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New video of Turkish-backed Syrian militants in Libya

Published 2019-12-28 22:20:52 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) –  A new video has surfaced on social media today showing the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) inside of Libya. In the video, an SNA faction is seen at the gates of a camp in Tripoli after recently arriving inside Libya. Earlier this week, Bloomberg released a news report about Turkey moving fighters from the Syrian National Army to Libya in order to assist the Government of National Accord (GNA) against the Benghazi-based Libyan National Army (LNA). While the Syrian National Army denied the validity of these claims in a statement released on social, it… Read on ->


Syrian children throw stones at US convoy in northeast Syria: video

Published 2019-12-28 20:17:45 by News Desk in Syria

Syrian social media pages published a video showing a group of children throwing stones at an American patrol in the Qamishli District of Al-Hasakah this week. The video shows children throwing American armored vehicles inside the village of Hamo in the Qamishli countryside, and a voice can be heard in the video saying “Hamo heroes are hitting the American convoy.” Yesterday, a U.S. military convoy, including dozens of trucks loaded with military and logistical equipment, crossed the Iraqi-Syrian border towards the Al-Hasakah Governorate. The report added that the American military convoy included 30 trucks loaded with military equipment, ammunition,… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Iran has become military ‘superpower’: Russian official

Published 2019-12-28 19:45:56 by News Desk in Iran

A Russian official said holding joint military drills with two major powers in the world indicates a new chapter in the history meaning that Iran has turned out to be a superpower. Speaking to IRNA, Head of Center for Contemporary Iran Studies in Russia Recep Safarov said launching joint drills between Iran, Russia, and China in the Indian Ocean indicated Iran’s important role as a superpower and as providing security in the region. He noted that the objective of the recent drills with the cooperation of three major powers is unique. The primary aims of this military coordination in the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Fist fight broke out between Russian, US troops in Syria: monitor

Published 2019-12-28 19:05:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – A fist fight broke out between the U.S. and Russian armed forces in the Al-Hasakah Governorate countryside on Christmas, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported. According to the SOHR report, the fist fight broke out in the town of Tal Tamr on December 25th after a U.S. military contingent attempted to collect information from the residents in the area. The SOHR report said the residents accused the U.S. soldiers of betrayal because of their withdrawal and treated them harshly. The Russian Armed Forces then arrived at the scene and a fist fight broke… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, US

Breaking: Turkish-backed Libyan forces launch counter-offensive in southern Tripoli

Published 2019-12-28 17:56:34 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Turkey-based Anatolia News Agency announced moments ago that the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces launched a counter-attack against the Benghazi-based Libyan National Army (LNA) in southern Tripoli. According to the agency, and in a statement quoted by the GNA, its forces launched a counter-attack at the Ramlah axis in a bid to retake the areas they recently lost to the LNA. This latest counter-attack comes after Libyan National Army spokesman, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, announced that the LNA was only 300 meters from the main neighborhoods of Tripoli. Al-Mismari’s statements came in an… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Jihadist counter-offensive in southeast Idlib ends in heavy losses

Published 2019-12-28 17:43:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The jihadist counter-offensive that was launched in southeastern Idlib this afternoon has been repelled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels began the counter-offensive with three suicide attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses west of Jarjanaz. Following the suicide attacks, the Syrian Army and jihadist rebels clashed for a short period of time before the latter was forced to withdraw from the western flank of the town. According to a field report from this front, the Syrian Army managed to kill and wound several of the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Turkey to likely purchase another batch of S-400s from Russia

Published 2019-12-28 17:31:26 by News Desk in Turkey

Russia hopes that Turkey will purchase another batch of air defense systems S-400, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told the round-the-clock television news channel Rossiya-24 in an interview. “It is very likely they will use this option and keep working with us. We do hope for this,” he said. “As far as arms export is concerned, it should be noted that competition on the market of military hardware has been always harsh. We firmly hold second place as to the volume of sales,” Borisov stated. Air defense systems, aircraft and some types of equipment for ground troops are sales leaders…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey

Russian Air Force resumes strikes over Idlib

Published 2019-12-28 17:12:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force resumed their airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate this week after grounding their warplanes due to poor weather conditions. According to reports from Idlib, the Russian Air Force targeted a number of towns and villages controlled by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in the southern part of the governorate. In addition to the Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) also carried out several strikes over the Idlib Governorate, with the majority of their targets being the villages and towns around Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. Earlier this week, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) offensive… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Jihadist forces turn the tables in southeast Idlib to attempt to capture key town

Published 2019-12-28 16:44:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) attempt to retake some points near Jarjanaz has failed, as the jihadist rebels in the area have now gone on the offensive. According to reports from the front, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) are attempting to capture the strategic town of Jarjanaz, which is located southeast of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. During the new attack on Jarjanaz, the jihadist rebels have used suicide attacks in an attempt to break through the Syrian Army’s defenses. The field reports say the jihadist rebels are currently attacking the western flank of Jarjanaz,… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Jarjanaz, Syria

Iran calls on all uninvited foreign forces to leave Syria

Published 2019-12-28 16:14:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Ali Akbar Velayati, advisor to the leader of the Iranian Islamic Revolution for International Affairs, stated that his country opposes foreign interference in the region. During his meeting on Saturday with the the Syrian ambassador to Tehran, and a delegation of sheikhs and leaders of the Syrian tribes, Velayati said, “Iran stands in the face of injustice, conspiracies, attacks and malicious plans by enemies to weaken and divide states in the region as well as they support their people.” Velayati noted that the position of US President Donald Trump is irrational, saying, “the claim by… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria

