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US delivers military equipment to Lebanon

Published 2019-04-16 18:00:56 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The United States delivered a large batch of military equipment to the Lebanese Armed Forces on Tuesday, the Ministry of Defense announced this afternoon. According to the ministry’s report, the U.S. delivered a large amount of night vision goggles, telecommunication devices, and other equipment as part of their ongoing support to the Lebanese Armed Forces. In total, the whole delivery was estimated at a cost of $14.3 million (USD), the ministry added. Lebanon relies on military aide from western nations like France, the United States, and the United Kingdom in order to boost their capabilities… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon

In photos: Hundreds of cars await to fill up gas in Damascus as fuel crisis continues

Published 2019-04-16 17:41:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – The fuel crisis in Syria has forced the Syrian government to issue rations on gas in order to deal with the ongoing sanctions that are greatly effecting the country. Over the last two weeks, thousands of cars in cities like Damascus, Latakia, and Aleppo are forced to wait several hours to fill up gas as the lines often stretch 3-5km long. With Iran under strict sanctions by the U.S., Syria has run into a serious fuel problem that has harmed almost the entire country. The fuel crisis is not only effecting travel, but also providing… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Syria

Houthi Forces unveil new domestically-made ballistic missile (video)

Published 2019-04-16 16:26:39 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Houthi forces unveiled their new domestically-made Badr-F ballistic missile this week in a video released via their official media wing. According to the Houthi forces, their new Badr-F ballistic missile will have a range of 160km, which is a nearly 30km increase from their old version of the Badr-1P missile. The Houthi unveiled this new ballistic missile on the first anniversary of the death of Saleh Ali Al-Sammad, the former chairman of the Ansarallah Movement. While countries like Saudi Arabia allege that Iran is providing these weapons to the Houthi forces, the reality is… Read on ->

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Tags: Houthi, Yemen

Russian military to receive new advanced electronic warfare systems

Published 2019-04-16 14:32:37 by News Desk in World-News

Advanced radio jamming systems Pole-21 will arrive for troops in Russia’s Central Military District for the first time in 2019 under the rearmament program, Electronic Warfare Chief in the District’s Staff Major-General Sergei Portnykh said on Monday. “We are the leaders in fulfilling the rearmament program in the Central Military District. Currently, we operate over 60% of new types of armament and military hardware, including Krasukha, Murmansk and Borisoglebsk-2 electronic countermeasures systems, and also Silok new electronic warfare complexes intended to fight unmanned aerial vehicles,” the general said. “This year, we are expecting the arrival of Pole-21 jamming modules to… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Hashd Al-Shaabi is on high alert as ISIS terrorists attempt to cross into Iraq from Syria

Published 2019-04-16 13:49:22 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Sha’abi) have been placed on high alert along the strategic road connecting Al-Qa’im to Albukamal, as Islamic State terrorists have attempted to cross into western Iraq, the Arabic-language Al-Ma’aloumeh News reported on Tuesday. “The forces from the 17th and 18th divisions of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi have been stationed along the Akashat-Qa’im International Highway near the al-Ratabeh Intersection in the western part of the Al-Anbar Governorate,” Al-Ma’aloumeh quoted the commander of Hashd al-Sha’abi’s 17th Division Jassim Al-Nouri as saying on Tuesday. Al-Nouri noted that Hashd al-Sha’abi forces are in control of the security along the international… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

IRGC commander Soleimani blocked on Instagram after US blacklisting

Published 2019-04-16 13:19:01 by News Desk in Iran

The development comes a day after the US officially designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. The Instagram account of Major General Qasem Soleimani from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), who have about 900,000 subscribers, has been blocked. Soleimani has been at the helm of the IRGC’s Quds Force — a division mainly responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations – since 1998. His Instagram page was frozen just a day after the IRGC was formally blacklisted by the US as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation following a relevant announcement by President Donald Trump on 8 April. The move “recognises the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

Armenian demining teams clear over 10,000km2 of territory in Syria

Published 2019-04-16 12:48:55 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Armenian demining teams in northern Syria have cleared more than 10,000 square kilometers of territory since they began their operation earlier this year. The Armenian Center for Humanitarian Demining and Expertise spokesperson Nazeli Elbakyan told ARMENPRESS on Tuesday that they are maintaining daily contact with the group’s commander Ara Martirosyan. “According to him, they come across both anti-tank and anti-personnel landmines, IEDs aren’t few either. Landmine clearing works are carried out in compliance with international standards,” Elbakyan said. Armenia has not only helped clear mines in the Aleppo Governorate, but their doctors and humanitarian aid… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Syria

Syrian Army kicks off new operation to eliminate ISIS from Iraqi border

Published 2019-04-16 12:13:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a new military operation, today, in the eastern part of the Deir Ezzor Governorate. According to a source in Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Arab Army began the operation near the key border city of Albukamal, which was liberated from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in late 2017. The source said the Syrian Army is attempting to clear the Islamic State’s hideouts near the Iraqi border; this comes just 48 hours after the terrorist group carried out another ambush along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor. The operation is reportedly being carried out… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Israeli airstrikes in Syria allegedly killed missile scientists from Belarus, North Korea: Debka

