Russian armed forces - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Russian armed forces Syria rejects international forces in safe zones BEIRUT (AP) — Syria on Monday dismissed the idea of foreign forces patrolling four so-called de-escalation zones that are to be established under a deal struck by Russia, Iran and Turkey, suggesting Damascus would agree only to Russian "military police" who are already on the ground. Syria planned to abide by the agreement signed in Kazakhstan last week, ... Mon, 08 May 2017 21:53:00 GMT 2017-05-08T21:53:00Z A new type of deal to reduce violence in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The Russian plan to create safe zones in Syria, which came into effect Saturday, is the latest in a string of efforts to ease the country's horrendous violence. After past failures, this deal provides for the first time a mechanism to observe the cease-fire: Russian, Iranian and Turkish troops are to monitor compliance on the ground. But the... Sat, 06 May 2017 06:03:00 GMT 2017-05-06T06:03:00Z Turkey: Autopsies show sarin gas used against Syrian town BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's health minister said Tuesday that test results confirm sarin gas was used in an attack on a northern Syrian town earlier this month and the Russian military said the Syrian government is willing to let international experts examine its military base for signs of chemical weapons. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy of the Russian General Staff... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:05:00 GMT 2017-04-11T15:05:00Z The Latest: US calls for transparency in UN Syria summit BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on events in Syria (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. insisted that an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the U.S. missile attack on Syria be held in the open so that "any country that chooses to defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime will have to do in full public vie... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT 2017-04-07T16:31:00Z The Latest: UN humanitarian chief says $6 billion pledged BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local): 5:15 a.m. The United Nations humanitarian chief says that 41 donors have pledged $6 billion to help people in need in 2017 amid the Syrian crisis. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Step... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 02:18:00 GMT 2017-04-06T02:18:00Z The Latest: Rebel official says UN 'responsible' for deaths BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local): 5:20 p.m. A top Syrian rebel representative says he holds U.N. mediator Staffan De Mistura "personally responsible" for the suspected chemical weapons attack that killed more than 70 people in northern Syria one day ago. Mohammad All... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:41:00 GMT 2017-04-05T14:41:00Z The Latest: Russian says rebel-held town in Syria exposed BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local): 4 a.m. The Russian Defense Ministry says a rebel-held town in northern Syria has been exposed to toxic agents from a rebel arsenal hit by a Syrian air strike. The ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement ea... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 01:05:00 GMT 2017-04-05T01:05:00Z Turkish, US, Russian military chiefs discuss Syria tensions BEIRUT (AP) — The top generals from Turkey, the United States and Russia met Tuesday in Turkey to discuss mutual suspicions over northern Syria military operations, as Russia's military announced a two-week long cease-fire between rebels and the government in the suburbs of the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Russian military said a cease-fire has been in p... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 18:50:00 GMT 2017-03-07T18:50:00Z The Latest: UN concludes 'substantive' Geneva talks on Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The U.N. Envoy to Syria says he wants the government and opposition to pursue a "framework agreement" outlining a political transition process in accordance with a 2015 U.N. Security Council resolution. Staffan De Mistura addressed reporters Friday at the ... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:04:00 GMT 2017-03-03T20:04:00Z Report cites increased Chinese, Russian military activity LONDON (AP) — An annual report on military power throughout the world cites Chinese and Russian activity as rising threats to Western powers. The International Institute for Strategic Studies report, released Tuesday, said analysts have noted "real and important" increases in Chinese military activity in the air, at sea, and in missile forces. ... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:05:00 GMT 2017-02-14T15:05:00Z Group calls for cease-fire amid upsurge in Ukraine fighting AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Freezing residents of an eastern Ukraine town battered by an upsurge in fighting between government troops and Russia-backed rebels flocked to a humanitarian aid center Wednesday to receive food and warm up. Heavy fighting around government-held Avdiivka, just north of the rebel-stronghold city of Donetsk, began over the weekend a... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:06:00 GMT 2017-02-01T21:06:00Z Ukraine, Russia trade accusations over Black Sea plane MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Ukraine traded accusations Wednesday over an incident involving a Ukrainian military aircraft flying over a Russian-operated gas rig in the Black Sea. Ukrainian presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko said the aircraft was fired upon while flying near two offshore gas rigs Wednesday. He posted a picture on Facebook showing a hole in the plane but ... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:05:00 GMT 2017-02-01T20:05:00Z White House opens door to cooperation with Russian in Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday opened the door to cooperating with Russia "or anyone else" to combat the Islamic State group in Syria, suggesting it could reverse a previous refusal to coordinate military action with Moscow as long as it backs the Syrian government. "I think if there's a way that we can combat ISIS with any country, ... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 02:42:00 GMT 2017-01-24T02:42:00Z Russia, Turkey conduct joint airstrikes on IS in Syria MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said Wednesday it has teamed up with Turkey to conduct joint airstrikes, coordinated with Damascus, against an Islamic State group's stronghold in northern Syria. It is the first acknowledgement of Russian cooperation in support of Turkey's offensive in the area. It is also the first incident of indirect coordination bet... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:45:00 GMT 2017-01-18T18:45:00Z Libyan military chief visits Russian aircraft carrier MOSCOW (AP) — A Libyan military chief has visited a Russian aircraft carrier off the coast of the troubled North African country. The Russian Defense Ministry says Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter visited the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier Wednesday. The carrier and accompanying ships are coming home from a mission off Syria's coast. The ministr... