Russia, Iran and the future of Syria’s Assad

Souvenir mugs featuring Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah are seen among other items for sale in old Damascus, Syria, Febr 8, 2016. (AFP) By Alireza Taheri May 21, 2020 The "project to oust the Syrian strongman, Bashar al-Assad" is a "big American-Zionist lie", says a former [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Russia, Syria|

Iran has spent $30 billion in Syria: Prominent MP

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, the representative of Eslamabad-e Gharb County at the Iranian Parliament. (Press TV) May 21, 2020 Iran has spent about $30 billion in Syria since the start of the civil war in the country in 2011, said a prominent Iranian lawmaker in rare remarks about Tehran’s spending in support of President Bashar [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Syria|

Iran starting to withdraw from Syria: Israel’s outgoing defense minister

Hezbollah and Syrian flags flutter on a military vehicle in Western Qalamoun, Syria August 28, 2017. (REUTERS) May 20, 2020 Iran has begun withdrawing its forces from Syria, Israel’s outgoing defense minister said on Monday, without offering any evidence to support his assertion. Naftali Bennett also urged his successor, Benny Gantz, to maintain [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|Isreal, Syria|

US needs help restricting Iran’s influence in Syria

U.S. soldiers near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, Syria, April 4, 2018. (AP) By Majid Rafizadeh May 19, 2020 US sanctions on Iran and the Trump administration’s maximum pressure policy are forcing Tehran to tactically shift its policy toward its staunchest ally, [...]

By |May 19th, 2020|North America, Syria, USA|

Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria, says Iran’s Khamenei

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP) May 18, 2020 Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, renewing Iran’s demand for US troops to be withdrawn from the Middle East. Iran almost got into a full-blown conflict with the United States when a US [...]

By |May 18th, 2020|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|

US Global Maritime Advisory warns of Iran’s ‘deceptions’

Oil supertanker Grace 1 on suspicion of being carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria is seen near Gibraltar, Spain, July 4, 2019. (Reuters) May 16, 2020 In its newly released Global Maritime Advisory (GMA), the U.S. government has advised the world's shipping lines to be vigilant about "Iran's, North Korea's and Syria's deceptions". [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|Latin America, North America, Syria, USA, Venezuela|

Iranian IRGC commander Abolfazl Sarlak killed in Syria

Abolfazl Sarlak pictured with slain IRGC Commander Qassem Soleimani. (KhabarOnline) May 15, 2020 Abolfazl Sarlak, a commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has been killed in Syria, Iranian state media reported. Iran’s state news agencies have given conflicting reports on how Sarlak was killed. The semi-official Mehr news agency said he [...]

By |May 15th, 2020|Syria|

Iran building new tunnel at Imam Ali base in east Syria

The new satellite images from ISI show a first tunnel south of the new construction site now abandoned since a March attack. (ISI) May 14, 2020 Iran is currently building an underground storage facility capable of handling advanced weapons systems at the Imam Ali military base in Albukamal, eastern Syria, new satellite images [...]

By |May 14th, 2020|Syria|

Iranian-founded Afghan Shia militia celebrates 7th anniversary in Aleppo

The IRGC-sponsored militia primarily recruits from the Hazara population of Afghanistan and Iran. (SMO) By Caleb Weiss and Joe Truzman May 14, 2020 Liwa Fatemiyoun, an important Iranian-backed proxy fighting in Syria, has released a series of photographs showing its fighters in Aleppo celebrating the seventh anniversary of the group’s founding. In the series [...]

By |May 14th, 2020|Afghanistan, Syria|

Israel remains focused on Iran’s presence in Syria despite virus

Israeli forces are seen near a border fence between the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights and Syria. (Reuters) May 13, 2020 Comments last week from an unnamed Israeli defense official that Iran was reducing its presence in Syria sparked fierce debate about Tehran's next moves and how the Jewish state should respond. [...]

By |May 13th, 2020|Isreal, Syria|