Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias suffer heavy losses fighting in Syria

Hezbollah members and supporters carry the coffin of commander Hatem Hamadeh, who was killed in Syria, in the southern suburb of Beirut, October 18, 2017. (EPA) By Joe Truzman February 10, 2020 In 2012, Hezbollah committed itself to armed conflict in defense of its Syrian ally, Bashar al Assad, against rebels and Islamic State [...]

By |February 10th, 2020|Lebanon, Syria|

Iran exploits vacuum of power in southern Syria to threaten Israel

Iran's army chief of staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looks into binoculars as he visits and other senior officers from the Iranian military a front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP) February 07, 2020 Syrian regime media reported airstrikes across a wide area around Damascus on Thursday [...]

By |February 7th, 2020|Isreal, Syria|

Iran evacuates students, Iraqis, Syrians from Coronavirus epicenter

Iranian students repatriated from Wuhan arrived in Tehran on February 5. (Supplied) February 6, 2020 Iranian news agencies Wednesday morning reported that 56 Iranian nationals living in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China, have arrived in Iran and will be quarantined for two weeks. According to some reports tens of [...]

By |February 6th, 2020|East Asia, Iraq, Syria|

Israeli strikes kill 12 Iran-backed fighters near Syria’s Damascus

Syrian air defences responding to Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus, May 10, 2018. (REUTERS) February 6, 2020 Israeli air strikes killed 12 Iran-backed fighters near Damascus and in southern Syria early Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Seven foreign fighters were killed in the Kiswa area south of Damascus, [...]

By |February 6th, 2020|Isreal, Syria|

Iranian commander killed in clashes with Syrian opposition forces

Iran's Quds Force senior commander Asghar Pashapour, far left, with Qassem Soleimani in Syria. (IRIB) February 04, 2020 A senior commander of Iran’s Quds Force was killed on Sunday during clashes with Syrian opposition forces in Aleppo, Iranian state media reported on Monday. Asghar Pashapour was “one of the first to go to [...]

By |February 4th, 2020|Syria|

Tehran prepares to build 30,000 housing units in Syria

People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the rebel-held area of Aleppo's Baedeen district, Syria, May 3, 2016. (REUTERS) February 03, 2020 Iranian Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mahmoud Mahmoudzadeh announced on Sunday that Tehran had reached an agreement with Damascus to build 30,000 houses in [...]

By |February 3rd, 2020|Syria|

Fierce Iranian-Russian competition over Syria’s education sector

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran, February 25, 2019. (AFP) January 29, 2020 Iran has gone into fierce competition with Russia over Syria’s education sector. This was most recently reflected in a Damascus statement on Russia offering 500 scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate programs [...]

By |January 29th, 2020|Russia, Syria|

Iran helped Assad suppress protests long before jihadists emerged, IRGC’s agency says

A civil defense worker carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria. (Associated Press) January 28, 2020 An Iranian news outlet affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) has revealed for the first time that the Islamic Republic police forces helped to suppress protests in the early days of demonstrations against the Syrian strongman, [...]

By |January 29th, 2020|Syria|

Qassem Soleimani’s final journey: How it happened minute-by-minute

Qasem Soleimani, the powerful Iranian military commander who wields enormous influence in Iraq, returning from a visit to Syria and Iraq. (ISNA) January 27, 2020 On January 2, 2020, bad weather conditions meant that the Baghdad-bound Sham Wings Airlines flight 501 was delayed for nearly 3 hours. The plane was carrying 156 passengers, [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon, North America, Syria, USA|

US measures on Syria-Iraq border to confront Iran

US troops in northeast Syria. (AFP) January 25, 2020 The administration of US President Donald Trump is looking to enhance its military presence on the Syrian-Iraqi border for a range of reasons, mainly to “confront Iran." The US presence in Iraq was a main item on the agenda of two separate meetings held [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|