Libyan pro-Haftar forces hold positions south of Benghazi (Credit: AFP).

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Libyan Army announces the destruction of Turkish armored vehicle near Tripoli

Published 2019-12-24 16:16:13 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced on Tuesday that its forces destroyed a Turkish armored vehicle in southern Tripoli. According to Al-Arabiya TV, “the Libyan Army announced that its pilots destroyed a Turkish armored vehicle south of Tripoli.” This announcement by the LNA comes just two days after the Tripoli-based President of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, said he would like to bring Turkish tanks and drones to the North African nation. Al-Sarraj added: “We are interested in obtaining tanks and drones, what did you expect?… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Turkey


Al-Qaeda linked jihadist group enters battle in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-24 15:41:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebel faction, Ansar Al-Tawhid, has entered the battle in southeastern Idlib after their allied forces suffered several setbacks near the city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. According to reports, the Al-Qaeda linked group arrived at the front-lines in southeastern Idlib to help their allies from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army. Previously, the Russian Reconciliation Center reported that the Rouse the Believers coalition had taken over several areas in southern Idlib. The Russian Reconciliation Center reported that the Rouse the Believers, which Ansar Al-Tawhid is part of, took over Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Jihadists launch counter-offensive to capture key town in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-24 14:44:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels have launched a counter-offensive this afternoon to retake the key town of Jarjanaz in southeastern Idlib. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels are reportedly attempting to advance from the town of Al-Ghadfah towards the former militant stronghold of Jarjanaz. No advances have been reported thus far; however, intense clashes are ongoing at this time. The Syrian Arab Army captured Jarjanaz on Monday afternoon following a short battle with the jihadist rebels in southeastern Idlib. In addition to capturing Jarjanaz, the Syrian Army has also captured more than 35 other… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Palestinian-led forces help Syrian Army encircle Turkish military post: video

Published 2019-12-24 14:16:09 by News Desk in Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Palestinian-led Al-Quds Brigade was filmed on Monday advancing in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. In particular, the Palestinian group released a video showing their forces within the vicinity of the Turkish military’s observation post in the town of Al-Sarman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP4Ea8-tLVo The Al-Quds Brigade is considered one of the most powerful Palestinian groups in the Syrian conflict, as their forces are comprised of thousands of Palestinian refugees from the Nayrab and Handarat camps in the Aleppo Governorate.

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Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria


Turkey claims Kurdish-led forces have not left Syrian border

Published 2019-12-24 14:01:31 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, said on Tuesday that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) did not leave Syria’s northern border, as they were supposed to leave under the agreements made with Russia and the United States. “As a result of the peace process, a safe area has been formed that has been cleared of the terrorists. We have coordinated our activities and fulfilled agreements with the Americans and the Russians. This coordination is continuing, especially with the Russian side. Our colleagues monitor the situation day and night and know… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria, Turkey, YPG


Iran vows to ‘respond to American and Israeli crimes’ in Syria

Published 2019-12-24 13:45:00 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The adviser to the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran on international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, said on Tuesday that Israel will sooner or later receive a response to its attacks in Syria. Velayati said that the “unlawful Israeli attacks in the region cannot pass without a response.” The Iranian official said Israel will “regret its crimes” as “the resistance in Syria and Lebanon will respond to the American and Israeli crimes,” adding that “Hezbollah will deal with Israel from its soil if it attacks Lebanon,” the Fars News Agency reported. He said that… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria


New footage of Syrian Army troops on the move in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-24 13:27:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) -The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued its operations in the south eastern countryside of Idlib Governorate on Monday, regaining control over several villages near the Turkish military observation point. “After taking control of the village of Saqeah, the Turkish military observation point is now encircled from all sides. As we can see are some heavy equipment moving there including an armored vehicle as well as an excavator drilling.” A Syrian Arab Army officer reported. Footage shows a number of armoured vehicles and an excavator operating at the Turkish observation point as well as Syrian Arab army… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


US F-16 downs drone first test of new anti-cruise missile system: video

Published 2019-12-24 12:33:54 by News Desk in World-News

The 53rd Wing of the Air Force announced Monday that an F-16 of the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron downed a drone over Eglin Air Force Base’s Gulf of Mexico water range using BAE Systems’ AGR-20A Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) on December 19. “The test was unprecedented and will shape the future of how the Air Force executes CMD,” Col. Ryan Messer, commander, 53d Wing, said in a quote within the news release. “This is a prime example of how the 53d Wing is using resources readily available to establish innovative ways that enhance combat capabilities for our… Read on ->

Tags: US


Jihadist forces foil Syrian Army’s attempted advance in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-12-24 12:13:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new attack on the jihadist defenses in the northeastern region of Latakia this morning. Led by the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army began their attack by launching heavy artillery and rockets towards the defenses of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP). Following this attack, the Syrian Arab Army stormed the jihadist defenses south of Kabani in a bid to capture the last hills in the Zuwayqat Mountains. However, the Syrian Army’s attack would ultimately fall short of its objective, as their troops… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Syrian Army falls back to Jarjanaz after jihadists retake southeastern Idlib town

Published 2019-12-24 11:54:40 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels and their Turkish-backed allies have retaken a town in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to reports, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) are in full control of Al-Ghadfah, which is located just north of Jarjanaz in southeastern Idlib. A source from the Syrian Army said the town itself was never fully secured and that soldiers were unable to hold the area overnight. Al-Ghadfah is important because it is one of the last towns before the southern gates of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Jarjanaz, Syria


