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Russia to unveil its newest Buk-M3 air defense system

Published 2020-03-16 21:42:08 by News Desk in World-News

The latest Buk-M3 medium-range battlefield air defense system will take part in the Victory Day parade on Moscow’s Red Square on May 9 for the first time, the press office of Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on Monday. “The entire family of advanced models of the Army’s battlefield air defense missile systems will be demonstrated at the military parade in Moscow,” the ministry said. “Four Buk-M3 self-propelled surface-to-air missile systems and four combat vehicles of the Tor-M2 anti-aircraft missile launchers will roll through in the mechanized column,” the press office reported. Also, three combat vehicles of the Derivatsiya anti-aircraft artillery system,… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


US military withdrawing from bases near Syrian border

Published 2020-03-16 21:03:28 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The U.S. military has reportedly begun withdrawing from several small bases around Iraq, following a series of rocket attacks that targeted their troops at the Taji Base. According to reports from Al-Anbar, the U.S. military has begun withdrawing from a number of little bases near the border city of Al-Qa’im, which is currently being protected by Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units) and Iraqi border guards. The U.S. military is also withdrawing from bases in the governorates of Nineveh (Mosul area) and Kirkuk (K-1 Airbase). It appears the U.S. military is now consolidating their forces in… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Syrian Army, Turkish-backed forces exchange prisoners in Aleppo

Published 2020-03-16 20:28:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed militants exchanged prisoners in east Aleppo on Monday, as hostilities between the two sides have dissipated since the start of the ceasefire in Idlib. According to reports, the Syrian Arab Army and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) exchanged prisoners at a crossing point between Al-Bab and Tadef in eastern Aleppo. The exchange was likely brokered between the Turkish and Russian forces, as they are both responsible for maintaining the ceasefire in northwestern Syria.  

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkey prepares to receive extra S-400 system despite US threats

Published 2020-03-16 19:19:29 by News Desk in Turkey

Russia and Turkey have settled nearly all questions related to the delivery of more Russian-made S-400 air defence weapons, a senior defence industry official said Monday. “We are now discussing an additional delivery. We are in the advanced stage of talks and have settled almost all issues,” Dmitry Shugaev, the director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, told the Rossiya-24 television channel. Turkey has acquired the weapons despite US and NATO warnings that they are incompatible with the alliance’s defences. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the surface-to-air systems will be put into service next month. Shugaev also said… Read on ->

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Tags: NATO, Turkey, US


Russia to play important role in reconciling Hamas and Syria

Published 2020-03-16 19:11:36 by News Desk in Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 P.M.) – The Russian authorities are mediating a potential reconciliation between the Hamas Movement and the Syrian government, following years of turmoil between the group and Damascus, Al-Monitor reported on Monday. Citing a press conference from March 4th, Al-Monitor said Hamas’ political leader, Ismail Haniyeh, expressed his support for the Syrian government’s sovereignty over all of Syria. . “Damascus represents a strategic depth for the Palestinian issue,” Haniyeh said, pointing out that “we had been present in Syria for 10 years.” According to Haniyeh, Hamas has no fighters in Idlib and the movement will not participate in… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Palestine, Russia, Syria


Egyptian Army kills 6 terrorists in northern Sinai

Published 2020-03-16 18:12:20 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Egyptian Ministry of the Interior announced on Monday that six terrorist operatives were killed in the Abu Shala area of the Sinai Peninsula. According to the Ministry of Interior, the Egyptian Army was able to eliminate these terrorists during a combing operation in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. The terrorist elements were reportedly hiding in the Abu Shala area before they were targeted by the Egyptian military.

Tags: Egypt, Sinai


Ansarallah air defenses force Saudi Coalition jets to abandon attack

Published 2020-03-16 17:54:30 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Ansarallah air defenses forced a group of Saudi-led Coalition planes to leave Yemeni airspace on Monday, the Yemeni Armed Forces reported. The spokesman for the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Sari’, said on Twitter, “This afternoon, the air defenses were able to address the formation of a combat group consisting of a number of F-15 warplanes in the sky of the Al-Jawf Governorate, forcing them to leave before carrying out any hostilities.” He explained that “the response process was carried out with a number of Fateer 1 missiles.” The Fateer 1 system… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen


Breaking: US Coalition to withdraw from several bases in Iraq after rocket attacks

