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Syrian gov’t restores 122km of railway between Damascus, Homs

Published 2019-03-02 22:03:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Syrian government has restored approximately 122 kilometers of railway along the Damascus-Homs Trail, a new report from the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said on Saturday. According to SANA, the Syrian government is now preparing to reopen this important railway after closing it during the peak years of violence in Syria. This railway is important to the government because it allows them to transport heavy freight between the two governorates.  

Tags: Damascus, Homs, Syria

US, YPG allegedly offered ISIS safe passage to Turkey: Anadolu

Published 2019-03-02 21:24:57 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency (article posted by Daily Sabah) said on Saturday that the U.S. Coalition and their allies from the People’s Protection offered the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) safe passage from the eastern Euphrates region to Turkey. Citing their alleged reporters in the area, the Anadolu Agency claimed the U.S. Coalition, YPG, and ISIS held talks about transferring the latter from the eastern Euphrates to neighboring Turkey. The Anadolu report claimed this deal was offered to the Islamic State last month; however, they added that the fighters and their family members that choose to… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria, Turkey, YPG

[Graphic 18+] HTS executes 10 suspected ISIS members in Idlib (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-02 20:54:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham executed several men suspected of being Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the Idlib Governorate this week. According to reports, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham executed ten men in front of the Vision Restaurant inside the city of Idlib. The ten suspected Islamic State members were reportedly executed in response to a recent suicide bombing that was carried out by the terrorist group in Idlib city on Friday. Both Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Islamic State have repeatedly traded attacks in the Idlib Governorate over the last few months, with both sides accumulating heavy casualties as… Read on ->

Tags: HTS, Idlib, Syria

Hundreds march through Beirut to protest child marriage (video)

Published 2019-03-02 20:25:15 by News Desk in Lebanon

Hundreds took to the streets of Beirut on Saturday in protest against child marriage in Lebanon, and to call for parliament to make 18 the legal minimum age for marriage in the country. “We are here to say that it is time for us to approve a law prohibiting the marriage of minors because it is not only a feminist demand but a human demand that must be recognised,” said Hoda Shokier, a protester. Religious community courts currently determine the legal age of marriage, with each court enforcing its own law, some of which allow girls under 15 years of… Read on ->

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Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Turkish Army attacks Kurdish forces in eastern Aleppo

Published 2019-03-02 19:33:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Turkish Army resumed their strikes against the Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria, today, targeting the latter’s positions in the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. According to reports from the Aleppo countryside, the Turkish Army and their rebel allies launched several artillery shells and rockets towards the positions of the Al-Bab Military Council, hitting a number of sites inside the town of Al-Baghouz Al-Shaqiya. No casualties were reported by the Al-Bab Military Council of the Syrian Democratic Forces. In the meantime, local sources said that the Turkish Army has dispatched around 70 military vehicles… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, SDF, Syria

Foreign ISIS militants recount experiences en route to SDF camp (video)

Published 2019-03-02 18:56:16 by News Desk in Syria

Surrendered Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters and their relatives recounted their experiences of fighting for the militant organisation, while en route to a Syrian Democratic Forces’ camp on February 28, having previously left the last remaining IS enclave near Baghouz. “I am Radvan, I was in IS. I come from Indonesia. I am from the squad ‘Caliphate’s young lions.’ My father is fighting for IS,” the son of an IS militant said.

An IS militant of Tunisian origin told his story about joining the militant group and provided some details of his experiences. “We took… Read on ->

Tags: Baghouz, ISIS, SDF, Syria

Indian jets return to Pakistan border amid rising tensions in Kashmir region (video)

Published 2019-03-02 18:45:18 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – An Indian jet was spotted over Punjab state this evening as tensions in the nearby Kashmir region continue to flare. According to a new report from Punjab, an Indian Sukhoi Su-30MKI jet was spotted flying over this state over northern India. The state of Punjab in northern India is located at the eastern border of neighboring Pakistan and just south of the disputed Kashmir region. Below is a video of an Indian Su-30 flying over Punjab: On Tuesday, the Indian Air Force bombed an alleged base belonging to the Jaysh-e-Mohammad group. The following day,… Read on ->

