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Breaking: Russian Su-27 crashes in Black Sea waters

Published 2020-03-25 22:00:07 by News Desk in World-News

According to preliminary data, SU-27 plane crashed in the Black Sea near Feodosya during scheduled flights, the Russian Ministry of Defence said Wednesday. “Around 08.10 pm Moscow time [17:10 GMT] on March 25, a Su-27 fighter flying a scheduled mission over the Black Sea at a distance of about 50 kilometers [31 miles] from the town of Feodosia, disappeared from radar screens. An emergency radio beacon signal was detected in the area,” the statement reads. “The search for the pilot in the area of ​​the operation is complicated by difficult weather conditions”, the ministry said. Two emergency rescue helicopters, a… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Watch: Russian military infection specialists heading for coronavirus-plagued northern Italy

Published 2020-03-25 21:33:56 by News Desk in World-News

Russian military specialists who arrived in Italy to help with the fight against coronavirus are heading towards the north of the country, which has been affected by the deadly epidemic the worst. The convoy, composed of 22 trucks and other vehicles, set off for the northern Italian city of Bergamo early on Wednesday. The convoy, escorted by the Italian Carabinieri, has reached Florence, making a brief stop there, the Russian military says. One hundred Russian military medics and disease specialists were airlifted to Italy over the weekend, landing at Pratica di Mare Air Base 30km (18.6 miles) from Rome. https://youtu.be/NHkQkL7YHZA… Read on ->

Tags: Italy, Russia


Turkish-backed Libyan forces take advantage of ceasefire to launch big operation

Published 2020-03-25 21:24:10 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Turkish-backed Al-Wefaq government forces, Colonel Tayyar Muhammad Qanunu, announced the results of a successful operation to capture several areas around Al-Wataya Airbase. Qanunu said in a press statement that “the operation led to the arrest of a number of Haftar’s militants and mercenaries,” pointing to the loss of the military equipment during the opration. The spokesman talked about a large-scale attack coinciding with the Al-Wataya operation of the Al-Wefaq forces in more than one axis south of Tripoli, in which it took control of new sites. He said that “military vehicles,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Ansarallah forces threaten Saudi Arabia, UAE with new missile systems

Published 2020-03-25 21:07:43 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Ansrallah-aligned Yemeni armed forces, Brigadier Yahya Sare’a, announced that the group conducted tests with their new missile systems. “We announce that the Yemeni armed forces have successfully conducted new experiments on missile systems, which will be unveiled, and there are missile systems that will enter service soon, God willing, after the success of the experimental operations,” he said. Regarding the Air Force, he pointed out that their air force carried out during the five years of war, 4,116 military operations distributed between 669 offensive operations and 3,490 reconnaissance operations, while the… Read on ->

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Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, UAE, Yemen


Over 150 Turkish-backed Syrian militants killed in Libya: monitor

Published 2020-03-25 20:48:52 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The death toll for the Turkish-backed Syrian militants killed in Libya has exceeded 150, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Wednesday. Citing activist reports, the SOHR said that the total number of Syrian militants killed is 151, with the majority of these casualties coming from the Al-Mu’tasim Division, Sultan Murad Brigade, Al-Shmal Brigade, Al-Hazmah Regiment, and Suleiman Shah Regiment. According to SOHR, as many as eight Turkish-backed militants have been killed in the past few days; this includes a Al-Hazmah Regiment commander who was believed to have been killed by a rival… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria


Russia comes to Syria’s aid amid coronavirus outbreak

Published 2020-03-25 20:26:17 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

A cargo ship operated by the Russian Navy passed through Turkey’s Bosphorus strait en route to Syria on Tuesday loaded with ambulances, Reuters said. The Dvinitsa-50 ship, part of Russia’s auxiliary fleet, was reportedly carrying at least three military ambulances along with a shipping container on its deck. Russia operates a naval facility at Tartus in Syria and an airbase in Latakia. The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday that an immediate nationwide ceasefire is needed across Syria to enable an “all-out-effort” to stamp out the coronavirus and prevent it from ravaging a… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Breaking: Syria announces 5th coronavirus case

Published 2020-03-25 19:51:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Syrian government announced the registration of the fifth infection of the coronavirus, as the total cases continue to increase. According to the Syrian Health Ministry, the total number of new cases has risen to five, with four of the cases coming on Wednesday. The ministry said that the fifth case is a person who arrived from outside the country and was immediately quarantined upon arrival at the Damascus International Airport. The Syrian government announced the start of the night curfew imposed on all Syrian territory, beginning at  6 P.M. (local time)  

