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Turkey will not cancel Russian S-400 sale despite US threats – Erdogan

Published 2019-03-06 23:50:38 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clarified debate Wednesday about Ankara’s deal with Moscow to buy S-400 Triumf air defense systems, saying his government won’t cancel the deal, despite protests from its ally in Washington. “This is over,” Erdogan said, noting the signatures had already been made on the deal and that the first delivery will be made in July. “We are an independent Turkey, we are not slaves.” US Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, who heads US European Command, recommended to the US Congress on Tuesday that if Turkey presses ahead with buying the S-400 systems from Russia, delivery to Turkey… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey, US

ISIS ambushes US-backed rebels in southern Syria, top commander seriously wounded (video)

Published 2019-03-06 23:40:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) emerged within the U.S.-held Tanf Zone this week to lay an ambush against a group of rebels near the Iraqi border. According to reports, the Islamic State ambushed a vehicle belonging to the commander of the U.S.-backed Jaysh Mughawir Al-Thoura group as he was traveling through the Tanf Zone. The Jaysh Mughawir Al-Thoura commander, Mohannad Al-Talaa, and two of his bodyguards, were seriously wounded after the Islamic State fired an anti-tank guided missile at the rebel commanders vehicle. Al-Talaa is reportedly in critical condition as a result of the wounds he… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria, Tanf

US support for dictators doesn’t undermine Maduro stance: Bolton

Published 2019-03-06 22:02:02 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – U.S. national security adviser John Bolton told CNN’s Jake Tapper this week that the U.S.’ support for certain dictatorships doesn’t undermine their stance on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. When asked about his government’s support for some Middle East dictatorships, Bolton attempted to evade the question by referencing his total number of tweets regarding Maduro’s presidency. Bolton, who is known as a war hawk in Washington, has repeatedly called for the Venezuelan President to step down. Below is an excerpt from the CNN interview this week:

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Tags: Bolton, Maduro, US, Venezuela

Nearly 400 ISIS terrorists captured after attempting to flee battlefield

Published 2019-03-06 21:26:57 by News Desk in Syria

On Friday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that it had resumed its offensive on Baghouz following the evacuation of civilians. 400 Daesh* fighters who attempted to flee from their remaining Syrian stronghold were captured on Wednesday; at the same time, hundreds of others surrendered themselves, a US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) senior commander said. The hundreds of terrorists who surrendered abandoned Baghouz as part of an evacuation that included civilians. This follows Friday reports citing the SDF as saying that it had resumed its offensive on Baghouz following the evacuation of civilians, adding that only militants remain present… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Turkey reopens first border crossing with Syrian government

Published 2019-03-06 20:59:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Turkey has reopened two Syrian border crossing this week, marking the first time in several years that Ankara has made Syria’s Latakia and Aleppo governorates accessible to the public. According to a source in Latakia, Turkey reopened the Kassab Crossing for the first time since the jihadist rebels forced its closure in 2014. Following the reopening of the Kassab Crossing, approximately 100 people were reported to have traveled from Turkey’s Hatay Province to Syria’s Latakia Governorate. While the Syrian and Turkish governments currently have no diplomatic ties, they both have made it clear that they… Read on ->

Tags: Kassab, Syria, Turkey

Syrian military eliminates group of ISIS terrorists in southern Syria

Published 2019-03-06 20:18:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – A group of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters were spotted by the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) attempting to travel through the desert region in eastern Al-Sweida last night. According to a local source in Al-Sweida, the National Defense Forces quickly confronted the group of Islamic State fighters near the Dayatha area. A fierce battle would ensue between the National Defense Forces and Islamic State fighters, resulting in the capture of one of the terrorist combatants. The source said the Islamic State fighter was captured by the National Defense Forces after he sustained wounds during the… Read on ->

Tags: Sweida, Syria

US needs Rukban camp to justify ‘illegal’ presence in Syria – Lavrov

Published 2019-03-06 19:35:05 by News Desk in Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the fact that US forces allegedly do not let people leave the Rukban refugee camp leads to the “very unpleasant idea” that the camp is needed to justify the US’ “illegal military presence” in Syria. He made the comment at a press conference following talks with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah in Kuwait City on Wednesday. Lavrov went on to say that according to a survey, up to 95 percent of the Rukban camp population are “voluntarily willing to return to their homes.” Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah mentioned that Syria is… Read on ->

Tags: Lavrov, Rukban, Russia, Syria

Father of alleged lynched Pakistani pilot casts doubt on India’s claims

Published 2019-03-06 19:04:09 by News Desk in World-News

Pakistan claimed that it shot down two Indian warplanes in a dogfight over Kashmir last week, but India said that it lost only one aircraft and had also downed a Pakistani Air Force (PAF) F-16 fighter jet. Islamabad captured and later released an Indian pilot as a goodwill gesture, but reports also emerged about the alleged death of the pilot who flew the Pakistani F-16. According to a story first reported by Indian news site Firstpost last week and then picked up by multiple Indian media outlets, the pilot, called Shahaz-ud-Din, bailed out of the crashing plane and landed somewhere… Read on ->

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Tags: India, Pakistan

Joint Russian-Syrian airstrikes destroy militant base in southern Idlib, 20+ killed

