Top Iranian and Iraqi military brass meet with Assad in Damascus

Iran's Chief of Staff of Armed Forces, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, left, speaks during a press conference with Syria's defense minister Gen. Ali Ayoub, center, and Iraqi army commander, Gen. Osman Ghanemi in Damascus, Syria, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP) March 19, 2019 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with a joint Iraqi-Iranian [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|Iraq, Syria|

Iran demands U.S. leave Syria, Damascus threatens its ally

U.S. soldiers near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, April 4, 2018. (AP) March 19, 2019 Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States withdraw its troops from Syria, and the Damascus government threatened U.S.-backed Kurdish forces with military defeat [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|Syria|

Israeli firm releases images of Iranian precision-missile plant in Syria

Iranian soldiers prepare to launch a Hawk surface-to-air missile during military maneuvers. (AFP) March 15, 2019 An Israeli firm published Thursday satellite images saying they "confirm suspicions mentioned in intelligence reports that a plant was established in northwestern Syria as a facility for the production of surface-to-surface (SSM) missiles." The plant had been [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Syria|

Consensus on Syria will lead to pullback of Iran forces

UN officials and Ministers pose for a photo during a conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” at the European Council in Brussels on April 25, 2018. (AFP) March 15, 2019 Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said that the resolution of the Syrian crisis will [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Syria|

Israel uncovers Hezbollah-IRGC network operating in Syria’s Golan Heights

Israeli forces are seen near a border fence between the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights and Syria. (Reuters) March 13, 2019 The Israeli military announced Wednesday that it has uncovered a network operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah party across the ceasefire line in the Syrian Golan Heights. In a statement, it said [...]

By |March 13th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

U.S. increases pressure on Iran with sanctions on militias in Iraq and Syria

Mourners carry the coffins of four militia members of a Shiite group, Harakat al-Nujaba movement of Islamic Resistance, during their funeral procession in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP) By Behnam Ben Taleblu March 11, 2019 The Trump administration on Tuesday sanctioned — for the first time — an [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Iraq, Syria|

Iran and Turkey media push conspiracy theories about US, ISIS

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives for a meeting at Erdogan's office in Ankara June 9, 2014. (AFP) By Seth J. Frantzman March 6, 2019 Iranian and Turkish media have pushed conspiracy theories about the US-led coalition and the defeat of Islamic State in Syria. As the [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|North America, Syria, Turkey, USA|

New report inadvertently reveals Iranian forces along Israeli front-lines in Syria

Syrian air defences responding to Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus, May 10, 2018. (REUTERS) March 5, 2019 A new report from the Syrian Republican Guard revealed this week that several of the casualties from the Israeli attack this month on the Al-Quneitra Governorate were, in fact, Iranian soldiers. According to the [...]

By |March 5th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Iran insists Moscow ties ‘strong’, shrugs off Israel-Russia coordination

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (AP) March 5, 2019 Iran’s foreign ministry insisted Monday that Tehran’s ties with Moscow are “strong” and shrugged off reported Israeli-Russian coordination on a withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria. “Iran’s ties with Moscow are [...]

By |March 5th, 2019|Isreal, Russia, Syria|

Iran forming all-Syrian militia in Syria

Iran's army chief of staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looking into binoculars, and other senior officers from the Iranian military, visit a front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria, October 20, 2017. (AP) March 4, 2019 Iranian military advisers in Syria are reportedly forming a new militia in the country [...]

By |March 4th, 2019|Syria|