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Germany urges Turkey to show restraint in Syria amid Erdogan’s threats

Published 2019-01-09 19:25:57 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

The German Foreign Ministry urged Turkey to act with restraint and responsibility in Syria, when speaking at a Federal Press Conference (BPK) in Berlin on Wednesday. During the press conference, German Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Adebahr called on Ankara “to show restraint militarily,” arguing that “a military intervention could jeopardise… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Germany, Syria, Turkey


Russia cordons off Syrian waters for military drills

Published 2019-01-09 19:06:21 by News Desk in Syria

An area of international waters off the coast of Syria in the Mediterranean Sea has been closed off for imminent Russian missile firing drills, a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) circulated Wednesday has revealed. The drills, to be held January on 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31, will see the area closed off to both ships and civilian aircraft between 10 am… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Syrian Deputy FM optimistic over talks with Kurds

Published 2019-01-09 18:54:48 by News Desk in Syria

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has expressed optimism over dialogue with Kurdish groups that want to strike a political deal with Damascus, suggesting progress had been made in contacts mediated by Russia. Kurdish-led groups who control swathes of northern Syria have revived contacts with Damascus in the wake of… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, Syria


Over 45 Kazakh nationals evacuated from Syria

Published 2019-01-09 18:42:08 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Over 45 Kazakh nationals have been evacuated from Syria over the last few days, the Kazakh President’s office said on Wednesday. In a statement, Nursultan Nazarbayev said the evacuation of the Kazakh citizens, including 30 children, took place on Sunday “as a result of the… Read on ->

Tags: Kazakhstan, Syria


Pompeo vows to coordinate US troop withdrawal from Syria with Iraq

Published 2019-01-09 18:19:21 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised during a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday that Washington will coordinate with Baghdad the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, which is planned to be carried out gradually, the Iraqi prime minister’s press service said. “The US Secretary of State… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Pompeo, Syria, US


Breaking: Lebanese Army forces Israeli troops to withdraw from border area (video)

Published 2019-01-09 18:02:01 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Lebanese Army forced the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to withdraw from a border area after the latter bypassed a technical fence near the United Nations’ “blue line”. According to Hezbollah’s official media wing, the Lebanese Army sent an urgent complaint to the UNIFIL forces… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Thirty legendary T-34 tanks returned to Russia by Laos (video)

Published 2019-01-09 17:38:19 by News Desk in World-News

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has returned 30 legendary T-34-85 tanks to the Russian Federation, as shown in footage shot in Vladivostok and released on Wednesday. “These T-34-85 [tanks] were returned to the Russian Federation in the full working order. They are ready to be used which means that they… Read on ->

Tags: Laos, Russia


US teenager captured in Syria while fighting with ISIS

Published 2019-01-09 17:29:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – A U.S. teenage was recently captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) while he was embedded with the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) reported on Wednesday. The U.S. teenager was reportedly captured with seven other Islamic… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria, US


Syria’s top intelligence chief allegedly makes secret visit to Saudi Arabia

Published 2019-01-09 17:06:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – Syria’s top intelligence chief Ali Mamlouk allegedly traveled to Riyadh recently to meet and discuss several issues with his Saudi counterparts, Lebanon’s Al-Joumhouria publication reported on Wednesday. According to the Al-Joumhouria report, Mamlouk’s visit was meant to open up new avenues between Saudi Arabia and Syria,… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Syria


Russia to implement S-400 contract with India, senior diplomat says

Published 2019-01-09 16:49:07 by News Desk in World-News

Moscow will fulfill its obligations under the contract to deliver the S-400 missile systems to India, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS on the sidelines of the Valdai Discussion Club’s meeting taking place as part of the Raisina Dialogue conference in New Delhi. “We are capable of dealing… Read on ->

Tags: India, Russia


Syrian Army kills several Turkish-backed rebels in new attack on northern Hama

Published 2019-01-09 16:35:30 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels were not able to catch a break on Wednesday as they found themselves sandwiched between two separate forces that were both looking to inflict damage on their defenses. Led by their Republican Guard units, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began their assault… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Breaking: Saudi Coalition capture several sites in central Yemen

Published 2019-01-09 16:14:53 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Saudi Coalition has scored a major advance in central Yemen this afternoon following a fierce battle with the Houthi forces. According to a report from pro-Yemeni government media, the Saudi Coalition and the Yemeni Army managed to capture a large number of hilltops and… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Lebanese Speaker of Parliament says Arab Economic Summit shouldn’t be held without Syria

