The BrahMos missile takes off from India's main missile testing center in the eastern state of Orissa state, in Balasore district, 230 kilometers (144 miles) from Bhubaneshwar, India, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. India on Thursday successfully test-fired the supersonic cruise missile, designed to carry conventional warheads, jointly developed with Russia to fine-tune its ability to hit targets, the defense ministry said. (AP Photo)

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India successfully tests nuclear capable ballistic missile: photos

Published 2020-01-19 22:04:26 by News Desk in World-News

India successfully tested on 19 January the K-4 ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, Indian ANI news agency reported, citing government sources. According to the news outlet, the test-firing of the missile was carried out from an underwater platform off the coast of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. The missile is being developed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organization. Its firing range is up to 3,500 kilometres (2,170 miles). https://twitter.com/AnmolKapooor/status/1218943851982778370?s=20 ​K-4 is one of the two ballistic missiles designed by India to arm submarines. The other missile, called BO-5, has the firing range of over… Read on ->

Tags: India


Watch: Russian unmanned vehicle takes part in Syria operation

Published 2020-01-19 21:57:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Russian military recently showcased their unmanned ground vehicle in their ongoing operation inside Syria. In the video released this week, the Russian unmanned ground vehicle can be seen conducting reconnaissance work and aiding in the military’s demining operation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0ItS1oJUS8&feature=youtu.be

Tags: Russia, Syria


Turkey resumes gas drilling off Cyprus coast amid tensions with Egypt

Published 2020-01-19 21:10:01 by News Desk in Turkey

The Turkish ultra-deepwater drillship Yavuz has begun the third cycle of gas exploration drilling in the Mediterranean off the Cypriot southern coast amid overlapping claims with Cyprus on maritime economic zones, a spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. “Turkish drilling ship Yavuz proceeded to licence area ‘G’ in the south of the Island last Friday to conduct its third drilling operation in line with the licenses granted to the Turkish Petroleum by the Government of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in 2011. In this license area, as the co-owners of the Island, Turkish Cypriots have rights as much as… Read on ->

Tags: Cyprus, Turkey


New video shows Syrian mercenaries inside Tripoli

Published 2020-01-19 20:27:20 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – A new video released by Libya Review showed a group of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries walking through the capital city of Tripoli. In the video, the Syrian mercenaries from the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA) walk through a neighborhood in Tripoli, with one of the militants saying “Libya welcomes you.” https://twitter.com/LibyaReview/status/1218818049828102144?s=20 One of the militants in the video above appears to be a teenager that is now fighting in Libya. Last month, Bloomberg News revealed that Turkey was sending several Syrian militants to Libya to assist the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces after they suffered… Read on ->

Tags: FSA, Libya


Nearly 50 Syrian soldiers killed in last 72 hours: Russian military

Published 2020-01-19 20:01:16 by News Desk in Syria

More than 50 civilians and about 50 Syrian soldiers have been killed in militants’ attacks since January 16, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, Yuri Borenkov, said on Sunday. “Since January 16, 2020, as many as 47 Syrian soldiers have been killed and 77 more have been wounded in attacks staged by militants. A total of 51 civilians have been killed and 166 have been injured,” he said. According to Borenkov, militants in Syria are using regular weapons and munitions of NATO member nations. “Whereas previously, illegal armed groups used mostly self-made weapons… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria


Devastating Houthi attack kills over 100 Saudi-backed fighters in northern Yemen: report

Published 2020-01-19 19:40:01 by News Desk in Yemen

At least 100 Yemeni soldiers were killed in an attacks staged by militants of the Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebel movement on an army training camp north of the city of Marib, Al Jazeera reported on Sunday citing the Yemeni foreign ministry. Earlier reports said 80 soldiers had been killed and 150 more had been wounded. Armed confrontation between government forces and Houthi rebels from the Ansar Allah movement has been going on in Yemen since August 2014, reaching the most active phase in March 2015 after the Saudi-led coalition invaded the country. Along with Saudi Arabia, the coalition includes Bahrain,… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Yemen


At least 10 Syrian Army soldiers killed in failed jihadist attack

Published 2020-01-19 19:32:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – Yuri Bornkov, head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation between the Warring Parties in the Syrian Arab Republic, stated at a news conference that ten Syrian soldiers were killed and 15 more wounded during Sunday’s battle in southeastern Idlib. According to Bornkov, a group of about 130 jihadists , backed by pick-up trucks loaded with heavy machine guns, attacked the defensive positions of the Syrian Army in the southeastern part of Idlib. Three gangs, ranging in numbers from 50 to 70 militants, attacked the areas of the Abu Jarif axis and Tel Khatrah , in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Erdogan lashes out at Libya’s Haftar ahead Berlin peace conference

Published 2020-01-19 18:49:02 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued his attack against the Libyan National Army commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter, stressing that “the international community has not shown the necessary reaction to the reckless attacks in Tripoli. During a press conference before he went to Berlin to participate in the Libyan peace conference to solve the Libyan crisis, Erdogan expressed his hope that the Berlin Summit will lead to positive results, saying that “the Berlin conference is one of the results of the continuing Turkish efforts.” He said: “Our endeavors are clear in this context. We reached… Read on ->

