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Iran’s IRGC allegedly surrounds US aircraft carrier near Strait of Hormuz: photo

Published 2019-12-11 23:00:11 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) allegedly surrounded a U.S. aircraft carrier group as it was transiting the imperative Strait of Hormuz. According to reports, the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier group was escorted by 20 small craft from the IRGC’s Navy. The Defence Blog reported that one of the IRGC’s small craft was at one point within 400 yards of the aircraft carrier group. https://twitter.com/StrategicNews1/status/1204423104258289664?s=20 The U.S. Navy has yet to comment on these allegations; however, if true, this would not be the first time that the IRGC’s Navy has surrounded a U.S. ship… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, US


Russian Air Force enters Idlib battle for first time in days

Published 2019-12-11 22:45:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – After taking a brief hiatus due to weather, the Russian Air Force has resumed its attack on the Idlib Governorate this evening. According to a Syrian military report from the Idlib Governorate, Russian warplanes heavily targeted the jihadist positions at the abandoned battalion base near the Abu Dhuhour Airport. The report said the Russian jets hammered Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions amid heavy clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the aforementioned jihadist group. Earlier tonight, the Syrian Arab Army launched a counter-offensive at the abandoned battalion base after they lost this installation during a… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Breaking: New rocket attack reported at Baghdad Airport

Published 2019-12-11 22:19:25 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – For the second time in a week, unknown rockets have targeted Baghdad International Airport’s surroundings. According to preliminary reports, two rocket Katyusha rockets landed near the Baghdad International Airport, triggering the emergency sirens at the site. No casualties have been reported. Earlier this week, the U.S. authorities accused the Iranian-backed groups in Iraq of carrying out these attacks. Iran has not responded to these allegations from Washington.

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq


Egyptian Navy flexes might in Mediterranean amid tensions with Turkey

Published 2019-12-11 21:44:55 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Egyptian Navy has carried out a number of combat activities of professional quality aimed at imposing maritime control over the economic areas of the sea and securing vital targets in deep waters. According to the statement of the Egyptian military spokesman, a combat naval formation consisting of naval units of combat diversity, headed by a Mistral helicopter carrier and its combat group, carried out a number of combat and training activities in the Mediterranean Operations Theater. He continued: “These activities included a submarine missile being launched by an Egyptian submarine deep into the surface… Read on ->

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Tags: Egypt, Turkey


Russia, Iran, Turkey condemn illegal seizure of oil revenues in Syria

Published 2019-12-11 21:06:01 by News Desk in Iran, Syria, Turkey

The guarantors of the Astana process — Russia, Iran and Turkey — condemn the illegal seizure of oil revenues in Syria, the three countries said in a joint statement following the 14th round of international talks on Syria held in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana. According to the statement, the three guarantor countries “expressed their opposition to the illegal seizure and transfer of oil revenues that should belong to the Syrian Arab Republic.” Russia, Iran and Turkey also expressed “conviction that there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict and reaffirmed their commitment to advance viable and lasting Syrian-led… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, Syria, Turkey, US


Turkey is transferring terrorists from Idlib to Libya: Jaafari

Published 2019-12-11 20:54:25 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The leader negotiator for the Syrian at the Astana Peace Conference, Dr. Bashar Al-Ja’afari, stated at the final session of the meeting on Wednesday that Turkey was transporting terrorists from Idlib to Libya. “Turkey is transporting terrorists from Libya to Idlib and from Idlib to Libya,” noting that “the Idlib future is linked to the future of all of Syria.” This is not the first time that Dr. Ja’afari has accused Turkey of transferring jihadists from Idlib to Libya, he previously accused Ankara of moving moving these terrorists to the aforementioned North African country to… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria, Turkey


US ranked as largest air force in the world, Russia and China come in 2nd and 3rd

Published 2019-12-11 20:28:13 by News Desk in World-News

Russia continues to rank second in the world by the number of its operational military aircraft, according to the World Air Forces 2020 review published by the Flight International leading global aerospace magazine on Wednesday. As of December 2019, Russia operates 4,163 military aircraft and helicopters of various designation or 8% of the global military fleet and is second only to the United States by this indicator (13,266 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft or 25% of the total figure). China ranks third with 3,210 military aircraft and helicopters or 6% of the global military fleet, the research shows. Compared to the… Read on ->

