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Turkish military attacks Syrian Army troops in northern Syria

Published 2020-04-07 22:34:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Turkish military carried out an attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) troops in the Al-Hasakah Governorate this week. According to a field report from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Turkish Army and their allied militants attacked the positions of both the Syrian Army and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Abu Rasin and Tal Tamr regions. The report said no casualties were reported, but there was material damage to some of their military posts and civilian homes. The Syrian Arab Army and the SDF did not respond to these ceasefire violations, which have been… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Iran to give money to 23 million households amid ongoing coronavirus crisis

Published 2020-04-07 22:22:55 by News Desk in Iran

The Iranian government plans a one-off cash handout of 10 million rials (nearly $240 at official currency rate) to more than 23 million households in the country as part of efforts to help people cope with the economic impacts of the new coronavirus pandemic. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a recent Cabinet meeting that the cash handout scheme would cost the government around 250 trillion rials. That would amount to around $6 billion based on the government-set currency rate or nearly $1.6 billion considering the unofficial price of the rial against the US dollar. Rouhani said the fund dedicated… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Russian warplanes conduct low-altitude flights over northwestern Syria

Published 2020-04-07 20:39:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – A number of Russian warplanes were spotted on Tuesday conducting low-altitude flights over several parts of northwestern Syria. According to a field source, the Russian warplanes conducted flights over the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway), northwestern Idlib, northern Aleppo, and northern Al-Raqqa. The Russian military’s movements were mostly patrols, but some of the aircraft were said to have also monitored the movements of the jihadist rebels in the Jisr Al-Shughour countryside of western Idlib. Similar to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Russian military has taken a keen interest in the movements of the jihadist rebels,… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Russia, Syria

Vietnam comes to the aid of Europe, donates 550,000 masks

Published 2020-04-07 20:09:03 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Vietnam on Tuesday offered 550,000 masks as a donation to five European countries, to support them in tackling the coronavirus, which has killed more than 75,000 people worldwide. “The masks, made of anti-microbial fabric, were delivered to the ambassadors of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi,” the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry said in a statement. They added, “we also donated masks and other medical equipment to other countries, including China, Cambodia and Laos.” The Vietnamese government has asked its suppliers to increase their production to five million masks daily. Vietnam, like… Read on ->

Tags: Europe, Vietnam

US to hold ‘strategic talks’ about military presence in Iraq: Pompeo

Published 2020-04-07 19:45:03 by News Desk in Iraq

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the White House will start a “strategic” dialogue with the Iraqi authorities in the middle of June, adding that a variety of issues, including possible future American military deployments, will be on the agenda. Pompeo’s statement comes as the American military continues to withdraw from the Middle Eastern nation. The US coalition transferred control over the Abu Ghraib base to the Iraqi authorities on 7 April after American soldiers vacated four other bases in Iraq in March. The apparent military withdrawal comes months after the Iraqi parliament passed a non-binding resolution… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Pompeo, US

Syrian military eliminates several ISIS fighters in anti-terror operation

Published 2020-04-07 19:16:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Liwaa Al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigade), carried out an anti-terror operation in eastern Syria this week. Backed by their air force, the Syrian military and their allies began their operation on Tuesday by sweeping through vast desert area along the Raqqa-Deir Ezzor administrative border. According to reports, the Syrian Army and their allies targeted several areas that were used by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) to carry out attacks against their forces in eastern Syria. The reports said the Syrian Army and their allies managed to… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Israel arrests citizen suspected of spying for Iran

Published 2020-04-07 18:29:10 by News Desk in Iran

The Israeli security service announced on Tuesday the arrest of an Israeli citizen for alleged espionage for Iran. The 50-year-old man, whose identity was not disclosed, was arrested on March 16, the Shin Bet security service said in a statement. The Shin Bet and the police released photos of an encryption device, a mobile phone and a USB flash drive, which were said to be found within the possessions of the suspect who attempted to destroy them during his arrest. According to the Shin Bet, the suspect held several meetings with Iranian intelligence agents, during which he was asked about… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel

Syrian Army, villagers intercept US military convoy in northeast Syria

Published 2020-04-07 18:18:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – For the third time in two weeks, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside villagers from Hamou, blocked a U.S. military convoy from bypassing a checkpoint in the Al-Qamishli District. According to local sources in Al-Hasakah, the Syrian Army stopped the U.S. convoy as it approached the checkpoint; this was followed up by a number of villagers protesting the presence of the American vehicles. The U.S. military convoy, which consisted of five vehicles, was ultimately forced to turn around and find another path to their intended destination.  The villagers in Hamou have been increasingly hostile towards… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Qamishli, Syria, US

Russian reinforcements pour into northeast Syria after US convoy enters from Iraq

Published 2020-04-07 17:53:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Russian military deployed more reinforcements to its base at the Al-Qamishli Airport in northern Al-Hasakah on Monday evening, a source from the Syrian Army told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Russian reinforcements were redeployed from the ‘Ayn ‘Issa countryside in Al-Raqqa to the Al-Qamishli Airport this week after the U.S. military sent a large convoy from Iraq to Al-Hasakah on Monday. The source said the Russian reinforcements consisted of two dozen armored vehicles used by their military police and a large number of personnel. He would add that the Russian convoy ran… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, Syria

Russian Air Force to receive 2 new An-124 aircraft

Published 2020-04-07 17:39:07 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Aerospace Forces will receive two additional An-124 Ruslan super-heavy military transport aircraft, a source in the aviation industry revealed. “The contract [with the plant] includes the modernisation of individual systems of two An-124-100 super-heavy military transport aircraft for the Russian Aerospace Forces”, the source said. He did not specify the date the aircraft was commissioned. In 2019, three such aircraft were modernised and transferred to the military. Ulyanovsk-based aircraft plant Aviastar-SP has been engaged in the modernisation of An-124s since 2004. The An-124 was developed in the first half of the 1980s by the Antonov design bureau in… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Syrian and Turkish armies send reinforcements to Idlib in largest buildup this year

Published 2020-04-07 17:24:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian and Turkish armed forces have been sending reinforcements to the Idlib Governorate on a daily basis, despite an ongoing ceasefire among the all warring parties in the region. On Tuesday, the two armies continued their large-scale buildup, with the SAA sending troops to the eastern and southern countrysides of Idlib, while the Turkish military sent reinforcements to the Jisr Al-Shughour District of the governorate. According to the latest reports from Idlib, the Turkish military has already constructed several observation posts in the governorate since the Moscow Agreement was established on March 5th. Some… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

What is known about China’s 3rd generation anti-tank missile system?

Published 2020-04-07 14:42:49 by News Desk in World-News

Chinese arms exporter Norinco has announced the first export shipment of China’s third-generation HJ-12 anti-tank missile system (ATCM). The corporation does not disclose any further details about the deal, including the name of the buyer, the number of goods purchased and its value. According to Russian military expert Vasily Kashin, this system, which was first shown at the international exhibition in 2014, is the only non-Western competitor of the American man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile system FGM-148 Javelin. The two systems are very close in their tactical and technical characteristics: they have infrared guidance, thanks to which the missile system operator… Read on ->

Tags: China

Russia to conduct large-scale naval exercise in front of US forces in Mediterranean

Published 2020-04-07 14:26:00 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Russian military is preparing to conduct large-scale naval drills in the eastern Mediterranean, as a U.S. aircraft carrier group enters the region. According to the Russian publication Avia.Pro, the Russian military will conduct a series of missile exercises that involves the navy and troops at the Hmeimim (Khmeimim) Airbase in Syria. “A few hours ago, it became known that in connection with the appearance of American warships in the Mediterranean Sea, including the Harry Truman aircraft carrier, which leads the aircraft carrier strike group, Russian warships intend to conduct a series of missile strikes… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria

US-led Coalition withdraws from military base near infamous Abu Ghraib Prison

Published 2020-04-07 14:05:49 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The U.S.-led Coalition has withdrawn from its sixth base in Iraq, Al-Sumaria TV reported on Tuesday. According to Al-Sumaria TV, “the international coalition forces decided to withdraw from a military base in the Abu Ghraib area, west of the capital, Baghdad, and hand over the site to the Iraqi forces during the past hours.” The site indicated that Abu Ghraib Base is the sixth Iraqi military site from which the US-led Coalition forces have withdrawn from recently. The base itself is located near the infamous Abu Ghraib Prison, which made worldwide headlines in 2003 when… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq

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