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Saudi Arabia mulls purchasing Russian S-400 system

Published 2019-02-17 23:20:46 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

Russia and Saudi Arabia are holding additional consultations on a contract to supply Russia’s S-400 Triumf missile systems, CEO of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheyev told the IDEX 2019 international defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi. “As for S-400, we are holding additional consultations on this project, now this… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Saudi


New video shows Syrian Army in close combat with rebels in Hama

Published 2019-02-17 23:10:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces branch released new footage on Sunday that showed their soldiers in close combat with the Islamist rebels in northern Hama. In the short video, the Tiger Forces can be seen using heavy machine guns against a group of militants… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


ISIS becomes ‘army of the night’ as they retreat to the Syrian Desert

Published 2019-02-17 22:35:31 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) is far from finished in Syria, despite some claims by the U.S. administration. The terrorist group has mostly retreated to the Syrian Desert region known as the Badiya Al-Sham, which is located between the Deir Ezzor, Homs, and Al-Sweida governorates. In… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


No peaceful solution with terrorists in Idlib: Russian Deputy FM

Published 2019-02-17 21:43:46 by News Desk in Syria

Russia’s principled stance is that any a compromise with terrorists in Syria’s Idlib is impossible and that they must be eliminated, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin said on Sunday on the sidelines of the discussion on the Syrian settlement at the Munich Security Conference. According to the high-ranking diplomat,… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


US can never back any force aligned with the Syrian gov’t: US commander

Published 2019-02-17 21:35:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The U.S. can never back any Syrian force aligned with the government in Damascus, U.S. Army Lieutenant General Paul LaCamera, who is the commander of the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said on Sunday. When asked if that support would continue… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria, US


UAE to purchase Russian missile systems

Published 2019-02-17 21:08:02 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

The United Arab Emirates’ Armed Forces have purchased Russia’s Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems and Pantsir surface-to-air missile systems, UAE Brigadier General Mohammed Hassaini told TASS on Sunday. “The contract on Kornet-EM is to the tune of 146.92 mln dirham ($39.7 mln) and on Pantsir – more than 45 mln dirham… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, UAE


Trump gets his wish, Japanese PM nominates him for Nobel Peace Prize

Published 2019-02-17 21:00:13 by News Desk in World-News

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated US President Donald Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize last fall after getting a relevant request from Washington, Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a government source. According to Asahi, Abe received a request from the US government via unofficial channels. The report… Read on ->

Tags: Abe, Trump


Jihadist rebels attack Hama city for first time in 2 years

Published 2019-02-17 20:41:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – For the first time in nearly two years, the jihadist rebels have attacked the provincial capital of the Hama Governorate. According to a military source inside Hama city, the jihadist rebels fired several Grad missiles into the provincial capital, hitting a number of sites in… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Breaking: Denmark rejects Trump’s plea, won’t take back ISIS fighters captured in Syria

Published 2019-02-17 19:48:11 by News Desk in Syria

A day before US President Donald Trump urged EU allies to take back over 800 Daesh* fighters that had been captured in Syria and put them on trial. According to the DPA news agency, citing representative of Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Copenhagen won’t take back Daesh fighters to stand trial in the country…. Read on ->

Tags: Denmark, ISIS, Syria


Several Saudi soldiers killed by Houthi sniper units along the Yemeni border

Published 2019-02-17 19:36:39 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – Several Saudi Coalition soldiers were killed on Sunday as a result of a number of Houthi sniper operations along the Yemeni border. According to the Houthi forces’ official media wing, their snipers began the day by killing two Saudi soldiers near the Mashal military base…. Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi


Iran unveils new domestically-made submarine armed with cruise missiles (video)

Published 2019-02-17 18:34:59 by News Desk in Iran

Iran presented on Sunday a new domestically-built submarine Fateh equipped with cruise missiles and cutting-edge equipment, the Press TV broadcaster reported, live streaming the unveiling ceremony. The ceremony, attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, took place in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas located on the coast of the Strait of Hormuz. According to the broadcaster,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Breaking: ISIS sleeper cell attacks SDF troops in eastern Euphrates region

Published 2019-02-17 18:24:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Intense clashes broke out in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley this afternoon following a new attack by an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cell in the town of Dhiban. According to reports from this front, the Islamic State sleeper cell attacked a group… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, ISIS, Syria


Hundreds join leftist Beirut march against Hariri’s gov’t (video)

Published 2019-02-17 18:00:55 by News Desk in Lebanon

Hundreds of people joined a march dubbed ‘No confidence in this government’ in Beirut on Sunday, rejecting the economic and social policies of the new coalition government. The demonstrators marched through central Beirut to express their distrust in the new government, two days after the country’s parliament gave the new… Read on ->

Tags: Hariri, Lebanon


SDF troops rescue Yezidi teenager in eastern Syria

Published 2019-02-17 17:46:07 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – A Yezidi teenager has been rescued by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria, the latter’s official media wing announced on Sunday. Citing a report from the head of the Kurdistan Region’s Special Office for Yezidi Abductee Affairs, Hussein Qa’edi, Kurdistan 24 reported that a… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Syria, Yezidi


US not in favor of Syrian gov’t coming back to SDF-held area: official

Published 2019-02-17 16:43:21 by News Desk in Syria

US special representative to Syria James Jeffrey has addressed the Munich Security Conference, outlining Washington’s plans on troop withdrawal and subsequent goals in the region. “We are not [calling for president Assad to go], we are calling for a major change in the behaviour of the [Syrian] regime to bringing in line with a dozen UN and other… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria, US