Syrian Army launches powerful attack in southeastern Idlib

Published 2019-12-28 16:03:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has resumed their offensive in southeastern Idlib this afternoon after taking a brief hiatus. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army is storming the areas their troops lost near the key town of Jarjanaz in southeastern Idlib. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Army lost some points near Jarjanaz on Friday, prompting them to launch a swift attack to regain these sites. The first counter-attack was launched on Friday evening, but the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

ISIS claims attack on US base in eastern Syria

Published 2019-12-28 15:31:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) claimed an attack on the U.S. base in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate on Friday. According to the Islamic State’s statement on their official channel, Al-Amaq, their terrorists fired eight Katyusha rockets at the U.S. base that is located around the Al-‘Umar Oil Field. No casualties were reported after this attack. Furthermore, the U.S. has yet to comment on this alleged rocket assault by the terrorist group. This alleged rocket attack by the Islamic State was carried out before the rocket assault on Iraq’s K-1 Base in the… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Iran, China, Russia kickoff military drills: video

Published 2019-12-28 15:17:24 by News Desk in Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) released footage of the Russian, Chinese and Iranian Navies performing joint maritime maneuvers at the Oman Gulf in the Indian Ocean on Friday. A Russian ship arriving at the Port of Shahid Beheshti in Chabahar being welcomed by the sound of trumpets and marines waving Iran flags, can be seen on footage, alongside other vessels and submarines performing joint exercises in the ocean. The Iranian Admiral and Spokesperson for the Iran-Russia-China joint naval drills, Gholamreza Tahani explained: “The most important purposes of this combined trilateral joint drill of Russia, China and Iran,… Read on ->

Tags: China, Iran, Russia

US military strengthens defenses at Iraqi bases after latest rocket attack

Published 2019-12-28 15:00:49 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – A security source in the Al-Anbar Governorate revealed on Saturday that the American forces have taken unprecedented measures against the backdrop of a plot to target the Ain al-Assad Base. The source said to Iraq’s Al-Sumaria News, “The American forces took unprecedented precautionary measures at the Al-Assad Base in the Al-Baghdadi District and Heet District after a new attack on the K-1 base in the Kirkuk Governorate.” The source, who preferred not to be identified, added that “planes flew over the base” following last night’s attack. The Iraqi army announced, yesterday, Friday, that several missiles… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Syria plans to sue US over stolen oil and violating sovereignty: video

Published 2019-12-28 14:31:36 by News Desk in Syria

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Adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Bouthaina Shaaban, said that the Syrian government is considering filing a lawsuit against the United States of America due to “stealing Syrian oil and violating Syrian sovereignty.” Shaaban made the remarks during an interview with Al-Mayadeen channel in Damascus on Friday. “The government of the Syrian Arab Republic is considering taking possible legal measures on an international level, to file a suit against the USA, because it is, indeed, stealing Syrian oil and violating Syrian sovereignty,” said Shaaban. “The CNBC’s correspondent, who interviewed me a couple of days ago, asked me to explain… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

ISIS terrorists execute 11 Nigerian Christians in revenge for Baghdadi’s killing

Published 2019-12-28 14:27:21 by News Desk in World-News

The terrorist group Daesh announced that it had killed 11 Christians in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State one day after Christmas as an act of revenge for the death of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Footage of the executions, which was published by Amaq, a propaganda outlet linked to Daesh, shows 11 blindfolded men being lined up in an outdoor location. “This is a message to Christians all over the world,” a masked man is heard saying in the video. One of the blindfolded captives in the video is shot, while the rest are beheaded. The victims are believed to have… Read on ->

Tags: Daesh, ISIS, Nigeria

Militants attempt to bomb Hama Airport in northwest Syria

Published 2019-12-28 07:11:01 by News Desk in Syria

Militants tried to attack a military airfield in the Syrian city of Hama with unmanned aerial vehicles, media reported. According to the Sham FM radio broadcaster, the Syrian government troops’ air defence systems repelled the attack that took place on late Friday. Terrorists are boosting drone attacks on the Syrian government troops amid the army’s new offensive in the province of Idlib, which is the last stronghold of militants in the Arab republic. On 19 December, the Syrian army started a new military operation in southeastern Idlib to clear the area of terrorists, including the Daesh* terrorist group and Tahrir… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Libyan Army is on the verge of entering Tripoli after major advance

Published 2019-12-28 06:57:43 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 A.M.) – The spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, said on Friday December 27, that the LNA is only a few hundred meters away from the main neighborhoods of Tripoli. Al-Mismari’s statements came during an interview with RT Arabic, in which he said: “The Libyan Army is advancing at several axes in Tripoli, and has made great achievements.” The LNA spokesman explained that no party can deny the progress the Libyan Army is making on the ground and the great successes it is achieving in its operations. He said, “We have achieved… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Several unknown rockets hit Iraqi base that houses US forces

Published 2019-12-28 06:28:54 by News Desk in Iraq

Several rockets have hit Iraq’s K1 military base near the city of Kirkuk on Friday, Reuters has reported, citing a statement by the Iraqi military. The base, which lies 15 km northwest of Kirkuk, houses US military forces as well as Iraqi forces from the Federal Police and Counter-Terrorism Service, the agency says, citing security sources. US officials speaking on the condition of anonymity revealed to Reuters that one US civilian contractor was killed during the strike, and that “multiple” service members suffered “light” injuries. Stressing that the information was based off of initial accounts, officials also noted many of… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Kirkuk, US

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