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Breaking: Massive explosion rocks Idlib city, 15+ killed

Published 2019-01-18 16:54:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – A massive explosion rocked the provincial capital of the Idlib Governorate this afternoon, opposition activists reported via social media. According to the reports, a car bomb targeted the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham base inside the southern part of Idlib city, killing at least 15 people and… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US identifies 3 of 4 Americans killed in Manbij blast

Published 2019-01-18 16:43:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Defense Department identified on Friday three out of the four Americans that were killed in Manbij this week as a result of an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). According to a press release from the Defense Department, the three U.S. military personnel were identified as Army… Read on ->

Tags: Manbij, Syria


Syrian Army cancels east Syria offensive to concentrate on Hama, Idlib

Published 2019-01-18 15:32:36 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has canceled their military operation in eastern Syria, a source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News this afternoon. According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army has begun redeploying a large number of soldiers from the eastern Homs and Deir Ezzor… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Witnesses recall Manbij suicide blast which killed 4 US soldiers (video)

Published 2019-01-18 14:53:42 by News Desk in Syria

Witnesses from Manbij recollected the moment of Wednesday’s suicide blast in Manbij, speaking on Thursday, which killed at least four US soldiers. “I heard a sound at the beginning, I thought it was a gas canister [blast] then it turned out it was someone who did a suicide attack. We… Read on ->

Tags: Manbij, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army launches new attack against foreign jihadists in Idlib

Published 2019-01-18 14:25:04 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a heavy attack against a group of foreign jihadists in the southwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this afternoon. Using their MLRS launchers, the Syrian Arab Army pounded the defenses of the Turkestan Islamic Party this afternoon, scoring a… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Singapore to replace F-16 fleet with new F-35s: MoD

Published 2019-01-18 14:14:28 by News Desk in World-News

Singapore’s defense minister has said that Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets were the most suitable replacement for its F-16 fleet, and it planned to buy “a few planes first” for evaluation. Defense agencies have decided that the F-35 would be the most suitable replacement fighter, Ng Eng Hen said in… Read on ->

Tags: Singapore


Foreign troop presence in Iraq decreased by a quarter last year: PM

Published 2019-01-18 13:56:03 by News Desk in Iraq

Foreign troop numbers in Iraq fell by a quarter during 2018, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has said.  “In January 2018 there had been almost 11,000 foreign fighters, about 70 percent of them are American, the others are from other countries,” according to Abdul Mahdi. “In December, the numbers have been… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Several Al-Qaeda fighters killed in new ISIS attack in central Yemen

Published 2019-01-18 13:47:00 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Several Al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters were killed this afternoon following a new attack by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terror group in central Yemen. According to the Islamic State’s media wing, many Al-Qaeda fighters were killed and injured when their militants detonated several… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Yemen


Breaking: Turkish warplanes spotted over northwest Syria

Published 2019-01-18 13:35:52 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – For the second time this week, Turkish warplanes were spotted flying over the Aleppo and Idlib countrysides, a source in northern Syria told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Turkish warplanes were spotted over the key front-line towns of Al-Hader and Tal Al-‘Eis, which… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


Turkey to hold talks with Russia on new buffer zone in northern Syria

Published 2019-01-18 13:22:27 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Ankara will continue talks with Moscow concerning the establishment of a security zone in northern Syria, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said at a briefing on Friday. “We have been for a long time pointing to the need to create a buffer zone to ensure the security of refugees… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Pro-Saudi forces shoot down Houthi warplanes in northern Yemen

Published 2019-01-18 13:13:54 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Pro-Saudi forces in northern Yemen managed to shoot down several Houthi attack drones that were attempting to bomb their positions inside the provincial capital of Marib on Thursday. According to local reports, the pro-Saudi Hadi loyalists managed to shoot down at least three Houthi… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Marib, Saudi, Yemen


