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Russian diplomat meets with Syrian-Kurdish opposition member

Published 2019-12-09 19:29:21 by News Desk in Syria

Russian Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with a delegation of the Syrian Opposition’s Kurdish National Council consisting of member of the Syrian Constitutional Committee Kamiran Hajo, as well as Ibrahim Barro and Ismail Hassaf, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The situation unfolding in Syria with an emphasis on the scenario in the northeastern districts of the country and progress on implementing the Russian-Turkish memorandum on mutual understanding adopted in Sochi on October 22 was discussed in detail during the conversation,” the ministry noted. “The sides discussed… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Syrian Army uses advanced Russian equipment to clear booby traps in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-12-09 19:06:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 P.M.) – Engineering units from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are working to dismantle the explosives left behind by the jihadist rebels in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. According to a Sputnik Arabic correspondent, engineering units of the Syrian Army are working to clear the liberated areas in northeast Latakia, as they concentrate on three main fronts in this governorate. The reporter quoted a military source as confirming that the current combing operation is targeting some of the more rugged locations that the armed terrorist factions used before their defeat. The source pointed out that… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


US military aircraft spotted near Russian base in Syria: report

Published 2019-12-09 18:43:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – A U.S. military aircraft was tracked off the coast of Syria this week, as it reportedly traveled through the eastern Mediterranean region. Citing the Twitter account IntelSKy, Avia.Pro reported that a U.S. P-8 military aircraft was tracked near the Russian Hmeimim Airbase, which is located in the southwestern part of the Latakia Governorate. “The American anti-submarine aircraft Boeing P-8 A Poseidon was spotted a few hours ago near the Russian military bases in Syria. A rather remarkable event took place for the first time in many weeks, which raises questions from experts about the Pentagon’s… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria, US


Turkish military, allied militants launch heavy attack in northeast Syria

Published 2019-12-09 18:11:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Army, alongside their allied militants, launched a fresh attack on the Abu Rasin area of the Al-Hasakah Governorate this afternoon. According to reports from northeast Syria, the Turkish Army and their allied militants launched several artillery shells and rockets towards the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) positions near the town of Zarqan. As a result of this attack by the Turkish Army and their allies, one civilian was killed in the town of Tal Al-Ward. The Syrian Democratic Forces and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have yet to respond to this latest attack by the… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Hezbollah is always preparing for confrontations with Israel: official

Published 2019-12-09 18:01:49 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – One of the members of Hezbollah’s Central Council stated this week that Hezbollah is always preparing for potential confrontations with Israel. According to the Ahlul Bayt News Agency, the Central Council member, Sheikh Nabil Qawouk, warned Israel to not attempt to isolate or besiege the party, as they are always preparing to deter their attacks. In regards to the ongoing crisis in Lebanon, Sheikh Qawouk called for a new government that has support from all national parties, while not being subdued by U.S. pressures. Lastly, similar to the stance of Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Sheikh… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon


Israeli defense firm unveils new versatile military drone

Published 2019-12-09 17:30:00 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense firm, Elbit Systems, unveiled a new addition to its military drone line called MAGNI Unmanned Aerial System, the Sputnik News Agency reported on Monday. Citing a statement by the company, Sputnik reported that  MAGNI was developed to give soldiers and vehicle crews additional “situational awareness capabilities” in the form of a mobile intelligence gathering platform. “We wanted to give infantry a tactical eye-in-the-sky”, Erez Meir of Elbit’s Multi-Rotor business unit said. According to Elbit, the 2.5-kilo drone MAGNI can be launched in less than a minute, providing the vehicle’s crew with vision… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


Syrian Army, Russian military enter strategic area in northern Raqqa

Published 2019-12-09 16:59:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – Syrian Arab Army (SAA) units, accompanied by Russian military police, entered a new strategic area that overlooks the Aleppo-Hasakah Highway after the withdrawal of the Turkish Army and their militant allies. According to a military report from northern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army and Russian military police entered the strategic silo town of Sharkrak, which is adjacent to the international highway (M-4) in the northern countryside of Al-Raqqa. The reports said that the deployment of the Syrian Army units around the silos came after the withdrawal of the Turkish army and their allied militants in… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Iran dismisses Israeli threats as ‘sign of weakness’

Published 2019-12-09 16:45:47 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Monday dismissed the recent Israeli anti-Iran threats as a sign of weakness. “We consider the threats from Jerusalem’s occupying regime (Israel) as a sign of weakness,” Mousavi said in a statement. Israeli threats are also “desperate attempts to cover up the crises and domestic problems of its leaders,” he added. Highlighting Iran’s ability to protect its national security, the spokesman said his country “will give a crushing regretful response to any act of aggression or stupid action.” On Sunday, the Israeli defense minister warned Iran against continued presence in Syria, saying Israel will… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


