facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Russian defense minister: No civil war in Syria

July 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, July 5 (UPI) -- Russia's defense minister said Friday Syria's government is not confronted with a civil war but is engaged in a battle against "roving" international forces.

Sergei Shoigu made the comment during talks with a Swedish military delegation led by Defense Minister Karin Enstrom, RIA Novosti reported.

"It is more of a fight against forces that, one way or another, are roving between different kinds of conflicts within various states," Shoigu said.

The United Nations said at least 93,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict broke out in March 2011 between President Bashar Assad's regime and rebels.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach
2
Identical twin linked to 2004 rapes by new DNA test Identical twin linked to 2004 rapes by new DNA test
3
The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program
4
Ohio school bus driver killed saving girl Ohio school bus driver killed saving girl
5
New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback