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Iran denies ‘illogical rumor’s as US accuses them of shooting down Ukrainian airliner

Published 2020-01-09 21:41:36 by News Desk in Iran

Two unnamed US officials told AP that the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 Flight PS752 was “highly likely” downed by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile. The sources cited US intelligence from the region as the basis for their assumption, without delving into details. Reuters separately reported that US officials believe the Ukrainian passenger plane was brought down “accidentally”. One anonymous official told the news agency that American satellites had detected the launch of two missiles just prior to the plane’s crash. Rescue teams are seen on January 8, 2020 at the scene of a Ukrainian airliner that crashed shortly after take-off near Imam… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

New ceasefire announced in Idlib: Russian military

Published 2020-01-09 21:35:28 by News Desk in Syria

A ceasefire came into effect in the Syrian Idlib de-escalation zone at 14:00 Moscow time on Thursday in line with agreements with the Turkish side, Major General Yuri Borenkov, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, told reporters on Thursday. “In accordance with the agreements with the Turkish side, the ceasefire was imposed in the Idlib de-escalation zone from 14:00 [Moscow time] on January 9, 2010,” the general said. According to Borenkov, ceasefire violations have continued in the Idlib de-escalation zone in the past 24 hours, with 16 shelling episodes reported. “Militants from illegal… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Qassem Soleimani traveled to Gaza, masterminded tunnel strategy: Hamas official

Published 2020-01-09 19:08:49 by News Desk in Iran, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The late commander of the Quds Force Major-General Qassem Soleimani allegedly traveled to the Gaza Strip on more than one occasion, the Hamas representative to Lebanon, Ahmad ‘Abdel-Hadi, said during a symposium. “Qassem Soleimani went to Gaza more than once, and he was a contributor and participant in the defense that was planned and drawn during the last period,” Abdel-Hadi said in a video posted on Twitter, which is said to have been filmed during a symposium of the Institute of International Studies in Lebanon. He said that “this matter is not a secret”,… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Iran, Palestine

Libyan Army within few km of Tripoli’s center: report

Published 2020-01-09 18:51:44 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The special envoy to the head of the interim government in eastern Libya, announced that the Libyan National Army (LNA) had entered Tripoli and pushing their way to the capital’s center. In a new interview, Aref Ali Al-Nayed said that the Libyan National Army was only a few kilometers away from the capital’s center after entering the city last week. “The Libyan Army is now in Tripoli, and they are positioned only a few kilometers from the city center.” Al-Nayed said in an interview with Sputnik Arabic. Al-Nayed added that the Libyan National Army is… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Iraq is negotiating with Russia to acquire the S-300 air defense system

Published 2020-01-09 18:26:00 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.)- The head of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi parliament, Mohammad Reza, confirmed on Thursday the ongoing negotiations between the Iraqi and Russian sides to purchase the S-300 system. Reza said in a special statement to Sputnik Arabic: “This issue was supposed to take place a long time after Hashd Al-Shaabi was targeted in Baghdad and other provinces several months ago, when this weapon was needed, and the responsible authorities have moved to revive negotiations with the concerning S-300 contract.” When asked where Russia and Iraq are in the negotiations, the Iraqi MP said,… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia

First Syrian militant killed in Libya as hundreds more deploy

Published 2020-01-09 13:49:39 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – One of the militants that deployed to Libya to fight with the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces has been killed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Wednesday. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored on the 5th of January 2019 that SOHR sources documented the killing of the first Syrian fighter of those sent by Turkey to Libya, in the ongoing battles in the Libyan capital ‘Tripoli’. He was killed while fighting in the side of the ‘Government of National Accord’.” According to the SOHR report, the militant was a… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

Iran will follow in Soleimani’s path: Quds Force commander

Published 2020-01-09 13:39:13 by News Desk in Iran

Reuters reported Thursday, citing Iran’s state broadcaster, that new Head of Iran’s Quds Force Esmail Ghaani said that Tehran would continue the course pursued by slain general Qassem Soleimani. “We will continue in this luminous path with power,” Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani said, noting that Iranian missile strikes carried out on US targets at a base in Iraq on Wednesday would eventually drive America out of the region. General Soleimani was killed in a drone attack by US forces while in his car at the Baghdad Airport, in the aftermath of controversy around the US embassy raid. President Trump ordered… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani

