This is a summary of 35 AMN articles on the following subjects: India, Pakistan, Idlib, Syria, Turkey, Israel, Putin, Afrin, Aleppo, Kurds, Russia, Gaza, Palestine, Iran, Afghanistan, China, North_Korea, Trump, Houthi, Saada, Saudi, Yemen, ISIS, Assad, IRGC, Soleimani, Hama, SDF, Baghdadi, Iraq, Kashmir, US, HTS, Netanyahu, Baghouz, Mhardeh.

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Indian military ‘fully prepared’ for ‘any provocation by Pakistan’ despite return of captured pilot (video)

Published 2019-02-28 23:47:05 by News Desk in World-News

India’s military delivered a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday, following Pakistan’s decision to free a captured Indian pilot whose Mig-21 fighter was shot down by Pakistan in disputed Kashmir. Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, an Indian air force spokesman, wished to correct the statements made by Pakistan, saying that: “Pakistan claims that they intentionally draw weapons in open space where there was no human presence or military post. The fact is that Pakistan Airforce’s aircrafts targeted military installations.”

Meanwhile, Major General Surinder Singh Mahal of the Indian Army, standing alongside Kapoor, made clear that Indian… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan

Breaking: Syrian Air Force unleashes new barrage of airstrikes over Idlib

Published 2019-02-28 23:17:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – For the second time today, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has launched several airstrikes over the Idlib countryside. Using their L-39 Albatross, the Syrian Air Force heavily bombarded Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions outside of the large towns of Ma’arat Al-Nu’Man and Khan Sheikhoun. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Syrian Air Force carried out these airstrikes in retaliation for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s attack on the government-held areas. Furthermore, the Syrian Air Force also targeted the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front’s positions in the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man countryside. This latest round of airstrikes… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Pakistani military denies any losses or F-16 jets used, says 2 IAF warplanes downed

Published 2019-02-28 22:51:42 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – A source from the Pakistani military told Al-Masdar News on Thursday evening that the Indian Defense Minister’s claims about downing an F-16 jet are false. According to the source, two Indian MiG 21 jets were shot down by Pakistan’s domestically manufactured JF-17 Thunder jets on Wednesday, resulting in the capture of one IAF pilot and the death of another. The source said one of the MiG-21 jets was downed over Indian-controlled Kashmir and the other over the Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. He said Pakistan suffered no losses in personnel or aircraft, despite the claims by the Indian… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan

Eight Indian fighter jets took on 24 Pakistani warplanes in unprecedented air battle: report

Published 2019-02-28 21:59:47 by News Desk in World-News

Eight fighter jets of the Indian Air Force took on 24 Pakistani jets in unprecedented air combat over the India-controlled disputed Kashmir region, India’s NDTV television reported on Thursday. According to the TV Channel, the Pakistani Air Force strike group included eight F-16s, four Mirage-3 aircraft and four Chinese-made JF-17 “Thunder” fighters. The other aircraft were escort fighters to protect the Pakistan strike formation from any retaliation. “The large Pakistani attack formation was detected at 9.45 am when they came within 10 km of the Line of Control,” the TV Channel reported. The Pakistani aircraft were intercepted by eight jets… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan

MiG-21 fighter jet shoots down F-16 for the first time ever: report

Published 2019-02-28 21:30:44 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Indian Air Force said on Thursday that their Mi-G-21 Bison fighter jet had downed a Pakistani F-16D warplane during an encounter near the Line of Control (LoC) that separates the Jammu and Kashmir regions on Wednesday. According to Live Fist Defense, the downing of the F-16D on Wednesday marks the first time in history that an MiG-21 Bison fighter jet has downed this U.S.-made warplane. “The MiG-21, from the Indian Air Force’s 51 Squadron ‘Sword Arms’ is said to have conducted the kill using a Russian Vympel R-73 close combat missile. The Indian Air… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan

Watch: Turkey kicks off largest naval drills ever

Published 2019-02-28 21:01:08 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Turkish Navy kicked off their largest military exercises ever in the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black seas on Thursday, utilizing much of their ships to carry out these drills. Codenamed “Blue Homeland”, the Turkish Navy will showcase their military prowess from February 27th through March 8th. “The Turkish Navy is set to conduct massive drills called ‘Mavi Vatan’ – ‘the Blue Homeland’ — between Feb. 27 and March 8. For the first time in the republic’s history, Turkey’s military will test its warfighting capabilities in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea, and Mediterranean at the same… Read on ->