Tags: Coronavirus, Syria


Iran’s IRGC begins large-scale coronavirus disinfection operation: video

Published 2020-03-25 19:01:09 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps of Iran (IRGC) began disinfection operations aimed at combating the coronavirus in Tehran on Wednesday, as part of a nationwide biological defence exercise. The military manoeuvres are being carried out in 3,000 locations across the country amid fears among the government that the COVID-19 outbreak may be a biological attack orchestrated by the US; a theory that was expounded upon by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday. On Tuesday, the Islamic Republic rejected aid provided by Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organisation. Iran is one of the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Tehran


Saudi Coalition launches heavy attack across northern Yemen

Published 2020-03-25 18:51:03 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched a series of raids on several locations in northern Yemen on Wednesday, targeting areas under the control of the Ansarallah forces. According to the Saba News Agency in Sana’a, the coalition aircraft “launched 32 raids on the Khub and Al-Sha’af districts in eastern Al-Jawf” noting that the raids damaged the property of citizens. In addition to airstrikes on Al-Jawf, the Saudi-led Coalition also conducted attacks on the neighboring governorates, hitting sites belonging to the Ansarallah forces near Yemen’s northern border. The Ansarallah forces accused the Saudi Army of launching intense… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen


How did Iran’s military lock into a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet?

Published 2020-03-25 18:29:25 by News Desk in Iran

Footage has been released of how the Iranian Army’s air defenses locked in on an intruding F-18 fighter jet approaching the country’s southern waters and decisively warned it off, prompting military experts and media to speculate about which Iranian radar system was used to intercept the warplane. In the video, the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet is seen receiving several warnings from the Iranian air defenses before changing course and turning away from Iran’s southern airspace. The Iranian forces warned the fighter jet that if it maintained its course toward Iran’s airspace, it would be targeted by the country’s air defense… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Russian military testing new hypersonic missile

Published 2020-03-25 18:10:40 by News Desk in World-News

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Russia will speed up test launches of the hypersonic missile Tsirkon from naval ships: launches from submarines will begin in 2020 to proceed in parallel with launches from the frigate The Admiral Gorshkov, two sources in the defense-industrial complex have said. “The schedule of the hypersonic missile’s test launches from naval ships will be tightened. The Yasen submarines will begin firing drills this year, alongside the continuing series of launches from The Admiral Gorshkov,” a source said. Another source confirmed this saying that “the missile’s first tests will be carried out from the submarine The Severodvinsk. First, the submarine will… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Syrian, Russian military reinforcements head to Idlib with heavy weapons: video

Published 2020-03-25 17:36:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to launch a large-scale offensive in the Idlib Governorate amid the refusal of the militant groups to withdraw from the designated safe zone that was established by the Moscow Agreement on March 5th. According to a military source in northwestern Syria, the Syrian and Russian military forces have sent more reinforcements to the Idlib Governorate this week, with the latter’s personnel consisting mostly of advisers. The Russian military gave the Turkish forces until the end of March to clear the safe zone along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway);… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Syria announces 3 more coronavirus cases

Published 2020-03-25 17:14:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Health announced the registration of three new cases of the emerging coronavirus, bringing the total to four inside the country. The coronavirus cases were reportedly discovered among recent travelers that returned to Syria via the Damascus International Airport. Earlier this week, the Syrian Ministry of Health announced its first coronavirus case after receiving testing kits from the World Health Organization (WHO). Currently, Syria has approximately 1,000 testing kits, despite fears that the virus has already spread.

Tags: Coronavirus, Syria


Russian military showcases new T-14 Armata tank: video

Published 2020-03-25 17:03:06 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The website of the Russian Ministry of Defense published a video clip showing the process of loading their latest tanks and upgraded military vehicles. Among the tanks the Russian Ministry of Defense showcased this week were the Armata and upgraded T-90. The two tanks were transported via train to the outskirts of Moscow, where the rehearsal for the upcoming military parade will take place. The T-14 Armata is the newest generation tank to be introduced to the Russian Armed Forces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_PvvLwosoQ

Tags: Armata, Russia


French forces withdraw from Iraq after several years inside the country: media

Published 2020-03-25 16:48:22 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Iraqi government announced on Wednesday that the French Armed Forces will be withdrawing from Iraq after spending several years in the country. Citing Major General Abdul-Karim Khalaf, the spokesman for the General Commander of the Armed Forces, the Iraqi news site Wakalah reported that ” the French troops left Iraqi territory, and that the international coalition cleared its air base.” Khalaf said, “The departure of the French forces comes according to the agreements that took place with the Iraqi government.” The Coalition forces, led by the United States of America, began to reduce their… Read on ->

