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New report reveals why India’s Su-30s failed to combat Pakistan’s F-16s during dogfight

Published 2019-03-14 19:40:19 by News Desk in World-News

Advanced Russian-made Su-30 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) did not take part in the 27 February dogfight with Pakistani warplanes due to red tape-related problems, the Hindu reports. “Owing to the bureaucratic delays, we could not develop blast pens [reinforced shelters] for Su-30 MKIs near the Line of Control [LoC]. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) sanctioned the project only at the end of 2017”, the newspaper cited a defence source as saying. The source added that as a result, the Su-30 jets were not deployed along the LoC, and “they were scrambled from behind to intercept the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets that tried to bomb Indian military installations”, with Soviet-made MiG-21 jets being “the first… Read on ->

Tags: India, Kashmir, Pakistan


Saudi Coalition accidentally bombs allied forces in Yemen, 30+ casualties: report

Published 2019-03-14 19:10:19 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P..) – The Saudi Coalition allegedly bombed their allied troops in Yemen this afternoon, killing several soldiers in the process. According to the Mareb Press, the Saudi Coalition accidentally bombed the Yemeni National Army’s 1st Brigade at the Hashweh front in the Al-Jawf Governorate. As a result of this bombing, at least seven Yemeni soldiers were killed and more than 25 others were wounded. The Mareb Press said that Thursday’s airstrikes mark the third time this year that the Saudi Coalition has accidentally bombed their allied forces.

Tags: Saudi, Yemen


Two suspected ISIS militants killed in counter-terror op in Stavropol (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-14 18:43:02 by News Desk in World-News

Two suspected IS militants were killed by Russian Special Forces in Stavropol in an operation that took place on Wednesday night into Thursday morning, according to the National Counter-Terrorism Committee (NAK). The militants were reportedly killed after they opened fire and used a grenade against the officers who had requested them to pull over. According to the NAK press release, both militants came to Stavropol Territory to carry out acts of terrorism.

The militants are believed to have had links to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Weapons, ammunition and a grenade were found at… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Stravopol


SDF troops score new advance inside ISIS enclave in eastern Euphrates region

Published 2019-03-14 18:18:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) scored a new advance in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley, today, after a fierce battle with the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) at the Baghouz farms. According to a report from the area, the Syrian Democratic Forces managed to bypass the Islamic State’s front-lines at the Baghouz farms this morning, seizing several points from the terrorist group. In addition to capturing several points, the Syrian Democratic Forces also killed a number of Islamic State fighters in the process. Following their territorial losses, the Islamic State attempted to retake the… Read on ->

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Tags: Euphrates, ISIS, SDF, Syria


Syrian gov’t pardons over 40,000 ex-rebels: report

Published 2019-03-14 17:07:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian government has pardoned over 40,000 ex-rebels since the start of the reconciliation process, the head of Syria’s peace committee Yana Khadour said as reported by Russia Today’s Arabic-language version. According to Khaddour, the ex-rebels were granted amnesty and allowed to return to civilian life if they had completed their compulsory military service. Khaddour said that over 6,000 women that lived under the rebels were also granted amnesty by the Syrian government. Nearly 600 people outside Syria have asked to be pardoned by the government, Khaddour added.

Tags: Syria


FSA sleeper cell attacks Syrian Army troops in Al-Quneitra (video)

Published 2019-03-14 16:08:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) A Free Syrian Army (FSA) sleeper cell carried out a new attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) inside the southern province of Al-Quneitra this morning. Led by Ahrar Jassim, the Free Syrian Army sleeper detonated an IED along a road in the town of Al-Hajjah; this resulted in the hospitalization of a Syrian Arab Army soldier. As shown in the video below, a Free Syrian Army fighter can be seen watching the attack from afar: https://www.facebook.com/Idleb1News/videos/373620903367618/

Tags: FSA, Quneitra, Syria


Syrian Army discovers large weapons cache in southern Syria (PHOTOS)

Published 2019-03-14 15:37:04 by News Desk in Syria

BERIUT, LEBANON 3:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large weapons cache in the southern province of Daraa, today, a military communique read. According to the military communique, the Syrian Arab Army discovered the weapons cache while combing through the towns of Al-Hara and Inkhil in rural Daraa. Among the weapons seized by the Syrian Arab Army on Thursday were a large number of PKC machineguns, RPGs, anti-armor launchers, Doshka machineguns, binoculars, grenades, communication devices, and ammunition. The communique added that some Israeli-made weapons were also discovered by the Syrian Arab Army. Below are a number of… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria


Crazy up close footage of US bombs hitting last ISIS enclave

Published 2019-03-14 15:05:28 by News Desk in Syria

The final remnants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) came under heavy bombardment near Baghouz on Wednesday. Fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were filmed engaging in skirmishes with IS on Wednesday morning. As night fell, airstrikes and mortar fire lit up the sky, with the enclave shelled for the third night in a row.