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:56:00 GMT 2017-01-11T15:56:00Z Russia role in Syria undiminished despite latest withdrawal BEIRUT (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to cast himself as a peacemaker in Syria, after his military proved to be the difference in the battle for Aleppo. The Russian military announced Friday it was withdrawing its flagship vessels from the Syrian coast, and Putin has sent his envoys to organize the first talks between the Syrian government and opposition in ne... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:04:00 GMT 2017-01-06T19:04:00Z UN approves Aleppo monitors as evacuations from city proceed BEIRUT (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Iran, military allies of Syria's president, talked Monday about joining forces to reach a quick political settlement in Syria, as the country's largest city, Aleppo, was poised to return to full government control. Syrian state TV said it expected the evacuation of thousands of civilians and fighters from the last o... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 04:38:00 GMT 2016-12-20T04:38:00Z The Latest: US envoy wants UN monitors in Aleppo quickly BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 12:30 a.m. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says member nations must ensure the urgent deployment of United Nations monitors to former rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo, citing reports of people dying of exposure overnight waiting for evacuation. ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:28:00 GMT 2016-12-19T22:28:00Z 32 injured in Russian military plane crash; no deaths MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military plane carrying combat pilots crash-landed Monday while approaching an Arctic airport, injuring most of the 39 people on board, officials said. The Defense Ministry said the plane, an Il-18 turboprop, crash-landed near the town of Tiksi in the Sakha-Yakutia region on the Laptev Sea. The plane carrying 32 passengers and a seven-member crew was ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:10:00 GMT 2016-12-19T14:10:00Z The Latest: Syrian opposition group supports call for talks BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria where thousands more civilians and rebels are expected to leave the eastern part of the city of Aleppo under a key cease-fire deal (all times local): 10:25 p.m. An official with Syria's main opposition group says it supports Russia's call for resumed peace talks, but wants them to take p... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:26:00 GMT 2016-12-16T21:26:00Z The Latest: Syrian groups say Russia behind violations BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria, where a cease-fire deal to allow evacuation of rebels and tens of thousands of civilians from eastern Aleppo is back on (all times local): 4 a.m. Four Syrian organizations have sent a U.N. commission a list of 304 attacks in Aleppo where they say Russia bears "a high likelihood" of responsibility for violating international ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 03:33:00 GMT 2016-12-16T03:33:00Z In collapse of US-Russian military ties, some see nuke risk LONDON (AP) — It's not quite Cold War II, but the collapse of U.S. military relations with Russia could prove to be one of the most consequential aspects of President Barack Obama's national security legacy while presenting an early test of Donald Trump's hope for friendly ties to Moscow. Beyond the prospect of the two militaries accidentally brushing aga... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:49:00 GMT 2016-12-14T19:49:00Z As Aleppo falls, Trump faces test on posture toward Russia WASHINGTON (AP) — Aleppo's fall to Syrian government forces is shaping up as the first major test of President-elect Donald Trump's desire to cooperate with Russia, whose military support has proven pivotal in Syria's civil war. The death and destruction in the city is only renewing Democratic and Republican concern with Trump's possible new path. Though ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 02:35:00 GMT 2016-12-14T02:35:00Z Rebels to evacuate Aleppo in surrender deal as fighting ends BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels reached a cease-fire deal to evacuate from eastern Aleppo in an effective surrender on Tuesday, as Russia declared all military action had stopped and the Syrian government had assumed control of the former rebel enclave. The dramatic developments, which appeared to restore the remainder of what was once Syria's largest city to... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 02:15:00 GMT 2016-12-14T02:15:00Z The Latest: Syria claims 99 percent control of Aleppo BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Syrian state TV says government forces and their allies now control 99 percent of the northern city of Aleppo's formerly rebel-held neighborhoods. The channel says on Monday night that the army has seized control of the Bustan al-Qasr neighbo... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 18:26:00 GMT 2016-12-12T18:26:00Z The Latest: Russia shows special forces in action in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the fight against the Islamic State group (all times local): 10 p.m. Russian television is showing what it says is the first footage of Russian special forces fighting on the ground in Syria. Elite Russian units in Syria take part in search and rescue operations, assassinations of key rebel... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:41:00 GMT 2016-12-11T20:41:00Z Syrians stream out of eastern Aleppo as fighting rages BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds more civilians fled what remained of the Syrian opposition's enclave in Aleppo on Saturday as rebels and government forces exchanged artillery and mortar fire across the northern city. In central Syria, reports circulated that a government warplane crashed while flying raids against the Islamic State group near the historic city of ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:05:00 GMT 2016-12-10T16:05:00Z Chechnya's leader says troops would fight happily in Syria MOSCOW (AP) — Chechnya's strongman leader said Thursday that troops in the Russian province would be happy to fight the "scum" in Syria if they receive the Kremlin order. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov reacted to Russian media reports claiming that two battalions of military police from Chechnya were preparing to leave for Syria to protect the Russian air base there and perfo... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:50:00 GMT 2016-12-08T20:50:00Z The Latest: Assad says Aleppo battle changes course of war BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 10:45 P.M. Syrian President Bashar Assad says the battle for Aleppo will change the course of the Syrian war. Speaking to the state newspaper Al-Watan on Wednesday, Assad said a U.S. call for an Aleppo cease-fire betrayed the losing position of the country's opposition forces, which have enjoyed U.S. verbal... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:03:00 GMT 2016-12-07T21:03:00Z Putin says Russia can use Syria experience to update arsenal MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military should use its combat experience in Syria to further modernize its arsenals. Speaking with senior military and security officers at the Kremlin on Wednesday, Putin said the Syrian campaign has proven the military's strength. He urged the top brass to rely on the Syrian exp... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:43:00 GMT 2016-12-07T15:43:00Z