Published 2020-03-16 17:19:03 by News Desk in Iraq

The US-led coalition against Daesh is departing from several of its smaller bases in Iraq after several recent rocket attacks against them, CNN reported on Monday citing a statement it obtained from the coalition. “As a result of the success of Iraqi Security Forces in their fight against Daesh*, the Coalition is re-positioning troops from a few smaller bases,” the coalition said as quoted by CNN. “These bases remain under Iraqi control and we will continue our advising partnership for the permanent defeat of Daesh from other Iraqi military bases,” they added.   Source: Sputnik

Tags: Iraq, US


Turkish-backed militants protest over delayed salaries in northern Syria: video

Published 2020-03-16 16:48:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed “Syrian National Army” protested on Monday over delayed salaries that were owed to them from Ankara. According to reports from northern Syria, the SNA fighters protested at the town of Tal Abyad near the Turkish border. The protesters demanded payment for their service, especially in northern Syria, where they carried out a large-scale military operation for the Turkish regime last year. https://twitter.com/jamlyyyyy/status/1239501438604238848?s=20

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Libyan Army cuts off strategic road linking two GNA strongholds

Published 2020-03-16 15:56:15 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) scored a new advance in northern Libya on Monday, as their forces managed to cutoff a road linking two GNA strongholds. According to reports from northern Libya on Monday, the LNA managed to impose control over the Al-Kasrat and Al-Hirah areas, resulting in the obstruction of the road linking Ghuryan and Tripoli. This advance by the Libyan National Army comes just hours after they resumed their push around the North African nation’s capital city. Despite the presence of Turkish troops in northern Libya, the Government of National Accord forces have… Read on ->

Tags: GNA, Libya


Death toll from coronavirus in Iran rises to 853, over 120 in last 24 hours

Published 2020-03-16 15:44:27 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has reached 853, with 129 new deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. “In the past 24 hours we had 1,053 confirmed new cases of coronavirus and 129 new deaths,” Alireza Vahabzadeh, a ministry official, tweeted on Monday. A total of 14,991 people have been infected across Iran, the official added. To contain the outbreak in Iran, one of the deadliest outside of China, officials have called on people to stay at home. “Based on the figures, we have passed the peak of the outbreak, but I still suggest… Read on ->

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Tags: Coronavirus, Iran


Chinese military to get suicide drones

Published 2020-03-16 15:21:44 by News Desk in World-News

The Chinese military is procuring two types of loitering munitions, also known as suicide drones, a genre of weapon that can offer a wide variety of new tactics to the troops, analysts said on Wednesday. The military is procuring two different types of loitering munitions, according to a statement released on weain.mil.cn, the Chinese military’s weapon and equipment procurement website, on Monday. No further details were given about the procurement, including the specifics on the weapons’ performance or number to be purchased, as the procurement is listed as confidential. This genre of weapon is considered a mixture of a cruise… Read on ->

Tags: China


Militants regrouping to launch big counter-offensive in Idlib: Russia

Published 2020-03-16 14:22:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Tuesday that militant groups in the de-escalation zone in Idlib have rearmed and are preparing to launch counter-attacks against the Syrian Arab Army, stressing the need to eliminate and hold them accountable. The ministry said in a statement today quoted by the Russia Today website: “Large armed formations belonging to various terrorist organizations, including Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Hurras Al-Deen, who continue to use the ideological principles and the terrorist methods of al-Qaeda, are gathering in the Idlib region.” Despite this warning, however, the militant groups have refrained from… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian military receives latest Msta-S artillery systems

Published 2020-03-16 13:38:21 by News Desk in World-News

The latest artillery systems arrived for the Southern Military District’s 49th all-arms army, the District’s press office reported on Monday. “Two artillery batteries have been reamed with the improved 152mm 2S19M2 Msta-S self-propelled artillery guns capable of firing Krasnopol precision guided munitions,” the press office said in a statement. “The Msta-S artillery system has considerable design differences from the previous modification,” the press office stressed. Specifically, the upgraded howitzers feature a new automated fire control system, a higher rate of fire and the possibility to use digital electronic maps to accelerate finding positions on the terrain. Msta-S self-propelled artillery guns… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


NATO warships unable to collect intel on Russian Navy in the Black Sea: report

Published 2020-03-16 12:58:45 by News Desk in World-News

The US and its Western European allies regularly send warships to the Black Sea, with other NATO countries bordering the body of water including Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey maintaining a sizable permanent presence in the region. NATO warships sailing near Russia’s borders in the Black Sea around the Crimean peninsula are virtually incapable of carrying out any useful reconnaissance thanks to the Russian military’s powerful coastal electronic warfare systems, a source in the region’s security apparatus has said. Commenting on the alliance’s “attempt to penetrate” the region’s “communications and digital networks,” the source indicated that this was made impossible as… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Russia