Tags: India, Kashmir, Pakistan

Over 3,500 Russian soldiers take part in military drills

Published 2019-03-02 18:21:42 by News Desk in World-News

Over 3,500 servicemen from units of the Southern Military District have started field drills at 30 training ranges, the district’s press service said on Saturday. “Over 3,500 servicemen from air defense units have started tactical drills at 30 training ranges,” the press service said. Training ranges used in the drills are located in Russia’s Rostov, Volgograd, Astrakhan, Krasnodar, Stavropol, Crimea, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Chechnya, North Ossetia and Adygeya regions. More than 750 units of military equipment are used in the drills, including Pantsir-S1 and Tunguska missile systems, Shilka weapon systems, Triumpf S-400, Tor-M, Buk-M3, Osa and Strela-10M missile systems. More:

Tags: Russia

OPCW’s final report says chlorine gas was used in Douma

Published 2019-03-02 16:05:23 by News Desk in Syria

The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) issued a final report on Friday, coming to a conclusion that chlorine was used during the April 2018 attack in Syria’s Douma. “The evaluation and analysis of all the above-referenced information gathered by the FFM provide reasonable grounds that the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon has taken place on 7 April 2018. This toxic chemical contained reactive chlorine. The toxic chemical was likely molecular chlorine,” the OPCW said in a statement. The FFM’s activities included “on-site visits to collect environmental samples, conduct witness… Read on ->

Tags: Douma, OPCW, Syria

Indian, Pakistani forces suffer heavy casualties after clashes in Kashmir region

Published 2019-03-02 15:48:28 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – At least two Pakistani soldiers were killed this morning when the Indian Army unleashed a barrage of artillery shells towards the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region. According to the Pakistani Ministry of Defense, two of their soldiers were killed after the Indian military fired artillery shells towards the Naykal Sector. This latest attack by the Indian Army comes just hours after the Pakistani military released a captured IAF pilot that was shot down over the Kashmir region on Wednesday. Following the Indian Army’s attack on the Naykal Sector, the Pakistani military… Read on ->

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Tags: India, Kashmir, Pakistan

Syrian Army kills 7 ISIS fighters attempting to escape from Euphrates bastion

Published 2019-03-02 15:30:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reportedly killed seven members of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) that were attempting to flee their Euphrates bastion this morning. According to a military communique, the Syrian Arab Army observed seven armed Islamic State fighters attempting to escape the Baghouz camp via the Euphrates River this morning. Following their attempt to cross the Euphrates, the Islamic State fighters found themselves facing heavy gunfire by the Syrian Arab Army troops that were positioned on the western bank of the river. The Syrian Arab Army has been closely monitoring the ongoing battle to… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, ISIS, Syria

At least 25 killed in Al-Shabab’s Mogadishu siege: officials

Published 2019-03-02 15:18:23 by News Desk in World-News

At least 25 people have died in an attack in central Mogadishu, which ended on Friday when Somali special forces killed the last of three gunmen, according to police officials. A suicide bomber had detonated a device on Thursday in the busy Maka al-Mukarama road, a highly populated area, before the rest of the attackers seized a nearby building taking civilians as reported human shields. Footage shows the devastation in the aftermath of the attack as several buildings were heavily damaged and survivors start to pick up the rubble. The attack, which injured more than 40, was claimed by militant… Read on ->

Tags: Mogadishu, Somalia

Over 5 US soldiers allegedly wounded in eastern Syria: Opp. activists

Published 2019-03-02 15:00:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – According to a new report from the pro-opposition Syrian News Activists, seven U.S. soldiers were allegedly wounded in eastern Syria on Saturday. Activists from the SNA alleged that the U.S. soldiers were wounded near the town of Baghouz after the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists in the area fired an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at their positions. The Islamic State reportedly carried out the attack on the U.S. soldiers inside the Khanafra District of Baghouz Fouqani. Neither the U.S. Coalition nor their allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have corroborated these claims from the SNA…. Read on ->

Tags: Baghouz, Syria, US

Turkish military adds new observation posts to block Syrian Army offensive in Idlib (map)

Published 2019-03-02 14:36:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Turkish military has added a half dozen observation posts in the northwestern region of Syria recently in an effort to block the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from launching a new offensive inside the Idlib Governorate. According to a report from southern Idlib last week, the Turkish military met with the residents of several towns inside and near the demilitarized zone that was established during the Sochi meeting on September 17th, 2018. The report said the Turkish military offered to rent the lands from the residents so that they could construct more observation posts and… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