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Tags: Turkey

Putin confirms plans to create Syrian working party with Israel

Published 2019-02-28 20:09:33 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed plans to create a working party with Israel and other countries to normalise the situation in Syria once the last pockets of terrorist resistance have been cleared. He made the comment in Moscow on Thursday. “The idea is to create a structure that includes all involved parties,” he said. “It should deal with the final normalising [of the situation] after crushing the final remnants of terrorism. This is also connected with the complete military withdrawal from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as with the reconstruction of the Syrian state as well… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Putin, Syria

Kurdish forces kill 7 Turkish-backed rebels in northwest Aleppo (video)

Published 2019-02-28 19:18:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Afrin Liberation Forces resumed their operations against the Turkish-backed rebels in the Afrin region of northwestern Aleppo. According to the Afrin Liberation Forces’ official media wing, their fighters killed at least seven Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters between the dates of February 24-25. The first three FSA fighters were reportedly killed along the Qara Road near Afrin city, as an IED targeted the rebel group’s vehicle. Another attack was carried out against the FSA the following day when the Afrin Liberation Forces targeted a rebel checkpoint at the entrance of Nabi Huri…. Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Aleppo, Kurds, Syria

Former Syrian national team member turned militant commander survives assassination attempt

Published 2019-02-28 18:53:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The former goalkeeper for the Syrian national football team, ‘Abdel-Basit Sarout survived an assassination attempt in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Thursday, opposition activists reported via social media. According to reports, Sarout, who is now a commander in the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Jaysh Al-Izza faction, was targeted by an improvised explosive device inside the town of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. The reports added that Sarout survived the assassination attempt with minor wounds. Sarout rose to prominence during the early years of the Syrian uprising when he joined protests against the government in his… Read on ->

Tags: Syria

Advanced artillery system for Russian paratroopers to enter state trials in 2019: TASS

Published 2019-02-28 18:37:08 by News Desk in World-News

The state trials of the latest Lotos self-propelled artillery gun for Russia’s Airborne Force will enter state trials in 2019, CEO of the TsNIITochMash defense contractor Albert Bakov told Izvestia daily on Thursday. TsNIITochMash is the developer of the Lotos artillery system. “The Lotos self-propelled artillery gun is one of the parts of this work. In 2019, we are planning to start state trials,” the chief executive said. TsNIITochMash engineers have developed a special protection system for the Lotos gun to shield it from precision weapons, he said. The Lotos artillery system will also feature a high-level of automation for… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

UN says Israel ‘intentionally shot children, journalists’ during 2018 Gaza protests

Published 2019-02-28 18:29:54 by News Desk in Palestine

The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 Gaza protest faulted Israel over the deadly repression of the demonstrations in the Gaza strip in 2018, during a press conference in Geneva on Thursday. According to the Commission, there are “reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli security forces committed serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.” “We call on Israel to conduct meaningful investigations into these serious violations and to provide timely justice and reparations for those killed and injured,” said commission Chair Santiago Canto. The commission’s findings show that 6,106 Palestinians were injured with live ammunition and… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine

Breaking: Syrian Air Force bombs jihadist convoy in east Idlib

Published 2019-02-28 17:34:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.)  – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) unleashed a heavy attack on a jihadist convoy that was seen moving through the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to a military source in Aleppo city, the Syrian Air Force bombed a Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham convoy that was traveling along the Saraqib Highway towards the northeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. In addition to their strikes on the Saraqib Highway, the Syrian Air Force also bombarded Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions inside the town of Khan Al-Subul in eastern Idlib. This latest round of airstrikes by… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Israeli attack in Al-Quneitra killed 5 Iranian soldiers: SRG

Published 2019-02-28 17:24:04 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 P.M.) – The Israeli airstrikes that targeted the Al-Quneitra Governorate this month had killed several Iranian soldiers, a new report from the Syrian Republican Guard said this week. According to the SRG report, at least five Iranian bodies were identified via DNA samples at one of the garrisons targeted by the Israeli military on February 5th. The Israeli attack targeted several Syrian military garrisons located along the border with the occupied Golan Heights. As a result of the Israeli attack on February 5th, two Syrian military garrisons and the Al-Quneitra National Hospital were destroyed. The Al-Quneitra Hospital… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria

