Fri, 24 May 2019

Articles Posted in the " Russia " Category

  • Coalition and Russian Airstrikes allegedly killed up to 600 civilians in November

    Syria’s White Helmets were frequently called out following alleged Russian airstrikes – as here at Al Bab on November 21st. Photo courtesy of AirWars.org.

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    IRAQ and SYRIA — A report released by the independent monitoring group AirWars.org claims Russian and Coalition airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria allegedly killed between 464 and 653 civilians in November.

    Airstrikes in Syria have been on the upswing since the tragic attacks in Paris on November 13. Since then, Britain and France have extended their air campaigns in the region and Russia has entered the fight as well.

    The


  • “We are at war,” says Secretary of Defense on anti-ISIL strategy

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter, foreground, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the House Armed Services Committee about U.S. strategy for Syria and Iraq in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2015. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz.

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    WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spoke before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday and elaborated on the Department of Defense’s Middle East strategy.

    “We are at war,” Carter said before the committee when describing the number of American troops dedicated to Operation Inherent Resolve



  • Syrian Airstrikes Expected to Increase as DoD Pushes for Expanded Ground Role

    Two U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthogs release flares after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over southwest Asia, Oct. 13, 2015. The Warthogs are assigned to the 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and the Stratotanker to the 340th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron. Coalition forces fly daily missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Queen

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    WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense has stated it will increase the number of airstrikes preformed in Syria in the coming weeks while urging the recent decrease in airstrikes has not been due to Russian


  • Russia and US Sign Memorandum on Syria Airspace, Tension Rise

    An F/A-18F Super Hornet prepares to launch from the USS Theodore Roosevelt as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephane Belcher.

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    WASHINGTON — The United States and Russia signed a memorandum regarding Syrian airspace Tuesday in an attempt to reach an agreement about operations in the region, according to a Pentagon press release.

    Senior officials from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Russian ministry of defense signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) in an attempt to minimize the risk of inflight incidents in the region.

    Russian authorities allegedly urged the


  • U.S. to Continue Arming Syrian Rebels as Russia Conducts Operations Against Those Same Rebels

    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaking with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon before a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels. Photo courtesy NATO.

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    WASHINGTON — Leaders within the Department of Defense have continued to condone Russia’s action in the region and stated they will continue to arm rebel groups in Syria while pursuing a “political transition” to end the now four year civil war.

    In a statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, the DoD said it will continue to work with coalition partners as part of the ongoing Operation Inherent Resolve in addition to arming