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Syria’s slams newly proposed safe zone as ‘Turkish occupation’

Published 2019-01-15 22:32:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday that slammed the newly proposed safe zone in northern Syria that would be under the control of the Turkish forces. According to the Syrian Foreign Minister, the recent statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reveal that… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


WATCH: Houthi aircraft bomb Saudi military base

Published 2019-01-15 22:17:58 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – A Houthi attack drone recently carried out an air strike on a Saudi Coalition base that is located inside the Najran province of southern Saudi Arabia. As shown in the short video below, the Houthi drone can be seen bombing the Saudi Coalition base, while… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Erdogan to discuss cooperation with Putin in light of US pullout from Syria

Published 2019-01-15 21:33:12 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to discuss with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin cooperation in light of the withdrawal of US troops from Syria during his visit to Russia, Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters at a news conference in Ankara on Tuesday. “During his one-day visit on January… Read on ->

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Tags: Erdogan, Putin, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Whoops! Runaway Israeli tank rolls across highway with troops asleep inside

Published 2019-01-15 21:22:58 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

In what the Israel Defense Force is calling a “severe safety violation,” a 65-ton Merkava battle tank rolled across a major Israeli highway Sunday. Where was its crew? Fast asleep inside the armored vehicle. The IDF has launched an investigation into how a tank crew from Shizafon base fell asleep inside their Merkava-4… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for attack on upscale hotel in Nairobi

Published 2019-01-15 21:03:39 by News Desk in World-News

The five-star DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi, was attacked by gunmen with explosions and gunfire being heard from the building, on Tuesday. Somali militant organisation Al-Shabaab has since claimed responsibility for the attack. Plumes of smoke were seen rising above the Westlands suburb with gunshots being heard in the background…. Read on ->

Tags: Kenya


Private military contractors to possibly replace US troops in Syria: ex-Blackwater chief

Published 2019-01-15 20:49:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Private military contractors may replace the U.S. troops that are withdrawing from Syria, ex-Blackwater chief Erik Prince said this week. According to Prince, the military contractors could not only protect the U.S.’ allies on the ground but also help counter Iran’s influence inside Syria. “The… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Turkey will control northern Syria safe zone: report

Published 2019-01-15 19:44:55 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Turkey will be in full control of the newly proposed safe zone in northern Syria, the spokesperson for the Turkish President, Ibrahim Kalin, said on Tuesday. “It will be a safe zone not just for Turkey but also for migrants,” Kalın said, asserting that Turkey… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


US wants to keep presence in Syrian airspace after troop pullout: Ankara

Published 2019-01-15 19:18:07 by News Desk in Syria

The United States intends to maintain its presence in the Syrian airspace after the withdrawal of its troops from the country, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Tuesday, citing an unofficial US action plan proposal. “Last week, the US delegation led by [National Security Advisor John] Bolton conveyed to us… Read on ->

Tags: Ankara, Syria, US


Large US military convoy enters Syria from northwest Iraq: monitor

Published 2019-01-15 18:18:18 by News Desk in Syria

The U.S. military continued reinforcing its military bases in eastern Syria this week, despite President Donald Trump’s announcement declaring a withdrawal of all armed forces in the country last month. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) quoted informed sources on Tuesday as saying that a U.S. military convoy… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Turkish Army amasses large force along Syrian border despite Erdogan’s safe zone pledge

Published 2019-01-15 17:40:16 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – A massive Turkish Army force has amassed along the Syrian border this week, despite Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent pledge to implement a 32-kilometer long safe zone in northern Syria. According to local reports, the Turkish Army has amassed a force that greatly exceeds… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


New UN Special Envoy Pedersen arrives in Damascus for talks

Published 2019-01-15 17:18:26 by News Desk in Syria

The newly-appointed UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen arrived in Damascus on Tuesday for his first visit to Syria in the role. Pedersen was appointed in October 2018, after previous UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura stepped down citing personal reasons. Pedersen is a Norwegian diplomat who for many… Read on ->

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Tags: Damascus, Syria, UN


Syrian, Russian forces allegedly preparing for Idlib offensive: report

Published 2019-01-15 17:07:02 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Russian allies are allegedly preparing to launch a big offensive inside the Idlib and Hama provinces of northwest Syria, the Sputnik News Agency reported on Tuesday. The Arabic-language service of Russia’s Sputnik News Agency quoted a military source… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Peace talks between Syrian gov’t, Kurds stall over federalization: source

Published 2019-01-15 16:50:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The peace talks between the Syrian government and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) have allegedly stalled over the future governance style of the SDC-held areas. Speaking to Al-Masdar from Damascus, a government source said that both sides are at odds over the SDC’s insistence on… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, Syria


Large demonstration held in Istanbul against ‘US imperialism’ after Trump threats

Published 2019-01-15 16:29:45 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

