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Iran summons Swiss envoy over US threats to intercept tankers heading to Venezuela

Published 2020-05-17 19:35:14 by News Desk in Iran

A group of five Iranian tankers was previously spotted sailing through the Mediterranean Sea into the Atlantic Ocean and is believed to be heading towards Venezuela. Media reports have suggested that Tehran could be helping Caracas overcome its domestic fuel crisis, which has partially been caused by American sanctions’ impact. Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has cautioned the US against intercepting or pursuing Iranian tankers sailing with a cargo of fuel towards Venezuela in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Zarif called the alleged plans to intercept the Iranian tankers “illegal, dangerous and provocative” acts that look… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Switzerland, US, Venezuela

Commander of foreign jihadist group assassinated in Syria’s Idlib

Published 2020-05-17 19:26:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – A commander of a foreign jihadist group was assassinated in the militant-held areas of the Idlib Governorate on Sunday, pro-opposition media reported. According to the reports, the unnamed commander, who was said to have come to Syria from the Russian Caucasus, was assassinated inside the town of Al-Fou’ah, which is located north of Idlib city. No further details were released and no group has claimed responsibility for this latest assassination inside the Idlib Governorate.

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Pirates attack Stolt Apal oil tanker sailing under UK flag off Yemeni coast- ship’s manager

Published 2020-05-17 19:06:51 by News Desk in Yemen

According to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), the incident happened at 12:30 GMT. The organisation advised extreme caution to any vessels transiting the area. The company Stolt Tankers, which operates chemical and parcel tankers, said Sunday that one of its vessels had been attacked by pirates off Yemen’s coast. The vessel Stolt Apal, sailing under a UK flag, was approached by two speedboats. “After multiple warning shots were fired by the armed guard team aboard Stolt Apal, the skiffs opened fire on the ship. The armed guard team returned fire, disabling one skiff and ending the pursuit”, Stolt… Read on ->

Tags: UK, Yemen

Palestinian-led forces seize ISIS equipment after raid in eastern Homs: video

Published 2020-05-17 17:37:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Palestinian-led Jerusalem Brigade (Liwaa Al-Quds) carried out a successful raid on an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) hideout in Badiya Al-Sham region of eastern Homs. According to reports, the Jerusalem Brigade, backed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF), raided several ISIS hideouts in an effort to eliminate the remnants of the terrorist group in the Homs countryside. Following one successful raid, the Jerusalem Brigade was able to seize the equipment and supplies left behind by the Islamic State in the Badiya Al-Sham region.

Tags: Homs, Syria

Turkey resumes airstrikes over Iraqi-Kurdistan region

Published 2020-05-17 17:04:56 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the ‘neutralization’ of two elements of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during an attack on the Iraqi-Kurdistan region. The ministry said, in a tweet on Twitter, that it “was able, through surveillance mechanisms, to locate terrorists in the Afashin Basyan region, northern Iraq,” stressing that “the Turkish army continued its operations against the PKK terrorist organization with determination.” Ankara classifies the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers’ Party, as a terrorist organization, and is working to target its elements inside and outside Turkey. However, the Iraqi government has repeatedly… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Turkey

Israeli forces shoot Lebanese man at border fence

Published 2020-05-17 15:51:35 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Israeli army announced that a Lebanese citizen had been wounded on the Lebanese side by their after he cut the border between Lebanon and Israel. According to reports, the man was transferred to a hospital after he was wounded by the Israeli gunfire. The Israeli army said in a statement that “a little while ago during an ordinary operation in the Jabal Douf region on the Lebanese border, a military force spotted a suspect crossing through Lebanese territory into Israeli territory.” The statement added: “The suspect was wounded by IDF fire as… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon

Israel seeks to restore ties with Turkey over common interests in Syria: report

Published 2020-05-17 15:11:46 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – Israel is seeking to mend its strained ties with Turkey after a disruption in diplomatic activity, the Middle East Eye reported last week. According to the publication, shared interests in Syria and the eastern Mediterranean’s gas supplies may help restore diplomatic relations between the two nations. “What we are looking for [now] is full diplomatic relations with Turkey. As long as we don’t have it, there is very little we can achieve together,” an unnamed Israeli official told the Middle East Eye. The Israeli official told the MEE that chief among the issues that might… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Turkey

ISIS terrorists escape from prison in northeast Syria

Published 2020-05-17 14:41:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Several Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) allegedly escaped from a prison in northeastern Syria on Sunday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. Citing local sources, SANA said that a number of ISIS terrorists escaped from the Al-Hawl Prison in the Al-Hasakah countryside, which is controlled by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The sources told SANA that seven terrorists from ISIS managed to escape from al-Hawl prison. The sources indicated that SDF groups announced a state of alert to search for the fleeing terrorists. This is the third time in the last two months that Islamic State… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

