Rapid response unit troops of the Iraqi Ground Forces near Kirkuk, 23 September 2017 (Photo by Reuters)

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New attack targets Baghdad’s Green Zone near US embassy as attacks spread

Published 2020-03-17 22:12:17 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – Not long after three rockets targeted the Taji Base north of Baghdad, another two projectiles were said to have landed inside the Green Zone near the U.S. embassy. According to initial reports, at least two rockets landed near the U.S. embassy, prompting the American and Iraqi armed forces to increase security around this area in the capital city. No further details were released from the scene of the attack. The U.S. announced its withdrawal from several small bases around Iraq on Monday; this move came after 18 rockets targeted the Taji Base north of Baghdad…. Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US


New images reveal destruction of Turkish-supplied vehicles in southern Aleppo

Published 2020-03-17 21:51:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – Two images released by Sputnik Arabic on Tuesday showed the destruction of three Turkish-supplied vehicles during the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) advance in the southwestern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate in February. In the first image shared by Sputnik Arabic, three destroyed Turkish-supplied vehicles can be seen in the town of Miznaz, which was the scene of two violent battles in the month of February. . The battles for Miznaz and Kafr Halab were some of the most violent during the Syrian Arab Army’s offensive in southern Aleppo last month. While the Syrian Army was… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Breaking: New attack reported on large Iraqi base hosting US troops

Published 2020-03-17 21:16:21 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – A new attack has been reported north of Baghdad this evening after a number of rockets targeted a military base. According to preliminary reports, as many as three rockets struck the Taji Base north of Baghdad, marking the second time in the last four days that it has been targeted. No further details have been released at this time. This report comes just a day after the U.S. Coalition announced their withdrawal from several small bases inside Iraq.

Tags: Iraq, US


Turkish-backed militants knock out power plant in northeast Syria

Published 2020-03-17 21:07:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The power plant in the Tal Tamr area of Al-Hasakah went out of service on Monday evening after it had its power lines targeted by Turkish-backed militants. The Director-General of the Al-Hasakah Electricity Company, Anwar Okla, said in a statement to SANA on Tueday that the Turkish aggression targeted the power line which feeds the plant in the area of Um al-Kaif in Tal Tamir as the plant went out of service and the locals have been deprived of electricity. Okla indicated that maintenance workshops will work on repairing the electrical network in order to… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria Hasakah


Four western nations vow to help Syria’s reconstruction until political process is underway

Published 2020-03-17 20:52:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – Four western nations, including three U.N. Security Council members, have vowed to not help in Syria’s reconstruction until a political process is “irreversibly underway.” According to a joint statement released by the United States, Britain, France, and Germany, there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict and therefore, a political settlement must be made to end the conflict. “We will not consider providing or supporting any reconstruction assistance until a credible, substantive, and genuine political process is irreversibly underway,” the four countries said in their joint statement that was posted by Asharq Al-Aswat. “Nine… Read on ->

Tags: France, Germany, Syria, UK, US


US announces withdrawal from Syrian border base near Iranian-backed forces

Published 2020-03-17 20:19:55 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The U.S. military has announced their withdrawal from a base along the Syrian border; thus, moving their troops away from the Iranian-backed forces in western Iraq and eastern Syria. “Today, the @coalition transferred Al Qa’im base to #ISF because of Iraq’s success in the fight against ISIS, in conjunction with partner forces and the Governorate of Iraq, CTJF-OIR will relocate and consolidate personnel and equipment from several Iraqi bases throughout 2020,” the Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) spokesperson said via Twitter on Tuesday. The U.S. military’s Al-Qa’im base will reportedly be handed over to the Iraqi… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria, US


US forces intercept and block Russian military in northeast Syria

Published 2020-03-17 19:34:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The U.S. Armed Forces reportedly intercepted and blocked a Russian military patrol in northeastern Syria this week. According to reports from northeastern Syria, the U.S. Armed Forces intercepted the Russian military patrol near the town of Tal Tamr in the western countryside of the Al-Hasakah Governorate. The Russian military patrol was said to have taken an alternative route to reach its intended destination near the large city of Al-Qamishli in the northern countryside of Al-Hasakah. The U.S. and Russian forces have both blocked each other’s forces in northeastern Syria on a number of occasions this… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Syrian-Armenian town of Kessab was ‘unlawfully’ taken from Turkey: Turkish professor