A protest against Donald Trump, organized by the Turkish non-parliamentary left-wing nationalist VATAN party, took place today in front of the US Consulate in Istanbul. Dozens of people, outraged by Trump’s threats to impose economic sanctions against Turkey in the event of a military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria, took part in the protests. They were holding banners and chanting slogans like “Damn… Read on ->

Tags: Istanbul, Trump, Turkey, US


Netanyahu advises Iran to leave Syria ‘fast’ (video)

Published 2019-01-15 16:20:32 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran to leave Syria “fast,” saying Israel will continue its “aggressive policy there,” during a ceremony in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. “I heard yesterday the spokesman of the Iranian foreign ministry saying ‘Iran has no military presence in Syria, we are only advising,’ well,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Netanyahu, Syria


Iran: Telecommunications satellite lifts off but fails to reach orbit (video)

Published 2019-01-15 16:10:02 by News Desk in Iran

A rocket carrying a Payam telecommunications satellite failed to reach orbit after it launched from the Imam Khomeini Spaceport on Tuesday. Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi announced the failed attempt on state TV. Jahromi didn’t explain precisely what went wrong with the operation, saying only… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Russian-backed ISIS Hunters reemerge in eastern Syria as new operation approaches

Published 2019-01-15 15:59:04 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Russian-backed ISIS Hunters have reemerged in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) fully secured the cities of Al-Sukhnah and Palmyra (var. Tadmur) last year. Formed in 2016, the ISIS Hunters were quickly utilized by the Syrian military in… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Iraq’s Hashd Al-Shaabi forces block US troops from conducting survey along Syrian border: report

Published 2019-01-15 15:34:33 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi (var. Popular Mobilization Units) forces reportedly blocked a U.S. patrol unit that was attempting to conduct a “suspicious survey” along the Syrian border,  Iraqi activists reported on Tuesday. https://twitter.com/IraqiSecurity/status/1085106659557548032 According to the reports, the commander of Hashd Al-Sha’abi’s forces in the Al-Anbar… Read on ->

Tags: Anbar, Iraq, Syria


Netanyahu threatens Iran: ‘Get out of Syria fast, we won’t stop attacking’

Published 2019-01-15 15:22:34 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the IDF will continue to attack Iranians in Syria. Earlier, an Israeli commander said it conducted attacks in the country on nearly a daily basis and supplied arms to Syrian rebels. “I’m telling you, get out of there fast. We won’t stop attacking,” the prime… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Syria


SDF troops begin major push to capture last ISIS stronghold in eastern Euphrates region (map)

Published 2019-01-15 15:14:56 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are making a big push this week to capture the last major Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) stronghold in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley. Led by the Deir Ezzor Military Council troops, the Syrian Democratic Forces are currently pushing… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Euphrates, ISIS, Syria


Syria says no political settlement as long illegal foreign troops remain

Published 2019-01-15 14:57:57 by News Desk in Syria

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has held his first meeting with new UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen in order to discuss a political settlement of the crisis in the country. Muallem stressed that the settlement plan for Syria must include the withdrawal of illegal foreign troops from the country. The statement comes almost… Read on ->

Tags: Muallem, Syria


Iran denies having military presence, base in Syria

Published 2019-01-15 14:48:56 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Bahram Qasemi stated on Monday that Israel’s accusations about Iran having a military presence and base in Syria are ‘baseless’ and ‘misleading’. “The Zionist War Ministry’s comments are baseless, false, misleading, and an attempt to justify the failures… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Outgoing IDF chief admits to arming Syrian rebels against gov’t

Published 2019-01-15 14:30:20 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

n a farewell interview with the Sunday Times, Gadi Eisenkot, who is retiring as Israeli Defence Forces’ Chief of Staff this week, revealed that Israel had been directly involved in the Syrian conflict, has acknowledged for the first time that Tel Aviv had supplied rebel groups in the border area with light weapons for “self-defense”. Media outlets and Damascus have… Read on ->

Tags: IDF, Israel, Syria


Breaking: Erdogan announces 32km long safe zone across northern Syria

Published 2019-01-15 14:17:15 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that he and U.S. President Donald Trump have come to a “historic understanding”  on the Syrian conflict. Speaking at a parliament meeting, Erdogan said that Trump reassured him that the U.S. Armed Forces would be withdrawing from Syria… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Trump, Turkey


Saudi Arabia denies reports about reopening embassy in Syria

Published 2019-01-15 03:47:38 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 A.M.) – The Saudi regime has denied the recent reports that claimed they were planning to reopen their embassy in Damascus soon. Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf released a statement on Monday evening that denied these rumors; however, the diplomat did not go into details. “Referring to… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Syria


Jihadist rebels launch attacks in Aleppo and Latakia

Published 2019-01-15 00:37:55 by News Desk in Syria

Numerous shelling attacks by militants operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone were reported from Syria’s Latakia governorate and Aleppo’s neighborhoods, head of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria Sergei Solomatin said on Monday. “Illegal armed groups operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone continue to violate… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Latakia, Syria


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