Breaking: Jihadist rebels attack Aleppo city

Published 2019-02-28 16:52:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a number of missiles and artillery shells towards Aleppo city this afternoon, a source told Al-Masdar News from the provincial capital. According to the source, the jihadist rebels fired at least two missiles and several artillery shells towards the densely populated New Aleppo District. The source said no casualties were reported as a result of this abrupt attack by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham; however, there was material damage done to some of the buildings in New Aleppo District. In response to the jihadist rebels, the Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

China denies having military presence inside Afghanistan

Published 2019-02-28 16:37:36 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

China’s Defense Ministry defended military cooperation with Tajikistan on Thursday following a report of a sizeable Chinese troop presence at a base in the Central Asian state. Cooperation between the two is “in line with” international law and related resolutions passed by the UN Security Council, said ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang. However, Ren said there was no Chinese presence in the adjacent Wakhan Corridor belonging to Afghanistan. The statement was in line with earlier denials of any plans to deploy troops to the war-torn nation with which it shares a narrow border, AP reported.     Sources: RT, AP

Tags: Afghanistan, China

Watch: Jihadist rebels attack Syrian Army in eastern Idlib

Published 2019-02-28 16:25:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Ansar Al-Tawhid were filmed this week carrying out a powerful attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions inside the Idlib Governorate. Using their U-5TS 115mm gun, the jihadist group attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the town of Abu Dhuhour and its corresponding airport.

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Trump departs after Kim summit ends prematurely with no deal

Published 2019-02-28 15:29:41 by News Desk in World-News

US President Donald Trump left Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended ahead of schedule on Thursday. Trump greeted Vietnamese officials on the tarmac before boarding the Air Force One and heading back to Washington DC. The North Korea-US Summit was held in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday and ended with no agreement between the parties as Kim asked for all sanctions lifted on North Korea, according to Trump.     Credit: Ruptly

Tags: North_Korea, Trump

Saudi Coalition scores big advance in key northern Yemen district

Published 2019-02-28 15:21:11 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Saudi Coalition and their Yemeni allies scored a big advance in the northern region of Yemen on Wednesday, seizing several points from the Houthi forces in the Sa’ada Governorate. According to local reports, the Saudi Coalition and their allies managed to link up with their forces in Kitaf wa Al-Boqa’i District after seizing the Jashiran mountain chain. The Jashiran mountain chain is an imperative part of the Kitaf wa Al-Boqa’i District as it stretches more than 20km deep through the northern part of the Sa’ada Governorate. The Saudi Coalition has recently stepped up their… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saada, Saudi, Yemen

Jihadists preparing for big offensive in Idlib: Russian FM

Published 2019-02-28 15:00:15 by News Desk in Syria

Terrorists of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (terror group, outlawed in Russia) pose a threat to Syria’s stability by conducting events for building up their offensive potential, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Thursday. “A threat to security and stability in Syria is coming from terrorists of the Nusra-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance, which controls almost the entire Idlib de-escalation zone. Field commanders are carrying out events on reshaping allied groups with the goals of increasing their offensive capabilities in the directions of Aleppo, Hama and mountainous Latakia,” the diplomat stressed. “The militants plan to expand the sphere… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Dozens of captured ISIS fighters escape SDF camp in northeast Syria: report

Published 2019-02-28 14:50:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Dozens of captured Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) members managed to escape from the Al-Hawl Camp in northeastern Syria, the Bas News Agency reported on Thursday. According to the Bas News report, the Islamic State members bribed some of the guards from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to release them from the Al-Hawl Camp in the Al-Hasakah Governorate of northeast Syria. Citing an official on the condition of anonymity, Bas News reported that one of the detained Islamic State members paid as much as $75,000 (USD) to be set free from the Al-Hawl Camp. Since releasing the… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Russian Air Force to receive first mass order of Su-57 jets after Syria campaign

