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Thousands of fighters transferred from Syria’s Idlib to Libya: Jordanian king

Published 2020-01-13 23:13:09 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, North-Africa, Syria

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) is once again on the rise in the Middle East, King Abdullah of Jordan has warned, adding that “thousands” of fighters moved from Syria to Libya – bringing the whole problem even closer to Europe. The revelation was made by the king during an exclusive interview with France 24 which aired on Monday. The monarch said that his “major concern is that we have seen over the past year the re-establishment and rise of ISIS, not only in southern eastern Syria but also in western Iraq.” We have to deal with the reemergence of ISIS…. Read on ->

Tags: Jordan, Libya, Syria

ISIS launches heavy attack along Syria-Iraq border

Published 2020-01-13 23:00:21 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a surprise attack along the Syrian-Iraqi border on Monday, the Iraqi security forces reported. According to the Iraqi security forces, at least three border guards were wounded after the Islamic State terrorists attacked their post near the Al-Waleed Crossing with Syria. The Al-Waleed border crossing with Syria is located in the Al-Qa’im District of western Al-Anbar, which was previously occupied by the Islamic State until the Iraqi Armed Forces liberated the region in 2017. Iraq has recently witnessed terrorist attacks targeting their security forces and Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi)… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Russian warships enter eastern Mediterranean as Syrian Army gears up for new offensive: photos

Published 2020-01-13 22:28:20 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

The Northern Fleet missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov has passed through the Dardanelles and Bosporus Straits and entered the Mediterranean Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “During several days, the ship will continue operating under its long-distance deployment plan and demonstrating the St. Andrew [Russian naval flag] in the region. Currently, the cruiser is staying in the Aegean Sea,” the press office said in a statement. In a few days, the warship’s crew will make a business call at a foreign port, the press office said, without specifying the port or the country of the visit. The Northern… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria

Russian defense official confirms S-300 and S-400 negotiations with Iraq

Published 2020-01-13 21:46:46 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation’s Defense Committee Alexander Sherin said that Iraq is negotiating the purchase of the S-300 and S-400 air defense systems. Sherin, who chairs the defense committee, told the Federal News Agency of Russia that Iraq is seeking the S-300 and S-400 air defenses to boost its air defenses, especially after the recent violations of Iraqi airspace. “They, apparently, just realized there that they are an occupied country that does not have the right to any independent actions. The attack on a high-ranking military leader on their own territory without… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Russia

US media reveals aftermath of Iranian attack on American forces

Published 2020-01-13 21:29:29 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

CNN has published a video of the aftermath of last week’s missile attack on a US military base in Iraq, which was staged by Iran in response to the assassination of high-ranking Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The video showed concrete slabs scattered across the area and several dilapidated dwellings housing US military personnel. The clip also caught an undamaged spate of Saddam Hussein-era bunkers, in which US servicemen hunkered down and survived the missile attack. The footage was released after CNN cited unnamed sources as saying on Sunday that US troops stationed at an Iraqi air base knew beforehand that the facility will be… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Syrian intel chief says gov’t is determined to retake Idlib

Published 2020-01-13 21:24:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Major-General Ali Mamlouk, head of the Syrian National Security Bureau, said during the Russian-Turkish-Syrian tripartite meeting that his government is determined to retake the Idlib Governorate. During the meeting, the Syrian side, represented by Major-General Ali Mamlouk, called on the Turkish side, represented by Haqqan Fedan, head of the intelligence agency, to fully respect the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, and for their immediate withdrawal from Syria. “Turkey must fulfill its obligations under the Sochi Agreement, especially with regard to clearing the region of terrorists and heavy weapons and opening… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Putin jokes Assad should invite Trump to Syria: video

Published 2020-01-13 20:24:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Damascus on January 7th (Orthodox Christmas), the leader joked with his counterpart Bashar Al-Assad that he should invite Donald Trump to Syria. The leaders were referring to the Straight Street which leads to the Church of the Virgin Mary in Damascus, and to Apostle Paul, who had a vision and had his life changed as he walked on the road. According to RT Arabic, Putin made the decision to make a surprise visit to Damascus to celebrate Orthodox Christmas before heading north to Ankara to meet with… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Putin, Syria, Trump