Lebanese Prime Minister denies he has coronavirus

Published 2020-03-16 12:25:32 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The media office of the Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, denied on Monday, the rumors that the head of the Lazar financial consulting firm transmitted the coronavirus to the premier and some ministers last week. The statement added that “to clarify the truth, the representative of Lazar is not infected with the coronavirus based on medical analysis conducted in France, and therefore this news does not relate to the truth. The Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, announced the general mobilization against the coronavirus in the country until March 29. According to the Lebanese National Agency,… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon


Why didn’t Russian jets intercept Turkish warplanes in Syria?

Published 2020-03-16 12:13:19 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – During the week and a half standoff between the Syrian and Turkish armed forces in northwestern Syria, the Russian Air Force did not use its Su-35 jet to intercept any warplanes. The reason for the Russian jet’s absence was explained by a military expert from the Avia.Pro aviation publication on Monday. According to the military expert, the Russian Armed Forces had no reason to deploy the Su-35 during standoff with the Turkish Army, as the latter’s air force rarely crossed into Syria territory and when they did, they did not go deep enough. “The main… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Prominent Iranian cleric succumbs to coronavirus: IRNA

Published 2020-03-16 11:38:10 by News Desk in Iran

A prominent Iranian cleric has died from the coronavirus infection. Ayatollah Hashem Bathaie Golpayenagi, who represented Tehran at Iran’s Council of Experts, is the latest high-profile Iranian figure killed by the disease. Bathaie Golpayenagi was reported infected on Sunday, becoming the first member of the Council of Experts diagnosed with the virus. He died on Monday morning at the Shahid Beheshti Hospital in Qom province, where he was being treated along with over a thousand other patients, IRNA news agency reported. The body he was part of is an elected assembly tasked with appointing the supreme leader of Iran and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Russia sends new shipment of military equipment to Syria amid ceasefire in Idlib: photos

Published 2020-03-16 11:15:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense has sent more weapons and logistical equipment to Syria this week amid an ongoing ceasefire in the Idlib Governorate. According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, citing Ben Kendim, the Russian Ministry of Defense owned Oboronlogistika chartered, heavily laden RoRo Sparta II transited the Bosphorus Sea on Sunday en route to the Port of Tartous in western Syria. https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1239453960223817728?s=20 Despite the ongoing ceasefire, the Russian Ministry of Defense is attempting to replace the military hardware that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) lost during the Turkish military’s large-scale attack in early March…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Tartous


Militants threaten Russian forces in Idlib: video

Published 2020-03-16 10:41:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – A new militant video was released this week from the strategic city of Ariha, which is located along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia) in the Idlib Governorate. In the short video, a militant is filmed threatening the Russian military in Idlib, warning the latter that “we are waiting for them”. The threat from the militants comes a day after the Russian military, alongside their Turkish partners, began their patrol missions along the M-4 Highway. While the patrols did begin on March 15th, they were cut short after 60 protesters crowded the highway to block both the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Jihadist coalition rejects Idlib agreement, vows to fight Syrian Army

Published 2020-03-16 10:02:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The jihadist coalition, Rouse the Believers, has rejected the Russian-Turkish agreement on Idlib, which called for the withdrawal of all militants from the southern part of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia). According to opposition media, “they have rejected the outputs of all the Sochi, Moscow, Astana and Geneva meetings,” noting that they will continue to confront the Syrian Arab Army and its allies in northwestern Syria. The terrorist group, which consists of several jihadist factions and foreign combatants, has a major presence in the northwestern region of Syria, as they have engaged the Syrian Armed Forces… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkish military pelted with stones in Idlib: video

Published 2020-03-16 00:07:24 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Turkish military was not safe from the discontent of opposition activists and protesters in the Idlib Governorate on Sunday, as their vehicles and personnel were pelted with stones along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia). In a video that has circulated around social media, Turkish military vehicles can be seen traveling down a road in Idlib Governorate when their convoy is pelted with several stones. https://twitter.com/MIG29_/status/1239191319697862656?s=20 The Turkish military, which has been assisting opposition factions for most of the Syrian conflict, has attempted to initiate a ceasefire in the Idlib Governorate so that the violence between… Read on ->

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