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Captured Syrian mercenaries recount tales of coercion and deception in Libya

Published 2020-05-08 23:35:01 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

As violence returns to Libya, Syrian foreign mercenaries get caught in the crosshairs between Tobruk and Tripoli, but instead of hardened warriors, they cut out a sorry figure. “We were deceived, we did not come to participate in any war, we came to guard Turkish facilities for the money … but in the end, I am left without any cash” — this phrase embodies the common denominator of the stories of the Syrians who arrived in Libya “to earn money .. not to fight”. Sputnik was able to speak to some Syrian mercenaries captured by the Libyan National Army (LNA)… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

Iraqi airborne operation wipes out ISIS hideouts along Syrian border

Published 2020-05-08 23:18:44 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Iraqi Military Intelligence and their airborne forces carried out a military operation in the desert of the Al-Anbar Governorate on Friday. In a statement, the Iraqi Military Intelligence stated: “With a qualitative operation carried out through a joint airborne force consisting of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Regiment in the leadership of the First Division and a force from a Commando Regiment, terrorist dens were attacked in the areas of ​​Al-Husayniyat and Dagdaghah, northeast of the Rutbah District of the Al-Anbar Province.” The statement added: “One of our fighters was able to kill a suicide… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria

Turkish airstrike kills 9 Libyan Army officers in western Libya

Published 2020-05-08 22:17:05 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military carried out a powerful airstrike on Friday using one of their armed drones in the western region of Libya. According to reports, the Turkish drone struck a checkpoint belonging to the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the Al-Rajban area this morning. The reports said the Turkish drone strikes resulted in the death of nine Libyan Army police officers. This latest drone strike by the Turkish military is the deadliest air attack on the LNA forces this week. While the Turkish military was successful in conducting this airstrike, they did lose two of… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Syrian Army kills several militants amid major operation in Daraa

Published 2020-05-08 22:02:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began a military operation in the Daraa Governorate on Friday that targets two towns where several militants are holed up and refusing to surrender. Led by Division 15 (special forces), the Syrian Arab Army kicked off their operation on Friday by storming the town of Mazrib in an effort to arrest the militants that killed nine soldiers earlier this week. According to the latest field report from the Daraa Governorate, the Syrian Army’s operation has resulted in the death of more than ten militants and the arrest of a few… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Mini Cold War: US and Russia expand bases, buildup forces in east Syria

Published 2020-05-08 21:03:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The U.S. and Russian armed forces have recently engaged in a mini Cold War in Syria, as both armies have expanded their military bases in the eastern part of the country. According to a field source in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Russian military recently expanded their presence in the Al-Qamishli District, sending more reinforcements and establishing new checkpoints at the military airport. The source said the reinforcements to the Al-Qamishli Airport brought with them heavy equipment, including tanks and armored vehicles. At the same time, the U.S. military has also sent a large number of… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia, Syria, US

Egyptian military has 2 of the world’s most powerful helicopters: report

Published 2020-05-08 20:31:48 by News Desk in North-Africa

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 P.M.) _ he Egyptian Air Force possesses a large number of Russian Ka-52 Crocodile helicopters and the American Apache helicopters, but there is a big difference between the two helicopters in the Egyptian army. According to the Egyptian researcher in military affairs, Mohamed El Kinany, “The Ka-52 Alligator Crocodile Helicopter is classified as an attack/armed reconnaissance chopper. It conducts reconnaissance missions against infantry, armored units, helicopters, and air and flying threats at low speeds at low/very low altitudes to direct formations. Accompanying attack helicopters and friendly land formations against the aforementioned threats, not to mention the missions… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Russia, US

Russian military to get new S-500 system next year

Published 2020-05-08 20:13:58 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Armed Forces may get the first advanced S-500 missile systems next year, the country’s Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko has said in an interview with the magazine Natsionalnaya Oborona (National Defence). According to him, the conclusion of a state contract for S-500s is scheduled for 2021, with wide-scale deliveries expected in subsequent years. Krivoruchko also referred to a stage of the S-500-related preliminary tests, with “the material part currently at the training ground”. The statement echoes that of Vladimir Dolbenkov, director-general of the Design Bureau for Special Machine-Building (part of Almaz-Antey), who said in late March that tests… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

