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Video footage of massive explosions over eastern Aleppo

Published 2019-11-25 23:03:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – Heavy explosions were reported over the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this evening after unknown warplanes launched several airstrikes in the Al-Bab District. According to the latest reports, at least a half dozen airstrikes targeted Al-Bab, while another three strikes targeted the Jarabulus District near the Turkish border. Video footage released shortly after tonight’s airstrikes show heavy explosions over the Al-Bab countryside in eastern Aleppo.

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Unknown warplanes launch several airstrikes over eastern Aleppo

Published 2019-11-25 22:43:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – Several airstrikes were launched over the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this evening, as local activists reported a number of explosions near the town of Al-Bab. According to reports, unknown warplanes heavily targeted the Al-Bab countryside on Monday evening, hitting the local villages of Al-‘Amiriyah, Al-Burj, Al-Ra’i, and Tahrin. These areas are under the control of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) troops; however, the target of the airstrikes is unknown at this time. Some activists stated that the airstrikes were launched by the U.S. Coalition on what is believed to be Islamic State… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Syrian Army attempts to advance further in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-11-25 19:25:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies are on the move again this evening, as their forces attempt to advance further into southeastern Idlib. Backed by Liwaa Al-Quds, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps and 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces) began their attack this evening by storming the jihadist defenses north of Zarzour. According to a preliminary report from southeast Idlib, the Syrian Army is currently engaged in a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham at the southern axis of Freiji. No advance has been reported as of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Houthi attack resulted in massive losses for Saudi-backed forces in Yemen: spox

Published 2019-11-25 19:11:48 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces announced that the Houthi-led attack on the Mocha District of western Yemen resulted in massive losses for the Saudi-led forces two-days-ago. “Operation ‘If You Go Back’ was carried out by nine ballistic missiles and more than 20 drones; they targeted enemy camps in Mocha,” the spokesperson began. “More than 350 hostile elements were killed and wounded, including Saudi, Emirati and Sudanese nationals, during the operation, they continued, pointing out that they also “destroyed five weapons stores and a number of vehicles and armored vehicles in the… Read on ->

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Tags: Houthi, Mocha, Yemen

Yemeni Army launches large-scale offensive along Saudi border

Published 2019-11-25 18:20:07 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Yemeni Army launched a large-scale offensive in the Sa’ada Governorate on Monday in a bid to regain the initiative in this area along the Saudi-Yemeni border. According to a statement from the Yemeni Army commander General Yasser Al-Harathi, his forces managed to “penetrate the ranks of the Houthis in the areas between the districts of Baqim and Safra and hit their fortifications, and destroyed their military vehicles.” The Yemeni Army commander also stated that their forces were able to score some advances at this axis after an intense battle. Since the United Nations declared… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen

Russian, Syrian forces pound foreign jihadist positions in northeast Latakia: video

Published 2019-11-25 17:50:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian armed forces have recently stepped up their attacks against the jihadist rebels in northeastern Latakia. In a video released by the Sputnik News Agency, the Syrian and Russian forces can be seen pounding the positions of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) near the key town of Kabani.

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Moment a jihadist base is blown up in southern Idlib: video

Published 2019-11-25 17:32:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – A jihadist base belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham was blown up in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this week. In a short video released on Monday, the HTS headquarters can be seen being targeted by the Syrian Air Force in the town of Banin.

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Qatar, Kuwait to join US-led naval coalition in Persian Gulf

Published 2019-11-25 17:26:41 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – Qatar and Kuwait have informed the United States that they will join a U.S.-led naval coalition in the Gulf which was established in response to a series of attacks on oil tankers, a U.S. military official said on Monday. “Qatar and Kuwait have already told us they are going to join, so it is just a matter of time,” U.S. Army Colonel John Conklin, chief of staff of the coalition, stated on Monday, as quoted by Reuters News Agency. The coalition, based out of Bahrain, is known as the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC). This… Read on ->

Tags: Kuwait, Qatar

‘Assange could die in prison. There is no time to lose’: 60 medics pen letter to UK gov’t

Published 2019-11-25 16:28:01 by News Desk in World-News

Julian Assange may be in real danger of dying in a UK prison, medics from across the world warned in an open letter. He may not even be fit to stand extradition trial, given the years of denial of proper healthcare. Assange, the founder of the whistleblower site WikiLeaks, is currently in British custody at a top-security Belmarsh jail. In February next year he is to stand trial over an extradition request from the US, where he may be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. In an open letter addressed to British Home Secretary Priti Patel, over 60… Read on ->

