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Explosions heard in Latakia after militants fire rockets from Idlib

Published 2020-02-27 23:38:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 P.M.) – Two explosions were heard in the Latakia Governorate this evening after the militant forces in neighboring Idlib fired a number of grad missiles towards the Hmeimim Airbase area. No casualties were reported as a result of the rocket fire.  

Tags: Idlib, Latakia, Syria


Turkish military comes under attack in southern Idlib: updates

Published 2020-02-27 22:07:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – Several reports from northwestern Syria have claimed that dozens of Turkish soldiers were killed this evening after an airstrike struck their positions inside the Idlib Governorate. According to the Step News Agency, a large number of Turkish soldiers were killed and many more wounded by an airstrike in the Idlib Governorate. https://twitter.com/Step_Agency/status/1233119619323441153?s=20 These claims have mostly been made by opposition media and have yet to be confirmed by the Turkish Armed Forces. However, if true, this would be the deadliest day for the Turkish Armed Forces in Syria, as three soldiers were reportedly killed earlier… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Russian-Turkish meeting ends with no agreement, Syrian Army to resume southern Idlib offensive

Published 2020-02-27 21:12:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Russian-Turkish military meeting has ended with both sides mutually departing with no agreement, a source from the Syrian Armed Forces informed Al-Masdar News. READ ALSO: Russian and Turkish Troops Meet at Syrian Border – Video According to the source, the Russian and Turkish armed forces discussed the possibility of Ankara using Syrian airspace; however, the proposition was ruled out by Moscow, despite Turkey’s demands. Furthermore, the Russian and Turkish armed forces could not reach an agreement regarding a new demilitarized zone, as Ankara demands the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) withdraw from all of the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army, Palestinian forces advance across southern Idlib: video

Published 2020-02-27 19:28:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the Palestinian-led Jerusalem Brigade (Liwaa Al-Quds), managed to score a major advance across southern Idlib on Wednesday, as their forces captured dozens of towns and villages from the jihadist rebels. READ ALSO: Israeli Drone Strike Kills Syrian Officer in Al-Quneitra The Syrian Arab Army’s large-scale advance across the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate resulted in the complete capture of the Shashabo Mountain, which is a part of the Al-Zawiya Mountain region. Furthermore, the Syrian Arab Army’s advance put their forces within a small distance of seizing the entire… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkish-backed forces advance west of Saraqib as they attempt to cut SAA supply line

Published 2020-02-27 18:10:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants have scored a new advance west of Saraqib amid a new push to cut the Syrian Arab Army’s supply line from Ma’arat Al-Nu’man city. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Captures 2 Towns in Southeast Idlib Amid Resumption of Offensive Led by the National Liberation Front (NLF), the Turkish-backed forces and their allied jihadists managed to capture the towns of Dadikh and Kafr Bateekh after cracking the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) lines southwest of Saraqib. This latest advance by the Turkish-backed forces puts their fighters within distance of another town along the strategic Aleppo-Damascus… Read on ->

Tags: Saraqib, Syria


Lebanon reports 3rd person infected with coronavirus

Published 2020-02-27 17:20:37 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Lebanese Ministry of Health announced the registration of a third confirmed case of coronavirus for an Iranian citizen inside the country. The ministry said in a statement, “the sick person, an Iranian, born in 1943, came to Lebanon on the plane coming from Iran, which landed at Rafic Hariri International Airport on the morning of February 24th.” The statement added: “He was brought from his home by the Lebanese Red Cross as soon as simple symptoms appeared, and he is currently in the isolation room at the Rafic Hariri University Hospital.” The ministry indicated… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon


Turkey requests access from Russia to use armed drones in Syria’s airspace

Published 2020-02-27 16:26:21 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – Turkey and Russia are reportedly in talks about Ankara using armed and unarmed drones in Syria’s airspace. READ ALSO: Turkish Military Filmed Attacking Syrian Army During Militant Offensive in Idlib – Video Citing Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Reuters reported that Ankara is experiencing issues because they are not able to access Syria’s airspace with their unmanned aerial vehicles. Speaking to reporters in parliament, Akar said Ankara was “hopeful” about ongoing talks between Turkish and Russian officials in Ankara over the northwestern Idlib region, where Turkey’s military is backing militants against the Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army launches counter-offensive in eastern Saraqib

