minrexHAVANA TIMES — The Cuban government today “categorically” denied the presence of Cuban troops in Syria, according to an official note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex), reported dpa news.

The Minrex Director General of Bilateral Affairs , Gerardo Peñalver, refuted the “irresponsible and unfounded information” on the alleged presence of Cuban troops in Syria, which some media have echoed.”

This week, Fox News assured that Cuban tank operators arrived in Syria to fight alongside government troops and Russian military supporting Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

The right wing US TV network quoted Pentagon sources, but a spokesman for the institution, John Kirby, said he could not confirm that version.

Bashar Al Assad and Raul Castro. Photo: cubadebate.cu
Bashar Al Assad and Raul Castro. Photo: cubadebate.cu

The governments of Cuba and Syria are allies for decades. During his speech last month at the United Nations General Assembly, Cuban President Raul Castro, empathized support for his counterpart, Bashar Al Assad.

“Let the people solve their own problems,” Castro said at the rostrum of the UN, referring to internal Syrian conflict.

In 1973 during the Yom Kippur War, Cuba deployed a battalion of tanks in the Golan Heights in support of the Damascus government against Israeli troops.


22 thoughts on “Cuba Says No Cuban Troops Are in Syria

  • November 29, 2015 at 10:57 am
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    Do we know yet for sure whether or not there Cuban troops in Syria? I haven’t seen any further news items.

  • October 21, 2015 at 11:11 am
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    I’m no fan of FOX, but it does look now as of they were correct.

  • October 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm
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    Fox News = oxymoron (a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (as cruel kindness);broadly :something (as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements )

    Do us all a favor and stop referring to Fox as a news outlet , they are nothing more than advocates to the rich and powerful , just about some of the most hateful personalities that appeared on your TV screen is at Fox.
    We are dealing with hateful bigoted misleading ignorant warmongering SOB,s , actively promoting discourse among humanity .
    We need to keep in mind that the Cuban government is an independent entity , free to choose their own national interest , to the best of my knowledge the Cubans have not invaded or occupied someone else’s country .
    The mess in Syria is unleashed by the government of the United States of America , my answer to the situation in Syria is a Foreign Legion , the Syrian government should allow volunteers to come from anywhere and everywhere to fight this cancer , the main point of the volunteers is to rebuke American politics and tell the Americans enough is enough , Syria would be the last time that such ignorant misery will be allowed to take place on this planet , all the victims of American politics need to join the fight against this ignorant warmongering American politics , after that they short go anywhere where they are needed , they don’t have to pick up guns or fire bullets all what they have to do is to be there and provide support to the Syrian people .
    Thanks to the Honorable Russian army there is no need for anyone else to join the fight .
    Russians have proven themselves on more than one occasion to be capable of fighting such ignorant fundamentalism .
    keep in mind it was American provided explosives that destroyed World Heritage Sites in Syria .
    What I think should happen is that the Cuban prosecutor should allow the victims of American crime to utilize the Cuban legal system and press charges against Americans for the crime that was committed on Cuban soil in Guantanamo , keep in mind they include kidnap battery sexual assault and god knows what else

  • October 19, 2015 at 11:45 am
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    Even a broken clock is right twice a day. I’m no fan of Fox news either but I think that they got this one right.

  • October 19, 2015 at 11:43 am
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    On the contrary, Raul had better deny that there are Cuban troops in Syria. He sorely needs to curry favor with the US Congress and supporting al-Assad has the opposite effect.

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