Iranian Army Airborne Commander General Yousef Qorbani

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Iran has ‘most powerful helicopter fleet’ in region: commander

Published 2020-05-04 22:19:49 by News Desk in Iran

The Iranian Army Airborne Commander General Yousef Qorbani said that his country’s powerful helicopter fleet ranks first in West Asia and fifth in the world. “We are in possession of the most powerful helicopter fleet in West Asia and our great helicopter fleet is the fifth in the world,” General Qorbani told FNA on Monday. He said that the Iranian helicopters’ winning card in the battleground is their fire power, saying that this power has been enhanced appropriate to the conditions of today wars. “This means that we do not fire at the enemy from close range, but we target… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Venezuelan military foils another naval invasion from Colombia

Published 2020-05-04 21:23:25 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – For the second time in the last 24 hours, the Venezuelan military has foiled a naval invasion from Colombia. According to preliminary reports, the Venezuelan military confronted eight militants trying to infiltrate into Chuao; this resulted in a short fire exchange. The Venezuelan military managed to arrest several of the militants, while also seizing their weapons. https://twitter.com/RCamachoVzla/status/1257368108777570314?s=20 This is the second attempted infiltration by an unknown group of anti-government militants in the last 24 hours.

Tags: Venezuela


Syrian President addresses several topics at government meeting: full details

Published 2020-05-04 20:57:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with his governmental group concerned with measures to tackle the emerging coronavirus epidemic in the country, presenting an economic plan for the (public) trade corporation through which it intervenes as a shared merchant who can coordinate with producers and consumers and break the monopoly that merchants do. President Assad revealed during his meeting the government concerned with the procedures to confront the new epidemic of the coronavirus that the country has gone through unprecedented conditions because of the measures caused the virus. The Syrian President pointed out that the low… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria


Iran reveals 5 citizens are currently imprisoned in US over ‘military activities’

Published 2020-05-04 19:45:16 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Iranian Deputy Defense Minister, Qassem Taqi Zadeh, revealed on Monday the presence of five Iranians in U.S. prisons. According to Zadeh, the Iranians are accused by the U.S. of carrying out “military activities” on behalf of the Islamic Republic. For his part, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said that diplomatic efforts are continuing to assure the health of the Iranian community residing in the United States. Rabiei said during a press conference that the government is following the issue of the conditions of Iranian prisoners who are held in American prisons, adding that one of… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US


Turkish military launches new attack against Syrian Army as Russian forces arrive

Published 2020-05-04 19:19:09 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Army, alongside their allied militants, heavily targeted civilian homes and a point under the control of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Tal Tamr District of Al-Hasakah. According to a field source in Al-Hasakah, the Turkish military and their allied militants fired several artillery shells towards the Tal Tamr District, causing a number of explosions on Monday. In particular, the source pointed out that the Turkish military and their allies fired at least a half dozen shells on the village of Al-Rihaniyah and another eight shells on Al-Dardarah in the Tal Tamr… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Hezbollah leader fires back after terrorist designation, says Germany ‘surrendered to US will’

Published 2020-05-04 18:04:37 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said that the German ban and the designation of the party as a terrorist group is “a surrender to the American will”. Sayyed Nasrallah said that the German decision to declare Hezbollah a “terrorist organization” was expected, adding that it is also expected that other European countries will make a similar decision. The Hezbollah Secretary-General stressed, in a televised speech on Monday, “The German decision to include Hezbollah as a terrorist organization was expected, and was preceded by decisions by some European countries. It is also expected that… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Nasrallah


Qatar says rumors about coup in Doha are ‘fabricated’

Published 2020-05-04 17:51:56 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Qatari ambassador to Russia, Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, told the Tass News Agency on Monday that the videos circulated on social media about the alleged coup attempt are “fabricated”. The ambassador said: “These videos (which were shown through some channels in the Telegram and others) are fabricated and are not related to reality.” To that, a source in the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Russia’s Sputnik Agency that the news that appeared in the media and social media on the allegations of the coup in Qatar is just “media filling” and “fake news”…. Read on ->

Tags: Qatar


Behind a Russian vehicle, Syrian children throw rocks at US military: photo

Published 2020-05-04 16:57:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – Syrian children attacked a U.S. military vehicle with rocks in the Al-Hasakah countryside, sheltering behind a Russian armored personnel carrier. According to reports, this incident took place in the Al-Hasakah town of Al-Tannouriyah, and a picture was published showing a number of children throwing stones at the U.S. military vehicle while they were being sheltered by a Russian military vehicle. https://www.facebook.com/raqa11/photos/a.396248594091499/1133291527053865/?type=3&theater Most recently, cases of rock-throwing attacks in the countryside of Al-Hasakah have increased, with locals targeting U.S. vehicles. Some of the people are frustrated that the U.S. military abandoned them during the Turkish invasion… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Russian radar system discovered near Israeli border: media

