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Top jet or ‘expensive flying lemon’? US media out let suggests F-35 is not worth its price

Published 2020-04-08 23:08:20 by News Desk in World-News

Some 500 F-35 jets have been built since the first model of the fighter was introduced back in 2015, with each unit costing around $80 million dollars at least. However, despite the jet being the top of its class in the US and arguably in the West in general, whether or not the F-35 is worth its cost remains an open question, The National Interest magazine suggested. The outlet stressed that the introduction of the F-35 in the US military did have indisputable pros. Namely, due to the F-35 being, arguably, one of the most versatile fighters in the world,… Read on ->

Tags: US


Russian warplanes return skies of Idlib after militants disrupt military patrol

Published 2020-04-08 22:31:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – A number of Russian aircraft were seen over the Idlib Governorate skies on Wednesday after a military patrol was disrupted by a group of militants earlier in the day. Russian military aircraft, including their reconnaissance drones, conducted flights over the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway), in areas where the militant forces have repeatedly gathered to block the Russian police from completing their scheduled patrols. The Russian military did not conduct any airstrikes, but since Monday, they have increased their presence over the skies over the Idlib Governorate. A source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar News… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Russia helps Syria combat coronavirus amid crippling santions

Published 2020-04-08 22:13:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian government went to Russia to request assistance in combating the new coronavirus by supplying protective equipment and medical supplies in the wake of this international pandemic. According to Tass News Agency, Syria’s Ambassador to Russia, Riyad Haddad, said on Wednesday that his country sent a request to the Russian Ministry of Health to provide Syria with special equipment to monitor the coronavirus so that they can prevent a large-scale outbreak. As of Wednesday, 19 cases of the new COVID-19 infection were recorded in Syria, including two deaths, but the World Health Organization warned… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria


Saudi-led Coalition announces new ceasefire in Yemen

Published 2020-04-08 21:50:17 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – Sources told Reuters on Wednesday that the Saudi-led Coalition will announce a nationwide ceasefire at midnight, to begin on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Three sources confirmed that the Saudi-led coalition will announce the cessation of military operations in Yemen to support the United Nations ceasefire initiative. Two sources said that the suspension of military operations is expected to enter into force on Thursday, noting that it was partially agreed to avoid a possible spread of the coronavirus emerging in Yemen. Since August 2014, Yemen has witnessed confrontations between the government forces loyal to President Abd… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen


Russia accuses US of ‘aggressive exploration’ in space

Published 2020-04-08 20:07:16 by News Desk in World-News

The US has declared outer space a legal equivalent of the Wild West, and Russia believes it may lead to the grimmest of consequences like many policies of territorial expansion did in the past. Russia’s space agency was not impressed by President Donald Trump’s executive order, which doesn’t see space “as a global commons.” “Attempts to expropriate outer space and aggressive plans to de facto seize the territories of other planets will hardly encourage other nations to participate in fruitful cooperation,” said Sergey Savelyev, Roscosmos deputy director responsible for international cooperation. He was responding to the US attempt to draw… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Trump, US


Russian Air Force destroys enemy command posts, military hardware in new exercise

Published 2020-04-08 18:13:46 by News Desk in World-News

The crews of Su-24M frontline bombers and Su-30SM multirole fighters from the Baltic Fleet’s naval aviation struck a notional enemy’s ground targets during drills in the east of Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad Region, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday. “The crews of Su-24M and Su-30SM aircraft from the Fleet’s naval aviation performed flights to the designated area and carried out precision bombing against full-size targets that simulated the notional enemy’s command posts, engineering fortifications, manpower and military hardware,” the press office said in a statement. The pilots used OFAB-250 and P-50T air bombs to deliver strikes, dropping them from an… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Breaking: Ansarallah forces launch big attack on enemy gathering point

Published 2020-04-08 18:07:48 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces launched a powerful attack on a military camp belonging to the pro-government Yemeni military, Wednesday, killing and wounding several soldiers. In a statement released shortly after the attack, the Ansarallah-aligned spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahya Sare’a, said that the attack was carried out inside the Abyan Governorate of southern Yemen. “In response to the escalation by the enemy in the Al-Bayda Governorate from the direction of the southern governorates, the missile force launched a ballistic missile,” Sare’a said in a statement, pointing out that their Qassem missile “targeted the… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


OPCW accuses Syrian military of using chemical weapons in Hama

Published 2020-04-08 17:53:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released a new report on Wednesday that accused the Syrian military of using chemical weapons inside the Hama Governorate in 2017. “The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released today the findings of the first report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT). The IIT is responsible for identifying the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic where the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) has determined that chemical weapons have been used or likely used in Syria,” they reported…. Read on ->