Tags: Assange, Wikileaks

Palestinian-led Liwaa Al-Quds takes part in southeast Idlib offensive

Published 2019-11-25 16:20:05 by News Desk in Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Palestinian-led Liwaa Al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigade) forces have joined the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 25th Special Mission Forces and 5th Legion offensive in southeastern Idlib recently. Liwaa Al-Quds, which is comprised of thousands of Palestinians, mostly from Handarat and Nayrab refugee camps in Aleppo, played a major role in today’s advance, as their troops helped secure Tal Zarzour and the town of Umm Khalakhil. In addition to taking part in the southeastern Idlib offensive, Liwaa Al-Quds also has troops in the Badiya Al-Sham region of Homs and Deir Ezzor; they are currently taking part in… Read on ->

Tags: Palestine, Syria

Russia to start mass deliveries of upgraded T-90 tanks to troops

Published 2019-11-25 16:05:19 by News Desk in World-News

The serial production of upgraded T-90M main battle tanks and BMP-2M infantry fighting vehicles with the Berezhok combat module will begin in the near future, Army Commander-in-Chief Army General Oleg Salyukov said in an interview with the Defense Ministry’s Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on Monday. “There are plans to complete the state trials of the advanced upgraded models of the armor soon and start the mass deliveries of the new T-90M tank and the modernized infantry fighting vehicle [the BMP-2M] with the Berezhok combat compartment,” the Army chief said. As its major feature, the Berezhok new combat module is outfitted with… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia

Iran will destroy the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia if they cross red lines: IRGC commander

Published 2019-11-25 15:23:17 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) General Hossein Salami said in a televised speech on Monday afternoon that Iran will destroy the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Israel if they cross Tehran’s red lines. “We have shown restraint … we have shown patience towards the hostile moves of America, the Zionist regime (Israel) and Saudi Arabia against the Islamic Republic of Iran … but we will destroy them if they cross our red lines,” General Salami said in his statement. His comments come just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Israel, Saudi

Turkey starts testing S-400 system after US demands they destroy it

Published 2019-11-25 14:32:56 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkey has begun testing the S-400 missile defence systems that it purchased from Russia this summer, the Milliyet daily cited an unnamed source as saying on Monday. The source added that the Ankara Governorate earlier announced that the military will fly its fighter jets near the Turkish capital to test the S-400’s radar systems in the next few days. “Within the scope of some projects carried out in coordination with the Presidency of Defence Industries, F-16 aircraft and other aircraft belonging to the [Turkish] Air Force will carry out low and high altitude test flights on Monday and Tuesday in… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey

New developments in Lebanon’s case against Hannibal Gaddafi

Published 2019-11-25 14:12:50 by News Desk in Lebanon, North-Africa

Mohamed Mazloum, the lawyer of the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, revealed that his client Hannibal Gaddafi may be released from prison in Lebanon soon. Mazloum said in remarks to Al-Arabiya television that Hannibal Gaddafi’s case related to the kidnapping of Imam Moussa al-Sadr has been stalled for months. He added: “My client Hannibal has nothing to do with the kidnapping of Imam al-Sadr because he was a child.” Gaddafi’s son is currently confined in a small cell in the prison of the Information Branch of the General Directorate of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces and is… Read on ->

Tags: Gaddafi, Lebanon

Russian military has 30 Pantsir-S air defense systems deployed across Syria: report

Published 2019-11-25 13:34:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – The Russian Armed Forces currently have approximately 30 Pantsir-S air defense cannon systems deployed across Syria, military expert Sergei Khatylev reportedly told Politics Today this week, as quoted by Avia.Pro. “To date, [in service with the Syrian Arab Army] more than 30 anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems (ZRPK) Pantsir-S are deployed in Syria,” he said. The purpose of Russia’s deployment of a large number of Pantsir-S air defense missile systems to the Syrian Arab Republic is unknown, however, according to analysts, Russia may very well close airspace over most of Syria. The Russian military also has their… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Turkey not planning to resume offensive in northeast Syria