Published 2020-05-04 16:34:24 by News Desk in Middleeast, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – A Russian publication reported this week that the Russian Armed Forces have deployed their Resonance radar system in an area near the Israeli border. According to the NZIV publication, the Russian Resonance radar was identified in two locations in the eastern Mediterranean region, including an area along the Israeli-Egyptian border. “Eli Dekel, a retired military systems researcher, has found the exact location and location of two radar stations that can detect planes and missiles up to 1,100 km away,” the publication said. “One station was built in Javelin Oved at a distance of about 40… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia


Russia is ready to sell S-400 air defense system to Iraq: ambassador

Published 2020-05-04 15:59:56 by News Desk in Iraq

Russian Ambassador to Iraq Maksim Maksimov says Moscow is prepared to provide Baghdad with advanced S-400 air defense missile systems once the Arab country makes an official request for the military hardware. “The Russian side has, thus far, not received an official request in this regard. There is no doubt that recent developments have increased interest in [procurement of] air missile defense systems, especially the S-400 system,” Iraq’s Arabic-language al-Ahad news agency quoted Maksimov as saying on Thursday. He noted, “It is too early to set out the details. Therefore, I say that we (Russians) will meet the Iraqis’ request once they make such a bid.”… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia


Russia sends 150 armored vehicles to Syria: photo

Published 2020-05-04 15:47:28 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – On April 12th, the Russian Federation sent a large amount of military equipment to Syria, including tanks and other armored vehicles. According to the maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Federation’s Project 1171 ЧФ Black Sea Fleet 197th Assault Ship Brigade Tapir (NATO:Alligator) class LST Saratov transited on April 10th, the Bosphorus Strait that links the Black and Mediterranean seas. https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1248640165842751488?s=20 The Russian ship would later arrive to Syria’s Port of Tartous, where the cargo on the ship was later unloaded and transported to the Syrian and Russian armed forces inside the country. Now, nearly… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Tartous


Dozens of Syrian mercenaries killed in battle with Libyan Army

Published 2020-05-04 15:26:42 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – A large number of Syrian mercenaries were killed this week when they clashed with the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the Tripoli countryside. According to reports from northwestern Libya, the Libyan National Army managed to eliminate an installation belonging to the Turkish-backed Syrian militants during an attack around the ‘Ayn Zara axis. The reports have put the death toll for the Syrian mercenaries between 30 and 35, with several more wounded or captured by the Libyan National Army. The Syrian mercenaries, mostly from the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), were first transported to Libya at… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria, Tripoli


Syrian military switched air defense systems to confront Israeli attacks: Chinese media

Published 2020-05-04 15:02:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The media war over the effectiveness of their air defense systems continued between China and Russia this week, as the Chinese Sina News Agency claimed the Syrian Armed Forces abandoned the Pantsir-S after its alleged poor performance against Israeli attacks. According to the publication, besides switching over Chinese radars, the Syrian Armed Forces has also begun using the Buk-2ME to confront the Israeli attacks, rather than the Pantsir-S. “Due to the unsatisfactory combat characteristics of the Pantsir-S air defense system, the Syrian air defense forces began using the latest Buk-2ME mobile air defense system to… Read on ->

Tags: China, Israel, Russia, Syria


Syrian Army steps up attack in Idlib as reinforcements pour in

Published 2020-05-04 14:38:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) increased the intensity of their attacks in southern Idlib this week, as their troops heavily targeted the positions of both Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF). According to a field report from the southern countryside of Idlib, the Syrian Army began the day by launching several missiles and artillery shells towards the town of Al-Bara’, which is located along the front-lines in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. The Syrian Army would later spread their attack to several areas along the Jabal Al-Zawiya front-lines, resulting in significant… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


North Korean defectors under fire for giving false information about Kim Jong-un’s health

Published 2020-05-04 14:24:06 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – A former North Korean dissident and diplomat apologized for saying that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, was so ill that he could not stand up, days before Kim appeared publicly at an event attended by hundreds of officials. The images, published by North Korean media, showed the leader attending a ceremony on Saturday, which was later a blow to the credibility of some prominent dissidents from the country who had predicted that Kim is suffering from a serious illness, or even that he probably died. One of those defectors is Tae Yong Ho, who was… Read on ->

