Syria

South Ossetia’s leader visits Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

By | July 24th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

De facto president of the breakaway republic South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov (left) and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. TBILISI, DFWatch–The leader of South Ossetia, a breakaway republic within Georgian territory, visited Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday. During the meeting, South Ossetia’s de facto president Anatoly Bibilov pledged to help the Syrian regime ‘fight terrorism’, […]

Syria recognizes two Russia-backed Georgian breakaway regions as independent states

By | May 29th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Syrian government on Tuesday recognized the two Georgian breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. In response, Tbilisi severed diplomatic relations with Damascus. […]

PACE president resigns amid controversy about Syria trip

By | October 10th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A Council of Europe official resigned on Monday after a controversial visit to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. Pedro Agramunt announced his resignation as president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in a letter on Monday. […]

Russian-Turkish détente nothing that Americans should be concerned about: Former US Ambassador to Turkey

By | August 30th, 2016|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Ross Wilson: ‘It isn’t a sea change in the Turkish-Russian relations’ Ross Wilson, former US Ambassador to Turkey, currently Director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC summarizes latest developments in the Turkey-US and Turkey-Russia relations. The interview excerpts ran on the Voice of America’s program. Below is [...]

21-year-old IS militant from Georgia dies in Syria air raid

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A 21-year-old man from Georgia has died fighting alongside ISIS in the Syria war. Sultan Gumashvili was from Pankisi Gorge. Georgian media outlets are reporting that the deceased militant’s father Adam Gumashvili is also fighting for ISIS in Syria and is a prominent […]

Another Georgian citizen killed in Syria

By | April 11th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(ipn) TBILISI, DFWatch–Vakha Bugiev, 39-year-old native of Chechnya became yet another Georgian citizen who died in Syria, Information Centre of Kakheti (ICK) reported. Mr Bugiev arrived to Georgia via Azerbaijan during the Second Chechen War in 2000 and was […]

US confirms Shishani’s death

By | March 15th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , , |

Undated photo of Tarkhan Batirashvili, Abu Omar Shishani TBILISI, DFWatch–Pentagon officials confirm the death of the Islamic State’s prominent field commander Tarkhan Batirashvili (Omar al-Shishani), CNN reported. On 9 March, major Western news outlets reported that Mr Batirashvili, 30, was ‘likely killed’ in […]

Shishani ‘clinically dead’: Syrian monitor

By | March 14th, 2016|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , , |

Tarkhan Batirashvili, Abu Omar Shishani TBILISI, DFWatch–According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Islamic State’s field commander Tarkhan Batirashvili, mostly known under his nom de guerre Abu Omar Shishani, has been ‘clinically dead’ for several days, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported. […]

One more Georgian jihadist dies in Syrian war

By | December 27th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–One more Georgian citizen has died in the Syrian war. Israphil Tsatiashvili, 18, died in Kobani, Syria, fighting for Islamic State. He is the eighth fighter from Pankisi who has died in Syria. Israphil’s brother Zelimkhan, 21, died about a month […]

Georgia prepares tougher punishment for joining terrorist groups

By | December 10th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The government in Georgia is working on a new bill that will punish people for joining terrorist organizations abroad. Spokesperson for the Interior Ministry tells DF Watch that the details of the new bill will be known after a draft has been sent […]

Georgia plans new measures as one more fighter dies in Syria war

By | December 8th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

A mosque in Pankisi Gorge, Georgia. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One more Georgian citizen from the Pankisi gorge has died during clashes in the city of Kobane, Syria, fighting for Islamic State. This is the eighth Pankisi man to die in the Syrian war. The victim’s family is avoiding comments, but relatives […]

Tbilisi denies that it offered US to host training camp for Syrian rebels

By | September 24th, 2014|Categories: News, Security|Tags: , , , |

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) and Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian government denies that it has offered the US to host a training facility for Syrian rebels fighting both the Assad government and the ISIS, against whom the US and some of its allies wage a military operation. Foreign Policy […]

First five Georgian evacuees arrive home from Syria

By | September 9th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Five of the Georgians who have been waiting to get out of Syria were brought home on Sunday. The five arrived from Istanbul the Tbilisi by plane and are among in all 18 Georgians who are expected to make it home soon. Seven more Georgians will arrive […]

Georgians in Syria will return home on Sunday

By | September 5th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Archil Dzuliashvili, Georgian Ambassador to Egypt. (Official photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian citizens who are currently in Syria will return home on September 8, Archil Dzuliashvili, Georgian Ambassador to Egypt, said Thursday. Georgia will cover transportation costs for 18 of its citizens in order to bring them home from Syria, […]

Russia offers Georgia help in bringing civilians home from Syria

By | September 5th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says he trusts the US’s conclusion about chemical weapons use in Syria. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Russia offers to assist in returning Georgian citizens to their home country from Syria. Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili told media Wednesday that the offer was conveyed to Zurab Abashidze, the prime minister’s special representative for relations with […]

22 Georgians trapped in Damascus

By | August 30th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Foreign Affairs Ministry in Georgia is working on providing a safe route out of Syria for Georgian citizens who are in Damascus. Two days ago, Rustavi 2 reported that there are 22 Georgians in Damascus requesting help from the government. They […]