US must be forcibly ‘ousted’ from Iraq if they don’t leave: senior cleric

Published 2020-05-08 19:57:48 by News Desk in Iraq

A senior Iraqi cleric has said that American forces do not intend to leave the Middle East region and have to be consequentially expelled forcibly by means of resistance. “The Americans have to be ousted because they do not intend to leave by themselves. Only resistance can expel them,” Baghdad Friday prayers leader Sayed Yasin al-Mousavi said. “One who seeks the continuation of US presence in the region, and for no resistance to take place against it, is actually seeking to delay the end of injustice over the world,” he said. Citing certain Muslim prayers during the holy month of… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

Syrian Army eliminates several ISIS terrorists during intense confrontation

Published 2020-05-08 19:39:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was engaged in a fierce confrontation with the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the eastern part of the Homs Governorate on Friday. According to a field report from Homs, the Syrian Arab Army managed to foil an Islamic State attack in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah region on Friday after the terrorist group stormed their positions earlier in the day. The report said the Syrian Army killed and wounding several Islamic State terrorists during the clashes, forcing the remaining militants to flee back into the vast desert region between Homs and Deir Ezzor…. Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Trump says he would send ‘an army’ to overthrow Maduro not ‘little group’

Published 2020-05-08 18:55:08 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump has denied reports he was behind the recent naval incursion by a mercenary group that resulted in two ex-U.S. soldiers being arrested by the Venezuelan authorities. In an interview with Fox and Friends on Friday morning, Trump said he had nothing to with the coup attempt, pointing out that he wouldn’t make it a secret. “We have nothing to do with it. If I wanted to go into Venezuela, I wouldn’t make a secret about it,” Trump said. “I’d go in, I’d go in and they would do nothing about it,… Read on ->

Tags: Maduro, Trump, Venezuela

Fierce battle breaks out between Turkish-backed militant groups in northern Aleppo

Published 2020-05-08 18:29:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – A fierce battle broke out between two Turkish-backed militant groups in northern Aleppo on Thursday, local activists inside the Afrin region of the governorate reported. According to the reports, the militant groups, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Shamiya, engaged in a fierce battle inside the Ashrafiyeh District of Afrin city. Both sides reportedly suffered casualties, but the death toll and total number of wounded were not confirmed. In response to the heavy clashes, both militant groups brought reinforcements into Afrin amid increased tensions inside the city. Jabhat Al-Shamiya and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham are some of… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Syrian Army kicks off new operation in Daraa

Published 2020-05-08 17:54:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun their operation in Daraa to capture the militants that executed nine soldiers in the town of Mazrib earlier this week. According to a field report from the Daraa Governorate, the Syrian Army, led by their special forces, launched their operation from several axes in a bid to capture the militants that are refusing to surrender. In addition to the special forces (Division 15), the operation includes the 4th Armored Division, 5th Armored Division, and National Defense Forces (NDF) of Daraa. Earlier this week, a group of operatives belonging… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Russian aircraft carrier to receive new air defense systems

Published 2020-05-08 17:29:22 by News Desk in World-News

The Zvyozdochka shipyard plans to finish the preparation of the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier for sea trials after repairs and upgrades by fall 2022, the state procurement website indicates. The shipyard has posted a contract on painting the carrier’s outer surface before September 1, 2022. For that the shipyard plans to allocate over 250 million rubles ($3,402,500) and will receive applications until May 20. In line with widespread practice, after the painting is done, a ship goes to sea trials. The shipyard press service confirmed the plans, but noted that all works would be performed amid heightened security measures… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

US accuses Syria and Russia of sending fighters to Libya

Published 2020-05-08 15:22:13 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Washington launched a new media and diplomatic campaign against Moscow and Damascus, accusing them of transporting fighters and equipment to Libya to support the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in his conflict with the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). “We know for sure that the Russians are working with (Syrian President Bashar) Assad to transport fighters, perhaps from a third country, and perhaps from the Syrians, to Libya in addition to hardware,” U.S. Special Envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, said during a conference call on Thursday. He did not give any details or… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Russia, Syria, US

