Cuba Says No Cuban Troops Are in Syria

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

  • October 19, 2015 at 9:31 am
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    You are certainly right to say that Castro has given diplomatic support to Assad. But according to one account the ICCAS has referred to the reports of Cuban troops in Syria as “unconfirmed.” In any case, we’ll know fairly soon if these reports are accurate.

  • October 19, 2015 at 8:57 am
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    To be clear, I’m a CASTRO-basher. There’s a difference. I am far from elated, neither am I surprised. Once again, the Castros are on the wrong side of history.

  • October 19, 2015 at 8:54 am
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    Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…..

  • October 19, 2015 at 4:33 am
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    How the hell do you know?

  • October 19, 2015 at 4:31 am
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    I agree, that would be a big mistake on Raul Castro’s part. I cannot believe he would make that kind of mistake now that the US is so close to lifting the embargo. However, Cuba does have the right to manage their own affairs.

  • October 19, 2015 at 4:23 am
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    Aren’t you a Canadian?

  • October 19, 2015 at 4:19 am
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    Moses do you work for the CIA? How are you so sure that Cuban troops are in Syria? As a Cuba basher you must be elated to find another piece of anti Cuba propaganda to chew on.

  • October 18, 2015 at 9:05 pm
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    The photo is self explanatory. Me thinks that they are talking about the Syrian refugees and how many of them Cuba will not accept. Hmmm . . .me thinks.

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