Published 2019-02-28 14:30:45 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces will be receiving their first mass order of the Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet in 2019, the Deputy CEO of the Sukhoi Aircraft Company Alexander Pekarsh said in a statement on Tuesday. “If we speak about the Su-57 program, we are today at the stage of manufacturing the first serial planes,” Pekarsh began. “In 2018, we completed the manufacture and the delivery of a batch of prototype planes that are now undergoing trials. Under the existing contract with the Defense Ministry, we have two planes in the production process, with the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

IRGC commander says Assad’s visit to Iran was ‘celebration of victory’

Published 2019-02-28 14:17:52 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, said this week that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s recent visit to Tehran was for the resistance axis’s “victory celebration”. “Bashar al-Assad’s visit to Tehran and his meeting with Supreme Leader has been reviewed as a celebration of victory,” General Soleimani said, addressing a forum in the city of Qom on Wednesday night, as quoted by the Fars News Agency. Furthermore, General Soleimani touched on Iran’s current relationship with Iraq, which he said was paving the way for increased trade between… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Iran, IRGC, Soleimani

Breaking: Pakistan to release captured Indian pilot as gesture of good will

Published 2019-02-28 13:49:44 by News Desk in World-News

In a parliamentary address, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that the Indian Air Force pilot shot down and captured over Pakistan will be released tomorrow as a gesture of peace, stressing need for dialogue. “As a peace gesture we will be releasing him tomorrow,” Khan said, adding that “all issues should be resolved through dialogue.” Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s jet was shot down Wednesday in Pakistani airspace while flying over Kashmir, the hot-spot in rising tensions between the rival nations. After ejecting from the aircraft, he was mobbed by angry civilians and had to be rescued by Pakistani soldiers.  … Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan

Syrian Army launches heavy attack on militant bases in northern Hama

Published 2019-02-28 13:40:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy retaliatory assault across the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Thursday, targeting several areas controlled by Jaysh Al-Izza. According to a military report, the Syrian Arab Army heavily targeted the trenches and bases of Jaysh Al-Izza around the town of Tal Sakhar in northern Hama. The Syrian Army followed up this attack by launching a heavy barrage of missiles and artillery shells towards Jaysh Al-Izza’s positions inside the towns of Al-Latamnah, Kafr Zita, Arabeen, Hasraya, and Zakat. In addition to their attack on northern Hama, the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Over 20 SDF fighters freed in new prisoner exchange

Published 2019-02-28 12:42:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – A new prisoner exchange was conducted between the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate this morning. According to reports from this front, over 20 fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces were released by the Islamic State during a new exchange near the Baghouz axis. The reports did not release what the Islamic State received in exchange for releasing these prisoners; however, they did say that many of the captured SDF fighters were taken prisoner during the battle for Hajin last month. This later prisoner… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, SDF, Syria

Iraqi official claims Baghdadi is ‘under US military protection’ in western Iraq

Published 2019-02-28 11:47:05 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – An Iraqi lawmaker alleged on Wednesday that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is traveling freely “under U.S. military protection” in the desert of western Iraq. “IS [Daesh] leader Baghdadi is in the Western Desert in Anbar province under U.S. military’s protection… He travels between Iraq and Syria protected by the United States”, Iraqi lawmaker Hassan Salem said, as quoted by the Lebanese El-Nashra news outlet. The lawmaker claimed that support of the Islamic State leader was provided from the Ayn al-Asad Airbase, where U.S. troops are currently deployed. Salem added that the… Read on ->

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Tags: Baghdadi, Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Pakistani envoy blames US for ’emboldening’ India during Kashmir escalation

Published 2019-02-28 10:23:50 by News Desk in World-News

India and Pakistan have traded hostilities this week, with Islamabad saying it shot down two Indian warplanes and New Delhi insisting the count of downed aircraft is 1-1. Washington urged the two states to avoid further escalation and endorsed India’s recent bombing raid on a terror camp inside Pakistan. Pakistani Ambassador to the US Asad Majeed Khan said that Washington’s failure to condemn India for the recent airstrike on Pakistan has played into the hands of New Delhi. “It is construed and understood as an endorsement of the Indian position and that is what emboldened them even more,” he told… Read on ->

Tags: India, Kashmir, Pakistan, US

HTS busts ISIS sleeper cell inside western Idlib

Published 2019-02-28 09:54:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham busted an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) inside the western part of the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday. The HTS operation reportedly targeted an ISIS hideout that was located inside the small town of Darkoush. As a result of the HTS operation, the jihadist group was able to kill at least two members of the Islamic State, while also capturing two others. According to HTS activists, at least two of the Islamic State fighters had recently fled the Euphrates River Valley and made their way to the Idlib Governorate. These two Islamic State fighters managed… Read on ->

