Largest Islamist attack on Deir ez-Zor in 2017 repelled

28.05.2017, Syria.

On May 26, defenders of the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor repelled one of the largest attacks by ISIL militants (organization banned in Russia) in 2017, Al-Masdar News reports.

According to the news agency, several hundred militants participated in the attack, which took place during the night from 25 to 26 May. The militants tried to break through the eastern side of the Deir ez-Zor airbase perimeter. The airbase is located south of the government-controlled city, and it is cut off from it. During a ten-hour battle, militant attacks were repulsed. Syrian ATGM squads destroyed two of the terrorists’ BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles. The militants’ night attack did not reach its goals; the Syrian army managed to keep all positions. Accurate data on the losses of militants and of the government troops is absent. But it is already known that an improvised missile launched by the ISIL terrorists (organization banned in Russia), killed two and injured ten civilians. Continue reading

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Media: Coalition Airforce strikes area west of Raqqa, 15 civilians killed

23.05.2017,  Syria.

Fifteen civilians were killed as a result of Western Coalition Airforce striking the village of Kadeiran, west of Raqqa, according to Al Mayadeen TV channel, TASS reports on 21 May.

The airstrike was meant to support the offensive of the Arab-Kurdish units from Syrian Democratic Forces organization on the capital of ISIL (organization banned in Russia), the city of Raqqa. Continue reading

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Assad: Our people are fighting not only terrorists, but also their patrons

12.05.2017, Syria.

The war of the Syrian people with terrorism is a continuation of the Russian people’s war with fascism, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Belarusian TV on Victory Day, reports RIA Novosti news agency on May 11, citing the text by the SANA Syrian news agency.

“The war your people waged back then is the same war that our people are waging today. The difference is only in names and different means, but the content is the same”, said Bashar Assad.

“The background is the same, and the war is the same. Why did Nazism appear; what did it want? it wanted to dominate the world, to exclude the rest. Today, our people are fighting not only with terrorists, but with those who sponsor them”, the Syrian president added. Continue reading

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Memory of Soviet soldier-liberators honored in many countries

11.05.2017

Events dedicated to the memory of the heroism of the Soviet soldier-liberators who saved the world from Nazism during the Great Patriotic War (is the name used to refer to the part of World War II which started with the invasion of Nazis into the Soviet Union and ended with the Red Banner over Reichstag and defeat of Nazis from the hands of the Soviet people – Editor) were held in many countries on May 9, mass media reported.

The capital of China, Beijing, hosted the procession of the “Immortal Regiment”. Participants and guests received St. George ribbons. The procession of the column of the “Immortal Regiment” passed through the “Chaoyang” central park to the “Soviet Falcon” sculpture, dedicated to Soviet pilots. Participants of the event paid tribute to the memory of the dead with a Minute of Silence and laying flowers at the monument. The ambassador of Russia in China, Andrey Denisov, took part in the event. After the procession of the “Immortal Regiment”, the events dedicated to the 9th of May continued in the “Jintai” Art Gallery, where a gala concert was held and a photo exhibition dedicated to the Great Patriotic War was organized. More than 100 people took part in the events. Continue reading

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The US admits bombing mosque in Syria

09.05.2017, Syria.

The Pentagon officially acknowledged the fact that a US airstrike hit a mosque in Syria, Lenta.ru online newspaper reported on May 5.

Pentagon officials commented on the destruction of a building which was part of the mosque complex after the US Central Command investigation.  The air strike happened on March 16, 2017.  At least 38 people were killed.  The United States categorically rejected both its involvement and the very fact of the bombing of a civilian object for several days, claiming that an attack targeted a building with al-Qaeda (organization banned in Russia – Editor) members hiding in it.  At the same time, the videos showing the rescuers taking out numbers of the wounded and the dead civilians from the ruins of the mosque appeared in the social media.

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Russia deploys mobile hospital to city of Afrin in northern Syria

04.05.2017, Syria.

The Russian Center for reconciliation of opposing sides [in the Syrian Arab Republic] delivered humanitarian aid to the Syrian city of Afrin, RIA Novosti news agency reports on May 2.

About two and a half thousand people found refuge in the “Rabar” refugee camp.  A mobile field hospital and field kitchens have been deployed to provide relief to the community by the Russian Center for reconciliation. Continue reading

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May Day rallies and demonstrations in Europe and in the Middle East

02.05.2017, Europe and the Middle East.

On May 01, seventy Spanish towns and cities witnessed May Day rallies and demonstrations, according to the RIA Novosti News Agency. Rallies were organized by Spain’s major labor union organizations, the General Workers’ Union (Spanish: Unión General de Trabajadores (UTG)) and the Spanish Union Workers’ Commissions (Spanish:  Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO). Festivities were supported by left-wing parties, such as Podemos, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, Izquierda Unida left-wing Party and the others. The main slogans of the rallies were rising salaries and combating inequality in labor issues. In particular, equal salaries to men and women were demanded. Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, General Secretary of the Spanish Union Workers’ Commissions spoke at the Spanish capital’s rally and said, that they have been reporting economic growth for already two years in a row, and now the economy shall meet the needs of people. Demonstrators also charted a manifesto calling the Spanish government to make necessary reforms and changes providing labor productivity and welfare to go for the benefit of every person. Continue reading

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