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Russian, Syrian forces launch largest attack of year on jihadist stronghold

Published 2019-07-20 23:23:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Syrian and Russian forces launched their largest attack of the year over the key town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib. According to a military source in the nearby Hama Governorate, the Russian and Syrian forces launched more than 30 air and missile strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, hitting several sites belonging to the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The source said the Syrian and Russian forces launched this massive assault on Khan Sheikhoun in response to the heavy attack conducted by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Izza on the government stronghold of Mhardeh… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


British warship tried stop Iran from seizing oil tankers: IRGC

Published 2019-07-20 22:50:53 by News Desk in Iran

A Royal Navy warship escorting the Stena Impero tanker before its Friday detention by the IRGC attempted to put up “resistance and interference” to stop the Iranian military from bringing the tanker to shore, IRGC spokesman Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif has said, Fars News Agency has reported. Earlier, Iranian media reported that the UK-flagged tanker was detained after colliding with an Iranian fishing boat while ignoring its distress call. According to Sharif, the British tanker had turned off its positioning equipment and received multiple warnings about its unsafe behavior before being seized. The IRGC spokesman alleged that the Royal Navy ship… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


US military convoy enters Syria with heavy equipment destined for SDF-held territories: video

Published 2019-07-20 21:54:30 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – A U.S. military convoy entered Syria this weekend to deliver new equipment to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the pro-militant Halab Today TV reported on Saturday. According to the report, the U.S. military convoy consisted of many trucks and entered northeastern Syria from northwestern Iraq. The Syrian Democratic Forces are still hunting down the remaining Islamic State terrorists that are hiding east of the Euphrates. However, the SDF may soon find themselves busy in northern Syria as the Turkish Armed Forces are allegedly planning to invade the two towns of Manbij (northeastern Aleppo) and… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, SDF, Syria


Unconfirmed reports claim Israel carried out rare attack in Iraq

Published 2019-07-20 21:33:04 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Israeli Air Force was allegedly behind the missile attack on a Hashd Al-Sha’abi base in the Salaheddine Governorate of Iraq, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported on Saturday. According to the Russian publication, the Israeli forces fired several rockets at the base, which allegedly had members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps present. The rockets reportedly struck a weapons depot with ballistic missiles, while also killing at least a half dozen IRGC soldiers. “In the presented video, you can see that we are talking about quite powerful blows that led to a big explosion and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Syria


Kurdish forces strike Turkish Army, rebel positions in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-07-20 20:14:26 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) launched several artillery shells towards the positions of the Turkish Army and their allied rebels in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this evening. According to reports from the Aleppo Governorate, the YPG fired several artillery shells towards the Turkish military’s positions near the rebel stronghold of Azaz. No casualties have been reported.  

Tags: Syria, Turkey


IRGC forces conduct airlanding to seize British oil tanker: video

Published 2019-07-20 19:32:56 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – A new video released by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran shows their troops conducting an airlanding on one of the seized British oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz waters on Friday.

Tags: Iran, IRGC


Frontline footage of Syrian troops taking on militant forces in Hama, Idlib

Published 2019-07-20 18:57:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – Syria’s Al-Ikhbaria TV released on Saturday a video collage of frontline footage from the Hama and Idlib governorates. In the video, the Syrian Arab Army’s artillery and tank units can be seen taking on the militant forces along the volatile Hama-Idlib axis, which was initially a demilitarized zone.

Tags: }, Hama, Idlib, Syria


Syria’s S-300 system, Russian drones no threat to Israel: media

Published 2019-07-20 18:36:45 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Russian is using the progress made by Israel for its own drone production, the publication Svobodnaya Pressa reported this week. According to the Russian publication, due to the military cooperation between Israel and Russia, the latter’s drones and even their S-300 missile system are no threat to the Jewish state. Last year there was an incident where Israel’s aerial defense shot down a Russian-made drone over the Golan Heights. An analysis of the fragments showed that the drone was completely identical to a model used by the Israeli Air Force. “The only difference was… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria


Saudi Arabia allows US to station troops in kingdom amid increased tensions with Iran

Published 2019-07-20 17:52:58 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Middleeast

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has reportedly approved stationing US troops in the kingdom in a bid to enhance security in the region, according to the state news agency SPA. The decision aims “to increase joint cooperation in defence of regional security and stability and to preserve its peace,” according to an official from the country’s ministry of defence. “Based on mutual cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, and their desire to enhance everything that could preserve the security of the region and its stability… King Salman gave his approval to host American forces,”… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Saudi, US


New Russian military equipment reaches Syrian Army in Hama as operation approaches