Tags: HTS, Idlib, ISIS, Syria

Israel will keep attacking Iranian forces inside Syria: Netanyahu to Putin

Published 2019-02-28 09:34:35 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting on Wednesday that his nation will continue to take Iranian troops inside Syria. “We are determined to continue our aggressive activity against Iran, which calls for our destruction, and against its attempts to establish itself militarily in Syria,” Netanyahu told Putin during their meeting in Moscow. Furthermore, Netanyahu informed the Russian President that Iran was currently the greatest threat to stability and security in the Middle East region. “The greatest threat to stability and security in the region comes from Iran and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Netanyahu, Putin, Syria

Russia to beef up Baltic Fleet with tank regiment and coastal defense missile battalion

Published 2019-02-28 09:21:14 by News Desk in World-News

A tank regiment and a coastal defense missile battalion will be set up in Russia’s Baltic Fleet in 2019, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. “In accordance with the approved action plan for 2019, basic efforts in the Western Military District will be focused on implementing 142 organizational measures,” he said at a session of the ministry’s board. Russia’s defense chief highlighted the formation of a mobile reserve air defense missile regiment as a major organizational measure in the Western Military District in 2019. “The efficiency of providing cover for military and state facilities in the Baltic operational area… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

[Graphic 18+] Mass grave of civilian victims of ISIS uncovered by SDF troops in Baghouz (video)

Published 2019-02-28 09:00:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – A mass grave filled with the bodies of executed civilians was uncovered by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the town of Baghouz on Wednesday. According to reports, the mass grave contained the bodies of mostly women that were executed by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley. As shown in the Furat FM video below that was posted by a Twitter user, the Syrian Democratic Forces came across this mass grave as they entered the areas previously occupied by the Islamic State terrorist organization:

Tags: Baghouz, ISIS, SDF, Syria

Pakistani Army spokesperson confirms Indian jets downed over Pakistan (video)

Published 2019-02-28 08:43:18 by News Desk in World-News

Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor confirmed Pakistan shot down two Indian fighter jets on Wednesday, during a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday. “When PAF [Pakistan Air Force] struck [the] targets, two IAF[Indian Air Force] planes violated the Line of Control and entered Pakistan. PAF was ready, there was an engagement and as a result both Indian planes were shot down”, he stated. The spokesperson also said that the aerial engagement led to one of the warplanes falling on the Indian side of Kashmir and the other coming down inside the Pakistan side. On Tuesday, India launched… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan

Only Turkey can control proposed safe zone in northern Syria: Erdogan

Published 2019-02-28 01:23:29 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that only his country can control his proposed safe zone in northern Syria. “We cannot entrust the control over the zone, from where a threat may be posed to us, to others. We will be the ones to do it”, Erdogan told the NTV television channel. According to the Turkish leader, Syrians hope that Ankara would help them resolve the situation in the north of the country. “Syrians have so much trust in Turkey that local tribes are urging us to take measures in [the northern Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Israel, Russia mull creating group on foreign forces pullout from Syria – report

Published 2019-02-28 00:44:30 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Israel and Russia intend to set up a working group, involving a number of other states, which will facilitate the withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria, a high-ranking source in the Israeli government told Sputnik on Wednesday. “It was decided to create a group with the participation of Russia, Israel and several other countries, which will work on the issue of the withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria”, the official said after the talks. He declined, however, to specify the details of the initiative, including the countries that could be involved in the process in addition to Israel and Russia…. Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, Putin, Russia, Syria

Militants unleash massive assault on Christian city in northern Hama

Published 2019-02-28 00:25:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Islamist rebels unleashed a massive assault on Mhardeh on Wednesday, resulting in heavy damage to the civil infrastructure of this Christian city in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate. The attack was carried out by the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh Al-Izza faction, who have been involved in a heavy exchange of hostilities with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) for months in Hama. According to a military source from Mhardeh, the Jaysh Al-Izza attack on the city resulted in heavy damage to the thermal power plant, leaving thousands without electricity this evening. The source… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Mhardeh, Syria

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