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Jihadist offensive in northern Latakia resulted in 22 Syrian soldiers killed: report

Published 2019-07-11 14:29:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Syrian military’s official death toll from the jihadist offensive in northern Latakia earlier this week was released on Thursday morning. According to a Syrian military communique, at least 22 soldiers from the army and border guards were killed and a dozen more were wounded during the 36 hour confrontation in the Jabal Turkmen region of northern Latakia. The communique read that of the 22 soldiers killed during the battle, 5 were from the Latakia Governorate, 3 were from the Damascus Governorate, 4 were from the Hama Governorate, 1 was from the Idlib Governorate, 1… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Syrian Army storms town captured by jihadists in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-07-11 12:01:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun storming the town of Hamamiyat in a bid to expel the jihadist rebels from the area. A source from the Syrian military said the army began storming the town shortly after they unleashed a heavy barrage of artillery shells and missiles on the jihadist defenses in Hamamiyat. Prior to storming the town, the Syrian Arab Army successfully fended off a jihadist attack on the key town of Kernaz, which is overlooked by Hamamiyat. Should the Syrian Army fail to retake Hamamiyat, they will likely lose Kernaz to the… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria

Car bomb explosion in Afrin kills 11, wounds 25 – reports

Published 2019-07-11 11:40:27 by News Desk in Syria

Kurdish news agency ANHA, meanwhile, reported that a second blast has hit Al-Filat Street in the centre of the city. According to the Free Syrian Army that controls the city of Afrin, the blast occurred near the Turanda highway, killing 11 people. Police have reportedly blamed militants from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the incident. Over a year ago Ankara and the FSA forces that oppose President Bashar al-Assad launched Operation Olive Branch in the northern Syrian district of Afrin in order to repel the YPG and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) from Turkey’s Syrian border. Since… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Aleppo, Syria

Jihadists suffered heavy losses to capture Hamamiyat, 2 emirs killed

Published 2019-07-11 11:14:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched an offensive in northwestern Hama on Wednesday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at the town of Hamamiyat. While the jihadist rebels were able to capture Hamamiyat, the attack proved to be incredibly costly for the militants, as dozens were reported dead or wounded. According to a report from Hama, the two Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham emirs, Abu Hafez Kernaz and Qahoura Mahrouk, were killed during the attack on Hamamiyat last night. In addition to the death of these commanders, the jihadist rebels lost over 25 militants during the attack on… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Syrian military begins heavy assault in northwestern Hama after losing town: map

Published 2019-07-11 10:37:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun a heavy assault on the town of Hamamiyat in northwestern Hama. According to a military source in Hama city, the Syrian Army is hammering the jihadist positions at Hamamiyat as they prepare to storm this town in the next few hours. The source added that the Syrian Arab Army has moved in reinforcements to this area as they look to reverse all of the jihadist gains in northwestern Hama. On Wednesday, the jihadist rebels, backed by Jaysh Al-Izza, launched a big assault in northwestern Hama from five axes…. Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria

IRGC denies trying to stop British oil tanker in Persian Gulf

Published 2019-07-11 09:16:33 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has rejected claims that the military had attempted to stop a British oil tanker in the Gulf, Fars news agency reported Thursday. The UK government has, in the meantime, urged Tehran to de-escalate the crisis between the two countries. ​A US Department of Defense official claimed that five Iranian military vessels tried to seize the British tanker, while London mentions only three ships. Commenting on the incident, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani mocked the UK, saying that British ships wouldn’t need to be escorted by the Royal Navy if Britain hadn’t endangered the safety of navigation… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

Russian Air Force launches massive attack over northwestern Syria

Published 2019-07-11 07:37:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a massive assault over the northwestern region of Syria last, a military source told Al-Masdar News from the Hama Governorate. According to the source, the Russian Air Force primarily concentrated their airstrikes on the recently captured areas by the jihadist rebels in northwestern Hama. These areas targeted by the Russian Air Force were Hamamiyat and Kernaz, which were captured by the jihadist rebels last night. The source added that the Russian airstrikes over northwestern Hama were heaviest of the month. Backed by Jaysh Al-Izza, the jihadist rebels launched a surprise… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Five Iranian military boats allegedly attempt to seize British oil tanker

Published 2019-07-11 06:32:34 by News Desk in Iran

Five armed Iranian military boats have allegedly approached a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf requesting the vessel to change course, but were scared off by a UK warship, US defense officials claimed. The incident reportedly happened on Wednesday when the tanker British Heritage was sailing through the narrow Strait of Hormuz, anonymous government officials told CNN and Reuters. The boats, apparently belonging to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, allegedly requested the British vessel to change course and enter Iranian territorial waters. However, after a ‘verbal’ warning from a Royal Navy frigate, the boats backed away and let the tanker… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran

Breaking: Massive fire breaks out Mezzeh Airbase in Damascus

Published 2019-07-11 01:31:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 A.M.) – A massive fire has broken out at the Mezzeh Airbase in Damascus this evening, a source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar. According to the source, the reason for the fire is still unknown at this time, but local civil defense teams are working to put out the flames. The source said it is not related to any enemy attacks. During the Summer months, it is not uncommon for Syrian military ammo depots to explode due to the high temperatures.

Tags: Damascus, Syria

Jihadists score big advance in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-07-11 01:04:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a powerful offensive in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Wednesday. Backed by Jaysh Al-Izza, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at the town of Hamamiyat in a bid to recover the territories they lost to the government in early June. The attack would prove successful as the jihadist rebels managed to capture Hamamiyat after overrunning the Syrian Army troops inside the town. Following the capture of Hamamiyat, the jihadist rebels shifted their attention to the key town of Kernaz; this would result in another… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

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