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First scenes from Ma’arat Al-Nu’man after Syrian troops capture city

Published 2020-01-28 19:41:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man on Tuesday afternoon following a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). READ ALSO: Syrian Army advances within 3km of strategic city in Idlib The operation, which was led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), began on Sunday morning and culminated in the capture of several towns and villages before Ma’arat Al-Nu’man was seized on Tuesday. https://youtu.be/KoT5RiB15LI Since capturing Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, the Syrian Arab Army has advanced further into the Idlib countryside, seizing another town west… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Yemeni Army captures several areas in southwestern Yemen

Published 2020-01-28 19:31:23 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The pro-government Yemeni Army forces launched a big offensive this week to retake several sites in the Taiz Governorate of southwestern Yemen. READ ALSO: Saudi Coalition launches big offensive captures key area in northern Yemen According to reports from Taiz Governorate, the Yemeni Army captured several sites from the Ansarallah forces, including the hilltop of Tal Al-Khalwah. The reports said the Yemeni Army managed to seize points from the Ansarallah forces after an intense fight on Monday and Tuesday. They would add that their troops managed to kill several members of the Ansarallah forces during… Read on ->

Tags: Taiz, Yemen


Syrian Army keeps advancing in Idlib after seizing Ma’arat Al-Nu’man

Published 2020-01-28 16:22:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has not let up their assault on the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate as their forces have seized more ground since capturing Ma’arat Al-Nu’man about an hour ago. READ ALSO: Syrian Army captures several sites in southern Aleppo amid push towards Khan Touman According to a new field report, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) has secured Ma’arat Al-Nu’man following the capture of Hintawtin to the west of the city. The Syrian Arab Army is still pushing further west of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, with… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army captures Ma’arat Al-Nu’man and Wadi Al-Deif Base

Published 2020-01-28 15:44:04 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The battle for Ma’arat Al-Nu’man has ended in a devastating defeat for the jihadist rebels, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) announces the capture of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man and the Wadi Al-Deif Base. READ ALSO: Syrian Army reinforcements pour into Idlib after jihadist attacks – video According to a field source near the front-lines, the remaining jihadist rebels in the area have fled to safety and left the city and base to the Syrian Armed Forces. The source said the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) did not bother to fight for Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, as… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army captures several sites in southern Aleppo amid push towards Khan Touman

Published 2020-01-28 15:13:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Syrian military has been involved in a fierce battle for several hours on Tuesday in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. READ ALSO: Syrian military launches new attack to retake eastern Idlib base The Syrian military, led by Division 30 of the Republican Guard, has repeatedly attacked on Tuesday the jihadist defenses east of Khan Touman in a bid to seize this imperative town in southern Aleppo. According to a field source, the Syrian military’s persistence has paid off, as their troops managed to capture several hills and points east and northeast of… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Watch: Syrian Army captures several areas in Idlib in past 48 hours

Published 2020-01-28 14:02:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) took control of several towns and villages in the Idlib countryside during its advances on Sunday and Monday. READ ALSO: Syrian Army prevents US military convoy from passing checkpoint in Hasakah Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army was able to crack the jihadist defenses near Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, paving the way for their forces to capture several sites, including the eastern, southern, and northern flanks of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. Video footage of this advance was captured by Ruptly; it shows the Syrian Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iran attempts to defy US sanctions by launching new satellite into space

Published 2020-01-28 13:43:19 by News Desk in Iran

Iran is preparing to launch the first of six civilian satellites into orbit in the near future, Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi has confirmed. READ ALSO: Iran slams US official’s threat to assassinate Soleimani’s successor “Yes, a site is being prepared for placing the Zafar satellite into orbit,” Azari-Jahromi wrote in a Farsi-language tweet, citing an NPR news story reporting that Iran was “making repairs and preparing for a space launch.” On Sunday, the minister confirmed that Iran was ‘on the threshold’ of putting the new Zafar-1 and Zafar-2 satellites into orbit ‘in the coming days’, with… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Syria begins assessment of damage done by attack on Mediterranean oil pipeline: video

Published 2020-01-28 13:31:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian government has begun to assess the damage done to their Baniyas oil pipeline in the eastern Mediterranean after a terrorist attack targeted this imperative site. READ ALSO: Syrian Army begins heavily targeting southern Aleppo as offensive approaches According to the Syrian Arab New Agency (SANA), the government has begun to assess and fix the damage done to the pipeline by sending in repairmen to work on the site. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_9Onjwwzco The attack on the Baniyas oil pipeline was reportedly carried out by an unnamed terrorist group. This attack marks the second time in the… Read on ->

Tags: Baniyas, Syria


Syrian Army on the verge of besieging Ma’arat Al-Nu’man after capturing key town

Published 2020-01-28 12:03:44 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) continued their offensive in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this week after relatively successful operation on Monday. READ ALSO: Syrian Army seizes 3 more towns in Idlib According to a military report from the Idlib front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army has captured the key town of Kafr Rouma, which is located southwest of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in the Idlib countryside. The report said the Syrian Army was able to assert full control over Kafr Rouma after most of the jihadists from Hay’at… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army captures new ground in southern Aleppo

Published 2020-01-28 11:41:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has captured new ground in southern Aleppo this morning after resuming their offensive against the jihadist rebels. READ ALSO: Syrian Army captures jihadist tank in Idlib – video According to a field report from Aleppo, the Syrian Republican Guard’s Division 30 captured Jarf Khan Touman, which is a small area located north of Khan Touman. The report said the Syrian Arab Army is still pushing further south towards Khan Touman in a bid to capture the town and new points along the strategic Aleppo-Idlib Highway (M-5). Over the weekend, the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Important battle taking place in northern Yemen for key roadway: details