Iran plans to take Trump to international court for assassination Soleimani

Published 2020-01-13 19:43:09 by News Desk in Iran

The Iranian government will seek to prosecute US President Donald Trump for the assassination of Maj. Gen. Soleimani, Iranian Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi has said. “We should collar the American president as the first defendant. He should be prosecuted and taken to court in front of the world,” Raisi said Monday during a meeting of judiciary officials, his remarks cited by the Fars News Agency. “In our view, because the Martyr Soleimani was a symbol of combating terrorism and supporting the oppressed, his assassination violates every law,” Raisi added. The senior judicial figure called on legal scholars to “shout their… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Watch: Syrian Army tank absorbs militant missile and remains intact

Published 2020-01-13 19:36:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants was filmed firing an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) tank in the Latakia countryside. In the video released by the Turkish-backed “Syrian National Army” (SNA), the anti-tank missile directly hits the Syrian Arab Army’s T-72 tank, but fails to destroy the armored vehicle, despite the cheers of the militants. The Syrian Army’s T-72 tank has additional protection, which gives it stronger armor to absorb these anti-tank missiles from the militants.

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Breaking: Syrian air defenses shoot down enemy drone

Published 2020-01-13 18:14:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s air defenses managed to shoot down a drone in the countryside of Hama Governorate this evening, Syrian state TV reported. According to Syrian TV, “the Syrian Arab Army’s anti-aircraft confronted a drone in the vicinity of the Jub Ramleh airfield in the Hama countryside.” The Syrian TV report said the downed drone belonged to one of the jihadist rebel factions that are currently active inside the neighboring Idlib Governorate. This is the second time in the last five days that the Syrian air defenses have intercepted an enemy drone near one… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Israeli minister warns Hezbollah’s leader that he might be next after Soleimani

Published 2020-01-13 18:04:59 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz tweeted on Monday that Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah should refrain from attacking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel or else he may share a similar fate as Qassem Soleimani. “Nasrallah has not stopped attacking Netanyahu or threatening Israel. As his distress grows, his eloquence increases,” Katz wrote in two separate Hebrew and Arabic-language tweets. “In the meantime, [Nasrallah] is forced to go down another floor into the bunker in the face of warnings from his Iranian patrons about the possibility of his liquidation. If he challenges Israel –… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon

Trump green-lighted Soleimani’s assassination in June

Published 2020-01-13 17:29:49 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

US President Donald Trump approved the assassination of Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani seven months ago, NBC News reported on Monday, citing five current and former senior administration officials. The president first issued the directive to kill Soleimani in June, after Iran shot down a US drone, the report said. The order authorised the assassination in response to any Iranian attacks resulted in the death of American citizens, the report said, adding that Trump’s directive came with the condition that he would have the final authority to sign off on the operation. Trump gave his final approval for the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani, Trump

Syrian troops pack up their equipment near Idlib front-lines: video

Published 2020-01-13 16:27:04 by News Desk in Syria

Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers could be seen packing up their artillery in Maarat al-Numan, as a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey came into effect on Sunday, in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. “As you can see, the vehicles are in non-operation status. We adhere to all agreements the government concludes, we adhere to it in order to keep the safety of civilians. The cross gates were also opened so that the civilians could safely exit to the safe zones. Thus, we adhered to such an agreement, and there are no combat operations in this area we are in currently,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Revenge for Qassem Soleimani’s assassination is far from over: Iran

Published 2020-01-13 15:59:51 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s revenge to the United States for the killing of the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qassem Soleimani, is not over yet, the representative of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to the Quds Force, Ali Shirazi, said on Monday. “We have not completed our revenge to the enemies for the killing of Soleimani and his associates,” the news agency Fars quotes Shirazi as saying. “Retaliatory action will not be necessarily taken by Iran alone. The front of resistance will take active revenge.” Iran uses the term “front of resistance” in relation to all allies… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani

Over 100 civilians leave jihadist-held areas in Idlib and Aleppo

Published 2020-01-13 15:17:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Over 100 civilians have left the jihadist-held areas in the Idlib and Aleppo governorates on Monday, a source told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, tens of families traveled to the Al-Hader humanitarian crossing on Monday morning after a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) leaflet encouraged people to seek shelter in the government zones. The source said dozens of other families exited the jihadist-held areas for government zones after they reached the other two humanitarian crossings that were setup by the Syrian Arab Army and Russian Reconciliation Center. He would add that the Syrian Army is… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Iranian missiles that targeted US forces were guided by Russian satellite technology: media

Published 2020-01-13 14:15:55 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The missiles fired by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the U.S. military’s positions in Iraq were allegedly guided by Russian satellite technology, the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported, citing Pravda TV. According to the report, Iran’s missile strikes on the U.S. forces in Erbil and the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Base in Al-Anbar were coordinated with Russian satellites, which Pravda alleges was the reason for their success. “It is believed that for this reason, 17 of the 19 Iranian ballistic missiles were able to successfully hit their targets at a distance of several hundred kilometers… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Israeli military aircraft suffer costly damage due to weather