US could suffer ‘capital losses’ in potential war with China

Published 2020-05-17 13:52:40 by News Desk in World-News

The Times has quoted unnamed US defence sources as saying that the Pentagon may lose a sea war with China if one breaks out in the Indo-Pacific region amid the increasing tensions between Beijing and Washington. The sources referred to a spate of simulated Defence Department war games, including one focused on the year 2030, which indicated that US naval forces would be overwhelmed by the Chinese Navy’s new attack submarines, aircraft carriers, and destroyers that are expected to enter service by that time. One source claimed in an “eye-opening” conclusion that China has “long-range anti-ship ballistic missiles and hypersonic… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

Russia allegedly transports 6 Syrian jets to Iran after Israeli attack: media

Published 2020-05-17 13:41:31 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Earlier this month, the Israeli Air Force carried out a powerful attack on a Syrian military site that stored several aircraft, including six MiG-29 jets, in eastern Homs. The aircraft were badly damaged by the Israeli strikes, with new reports surfacing that they were transported from Syria to Iran for repair. Citing a Russian military channel on Telegram, Avia.Pro reported that the six Syrian MiG-29 jets were transported from the Hmeimim Airbase in Latakia to the Hamadan Airbase in Iran. “As follows from the data of the Telegram community of the ‘Notes of the Hunter’,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, Syria

Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead

Published 2020-05-17 13:18:35 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

The 58-year old diplomat was appointed to the country back in February, after serving as envoy to Ukraine. He didn’t meet the Israeli president right after his arrival, instead staying in a 14-day quarantine, as the COVID-19 pandemic was already raging across the globe. According to preliminary reports, Chinese Ambassador Du Wei was found dead in bed in his apartment on Sunday morning. The cause of his death remains unknown. The Chinese Embassy, however, said that it cannot confirm the reports at the moment. The Israeli police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of his sudden death.  … Read on ->

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Tags: China, Israel

Iraqi forces launch massive operation against ISIS

Published 2020-05-17 13:03:13 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Iraqi security forces announced on Sunday, the launch of the “Lions of the Jazeera” Operation to pursue the remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) across a large stretch of territory in western Iraq. “Under the supervision of the Joint Operations Command, this morning, Sunday, the operations of the Lions of the Jazeera, to inspect the Al-Jazeera desert in northern Al-Anbar Governorate, in southern Nineveh Governorate and western Salaheddine Governorate, were launched at the blessing of God, all the way to the international borders with the Syrian Arab Republic.” The Iraqi security forces pointed out… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Iran offers all defense capabilities to Iraq

Published 2020-05-17 12:42:42 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Iranian Minister of Defense, Amir Hatami, affirmed his country’s readiness to put all of its defense capabilities at the disposal of Iraq, stressing the importance of defense cooperation between the two countries in establishing security and stability in the region. In a phone call this week, Hatami congratulated his new Iraqi counterpart, Lieutenant General Juma’a Anad Sa’adoun Khatab Al-Jabouri, on his appointment, pointing out that Iran’s vision of Iraq stems from the common causes of history, culture and religion. Hatami expressed his pleasure to form the new Iraqi government on the basis of demand… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Rami Makhlouf releases new video about negotiations with Syrian gov’t

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

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Syrian businessman Rami Makhlouf, among the families of employees of his companies who were arrested by the security authorities, apologized, stressing that their detention will continue without taking legal measures against them. Makhlouf, in a new video posted on his Facebook page, renewed his warning of the collapse of his company, SyriaTel communications, stating that it will be catastrophe on the Syrian economy. Makhlouf revealed negotiations with the Syrian authorities to release the arrested SyriaTel employees, adding that the authorities he negotiated with required him to pay the required amounts from him and contract with… Read on ->

Tags: Makhlouf, Syria

Palestinian politician reveals Netanyahu’s offer in exchange for Jordan Valley

Published 2020-05-17 12:06:28 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – A member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Central Committee of the Fatah movement, ‘Izzam Al-Ahmad, revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has presented the Palestinian leadership with “economic self-rule that does not amount to a state or a semi-state.” “The Israeli offer is not new. Israel has been trying for many decades to impose a system of self-government on the Palestinians without controlling the land, crossings and air,” Al-Ahmad told “Netanyahu’s project is old, and the annexation of the West Bank is a project that Israel has… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, Palestine

Another Turkish aircraft is shot down by Libyan Army forces near Tunisian border

Published 2020-05-17 11:43:33 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Libyan army announced on Saturday that they shot down another Turkish aircraft in the vicinity of the strategic Al-Watiyah Airbase west of the capital, Tripoli, along the Tunisian border. The Libyan Army’s “Military Information Division” said, “The Libyan Arab Armed Forces air defense platforms targeted an Anka-S Turkish drone, which is dubbed “the Phoenix” and it was shot down on the outskirts of the Uqba ibn Nafi Base – Al-Watiyah Airbase.” The official spokesman for the Libyan Army , Major General Ahmed Al-Mesmari, said in an interview with Sputnik Arabic that the Turkish forces… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Tunisia