The attack on IS’s final stronghold has been periodically paused since it began on March 1 to allow thousands of civilians, many of them reportedly wives and children of IS fighters, to leave. Some still remain, although… Read on ->

Tags: Baghuz, Euphrates, ISIS, Syria


Mysterious pro-gov’t group allegedly attacks US military convoy in Raqqa (video)

Published 2019-03-14 14:26:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – A mysterious pro-government group calling themselves the “Popular Resistance of Raqqa” announced on Wednesday that they carried out an attack on a U.S.-SDF military convoy inside of Raqqa city. According to the group’s statement, they detonated an IED as a U.S.-SDF military convoy was passing through Al-Haramiyah Street around 9 P.M. (local time) last night. The group alleged that a couple of soldiers were wounded as a result of the attack; however, neither the U.S. Coalition nor the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have confirmed these reports. Below is a video from the alleged attack that… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria


IRGC holds large-scale drone drills in Persian Gulf

Published 2019-03-14 14:02:07 by News Desk in Iran

A total of 50 domestically-built versions of the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drones and a number of other combat and assault unmanned aerial vehicles took part in the drills, according to Mehr News Agency. ‘The Normal Welcome’: Iranian Spy Drones Now Common Over US Ships in Gulf The drones have reportedly taken off from the bases as far as 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away from the operation zone to hit the target. On 22 February, the Iranian Armed Forces conducted massive naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz that lasted for three days. The maneuvers covered a total area of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


Jihadist rebels close Idlib highway after Syrian Army spies escape from prison

Published 2019-03-14 13:25:37 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels from the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham group have closed the imperative Idlib-Afrin Highway after several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) spies escaped from the Idlib Central Prison yesterday. According to a report from the Idlib Governorate, several prisoners escaped from the Idlib Central Prison on Wednesday after the Russian Air Force bombed this site near the provincial capital. The report said many prisoners managed to escape from the Idlib Central Prison, including members of the Islamic State (ISIS), Syrian Arab Army and Free Syrian Army (FSA). Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham has closed the Idlib-Afrin Highway… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian gov’t and SDF resume oil trade amid ongoing fuel crisis

Published 2019-03-14 13:03:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 P.M.) – The Syrian government and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have resumed trading oil and goods in eastern Syria after short hiatus due to undisclosed reasons. According to a source in Damascus, government transport tanks have crossed the Euphrates from the SDF territories this week in order to deliver a large amount of oil to different areas of Syria. The resumption of the oil trade in eastern Syria is incredibly important to the Syrian government as the recent fuel crisis has caused many issues across the country. By resuming trade in eastern Syria, the SDF also makes… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria


Russian Air Force used laser-guided missiles to strike Idlib (PHOTO)

Published 2019-03-14 11:51:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched several airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate, yesterday, marking the second time this month that they have targeted Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in northwestern Syria. According to a new report from northern Syria, the Russian Air Force used a Sukhoi Su-34 jet to carry out the attack on Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in Idlib on Wednesday. Furthermore, the Su-34 fighter jet reportedly used laser-guided missiles to destroy Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s weapons and ammo depots near the provincial capital of the Idlib Governorate. As a result of this Russian attack, Hay’at Tahrir… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Desperate ISIS fighters dress in women’s clothing to evade capture in east Syria (video)

Published 2019-03-14 11:25:29 by News Desk in Syria

Alleged footage has emerged of the elaborate lengths some presumed Daesh* fighters would go to flee the terror group’s final pocket in the Arab republic. A video shared by a freelance journalist on Twitter shows a purported interview with a bunch of people detained by Kurdish militia during the anti-Daesh offensive in Syria’s Baghouz. https://twitter.com/sotiridi/status/1104387216426631168 One of them is wearing a pink scarf and a burqa, a traditional Muslim veil worn by women that covers the body from head to toe except for the eyes. When told to remove the face covering, the person reveals to be a man disguised as a woman, apparently to flee the remains of the self-declared caliphate together with women and children. The man also appears… Read on ->

