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China successfully conducts maiden launch of largest rocket to space: video

Published 2020-05-05 23:44:40 by News Desk in World-News

China successfully conducted the maiden launch of the trial version of the country’s new-generation manned spaceship on top of Long March 5B (Chang Zheng 5B) carrier rocket on Tuesday from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in southern China, the China Central Television said. “According to the China Manned Space Engineering Office, on May 5, 2020 at 18:00 (13:00 Moscow Time) from the Wenchang cosmodrome in China the launch of the Long March 5B carrier rocket with a trial version of a manned spacecraft of the new type and a prototype of a cargo return capsule was carried out,” the report… Read on ->

Tags: China


Syrian Army kills several ISIS terrorists in fierce confrontation in Deir Ezzor

Published 2020-05-05 23:29:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) squared off with the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the Al-Mayadeen District of Deir Ezzor on Tuesday, resulting in a fierce battle for a couple of hours. According to a military source from the SAA, their troops addressed the Islamic State attack Badiya Al-Mayadeen region, killing and wounding several terrorists in the process. The source said the Islamic State’s attack began when they stormed the NDF’s positions in the Al-Ashara area, but it would be short-lived, as the Syrian Army helped their… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Iraq, Syria


Saudi-backed Yemeni forces retake Socotra Island

Published 2020-05-05 23:14:12 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON On Tuesday, forces affiliated with the Yemeni government retook the headquarters of the local authority in the Socotra Archipelago in southern Yemen, hours after it fell in the hands of gunmen loyal to the Southern Transitional Council. A Yemeni government official told Russia’s Sputnik Arabic that the transitional council organized an operation to take the city of Hadibu, the center of Socotra governorate, that went to the government compound building, and soon gunmen who participated in the operation attacked and guarded the headquarters. He added that an army and security force then clashed with gunmen loyal to the… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, UAE, Yemen


Turkey recruited 11,000 mercenaries to fight in Libya: report

Published 2020-05-05 22:54:33 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 p.m.) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), based in Britain, reported that the number of mercenaries recruited by Turkey to fight in Libya had risen to about 11,000, including 261 killed in combat. The observatory said that new batches of hundreds of Syrian fighters have arrived in Libya via Turkey, where they are expected to fight alongside the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces against the Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. According to the SOHR statistics, the number of conscripts who have reached Libyan territory so far are about 7,850, among… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Syria


US denies any role in Venezuelan naval invasion

Published 2020-05-05 22:37:02 by News Desk in World-News

On Sunday, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol announced on Venezuelan television that “a group of terrorist mercenaries coming from Colombia attempted a sea invasion, with the objective to commit terrorist attacks in our country, assassinate leaders of the revolutionary government and to increase the spiral of violence, generate chaos and confusion among the population, and with this, to attempt a new coup d’état.” Venezuelan officials said they killed eight mercenaries and captured two. The two who were detained were later revealed to be US citizens: Luke Denman and Airan Berry, both former US Special Forces operatives. The two men operated… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


PMF releases alleged footage of US ‘transferring’ ISIS from Iraq to Syria: video

Published 2020-05-05 22:25:19 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

US troops in two helicopters, flanked by six vehicles and Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces militia forces carried out an operation in northeast Hasakah governorate on Monday, kidnapping two civilians and leaving the area, the Syrian Arab News Agency has reported, citing local civilian sources. US and SDF forces were said to have targeted a house in Quraish, a village about 1 km from the Iraqi border, on Monday night. One of the persons kidnapped is thought to be an Iraqi national. SANA did not provide any possible motives for the raid, but did recall that US forces have carried out… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria, US


Israel amplifies attacks in Syria to expel Iran and Hezbollah: expert

Published 2020-05-05 19:44:53 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Syrian air defenses confronted an attack carried out by the Israeli Air Force over northern Syria last night. According to a field source, the Israeli Air Force, entering Syria from U.S.-held areas, heavily bombed a scientific research facility and military base belonging to the Syrian Armed Forces in the Aleppo Governorate. The source pointed out, “The Israeli aircraft carried out the aggression on two military sites in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, from the atmosphere of the areas controlled by the American occupation forces east of the Euphrates.” Israeli motives Dr. Osama Danoura, a… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria


US wants UNIFIL forces to target Hezbollah in Lebanon

Published 2020-05-05 19:15:37 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The U.S. claims they want a review of the mandate given to the UNIFIL forces, but they bear more than one face, especially with regard to the relationship of the matter with Hezbollah. The recent U.S. concerns were followed by a closed session at the Security Council by video, during which the United Nations Special Coordinator in Lebanon, Jan Kubitsch, briefed the members on the latest report of the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on the implementation of Resolution 1701. This was followed by the tweet from the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations,… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon


Syrian special forces move into Daraa, demand militants behind assassination of 9 soldiers surrender

Published 2020-05-05 18:53:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Syrian special forces, along side security personnel, have moved into the Daraa countryside for a potential operation against the militants that carried out the assassination of nine soldiers this week. According to a military source in Daraa, the Syrian authorities have given the settlements protecting the militants that killed the nine Syrian soldiers in Al-Mazrayib a few more hours to surrender them or else an operation will commence. The source said the Syrian special forces have already cordoned off some settlements in the Daraa countryside and now they are awaiting the green light to… Read on ->

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Tags: Daraa, Syria


George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq is worst decision in US history: Trump

Published 2020-05-05 18:35:02 by News Desk in Iraq, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump considered the 2003 invasion of Iraq by former President George W. Bush to be “the worst decision in the history of the United States.” In an interview with the American newspaper The New York Post from the White House, Trump criticized Bush’s foreign policy for starting the war in Iraq after the September 11, 2001 attacks. According to the statements published by the newspaper on Tuesday, Trump said: “You look at where we are with the troops, the footprint is much different. We’re down to 8,000 in Afghanistan, down to 4,000 in… Read on ->

