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Russian forces erect a statue of 'Hero of Russia' pilot at Hmeimim airbase

Feb 07, 2021

Russian forces stationed at the Hmeimim airbase in Latakia governorate held a ceremony on Friday (February 5) to unveil a bust of Russian pilot, Roman Filippov, who the Russian government posthumously awarded the title of ‘Hero of Russia’ after his death in Syria.

The commander of the Russian Forces Group in Syria, Major General Alexander Chaiko, claimed at the statue's inauguration ceremony that Major Filippov had “devoted his whole life to the defence of our homeland, performed his military duty and spent his life fighting against terrorists.”

Has the UN simply failed in Syria, or is it complicit in the regime's crimes?

Feb 06, 2021

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, the conflict rages on with no apparent end in sight. The role of the United Nations, the international organisation created to keep the peace and promote human rights in the world, has clearly been a dismal failure. Whilst no one claims that the Syrian conflict is the death knell for the UN, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine how the organisation can move forward from here. A litany of failures by the organisation has resulted in the Syrian people feeling abandoned by the international community.

SDF detains another media activist in Deir Ezzor

Feb 06, 2021

Ali Saleh Al Wakaa from Abu Hamam city in eastern Deir Ez-Zour governorate became the latest media activist to be arrested by the PKK-affiliated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) when he was detained on Thursday (February 4) in Hajin Hospital in the eastern suburbs of the governorate, and taken to an undisclosed location.

Al-Wakka (pictured) was arrested during a visit by a delegation of officials from the International Coalition to inspect the rehabilitation operations in the hospital.

Assassination of Lokman Slim in S. Lebanon sends message from Hezbollah, Iran: report

Feb 05, 2021

Political sources in Beirut said the assassination of Lebanese Shia political activist and prominent Hezbollah critic Lokman Slim in southern Lebanon on Thursday (February 4), in an area under direct Hezbollah control, was intended to intimidate the Lebanese people, especially the Shia community, and send a message from Iran’s regime to the new US administration.

Belgian court sentences Iranian diplomat-terrorist to 20 years over bomb plot

Feb 05, 2021

An Iranian diplomat who masterminded a failed bomb attack at a rally outside Paris was sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Belgian court on Thursday (February 4) for attempted murder and involvement in terrorism.

Assadollah Assadi, 49, had been attached to the Iranian mission in Vienna when he supplied explosives for the intended atrocity at an Iranian opposition rally in France in 2018. He was denied diplomatic immunity because he was on holiday in Germany when he was arrested.

Suwayda governorate is out of Assad's control: report

Jan 11, 2021

Dignitaries and leading sheikhs in the predominantly Druze governorate of As-Suwayda in southern Syria have reportedly rejected a proposal to support the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad, in the upcoming presidential elections.

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper quoted a source, identified as a member of Al-Khas family, who said that Sheikh Nawaf Trad Al-Melhem, recently held a meeting with dignitaries and sheikhs from As-Suwayda governorate, including Sheikh Al-Aql Yusef Al-Jarbu`, representatives of leading families and social figures.

Germany withdraws asylum from Assad propagandist, AfD employee Kevork Almassian, intends to repatriate him to Syria: report

Jan 09, 2021

Germany intends to deport Assad propagandist, AfD employee Kevork Almassian back to Syria: report

Several media and human rights activists have confirmed a report from Germany’s Die Welt newspaper that the German Federal Ministry of Immigration and Refugees intends to withdraw asylum from Kevork Almassian, an Assad propagandist from Aleppo, now employed an MP of the Assad-allied neo-nazi AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) party.

Assad’s desperate attempt to revive reputation destined to fail

Jan 08, 2021

By Dr. Dania Koleilat Khatib, Arab News

Many people adopt new year’s resolutions. They usually involve quitting smoking, losing weight, spending more time with family or just being more positive. However, for Bashar Assad, his resolution seems to be to rebrand himself as a man of peace.

Putin offers to send troops to help Trump avert regime change crisis, restore stability in USA*

Jan 07, 2021

President Putin has called Donald Trump following tonight’s scenes of unrest at the Capitol building in Washington DC, offering to send military advisors, along with ground troops and air force support to help restore stability and thwart a “destabilizing coup attempt” by insurgents led by Joseph Biden.

IRGC provides hospitals for troops, militias in Deir Ezzor as public health services collapse: report

Jan 05, 2021

Iran’s regime has reportedly set up well-equipped hospitals for its forces and militias in Al Bukamal in eastern Deir Ezzor governorate, even as the already ravaged health services for the area’s long-suffering residents continue to collapse.

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