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Breaking: Libya’s Haftar declares general mobilization to resist foreign forces

Published 2020-01-03 23:47:50 by News Desk in North-Africa

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced earlier the beginning of a decisive battle in his campaign to capture Tripoli, which has been underway since last April and has resulted in fierce fighting on the outskirts of the Libyan capital. In the newly released statement, Haftar declared a general mobilization as a measure to resist foreign intervention. The Turkish parliament greenlighted on Thursday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s initiative to send military reinforcements to Libyan allies, who have been under siege since April last year by the eastern-based army of Khalifa Haftar on the soil which was… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya

US designates Iraqi paramilitary force as ‘foreign terrorist organization’

Published 2020-01-03 22:40:21 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The U.S. designated on Friday the Iraqi paramilitary force, Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, and its leaders, Qays and Laith Al-Khazali, as foreign terrorists. “Today, the Secretary of State announced his intent to designate Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq – also known as AAH – as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Additionally, the Secretary has designated AAH and two of its leader, brothers Qays and Laith Al-Khazali, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under section 1(a)(ii)(A) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended by E.O 13886,” the statement from the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

‘We caught him in the act and terminated him’: Trump on Soleimani

Published 2020-01-03 22:24:57 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump held his first press conference since the assassination of the Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. During his press conference, Trump described the attack that killed Major-General Soleimani as a “flawless precision strike” that killed the Iranian commander. “We caught him in the act and terminated him,” Trump boasted, stating that “the world is a safer place without these monsters.” Trump alleged that Soleimani was the mastermind of the recent attacks on the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq, including the rocket strikes on the K-1 Base that killed an American contractor. The… Read on ->

Tags: Soleimani, Trump

Hezbollah leader vows to complete Qassem Soleimani’s path

Published 2020-01-03 20:54:45 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the retribution against the killers of the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, “will be the secretariat” of all the resistance fighters around the world. Sayyed Nasrallah said in a statement on Friday, “we will complete his path and we will work day and night to achieve his goals, and we will carry his flag in all squares and fronts.” “The just retribution of those killed by criminals who are the worst villains of this world will be… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Soleimani

US sending 4,000 more troops to Middle East amid increased tensions with Iran

Published 2020-01-03 20:44:59 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The U.S. military is sending more troops to the Middle East this week, following the assassination of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad. According to Tara Copp of McClatchy DC, an entire brigade from the 82nd Airborne Division will be sent to Kuwait after the recent turmoil at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Copp added that the reinforcements consist of approximately 4,000 U.S. troops. Earlier this week, hundreds of protesters held demonstrations outside of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, following an attack by the American forces on … Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

US ‘jubilation’ for Soleimani assassination will become ‘mourning’ – IRGC spox.

Published 2020-01-03 19:50:45 by News Desk in Iran

A spokesperson for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said the US and Israeli “jubilation” for the killing of Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani would soon turn into “mourning,” while speaking to Iranian State TV in Tehran on Friday. “This temporary jubilation of Americans and Zionists will not take long to turn into mourning,” said IRGC spokesperson Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif. Sharif also said the IRGC would enter “a new season” and that it would avenge Soleimani’s killing. After his statement, Sharif was seen crying and being comforted by an Iranian state TV presenter. Soleimani was killed in an… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

What is known about Iran’s successor to Qassem Soleimani

Published 2020-01-03 19:35:52 by News Desk in Iran

Esmail Ghaani, a deputy to recently assassinated Qassem Soleimani, was named the new head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ foreign operations branch, the Quds Force, just hours after the incident at Baghdad International Airport, according to Iran’s Press TV news agency. Here is what we know so far about the new leader of one of Iran’s most powerful military branches: While announcing Ghaani’s new position, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that he would continue the policy of now deceased Soleimani. The fact that Ghaani had served as Soleimani’s deputy ever since the latter took the lead of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Syrian Army reinforcements pour into Aleppo as large-scale offensive approaches

Published 2020-01-03 19:25:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The first military reinforcements of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) started gradually arriving in the city of Aleppo last week. However, since then, more reinforcements have arrived for what is expected to be a large-scale operation in the western sector of the city and southern countryside of the Governorate. According to a new field report, more Syrian Army reinforcements arrived in armored vehicles since Thursday morning, with the aim of strengthening the presence of the military units in the western and southwestern countryside of Aleppo. The military leaders have reached the Aleppo fronts in order… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Syrian President’s Twitter account temporarily uspended

Published 2020-01-03 17:36:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Twitter account belonging to the Syrian Presidency was once again suspended. Twitter users that attempted to access the account were given a message stating, “Caution: This account is temporarily restricted.” Once the message was bypassed, the account would appear suspended; however, it would later be restored, with the same caution message still appearing when trying to access it. Last month, the Syrian President’s Twitter account was suspended and later restored. The reason for its suspension was never stated.