Tags: China, Russia, US


US, NATO do not view YPG as foreign terrorist group: DoD

Published 2019-12-11 20:21:11 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The U.S. and NATO do not view the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria as a foreign terrorist group, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Wednesday, as reported by a CNN correspondent. Esper said: “We have fundamentally different views, we being the United States and our NATO allies, on whether or not the (Syrian Kurdish) YPG is a foreign terrorist organization, we don’t think they are neither do many or all of our NATO allies, but the Turks do…” According to Esper, there are concerns that Turkey, who is a member of… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Syria, Turkey, US


Israel is not ready for war: ex-IDF general

Published 2019-12-11 20:01:50 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) A high-ranking Israeli general told an audience this week that the Israeli military is not ready for war, despite the threats they are facing along their borders. The Hebrew-language Channel 7 news released a video on Tuesday of General Yitzhak Brick, the former head of the complaints committee in the Israeli Defense Forces, stating that Israel is not prepared for future wars, and that the forces, officers, and soldiers are not ready for any military operations. General Brick said that Israel’s military perception after the Second Lebanon War was that wars should not be feared as… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Benghazi-based gov’t slams Erdogan’s threats to send Turkish troops to Libya

Published 2019-12-11 19:37:08 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Libyan House of Representatives condemned the statements from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the deployment of Turkish troops to Libya. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the committee called on the Security Council and the Arab League to take a decisive stance so that the southern Mediterranean region does not enter a dark era. The committee considered that the memorandum of understanding between Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord to be “unconstitutional and aims to seize the wealth of Libya. It is also a flagrant violation… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Libya, Turkey


Houthi forces shoot down 2nd enemy aircraft in 24 hours

Published 2019-12-11 19:25:45 by News Desk in Yemen

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah Movement (Houthis) announced on Wednesday the downing of another reconnaissance plane belonging to the Arab coalition forces in the Sa’ada Governorate near the Saudi border. “The Yemeni air defenses managed this afternoon to shoot down a spy plane in the Al-Suh Square of the Al-Qatf District,” Brigadier Yahya Sare’a tweeted on Wednesday. He said that the plane “was shot down while it was carrying out hostilities.” Brigadier-General Sare’a did not specify what weapon was used to down this enemy aircraft. The downing of this Arab Coalition reconnaissance plane marks the second time in… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Breaking: Syrian Army launches counter-offensive to retake base in east Idlib

Published 2019-12-11 19:09:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has launched a counter-offensive in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this evening, as they attempt to retake the abandoned battalion base from the jihadist rebels. According to a military source, the Syrian Arab Army is storming the abandoned battalion base’s eastern perimeter, while another unit hammers the jihadist positions west of the installation with heavy artillery. The Syrian Arab Army lost the abandoned battalion base this week when the Abu Bakr special forces unit of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a surprise attack on this installation in the eastern… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army shoots down jihadist attack drones in northwest Hama

Published 2019-12-11 18:47:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shot down a drone laden with bombs that were targeting the town of al-Frika in the northwestern countryside of Hama. According to a report from the Al-Ghaab Plain, the Syrian Army shot down the jihadist drone before it could hit their positions in northwestern Hama. The Syrian Arab Army reportedly tracked the drone this morning after it approached their positions from the jihadist-held areas. The Syrian Army then said they downed the drone with medium weapons. This drone attack came after the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham captured the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Jihadist rebels capture base in east Idlib after launching surprise operation

Published 2019-12-11 17:52:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels managed to score a new advance in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this week after launching a surprise operation against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops at the abandoned battalion base. According to reports from this front, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham managed to retake this base in eastern Idlib after overwhelming the Syrian Army troops with their manpower and gunfire. Pro-militant activists have alleged that more than 20 Syrian soldiers were killed during the battle; however, a military source denied this high death toll, saying the total number of casualties was… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syria’s Assad unwilling to meet with Turkey’s Erdogan unless it serves Syria’s interests

Published 2019-12-11 17:44:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told Italy’s Rai News 24 that he is not interested in meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan unless it serves the “interests of Syria.” In his long interview with the Italian news broadcaster, the Syrian President was asked if he would be willing to meet with Erdogan after the latter broke off diplomatic ties with Damascus in 2012. “I always say: my job is not to be happy with what I’m doing or not happy or whatever. It’s not about my feelings, it’s about the interests of Syria, so… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


