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Jihadist defenses collapse in southern Idlib as Syrian Army advances across Jabal Al-Zawiya

Published 2020-02-24 22:09:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – It is going to be a long night for the jihadist rebels in southern Idlib, as they continue to lose several sites to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of the governorate. READ ALSO: Israeli Airstrikes in Syria Kill 2 Members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad According to the latest report from the Idlib front, the Syrian Arab Army has captured more towns and villages near Kafr Sijnah amid the complete collapse of the jihadist defenses in the southern part of this governorate. Among the areas captured by the Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army inside former jihadist stronghold after new advance in Idlib: video

Published 2020-02-24 21:56:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a new advance in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, as their troops captured one of the last strongholds for the jihadist rebels in this area. According to a field report from the Idlib Governorate on Monday, the Syrian Arab Army captured the jihadist stronghold of Kafr Sijnah last night after breaking through Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s front-lines inside the town. The capture of Kafr Sijnah by the Syrian Arab Army eventually led to the jihadist collapse south of the town, as the military was able to seize several… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russia slams US statement about reaching agreement with jihadists in Idlib

Published 2020-02-24 21:40:13 by News Desk in Syria

Moscow views US statements on the possibility of reaching an agreement with terrorists in Syria as unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. “Both Nusra Front [outlawed in Russia] and the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham [was formerly known as the Nusra Front banned in Russia] are officially included in the UN Security Council’s lists of terrorist organizations. They are also included in the national lists of terrorist organizations in the United States. Nevertheless, it is not the first time that Washington officials, including US Special Representative for Syria Engagement [James] Jeffrey, have made statements suggesting that they view Tahrir… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, US


Israeli bulldozer filmed dragging body of dead Palestinian protester near Gaza border fence

Published 2020-02-24 21:34:24 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

A video widely shared on social media purportedly shows an Israeli military bulldozer approaching and moving the dead body of a Palestinian protester towards a separation fence of the Gaza border on Sunday. Initial reports indicate that the body was “confiscated” by Israeli forces. Israeli forces shot dead one Palestinian protester near the Gaza border, before a bulldozer extracted the body. Footage captures the lifeless body of the Palestinian protester dangling from the bulldozer, which was escorted by an Israeli Merkava battle tank. Palestinian protesters meanwhile dragged back the body of another protester that was wounded in the gunfire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRsX1I8tKkw… Read on ->

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Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine


Turkish-backed militants retake key town in eastern Idlib after costly battle

Published 2020-02-24 20:51:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants and their jihadist allies managed to retake a key town in eastern Idlib on Monday after launching several attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Keeps Rolling in Idlib as They Seize More Areas in Jabal Al-Zawiya Backed by Turkish artillery, the National Liberation Front (NLF) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) began their attack on Monday by storming the western outskirts of Nayrab, a town that has been fought over for two weeks now. According to the latest field report from the Idlib Governorate, the Turkish-backed militants… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkey is transferring weapons to Libya via Misrata Port: LNA

Published 2020-02-24 18:27:16 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

Turkey is transferring weapons and military equipment to Libya through Misrata Port, Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari has alleged. “Reconnaissance and intelligence units confirm the arrival of weapons and military equipment from Turkey to the Misrata seaport to support terrorist organisations and armed groups in the western region,” al-Mismari said in a statement published on his Facebook page. “This support is made publicly before the international community. It is a breach of the declared truce in the region,” he added. According to the spokesman, the LNA has not yet responded to the deliveries, but was monitoring the situation,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Russian military to conduct observation flight over Turkey

Published 2020-02-24 15:25:08 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

Russian inspectors will perform an observation flight over Turkey in the framework of the Open Skies Treaty, Head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergey Ryzhkov said. “The observation flight over the territory of Turkey will be performed on February 25-28, 2020 from the Open Skies airfield of Eskisehir. The maximum flight range will be 1,900 km,” Ryzhkov said. The flight will be carried out by the Russian surveillance plane Tu-154M-LK-1. The aircraft will be strictly following the route earlier approved by Turkey and Turkish specialists onboard the plane will be controlling the use of the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey


Syrian Army keeps rolling in Idlib as they seize more areas in Jabal Al-Zawiya

Published 2020-02-24 15:06:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their wide-scale operation in the Idlib Governorate this afternoon, as their troops seized more ground in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. READ ALSO: Russian Air Force Begins Heavy Attack Over Western Idlib According to the latest field report from this front, the Syrian Arab Army captured the town of Warmiyah after a short battle with the jihadist rebels on Monday afternoon. With the capture of Warmiyah, the Syrian Arab Army has now captured a dozen towns and villages in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate over the past 24… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Several Turkish soldiers allegedly killed in new Syrian-Russian air attack in Idlib

Published 2020-02-24 14:44:59 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Several soldiers from the Turkish Army were reportedly killed or wounded this afternoon following the joint airstrikes launched by the Syrian and Russian air forces in the Idlib Governorate. According to pro-opposition media, as many as ten Turkish soldiers were killed or wounded as a result of the joint Russian-Syrian airstrikes near the town of Kansafra. Furthermore, opposition activists claimed that several Turkish military vehicles were destroyed because of these strikes. The Turkish Ministry of Defense has yet comment on these claims; however, if true, this could put the Turkish military’s death toll over 20… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Israel attempted to assassinate Islamic Jihad leader in Syria: Netanyahu

Published 2020-02-24 14:13:30 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the IDF’s attack last night in Syria’s capital city, Damascus. In an interview with Radio Jerusalem, Netanyahu said the operation was an attempt to target a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement, but failed. “The Israeli army tried to assassinate and target an Islamic Jihad leader in Damascus without mentioning his name, but failed and instead targeted two from his movement,” Netanyahu reportedly said, as quoted by Sputnik Arabic. On the possibility of the Israeli army entering into a military operation in the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu said… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, Palestine, Syria


Turkish-backed militants launch new attack in eastern Idlib

Published 2020-02-24 13:38:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – For the second time in a week, the Turkish-backed militants launched an attack to capture the key town of Nayrab in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Reinforcements Head to Idlib Front-Lines – Video Backed by the Turkish military, the National Liberation Front (NLF) and their jihadist allies began their attack on Monday by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses west of Nayrab. According to preliminary reports from this front, the Turkish military is shelling the Syrian Army’s defenses around Nayrab, prompting the latter to respond with their own… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Watch: Syrian air defenses confront Israeli missiles over Damascus

Published 2020-02-24 12:49:01 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Syrian air defenses in Damascus brought down several ‘hostile targets’ coming from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights last night after the Israeli forces fired several missiles towards the southern outskirts of the capital. The Israeli military launched a series of raids against what they called ‘terrorist targets’ belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in Syria and throughout Gaza, IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee confirmed in a rare admission of strikes against its neighbor. According to the Islamic Jihad Movement, at least two of their members were killed as a result of this attack by the Israeli Defense Forces… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria


Iraqi forces kill 3 terrorists with close connections to ISIS leader

Published 2020-02-24 12:27:26 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – The Security Media Cell in Iraq announced on Monday the killing of 3 terrorists close to the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization and the arrest of seven others in northern Iraq. “The Special Operations Heroes of the [anti-terrorist] organization carried out an airdrop with the support of the international coalition aircraft, through which they killed three terrorists close to the leader of ISIS and arrested seven terrorists.” The cell indicated that these terrorists were in the Zghitoun Valley in the governorate of Kirkuk. No further details were released.

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Kirkuk


Syrian Army seizes 3 more towns in southeast Idlib as jihadists retreat west

Published 2020-02-24 11:35:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their Turkish-backed allies have suffered more setbacks in the southeastern countryside of Idlib this week, following a new push by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to capture the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. READ ALSO: Jihadist Special Forces Unit Completely Wiped Out by Syrian Army in Idlib Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army was able to capture three more towns in southeastern Idlib after taking control of the jihadist stronghold of Kafr Sijnah last night. According to a field report from southeastern Idlib this morning, the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Jihadist special forces unit completely wiped out by Syrian Army in Idlib

Published 2020-02-24 11:15:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The jihadist special forces attempted to storm the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Idlib Governorate recently, resulting in heavy losses for the militants. In a video released on Saturday via Telegram, several jihadist corpses were filmed by Syrian Army reporters inside the Idlib Governorate. The jihadists were in possession of new equipment and battle fatigues, which had some observers confused about whether or not they were actually Turkish military personnel. In the past, the jihadist special forces have carried out attacks behind the Syrian Arab Army’s lines; however, this is one of the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian Navy tracks US warship in Black Sea

