Tag: Bashar al-Assad

Russia Offers ‘Humanitarian Corridors’ Out Of Besieged Aleppo. History Warns Of A Trap

July 28, 2016

The Russian defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, announced the creation of 4 corridors out of the city his air force has spent months pulverizing.

As Jets Kill Civilians At Refugee Camp, Russia Hosts Slick Propaganda Concert In Palmyra

May 6, 2016

As Russia held a classical concert to celebrate their capture of Palmyra, at least 30 civilians were killed, either by Syrian or Russian air force jets, at a refugee camp near the Turkish border.

US Student Found Dead in Buryatia, Russia; Kadyrov to Visit Assad; Peskov Expects More Panama

April 5, 2016

Missing for 5 days, the body of American student was found 1.5 km from his hotel in the mountainous terrain of Buryatia, Russia.

Kremlin Denies Claims Russia Asked Assad To Step Down Last Year

January 22, 2016

Live Updates: The Kremlin has denied claims published by the Financial Times that the late GRU chief, Igor Sergun, had travelled to Syria to ask, without success, that Bashar al-Assad step aside. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

Russia Announces Humanitarian Operation In Syria, Not For Madaya, But Deir ez-Zor

January 15, 2016

Live Updates: The Russian Ministry of Defence has announced a humanitarian operation in Syria aimed at providing aid for regime-controlled areas of Deir ez-Zor that are besieged by ISIS. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

In Interview with Bild, Putin Says ‘Premature’ to Offer Assad Asylum; Believes He Could Win Election

January 12, 2016

Live Updates: In part 2 of an interview with Germany’s Bild published at Kremlin.ru, President Vladimir Putin indicates that it is “premature” to offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asylum in Russia, and says he could still win the election in 2017. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

Moscow’s Goal in Syria is to Undermine West Not Support Assad, Belarusian Experts Say

December 14, 2015

Staunton, December 14 – Moscow’s primary goal in Syria is not to support its ally Bashar Al-Assad against all challenges but rather to destabilize the situation in the Middle East, undercutting the influence of the West and boosting its own; and to that end, it will be quite prepared to sacrifice the Syrian dictator, according […]

Putin in Syria: Putin Makes Absurd Claim That Russia Is Helping Free Syrian Army

December 11, 2015

Today there are rumors that Russia has deployed T-90 tanks south of Aleppo, while ISIS appears to be making advances southeast of Homs. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

Putin in Syria: At Least 40 Reported Dead After Missiles Strike Market In Douma

October 30, 2015

LIVE UPDATES: At least 40 people are reported to have been killed after surface-to-surface missiles struck a market place in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta today. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.