Published 2019-03-06 18:56:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and their Russian counterparts carried out a powerful assault over the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday. Led by the Sukhoi jets, the Syrian and Russian air forces launched heavy strikes on a Jaysh Al-Izza base near the key town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib this afternoon. As a result of these airstrikes by the Syrian and Russian air forces, more than 20 Jaysh Al-Izza fighters were reportedly killed, along with a high ranking commander in the militant group. The report added that many of the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Russian special-purpose sub to be first carrier of Poseidon strategic underwater drone

Published 2019-03-06 12:47:41 by News Desk in World-News

The Project 09852 special-purpose submarine Belgorod that will be floated out in the second quarter of this year will be the first carrier of Poseidon nuclear-capable underwater drones, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Wednesday. “The Project 09852 special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine Belgorod will become the first carrier of Poseidons. It will be launched from the Sevmash slipway and floated out in the second quarter,” the source said, adding that the submarine’s further construction afloat will be completed and its dockside trials will be carried out throughout 2019. The Belgorod is expected to assume combat duty in… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Large Turkish Army convoy enters northwest Syria: report

Published 2019-03-06 12:40:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – For the second time in the last five days, the Turkish military has sent a large convoy to northwestern Syria. According to local reports, a Turkish military convoy consisting of over 100 soldiers and several vehicles was seen making their way to the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate this week. The reports said the Turkish military eventually reached their observation post at the small town of Sheikh Maghar, which is not ar from the Syrian Arab Army’s front-lines. The Turkish military currently has 17 observation posts in northwestern Syria; these posts are mostly located… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria, Turkey

Watch: Syrian special forces, Russian military carry out live drills

Published 2019-03-06 12:17:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s special forces and the Russian military were filmed recently carrying out live drills in an undisclosed part of Syria. In the video below, the Syrian Arab Army and the Russian military can be seen carrying out these drills after the government forces graduated a new group of soldiers:

Tags: Russia, Syria

India reveals how their Su-30 ‘defeated’ the Pakistani F-16

Published 2019-03-06 11:31:41 by News Desk in World-News

On 27 February, Indian and Pakistani warplanes engaged in an air battle over Kashmir following New Delhi’s attack on a jihadist camp on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control a day earlier. The dogfight reportedly led to the downing of two Indian planes, as well as a Pakistani F-16. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has denied Islamabad’s claims that an Indian Su-30 fighter jet was downed during the February 27 air battle between the two countries’ warplanes. “False claim by Pakistan of shooting down a Su-30 appears to be a cover up for the loss of its own… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan

Syrian Air Force launches heavy strikes over southern Idlib

Published 2019-03-06 11:04:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) launched another round of heavy airstrikes over southern Idlib last night, targeting several areas controlled by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. According to a military report from nearby Hama, the Syrian Air Force targeted Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions near the key town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib. The Syrian Air Force’s strikes near Khan Sheikhoun were carried out shortly after they targeted Jaysh Al-Izza’s bases and trenches at the towns of Al-Latamnah and Kafr Zita. These airstrikes by the Syrian Air Force have recently increased in… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russian warship returns to home port after Syria mission (video)

Published 2019-03-06 10:41:41 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

Russian frigate Admiral Makarov anchored in the harbour of Sevastopol after a four-month mission near the Syrian coast on Tuesday. Frigate crew completed naval tasks in the Mediterranean Sea waters near Syria since heading south in November last year.

An official ceremony was held to greet sailors. “Our ship repeatedly faced NATO ships during its tasks in Mediterranean waters. But everything was under the international naval law,” said Second-Rank Captain Grigori Breev.     Video credit: Ruptly

Tags: Russia, Syria

Turkey, Iran to launch joint operation against PKK in Iraq

Published 2019-03-06 10:31:29 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – Turkey and Iran will be conducting a joint operation to eliminate the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the state-owned Anadolu Agency reported this morning. Citing the Turkish Interior Ministry, the Anadolu Agency said that this operation will focus on northern Iraq, which is where the PKK allegedly has a large presence. The Turkish military and their air force have been heavily bombarding northern Iraq for several months now; however, their attacks are usually limited to airstrikes and shelling. The PKK is currently considered a terrorist group in both Turkey and Iran; they have… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, PKK, Turkey

Breaking: Iran accuses US of waging psychological war

Published 2019-03-06 09:55:36 by News Desk in Iran

The US is waging an economic and psychological war against Iran in an attempt to topple its government, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said, according to Reuters. The Trump administration made escalating pressure on Iran a priority of its foreign policy. Washington pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran despite objections of other signatories and has been twisting arms of other nations to force them to stop doing business in Iran. The White House is currently full of Iran hawks, like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or National Security Adviser John Bolton. Washington is trying to forge a regional… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Jihadist rebels launch heavy assault on Aleppo city

Published 2019-03-06 00:16:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new attack on the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate this evening. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels launched several artillery shells and missiles from their positions in southwest Aleppo towards the Al-Zahra’a Quarter, New Aleppo District, and Al-Sabil Neighborhood of the provincial capital. According to a military source in Aleppo, the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham attack was unprovoked and caused material damage to several buildings inside the provincial capital. The source said the Syrian Arb Army has yet to retaliate to this attack by the jihadist rebels. Over… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

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