Tags: France, Iraq


Russian Navy tracks NATO ships in Black Sea waters

Published 2020-03-25 16:30:26 by News Desk in World-News

The Black Sea Fleet’s Project 1135M frigate Pytlivy is tracking the NATO ships that entered the Black Sea on Monday, a military and diplomatic source told TASS on Tuesday. “Various forces and reconnaissance means of the Black Sea Fleet are involved in tracking the NATO ships. The guard ship Pytlivy is directly monitoring the NATO warships,” the source said. The guided missile frigates Virginio Fasan of the Italian Navy and Fredericton of the Canadian Navy entered the Black Sea on Monday. Russia’s National Defense Control Center said that the Black Sea Fleet’s forces and capabilities were tracking the movements of… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Russia


China successfully launches military satellites into space: video

Published 2020-03-25 15:46:13 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – On Tuesday morning, China announced that they had successfully launched a batch of satellites into space. According to the Chinese government, their military launched three new military surveillance satellites into orbit via their Long March 2C rocket. The Long March 2C rocket was reportedly launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the Sichuan province; these satellites were confirmed in orbit later in the day. The three satellites “will be used for electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests,” China’s state-run news outlet CCTV reported. These satellites will join the Chuangxin-5 satellite constellation, which now… Read on ->

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Tags: China


Russian Su-57 stealth fighters in action: video

Published 2020-03-25 14:57:10 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video clip showing distinctive snapshots of the Su-57 stealth fighters while undergoing combat training. The Russian Ministry of Defense’s video footage shows close up footage of the Su-57 aircraft as they complete maneuvers over the the Astrakhan region in southern Russia. The Su-57 is one of the most advanced aircraft in the Russian military’s aerial arsenal, with a wealth of combat experience from their participation in the Syrian War. According to the ministry, the aircraft is equipped with armament situated at the inboard compartment, the newest aircraft hardware and improved… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Syrian militant commander assassinated in Libya, rival rebel group suspected

Published 2020-03-25 14:43:24 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – A Syrian military commander that deployed to Libya to assist the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord forces has been assassinated, a new report has revealed. According to investigative journalist Lindsey Snell, the Hamza Division commander Abu Hussein Al-Hindawi was assassinated with five other members of the militant group in Libya a few days ago. https://twitter.com/LindseySnell/status/1242764965792137217?s=20 As pointed out in the tweet above, the assassination was believed to have been carried out by a rival Turkish-backed militant group. It appears that the militant infighting is not exclusive to Syria, as these latest reports suggest that the… Read on ->

Tags: FSA, Libya, Syria


Jihadists destroy bridge along M-4 Highway to block Russian forces: photos

Published 2020-03-25 14:30:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the Jisr Al-Shughour countryside have once again blocked the strategic M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) by destroying the road used for the joint Turkish-Russian patrols. According to reports, the jihadist rebels destroyed the bridge inside the town of Al-Kfeir, thus blocking the Russian forces from accessing the highway around the Jisr Al-Shughour District. https://twitter.com/MIG29_/status/1242754189903704064?s=20 This is the second bridge that has been destroyed by the jihadist rebels in the Idlib Governorate since the Moscow Agreement was put in place on March 5th. The Russian military has been unable to complete their agreed… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers escort Japanese warplanes: video

Published 2020-03-25 14:13:05 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Defence Ministry has published a video of the planned flight of two Tu-95MS strategic bombers from the Aerospace Forces over the Sea of ​​Japan and the northwestern Pacific. The video also shows F-2 fighters of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, which escorted Russian aircraft on some parts of the route. The ministry emphasised that the strategic bombers were above neutral waters and the flight duration exceeded nine hours. Long-range pilots regularly fly over the neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Baltic Seas, as well as the Pacific Ocean in strict accordance with the International Rules… Read on ->

Tags: Japan, Russia


Russia confirms attack on Turkish forces in Idlib

Published 2020-03-25 00:54:50 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – The head of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, Admiral Oleg Goralev, said that the militant forces placed explosive devices on the patrol path of the Turkish military on Tuesday. He said in a press conference on Tuesday: “An improvised explosive device exploded during the passage of a Turkish patrol in the Sufahan region, today, Tuesday, where two vehicles were damaged as a result of the explosion, and two Turkish soldiers were wounded.” According to him, the militants groups not controlled by the Turkish side continue to take steps to destabilize the situation in the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


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