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Moment 2 Russian jets intercept Belgian warplane: video

Published 2020-04-25 19:46:00 by News Desk in World-News

Two Russian Su-27 fighter jets intercepted and escorted a Belgian F-16 jet away from the Russian border over the Baltic Sea after the aircraft was spotted during scheduled flights in the area, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Saturday. “On April 24, 2020, during the scheduled flights of the Baltic Fleet naval aviation crews over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, an airborne target flying towards the Russian state border was detected using airspace control of the Baltic Fleet,” the statement said. The Western Military District added that the two Sukhoi Su-27 jets, which took flight to engage and escort the… Read on ->

Tags: Belgium, Russia


Jihadist rebels confiscate Christian properties in Idlib

Published 2020-04-25 19:31:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels have been confiscating Christian properties in Idlib on the basis of their religion, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Saturday. “Christians in Idlib province face the injustice of jihadist organizations and violations by Islamic factions, in terms of applying ‘Islamic Sharia law’ to members of different religious communities. Islamic factions are clamping down on them and imposing levies ‘Jizya’ in order to force them to leave their homes to regime-controlled areas,” the SOHR report said. According to the SOHR report, the jihadist rebels, primarily Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), are… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iran closely monitoring US moves in Persian Gulf: Rouhani

Published 2020-04-25 14:53:13 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s president has told the Qatari emir that Tehran won’t initiate any conflict in the region despite the US provocative moves. “The Islamic Republic of Iran is closely watching and following the activity and movements of Americans, but will never be the initiator of any tension and conflict in the region,” President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday. He made the remarks in a phone conversation with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Qatari emir, in turn, underlined the need for all countries to prevent escalation of tensions in the region. During the phone call, the two… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Syrian Army launches attack along southern Idlib front-lines

Published 2020-04-25 14:36:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army launched a new attack on the jihadist defenses along the southern Idlib front-lines. According to a field report from the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army once again struck the defenses of the jihadist rebels after they moved more forces to the front-lines near the town of Al-Bara’. The field report said the Syrian Army heavily targeted the jihadist defenses with artillery and missiles, prompting some of the militants to abandon their positions. The Syrian Army has been closely monitoring the jihadist movements around the Jabal Al-Zawiya… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian Su-27 jets intercept Belgian F-16 warplane

Published 2020-04-25 13:13:43 by News Desk in World-News

Two Russian Su-27 fighter jets intercepted and escorted a Belgian F-16 jet away from the Russian border over the Baltic Sea after the aircraft was spotted during scheduled flights in the area, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Saturday. “On April 24, 2020, during the scheduled flights of the Baltic Fleet naval aviation crews over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, an airborne target flying towards the Russian state border was detected using airspace control of the Baltic Fleet,” the statement said. The Western Military District added that the two Sukhoi Su-27 jets, which took flight to engage and escort the… Read on ->

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Tags: Belgium, Russia


Watch: Russian chopper flies directly over US military in Syria

Published 2020-04-25 11:56:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – A Russian chopper was filmed last week flying over a U.S. military vehicle in an undisclosed part of northeastern Syria. Since the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reached a military agreement in September 2019, the Russian military has had access to several areas across the northern region of Syria. In turn, the Russian military has found themselves competing with the U.S. over different parts of the strategic M-4 Highway (Latakia-Hasakah Highway) that stretches across the northern part of the country. The Russian military has even headquartered a large number of their… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Russian military chopper makes emergency landing

Published 2020-04-25 11:05:18 by News Desk in World-News

A Mi-26 helicopter with 8 people on board made a hard landing in the Tazovsky district of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, a representative of the emergency services of the region said. According to preliminary data, six people were injured as a result of the Mi-26’s hard landing in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Ural Investigation Department for Transport said. A source in local emergency services said earlier that one of the crew members who suffered severe injuries due to fractures was injured. The failure of equipment in adverse weather conditions and a piloting error have been considered as the causes… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Ansarallah forces capture several areas in northern Yemen

Published 2020-04-25 09:24:07 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – The Ansarallah forces captured several areas in the Al-Jawf Governorate after a fierce battle with the government-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces and Islah militia this morning. According to the Ansarallah forces,”a wide-scale operation was launched, as we began to advance towards the Al-Marazeeq (upper and lower plateau) and Bir al-Marazeeq, and to control it after completing the purification of the city of Al-Hazm (Al-Jouf Center) from remnants of mercenaries. ” A source told the Yemen-based newspaper, Saba, that the Ansarallah forces also “took control of Tabab, the entire military camp, Jabal Al-Ashsha and the village of… Read on ->

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Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Turkey stops funding Syrian militant group for refusing to go to Libya: monitor

Published 2020-04-25 09:02:56 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – Turkey has stopped funding a militant faction after they refused to send members to Libya, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported this week. Quoting sources that it described as reliable, SOHR said that Turkey had stopped funding the Faylaq Al-Rahman faction of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) for not sending its members to Libya to help the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. Faylaq Al-Rahman, which previously fought against the Syrian Armed Forces in the East Ghouta region of Damascus and Homs, are currently deployed in several parts of northwestern Syria. According… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria, Turkey


US warns Russia to stop testing their air defenses

Published 2020-04-25 08:27:23 by News Desk in World-News

Citing three run-ins over the last two months, US Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, who heads US Northern Command and NORAD, warned Russia not to test US defensive capabilities, even during a pandemic. “We just want to make it very clear to them … there are no vulnerabilities as a result of COVID-19,” O’Shaughnessy told reporters Tuesday, Military.com reported. “We are postured and maintain that ability to respond at a moment’s notice.” There is “no degradation in our ability to defend the homeland,” the air defense chief added. In recent weeks, there have been several encounters between US and… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


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