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Breaking: Russian Spetsnaz storms Siberian city house in ANTI-ISIS OP (VIDEOS)

Published 2019-04-12 23:42:36 by News Desk in World-News

A counter-terrorism operation is ongoing in the Siberian city of Tyumen, where the FSB says Islamic State militants were planning a terrorist attack. Russian Special Forces are storming a private home in Tyumen where armed militants affiliated with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) are currently holed up. https://twitter.com/BorovikNina/status/1116787610435883008 The Federal Security Service (FSB) has confirmed that an anti-terrorist operation was underway in the city late on Friday, saying that the militants planned attacks in the Siberian city. https://twitter.com/Komanch495/status/1116789540558114818 Numerous unconfirmed videos on social media appear to show the nighttime operation in full swing, with heavy gunfire, a score of police… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Russia, Spetsnaz


Russia’s Su-57 may become nuclear bomber

Published 2019-04-12 23:04:45 by News Desk in World-News

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter is listed in the Trump Administration’s new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) as a developmental dual conventional and nuclear capable strike aircraft. If the NPR is correct, the Su-57 could potentially supplant the Su-34 Fullback bomber—which is Russia’s current nuclear-capable strike aircraft—for intermediate range missions against heavily defended airspace. Indeed, the NPR contends that Russia is continuing to modernize its arsenal of non-strategic nuclear arsenal of roughly 2000 nuclear warheads. The Euro Disney Resort officially opens with its theme park Euro Disneyland. The resort and its park’s name are subsequently changed to Disneyland Paris. Jim Gary’s… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


US ready to combat Russia, China, Iran in Venezuela: Bolton

Published 2019-04-12 21:16:03 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – U.S. National Security adviser John Bolton issued a stern warning this week to the countries that are viewed as obstacles to Washington’s influence in Latin America. When asked by Newsweek radio host Hugh Hewitt about the arrival Russian, Chinese, and Iranian planes to support the government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, Bolton responded, “President Trump is determined not to see Venezuela fall under the sway of foreign powers.” The national security adviser then discussed the Monroe Doctrine, which was established under the fifth U.S. President, James Monroe, in the early 19th century. The Monroe Doctrine… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, China, Iran, Maduro, Russia, US, Venezuela


Breaking: Houthi forces launch ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia

Published 2019-04-12 20:49:00 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Houthi forces unleashed a barrage of ballistic missiles into southern Saudi Arabia this evening, the Yemeni group’s official media wing reported. According to the report, the Houthi forces fired several Zilzal-1 ballistic missiles at a Saudi Coalition base in the Raboa District of the Asir province. The Houthi forces have claimed that their missile attack resulted in the destruction of two artillery field guns that were present at this Saudi Coalition base. This Houthi attack was conducted in response to the Saudi Navy’s missile strikes on their positions in the Abs region of Yemen’s… Read on ->

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Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Lebanon rejects Golan Heights recognition, Aoun to US Republican delegation

Published 2019-04-12 20:35:56 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has told a visiting American delegation that Beirut rejects the US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights because it includes Lebanese areas annexed by Israel. The delegation included Republican US Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Vicente Gonzalez. Aoun said that Lebanon has the right to work on regaining this lined “by all available means,” AP reports. Arab countries unanimously rejected the recent US recognition of Israeli control over the Golan, seized from Syria in 1967 and annexed in 1981. Lebanon fears for its claim to the Chebaa Farms and adjacent Kfar Chouba hills, which Israel occupied… Read on ->

Tags: Aoun, Golan, Lebanon, Syria


SDF troops hand over 200 ISIS fighters to Iraq

Published 2019-04-12 20:24:30 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) handed over 200 captured Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters to the Iraqi authorities, the Bas News Agency reported. Citing a security source from the Iraqi Army, Bas News said the Islamic State fighters were transferred to the 8th Division’s base, where they will later be processed. The IS prisoners were said to be all Iraqi nationals. This is the third time this year that the Syrian Democratic Forces have transferred a large number of Islamic State prisoners to the Iraqi authorities. The transfer of these Islamic State fighters to… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria


Israeli Sniper Kills Another Child In Gaza Protests

Published 2019-04-12 20:08:52 by Robert Inlakesh in Middleeast, Palestine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:00 P.M)- Israeli snipers have shot and killed another 15 year old during today’s Gaza demonstrations. During Gaza’s 54th Friday ‘Great Return March’ demonstrations, the Gaza Health Ministry confirmed the injuries of 66 Palestinians with live ammunition and the murder of one child. According to a statement release by the Gaza Health Ministry, the child was identified as, 15 year old, Maysra Abu Shaloof from Jabalia (North East Gaza). Another youth was shot in the throat with live ammunition, he is reported to be in critical condition. Since the beginning of the Great Return March, on the 30th March,… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israeli Sniper, Palestinian Child Killed


Russia begins production of new S-350 air defense system

Published 2019-04-12 20:06:44 by News Desk in World-News

Government certification of the new air defense system S-350 Vityaz are about to be completed successfully and the first batch has begun to be manufactured, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on Friday. “The successful launches carried out on March 26 completed the government certification tests of the new air defense system S-350 Vityaz, expected to replace the S-300PS. Simultaneously the manufacturing of the first serial set has begun. It will be provided in 2019,” Krivoruchko said. The air defense system S-350 Vityaz developed by the concern Almaz-Antey for battlefield air defense has a maximum range of 60 kilometers and… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Iraqi special forces begin new operation to drive ISIS out northern mountain range

Published 2019-04-12 12:42:02 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Iraqi counter-terrorism forces launched a new operation on Thursday that targeted the remaining Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists from a mountain range in northern Iraq. According to a report from Baghdad, the counter-terrorism forces began their operation by storming the Islamic State’s hideouts in the Hamrin Hills. The report said that the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces have already killed a dozen Islamic State terrorists, while also destroying a number of hideouts and trenches. “…the sectors of the Counter-Terrorism forces, supported by Iraqi Army aviation and international coalition aviation, initiated a broad security operation to chase the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


Russia equips Syrian military with latest weapons for upcoming Idlib offensive

Published 2019-04-12 12:02:02 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is currently training with the latest military equipment that has been provided by their Russian partners, a new report from the Sputnik News Agency said earlier this week. According to the Sputnik report, the Syrian Army has acquired the latest military equipment from the Russian military and is currently being trained to use these weapons for their upcoming offensive in the Idlib Governorate. The new weapons acquired by the Syrian Army are part of an ongoing arms deal with Russia, which includes upgraded missiles that will be put to use… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Breaking: Saudi Navy launches rare missile strikes on northern Yemen

Published 2019-04-12 11:20:09 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Saudi Navy took part in the ongoing battle in northern Yemen this morning, firing several missiles towards the Houthi defenses in the Hajjah Governorate. According to reports from northern Yemen, the Saudi Navy fired a number of missiles towards the Houthi defenses in the town of Mahatrah, which is located inside the contested Abs region of Hajjah. The Saudi missile strikes were accompanied by a powerful ground assault by the pro-government tribal forces and Yemeni Army in the Abs region. For several days now, the Saudi Coalition has been hammering this part of the… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Yemen


Get a glimpse of China’s 1st generation fighter jet in action

Published 2019-04-12 11:10:10 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency released exclusive footage of the Chinese Air Force’s first generation multi-purpose fighter jet in action. In the short video, the Chinese J-15 can be seen taking off from an aircraft carrier and conducting flights over the Pacific Ocean. https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/1116597099741597696 “The Shenyang J-15 Fēishā (“Flying Shark”) multirole fighter jet entered service in 2015 and was immediately compared to U.S. Navy’s two-seat FA-18 Super Hornet fighter. In truth, it is very much derived from the single-seat Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter, a large but highly agile twin-engine jet comparable to the F-15 Eagle,” the National Interest… Read on ->

Tags: China


Pompeo threatens to sanction Egypt if they buy Russian Su-35 fighter jets

Published 2019-04-12 10:01:39 by News Desk in North-Africa

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while addressing the US Senate, reportedly said that Cairo would face sanctions if it buys Russian Su-35 jets. He also reportedly added that Egypt had assured the US it would take into account the possibility of US sanctions and expressed hope it could withdraw from the deal. “We have made clear that systems were to be purchased that… would require sanctions on the regime,” Pompeo told the Senate Committee on Appropriations. “We have received assurances from them, they understand that, and I am very hopeful they will decide not to move forward with that acquisition.” Earlier in the day, ahead of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi’s… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Pompeo, US