Tags: Bush, Iraq, Trump


Iraq will buy Russian S-400s if US does not provide latest air defenses: report

Published 2020-05-05 18:18:57 by News Desk in Iraq

A senior Iraqi lawmaker says his country will buy long-range surface-to-air S-300 or S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia in a bid to update its own defense infrastructure in case Washington does not help Baghdad in getting modern armaments. “Iraq is contemplating buying S-300 or S-400 systems from Russia in order to secure its own airspace against any foreign act of aggression. Iraq will reach out to purchase such systems in case the American side does not provide modern air defense armaments,” the head of the security and defense committee in the Iraqi parliament, Mohammad Reza al-Haider, told Iraqi… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia, US


ISIS takes advantage of coronavirus pandemic to launch new attack in east Syria

Published 2020-05-05 17:57:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a new attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops along the Homs-Deir Ezzor administrative border, a field report revealed on Tuesday. According to the report, the Islamic State militants attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the area between the towns of Al-Sukhnah and Al-Shoula, resulting in an intense firefight between the two parties. The report added that the Syrian Arab Army is trying to clear the area, as they are still engaged in fierce clashes with the Islamic State terrorists in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah region that stretches from… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Venezuela captures 13 mercenaries, including 2 ex-Green Berets: report

Published 2020-05-05 17:24:12 by News Desk in World-News

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday announced that 13 mercenaries who were plotting to stage a coup d’etat in the country had been apprehended, he said during a speech in Caracas broadcast by the national TV. “Thirteen terrorists were caught. We seized materials they intended to use for their plan. We found drugs, dollars, arms, satellite phones, radio receiving sets and night vision equipment,” Maduro stressed. Maduro then claimed that two of the 13 mercenaries were former members of the U.S. Special Forces. The Venezuelan President revealed the identification cards for the two captured ex-Green Berets early on Tuesday morning… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Russia gives Iran access to Syria’s Hmeimim Airbase in rare move

Published 2020-05-05 17:06:58 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – In a rare move, the Russian Federation gave Iran access to Syria’s Hmeimim Airbase in the western part of the country, a flight tracking app revealed this week. According to the reports, a Syrian IL-76 cargo aircraft was tracked flying from Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport to the Hmeimim Airbase near the coastal city of Jableh in Syria’s Latakia Governorate. The plane, which mostly travels from Tehran to Damascus, is under the watchful eye of the Israeli military, who has on several occasions attacked the cargo unloaded from the aircraft. https://twitter.com/obretix/status/1257294237244284930?s=20 “Israel, with varying success, nevertheless destroyed… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Russia, Syria


Lebanon summons German ambassador after classifying Hezbollah as terrorist organiztion

Published 2020-05-05 16:32:57 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Nassif Hitti, summoned the German ambassador to Lebanon, George Bergeln, and asked him about the decision taken recently by the German parliament, in which they classified Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization.” The ambassador stated that the decision was taken some time ago, and has recently entered into force, stressing that the decision does not classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, but rather prohibits its activities on German soil. For his part, the Minister even stressed Lebanon’s principled position that Hezbollah is a major political component in Lebanon,… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Hezbollah, Lebanon


Watch: Syrian military confronts Israeli attack over northern Syria

Published 2020-05-05 16:16:50 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian air defenses were activated last night when a number of missiles were fired from an Israeli warplane that was flying over the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) areas. According to a field source, the Israeli warplanes entered Syria via the U.S.-controlled areas before launching a powerful attack on a scientific research facility and military base in the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. The source said some of the missiles managed to bypass the Syrian military’s air defenses, resulting in a number of explosions in eastern Aleppo. Video footage of the brief confrontation was… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


High-ranking ISIS commander killed near Syrian-Iraqi border

Published 2020-05-05 15:53:19 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Iraqi Security Forces announced on Monday the killing of “Abu Qasurah”, the military leader of the Islamic State terrorist organization along the Syrian-Iraqi border. According to the Iraqi Security Forces, the high-ranking ISIS commander was killed by an explosion in the western part of the Al-Anbar Governorate, near the Syrian border. The military said in a statement that “the security forces implemented the Operation Black Desert, which was launched this morning under the supervision of the Joint Operations Command, to search areas western Al-Anbar, through a force of a modern buildup brigade within the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria


Israeli warplanes bomb Syria’s Aleppo from US-held areas

Published 2020-05-05 15:33:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – A Syrian security source said that “the Israeli aggression on military sites in the eastern countryside of Aleppo this evening was carried out by planes that used the atmosphere of the Al-Tanf Base that is controlled by the American occupation forces”on the Syrian-Iraqi triangle.” The security source said in a special statement to that “the Israeli warplanes have used the airspace of the Al-Tanf region, passing through the airspace of the Syrian-Iraqi border, all the way to the Syrian Al-Jazeera area, east of the Euphrates River, where the areas of influence of the American occupation… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria, US


Venezuela captures 8 ‘mercenaries’ and infamous leader

Published 2020-05-05 15:23:28 by News Desk in World-News

Diosdado Cabello, president of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly – the Caracas government’s declared branch in opposition to the National Assembly – tweeted that the armed forces, along with police, had captured eight “mercenaries” after the attempt to invade the country on speed boats on Sunday. The alleged “leader of the terrorist operation”, Antonio Sequea, was captured as well. “In action, in a developing Civic-Military-Police operation, 8 mercenaries were captured, among whom is the head of the terrorist operation Antonio Sequea, already under orders from the authorities. We will win!”, Cabello tweeted. ​Earlier, Venezuela’s Attorney General Tarek William Saab tweeted that… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


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