Published 2020-02-27 15:32:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has launched a counter-offensive in the eastern part of Saraqib after losing the city to the Turkish-backed forces earlier this morning. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Reaches Eastern Part of Al-Ghaab Plain With New Advance According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army launched the counter-offensive to reenter Saraqib from its eastern entrance, while their forces in the western countryside of the city attempt to fend off attacks on the towns of Dadikh and Jawbas. The source said the Syrian Arab Army has managed to reenter the… Read on ->

Tags: Saraqib, Syria


Putin will not meet with Erdogan in Turkey amid ongoing tensions in Syria

Published 2020-02-27 15:19:47 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin currently has no plans to pay a visit to Istanbul on 5 March and hold talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday. “Putin’s plans do not currently include such a meeting”, Peskov told reporters. “The president has other working plans for 5 March,” the Kremlin spokesman added, when asked whether Putin planned to travel to Istanbul on 5 March at all. Meanwhile, Peskov stressed that Russia and Turkey continued their expert-level communication on Idlib. Earlier, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey had not yet received a… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Rusia, Syria, Turkey


Israeli drone strike kills Syrian officer in Al-Quneitra

Published 2020-02-27 15:09:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – An Israeli drone strike in Syria’s Al-Quneitra Governorate on Thursday reportedly killed an officer south of the town of Hader, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said in an official statement this afternoon. READ ALSO: Israeli Tanks Approach Syrian Border After Crossing DMZ – Video According to SANA, the Israeli drone struck a vehicle transporting the Syrian officer ‘Imad Tawil as he was traveling south of Hader in the Al-Quneitra countryside. No further details were released after the attack. Some reports have suggested that Tawil was in close contact with Hezbollah; however, these are unverified… Read on ->

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Tags: Quneitra, Syria


Turkish military convoy allegedly comes under attack in Idlib

Published 2020-02-27 14:50:20 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:35 P.M.) – A number of reports from the Idlib Governorate this afternoon have reported the bombing of a Turkish Army convoy that was attempting to transport military and logistical equipment to their allied militant forces in northwestern Syria. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Seizes More Ground As They Advance Deeper in Jabal Al-Zawiya According to the reports, the Turkish military convoy was either targeted by the Syrian or Russian air forces as it was making its way through the Idlib Governorate on Thursday afternoon. The reports say that at least three Turkish soldiers were killed and several others… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Russia test launches new Tsirkon hypersonic missile from naval ship

Published 2020-02-27 14:39:50 by News Desk in World-News

Russia test-launched its Tsirkon hypersonic missile from a ship for the first time when the Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov fired the weapon from the Barents Sea against a ground target in January, two sources in defense circles of Russia’s North-Western Federal District told TASS on Thursday. “In accordance with the program of the Tsirkon’s state trials, the Admiral Gorshkov test-launched this missile from the Barents Sea against a ground target at one of military testing ranges of the Northern Urals in early January,” one of the sources said. The other source confirmed this information, noting that “the range of… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Syrian Army uncovers large network of tunnels in southern Idlib: video

Published 2020-02-27 14:27:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large network of tunnels on Tuesday that belonged to the jihadist rebels in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. READ ALSO: Syrian Army, Turkish Military Trade Attacks in Idlib – Video According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), who filmed from the scene on Tuesday, the SAA uncovered this large network of tunnels after capturing the towns of Ma’arita, Sheikh Dames, and Ma’arat Tarmah in southern Idlib. In the video released by SANA on Tuesday, they showed how the tunnels had a headquarters for the militant… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkish-backed forces attempt to cutoff last supply route to Syrian Army around Saraqib

Published 2020-02-27 14:07:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have begun carrying out multiple strikes over the city of Saraqib this afternoon, following the capture of the area by the Turkish-backed militants. READ ALSO: Syrian Air Force Launches Several Airstrikes in Eastern Syria According to a field source in the Idlib Governorate, the Russian and Syrian air forces carried out several strikes over the past hour, as the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) and their jihadist allies attempt to cutoff the last supply line to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area. The source said the Turkish-backed… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Saraqib, Syria


