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Turkey officially deploys 35 soldiers to Libya: Erdogan

Published 2020-01-08 23:47:36 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday that Turkey has sent 35 soldiers to Libya in support of the Al-Wefaq government, but they will not participate in the battles. In response to questions about the form of the Turkish military deployment in Libya, Erdogan was quoted by the Turkish newspaper, Hurriyet as saying that “Turkey will take charge of coordination. The soldiers will not participate in hostilities.” On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoglu said that Turkey would send military experts and technical teams to support the internationally recognized government in Libya. “The government,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Trump imposes ‘powerful sanctions’ against Iran in retaliation for missile strikes

Published 2020-01-08 23:41:02 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Washington is introducing new additional economic sanctions against Tehran, US President Donald Trump said Wednesday addressing the nation at the White House after Iran launched missile attacks on January 8 targeting two military facilities in Iraq used by the United States. “As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime. These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior,” Trump stressed. “In recent months alone, Iran has seized ships in international waters, fired an unprovoked strike on Saudi Arabia and shot down two… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Trump

US forces in Iraq had an early warning about the Iranian attack: report

Published 2020-01-08 22:37:16 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – A U.S. military official said that the American military had an early warning about the attack by Iran on two military bases. “The warning was early enough to activate the warning sirens and keep the elements away from harm and go into the underground fortified rooms,” Iraq’s Alsumaria TV report. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Wednesday described the missile attack on U.S.’ positions in Iraq as “successful”, stressing that “Iran is facing a broad front and victory will be its ally.” The Iraqi security forces said that military sites in the country were… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Syrian Army prepares for major Idlib offensive amid Russian-Syrian naval drills: video

Published 2020-01-08 22:29:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was observed this week moving artillery into the areas north of al-Tamanah and Khan Sheikhoun. With heavy armory being moved back into this region of southern Idlib, the Syrian Army appears to be making their final preparations for the resumption of their offensive in the governorate. While they were on the defensive against the jihadist rebels on Wednesday, the Syrian Army continued to move equipment into the area, especially along the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man lines. The offensive comes as Russian and Syrian navy forces have been conducting joint naval… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Iran declares January 9th as mourning day after plane crash, Kerman stampede

Published 2020-01-08 22:20:40 by News Desk in Iran

The Iranian government has declared January 9 the day of national mourning following the deadly Ukrainian passenger plane crash and a stampede at the funeral of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force, in his hometown of Kerman, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Wednesday. “Government expresses condolences to the families of our compatriots who died in Kerman during the funeral ceremony of slain commander Qasem Soleimani and in a plane crash this morning, the government declared January 9 a national mourning day,” Rabiei wrote on Twitter. Ukraine International Airlines’ (UIA) Boeing 737-800 plane… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran

Jihadists suffer significant losses in failed southeast Idlib attack

Published 2020-01-08 22:12:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses in southeastern Idlib, as they attempted to recover the territories they lost last month. Led by elements from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadits began their attack by striking the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses near the towns of Al-Bursa and Samkah in southeastern Idlib. As soon as the clashes broke out, however, the jihadist rebels found themselves under heavy attack from the air, as Russian warplanes hammered their support forces. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Libyan Army is preparing to storm strategic and symbolic city in northern Libya

Published 2020-01-08 21:56:46 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – The Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoted a military commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA) on Wednesday that said his forces are preparing to storm the strategic city of Misrata as soon as possible. According to the newspaper, the LNA commander said in a special statement that “there is a collapse in the ranks of the militias and their morale is zero.” He continued that the army’s entry into the city of Sirte is “like the second lightning operation of its kind.” In his statement, the military official pointed out that “the militias coming from Misrata… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Misrata

Iran TV releases video footage of missile attack against US forces

Published 2020-01-08 21:42:48 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – Iranian state TV released a video on Wednesday of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) missile strikes against the U.S. forces in the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase in western Iraq last night. In the video released by Iranian state TV, the IRGC missiles can be seen taking off from their territory towards the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase, which is where the U.S. Armed Forces are currently based in western Iraq. The Pentagon said it would take “necessary measures” to defend US troops and regional allies following reports of Iranian missile strikes on US facilities in Iraq,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US

New satellite images show aftermath of IRGC attack on Ayn Al-Assad Base

Published 2020-01-08 21:33:11 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 P.M.) – Satellite images of the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase were released on Wednesday following the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) attack on the U.S. forces inside the Iraqi military installation. In the first image released by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, the sites attacked by the IRGC’s missiles are highlighted, showing the extent of the damage done. The second satellite image zooms in on of the sites attacked by the IRGC last night. While the IRGC’s missiles likely hit their intended targets, it appears the U.S. was already prepared for the Iranian response, as no American… Read on ->


Trump warns Iran that US missiles are big and accurate

Published 2020-01-08 21:17:41 by News Desk in Iran

Two US military bases in Iraq were attacked early on 8 January with Iranian missiles in an act of retaliation for Washington’s operation that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani on 3 January in Baghdad. In his address to the nation, US President Donald Trump said that no US military personnel were hurt in the Iranian missile attack on its bases in Iraq on 8 January, while the bases themselves sustained “minimal” damage. He noted that this was due to precautions that were taken, the “dispersal of forces”, and an early warning system. The POTUS further announced that the US would… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Trump

Iran mulls 13 mystery ‘revenge scenarios’ against US over Soleimani’s assassination

Published 2020-01-08 00:37:49 by News Desk in Iran

Iran has a baker’s dozen potential “revenge scenarios” that it is considering against the US, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s powerful Supreme National Security Council, said Tuesday. “The Americans should know that until now, 13 revenge scenarios have been discussed in the Council and even if there is a consensus on the weakest scenario, carrying it out can be a historic nightmare for the Americans,” Iran’s Fars News Agency cited Shamkhani as saying, according to Reuters. The top Iranian security official did not give details on what these responses might be. Earlier, speaking to a Syrian official in Tehran, he… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

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