Published 2020-02-24 08:59:22 by News Desk in World-News

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet monitors movements of the US guided-missile destroyer USS Ross, which entered the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Defense Control Center said in a statement on Sunday. “Forces of the Black Sea Fleet have begun tracking the movements of the [guided-missile] destroyer USS Ross after she made a transit into the Black Sea at 18.30 Moscow Time on February 23, 2020,” the center said. US naval ships regularly sail into the Black Sea, so it was not rare incident. Last December, USS Ross entered the southern area of the Black Sea, so the Black Sea… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


Al-Qaeda confirms death of top commander in Yemen

Published 2020-02-24 08:28:08 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 A.M.) – The Al-Qaeda terrorist organization announced the killing of its leader in Yemen, Qassem Al-Rimi, during a U.S. raid on the group’s positions. According to the Reuters News Agency, Al-Qaeda confirmed the death of its infamous leader of its Arabian Peninsula division after a U.S. drone strike targeted his location. Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the killing of al-Rimi in an anti- terrorist operation in Yemen a few weeks ago; however, Al-Qaeda did not comment on these claims until now. The United States considers the branch of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to be one… Read on ->

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Tags: Yemen


Syrian Army captures jihadist stronghold in southeastern Idlib

Published 2020-02-24 07:55:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has captured several towns and villages in southeastern Idlib over the last 24 hours, marking the first time in a week that they have advanced in northwestern Syria. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Scores Massive Advance Across Southern Aleppo According to a military report from the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army captured two towns overnight after breaking through the jihadist front-lines around the militant stronghold of Kafr Sijnah. The report said the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture the two towns of Al-Naqeer and Kafr Sijnah after the withdrawal of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed 2 Palestinian Islamic Jihad members

Published 2020-02-24 07:38:58 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.)- The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) announced the killing of two of its members in the Israeli raids on Damascus on Sunday evening. The movement said in a statement, published by Hezbollah’s Military Media on Monday: “With the highest verses of steadfastness and steadfastness in the approach of the resistance, the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine extends to the sons of our people and our nation, the two generous brothers, the martyr / Salim Ahmed Salim, 24, and the martyr / Ziad Ahmed Mansour, 23, who rose martyrdom during the brutal and treacherous Zionist aggression that targeted… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, PIJ, Syria


IDF claims attacks against Islamic Jihad in Gaza and Damascus

Published 2020-02-24 01:24:01 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine, Syria

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) say they have struck targets of the Islamic Jihad group who reportedly were preparing rocket attacks towards Israeli territory. Earlier in the day, the IDF said the Iron Dome had intercepted 13 out of 21 missile launches from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. After 20 rockets had been launched, the IDF attached a map on Twitter showing the areas that came under fire. Israel holds Islamic Jihad responsible for the recent attacks. In Ashkelon, which also came under fire, classes at schools were suspended for Monday. Hours earlier, Israeli soldiers shot at least one Palestinian… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Gaza, Israel, Palestine, Syria


Syrian Army scores late night advance in southeastern Idlib

Published 2020-02-24 01:14:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a late night advance in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Sunday, resulting in the capture of one town and several nearby points. According to the latest report from the battlefield, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture the town of Al-Naqeer near the jihadist stronghold of Kafr Sijnah after a fierce battle with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF). Some preliminary reports from the Idlib Governorate claim the Syrian Arab Army has now captured Kafr Sijnah; however, this is still not… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Israel launches heavy attack over southern Damascus: video

Published 2020-02-24 01:07:24 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian air defense was responding to “hostile targets” over the Damascus area, SANA news agency reported on Sunday. The Syrian air defense repelled the missiles that exploded in the sky in the south of Damascus, a Sputnik correspondent said later. A Syrian security source also confirmed the missiles were launched by the Israeli military. The Israeli Defense Forces have also confirmed carrying strikes against Damascus on Twitter. The IDF said it targeted Islamic Jihad positions in Syria. “At 23:25 pm on Sunday, 23 February 2020, Israeli warplanes from outside our airspace, and over the occupied Syrian Golan, targeted the… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria


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