Published 2019-01-09 15:56:18 by Leith Aboufadel in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – Lebanese Minister of Parliament Abdul-Rahim Murad stated on Wednesday that he met with the Speaker of the House Nabih Berri at the latter’s residence in the ‘Ayn Al-Tineh District of Beirut. Berri, who has been a staunch ally of Syria for decades, told the Lebanese… Read on ->

Tags: Berri, Lebanon, Syria


Syrian Kurds intensify talks with gov’t as Turkish operation draws near

Published 2019-01-09 15:36:26 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council has recently intensified their talks with the government in a bid to resolve their disputes and seek a peaceful settlement, a source told Al-Masdar News from Damascus. According to the government source, the Syrian Democratic Council is working with Damascus… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, Syria, Turkey


Syrian asylum seeker charged with murder of German that triggered Chemnitz riots

Published 2019-01-09 15:16:54 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria, World-News

German prosecutors have charged a Syrian man with second-degree murder for the stabbing of a citizen in the east German city of Chemnitz, sparking violent protests and clashes with police in August. The suspect, who is reportedly a Syrian asylum seeker and was identified only as Alaa S. due to national privacy laws, is accused of stabbing a German-Cuban man during a… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Syria


Lebanese security forces bust ISIS sleeper cell near Syrian border

Published 2019-01-09 15:05:39 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Lebanese security forces busted an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cell inside the border-city of ‘Arsal, today, a military communique from east Lebanon read. According to the communique, the Lebanese security forces received a tip from locals about a group of Syrians that were plotting… Read on ->

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Tags: Arsal, Lebanon, Syria


[Graphic 18+] Turkish-backed rebels ruthlessly behead Syrian man for allegedly working with gov’t

Published 2019-01-09 14:49:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels beheaded a Syrian man that was accused of working with the Syrian government in an undisclosed area in northern Syria. According to reports, the man speaking at the start of the video is an Algerian Sharia scholar named “Abu Muthana Al-Jaza’iri” – he… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Syria


Russia preparing to start naval drills off Syrian coast

Published 2019-01-09 14:27:26 by News Desk in Syria

The Russian Navy will hold missile firing drills off Syria’s coast in the Mediterranean Sea in January, according to a NOtice To AirMen (NOTAM) circulated on Wednesday. “The Russian naval drills (the practical missile firing exercise) will be held on January 9-10, January 16-17, January 23-24 and January 30-31,” the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Turkey calls for Russia, Iran joint control after US troop retreat from Syria (video)

Published 2019-01-09 14:15:51 by News Desk in Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the US withdrawal process from Syria should be controlled by Turkey along with Russia and Iran to prevent “terror organisations” from taking up the vacated space, during a press conference in Ankara on Wednesday. “We see that the US is having difficulties in pulling… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Breaking: Turkish-backed rebels surrender last positions in southwest Idlib

Published 2019-01-09 13:51:23 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels have surrendered their last positions in the southwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday, local opposition activists claimed via social media. According to a statement released by Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, they have agreed to hand over all of their territories to… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Jihadist rebels allegedly launch new attack on southern Afrin

Published 2019-01-09 13:36:49 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham allegedly launched a new attack, today, on the southern countryside of the Afrin region. According to local activists in the Aleppo province, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham attacked the defenses of the Turkish-backed rebels inside the Jindares District of the… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Syria


Russia rejects reports about interfering in Israeli elections

Published 2019-01-09 12:32:21 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

Russia has never interfered in any foreign elections, including those in Israel, and has no plans to do it in the future, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “It is out of the question. Russia has never interfered in elections in any country and has no plans to do… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia


Jihadist rebels seize strategic mountain in southwest Idlib (map)

Published 2019-01-09 12:21:46 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham have taken control of a strategic mountain in the southwestern countryside of the Idlib province after a fierce battle with the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front. According to reports from the Idlib province, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham has taken control… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


US Coalition claims they captured ’99 percent’ of ISIS-held territories in Syria, Iraq (map)

Published 2019-01-09 12:07:38 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition released a statement on January 8th that reflected on their four-year-long campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). “Within one year, the Coalition has grown from 70 nations and four partner organizations to 74 nations and five partner organizations in the campaign to… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria, US


Developing: Turkey seeking joint patrols with Russia amid US withdrawal from Syria

Published 2019-01-09 10:45:35 by News Desk in Syria

As the US is experiencing “certain difficulties” with the pullout from Syria, the process should be coordinated with Iran and Russia to prevent “terrorists” from taking up the vacated space, Turkish Foreign Minister suggested. “The United States has been facing certain difficulties with the process of the troops’ withdrawal from Syria…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey, US