Tags: NorthKorea


Iraqi forces kill 3 ISIS leaders in new border operation

Published 2020-05-04 14:11:05 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – A group of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist leaders were killed on Monday in a new operation carried out by fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) in the Al-Anbar Governorate, the security forces said in a statement. The Iraqi security forces stated that the Hadith Brigade Mobilization Brigade, in western A-Anbar, had killed three Islamic State leaders in the Al-Medham area. They added that the brigade’s fighters detonated a car carrying explosive devices for ISIS, as part of the operation that began earlier this morning. The Iraqi forces launched a new operation on Monday… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


Russian navy trails NATO warships armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles

Published 2020-05-04 13:55:16 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet is tracking the activities of a NATO battle group that crossed into the Barents Sea on Monday morning, the National Defence Operations Centre said in a statement. The statement says that the group includes three US Naval destroyers, the Porter, the Donald Cook and the Franklin Roosevelt, as well as the Kent, a British frigate. The USS Porter and Donald Cook destroyers are equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles and Aegis missile defence system. The ships are usually permanently deployed in Europe at the Spanish military base in Rota. Together with the Aegis missile defence ground… Read on ->

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Tags: NATO, Russia


Unknown group kills 7 Syrian soldiers in Daraa

Published 2020-05-04 13:45:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – An unknown group kidnapped and killed Syrian military personnel in the Al-Muzayrib District of Daraa this week, resulting in the death of a number of soldiers. “Unidentified gunmen attacked the Syrian security forces in the All-Muzayrib District in the western countryside of Daraa, where they kidnapped seven soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), after which they killed and threw their bodies at the Ghobsha roundabout in the town of Al-Mazayrib,” a source reported. No group has claimed responsibility for this latest attack on the Syrian Armed Forces in the Daraa Governorate. Some field reporters… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria


Turkey to produce new fighter jet to replace F-16

Published 2020-05-04 13:24:46 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Turkish Aerospace and Industries Company Tocash and the company Electronic Air Industries Havelsan have signed an agreement to cooperate in the Turkish domestic fighter production project that will be a substitute for the Boeing F-16. The head of the Turkish Defense Industries Corporation, Ismail Demir, said in a statement on Saturday that the work of developing the local fighter is continuing in full swing, pointing out that the Turkish Tocash and Havelsan companies have concluded an agreement in this regard. According to Demir, the agreement between the two companies includes cooperation in the areas… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey


Venezuela on high alert after attempted boat invasion

Published 2020-05-04 11:00:20 by News Desk in World-News

The Venezuelan military was on a heightened level of alert on Sunday after foiling a pre-dawn boat attack by armed men, described by the government as Colombian militants. “All military formations in the country have been put on combat alert to react immediately to any threat. We reaffirm our absolute loyalty to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro”, the defence ministry said in a statement. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the attackers tried to invade the northern state of La Guaira on high-speed boats. Eight militants were killed and two others captured in the counteroperation. One of those detained was an agent… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Iraqi forces launch massive operation against ISIS terrorists

Published 2020-05-04 10:48:37 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.)- The Iraqi security forces announced the launch a massive military operation on Monday that targets the last remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in several parts of western Iraq. According to the Iraqi security forces’ official statement, the new operation will “search the areas of Wadi Houran, Husayniyyat, al-Kara, H2, Wadi al-Hallcom, and up to the international borders.” “The operation leaders of Anbar, Al-Jazeera, and the Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) in western Al-Anbar participated in the operation, and the tribal PMF was divided into a section and with nine axes supporting the army and air… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


ISIS terrorists attempt to breakout of Syrian prison after starting new riot: video

Published 2020-05-04 10:26:35 by News Desk in Syria

A major insurrection by Daesh (ISIS)* prisoners has taken place at the al-Sinaa prison facility in the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces-controlled area in Hasakah, northeast Syria, the Syrian Arab News Agency has reported, citing local sources. Yet to be authenticated footage from the scene shows SDF troops being deployed along the prison’s perimeter in Humvees and pickup trucks armed with machineguns, with US attack helicopters seen circling overhead. Unconfirmed reports suggest the revolt may have been put down following negotiations between SDF and coalition forces and Daesh detainees. https://twitter.com/NPA_English/status/1256932312450772994?s=20 The new bout of rioting follows an uprising which took place… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


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