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Tags: Erdogan, Haftar, Libya, Turkey


Jihadists suffer heavy losses in failed bid to capture southeast Idlib town

Published 2020-01-19 17:45:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a powerful assault against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the southeastern countryside of Idlib on Sunday. Taking advantage of the poor weather conditions, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) began their attack on Sunday by attempting to capture the small town of Abu Dafna. At first, the attack appeared successful, a source told Al-Masdar, as the jihadist rebels were able to breach the first line of defense at Abu Dafna. However, the attack would be short-lived, as the Syrian Arab Army stifled the jihadist assault, killing and… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Zero hour approaches as Syrian Army troops prepare to launch offensive in Aleppo

Published 2020-01-19 17:07:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) new offensive in the Aleppo Governorate is quickly approaching, as their troops make their final preparations for the operation. According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Army has been moving their heavy weapons to the front-lines near the western axis of the city, where they have been deadlocked with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their Turkish-backed allies for years. The source said troops from the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division have moved several tanks and BMPs to the front-lines, while Republican Guard units crowd the area around… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Israeli military develops technology to detect tunnels along Lebanese border: IDF

Published 2020-01-19 16:49:50 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have deployed a technological infrastructure to detect and monitor excavation work on the border with Lebanon. The Arabic-language spokesperson for the IDF, Avichay Adraee, said on Sunday morning that the army forces began deploying this new technological infrastructure to detect and monitor underground excavation work taking place along the Lebanese border. Adraee said in his tweets on his official account that all activities of this technical structure will take place from the Israeli side. https://twitter.com/AvichayAdraee/status/1218807236866252802?s=20 This latest technology comes a little over a year after the IDF launched a month-long… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Jihadists take advantage of poor weather to launch offensive in Idlib

Published 2020-01-19 16:35:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels took advantage of the poor weather conditions in northwestern Syria on Sunday to launch a new offensive in southeastern Idlib. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels began their offensive by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at the town of Abu Dafna in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to reports from the front, the jihadist rebels were able to breach the Syrian Arab Army’s first line of defense at Abu Dafna after a fierce battle on Sunday afternoon. The jihadist rebels have since alleged that… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Qassem Soleimani was ‘saying bad things’ about the US before his assassination: Trump

Published 2020-01-19 16:15:13 by News Desk in Iran

US President Donald Trump told Republican donors Friday evening that Qassem Soleimani, the top Iranian commander that was assassinated on POTUS’ orders in a drone attack in Baghdad, was “saying bad things” about the US before his death, as follows from an audio of his remarks obtained by CNN. At a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, Trump recounted in detail what happened in the Iraqi capital earlier this month, before querying emotionally: “How much of this shit do we have to listen to? How much are we going to listen to?” Trump said Soleimani, who had earlier been portrayed by the American… Read on ->

Tags: Soleimani, Trump


Iraqi forces arrest high-ranking ISIS official in Fallujah

Published 2020-01-19 16:03:20 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Iraqi security forces announced the arrest of a high-ranking Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) official in city of Fallujah, which is located in the Al-Anbar Governorate of western Iraq. In a statement on Sunday, the Iraqi security forces said, “in pursuit of terrorist networks, we have arrested the security official of the province of Fallujah.” The arrest of this ISIS official comes just a few days after the Iraqi security forces apprehended the terrorist group’s mufti in the Nineveh Governorate of northwestern Iraq. The remaining ISIS terrorist cells launch attacks from time to time against the… Read on ->

Tags: Fallujah, Iraq, ISIS


New video shows Libyan Army in full control of strategic port-city

Published 2020-01-19 15:53:12 by News Desk in North-Africa

A group of fighters belonging to the Libyan National Army (LNA) commanded by General Khalifa Haftar continued to patrol the Sirte front line on Saturday ahead of the Libya Peace Conference in Berlin. Footage filmed at the outskirts of the Mediterranean city shows fighters on top of military vehicles as they patrol the area and fire shots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO3SynH4fVc “Today we are at a certain point. We are advancing. I would like to carry the good news for our people that the army is steadily marching to liberate Libya, whether in west of Tripoli or in Sirte. We are steadily marching… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA, Sirte


Houthi missile strike kills over 20 Yemeni soldiers in Marib

Published 2020-01-19 15:26:04 by News Desk in Yemen

The Yemeni Houthis pounded a military training base in the Yemeni city of Marib on Saturday with missiles, killing at least 30 servicemen, according to Saudi media. According to a local military source, the attack killed 24 soldiers and injured 20 others. “Twenty-four soldiers died, 20 were injured in a missile attack on the barracks for draftees in the al-Milah area in the northwest of the Marib province. The missile was presumably ballistic”, the source said. The Houthis have not claimed responsibility or confirmed the allegation. Earlier this month, the Houthis reportedly launched a ballistic missile at a Saudi-led coalition… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Marib, Yemen


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