Breaking Turkey says Syrian Army should not be allowed to enter Manbij

Published 2019-01-18 12:51:30 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) should not be allowed to enter the city of Manbij in northeast Aleppo, the Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said on Friday morning. “The regime shouldn’t be allowed to enter Manbij,” Aksoy said, as quoted by the Yeni Safak… Read on ->

Tags: Manbij, Syria, Turkey


Russian Air Force to add 4 MiG-35 fighter jets to arsenal: TASS

Published 2019-01-18 12:29:53 by News Desk in World-News

Russian Aerospace Forces will receive four MiG-35 4++ generation multirole jet fighters later this year, a source in the aviation industry told TASS on Friday. “According to the contract signed in August 2018, two MiG-35UB [combat trainer version] were manufactured and delivered last year. Four MiG-35S [serial version] will be… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Syria military lost over 110 warplanes during war: report

Published 2019-01-18 12:20:17 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian military has lost over 110 warplanes during the nearly eight-year-long conflict inside Syria, Statista Charts (Twitter: @StatistaCharts) reported this week. According to Statista Charts, the Syrian military lost a  total of 111 warplanes during the wars, including their reconnaissance and attack drones.

,” said… Read on ->

Tags: PYD, Syria, Turkey


Breaking: Russian Su-34 fighter jets collide in mid-air

Published 2019-01-18 09:44:43 by News Desk in World-News

Two Su-34 jets have accidentally hit each other mid-flight in Russia’s Far East, according to the country’s military. The fate of their crews remains uncertain. The jets “touched” each other in air while flying over the Sea of Japan, the Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed. The crews of the planes ejected, and… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Hezbollah began digging tunnels before 2006 War

Published 2019-01-18 01:43:04 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

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Hezbollah began building tunnels before the 2006 war started, despite claims by Israel’s military that the construction only started a few years ago, according to a report by i24 News citing the Channel 13 news network. The report says then-head of the Israel Defence Forces’ (IDF) Northern Command Benny Gantz was informed about the inception of the tunnels… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


Watch: Kurdish forces ambush Turkish-backed rebels in Afrin

Published 2019-01-18 01:21:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Afrin Liberation Forces released a new video on Thursday that showed their fighters ambushing three Turkish-backed rebels in the Afrin region. According to the official media wing of the Afrin Liberation Forces, their fighters detonated an IED while three Free Syrian Army rebels… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Syria


Arab League denies Syria turned down invitation to Beirut summit

Published 2019-01-18 00:57:32 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

Arab League’s Assistant Secretary-General Hossam Zaki told Sputnik Thursday he could not confirm the statement made by the Syrian Envoy in Lebanon that Damascus received an invitation to attend the economic summit in Beirut, but refused to participate. “No. I cannot confirm this statement. Nothing has changed since the last time we spoke on Saturday,” he said. As… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon, Syria


Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser to enter trials in 2020 after heavy upgrade

Published 2019-01-18 00:38:23 by News Desk in World-News

The Project 11442M heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov undergoing repairs and heavy upgrade at the Sevmash Shipyard will enter trials in 2020, the Shipyard’s press office reported on Thursday. “The repair of the Project 11442M cruiser continues in the flooded basin. The repair, modernization, and coating of the hull… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Massive crowd greets Putin as he arrives in Serbian capital (video)

Published 2019-01-18 00:24:39 by News Desk in World-News

Tens of thousands of Serbs flooded the streets of Belgrade on Thursday, to give a warm welcome to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who arrived in Serbia to reward his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic with the Order of Alexander Nevsky. A march was held through the centre of the Serbian capital,… Read on ->

Tags: Belgrade, Putin, Russia, Serbia


New in-depth interview with captured Canadian ISIS fighter (video)

Published 2019-01-18 00:07:47 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – A new in-depth interview with a captured Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighter from Canada has been released by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) this week. In the video, the captured ISIS fighter, identified as Mohammad ‘Abdullah Mohammad, says that he traveled to Syria in 2013 from… Read on ->

Tags: Canada, ISIS, Syria


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