Published 2020-01-13 13:13:08 by News Desk in Middleeast

The Israeli Defense Forces have admitted that the costly damage to a number of Israel Air Force fighter jets at an undisclosed base, caused by flooding, was their fault. The aircraft sustained damage as the hangars, where they were parked, were flooded by the heavy rains that have plagued the country for the past week. “We were wrong when we did not move them [to dryer ground], all planes will be back in operation in the next few days”, the IDF wrote on Twitter. The IDF previously stated that no one was injured in the floods, although Channel 12… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel

Dozens of tribes in northeast Syria demand US withdrawal after Soleimani assassination: video

Published 2020-01-13 12:44:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Dozens of tribes in northeastern Syria gathered in the Al-Hasakah Governorate to demand the U.S. Armed Forces withdraw from the country. The Arab tribes reportedly gathered in Hafez Al-Assad Square inside Hasakah city to protest the U.S. presence in Syria and the attacks carried out by their forces inside Iraq. The Grand Mufti of Al-Hasakah, Dr. Abdul Hamid Al-Kandah, told Sputnik Arabic that “the American occupiers must leave immediately from our lands because they will leave it sooner or later by the blood of the national mujahideen, such as Soleimani, Al-Mohandes, and the martyrs… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Libyan rival leaders meet in Russia for peace talks

Published 2020-01-13 12:16:39 by News Desk in North-Africa

The anticipated Libyan emissaries have arrived in Moscow and will soon join the Russian-Turkish meeting between the top diplomats and defense chiefs, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page on Monday. “In line with the agreements reached in Istanbul between the Russian and Turkish presidents, the Russian-Turkish meeting at the level of heads of the foreign and defense ministries, devoted to the Libyan settlement, began today in the Foreign Ministry’s Reception House. The representatives of the Libyan sides have arrived and will soon join the talks,” the diplomat said. A photo posted by Zakharova shows that… Read on ->

Tags: Libya

Heavy clashes erupt in southwest Aleppo as Syrian Army’s offensive approaches

Published 2020-01-13 12:01:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – A series of intense clashes broke out last in the outskirts of Aleppo city, following a heavy attack on the provincial capital by the jihadist rebels that killed two civilians and wounded a dozen more. According to a military source inside the city, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) engaged a group of jihadist rebels at the Rashideen 3 sector, resulting in heavy clashes for a couple hours last night. The source said both sides suffered some casualties, but total number of dead and wounded is not known. This is the first major clash between the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Egyptian military flexes its might amid tensions with Turkey in the Mediterranean: video

Published 2020-01-13 11:44:59 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Egyptian Army carried out one of its largest military exercises ever on Sunday, as they kicked off their Qadir 2020 drills along the Mediterranean coast. The training included all strategic locations by land, air and sea, in cooperation with all major branches and tactical formations of the Egyptian armed forces. According to the statement from the military spokesman for the Egyptian Army, Colonel Tamer Al-Rifai, who posted on his official page on Facebook, “the northern military region, in cooperation with the Navy and elements of the special forces, carried out a number of… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Turkey

Hezbollah leader accuses Trump of lying about Soleimani wanting to attack US embassy

Published 2020-01-13 11:31:11 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 A.M.) – The Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said that the response to the assassination of Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, is not a single operation, but the start of a long process to expel the Americans from the Middle East. “The response to the assassination of Soleimani is not a single operation, but a long path that should lead to the removal of America from the Middle East,” the Hezbollah leader said, pointing out that the “Ayn al-Assad operation was a military step that revealed the reality of the Iranian military capability… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Nasrallah, Soleimani

Iraq in talks to purchase Russia’s S-300 system despite S-400 claims

Published 2020-01-13 11:19:19 by News Desk in Iraq

Iraq’s Ambassador to Iran Saad Jawad Qandil confirmed on Monday that Baghdad was currently negotiating the purchase of S-300 air defence systems from Moscow. “It is possible that Iraq will buy the systems,” Qandil said. He noted that Iraq was seeking to diversify its weapons imports, adding that Baghdad had arms-transfer agreements with Moscow. Iraq’s Parliament Security and Defense Committee chairman previously sought to purchase the Russian systems but talks were stalled amid sanctions threats from Washington. However, over the weekend, an Iraqi minister of parliament claimed that Iraq was in talks to purchase Russia’s S-400 system. It appears that… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia

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