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Syrian authorities bust huge drug transport in Homs (video)

Published 2019-01-29 23:35:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The Syrian authorities busted a large drug transport that was traveling along the Homs-Damascus provincial border this week, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Tuesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ArGEN9A7Q&feature=youtu.be

Tags: Homs, Syria


Macron ‘declared war on us’ – Injured Yellow Vests activist

Published 2019-01-29 23:09:55 by News Desk in World-News

“I would never have thought that something like this may happen in France,” said Jerome Rodrigues, a prominent activist in the Yellow Vests movement that seriously injured his eye during protests, in his interview with RT filmed in Paris on Monday. Rodrigues, one of the figureheads of the Yellow Vests… Read on ->

Tags: France


Kurdish group says US trying to make deal with Turkey on NE Syria

Published 2019-01-29 22:51:58 by News Desk in Syria

A senior Syrian Kurdish official says the US is seeking to broker an agreement between her group and Turkey over how to manage northeastern Syria once American troops withdraw. Ilham Ahmed was in Washington on Tuesday to lobby for a negotiated US troop withdrawal that would secure her forces’ continued… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey, US


Assad will likely retake all of Syria: US intel chief

Published 2019-01-29 22:38:55 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stated on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad will likely retake the entire country in the near future. “President Bashar al-Assad has largely defeated the opposition and is now seeking to regain control over all of the Syrian territory”, Coats said… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Israel, Syria, Turkey

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Watch: Kurdish forces ambush Turkish Army, rebels in Afrin

Published 2019-01-29 22:13:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Afrin Liberation Forces carried out a new ambush in the Afrin region of Aleppo recently, targeting a Turkish Army convoy that was traveling through this part of northwest Aleppo. According to the Afrin Liberation Forces, their troops targeted a transport of Turkish soldiers… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Syria, Turkey


SDF troops completely overwhelm ISIS to capture key town in eastern Euphrates region

Published 2019-01-29 21:57:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) completely overwhelmed the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) this evening to take hold of a key town east of the Euphrates River. Backed by heavy artillery and air strikes from the U.S. Coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces were able to… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, Syria


New video of Russian Navy testing anti-submarine missiles

Published 2019-01-29 21:29:42 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet tested out their new anti-submarine missiles during a drill near their Novorossiysk base.  According to Sevastopol News Agency, the Black Sea Fleet’s anti-submarine ship ‘Kasimov’ carried out the successful test fire this week. Below is the short video courtesy of… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Turkish-backed rebels prepare to fight one another in Afrin

Published 2019-01-29 19:42:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels are preparing to fight one another inside the Afrin region of Aleppo after tensions recently increased between the Jaysh Al-Islam and Ahrar Sharqiyah factions. According to local reports, both Turkish-backed rebel groups have closed off the roads leading to Afrin’s city-center as… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Syria


China reaffirms support for Maduro as Venezuelan President

Published 2019-01-29 19:04:06 by News Desk in World-News

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Geng Shuang confirmed Beijing’s recognition of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while speaking at a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday. “President Xi Jinping’s special envoy attended the inauguration ceremony of President Maduro. If we didn’t recognize him, why did we need to attend it?”… Read on ->

Tags: Maduro, Venezuela


Jihadist special forces group releases video of new combat exercises Idlib

Published 2019-01-29 18:50:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The jihadist special forces group “Malhama Tactical” released a new video from the Idlib countryside recently that showcased their combat exercises. https://twitter.com/Abdillah_Lens/status/1090067051043901440 The jihadist group has been dubbed the “Blackwater of Jihad” by Foreign Policy because the group is comprised of military contractors, primarily from the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


1 Dead In Gaza As Demonstrators and Flotilla Attempt to Break Siege

Published 2019-01-29 18:26:10 by Robert Inlakesh in Middleeast, Palestine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:20 P.M)- A man has died of his wounds and 14 injured as Israelis open fire at protestors in Gaza. In a statement Ashraf Al-Qedra, Gaza Health Ministry Spokesperson, confirmed the injury of 14 demonstrators in Northern Gaza today. Also confirmed was the death of 44 year old,… Read on ->

