Posts tagged as Syria

Lithuanian ministers lock horns over relocation of Syrian family

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Lithuania’s cabinet of ministers blocked the relocation of a Syrian family to the country, quoting Covid-19 risks, while allowing several foreign basketball teams to come for training camps. The cabinet also refused entry to an Egyptian man who wanted to be present at the birth of his child. The proposal to relocate a Syrian family of two adults and three underage children from Jordan to Lithuania was tabled by the…

Macron and Merkel call Putin over Syria

Friday, February 21, 2020

As hundreds of thousands are displaced in bloody Idlib offensive, leaders talk, but do little else. It may not be an EU army, but at least France and Germany can still team up to dial a phone. The situation in Idlib, in the northwest of Syria, is so catastrophic that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel broke away from the extraordinary European Council budget summit in Brussels…

Road wars in Syria between U.S. and Russia: video

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A new video released on Wednesday showed a U.S. armored vehicle attempting to drive a Russian military vehicle off a road in northeastern Syria. According to the account that posted the video, the incident took place in the eastern countryside of the Al-Qamishli District in northeastern Syria. In the video, the U.S. vehicle can be seen trying to cutoff the Russian vehicle as it attempts to speed past the Americans. The…

Latvians in foreign conflicts. How many?

By Augusts Augustiņš on Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Latvian State Security Service (VDD) has so far initiated four criminal cases on the grounds of illegally participating in armed conflicts in Syria or Iraq and for joining the terrorist group Daesh. One of the accused persons was charged with crimes against humanity and peace and was given a prison sentence of six years and eight months with two years of probation. The VDD has informed that the activities…

Turkey holds Baltic NATO plans hostage over Syria – ‘it’s not the first time’

By Andrius Balčiūnas on Thursday, November 28, 2019

When the media revealed Turkey’s move to block NATO  defence   plans for the Baltic states and Poland over Syria, online comment sections in Lithuania filled with calls to boycott Turkish goods and holiday destinations. Yet, it wasn’t the first time the Baltics became hostage to Ankara. “Turkey has used this tactic before,” Sven Sakkov, director of Estonia’s International Centre for Defence and Security, told LRT.lt. “I don’t think it’s…

Turkey stalls NATO defence plans for Baltics and Poland over Syria

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Turkey is refusing to back a NATO  defence   plan for the Baltic states and Poland until the alliance supports Turkey against Kurds in northern Syria, Reuters reported on Tuesday. According to four high level sources, Ankara is demanding NATO to designate the Kurdish YPG military force in northern Syria as a terrorist organisation. The People’s Protection Units (YPG) make up the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces operating in…

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria; 11 reported killed

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Israeli military said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria on Wednesday, carrying out a “wide-scale” strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. A Britain-based war monitoring group said the Israeli airstrikes killed 11 people, including seven non-Syrians who are most likely Iranians. Syrian state media only reported that two civilians were killed. The Israeli military said its fighter jets hit…

Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi’s death

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State group’s leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S. efforts to protect Syria’s oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria itself and the country’s Russian allies. It’s a new high-stakes mission even as American troops are withdrawn from other parts of the country. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the military’s oil field mission also will ensure income for Syrian…

After US Syria pullout, Lithuania may send more troops to Iraq instead

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Lithuania will not send troops to Syria if US troops stage a complete pullout, Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Thursday. “Until the situation [following Turkish incursion] has been stabilised, definitely not. Another thing is that the architecture of the US presence is unclear, and if there are no US troops, or if there is [only] a symbolic force, we would not see much added value either,” he told the Žinių Radijas…

Trump’s ‘success’ in Syria cedes region to Russia

By Robert Burns on Thursday, October 24, 2019

President Donald Trump declared success in Syria on Wednesday and created a bumper-sticker moment to illustrate his campaign promise to put a stop to American involvement in “endless wars.” But with his abrupt withdrawal from what he called “bloodstained sand,” the president ceded American influence over a huge swath of the region to rivals and may have spun the Middle East into a new season of uncertainty. In remarks at the White…