US intensifies pressure against Iraq’s Hezbollah Brigades

Published 2020-02-27 13:06:11 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that Washington was “intensifying pressure on the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades and its leader,” citing the group’s “involvement in the killing of a U.S. contractor in Iraq in December”. READ ALSO: UK Officially Declares Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization “The Hezbollah Brigades are still a threat to the American forces in Iraq … we are increasing the pressure imposed on the group ten years ago ,” said Nathan Siles, the ministry’s coordinator of counterterrorism affairs, according to “Roters .” Furthermore, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Iraq


Battle for Al-Zawiya Mountain region nearing its end as Syrian troops reach last towns

Published 2020-02-27 12:08:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.)- The battle for the Al-Zawiya Mountain region is nearing its end as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) approaches the last few towns under jihadist control. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Advances Deeper Into Southwest Aleppo Despite Turkish Interference Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army has reportedly reached the outskirts of Kansafra, which is a town located along the northern slope of the Al-Zawiya Mountain. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army is expecting to take control of Kansafra and its surrounding points in the… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


US claims Iran is stepping up support to Houthis

Published 2020-02-27 11:47:57 by News Desk in Iran, Yemen

Iran might be advancing its support to Houthi rebels in the conflict in Yemen, a senior US State Department official told reporters. “I think Iran’s support to Houthis, especially in areas like sending advanced weapons, is continuing without any diminution,” the official said during a press briefing on Tuesday. “They might even be stepping it up.” According to the official, Iran’s support enables the Houthis to “threaten” Saudi Arabia to launch advanced missiles at civilian airports and, “potentially,” threaten US citizens. The official went on to say that international donors will suspend many assistance programs in Yemen over the next… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Yemen


Russian special forces ambush jihadist forces in multiple attacks around Idlib: video

Published 2020-02-27 10:58:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – A new video showing Russian special forces in action against the jihadist rebels in Idlib was released this week. In the short video, the Russian special forces were filmed carrying out multiple ambushes against the jihadist rebels at night, resulting in the death of several of the militants. https://twitter.com/200_zoka/status/1232789403199770628?s=20 The Russian special forces have been filmed taking part in operations before; however, this video solely shows their troops attacking the militants in different parts of the Idlib Governorate.

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkish, Syrian forces trade attacks in Idlib amid increased tensions

Published 2020-02-27 10:38:10 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The Turkish Ministry of Defence reported on Wednesday that two Turkish soldiers were killed and 2 injured in an airstrike in Idlib, Syria, the ministry said in a statement on Twitter. The ministry said that its army had conducted a retaliatory strike targeting Syrian government forces in the region. As a result of the strikes, 114 members of the Syrian forces were “neutralised”, one air defense system, one anti-tank system, one ZU-23 anti-aircraft installation, three tanks and one vehicle transporting ammunition were destroyed, while three tanks were captured. “The blood of our martyrs has never been left on the ground,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army captures entire Shashabo Mountain region in southwest Idlib

Published 2020-02-27 10:23:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – With the Turkish-backed militants concentrated on the Saraqib front in eastern Idlib, the Syrian Arab Army shifted their efforts to the Al-Zawiya Mountain region, which has long been a stronghold for the jihadist rebels in the southern part of the governorate. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Reaches Eastern Part of Al-Ghaab Plain After New Advance in West Idlib Within 72 hours, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to seize over 40 towns and villages from the jihadists in the Al-Zawiya Mountains; this includes the entire Shashabo Mountains, which are located at the southwestern arm of the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkish-backed militants announce capture of Saraqib in east Idlib

Published 2020-02-27 10:08:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants have announced the capture of Saraqib in eastern Idlib after a three-day-long battle with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to the Turkish-backed militants from the National Liberation Front (NLF), their forces took hold of Saraqib after overnight clashes; they would later raise the flag over what looks like the western outskirts of the city. In contrast, the Russian military has denied these reports, adding that the city remains firmly under the control of the Syrian Arab Army. Al-Masdar has reached out to a field source from the Syrian military, who confirmed… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Saraqib, Syria


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