Tags: Flotilla, Gaza, Israeli Snipers


US expects to retake last ISIS territories within few weeks: Defense official

Published 2019-01-29 17:13:25 by News Desk in Syria

US-backed forces will recapture the remaining Daesh territory in Syria within a couple of weeks,  according to acting Defence Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan. The “disciplined” US withdrawal from Syria is still in its early stages, the acting the defence secretary stated. The statement comes after Pentagon spokesman Sean Robertson told Sputnik that the US troop numbers in Syria “will… Read on ->

Tags: Daesh, ISIS, Syria, US


Iran says missiles issue not negotiable, but won’t increase their range

Published 2019-01-29 17:01:03 by News Desk in Iran

Tehran dismissed calls from the US and European states for curbs on its ballistic missiles on Tuesday but said it had no plans to increase their range.  “The enemies say Iran’s missile power should be eliminated, but we have repeatedly said our missile capabilities are not negotiable,” Iranian Defense Minister Amir… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Syrian Army, Russian military reinforcements pour into northern Hama in large numbers

Published 2019-01-29 16:48:10 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army and Russian military have recently sent another large convoy of troops to the northern Hama countryside as the mass buildup of troops continues in northwest Syria. According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian Arab Army sent a large convoy… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Alleged children of ISIS fighters to be returned to Tunisia

Published 2019-01-29 16:13:00 by News Desk in North-Africa

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A delegation from the Tunisian government collected DNA from the alleged children of self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters in a bid to return them to their families in Tunisia, in the Libyan city of Misurata on Sunday. Six children, who are currently living at a Red Crescent centre… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Libya, Tunisia


Palestinian Prime Minister resigns after Abbas announces plan to form new govt

Published 2019-01-29 16:06:45 by News Desk in Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:50 P.M.) – Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah announced his resignation on Tuesday after the leader of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced his plans to form a new government. In a statement today, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority Yousef Al-Mahmoud said that “the prime minister… Read on ->

Tags: Palestine


Houthi forces kill several Saudi Coalition troops in ambush along Yemeni border

Published 2019-01-29 15:54:51 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The Houthi forces carried out a heavy ambush against a group of Saudi Coalition troops along the Yemeni border on Tuesday. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their fighters fired a guided missile at a Saudi Army vehicle that was transporting troops… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


US ‘set an open course for toppling power in Venezuela’ – Lavrov

Published 2019-01-29 15:33:07 by News Desk in World-News

US authorities and their allies have “set a course for toppling legal power” in Venezuela, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Tuesday in Moscow at a joint press conference with his Sierra Leone counterpart Alie Kabba. Lavrov said that Washington’s decision to freeze US-based assets of PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-owned… Read on ->

Tags: Lavrov, Russia, Venezuela


France becomes first European nation to repatriate arrested ISIS fighters in Syria

Published 2019-01-29 15:15:06 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – France has become the first European nation to agree to repatriate several Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters that were captured in Syria. Speaking to BFMTV this morning, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that France will repatriate approximately 130 Islamic State fighters that are currently detained by… Read on ->

Tags: France, ISIS, Syria


Syria, Iran sign strategic economic cooperation deal, 10 agreements

Published 2019-01-29 15:04:21 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

Syria and Iran signed 11 agreements and memoranda of understanding late Monday. They included a “long-term strategic economic cooperation” deal aimed at strengthening cooperation between Damascus and one of its key allies. The agreements covered a range of fields including economy, culture, education, infrastructure, investment and housing, SANA news agency… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Syrian Army destroys rebel arms depot in northern Hama

Published 2019-01-29 14:55:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to destroy a rebel arms depot in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate, today, a military communique said this afternoon. According to the communique, the Syrian Arab Army’s missile units heavily targeted an arms depot that belonged to… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Venezuelan opposition leader says all options on the table, including military

Published 2019-01-29 14:43:14 by News Desk in World-News

In an interview with CNN, self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido said that the opposition movement in the country was able to achieve a peaceful transition of power and free election. “We are sure we can achieve a peaceful transition — a transition and eventually free elections,” Guaido said during the interview. Last week, a political crisis in Venezuela escalated after Guaido, the… Read on ->

Tags: Guaido, Venezuela


Syrian Army unearths mass grave of soldiers executed by ISIS at Tabaqa Airport

Published 2019-01-29 14:34:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) said on Tuesday that they uncovered a mass grave in the Tabaqa countryside that they believe contains the remains of the soldiers executed by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in August 2014. According to reports, the mass grave contained 11 corpses… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria, Tabaqa


