Russia in Syria Monitor

Details of Russia’s military campaign in Syria:

  • Airstrikes on a market in the northern, rebel-held town of Atareb on Nov. 13 have left 61 dead. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were at least three airstrikes on the market, but it couldn't determine whether Russia or the Syrian government was behind the attack. The opposition Syrian National Coalition accused Russia. (AP, 11.14.17)
  • Russian-trained Syrian servicemen will soon be deployed in southeastern Syria. In the past month, over 600 such servicemen joined the pro-regime forces. (TASS, 11.13.17)

Response to Russia’s military campaign in Syria:

  • Russia and Iran must do all they can to stop air strikes targeting civilians in Syria and reach a definitive cessation of hostilities, France said on Nov. 14. (Reuters, 11.14.17)

Risk of accidental or intentional confrontation between Western and Russian forces in Syria:

  • The Nov. 11 joint statement by the presidents of the United States and Russia says: “The presidents agreed to maintain open military channels of communication between military professionals to help ensure the safety of both U.S. and Russian forces and de-confliction of partnered forces engaged in the fight against ISIS. They confirmed these efforts will be continued until the final defeat of ISIS is achieved. The presidents agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria. They confirmed that the ultimate political solution to the conflict must be forged through the Geneva process pursuant to UNSCR 2254… [T]he two Presidents affirmed that these steps must include full implementation of UNSCR 2254, including constitutional reform and free and fair elections under UN supervision, held to the highest international standards of transparency, with all Syrians, including members of the diaspora, eligible to participate.” (U.S. Department of State, 11.11.17)
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week that the U.S. is still working to resolve conflicts with Russia in the increasingly crowded skies over the Iraq and Syria border, where much of the fighting has shifted. (AP, 11.06.17)
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