Published 2019-07-20 17:21:32 by News Desk in Syria

The Arabic-language version of Muraselon News quoted battlefield sources as saying that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has sent a massive convoy comprised of artillery canons, tanks and ground troops to its military points in Northern Hama. The sources noted that the Syrian Army is preparing to resume military operations in orthern Syria’s demilitarized zone. In the meantime, the Syrian Army’s missile and artillery units pounded the militants in the northern Hama and southern Idlib towns of  Kafr Zita, al-Latamineh, Zakat, and Khan Sheikhoun. The Syrian Army reportedly destroyed several militant sites and centers belonging to Jaysh Al-Izza and Hay’at… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Turkey is prepared to reinvade Cyprus if needed: Erdogan

Published 2019-07-20 17:08:16 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces are prepared to reinvade Cyprus “if needed for the lives and security of Turkish Cypriots,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday. “The entire world is watching our determination. No one should doubt that the heroic Turkish army, which sees [Northern] Cyprus as its homeland, will not hesitate to take the same step it took 45 years ago if needed for the lives and security of the Turkish Cypriots,” state-run Anadolu News Agency quoted Erdoğan as saying. Erdogan’s comments on the 45th anniversary of the Turkish military’s controversial  invasion of northern… Read on ->

Tags: Cyprus, Erdogan


First video of British tanker seized by Iran

Published 2019-07-20 16:42:37 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s Tasnim News Agency has uploaded a video of the detained UK oil tanker Stena Impero. The footage shows the vessel anchored out at open sea. Earlier, Fars News Agency reported that all 23 crew members on the detained tanker were now at the port of Bandar Abbas and will remain aboard the vessel until the end of the investigation. https://twitter.com/Tasnimnews_Fa/status/1152547141136670720 Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps arrested a UK-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero, on Friday amid an accident involving the vessel and a fishing boat. Separately, a Liberian-flagged ship, the Mesdar, was also detained by the IRGS but was later released. The seizure of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Turkish Army, rebel forces amassing near Manbij for suspected offensive

Published 2019-07-20 16:31:55 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces and their rebel allies are amassing in the northwestern countryside of Manbij city for what appears to be an imminent offensive against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG). According to reports from northern Syria, the Turkish Army and their rebel allies sent a large number of reinforcements to the northern and northwestern Manbij as the offensive against the YPG is expected to start in the coming days. However, while the Turkish military and their allies amass forces near Manbij, the U.S. envoy James Jeffrey is expected to meet with Turkish President… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey


Iraq allegedly refuses to reopen crossing with Syrian Kurds over refusal to hoist Syrian flag

Published 2019-07-20 16:02:22 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Lebanon-based newspaper, Al-Akhbar, quoted an Iraqi official this week as saying that the reopening of the border crossing connecting Iraq’s Sinjar to Syrian territories was delayed by the Iraqi government. The Iraqi official noted that the border crossing was supposed to be used for facilitating passage of refugees from the Kurdish-controlled refugee camps in Syria to the Iraqi territories, and said that the delay in reopening the crossing by the Iraqi government took place after the Kurds refrained from hoisting the Syrian government’s flag. At the same time Iran’s Fars News Agency cited sources… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Britain warns Iran is on ‘dangerous path’ after seizing UK oil vessels

Published 2019-07-20 15:45:54 by News Desk in Iran

United Kingdom summoned the Iranian Charge d’Affaires in London after seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, according to the British Foreign Office. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said earlier that he was worried that Iran had taken a “dangerous path” after it seized a British-flagged tanker. “Yesterday’s action in Gulf shows worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour after Gibraltar’s LEGAL detention of oil bound for Syria,” Hunt said. France’s Foreign Ministry has also voiced concerns over the seizure of the UK vessel, stressing that the move crumbles de-escalation… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, UK


Syrian Army destroys jihadist bases in massive attack in southern Idlib

Published 2019-07-20 14:48:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reportedly destroyed a number of jihadist training camps and bases in the Idlib and Hama governorates this week. According to the Sputnik News Agency’s Arabic-language version, the Syrian Arab Army concentrated their artillery and missiles on the jihadist training camps and bases in and around the town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib. The Sputnik News Agency claimed that the Syrian Army was targeting the bases and training camps of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in southern Idlib and northern Hama. The Syrian Arab Army also targeted a training camp belonging to… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian jets swarm jihadist stronghold in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-07-20 14:10:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force continued their aerial campaign over northwestern Syria on Saturday, targeting several areas under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party. Among the many airstrikes launched by the Russian Air Force on Saturday, the primary target appeared to be the jihadist stronghold of Kabani in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force launched several airstrikes over Kabani, inflicting heavy damage on the defenses of the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. These airstrikes by… Read on ->

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