Syrian Kurds reluctantly choose Assad over Erdogan: report

Published 2019-01-29 14:15:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Kurds, led by the Syrian Democratic Council, are currently in talks with Damascus to reach a political settlement and defend the country from a Turkish invasion. In a new interview with Bloomberg News, a senior official from the Syrian Democratic Council said that… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Erdogan, Kurds, Syria


Turkey determined to launch new military operation in Syria

Published 2019-01-29 13:55:51 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar stated on Tuesday the end of all preparations for carrying out a new trans-border operation in Syria, Haberturk channel reported. “The Turkish Armed Forces have ended all preparations within the scope of employment. We will carry out all the necessary actions in Manbij… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey


Watch: Syrian special forces eliminate group of rebel infiltrators in Aleppo

Published 2019-01-29 13:45:52 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Military Intelligence’s Special Task Forces recently repulsed a rebel infiltration attempt near the Aleppo front-lines. According to reports, the Special Task Forces managed to eliminate all of the rebel infiltrators after their artillery teams pounded the latter near their front-lines in Aleppo. Below is the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


‘5,000 troops to Colombia’ – Trump aide Bolton’s note sparks controversy (video)

Published 2019-01-29 13:29:40 by News Desk in World-News

US National Security Adviser John Bolton was filmed holding a yellow notepad allegedly containing the words ‘5,000 troops to Colombia’, at a press conference in Washington DC on Monday.

At the same briefing, he and his associates announced sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned oil firm Petroleos de… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, Colombia, Venezuela


Female suicide bomber hits Syrian Salvation Government building in Idlib

Published 2019-01-29 13:21:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives belt at a building belonging to the Syrian Salvation Government in Idlib city on Tuesday. According to local reports, at least one person was killed and several others were wounded as a result of the blast. No further… Read on ->

Tags: HTS, Idlib


Only Russia can get Iran to leave Syria: Israel’s ex-air force chief

Published 2019-01-29 13:00:47 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

Former Israel Air Force (IAF) Chief Amir Eshel said on Monday that “the only one who can get Iran out of Syria is Russia”, and that “there is no military capability of getting them [Iranians] out of” the Arab Republic, Haaretz reported. Speaking at a panel at the National Security Research Institute, Eshel, who held his position until 2017,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, Syria


Russian Baltic Fleet’s warplanes practice intercepting air targets

Published 2019-01-29 02:57:46 by News Desk in World-News

Pilots of the Baltic Fleet’s fighter aircraft regiment stationed in Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad Region practiced intercepting air targets and delivering strikes against a notional enemy’s facilities, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “The crews of Su-27 fighter planes performed elements of aerobatic maneuvers and training missions to intercept high-speed… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Syrian Army seizes large cache of US-made missiles in southern Syria (video)

Published 2019-01-29 02:42:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently uncovered several large caches of weapons in the Dara’a, Homs, and Damascus governorates. According to reports from the capital, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized a wide variety of ammunition, medium and light weapons, missiles, including US-made TOW missiles, and… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Daraa, Homs, Syria


Syria slams Macron and France’s ‘dark history of colonialism’

Published 2019-01-29 02:14:55 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Foreign Ministry slammed French President Emmanuel Macron in a new statement that was released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Monday. According to the statement, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that Macron’s recent statements on Syria show that he has refused… Read on ->

Tags: France, Syria


Israel Continues Brutality Against Palestinian Political Prisoners

Published 2019-01-29 00:26:47 by Robert Inlakesh in Palestine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:30 A.M)- Armed Israeli prison guards assaulted several Palestinian political prisoners, this Monday, according to reports. The Palestinian Prisoners Society reported, this Monday, that Israeli forces had raided the cells of Palestinian political prisoners in the Rimon military prison. Israeli guard forces reportedly entered section 4 of the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestinian, Political Prisoners


Russian forces uncover large weapons cache in northern Syria

Published 2019-01-29 00:09:54 by News Desk in Syria

Three weapons caches holding more than 250 firearms and more than 50,000 munitions have been exposed by officers of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides and Russia’s military police in Syria since the beginning of the year, the center’s chief Sergei Solomatin said on Monday. “Throughout January… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


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