New Russian warships fitted to carry hypersonic missiles: report

Published 2019-12-09 16:29:18 by News Desk in World-News

All Russian warships of new Projects can carry Tsirkon hypersonic missiles, President of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov told reporters on Monday. “All the new Projects of ships we are building are universal for a whole family of missiles from the standpoint of launchers, including those, which you mentioned,” Rakhmanov said, replying to a question about rearming all the Russian Navy’s combat ships with Kalibr cruise missiles and Tsirkon hypersonic weapons. As for rearming the warships operational in the Russian Navy with new missiles, the shipbuilders’ chief said he did not consider this as “a too costly issue.” However,… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Greek fighter jet locks in on Turkish warships near Cyprus: photos

Published 2019-12-09 14:54:18 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – A Greek fighter jet locked in on a Turkish frigate that was traveling off the coast of Cyprus on December 8, 2019, the Aviationist reported. Citing photos from the Twitter profile of journalist Yannis Nikitas, the Aviationist reported that a Greek Mirage 2000 jet targeted the Turkish frigate with Exocet anti-ship missiles during a show of force over the weekend. “In the photos we can see the HUD of a Mirage 2000, recognizable also by the characteristic Mirage refueling probe, as it gets a lock on a ship which, according to the caption, could be… Read on ->

Tags: Cyprus, Greece, Turkey


Erdogan accuses some Arab countries of being supportive of Israeli attacks against Palestine

Published 2019-12-09 14:37:26 by News Desk in Palestine, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech on Monday at he meeting of Ministers of Social Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul. During the meeting, the Turkish President accused some Arab countries of being supportive of Israeli attacks over the last few months, and Erdogan explained that the situation in Palestine is getting worse by the day. He continued by saying: “The Islamic world, which constitutes a quarter of the world’s population, does not have an effect equal to the size of its capabilities.” “We often feel that we stand alone… Read on ->

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Tags: Erdogan, Israel, Palestine, Turkey


Turkey hopes to still receive F-35 stealth fighters from US

Published 2019-12-09 14:22:45 by News Desk in Turkey

It is premature to talk about Turkey’s purchase of Russian fighter jets as Ankara still expects to receive American F-35 aircraft, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar stated. “We must wait and see how things develop. Turkey is an independent state and it will do what it sees fit. If the US refuses to fulfil its obligations on the supply of F-35s, we can find other suppliers. Many planes are manufactured in the world, and finding an option is not a problem. But we want to cooperate with the United States because it is our partner”, Akar said on the television… Read on ->

Tags: FF, Turkey, US


Israeli FM vows ‘hundreds of Tomahawk missiles at Tehran’ if Iran crosses red line

Published 2019-12-09 13:19:05 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz threatened a military operation against Iran if they crossed a “red line” in the region. Katz told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera Saturday on the sidelines of the Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) conference in Rome.that a potential Israeli attack on Iran was “an option.” “If Iran crosses the red line, it will discover a unified front between Saudi Arabia, UAE and the United States, which will launch hundreds of Tomahawk missiles at Tehran,” he said. By the red line, Katz meant, “We will not allow Iran to acquire or stockpile… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Africom confirms Russian air defense system downed US drone in Libya

Published 2019-12-09 12:59:15 by News Desk in North-Africa

U.S. Africa Command (Africom) has confirmed that an unarmed American drone over the Libyan capital last month was shot down by Russian air defenses, reported Reuters. Africom dropped three headlines via Reuters in the overnight, revealing how the surveillance drone was shot down over Tripoli. The headlines specify Russian military contractors have operated alongside east Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar in Libya’s bloody civil war. The contractors used Russian missile defense systems last month to shoot down a US drone. Africom’s Gen. Stephen Townsend told Reuters in a statement that he believes the Russian air defense operators “didn’t know it was… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia


Massive US military convoy arrives base in western Iraq: media

Published 2019-12-09 12:41:05 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – A massive U.S. military convoy reportedly arrived in western Iraq this week amid recent attacks carried out near their installations inside the country. According to Al-Sumaria TV, the U.S. military convoy consisted of 500 vehicles that entered Iraq from neighboring Jordan. The U.S. military convoy reportedly reached their final destination at the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Base in Iraq’s Al-Anbar province. No further details were released regarding the alleged U.S. military convoy. Last week, a rocket attack was reported near the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Base in the Heet District of Al-Anbar – no one claimed responsibility for the… Read on ->

Tags: Anbar, Iraq, US


China’s advanced type PCL191 multiple rocket system in strategic proximity to Taiwan – reports