Israel claims Iranian missile fired into Golan Heights violated international law

Published 2019-04-12 09:27:55 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Israel is claiming that the Iranian missile fired into the occupied Golan Heights earlier this year had violated international law. The missile used was a “medium-range surface-to-surface missile” that was allegedly transferred from Iran to Syria after January 2016; this is a violation of Annex B of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said on April 4th, as reported by IHS Janes. According to Danon, the Iranian missile allegedly “flew no less than 60 km” and was equipped with a “precise warhead”. “The [Security] Council must take… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria


Syrian Army launches large attack overnight in northwestern Syria

Published 2019-04-12 08:36:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy attack across southern Idlib, southwestern Aleppo, and northern Hama last night. Using a mixture of surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells, the Syrian Arab Army began their assault by launching a number of projectiles towards Jaysh Al-Izza’s positions near the Turkish observation post in Morek. The Syrian Arab Army would then follow up this attack by launching simultaneous strikes on the jihadist positions in the southwestern Aleppo town of Khan Al-Assal and southern idlib town of Khan Sheikhoun. This prompted a heavy response from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, who… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Armenia preparing for major upgrade to air force with Su-30 fighter jets

Published 2019-04-12 07:54:23 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – The Armenian Ministry of Defense is preparing to upgrade their air force with a new batch of Russian-made Su-30SM multirole fighter jets. Citing the spokesperson for the Armenian Ministry of Defense, Artsrun Ovannisyan, Armenpress reported that Yerevan is preparing to ink a deal to acquire these fighter jets in the near future. “Yes, we are working on purchasing these fighter aircraft,” Ovannisyan said but refused to elaborate. In December 2018 Armenia’s Acting Defense Minister David Tonoyan said that Armenia and Russia are preparing to sign a contract on delivering Su-30SM fighter aircraft to Yerevan. Currently,… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia


Haftar’s Libyan Army claims control of GNA military base in Ain Zara (VIDEO)

Published 2019-04-12 07:04:07 by News Desk in North-Africa

Footage released by the Libyan National Army (LNA) on Wednesday allegedly shows LNA forces after reportedly taking control over the Brigade N*42 base in Ain Zara, southern Tripoli. Fighters from the LNA, led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, can be seen celebrating and pulling victory signs while surveying the base. Since erupting over a week ago, fighting over the Libyan capital between Misrata forces and the LNA has left at least 47 dead, including 9 civilians. The LNA, which controls eastern Libya, is aiming to take over territory from the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) including Tripoli, as… Read on ->

Tags: GNA, Haftar, Libya, LNA


Game changer: New Russian missile system ready to enter service

Published 2019-04-12 01:36:40 by News Desk in World-News

The heavy intercontinental ballistic missile Sarmat is in the final testing phase. The hypersonic system Kinzhal and laser system Peresvet have entered combat duty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a meeting with senior officers and prosecutors on the occasion of their promotion. Putin recalled the “large-scale systematic work that has been conducted in recent years to comprehensively develop the army and provide advanced military hardware for the armed forces.” “The missile system Avangard with a hypersonic glide vehicle will considerably enhance the ICBM potential,” Putin said. Also, he said that “the final tests of the missile Sarmat… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Baghdadi is hiding in Idlib province: SDF commander

Published 2019-04-12 01:10:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – A spokesman from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Russia Today’s Arabic channel that leader of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh), Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is currently hiding in the Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria. According to the spokesperson form the SDF, Mostafa Bali, the Islamic State commander is currently hiding among the Turkish-backed rebels in the Idlib Governorate. Furthermore, Bali claimed on his Twitter page that the ISIS oil minister has confessed to transferring nearly 40 tons of gold and a large number of valuable goods from Iraq to Syria. Despite these claims, Iraqi sources claimed… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdadi, Idlib, Iraq, Syria


Turkish Army attacks Kurdish forces near key town in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-04-12 00:31:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon (12:15 A.M.) – The Turkish Army carried out a powerful attack against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this evening. Using heavy artillery, the Turkish Army repeatedly struck the YPG’s positions near the town of Tal Rifa’at, prompting the latter to respond with their own barrage of projectiles on the former’s defenses. This attack by the Turkish Army comes just 48 hours after the Russian military withdrew their police forces from Tal Rifa’at and its surrounding villages in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA)… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


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