Qatari FM says neither ISIS nor terrorism defeated

Published 2019-02-17 16:32:02 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast, Syria

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani stated that “ISIS or terrorism is not defeated yet,” during an address to the Munich Security Conference on Sunday. “We have heard, in the last couple of days, people are talking about terrorism being defeated, ISIS being defeated,” stated Al Thani, who… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Qatar, Syria, Trump


Breaking: Syrian Army launches heavy attack in northern Latakia, Russian jets preparing to strike

Published 2019-02-17 16:01:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a heavy attack on the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. According to a military source inside the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army launched a heavy assault on Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions across the front-lines of… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Russia, Syria


Assad attacks US role in Syria during new speech

Published 2019-02-17 15:46:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad held a new speech on Sunday during a meeting with several local council heads from all over Syria. During the speech, the Syrian President spent a considerable amount of time attacking the U.S.’ role in Syria and their attempts to partition… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria


Iranian FM says Israel ‘looking for war’

Published 2019-02-17 15:26:20 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Israel of “looking for war” in the Middle East, during an event at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday. “Well, certainly some people are looking for war,” said Zarif, adding that it is “Israel.” Zarif accused Western countries of fueling the situation, saying… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Syria accuses US of transporting its captured gold

Published 2019-02-17 12:53:41 by News Desk in Syria

Syrian state-run news agency SANA has cited local sources as saying that US forces have used helicopters to transfer large boxes full of the “spoils” of Daesh* terrorists from the al-Dashisha area in Hasaka province’s southern countryside. The sources claim that the boxes contained huge amounts of gold that the terrorist group had safely stored east of al-Shadadi city — an account, which,… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Lebanese Army arrest 2 suspected ISIS members near Syrian border

Published 2019-02-17 12:35:15 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M) – The intelligence division of the Lebanese Army arrested two suspected members of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the northeastern region of Lebanon. According to a military communique, two suspected members of the Islamic State terrorist organization were arrested by the Lebanese Army in the… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Lebanon


Several Syrian soldiers killed by Turkish-backed rebels in northern Hama (video)

Published 2019-02-17 12:21:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – A number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed this weekend when the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) launched an attack on their positions in northern Hama. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, several Syrian Arab Army soldiers were killed after… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Syria preparing to reopen public border-crossing with Iraq: report

Published 2019-02-17 12:01:33 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Republic is preparing to reopen their border-crossing with Iraq as the area around the city of Albukamal has been declared safe for the first time in years. According to a new report from Damascus, the Syrian government is in talks with their… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Lebanon rejects Turkey’s planned safe zone in northern Syria

Published 2019-02-17 11:47:22 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Lebanon’s Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab held a bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. Bou Saab, who was filling in for Prime Minister Saad Hariri, discussed with Akar the prospect of a safe zone in northern… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army launches new attack against jihadist rebels in northern Hama

Published 2019-02-17 11:20:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new attack in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Sunday, targeting a number of areas controlled by both Jaysh Al-Izza and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Led by their 4th Division and Republican Guard units, the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Over 30 Houthi fighters allegedly killed in fierce combat along Saudi border

Published 2019-02-17 11:06:46 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 A.M.) – The Houthi forces allegedly suffered heavy casualties inside the Hajjah Governorate on Saturday after a fierce battle with the Hajour Tribe along the Saudi-Yemeni border. According to local reports, the Houthi forces launched a new attack against a group of fighters from the Hajour Tribe… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Russia says patience is running out on Idlib situation

Published 2019-02-17 10:53:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – During a speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the audience that his government’s patience is running out in regards to the situation in Syria’s Idlib Governorate. Lavrov said Russia’s patience is running thin regarding the Idlib situation… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Hezbollah leader denies cells in Venezuela, accuses US of supporting Daesh

Published 2019-02-17 10:37:12 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

Marking its leading Martyrs’ Day, the Hezbollah Party held a ceremony in the towns of Jibshet, Nabi Shet, Tayr Debba and Mlita on Saturday, during which Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed a crowd of political figures, partisans, religious clerics and supporters, shedding light on recent developments in the region… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Nasrallah, Venezuela


Turkey insists on safe zone in northern Syria, wants Turkish troops patrolling it

Published 2019-02-17 10:18:01 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Turkey wants to establish a safe zone in northern Syria that is patrolled by Turkish troops and absent of Kurdish-led militias, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday, as reported by the Anadolu News Agency. During his separate meetings with U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan,… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Spain rejects Trump’s appeal for NATO troops in Syria

Published 2019-02-17 09:58:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell stated on Saturday that the U.S. appeal for NATO member-states to fill the void left by its impending pull-out from Syria was a surprise. “Requests between countries aren’t made in press releases or conference comments. Spain and the majority of countries aren’t prepared to step in for the… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Spain, Syria


US aircraft delivers humanitarian aid to Venezuelan border (video)

Published 2019-02-17 09:47:32 by News Desk in World-News

US military planes delivered tons of humanitarian aid to the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Saturday. The cargo was delivered by two of three scheduled Air Force C-17 cargo planes from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida. The shipment, which reportedly included food and medicine, was part of a… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Trump urges allies to take back their Daesh fighters in Syria

Published 2019-02-17 09:28:35 by News Desk in Syria

US President Donald Trump on Saturday urged “Britain, France, Germany and other European allies” to take back the Daesh militants captured by the US in Syria, hinting at the release of the fighters if Washington’s EU allies refuse to put them on trial. In a Twitter post, Trump said that… Read on ->

Tags: Daesh, Syria, Trump


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