Turkey rejects attempts to allow Kurdish groups to participate in Syrian peace process

Published 2020-05-17 11:27:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 A.M.) – Turkey announced its rejection of what it considered to be attempts by Russia and the United States to integrate the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) into the Syrian political track, stressing that it would prevent the establishment of a “terrorist corridor” on its borders. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoglu said in an interview with the local Haber TV channel on Friday that Russia and the United States are trying to integrate the People’s Protection Units, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization and a branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), into the political track, despite… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, SDF, Syria, YPG

UAE-backed forces capture strategic base from Saudi-backed troops in Yemen: video

Published 2020-05-17 11:10:41 by News Desk in Yemen

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – On Saturday, the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council forces in Yemen managed to control the positions of the Saudi-backed Yemeni Army’s 115th Infantry Brigade. The forces of the Transitional Council published video clips documenting the moment of the fall of the 115th Infantry Brigade site, as well as the surrender of the base’s commander, Major General Saif al-Qafish. The capture of the 115th Infantry Brigade marks a major victory for the Southern Transitional Council in the battle against the Yemeni Army, as they now control several areas across the southern part of the country. On… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, UAE, Yemen

Iranian official slams media ‘lies’ about Russia, Iran removing Assad

Published 2020-05-17 10:52:47 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – Hussein Amir Abdullahian, Special Assistant to the President of the Iranian Shura Council for International Affairs, denied the validity of media reports about an “agreement” between Russia and Iran to push the Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, to resign. Abdullahian said, in a tweet published Saturday evening, that Assad is “the legitimate President of Syria and the great leader in the fight against takfiri terrorism in the Arab world.” Abdullahian continued: “The rumor of an agreement between Iran and Russia regarding his resignation is a major lie and American-Zionist media propaganda.” The Iranian parliamentarian stressed that… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Iran

Russian military developing new material that enemy radars are unable to detect

Published 2020-05-17 10:25:57 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Russian experts have been able to develop a special “cloth” that absorbs radio waves and is able to effectively block military vehicles from enemy radars in winter conditions. The media office of the Russian company “Electronica Radio” said that the factory where this type of fabric was developed is preparing to launch industrial production on the basis of threads intertwined with very fine magnetic metal wires. The media office indicated that the mentioned factory had manufactured the experimental batch of the mentioned material. The company said that innovation reduces the ability of enemy radars to… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

New PM wears Hashd Al-Shaabi uniform in important step towards Iraqi unity

Published 2020-05-17 09:50:11 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – On Saturday, the new Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, was photographed wearing Hashd Al-Shaabi’s (Popular Mobilization Units) uniform. During his visit to te commission’s headquarters in Baghdad, some pictures were taken of Kazemi wearing the Hashd Al-Shaabi uniform in a show of support to the paramilitary force. This is the first time that an Iraqi Prime Minister has appeared in Hashd Al-Shaabi fatigues, an Iraqi source said last night. The previous premiers, Haider al-Abadi and Adel Abdul-Mahdi, did not wear the Hashd Al-Shaabi uniform, but Abadi did show up to the battlefield in military fatigues… Read on ->

Tags: Hashd, Iraq, Kazemi

New Cuban Missile Crisis? US considers moving nukes near Russian border

Published 2020-05-17 00:48:14 by News Desk in World-News

Washington’s plans are reminiscent of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was initially triggered by the US deploying nuclear weapons near the USSR’s borders in Turkey. US envoy to Poland Georgette Mosbacher has suggested that Warsaw could agree to host the American nuclear arsenal in Europe if Germany refuses to do so. “If Germany wants to reduce its nuclear potential and weaken NATO, then perhaps Poland – which honestly fulfils its [financial] obligations, understands the risks that NATO’s eastern flank faces – could host this potential”, she stated via Twitter. Polish officials have not yet responded to Mosbacher’s suggestion. The country… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

The Russians are coming: Two large cargo ships carrying tanks, vehicles heads to Syria

Published 2020-05-17 00:21:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – Two Russian cargo ships are currently on the way to Syria’s Tartous to deliver weapons and supplies, several images revealed on Saturday. In two separate posts on Twitter, maritime observer Yoruk Isik photographed the two Russian ships as they cross the Bosphorus Strait. According to Isik, the first Russian ship, the Project 1171 Black Sea Fleet 197th Landing Ship Brigade Tapir LST Saratov, is currently on the way to the Port of Tartous after transiting the Bosphorus Strait that links the Mediterranean and Black seas. A second Russian cargo ship was also photographed on… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

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