TEHRAN, IRAN - SEPTEMBER 18 : Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani attends Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's (not seen) meeting with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran, Iran on September 18, 2016. (Photo by Pool / Press Office of Iranian Supreme Leader/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Iranian President claims Qassem Soleimani could have killed US generals

Published 2020-02-10 21:35:10 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stated that late commander Qasem Soleimani could have killed American generals multiple times during operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries – but opted not to do such things. “Commander Soleimani was a man who was pursuing stability and calm in the region”, Rouhani said. “If commander Soleimani wanted to kill American generals it would have been very, very easy for him, in Afghanistan, Iraq and any other place. He never did that”. After killing the Iranian general, the US stated he had malign intentions against American diplomatic facilities in the region, accusing him of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Soleimani

NATO-designated terrorist organization spotted with US-made armored vehicle in Idlib: photo

Published 2020-02-10 21:25:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – A new image that surfaced on social media this evening showed the NATO-designated terrorist organization, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), with a U.S.-made armored vehicle in the Idlib countryside. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Launches Powerful Attack in Southeastern Idlib According to observers, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham was photographed with a U.S.-made M113 armored personnel carrier (APC) in an undisclosed location in the Idlib countryside. https://twitter.com/aldin_ww/status/1226946287150518278?s=20 The APC, which has made a rare appearance at the Idlib front, was likely given to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham by the Turkish military or the National Liberation Front (NLF). Recently, the Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Breaking: Turkey strikes Syrian Army in Idlib, claims 101 targets destroyed

Published 2020-02-10 19:29:02 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The Turkish Defense Ministry announced on Monday that the country’s forces have struck 115 Syrian government targets, destroying 101 of them. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Launches New Military Operation in Eastern Syria “According to preliminary data, 115 targets of the Syrian army were fired upon, and 101 targets were hit, including three tanks destroyed and one helicopter shot down. The operation continues,” the ministry said in a statement. The ministry said further that it would retaliate against any attack against its forces, which have observation posts in northern Syria. This claim comes just hours after the Syrian Army fired retaliatory… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Russian S-500 capable of destroying targets hundreds of kilometers above Earth: developer

Published 2020-02-10 17:12:41 by News Desk in World-News

Russia’s prospective S-500 air defence system will be able to intercept targets hundreds of kilometres above the Earth, Pavel Sozinov, general designer at the Almaz-Antey defence concern said. “The interception in the upper atmosphere is real. It is hundreds of kilometres above the Earth,” Sozinov said in an interview with Arkady Mamontov in his YouTube program. He stressed that according to its characteristics, the S-500 exceeds all similar air defence systems that have been created or are being created in developed countries. According to Sozinov, the system comprises a large number of various target detection and interception tools and ground-to-air… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia

Unknown assailants detonate car bomb inside Damascus

Published 2020-02-10 17:00:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – A car bomb as detonated this afternoon near the Jala’a hall in the Mezzeh District of Damascus, a local source told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the car bomb caused a loud explosion that could be heard throughout the Mezzeh District of Damascus. He would add that no casualties have been reported at this time. No one has announced responsibility for this car bombing.

Tags: Damascus, Syria

Russia accuses US of hindering peace talks with Syrian gov’t and Kurds

Published 2020-02-10 16:18:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Russian ambassador to Syria, Alexander Yevimov, said on Monday that the armed American presence on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and the Al-Tanf region is hindering dialogue between Damascus and Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), and that dialogue cannot lead to positive results under the current circumstances. Yevimov said in an interview with Sputnik Arabic: “Concerning the Kurds specifically, there are subtle differences, that the idea of ​​dialogue with them, as far as we can understand it, is not rejected by the leadership of the country, in the end they are Syrians. However, there… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, Syria

US troops already begun withdrawing from Iraq: lawmaker

Published 2020-02-10 15:23:53 by News Desk in Iraq

US soldiers have already started withdrawing from 15 Iraqi military bases and leaving the country, member of the parliamentary Security and Defence Commission, Ali al-Qameni, was quoted as saying by the daily Baghdad Today. The lawmaker reportedly added that Washington is still insisting on building up forces in the Ayn al-Asad and Erbil military bases, but noted that the Iraqi Parliament opposes this notion. Iraqi lawmakers voted for a non-binding motion to end all foreign military deployments in the country, including the American contingent, on 5 January following a US airstrike that killed major Iranian General, Qassem Soleimani, without discussing… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

