Syria: Iran is not leaving, despite U.S. and Israeli pressure

Syria says that it will not bargain regarding Iran’s presence. (Getty) June 6, 2019 Syrian official told Russian media that there are no plans for Iran to reduce its troop levels in the country, even if the US and Israel seek to offer Russia a deal. Speaking to Izvestia and later reported in [...]

By |June 6th, 2019|Syria|

Israeli intel firm: Alleged IDF strike on Syrian base targeted Iranian drones

Satellite photos shows the aftermath of an airstrike attributed to Israel that targeted the Syrian T-4 air base near Palmyra on June 2, 2019. (ImageSat) June 5, 2019 An Israeli satellite imagery analysis firm on Tuesday determined that the target of an airstrike on a Syrian air base earlier this week, which was [...]

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

Syria says Israeli missiles target Iran-linked base near Homs; 5 reported killed

An IDF airstrike hits Syrian military targets, June 1, 2019. (IDF) June 4, 2019 Syrian state media reported that Israel attacked the T-4 airbase near the northern city of Homs just after midnight Sunday, killing one soldier and wounding two others. A watchdog group said 5 people were killed. The attack comes after [...]

By |June 4th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

IRGC commander: Iran’s presence in Syria is an ‘act of divine duty’

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami (right) meets with his Syrian counterpart Abdullah Ayoub in Damascus, August 26, 2018. (AFP) June 3, 2019 The Islamic Revolution came to an end in Iran, but was not limited to a geographic area, said Admiral Ali Fadavi, vice commander of the IRGC. “One of the beautiful effects [...]

By |June 3rd, 2019|Syria|

Tensions grow between Russia, Iran in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit (SCO) in Qingdao, China June 9, 2018. (REUTERS) May 29, 2019 Russian military police last week reportedly carried out a raid against Iranian-backed militiamen stationed at Syria's Aleppo international [...]

By |May 29th, 2019|Russia, Syria|

US sets up $75 mln grant to combat Iranian ‘disinformation’ in Syria

US troops in northeast Syria. (AFP) May 29, 2019 The United States State Department has set up a $75 million grant to be spent in Syria to combat ISIS and the “disinformation” carried out by Iran inside the country. According to the Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, the grant opportunity – [...]

By |May 29th, 2019|Syria|

Iran building new crossing on Syria border that would let it smuggle weapons, oil

Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) fighters stand on a hill at the Iraqi-Syrian border near al-Qaim, Iraq. November 25, 2018. Picture taken November 25, 2018. (REUTERS) May 25, 2019 New satellite images indicate Iran is building a border crossing at the Syrian-Iraqi border, which would open up a coveted land route from Iran to Lebanon, according to Western [...]

By |May 25th, 2019|Iraq, Syria|

Iranian IRGC in Syria’s Latakia?

Iranian revolutionary guard forces during fighting in Aleppo, Syria. undated. (Fars) May 22, 2019 Jorf News, a Syrian news site, reported that Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps began a naval combat training course in Latakia province in northern Syria. Latakia is where Russia’s Khmeimim airbase is located. A “source” told Jorf News that [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Syria|

Iranian tankers relieve pressure of oil sanctions on Assad

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) By David Adesnik May 18, 2019 For the second time this month, an Iranian tanker has delivered nearly a million barrels of crude oil to Syria, relieving the dire shortage of fuel brought on by tougher enforcement of U.S. sanctions. These deliveries indicate the [...]

By |May 18th, 2019|Syria|

Hossein Hamedani: Suppressor of protests in Iran and Syria

Iranians attend the funeral ceremony of IRGC commander Brig-Gen Hossein Hamedani in Tehran. (Supplied) May 15, 2019 Hossein Hamedani is best known for his role in suppressing protests in Iran following the 2009 election, and for his presence in Syria, where he became the highest-ranking Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander to be [...]

By |May 14th, 2019|Syria|