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Tags: Assad, Syria

Israel says 54 targets attacked in Syria during 2019 campaign

Published 2020-01-03 17:29:26 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – The Israeli Ministry of Defense published statistics of its military operations in 2019, whether in Syria, Gaza, or the West Bank. The official website of the ministry stated that the Israeli army attacked about 54 targets inside Syrian territory during their 2019 campaign. At the same time, they said they kicked off 2019 by destroying six tunnels belonging to Hezbollah. This operation was carried out along the Lebanese-Israeli border and lasted for nearly a month. The Israeli defense statistics showed that the army attacked about 51 targets in the West Bank, which is a low… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria

Breaking: Syrian President sends condolences to Iran over death of Qassem Soleimani

Published 2020-01-03 17:16:20 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad sent a message Friday offering his condolences to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Grand Ayatollah ‘Ali Khamenei over the death of Major-General Qassem Soleimani. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), President Assad said the Quds Force commander’s support for the Syrian Armed Forces “will not be forgotten”, adding that his death was a great loss. Soleimani had visited Syria on several occasions during the war, including the first major offensive that was waged by Hezbollah and the Syrian Arab Army in southern Aleppo. The Syrian President met with… Read on ->

Tags: Soleimani, Syria

Video footage shows immediate aftermath of missile attack that killed Qassem Soleimani

Published 2020-01-03 16:56:21 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has been killed in a strike near Baghdad International Airport by Trump’s direction to ‘deter future Iranian attacks’, according to Pentagon. The Quds Force leader had reportedly arrived at Baghdad International Airport after traveling from Lebanon. He was traveling in the same vehicle as the commander of Kata’eb Hezbollah, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, when a U.S. drone carried out the attack. Video footage showing the immediate aftermath of the attack quickly spread across several social media platforms; it would show smoke billowing from the site of the attack and flames from the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Trump makes first comments about Soleimani’s assassination, accuses him of killing millions

Published 2020-01-03 16:44:13 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump released his first comments today about the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and several other Iranian and Iraqi officials. In his first tweet, Trump said, “Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!” Trump later followed this up by accusing Soleimani of killing and wounding thousands of Americans, along with millions of other people. “General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Iran says US crossed ‘red lines’ by assassinating Qassem Soleimani

Published 2020-01-03 06:46:37 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

Hessamoddin Ashena, adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, has said Washington “passed red lines” with its assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and will “have to face its consequences”. The presidential adviser on Friday added that United States President Donald Trump has pushed Washington into the “most dangerous regional circumstances”. “Trump, with his gambling, has pushed the US into the most dangerous regional circumstances. One who passes the red lines will have to be ready to face its consequences,” he said. Earlier on Friday, the IRGC confirmed that Major General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the IRGC, had… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran

IRGC officer vows to avenge Qassem Soleimani’s death

Published 2020-01-03 06:00:57 by News Desk in Iran

​Several missiles exploded near the Baghdad International Airport on Thursday night. The incident reportedly left at least seven people killed, including Soleimani, and five members of the PMF that is responsible for the recent siege of the US Embassy in Baghdad. Mohsen Rezaee, a senior military officer within IRGC ranks said in a statement that Iran will respond to the death of Soleimani. Rezaee. the former IRGC chief, succinctly vowed “revenge” against the US.   The US airstrike followed the Tuesday’s storm of the US Embassy in Baghdad by Iranian-backed Shia protesters which were outrages by an earlier strike… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

Trump ordered assassination of Qassem Soleimani: Pentagon

Published 2020-01-03 04:59:52 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 A.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iran’s Quds Force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani, the Department of Defense announced this evening. “At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization,” the statement said. “General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds FOrce were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani, Trump

Update: Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes confirmed dead after US strikes

Published 2020-01-03 03:45:59 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 A.M.) – The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, has been confirmed dead after the U.S. carried out an attack near the Baghdad International Airport this evening. According to the official media wing of Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units), both General Soleimani and the leader of Kata’eb Hezbollah, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, were killed as a result of the U.S. attack. “Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi confirms the martyrdom of the deputy head of Al-Hashd, Al-Hajj Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, and the commander of the Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, during a raid that targeted their vehicle… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Breaking: Qassem Soleimani, Hashd Al-Sha’abi commander allegedly killed in US strikes

Published 2020-01-03 03:34:44 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has reportedly been killed in a strike near the Baghdad International Airport, along with senior leaders of the Iraqi Shia militia the US blamed for the attack on its embassy. “The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani,” said Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces, as cited by Reuters. Al-Muhandis is the deputy chief of the Popular Mobilization Forces, the umbrella group of Shia militias integrated into the Iraq’s armed forces, which was blamed for the siege of the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

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