Published 2019-12-09 12:25:44 by News Desk in World-News

A report in the latest issue of Modern Ships praises the Chinese multiple launch rocket system called the Type PCL191 as the most cutting-edge piece of weaponry capable of firing both rockets and ballistic missiles. The modular launcher appears to be based on the AR3 system intended for the export market. Unlike other weaponry on display in Beijing during China’s National Day military parade on 1 October, the Type PCL191, dubbed by CCTV as “a self-propelled rocket launcher with precision strike capability”, traveled up and down the streets of the capital loaded on the back of heavy-duty trucks almost anonymously,… Read on ->

Tags: China


Unknown gunmen attack Syrian intelligence checkpoint in Daraa

Published 2019-12-09 12:13:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – A group of unknown gunmen carried out an attack on a checkpoint belonging to the Syrian Air Force Intelligence in eastern Daraa this morning. According to local reports, the gunmen, who were suspected to be members of a Free Syrian Army (FSA), Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) or Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cell, opened fire on the checkpoint before fleeing in an unknown direction. The reports said there were casualties among the Syrian Air Force Intelligence personnel; however, the total dead and wounded is unknown. These attacks by the FSA, HTS, and ISIS sleeper cells have… Read on ->

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Tags: Daraa, Syria


Syrian Army launches heavy attack across southern Idlib

Published 2019-12-09 11:46:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) artillery and missile teams unleashed a heavy attack across the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this morning. According to a military report from the nearby Hama Governorate, the Syrian Army heavily targeted several front-lines towns and villages in southern Idlib, with a primary focus on Al-Badriyah and Al-Huwayjah. With the Syrian and Russian air forces mostly grounded due to poor weather conditions, the SAA has increased their strikes in order to weaken the jihadist forces in the Idlib countryside. The report added that the Syrian Army is now targeting… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Breaking: Russian military choppers resume heavy attack on jihadist mountain stronghold

Published 2019-12-09 11:15:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the Russian Air Force’s attack choppers resumed their strikes on the jihadist mountain stronghold of Kabani. According to an army source in the Al-Akrad Mountains of northeastern Latakia, the Russian military choppers launched a heavy attack on Kabani and its surroundings, causing a number of explosions that could be heard throughout this rugged region. This latest string of strikes by the Russian Air Force comes after a short absence of aerial attacks over Syria because of the poor weather. While the Russian Air Force was grounded, however, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 4th… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Russia, Syria


IDF tank flips over during military drill along Lebanese border

Published 2019-12-09 10:42:51 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – A tank belonging to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) was reported to have flipped over during a military drill along the Lebanese border on Monday. According to the website Hamodia, the tank was damaged after being overturned, but no one was hurt. “The tank was traveling on a road along the northern border in heavy fog, along a mountainous,” the publication said, adding “an investigation has been opened into the specific circumstances of the incident. A photo later shared on Hezbollah’s military media Telegram channel showed the alleged overturned tank; they said the photo was… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Bishop Aude says Lebanon is being ruled by ‘one person and an armed group’

Published 2019-12-09 10:23:34 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Metropolitan bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch for the Archdiocese of Beirut, Elias ‘Aude, said Lebanon was being ruled by “one person and an armed group” during his sermon on Sunday. Bishop ‘Aude made the comment during the mass marking the 14th anniversary of Gebran Tueni’s assassination. “This country is being ruled today by one person we all know, and no one speaks and by a group that is ruling us by arms,” the bishop said. The ‘person’ the bishop is referencing Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.  

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon


Russian troops enter Raqqa city for first time during Syrian War

Published 2019-12-09 10:05:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – The Russian Armed Forces have entered the city of Raqqa for the first time during this nearly nine-year-long war, a number of activists in northern Syria reported on Monday. According to the reports, the Russian Armed Forces entered Raqqa to distribute humanitarian aid to the people in the war-torn city. The military delivered two thousand food kits to Raqqa residents. Military doctors have also arrived in the city, who are ready to provide assistance to all in need. “The infrastructure in Raqqa was completely destroyed during the liberation process conducted by the US-led international coalition,”… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Russia, Syria


Unknown rockets target area around Baghdad Airport and US military base

Published 2019-12-09 09:46:45 by News Desk in Iraq

The area around the Baghdad International Airport came under attack on early Monday after a rocket warning alert was heard in the area. US and Iraqi military installations are situated near the airport, which was put on alert after loud rocket sirens became audible for a period of time before blasts were reported. Al-Arabiya alleged that the attacks targeted US assets in the region. https://twitter.com/thestevennabil/status/1203818776971505665?s=20 ​There have been no reports of damage or casualties. Local reporters claim at least four projectiles hit the area in the vicinity of the airport, adding that an unidentified military jet was seen flying above the area. ​No… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq


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