Lebanon slams Israel for using airspace to attack Syria

Published 2019-12-24 11:41:43 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab slammed Israel’s latest attack on Syria, criticizing the neighboring country for violating their airspace to attack Damascus. Bou Saab called on the international community to intervene to prevent these attacks on the sovereignty of Lebanon. “I read the report of the Lebanese Army on the Israeli aggressive violations from Lebanese airspace yesterday, which targeted Syria through the Lebanese airspace,” he wrote on Twitter . He added: “This blatant attack is condemned, and I call on the international community to intervene to prevent these repeated attacks on Lebanon’s sovereignty and… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


Su-57 fighter jet crashes northeastern Russia

Published 2019-12-24 11:18:03 by News Desk in World-News

A Su-57 (internal name T-50) fighter jet has crashed near the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East. According to a law enforcement representative, the aircraft, which belongs to the Gagarin Aviation Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, was not a military one. The incident occurred 120 kilometres from the Dzyomgi airbase in Khabarovsk Krai. The fighter jet exploded and was fully destroyed, the spokesperson added. The law enforcement representative said that specialists have started a search for its flight recorders. The crash occurred as a result of an engine test, a local government representative reported. The Su-57 is a fifth-generation stealth… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Tripoli-based Libyan forces interested in bringing Turkish tanks, drones to Libya: Al-Sarraj

Published 2019-12-24 11:05:57 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00) – The leader of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, said on Monday that Tripoli is currently interested in bringing Turkish tanks and drones to Libya. Al-Sarraj’s remarks came during an interview with the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera”, in which he spoke about the objections of some to the agreement with Turkey. Al-Sarraj said: “Whoever objects to the security memorandum of understanding signed with Turkey can resort to justice and international law.” “Libya and Turkey are two members of the United Nations, and they have legitimate, independent and sovereign governments, and the signing of… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Breaking: Syrian Army captures another town in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-24 10:49:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their advance in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this morning. Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division launched an attack on the jihadist-held town of Al-Bursah in southeastern Idlib. Following a short battle with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their militant allies, the Syrian Arab Army managed to establish full control over Al-Bursah. This latest advance by the Syrian Arab Army comes just hours after they seized the strategic town of Jarjanaz, which is located near the city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. Ma’arat… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Saudi Aramco denies sending experts to Syria

Published 2019-12-24 10:25:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – Saudi Aramco has commented on the news that experts from the company arrived at the Al-‘Umar Oil Field, which is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. According to Saudi state-owned Al-Arabiya, Saudi Aramco denied any involvement in any oil exploration in Syria. The company confirmed in response to questions from Al-Arabiya that it “does not participate in any work related to exploration and production” Aramco also stated that it is not involved in any other investment activities in Syria. The Turkey-based Anatolia News Agency published news about… Read on ->

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Tags: Saudi, Syria


Jihadist rebels refuse to surrender Ma’arat Al-Nu’man to Syrian Army after peace talks: report

Published 2019-12-24 09:59:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) have refused to surrender the strategic city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man after peace talks facilitated by Turkey and Russia. According to reports from the Idlib countryside, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham refused the terms of surrender offered by the Syrian Army; instead, they vowed to hold the city, despite their several setbacks recently. “The militants of Hay’at Tahrir Al-sham, which is a front for the the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra – have foiled all Syrian and Russian efforts to conciliate in Ma’arat Al-Nu’man,” a field source told Sputnik Arabic. The… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


First tour from strategic town in southeast Idlib that was captured by the Syrian Army

Published 2019-12-24 09:24:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the strategic town of Jarjanaz on Monday after a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). According to a military source from the Syrian Army, the 25th Special Mission Forces Division was able to establish full control over Jarjanaz after Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies abandoned the town on Monday. Below is a video that was taken last night from Jarjanaz after it was declared fully secured by the Syrian Arab Army: https://youtu.be/ZrMxVI5jSDo Jarjanaz has long been under the control of the jihadist rebels… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Jarjanaz, Syria


Syrian Army nearly at the gates of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-24 00:38:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their advance in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this evening, as their troops seized more ground from the jihadist rebels. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army has announced the capture of Al-Ghadfah after advancing north of Jarjanaz and east of Khirbat Ma’ratah in southeastern Idlib. At the same time, the Syrian Army’s 5th Corps is still pushing northwest towards the Idlib-Hama Highway as they look to isolate another Turkish observation post in the Idlib Governorate. As a result… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Militants attempt to bomb main Russian base in Syria

Published 2019-12-24 00:12:39 by News Desk in Syria

Militants attempted to attack Hmeimim, a Russian airbase in Syria, with drones, two such devices were destroyed, nobody was injured, Maj. Gen. Yury Borenkov, head of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation, said at a briefing. “On December 22, 2019, when it became dark, militants belonging to illegal groupings attempted to attack Russia’s airbase Hmeimim with unmanned aerial vehicles,” Borenkov said. Two drones that were directed toward the base from southeast were destroyed. The airbase has not experienced any damage and is functioning as usual. In 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria after… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Turkish-backed militants issue general mobilization call after major setback in Idlib

Published 2019-12-24 00:05:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed “Syrian National Army” (SNA) issued a general mobilization call to all available forces to help drive back the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Idlib Governorate. In a new statement released on their Twitter account, the SNA calls on available forces to help drive back the “Russian, Iranians, and Baathist criminals” in the Idlib Governorate. This latest mobilization call comes after their forces and their allied jihadist groups suffered several setbacks in the Idlib Governorate. Among these setbacks suffered by the jihadist and Turkish-backed forces was the loss of the strategic town of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


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