Published 2020-03-17 19:24:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian-Armenian town of Kessab in the Latakia Governorate was ‘unlawfully’ taken from Turkey in 1932, Turkish professor Cemil Doğaç İpek of Cankiri Karatekin University told the Daily Sabah. In response to the Sputnik Op-Ed that claimed the Hatay Province was ‘stolen’ from Syria, the professor argues that the town of Kessab was taken from Turkey during the 1932 French Mandate. “In 1932, the French Mandate Administration separated Kesab, which was part of the Sanjak/Hatay independent region, violating article 22 of the mandate contract. According to the contract, the mandatory state would pay maximum attention… Read on ->

Tags: Kessab, Latakia, Syria


Indian Army to receive 400 T-90 Tanks: Russian MoD

Published 2020-03-17 18:59:48 by News Desk in World-News

The Indian Army made a decision for an additional purchase of 400 Russian T-90S battle tanks, which India is already manufacturing under a license, Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Monday. “The Indian armed forces made a decision to increase the purchase of T-90S tanks, which they are already producing under a license agreement,” Shugayev stated. “Last year, we signed an additional license agreement to extend the previous license deal until 2028, for 400 more tanks,” he added. The T-90S Bhishma is the main… Read on ->

Tags: India, Russia


Ansarallah forces announce the capture of Al-Jawf province

Published 2020-03-17 18:31:28 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – Brigadier General Yahya Sare’a, spokesman for the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces, announced the liberation of all directorates in Al-Jawf Governorate except for some areas in the Khub, Al-Sha’af and Al-Hazm desert districts during the operation. The Yemeni military spokesman revealed the details of the extensive military operation, pointing out that the entire governorate has nearly been captured after a few weeks of battle. In addition to their ground advance, the Anarallah forces have been able to prevent Saudi Coalition airstrikes on Al-Jawf, thanks in large part to their new air defense systems. The Ansarallah forces… Read on ->

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Tags: Jawf, Yemen


More militant groups reject Idlib ceasefire, push reinforcements to front-lines: report

Published 2020-03-17 18:14:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00) – The leaders of several militant groups have unanimously rejected the agreement to stop hostilities in Idlib, Sputnik Arabic reported on Tuesday, citing sources in the governorate. According to the publication, the militant groups have responded to the ceasefire by pushing reinforcements to the front-lines in Idlib, as they prepare to take on the Syrian Armed Forces. Furthermore, the publication said the militants have threatened to attack the Russian Armed Forces if they attempt to carry out patrols near their lines. Citing local sources in Idlib, Sputnik Arabic said Ansar Al-Tawhid, a terrorist group part of the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US sanctions Syrian Minister of Defense

Published 2020-03-17 17:28:19 by News Desk in Syria

The United States has added Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayoub to its Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons List, according to the official website of the US Treasury. Last year, the US Treasury sanctioned 16 individuals and entities associated with the Assad administration. The restrictions prohibited material support to the government of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, including shipments of oil to Syrian government-controlled ports, as well as material support to designated terrorist groups. Syria has repeatedly condemned US and EU sanctions, noting that the damage caused by them was more palpable than that caused by jihadists. The post of… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Former head of infamous Khiam Prison acquitted of charges

Published 2020-03-17 17:15:30 by News Desk in Lebanon

Lebanon’s Military Tribunal’s decision to drop charges against Amer Fakhoury, former head of an Israel-linked prison, sparked outcry in the country, local media reported on Tuesday. Lebanon’s Amal Movement issued a statement condemning the release of Fakhoury which it said contradicts with Lebanon’s history of resistance, said Elnashra, an online independent newspaper. Meanwhile, Hezbollah said that U.S. pressure and threats forced the release of Fakhoury who holds an American nationality, LBCI local TV channel reported. U.S. officials complained on several occasions about Fakhoury’s arrest in Lebanon in September 2019 and it threatened later to freeze assets of Lebanese officials involved…. Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon


Militants launch several attacks against Syrian Army troops in Idlib

Published 2020-03-17 16:04:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The militant forces in the Idlib countryside targeted the military points of the Syrian army near the cities of Kafr Nabl and Hazarin in the southern countryside of the governorate. Following this attack, the Syrian Arab Army responded to the ceasefire breach by heavily targeting the militants north of Kafr Nabl. According to local reports, the militant forces have deployed their heavy weapons to this the Jabal Al-Zawiya front, where they later targeted the Syrian Arab Army troops. “Terrorist groups have continued to violate the cessation of hostilities agreement and have used rocket-propelled grenades and… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian military carries out large-scale naval drills off Syrian coast

