How much is Iran spending in Syria?

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran, February 25, 2019. (AFP) February 22, 2020 Since the beginning of 2012, the Syrian war has represented an opportunity for Iran to spread and deepen its influence in Syria and among Syria's allies. This has been driven by Syria's strategic importance, [...]

By |February 22nd, 2020|Syria|

Turkish, Iranian media outlets exchange blows on Syria

Smoke plumes rising from reported Syrian and Russian airstrikes across the border in Syria's southeastern Quneitra province, July 16, 2018. (AFP) February 20, 2020 Turkish and Iranian media outlets are battling as deeply rooted tensions have resurfaced. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency has published an opinion piece that critically discussed tensions with Iran over Syria. [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Syria, Turkey|

IRGC trained militias suffer losses in northwest Syria

Iranian revolutionary guard forces during fighting in Aleppo, Syria. undated. (Fars) By Joe Truzman February 19, 2020 Militias trained by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have suffered losses in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib over the past two weeks. The Iranian-backed militiamen have been fighting jihadists and Turkish-backed organizations, among others. Online [...]

By |February 19th, 2020|Syria|

Iran’s soft war in Syria: Exerting influence through arts and education

The Mahdi Scouts in Syria commemorating Ashura, October 22, 2019. (Supplied) By Dana Saqbani February 18, 2020 At the end of January, the Syrian regime's Ministry of Education and the Iranian Ministry of Education signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange expertise and experiences within the scientific, academic, and educational fields. This comes in [...]

By |February 18th, 2020|Syria|

Iran speaker Larijani: Iranian businessmen will reconstruct Syria

Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani holds a news conference in Istanbul January 22, 2015. (REUTERS) February 17, 2020 Iranian businessmen are willing to be involved in reconstructing Syria, said Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, speaking alongside his Syrian counterpart in Damascus on Monday according to Iran’s official IRNA news agency. Iran has played [...]

By |February 17th, 2020|Syria|

Israel says planning ‘massive’ drone acquisition to counter Iran threat

Israel is to buy and develop drones to watch Iran-linked Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran’s al-Quds forces as its most pressing threats. (AFP) February 14, 2020 Israel is to buy and develop drones on a “massive” scale to increase its military edge over its enemies - Iran and its allies - the army said Thursday. [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|Isreal, Lebanon, Syria|

Pro-Assad activists in Italy launch publicity campaign for Iran’s Soleimani

A pro-Assad Syrian group of activists have put up posters in honor of slain Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani in Italian cities. February 12,2020. (Twitter) February 14, 2020 A pro-Assad Syrian group on February 11 and 12 launched a publicity campaign to honor Qassem Soleimani in several Italian cities including Rome and Milan [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|Europe, Syria|

Israeli missile attack on Damascus kills Syrian, Iranian fighters

An explosion, reportedly during Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, Syria, on January 21, 2019. (YouTube) February 14, 2020 A missile attack launched from Israel on military targets near Damascus overnight killed three Syrian and four Iranian fighters, a war monitor said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on the Damascus airport area [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|Isreal, Syria|

Pakistan arrests high-profile Iran-backed Zainebiyoun Brigade member fighting in Syria, Iraq

A poster of Pakistani Shiite fighters killed in Syria. (Supplied) February 13, 2020 Police in Karachi have arrested a man suspected of being a high-profile member of the Zainebiyoun Brigade, a counterterrorism official said on Wednesday, referring to a militant group composed of Pakistani nationals fighting in Syria and Iraq. Zainebiyoun Brigade reportedly [...]

By |February 13th, 2020|Iraq, Pakistan, Syria|

Soleimani managed battles from Assad’s operation room

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) meeting with Iranian Parliamentary Director General for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (L) in the Syrian capital Damascus, January 27, 2017. (AFP) February 10, 2020 Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian uncovered on Sunday that former Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US [...]

By |February 10th, 2020|Syria|