Published 2019-11-25 13:12:12 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkey is fully abiding by the agreements it reached with Russia and the United States regarding northeast Syria and is not resuming its military offensive, a security source said on Monday. Ankara reached separate agreements with Moscow and Washington last month to remove the Kurdish YPG militia from a swathe of land in northeast Syria bordering Turkey, which in return stopped its military offensive against the militia. But Ankara has previously said neither Russia nor the United States had kept up their side of the deal, and threatened to launch a new operation. The security source said on Monday that… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army secures advance in southeast Idlib after jihadists suffer heavy losses: map

Published 2019-11-25 12:57:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels reportedly suffered heavy losses in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate these past 24 hours, a source from the military told Al-Masdar News. According to a field source, the jihadist rebels suffered over 20 casualties during the fierce clashes at the towns of Umm Al-Khalakhil and Musharifah Al-Shmaliyah this week. The source said the majority of these casualties were jihadist rebels from the terrorist group Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. He would add that the Syrian Arab Army has since consolidated their gains around Umm Al-Khalakhil and Zarzour, as they prepare to launch… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

China tests 2nd naval carrier in South China Sea

Published 2019-11-25 12:34:05 by News Desk in World-News

China’s second aircraft carrier successfully sailed through the Taiwan Straits on Sunday and headed toward a designated area in the South China Sea for testing and training, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy announced on Monday. Experts said that the trip from Northeast China could be the last step in the trial phase of the warship, which is expected to enter naval service, possibly at a naval base in Sanya, South China’s Hainan Province. Preparing the domestically built aircraft carrier for this cross-regional testing and training is a normal arrangement in the construction of the carrier, said Cheng Dewei,… Read on ->

Tags: China

Syrian military attack causes massive blast in southern Idlib: video

Published 2019-11-25 12:11:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The official Facebook page of the 25th Special Mission Forces reported that their troops (formerly Tiger Forces) unleashed a massive attack on the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this week, as they attempt to advance further into this region. In a video released on Monday morning, the 25th Special Missions Forces can be seen striking the jihadist positions in southern Idlib.

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Israel is ready to thwart all Iranian attacks from Iraq, Yemen: Netanyahu

Published 2019-11-25 11:32:47 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Middleeast, Yemen

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country will foil any attempts by Iran to turn Iraqi and Yemeni territory into bases for launching rockets and missiles at Tel Aviv. Netanyahu said during a security tour with Defense Minister Naftali Bennett to the northern military zone on Sunday that “Iranian aggression in the region and against Israel is continuing.” He continued: “Israel is taking all necessary measures to prevent Iran from positioning itself in the region, and thwart the transfer of lethal weapons by air or land from Iran to Syria.” He described the Iranian authorities dealing with the issue… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Yemen

Video footage of Syrian, Russian warplanes targeting jihadist sites in Idlib

Published 2019-11-25 11:15:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have been launched dozens of airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate these last 24 hours, as they continue their aerial campaign over this region of northwestern Syria. According to reports, the Russian and Syrian warplanes heavily targeted several sites in southern Idlib on Sunday, with the majority of their strikes taking place near Kafr Nabl and Ma’arat Al-Na’asan. In the first video released on Sunday, the warplanes can be seen targeting a number of sites in southern Idlib, resulting in several explosions. In the second video, the warplanes can… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

‘Mind your business’: Lebanese protesters burn US, Israeli flags in front of American embassy

Published 2019-11-25 07:43:35 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine

Several dozen Lebanese citizens have over the weekend been protesting near the US Embassy in the capital city of Beirut to express their discontent at what they call US intervention in Lebanon’s internal affairs. The protesters were seen burning US and Israeli flags in front of the embassy. ​The demonstrators were also seen carrying placards that read “USA, mind your own business” or “Shut up, [US Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey D.] Feltmann (sic)”. One of the protesters set a picture of President Trump on fire. ​The Lebanese people have taken to the street in the wake of comments by… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, US

Syrian Army scores new advance in southeast Idlib after launching overnight attack

Published 2019-11-25 07:14:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has scored a new advance in the southeastern region of Idlib after launching an overnight attack on the jihadist rebel defenses. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army began their attack last night by storming the town of Umm Khalakhil from recently captured Musharifah Al-Shmaliyah. Following a fierce exchange of hostilities, the Syrian Arab Army was able to overrun the jihadist defenses at Umm Khalakhil, resulting in the town’s capture by their forces. With Umm Khalakhil’s capture, the Syrian Arab Army has now… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

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