Tags: Baghouz, ISIS, Syria


New satellite images reveal possible Iranian missile site western Syria

Published 2019-03-14 11:05:33 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Israel-based Image Sat International website revealed several satellite images on Wednesday that showed the construction of a missile site in Syria’s Tartous Governorate. In the first images released by Image Sat, the satellite images reveal three hangars with large industrial buildings that are related to SSM manufacturing. “The compound contains three main hangars, which reminiscent large industrial buildings. If this site is indeed related to SSM manufacturing, it is possible that two hangars include production lines, and the third is for assembly,” Image Sat claimed. “However, there is probably no manufacturing neither assembly of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria


US State Dept. indicates Israel no longer occupies Golan Heights

Published 2019-03-14 10:33:09 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

The US State Department has dropped references to the Israeli occupation in its 2018 human rights report on Israel, the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Gaza. In contrast with earlier reports, the new paper does not describe the Golan Heights as an “occupied” area, watering down the wording, which now says the region is “Israeli-controlled”. It comes as yet another sign of Washington’s growing support of Israel’s claims to the Golan Heights: earlier this week, US Senator Lindsey Graham said, after a tour of the disputed region, that he would push the Trump administration to formally recognise it as part of Israel. Last month, Republican lawmakers in both chambers of Congress introduced bills “to… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria


Turkey gave Russia green light to bomb jihadists in Idlib: report

Published 2019-03-14 10:02:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – Turkey allegedly gave the Russian Air Force the green light to bomb the jihadist sites inside the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar this morning. According to the source, the Russian military informed their Turkish partners about their intentions to bomb the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham sites prior to launching the actual attack on Idlib city. He added that the Turkish military gave the Russian Air Force the go ahead and knew all of the targeted sites in the Idlib Governorate. The Russian Air Force carried out several of these airstrikes… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Venezuela to hold military drills on protecting strategic sites

Published 2019-03-14 09:26:30 by News Desk in World-News

Venezuelan Armed Forces will hold drills on protecting strategic facilities after a series of power outages in the country, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said on Wednesday. “In order to reinforce the victory of our people in the face of aggression against the power lines, President Nicolas Maduro has ordered National Bolivarian Armed Forces to hold drills ‘Ana Karina Rote’ this Saturday and Sunday to protect the people and strategic facilities,” Lopez wrote on his official Twitter account. On March 7, at least 20 out of 23 Venezuelan states were left without electricity. Venezuela’s state energy company Corpoelec said that… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Syrian Army sends entire 5th Corps to northern Hama for Idlib offensive

Published 2019-03-14 08:53:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) deployed their entire 5th Corps to the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate this week as they prepare for the upcoming Idlib offensive. According to a military source in the government stronghold of Mhardeh, the Syrian Arab Army sent the entire Russian-trained 5th Corps to front-lines in northern Hama, where they will join both the 4th Armored Division and Tiger Forces in their upcoming operations. The 5th Corps of the Syrian Arab Army was formed shortly after the Russian military deployed to Syria in late 2015. Since their formation, the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


US Senate votes to halt Saudi support of Yemeni War

Published 2019-03-14 08:20:55 by News Desk in Yemen

The US Senate voted to halt the country’s participation in the Yemen war, as part of the Saudi-led coalition, in Washington DC on Wednesday. A total of 54 congressmen voted in favour, while 46 voted against the resolution. US President Donald Trump has vowed to veto the resolution should it pass through the Congress. Speaking ahead of the vote, US Senator Bernie Sanders said, “Today, we in the Senate, have the opportunity to take a major step forward in ending the horrific war in Yemen and alleviating that terrible, terrible suffering being experienced by the people in one of the… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen


Russian Air Force destroyed jihadist weapons warehouse during attack on Idlib

Published 2019-03-14 06:50:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – On Wednesday afternoon, the Russian Air Force unleashed a massive assault near the jihadist-held city of Idlib. Led by their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force targeted several sites under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, including the Idlib Central Prison and a jihadist weapons warehouse. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced shortly after the airstrikes that their warplanes destroyed a Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham weapons and ammunition depot. They would add that their airstrikes on the provincial capital of Idlib were coordinated with their Turkish allies on Wednesday afternoon. The Russian Air Force has bombed… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Hezbollah operative detained in Iraq has allegedly formed sleeper cell near Golan Heights

Published 2019-03-14 06:29:25 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

The Israeli Defence Forces announced on 13 March that Hezbollah commander Ali Musa Daqduq, who was arrested in Iraq in 2007, re-emerged as a founder of a Hezbollah cell in Syria — the Golan File. The IDF claims that the man was tasked with enhancing the cell’s capabilities to the point where it would be capable of striking Israel. The Israeli military believes that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is unaware of the Golan File’s existence, but they still hold him responsible for any of the group’s future actions, the IDF statement said. “We are exposing this terror programme while President… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria


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