Syria issue in light of agreements to form a constitutional committee that the leaders of Russia, Turkey, German and France had reached in Istanbul on October 27, 2018.” Putin and Macron also exchanged views “on the domestic crisis in Ukraine, taking into consideration the provocation Kiev staged in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018.”…

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Putin and Macron discuss Syria issue, Ukrainian crisis

Putin and Macron discuss Syria issue, Ukrainian crisis

© Alexei Nikolsky/Press Service of the Russian President/TASS MOSCOW, January 2. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have held a telephone conversation, discussing the Syria issue, the Kremlin press service said in a statement on Wednesday. According to the statement, the two presidents “thoroughly discussed the Syria issue in light of agreements to form a constitutional committee that the leaders of Russia, Turkey, German and France had reached in Istanbul on October 27, 2018.” Putin and Macron also exchanged views “on the domestic crisis in Ukraine, taking into consideration the provocation Kiev staged in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018.”…

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Russia will continue aiding Syria in fight against terrorism, says Putin

Russia will continue aiding Syria in fight against terrorism, says Putin

MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the occasion of the New Year, the Kremlin press service informed. The Russian leader stressed that “Russia will continue to express full support of the Syrian government and people in the fight against terrorist forces, in the protection of state sovereignty and territorial unity.” Putin also wished the Syrian citizens the soonest return to peaceful and prosperous life. In other media

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