Published 2020-01-28 11:17:08 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Ansarallah forces and Hadi loyalists are involved in an intense battle for arguably one of the most important sites in northern Syria. READ ALSO: UAE-backed forces capture new town from former Saudi allies in southern Yemen  According to reports from northern Yemen, the Ansarallah forces are attempting to capture the strategic Al-Jawf Junction, which links the Al-Jawf, Marib, and Sana’a governorates in the northern part of the country. While some preliminary reports allege that the Ansarallah forces have captured the site, pro-government accounts report heavy clashes with the latter at this junction. If the… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Marib, Yemen


Front-line footage from Syrian Army’s Aleppo offensive

Published 2020-01-28 10:51:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched their offensive in southern and western Aleppo over weekend, as they begun a large-scale campaign to expel the remaining jihadist forces from the provincial capital’s outskirts. READ ALSO: Heavy clashes erupt in southwest Aleppo as Syrian Army’s offensive approaches  Led by the Republican Guard’s Division 30 and SAA’s 4th Armored Division, the Syrian military kicked off their offensive by storming several areas around the western outskirts of the provincial capital. The offensive would then intensify when the Syrian Army began their assault on the southern region of the Aleppo… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Hezbollah leader meets with daughter of Qassem Soleimani: video

Published 2020-01-28 10:32:21 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 A.M.) – The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, recently held a meeting with Zainab Qassem Soleimani, daughter of the late commander of the Quds Force, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated by the U.S. in Baghdad. READ ALSO: Iraq arrests 3 Baghdad Airport employees for leaking intel to US about Qassem Soleimani According to Iran’s IRNA, the Hezbollah leader said: “God honored the martyr Qassem Soleimani with jihad and martyrdom, and sealed him with the most beautiful consequence.” https://twitter.com/Ze_Soleimany/status/1221990232544837632?s=20 During the early hours on January 3rd, the U.S. Armed Forces carried out a drone strike on… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon


Pompeo accuses Syrian gov’t Russia, Iran, Hezbollah of preventing ceasefire in Syria

Published 2020-01-28 10:00:54 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took to Twitter on Monday to accuse the Syrian government, Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah of violating the ceasefire in Syria, despite the fact that at least of these parties mentioned don’t have involvement. “Ruthless actions by Russia, the Iranian regime, Hezbollah, and the Assad regime are directly preventing the establishment of a ceasefire in northern #Syria. We condemn these barbaric attacks and call for an immediate ceasefire,” Pompeo tweeted. However, despite Pompeo’s accusations, Iran and Hezbollah are not involved in the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) ongoing operations in the… Read on ->

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Tags: Pompeo, Syria


US halts weapons deliveries to Iraq amid tensions with Baghdad

Published 2020-01-28 08:39:01 by News Desk in Iraq

The United States stopped all weapons deliveries to Iraq in the midst of the growing tensions with the government in Baghdad, the US-based Inside Defense news site reported. READ ALSO: Muqtada Al-Sadr calls for new protests against US presence in Iraq  The freeze includes halting supplies for the new F-16 fleet, the report said on Monday citing Air Force spokesperson Brian Brackens. The Pentagon will resume shipments “when the environment in Iraq is safe enough,” Brackens said, according to the report. On Sunday, three missiles landed on the US embassy’s territory in Baghdad, with one of the missiles hitting the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US


Turkish military convoy heads to southern Idlib amid Syrian Army advance

Published 2020-01-28 08:27:29 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

A Turkish military convoy crossed the border with Syria through a checkpoint of Kafr Lusein, located in the north of the Idlib Governorate, and is heading to the south, Al Arabiya TV channel reported citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. READ ALSO: Large number of Iraqi military reinforcements sent to Syrian border According to the TV channel, the Turkish convoy consists of 30 vehicles, including 12 armored vehicles carrying equipment. Earlier, Al Mayadeen TV channel reported that the Syrian forces had surrounded a Turkish observation point in Maar Hattat, a Syrian village in the Idlib Governorate. On December 23,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army is less than 13km away from 2 important cities in Idlib

Published 2020-01-28 08:13:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a massive advance in the Idlib Governorate on Monday, seizing over ten towns and villages from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Forces (NLF). READ ALSO: Syrian Army scores massive advance in Idlib after jihadist defenses collapse – map Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture several towns and villages throughout the day on Monday, putting their forces at the southern and northern axes of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in the eastern part… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syria’s Mediterranean oil pipeline comes under attack: report

Published 2020-01-28 07:34:12 by News Desk in Syria

Terrorists have attacked oil storage tanks in Baniyas, Syria, setting off pre-installed explosives, SANA reported, citing the country’s Petroleum Ministry. READ ALSO: New attack on Syrian oil fields was too sophisticated for terrorist groups – source The news of the attack comes after media reported, citing the Petroleum Ministry, that terrorists targeted energy facilities in central Syria on 21 December. Prior to this, a US military base at the al-Omar oil field in the south-eastern Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zor was reportedly attacked by unknown assailants, with American soldiers responding with shelling and stun grenades. The Syrian Oil Ministry stated… Read on ->

Tags: Baniyas, Mediterranean, Syria


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