Published 2019-04-16 11:50:47 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M) – Missile scientists from Belarus and North Korea were allegedly killed by the Israeli Air Force in Syria over the weekend, the Israel-based Debka File claimed on Sunday. According to the report, the Israeli airstrikes hit a scientific studies and research center inside the Syrian city of Masyaf. Citing Western intelligence sources, the Debka File claimed that the attack killed and wounded a number of Syrian and Iranian military officers, along with several missile experts that were hired to upgrade their systems. “Among them were missile scientists from Belarus and North Korea who were employed in… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria

Welcome to the future: China builds world’s first amphibious drone boat

Published 2019-04-16 11:20:18 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – China built the world’s first amphibious drone boat and unveiled it to the world on April 8th, 2019, the Global Times reported. According to Global Times, the drone boat, dubbed the Marine Lizard, was built by the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. Citing military analysts, the Global Times said this drone boat is capable of carrying out both land and water operations, while also forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships. The Marine Lizard reportedly passed delivery checks and left the factory on April 8th in Wuhan, capital of Central China’s Hubei… Read on ->

Tags: China

Iran’s Zarif to meet with Assad for first time since alleged resignation

Published 2019-04-16 11:00:39 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is reportedly traveling from Tehran to Damascus to meet with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad this week. The meeting between the two men comes just a month after Zarif allegedly resigned from his post as Iranian Foreign Minister. While no official announcement was made, some speculated that Zarif had resigned due to the fact he was not invited to the meeting between Assad, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and the Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Suleimani. Despite the rumors, Zarif remained in his role and continues to represent Iran’s foreign… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Iran, Syria, Zarif

ISIS terrorists regrouping in Syria for new offensive: source

Published 2019-04-16 10:16:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) is regrouping in Syria to carry out new offensives against the government and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar on Tuesday. According to the source, the Syrian military believes the Islamic State is planning to launch a major offensive in several areas, including the eastern countryside of Homs, Al-Mayadeen (Deir Ezzor), and Al-Raqqa. He said the Islamic State’s sleeper cells have exponentially increased their attacks against the government and Syrian Democratic Forces, with a primary concentration on Al-Raqqa, Al-Shaddadi, Palmyra, Al-Mayadeen, and Al-Sukhneh. The source added… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Iran accuses US of transporting ISIS to Iranian border

Published 2019-04-16 09:26:11 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Iranian Armed Forces have sent reinforcements to their eastern border with Afghanistan, the Chief of the Iranian Army’s ground forces Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari said on Monday. According to the Tehran Times, the reason for the deployment of these reinforcements to the Afghanistan border is due to the ongoing threat posed by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist group. The Iranian commander accused the U.S. of transporting ISIS to Afghanistan and purposely deploying them to their border. Heidari did not go into specifics regarding the alleged transport of ISIS to the Iranian border; however, Tehran… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, ISIS, US

Israel allegedly used new supersonic rampage missiles during Syria attack

Published 2019-04-16 08:36:52 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – The Israeli Air Force allegedly used their new supersonic rampage missiles during their attack on the Syrian city of Masyaf this past weekend, the Defence Blog reported. According to the Defence Blog report, this is the first time ever that the Israeli Air Force has used these rampage stand-off air-to-surface missiles during an airstrike on Syria. Citing military analyst Babak Taghvaee, the Defence Blog reported that these supersonic rampage missiles are used to annihilate high-quality targets- “The new missile is an accurate supersonic, long-range air-to-ground assault missile with a warhead, rocket engine and advanced navigation… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Masyaf, Syria

US deploys new F-35 stealth jets to Middle East for first time ever

Published 2019-04-16 08:09:44 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – For the first time ever, the U.S. Air Force has deployed their brand new F-35A stealth fighter jets to the Middle East, the USAF Central Command announced on Monday. According to the USAF announcement, two squadrons of the F-35A are heading to the Al-Dhafra Airbase in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “As the first deployment to the US Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility, crews are prepared and trained for the AFCENT mission,” a Monday Air Force statement reads, noting that the jet “provides greater operational capability by combining advanced stealth capabilities with the latest weapons technology.” The… Read on ->

Tags: Middle_East, US

US, Brazil, Colombia preparing to invade Venezuela: VP

Published 2019-04-16 07:42:31 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – The Venezuelan government has accused the United States, Brazil, and Colombia of preparing a military invasion in the Bolivarian Republic. “The international community and its institutions for protecting legitimacy around the world should know that a criminal plan is in the works to stage a military attack on Venezuela,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said on Monday. “US, Brazilian and Colombian officials intend to ignore the will of the Venezuelan people and launch a military intervention,” Rodriguez continued. If these countries continue with their plans, they “will commit crimes against humanity and will have to bear… Read on ->

Tags: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela

US approves sale of F-16 jets to Taiwan despite threats from China

Published 2019-04-16 07:18:28 by News Desk in World-News

The US Department of State has approved a half a billion dollar possible sale of F-16 pilot training, spare parts and supply equipment to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO), the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a press release. “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to TECRO in the United States for the continuation of a pilot training program and maintenance/logistics support for F-16 aircraft currently at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona for an estimated cost of $500 million,” the release said on Monday. TECR0 is responsible for maintaining bilateral relations between Taiwan… Read on ->

Tags: China, Taiwan, US

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