NATO member Turkey activates S-400 system despite US threats

Published 2020-05-08 14:45:19 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Turkey activated its Russian-supplied S-400 air defense system, despite objections from fellow NATO member, the United States, Head of Turkey’s Defense Industry Ismail Demir said on Friday, as reported by the TASS News Agency. “The process of deploying S-400s continues and certain systems have been put into operation,” TASS reported, quoting the newspaper Milliyet. Russia won’t have ‘the desired access’ to the S-400 systems deployed in Turkey, Demir said. “Although the agreement on the deliveries includes provisions on the training [of the Turkish personnel], technical maintenance and technical support, the Russian personnel will not be… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Russia, Turkey, US

Libyan Army shoots down 2nd Turkish aircraft west of Tripoli

Published 2020-05-08 14:21:14 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) has shot down a second Turkish aircraft near the Al-Watiyah Airbase in the western region of the country. According to a field report, the Libyan National Army’s air defense forces spotted and shot down a Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was attempting to bomb their positions at the Al-Watiyah Airbase. This is the second Turkish aircraft that the Libyan National Army has shot down near the Al-Watiyah Airbase and the third UAV to downed in the last 24 hours. The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) recently suffered heavy… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Turkey

US won’t provide support to Lebanon’s Health Ministry because it’s ‘run by Hezbollah’

Published 2020-05-08 14:12:02 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The U.S. will not provide medical assistance to Lebanon because the country’s health ministry is “run by Hezbollah”, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker, told LBCI TV on Thursday. “Hezbollah is an enormous factor in this government and it is a Hezbollah-backed government,” Schenker said. “We are not giving money to the Lebanese Ministry of Health because it is run by Hezbollah,” he continued. Schenker’s claim that Hezbollah is running the Health Ministry is due to the new government’s appointment of Dr. Hamad Hassan to that post. Dr. Hassan is a… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon

Syria reopens historical Umayyad Mosque: video

Published 2020-05-08 13:54:12 by News Desk in Syria

People are flocking to Damascus’ Umayyad Mosque on Friday, 8 May, as Syria is among the first countries in the region to allow the reopening of mosques. This year the Islamic holy month of Ramadan kicked off without Taraweeh prayers for the first time in history due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. As of Friday, Syria has reported 45 confirmed coronavirus infection cases, of which three people have died and 27 others have recovered, which makes it one of the world’s and Middle East’s least affected countries.   Source: Sputnik

Tags: Syria, Umayyad

Syrian Army confronts several ISIS attacks in eastern Homs

Published 2020-05-08 13:40:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has addressed several attacks in eastern Homs this week amid a new campaign by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) to wreak havoc in the eastern part of the country. ISIS began their attacks against the Syrian Armed Forces earlier this week, targeting their positions around the Al-Mayadeen Desert of the Deir Ezzor Governorate. Following their attack in Deir Ezzor, the Islamic State launched a string of attacks on the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, with the primary focus being the desert region between Al-Sukhnah and Al-Shoula. The Syrian Army was… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, ISIS, Syria

Heavy overnight clashes in Daraa as major military operation approaches

Published 2020-05-08 12:23:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Daraa Governorate witnessed heavy clashes last night when the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 5th Armored Division engaged a group of militants belonging to an opposition sleeper cell. According to a field report from the Daraa Governorate, the Syrian Army’s 5th Armored Division attacked a group of militants around the town of Mazrib, resulting in casualties on both sides. The report said the Syrian Arab Army moved in more forces around Mazrib following the overnight clashes with the militant forces. A source from the Syrian Army said the military has moved in reinforcements from the… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Libyan Army shots down Turkish aircraft west of Tripoli

Published 2020-05-08 11:52:23 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Military Information Division of the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced at dawn on Friday, the shooting down of a Turkish aircraft, west of the capital, Tripoli. The Libyan National Army, on its official Facebook page, said that “the air defense platforms shot down a Turkish plane that tried to launch an air raid on the Al-Watiyah base.” This comes in the context of the new operation launched by the Libyan National Army to complete the capture of Tripoli from “armed militias.” It is noteworthy to point out that… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA

Ansarallah forces announce high-ranking commander killed

Published 2020-05-08 11:30:08 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Thursday evening that one of the group’s most prominent military leaders had been killed. According to reports, a funeral procession for Major General Mohamed Abdel-Karim Al-Hamran, commander of the group’s special forces, was held in his honor. The funeral ceremony for the late military commander was held in the presence of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Major General Ali Hamoud Al-Mawshki, and a number of leaders. Hamran was praised his characteristics and his heroic stances in various fields and fronts. The mourners affirmed that “the blood of the… Read on ->