Video footage of Syrian Army capturing new points along Aleppo-Damascus Highway

Published 2020-02-10 15:04:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a new advance in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Sunday, seizing the ICARDA Farms and several other points along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5). READ ALSO: Jihadists Abandon Much of Southern Aleppo as Syrian Troops Capture 4 More Towns In a video released on Monday, the Ali Taha Regiment of the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) can be seen in the ICARDA area after capturing it from the jihadist rebels in southern Aleppo on Sunday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2psiOmnyX4

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Syrian Army captures militant stronghold in southwest Aleppo

Published 2020-02-10 14:28:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is still on the move in the southwestern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, as their forces have taken control of more territories from the jihadist rebels. READ ALSO: Syrian Army launches night assault on jihadist stronghold – video Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Army has captured the militant stronghold of Kafr Halab after an intense battle with jihadists from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF). This advance at Kafr Halab comes a few hours after the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Breaking: Syrian Army attack allegedly kills 5 Turkish soldiers in Idlib

Published 2020-02-10 14:17:28 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – An alleged attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the town of Taftanaz in northern Idlib killed at least five Turkish military personnel and wounded several others. READ ALSO: Turkish F-16 jets bomb Syrian Army positions in Idlib According to opposition reports, which are conflicting, the Syrian Army either killed these Turkish military personnel by airstrikes or artillery. The reports said the Syrian Army attack allegedly struck the Taftanaz Airbase, where several Turkish military personnel are currently deployed. Since these reported strikes, Turkish military choppers have been seen flying over the Taftanaz Airbase. This… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Russian ambassador slams latest Israeli strikes on Syria

Published 2020-02-10 13:54:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Yevimov said on Monday that the Israeli raids are dangerous and increase the possibility of conflict in Syria. READ ALSO: Russia Detected 6 F-35 Jets Near Iranian Border After Attack on US Base – Lavrov Yevimov said in an interview with Sputnik Arabic that “the Israeli raids are, of course, provocative and very dangerous for the situation in Syria. The rockets are falling not only in the areas bordering Israel, but also reaching areas deep in Syria, in the eastern part of the country and even in residential areas in… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria

Syrian Army captures 2 towns in eastern Idlib despite reports of jihadist offensive

Published 2020-02-10 13:36:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized two towns in the Idlib countryside on Monday despite reports of a new jihadist offensive in northwestern Syria. READ ALSO: First Moments Syrian Army Enters Saraqib City – Video According to a field source in the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army captured the towns of Khirbat Jazraya and Qanater after a short battle with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) this morning. The source added that the Syrian Army is still attacking the jihadist defenses along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5). The jihadist rebels announced around noon on Monday that their… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Jihadists begin large-scale offensive to retake Saraqib from Syrian Army

Published 2020-02-10 12:05:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels, with support from the Turkish Armed Forces, have begun an operation to retake the strategic city of Saraqib in the northeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Captures Strategic Town in Southern Aleppo – Video Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels reportedly begun the offensive this morning in an attempt to end the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Idlib-Aleppo campaign and reestablish control over several areas they have lost. While no gains have been reported thus far, a source from the Syrian Arab Army has reported heavy… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Saraqib, Syria

Russian Su-35 allegedly intercepted Turkish F-16 in northern Syria: Sohu

Published 2020-02-10 11:12:25 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – A Russian Su-35 aircraft intercepted a Turkish F-16 jet over northern Syria a few days ago, the Chinese publication SOHU reported this week. READ ALSO: Russian Warplanes Stalk and Destroy jihadist forces in Idlib – Video According to the publication, the Turkish aircraft was either trying to escort its ground forces through northern Syria or they were possibly going to strike the Syrian Arab Army SAA) troops that were advancing through the Idlib and Aleppo countrysides. The SOHO article said the Turkish aircraft “tried to cross the Syrian border with their F-16″ before they were… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army recovered over 600 sq km of territory in Aleppo, Idlib: SAA

Published 2020-02-10 10:48:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began a wide-scale offensive in the Aleppo and Idlib governorates at the turn of the new year, marking the first time in several months that they have carried out attacks on multiple fronts. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Attempts to Advance at Several Fronts in Aleppo as Offensive Intensifies In a matter of days, the Syrian Army’s offensive would prove successful in the Idlib Governorate, as their forces managed to reach the gates of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. The Syrian Army would eventually take control of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man towards the end of the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria

Syrian Army launches new military operation in eastern Syria

Published 2020-02-10 10:14:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has launched a new military in the eastern region of Syria, following a string of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) attacks on their positions in the Homs and Deir Ezzor governorates. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Scores Massive Advance Across Southern Aleppo According to a field report from the Homs Governorate, the Syrian Army, alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF), kicked off a new operation in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah region to clear the hideouts used by the Islamic State to attack their forces in eastern Syria. The report said the Syrian Army has… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Egyptian Army thwarts terrorist attack in northern Sinai

Published 2020-02-10 09:48:27 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M) – The Egyptian Army announced on Monday that it had thwarted a terrorist attack in northern Sinai, killing at least ten militants during hostilities. READ ALSO: Egypt Not Blocking Iranian Oil Tankers En Route To Syria The military spokesman for the Egyptian Armed Forces said on his official page on Facebook that elements of the armed forces managed to thwart a terrorist attack on one of the security pillars in northern Sinai. The spokesman said the armed forces also destroyed a four-wheel-drive vehicle that belonged to the terrorists. According to the military spokesman, seven Egyptian armed… Read on ->

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Tags: Egypt, Sinai

Iran’s IRGC forces unveil new missile: video

Published 2020-02-10 09:32:50 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s revolutionary guard unveiled a new missile on Sunday, according to footage from Iranian state TV. The report from state TV station IRINN showed General Hossein Salami, the guards’ commander-in-chief, and General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the guard’s aerospace division, unveiling the new Raad 500 missile in an unknown location in Iran. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGbvDQQ-8c8 The guard’s official website say the new missile’s body is made of a kind of composite material instead of metal. The report said the new missile has a range of 500 kilometers (310 miles), 200 kilometers (124 miles) more that the similar Fateh 110 missile, while… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

Iraqi forces launch wide-scale operation against ISIS in northwest Iraq

Published 2020-02-10 09:11:53 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Iraqi Security Forces, led by Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units), kicked off a wide-scale military operation this morning against the terrorist cells in the northwestern governorate of Ninawa (var. Nineveh). READ ALSO: ISIS launches heavy attack along Syria-Iraq border  According to the official media wing of Hashd Al-Sha’abi, the Iraqi security forces began the operation in the historical Al-Hadar District, which is where the ancient city of Hatra is located. “The security forces and Hashd Al-Sha’abi launched a security operation at 7:00 A.M. today to clear Jazirah Al-Hadar in the governorate of Ninawa, which… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Ninawa

Jihadists preparing for major counter-offensive in Idlib, Aleppo

Published 2020-02-10 08:51:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels, alongside their Turkish-backed allies, are preparing for a wide-scale counter-offensive in the Aleppo and Idlib countrysides after suffering heavy losses over the course of three weeks. READ ALSO: Russia Transports Tanks to Syria Amid New Offensive in Idlib – Photos According to a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), their forces have observed a large concentration of jihadist rebels from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) around the southwestern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. The source said their intel believes the jihadists – with help from… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria

Israeli Air Force launches series of airstrikes over Gaza

Published 2020-02-10 08:15:44 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – Israeli military aircraft launched a series of airstrikes over the Khan Younis District of Gaza last night, Palestinian activists reported this morning. READ ALSO: ‘We Will Never Recognize a Palestinian State Under Any Circumstances’ – Israel MoD According to the reports, the “the Israeli warplanes launched a missile towards a target near the port, west of Khan Younis.” “The Israeli helicopters launched a series of raids on the vicinity of the (Al-Tal) site and the port northwest of Khan Younis,” they added. The Israeli strikes came several hours after a missile was fired from the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine

Never before seen footage of Syrian Army’s operation to capture Saraqib

Published 2020-02-10 07:56:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Anna News Agency released new footage this week showing a never before seen video of the Syrian Arab Army’s operation to capture Saraqib from the jihadist rebels in eastern Idlib. READ ALSO: Syrian Army captures several areas in eastern Idlib In the video, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) can be seen engaging the in the enemy with help from their Russian allies, who provided close air support during their advance towards Saraqib last week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXBmO-iBFKA The Syrian Army would eventually take full control of Saraqib after a… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Saraqib, Syria

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