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Syria, Iraq to respond to Israeli attacks: Iranian official

Published 2019-08-25 15:26:44 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezaei said on Sunday that both Iraq and Syria would respond to the latest Israeli attacks on their soil. “Measures that Israel and America are jointly implementing in Syria and Iraq are against the international rules. And Syrian and Iraqi defenders will soon respond to them,” Rezaie told ILNA on Sunday on the sideline of an event in Qazvin province. Rezaei made these comments just hours after the Israeli military attacked the Damascus countryside on Saturday evening The Israeli Armed Forces said they damaged an Iranian base during… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Israel, Syria

Syrian Army makes big push to capture key mountaintop town in Latakia

Published 2019-08-25 15:12:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has launched a big attack on the key mountaintop town of Kabani this afternoon, a source from the military told Al-Masdar News. Led by the 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) of the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army launched a preliminary attack on Kabani earlier today; however, their main assault on the town began an hour ago. Also participating in this ongoing battle is the Russian Air Force, who has already launched a number of airstrikes over the jihadist positions. No gains have been reported by the Syrian Army thus… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

SDF calls on Syrian government to negotiate with them

Published 2019-08-25 14:34:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have called on the Syrian government to negotiate a peace settlement with them, the Kurdistan 24 publication reported on Sunday. Citing SDF Commander-in-Chief Mazlum Abdi, Kurdistan 24 reported that the U.S.-backed group was open to a new round of negotiations with the Syrian government, as previous talks ended with no resolutions. “We call on Damascus to negotiate with representatives of the self-administration and the SDF and to prioritize a political solution, recognizing the self-administration and the rights of the Kurdish people in Syria,” the SDF commander said. According to Kurdistan… Read on ->

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Tags: SDF, Syria

Breaking: 3 Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq

Published 2019-08-25 14:00:14 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – Three members of the Turkish Armed Forces were killed during clashes with the Kurdish-led Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the Turkish Defense Ministry reported. According to the ministry, three soldiers were killed and seven more were wounded during a clash with the PKK. The clashes in northern Iraq on Sunday were part of the Turkish Armed Forces’ ongoing “Operation Claw 3”; this offensive is meant to eliminate the last remnants of the PKK near their border. The Turkish Armed Forces have been active in the northern region of Iraq for a number of… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, PKK, Turkey

Iran is ‘not safe anywhere’, Israeli ministers warn after Damascus strikes

Published 2019-08-25 13:41:19 by News Desk in Lebanon, Iran, Middleeast, Syria

Israeli ministers said on Sunday morning that Tel Aviv claimed responsibility for an overnight air raid in Syria alleging that it had prevented an Iranian drone strike on Israel and to send a message to Tehran that it should not feel “safe anywhere”. “We are taking responsibility for the attack in Syria and are saying that Iran should feel it is not safe anywhere. Iran is working day and night all over the Middle East in order to build an empire that has set for itself the goal of destroying Israel”, Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin told Channel 13 TV… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria

Jihadists preparing new offensive in Aleppo city: report

Published 2019-08-25 12:52:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The jihadists of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham are allegedly preparing to launch a new offensive inside Aleppo city after suffering a major setback in southern Idlib and northern Hama. The Kurdish-language Hawar News (ANHA) quoted informed sources in Aleppo as saying that Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militants were planning to launch a massive attack on the center of Aleppo city from the Anadan Plain in northern Aleppo. The sources pointed to the Turkish government’s direct support for Tahrir al-Sham at their four observation posts, which they said was being used to prepare the militants for the upcoming… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Two Israeli drones target Hezbollah in southern Beirut

Published 2019-08-25 12:00:59 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:35 A.M.) – Two suspected Israeli drones targeted Hezbollah’s media center in the southern suburbs of Beirut last night, the Lebanese group’s spokesperson, Mohammad Afif, said on Sunday. According to Afif, the first drone fell in the southern suburbs without causing any damage to any homes or commercial buildings nearby. However, the second drone was reportedly rigged with explosives and caused damage to Hezbollah’s media center in southern Beirut. “The first drone fell without causing damage while the second one was laden with explosives and exploded causing huge damage to the media center,” Afif said in a statement…. Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Israel, Lebanon

Israeli strikes kill 5 members of Hezbollah in Syria

Published 2019-08-25 11:24:38 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Israeli Armed Forces launched several strikes in rural Damascus last night, targeting a number of military sites belonging to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah. During the Israeli attack on Aqraba in rural Damascus, at least five members of Hezbollah were killed in the explosions, a source from the Syrian Armed Forces told Al-Masdar News this morning. The Israeli strikes caused a series of explosions in southern and western Damascus that could be heard throughout the capital city. Last night’s attack by the Israeli Armed Forces marked the third time this month that… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Syria