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Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen

US not seeking to expel Russia, only Iran from Syria: envoy

Published 2020-05-08 11:04:44 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – James Jeffrey, the U.S. special envoy for Syria, stated that the United States is not seeking to expel Russia from Syria. Jeffrey said during a press conference Thursday: “As far as seeking to withdraw Russia from Syria, we have never pursued this goal. Russia has been there for 30 years and has long-term relations with Syria. We do not think this is a good thing for the region or Russia itself. But we do not follow such policies. ” He pointed out, however, that making major concessions to Russia regarding the Syrian settlement is unacceptable… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, Syria, US

Venezuelan opposition signed $213 million contract with US mercenary group to topple Maduro: report

Published 2020-05-08 10:40:50 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 A.M.) – A new report from the American newspaper, Washington Post, revealed talks between the Venezuelan opposition and the private American security company, Silvercorp, to topple Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro. The newspaper published a 42-page document, which is a contract between the security company and the Venezuelan opposition to “provide services” worth $213 million, which the two parties discussed last October. “Service Provider Advisors will advise and assist Partner Group in planning and executing an operation to capture/detain/remove Nicolas Maduro (heretoafter ‘Primary Objective’), remove the current Regime, and install the recognised Venezuelan [self-proclaimed] President Juan Guaido”, the… Read on ->

Tags: Guaido, Venezuela

New satellite image reveals aftermath of Israeli attack on southeast Aleppo: photo

Published 2020-05-08 10:20:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – Image Satellite International released a new photo on Thursday that showed the aftermath of the Israeli attack on the southeast Aleppo town of Al-Safirah. In the satellite image posted on Twitter, the ISI photo reveals severe damage to a “workshop building”, which they claim could have a critical role in missile production and the assembly process. While it is difficult to determine what exactly the site is, the town of Al-Safirah does indeed have a large presence of Iranian-backed forces, especially military advisors from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The Israeli military has… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Israel, Syria

Russia not abandoning Syria’s Assad, all claims unfounded: report

Published 2020-05-08 09:44:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – A diplomatic source commented on the rumors circulating via social media and western publications about Russian-Syrian relations, and stressed that the contacts between the Russian and Syrian leaders continue on a daily basis. Speaking to the semi-official Al-Watan News Agency, the diplomatic source said that Moscow supports the Syrian state’s endeavor to retake the entire country, while also aiding the government at economic, diplomatic and military levels. The source confirmed that all published articles and analysis on the alleged Russian dispute with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad are unfounded. The source stressed that: “The campaign launched… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Russia, Syria

Libyan Army unleashes massive attack Turkish-backed forces in Misrata

Published 2020-05-08 09:28:38 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced the launch of raids targeting sites of the “militia horde loyal to the Turkish aggression” near the city of Misrata. The General Command of the “Libyan National Army” said in a statement published on Thursday that “the raids targeted a number of sites in the Bougrain area east of the city of Misrata, including concentrations of militant groups, and other stores of weapons and ammunition.” The statement added that the airstrikes also targeted sites “inside farms designated to serve as sites for these… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Misrata

US military to withdraw Patriot missiles from Saudi Arabia: WSJ

Published 2020-05-08 08:58:07 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 P.M.) – U.S. media reported that the United States is preparing to withdraw Patriot missile defense systems from Saudi Arabia in addition to reducing its military presence in the Kingdom. The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying that the United States will withdraw 4 Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia, in addition to dozens of military personnel who were sent there after the missile attacks on oil installations last year. The officials added that the United States has withdrawn two squadrons of combat aircraft, and will also consider reducing the U.S. naval presence in the… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, US

Second US ‘mercenary’ shows link between Guaido, US group

Published 2020-05-08 07:58:29 by News Desk in World-News

Following Sunday’s failed seaborne invasion of Venezuela, thirteen people were captured by the country’s security forces, two of whom were described by President Nicolas Maduro as ex-US Special Forces – Luke Denman and Airan Berry. Airan Berry, captured by Venezuelan security forces while participating in a 3 May seaborne invasion into the country, revealed his role in the ‘mission’ that included organizing a plane at the Caracas airport to transfer Maduro to the US after having kidnapped him. “…To advise the forces that were coming in… and make a way to the airport as soon as we could”, he said,… Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela

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