US, Russia maintain direct contact in Syria

Published 2019-01-09 10:35:09 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Russia and the United States will hold contacts on Syria soon, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters on Wednesday. “The contacts on various aspects of the Syrian issue have not stopped, I don’t see anything extraordinary, sensational or special,” Ryabkov said. “These contacts are not always announced. The… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Breaking: Israel charges ex-minister of spying for Iran

Published 2019-01-09 10:27:19 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Israeli prosecutors in June charged Gonen Segev, a former government minister, with spying for Tehran, Tel Aviv’s regional rival. The Israeli security agency claimed that Segev made contacts with Iranian officials in the Islamic Republic’s embassy in Nigeria. Gonen Segev, a former Israeli minister indicted with spying for Iran, will be sentenced… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Saad Hariri’s party says ‘no possible’ settlement with Syria under Assad

Published 2019-01-09 10:17:00 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – An official from Saad Hariri’s Future Movement told the Lebanese daily Al-Joumhouria on Wednesday that they see “no possible” settlement with the Syrian government as long as they remain under the rule of President Bashar Al-Assad. There’s “No possible opening to Damascus under the rule… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria


Turkey’s main opposition opposes Erdogan’s planned invasion of northern Syria

Published 2019-01-09 09:56:29 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – Turkey’s main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), has rejected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s planned invasion of northern Syria. During the CHP’s weekly meeting, the leader of the party Kemal Kilicdaroglu said he refuses to support the Turkish military operation because it is being passed… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


US Senate blocks bill on new sanctions against Syria

Published 2019-01-09 09:43:14 by News Desk in Syria

Democrats in the US Senate have prevented consideration of a bill on new sanctions against the Syrian government in protest against the ongoing government shutdown. The bill called Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act seeks to target Syria and its allies – Russia and Iran – with new sanctions as well as to… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Russian warship heads to Syria from Black Sea

Published 2019-01-09 09:30:16 by Leith Aboufadel in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – A Russian warship was observed transiting the Bosphorus Strait from the Black Sea this week, Turkish photographer Yoruk Isik reported on Tuesday. According to Isik, the Ropucha class landing ship, LSTM Tsezar Kunikov, of the Russian Black Sea Fleet transited the Bosphorus Strait en route for… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Tartous


Kurdish political party flag raised over disputed Kirkuk

Published 2019-01-09 09:13:31 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) raised their flag over the disputed city of Kirkuk last night, the Rudaw News Agency reported. “The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan has raised Kurdistan’s flag at all its offices in Kirkuk,” Ghafour Salih, deputy head of the party in the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Kirkuk


Turkish-backed rebels find themselves besieged in several parts of Idlib after string of losses (map)

Published 2019-01-09 08:57:59 by Leith Aboufadel in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels in northwest Syria have suffered several setbacks at the hands of the jihadists recently, forcing them to consolidate their last pockets in order to avoid losing their last areas in Idlib. On Tuesday, the jihadists of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham managed to capture several… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Turkey once again demands US transfer Syrian bases to them

Published 2019-01-09 08:36:26 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has reiterated during his meeting with Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Turkey’s call on the US to promptly withdraw the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the Syrian city of Manbij, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Russia doubts US will withdraw from Syria under current circumstances

Published 2019-01-09 08:27:40 by News Desk in Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Wednesday it was hard to believe that the United States would pull out of Syria completely under the current circumstances, given the strong position of those who support the continued US military presence in the Arab Republic. “I believe the positions of those… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


US warplane conducts reconnaissance flight near Russian bases in Syria: report

Published 2019-01-09 08:13:20 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – Last Friday, a U.S. P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft was spotted along the Syrian coast by the Russian military, the Interfax News Agency reported this week. According to the Interfax report, the P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft made a long reconnaissance flight on Friday near… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Russia, Syria, US


Jordan demands Israel withdraw from occupied Golan Heights after Pompeo visit

Published 2019-01-09 07:41:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi met with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo in Amman, yesterday, to discuss a number of topics currently affecting the region. Among the topics discussed between the two foreign diplomats on Tuesday was the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli crisis and Jordan’s take on the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Jordan, Syria


‘Serious mistake’ – Erdogan lashes out at Bolton over Syria comment (video)

Published 2019-01-09 07:17:01 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at US National Security Advisor John Bolton over his pledges to ensure Turkey’s non-aggression against the US-backed Kurdish militias in northern Syria amid the US planned drawdown of its troops in the country. He made the statement when addressing lawmakers in the Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


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