New video shows Russian military training Syrian special forces

Published 2019-03-02 14:17:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – A new video that was released by RusVesna.Su this week showed the Russian military training a new batch of Syrian special forces in an undisclosed area. Based on the video released by RusVesna, the Russian military is not only training Syrian special forces but also members of the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Palestinian-led Al-Quds Brigade. The Russian military in the video below is seen instructing the Syrian special forces on storming and capturing terrorist bases. With much of the war winding down, the Russian military has shifted their focus to training the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Guaido vows to return to Venezuela ‘in the coming days’

Published 2019-03-02 14:01:04 by News Desk in World-News

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido vowed to return to Venezuela “in the coming days” while speaking to the press in Buenos Aires on Friday. “”We [will] return to the streets of Venezuela in the coming days, we return to exercise the majority that the people of Venezuela gave us, we insist again and resist,” Guaido said. Guaido noted that the choice facing Venezuela today is “between dictatorship and democracy, the dilemma in Venezuela today is between poverty and misery.” The Venezuelan opposition leader also said that if anything was to be considered an intervention in Venezuela, “it is Cuba over… Read on ->

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Tags: Guaido, Venezuela

Captured Indian pilot says he was ‘saved from the mob’ by Pakistani Army (video)

Published 2019-03-02 13:52:47 by News Desk in World-News

Captured Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman says he was saved by the Pakistani army from an angry mob. He made the remarks in a statement released by the Pakistani army moments before he was handed back to India on Friday evening. “My parachute opened and I fell down, I had a pistol with me and there were too many people on the ground,” he said, speaking straight to the camera. “Two soldiers from the Pakistani army approached me and they saved me from the mob.”

Abhinandan Varthaman walked across the only legal border crossing between… Read on ->


In video: Syrian Army unleashes massive missile barrage on militant strongholds

Published 2019-03-02 13:44:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a massive barrage of missiles on the Jaysh Al-Izza strongholds in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate yesterday. According to reports from northern Hama, the Syrian Arab Army heavily targeted the Jaysh Al-Izza strongholds of Kafr Zita and Al-Latamnah with missiles from their MLRS launchers. The reports said the Syrian Army’s attack on Kafr Zita and Al-Latamnah were in response to Jaysh Al-Izza’s constant strikes on the towns of Mhardeh, Suqaylabiyah, and Salhab. Below is a video from the northern countryside of Hama that shows the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Turkey rejects US Patriot missile offer in exchange for Russia’s S-400: report

Published 2019-03-02 13:20:52 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkey has rejected the offer by the United States on the sale of US long-range surface-to-air Patriot missile systems until the end of 2019 providing that Ankara refuses to purchase Russia’s S-400 air defence system, Bloomberg reported citing official Turkish sources. The statement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 16 February that Ankara was not satisfied with the United States’ reluctance to give Turkey a loan needed to buy Patriot air defence systems or organise joint production of the weapon. Earlier, Ismail Demir, head of the main state body dealing with arms procurement and production told NTV television that “it is not possible for us to accept the content and details of the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey, US

ISIS unwilling to concede last Euphrates enclave as SDF troops amplify assault

Published 2019-03-02 13:10:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently involved in a fierce battle for the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) last Euphrates enclave. Backed by heavy artillery and airstrikes from their Coalition partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces have intensified their assault against the remaining Islamic State fighters near the town of Baghouz. However, despite the increased pressure on the Islamic State fighters in the eastern Euphrates, the Syrian Democratic Forces have been unable to make any significant progress as of yet. With an estimated 1,000 Islamic State fighters still inside this Euphrates enclave, it is highly unlikely that… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, ISIS, SDF, Syria

Syria slams UK’s Hezbollah ban in new statement

Published 2019-03-02 12:41:57 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

The Syrian government has denounced the U.K.’s decision to list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and sees it as another piece of evidence of UK “historical hostility” toward the Arab world, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. “Syria strongly condemns the decision of the UK government to include Hezbollah in the list of ‘terrorist organizations’ […] This decision confirms the UK historical hostility against the Arab world”, the ministry said, as quoted by the Syrian state television. “The legality of Hezbollah is ensured by international law and the UN Charter, rather than a biased decision of the government with… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria

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