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Tags: OPCW, Syria


Turkish military expands presence in northeastern Syria

Published 2020-04-08 17:19:59 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military established new observation posts in northeastern Syria this week, with reports of their forces in areas south of the border city of Ras Al-‘Ayn. According to a field report, the Turkish military established the observation posts south of Ras Al-‘Ayn and west of the Tal Tamr District, which has witnessed an increase in violence over the last two weeks. These new military posts will put the Turkish forces farther south of the border areas they controlled, which could be a major issue in the coming weeks as they are encroaching on SDF-held… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, Turkey


US allegedly threatens withdraw military, air defenses from Saudi Arabia over oil prices: media

Published 2020-04-08 16:46:39 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The United States may withdraw its military and air defense systems from Saudi Arabia if Riyadh and Moscow do not reach an agreement on stabilizing oil prices, the Russian news site Top War reported, citing U.S. media sources. “A bill providing for the withdrawal of the U.S. Army and air defense systems from Saudi Arabia was prepared by Republican Senators Kevin Kramer and Dan Sullivan,” Top War reported. “According to the new law, if Riyadh and Moscow do not agree to lower oil production to stabilize world oil prices, the United States will withdraw from… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Saudi, US


Militants confront Russian military in Idlib, force them to turn around: video

Published 2020-04-08 16:22:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – A group of militants intercepted a Russian military patrol in the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday, forcing them to turn around. According to reports, the Russian military was traveling along the Idlib Governorate part of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway), when they were confronted by the militants and some civilians in the area. During the confrontation, the militants and civilians refused to yield to the Russian military’s demands and instead, forced them to turn around, as they became increasingly aggressive. The confrontation marked the third time since the start of the March 5th Moscow Agreement that… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


French aircraft carrier abandons Middle East mission after suspected coronavirus cases

Published 2020-04-08 16:09:37 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

France’s sole aircraft carrier ‘Charles de Gaulle’ had to suspend its Mediterranean Sea mission and turn back to port shortly after around 40 of its crewmembers were placed under medical observation with suspected Covid-19. All symptomatic sailors have been “isolated” from the rest of the crew and are being constantly monitored by medical staff, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. They have symptoms consistent with a possible Covid-19 infection. These first symptoms have appeared recently. The illness struck the crew when the nuclear-powered ship was making its way to the Mediterranean Sea to participate in France’s Operation Chammal, directed against… Read on ->

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Tags: France


Syrian and Turkish armies amass troops near strategic city in Idlib

Published 2020-04-08 16:00:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The Syrian and Turkish armies continued to amass troops in the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday, as they both sent reinforcements to the eastern part of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway). According to a field source in the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Army sent reinforcements to the western countryside of Saraqib, marking the second time in the last 48 hours that they have done so. At the same time, the Turkish military reportedly sent reinforcements around the strategic city of Ariha, which appears to be in the Syrian Army’s sights along the M-4 Highway. The Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army finds large cache of munitions left behind by jihadists in Idlib

Published 2020-04-08 15:42:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large cache of munitions that were left behind by the jihadist rebels in the Idlib Governorate. According to reports, the Syrian Army discovered the munitions cache inside the town of Khan Al-Sabil, which was captured by the military earlier this year. “A month ago, our army liberated this area. Work [by sappers] began immediately, they began to look for remnants from militants so that the inhabitants of this area could return”, Hadu Yasser, a colonel in the Syrian Army’s engineering corps, said. The village is located next to… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian, Turkish forces conduct 3rd patrol along M-4 Highway in Idlib

Published 2020-04-08 15:31:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Russian Center for Reconciliation for the Warring Parties in Syria confirmed on Wednesday that the Russian and Turkish forces conducted their third patrol on a section of the strategic M-4 Highway in Idlib. A statement issued by the Russian Center said: “Today, the third joint patrol between Russia and Turkey was conducted on the M-4 highway that links the cities of Aleppo and Latakia via Idlib Governorate, and two BTR-80 armored vehicles and an armored car, ‘Tiger’, participated from the Russian side. Russian drones controlled the patrol track from the air to ensure its… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey


ISIS calls coronavirus ‘soldier of Allah’, threaten attacks in Chicago, London

Published 2020-04-08 15:19:53 by News Desk in World-News

The Daily Mirror has quoted an unnamed former British intelligence officer as saying that Daesh may take advantage of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in order to stage a spate of attacks on Western countries. The officer told the newspaper about “many ways in which the virus is creating multiple threats that have been kept at bay for some time”. “Practically the conditions in the Middle East could be worsening in terms of the ongoing battle to quell Islamic State and keep them at bay. Much of what has been achieved could be undone by the panic and break down of… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, ISIS


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