Securing Syrian border is done in coordination with Hashd Al-Shaabi: Iraqi MoD

Published 2019-12-11 17:21:09 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) are playing an imperative role in securing the country’s vast border with Syria, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Wednesday. “Securing Syria’s border is being done in coordination with the Popular Mobilization Units,” the Ministry of Defense stated. The Popular Mobilization Units have proven to be one of the most effective forces against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh), as they have helped the Iraqi military liberate the areas previously occupied by the terrorist group. Since the Islamic State’s defeat, the Popular Mobilization Units have continued to… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Syrian Army eliminates several ISIS terrorists during attempted infiltration

Published 2019-12-11 17:03:13 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) spotted on Wednesday an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) force attempting to infiltrate into the government-held areas in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah area of Homs. According to a military report, the Syrian Arab Army, alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF), attacked this Islamic State contingent near the Arwad Dam, resulting in heavy losses for the latter. The report said the Islamic State terrorists that were not killed managed to escape with their weapons in the vast desert region. The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) then followed up this attack by launching a half… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Sukhnah, Syria


Watch: Russian Kalibr cruise missiles hit enemy targets

Published 2019-12-11 16:48:24 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian naval vessel “Admiral Essen” successfully launched a “Kalibr” cruise missile during military drills held in the Black sea on Wednesday. The rocket struck a target situated 250 kilometers (155 miles) away from the vessel onshore, and was recorded by special cameras. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHGOcPb-KkA Construction on the “Admiral Essen” began in 2011 and it was launched in 2014. It has served with the Black Sea Fleet since 2016. The ship is able to work with “Kalibr” class cruise missiles, which can strike the targets as far as 2,500 kilometers (1550 miles) away.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Russia


Iran accuses US of pocketing Syria’s oil revenues

Published 2019-12-11 16:36:20 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – On Wednesday, Iran’s Assistant Foreign Minister, Ali Asghar Khaji, expressed his country’s opposition to the U.S. presence in Syria, indicating that the United States was profiting off of the Syrian oil they control. Khaji said in an interview with Sputnik Arabic on Wednesday, “Tehran opposes the American presence in Syria, and believes that the United States, being in the Syrian oil regions, gets an income from that.” The Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister stated: “One of the issues discussed in the Astana meeting was the issue of the American presence in Syria. Iran has strongly opposed… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria, US


Turkey may expel US troops from Incirlik Airbase over sanctions

Published 2019-12-11 16:19:35 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a statement that Ankara may insist that the US leave Incirlik air base if Washington goes ahead with the sanctions it has threatened in response to Turkey’s purchase of S-400 missiles. “We will assess the worst-case scenario and make a decision. If the US imposes sanctions against Turkey, then the issue of the Incirlik and Kurecik bases may be on the agenda,” Cavusoglu said. The missile attack early warning radar, which is part of the NATO missile defence system in Europe, deployed in the Kurecik region of Malatya province in southeastern Turkey, was… Read on ->

Tags: Incirlik, Turkey, US


Syrian Army establishes full control over most important highway in northern Syria

Published 2019-12-11 16:10:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – For the first time since the start of the Syrian conflict, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is in full control of the strategic Aleppo-Hasakah Highway (M-4 Highway). According to a report from the military, their troops have deployed across this strategic highway and setup several checkpoints to ensure the safety of this imperative roadway that stretches across northern Syria. The Syrian Army units, accompanied by Russian military police, had entered on Monday one of the last areas under militant control along this highway. As a result of this move, which was brokered by the Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hasakah, Syria


Syria’s Idlib must be freed from terrorists: Russian FM

Published 2019-12-11 15:50:28 by News Desk in Syria

Syria’s Idlib has been taken over by the Jabhat al-Nusra but eventually has to be liberated and returned under the country’s government control, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters. “Unlike Daesh, Jabhat al-Nusra took control of the Idlib de-escalation zone,” Lavrov said during the press conference in Washington. “The final result of the development of the situation should be complete liberation of this zone from terrorists, and restoration of legitimate government’s control over this entire territory.” The terrorist group, Lavrov added, took control of the zone and attacked Syrian troops, civilian infrastructure and Russia’s Hmeymim airbase. Russian and Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


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