Turkish-backed militants fight one another in eastern Aleppo

Published 2020-01-09 13:27:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants from two factions in the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA) reportedly clashed with one another in the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Thursday. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the two Turkish-backed groups, Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah and Jabhat Al-Shamiyah, clashed in the Al-Bab countryside on Thursday, prompting some other factions to get involved to break up the fighting. The SOHR said the fighting occurred over arrests made by Jabhat Al-Shamiyah of Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah members in the Al-Bab countryside. The Jabhat Al-Shamiyah fighters accused members of Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah of… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Iran TV shows preparation for strikes against US force in Iraq: video

Published 2020-01-09 12:09:39 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian state TV has released footage purportedly showing preparations ahead of Tehran’s missile attack on al-Asad Airbase housing US forces in Iraq on Wednesday. Footage shows warehouses housing the missiles in an undisclosed location as well as launch preparations by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officers. On Wednesday, Iran fired more than a dozen rockets at two Iraqi bases housing US troops in retaliation for the murder of General Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani and the deputy leader of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Mohammed Ali Ebrahimi, also known as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were killed in a US airstrike near Baghdad’s… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

White House releases image of Donald Trump during Iran attack

Published 2020-01-09 11:57:30 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The White House media relations released an image on Wednesday showing U.S. President Donald Trump during the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) attack on the U.S. forces at the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase in Iraq. In the image released by the White House, President Trump can be seen sitting with several members of his cabinet in the war room, as they watched the IRGC missile strikes. The U.S. President’s press office released a memo shortly after the IRGC’s attack on Tuesday evening, indicating that Trump would be  releasing a statement the following morning. In Trump’s statement… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Trump, US

Jihadists suffered ‘dozens’ of casualties in failed southeastern Idlib offensive

Published 2020-01-09 11:39:07 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched an attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday. Led by elements of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels attempted to advance at the Al-Bursah axis, which is where the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps and other units of the military are currently deployed. According to a military source near the front-lines, the jihadist rebels were unable to breach the Syrian Arab Army’s lines, resulting in their withdrawal from this axis. The source said the Syrian Arab Army managed to… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Iranian Army promises ‘more crushing response’ if US retaliates

Published 2020-01-09 10:57:39 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – In a new statement released on Wednesday morning, the Iranian Army hailed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) attack on the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase, which hosts the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq. According to the army statement, the crushing response to the American “terrorist and criminal measure” as Iran’s inalienable right, stressing that security of the Iranian nation and the Islamic establishment is the “red line” for the Iranian Armed Forces. “The enemy is well aware that the repetition of any crime and evil act against Iran will turn the slap in the face into… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Top US general claims Iran was attempting to kill American soldiers

Published 2020-01-09 10:28:10 by News Desk in Iran

Although no one died in the Iranian missile strikes on US bases in Iraq, in part due to advance warning from Tehran, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he personally believed that Iran intended otherwise. “I believe, based on what I saw and what I know, that [the strikes] were intended to cause structural damage, destroy vehicles and equipment and aircraft, and to kill personnel,” Army General Mark Milley told reporters on Wednesday. “That’s my own personal assessment,” he added. “But the analytics is in the hands of professional intelligence analysts. So they’re looking at that.” Milley… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Trump calls Qassem Soleimani a ‘monster’, says he saved a lot of lives

Published 2020-01-09 10:07:14 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – US President Donald Trump said that “a lot of lives were saved” by killing Iranian Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani, when speaking alongside Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the White House in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. Trump claimed that Soleimani was “a terrorist” whose “past was horrible.” He argued that Soleimani was “travelling with the head of Hezbollah,” adding that “he wasn’t even supposed to be outside of his own country.” “He was a monster. And he is no longer a monster; he is dead. And that’s a good thing for a lot of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani, Trump

Iranian-backed forces increase presence along Syria-Iraq border

Published 2020-01-09 09:50:43 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 A.M.) – The Iranian-backed forces in Syria’s Deir Ezzor Governorate have reportedly increased their presence along the Syria-Iraq border following the latest attack by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase in western Iraq. According to local reports, the Iranian-backed forces, along with the IRGC troops, have increased their presence in the Albukamal District of Deir Ezzor and moved heavy military equipment into the area. A source from the Syrian Arab Army pointed out that a convoy of reinforcements from the Iranian-backed forces was seen making their way along the Mayadeen-Albukamal Road towards… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria

Aerial footage shows extent of Ukrainian passenger jet crash in Ian: video

Published 2020-01-09 09:02:28 by News Desk in Iran

Footage recorded from a helicopter captured the size of the Ukrainian passenger jet crash site close to Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport on Wednesday. The plane appeared to have avoided any buildings, crashing in a field close to a football pitch. The site swarming with investigators, emergency services and members of the public. Debris from plane’s fuselage, wings and engines is strewn across the area. Iran’s state TV said there were no survivors from the crash. Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 to Ukraine’s capital Kiev went down close to Imam Khomeini airport at 06:12 local time (02:42 GMT). The cause… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Tehran

Syrian air defenses shoots down enemy drone over Hama

Published 2020-01-09 08:56:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to shoot down an enemy drone that were preparing to attack their forces in the Hama Governorate last night. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army shot down the drone after it was seen circling their positions in the town of Asaylah, which is located near the Idlib Governorate’s administrative border. The source added that the Syrian Army forces have been on high alert in northwestern Syria since the weather conditions in Idlib and Hama have been relatively poor. On Wednesday, the jihadist… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria

Israel unveils laser-based missile interception system to replace Iron Dome

Published 2020-01-09 08:43:04 by News Desk in Middleeast

The laser-based system is aimed to be used against Qassam rockets, such as those that have been fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip, as well as against mortar shells, anti-tank missiles and drones. Laser-based interception is silent and invisible while costing less than 10 shekels (about $3.50) per interception, in contrast with the Iron Dome, which costs about 170,000 shekels ($49,000) per interception and makes a very distinct sound when in use. “We are entering a new era of ‘energy combat’ in the air, on land and at sea,” the head of the Defense Ministry’s weapons development administration, Brig…. Read on ->

Tags: Israel

Russian, US forces agree to open crossing in eastern Syria

Published 2020-01-09 08:14:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Russian military agreed with their American counterparts to open the Salihiyah crossing in the Deir Ezzor Governorate this week, the head of the Syrian Committee for Reconciliation between the Warring Parties in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, Abdullah Shalaysh, told reporters on Thursday. “On the other side, there are many families who were unable to come here. They fled because of the war and were unable to return due to the destruction of the infrastructure. Everything has now been restored, but they are being banned under pretexts that do not exist,” Shalaysh said, pointing out… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

Australia not withdrawing troops from Iraq: PM

Published 2020-01-09 07:32:48 by News Desk in Iraq

Australian premier Scott Morrison has announced he is not going to withdraw troops from Iraq and that Australia will continue its mission in the country, Reuters reported on Wednesday. “Our goal remains a united, stable Iraq and the focus of our efforts is countering Daesh* and its support network. That remains our mission and we remain tasked to that mission as our people there in the Middle East are pursuing, Morrison said in an address from Canberra cited by Australian SBS News. He added that no Australian personnel was killed or injured in Iran’s attack on the US military bases… Read on ->

Tags: Australia, Iraq

China seeks aircraft-mounted laser weapon: report

Published 2020-01-09 00:11:04 by News Desk in World-News

On Saturday, the PLAAF said it was looking for bidders for developing systems that would support an airborne, offensive laser weapon. While the details are scant, the titles of the two bids published on give something of a hint at the PLA’s ideas: “procurement plan for airborne laser attack pod” and “price inquiry on procurement plan for controlling software module of laser attack platform,” according to Weihutang, a military affairs column associated with China Central Television. The Weihutang report, published on the program’s Sina Weibo account, speculated that the laser pod was likely an offensive weapon and not a… Read on ->

Tags: China

Hezbollah moved military equipment towards Israeli border: IRGC

Published 2020-01-09 00:01:55 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the media wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran, cited by Sputnik Arabic, said that Lebanon’s Hezbollah has moved its military equipment towards the Lebanese border with Israel. This alleged news comes a day after Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, citing sources, said that “the Lebanese Hezbollah will strike Israel if the United States retaliates against the Iranian bombing of ‘Ayn Al-Assad base, which includes American forces in western Iraq.” Hezbollah has not confirmed these reports via their official media wing; however, the Lebanese group rarely divulges its military movements inside… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Iran, Israel

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