Russian choppers pave way for Syrian troops in northeastern Latakia

Published 2019-08-25 11:04:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force continued their aerial campaign over the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate this morning, hitting several militant targets near the key town of Kabani. Led by their attack choppers, the Russian Air Force began today’s assault by striking several militant sites along the southern axis of Kabani; this would pave the way for a new Syrian Arab Army attack. The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division is now engaged in a fierce firefight with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party at the southwestern axis of Kabani…. Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Russia, Syria

Syrian Army sends large number of reinforcements to southern Idlib as new operation looms

Published 2019-08-25 10:18:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has sent a large number of reinforcements to the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Saturday, a source from the military told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Syrian Army sent reinforcements to the southern outskirts of Ta’manah, which is a town that is located southeast of recently captured Khan Sheikhoun. While Khan Sheikhoun was being captured this past week by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army’s 5th Corps was working to cutoff the last militant supply line from the city to Ta’manah. The 5th Corps would ultimately… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Chinese military world-leading unmanned warship

Published 2019-08-25 09:47:30 by News Desk in World-News

China on Wednesday launched a world-leading unmanned warship, with its developer claiming the vessel is combat-ready. Jointly developed by No. 716 and No. 702 research institutes under the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the JARI multi-purpose unmanned combat vessel held its launch ceremony on Wednesday at an undisclosed location, according to a statement the No. 716 Research Institute of CSIC released on its WeChat account on Wednesday. The launch indicates the world-leading combat drone ship has gained initial combat capability, the statement said. Announcing JARI’s combat-readiness immediately after its launch is also an indication of how mature the technologies… Read on ->

Tags: China

Tiger Forces commander flies over Turkish military post in Hama: video

Published 2019-08-25 09:09:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The commander of the elite Tiger Forces, Major General Suheil Al-Hassan, was recently filmed flying over the recently captured territories in the northern Hama and southern Idlib regions. During his flight over the recently captured territories, the Tiger Forces commanded was filmed flying over the Turkish military’s observation post in the town of Morek. ?v=638094333350139 The Tiger Forces managed to impose full control over the strategic city of Khan Sheikhoun and militant-held northern Hama pocket after a short operation that started earlier this month. Since the capture of these areas, the Syrian Arab Army has… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Iran test fires new missile after unveiling missile defense system

Published 2019-08-25 08:08:33 by News Desk in Iran

Head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Gen. Hossein Salami said Saturday that the military had successfully test-fired a “new missile,” the Tasnim news agency reported. “Our country is always the arena for testing a variety of defence and strategic systems and these are non-stop movements towards the growth of our deterrent power,” Salami said. “And yesterday was one of the successful days for this nation.” The official hasn’t provided any additional information on the missile. Earlier in the week, Iran unveiled Bavar-373 long-range mobile air defence system, an analogue of the Russian S-300 system, with a reported maximum range of 200 km, the ability to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

Massive explosions hit Damascus after Israeli strikes: video

Published 2019-08-25 07:33:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – The Israeli Air Force launched a heavy attack on the Damascus countryside last night, hitting a number of sites located south and west of the capital city. During the attack last night, the Israeli Air Force managed to score a number of hits on the Syrian military’s positions; this would cause several explosions that could be heard throughout the capital. As shown in the video below, the Israeli Air Force hit what looks like a weapons warehouse in the Damascus countryside. While the Syrian military’s air defenses were able to intercept many of the… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria

Russian soldier killed during battle of Khan Sheikhoun: report

Published 2019-08-25 06:15:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 A.M.) – A Russian soldier from the private military contracting group Wagner PMC was allegedly killed during the battle of Khan Sheikhoun, the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported on Saturday. According to the publication, the Russian soldier Ilya Georgievich, age 34, was allegedly killed while participating in the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) offensive inside the key city of Khan Sheikhoun. “Mercenary PMC Wagner Polyakov Ilya Georgievich, Born 02/19/1985, a native of the Krasnodar Territory. He fought in the Donbass, died in Syria,” the publication claimed. The Russian Armed Forces have been active near the front-lines in the Idlib Governorate since… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Israeli forces launch heavy attack on southwestern Syria: video

Published 2019-08-25 04:33:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 A.M.) – Several explosions were heard in the sky over the Syrian Capital of Damascus on Saturday night, a correspondent reported. Several explosions over Damascus were reported by a correspondent around 11:20 pm (8:20 pm GMT) local time. Minutes later SANA agency reported that Syrian air defences were repelling ‘enemy targets’ over the city. Later, an Israeli military spokesman claimed that Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus to prevent a drone attack on Israel. ​This is not the first such instance. In July, a correspondent from the scene also reported that a series of… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria

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