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Turkish troops allegedly fighting in GNA’s ranks in Libya: LNA

Published 2019-12-20 23:45:44 by News Desk in North-Africa

Turkish snipers and storm groups are fighting in the ranks of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital of Tripoli, a military source in the rival Libyan National Army (LNA) said. “We saw Turkish soldiers fighting on the ground in the direction of Khallet al-Furjan in Tripoli among the GNA armed militias. We saw them with our own eyes… snipers and Turkish storming groups,” the source said. According to the source, the LNA units gain control over new positions in Tripoli daily. “The progress is slow but continuous,” the source added. Earlier in the day, media reported that… Read on ->

Tags: GNA, Libya, LNA


Jihadists suffer heavy losses as Syrian troops keep advancing in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-20 23:33:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is rolling through the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this evening after launching a big attack at two axes. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army has captured the town of Al-Rafah after a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their militant allies. The source said the Syrian Arab Army is now consolidating their gains as more troops from the Hama Governorate pour into the area to secure the military’s advance. In regards to losses, the source says… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Battle footage from Syrian Army’s offensive in southeastern Idlib

Published 2019-12-20 17:20:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) kicked off their long-awaited offensive in southeastern Idlib on Thursday morning. Not long after launching their offensive, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) announced the capture of the small town of Umm Jalal after a short battle with the jihadist rebels in the area. In the first video, the Syrian Army can be seen inside of Umm Jalal after capturing the town from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKBAedBmbjE On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army launched a much larger attack in southeastern Idlib,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


ISIS launches powerful attack against Syrian troops near east Homs oil field

Published 2019-12-20 16:57:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) responded to a violent attack that was launched by Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) militants on the axis of Wadi Al-Dabbiyat in the vicinity of the Al-Hayl Oil Field  in the eastern countryside of Homs. According to a field report from eastern Homs, the Islamic State attack was launched from the Al-Tanf Zone, which is controlled by the U.S.-backed forces. An intense battle would take place between the Syrian Army and Islamic State in Wadi Dabbiyat for a couple hours on Thursday, resulting in the eventual withdrawal of the terrorist… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, ISIS, Syria


Turkey’s Erdogan slams Libya’s Haftar, says he cannot keep silent on Russian mercenaries

Published 2019-12-20 16:49:44 by News Desk in North-Africa

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) chief, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has no political legitimacy in Libya, warning of attempts to legitimize him at the expense of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). This statement to reporters came after his visit to Malaysia, where Erdogan said that “Haftar is not a legitimate politician, and there are those who seek to legalize him, while Sarraj is a leader and legitimate representative,” the Anatolia News Agency quoted the Turkish President as saying. Erdogan warned that there are attempts by… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Russia, Turkey


Syrian Army troops approaching Turkish base in southeastern Idlib: source

Published 2019-12-20 16:37:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – A source from the military forces in southeastern Idlib told Al-Masdar News this afternoon that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is quickly approaching the large Turkish observation post in the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man District. According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army has already established control over several towns, villages, and points in southeastern Idlib, putting their forces within a small distance of the Turkish observation post. The military source added that the Syrian Army will likely do the same thing they did in Khan Sheikhoun, which is to advance around the observation post, but not… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army blocks US forces from using highway in northeast Syria: video

Published 2019-12-20 16:17:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – For the second time this month, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has blocked a U.S. military vehicle from using the Hasakah-Qamishli Road in northeastern Al-Hasakah. The Syrian Arab Army soldiers at a checkpoint in the village of Damkhi near Qamishli forced a military convoy of the U.S. military to turn around after they refused to allow them to pass along the international road at the southern entrance of Qamishli. In the video taken by Sputnik Arabic, the U.S. military convoy can be seen approaching the Syrian Army checkpoint and being forced to turn around. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt7hGk6ToBU… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Qamishli, Syria


Haftar-led Libyan Army gives Turkish-backed forces 72 hours to leave Tripoli

Published 2019-12-20 16:08:59 by News Desk in North-Africa

The Libyan National Army of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has given forces loyal to Government of National Accord Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj 72 hours to evacuate Tripoli and Sirte, Haftar spokesman Ahmed Al-Mismari has announced. “The strikes on Misrata will continue intensively non-stop both day and night if [the Misratan militias] do not withdraw their forces from Tripoli and Sirte within three days at the latest. The withdrawal deadline is 12:00 am on Sunday night,” Al-Mismari said in a press release. The powerful Misrata militias, hailing from the coastal city of Misrata, about 200 km southeast of Tripoli, have been… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Tripoli


Syrian Army scores massive advance in Idlib as jihadist defenses collapse: map

Published 2019-12-20 15:59:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) kicked off their long-awaited offensive on Thursday, targeting the small town of Umm Jalal in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army was able to establish full control of Umm Jalal after overpowering the jihadist forces inside the town. Following a few hours of relative calm, the Syrian Army resumed their attack on the southeastern countryside of Idlib, seizing a dozen towns and villages from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Unlike the first attack,… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


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