Published 2020-03-17 15:00:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Russian Navy is carrying out military drills off the coast of Syria, the Black Sea Fleet said in a statement on Tuesday, as reported by the TASS News Agency. According to the statement, anti-sabotage units “carried out a planned exercise to practice ways to detect and detain the simulated enemy’s subversive group.” During the drills, the crew of a Grachonok anti-sabotage boat detected an identified speed boat, which gave no response to requests and kept moving, ignoring demands to stop for inspection. Grachonok anti-sabotage boats and Raptor patrol boats carrying combat divers were involved… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Militants destroy M-4 Highway to prevent Russian-Turkish patrols: photos

Published 2020-03-17 14:23:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The militant forces in the Idlib Governorate have destroyed a part of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) to protest the Russian-Turkish patrols that are supposed to take place along this roadway. According to reports and photos released from the area, the militants cutoff the M-4 Highway by removing a part of the road and replacing it with a dirt mound. https://twitter.com/MIG29_/status/1239824534741680131?s=20 This move by the militant forces comes just two days after the Russian and Turkish troops were supposed to conduct joint patrols along this strategic highway that stretches several kilometers across northern Syria. On… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Saudi Coalition destroys 2 Houthi naval boats

Published 2020-03-17 14:00:20 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition has intercepted and destroyed two boats fitted with explosives launched by the Houthi rebels, Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the Houthis dispatched the boats from the port city of Al Hudaydah. The vessels were intercepted in the Bab al-Mandab Strait connecting the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. Yemen has been plagued by a severe humanitarian crisis since 2015, sparked by the ongoing military conflict between the government headed by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebel movement, which controls the country’s north, including the capital of Sana’a. The… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Syrian Army eyes strategic cities of Jisr Al-Shughour, Ariha as jihadists refuse to withdraw

Published 2020-03-17 13:06:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is determined to retake the strategic cities of Ariha and Jisr Al-Shughour in the Idlib Governorate, a military source told Al-Masdar on Tuesday from the capital city of Damascus. The source said the Russian military is also on board with this endeavor, as they have reportedly pressured their Turkish counterparts to force the jihadist rebels from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) to withdraw from these cities immediately. Despite the pressure, however, the jihadist rebels have made no attempts to withdraw from either Jisr Al-Shughour or… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian military receives newly advanced choppers: video

Published 2020-03-17 12:34:47 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Pilots of the Black Sea Fleet forces in the Russian army began training to use the advanced Ka-31R helicopters, which will be received by the country’s military fleets. During the exercises, Russian naval pilots are training to use and rely on new helicopters in carrying out multi-target flight operations, including military reconnaissance and monitoring operations to discover enemy ships and submarines and aircraft. These helicopters are expected to be introduced to the military once the training exercises are complete. The Black Sea Fleet will be the first to use these advanced combat aircraft. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITKFhqO1VOM

Tags: Russia


Fierce clashes breakout across northern Libya as LNA forces attempt to advance: video

Published 2020-03-17 11:55:44 by News Desk in North-Africa

Violent clashes were reported between forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces near Tripoli’s international airport, on Sunday. Footage shows soldiers backing the GNA forces firing with a tank as well as firearms, while clashes are ongoing. “The enemy tried today to advance towards the al-Ramlah axis, but was repelled, and we are dealing with the last escaping remnants, and we are victorious, God willing,” said one of the fighters from the clash’s scene. According to local media, a GNA spokesperson reported that the LNA ranks suffered losses in lives as… Read on ->

Tags: GNA, Libya, LNA, Tripoli


US forces come under attack at Iraqi base south of Baghdad

Published 2020-03-17 10:59:03 by News Desk in Iraq

A military base in Iraq hosting foreign troops has come under a rocket attack, AFP reported citing military sources. According to the Iraqi military, a pair of rockets hit the Besmaya base located south of the capital Baghdad late Monday night. The military installation hosts Spanish forces assisting the US-led anti-Daesh* efforts as well as NATO training forces. The number of casualties or damage inflicted by the attack is not immediately available. The coalition reportedly withdrew from several of its smaller bases in Iraq in the wake of the slew of rocket attacks against them. According to a statement quoted… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq


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