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Russian naval fleet to receive 4 new ships armed with latest cruise missile, air defenses

Published 2020-05-18 21:11:48 by News Desk in World-News

The Baltic Fleet will receive a batch of six Project 22800 missile corvettes, armed with the Kalibr cruise missiles; four of them will also be armed with the Pantsir-M close-in weapon systems, which will soon undergo testing on the Odintsovo corvette, Russian Navy Commander Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov announced Monday. “Soon, the surface part of the Baltic Fleet will be reinforced with a batch of six Project 22800 missile corvettes. Four of them will carry a naval version of the Pantsir system. Odintsovo will become the first one, the Pantsir system will undergo testing on this ship,” the Commander’s congratulatory telegram… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

US reveals Saudi mass shooter at naval base was linked to Al-Qaeda

Published 2020-05-18 21:03:50 by News Desk in Gulf

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The American authorities announced on Monday that the Saudi trainee, Mohammed Al-Shamrani, who carried out the mass shooting at the Pensacola base in Florida, last year, executed his plans in cooperation with the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. “We have broken the phone of the attacker and have discovered important information about his relationship with Al Qaeda,” U.S. Attorney William Barr said at a news conference. For his part, Christopher Ray, director of the FBI, stressed during the same press conference that “Al-Shamrani was sharing information and plans with the people affiliated with al-Qaeda”, during the announcement… Read on ->

Tags: Florida, Saudi, US

Battle for southern Yemen rages as UAE and Saudi-backed forces clash: video

Published 2020-05-18 20:51:07 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – Much of the fighting in Yemen has shifted to the southern region of the country, as two former allies, backed by different Gulf nations, clash over several areas. According to the latest reports from southern Yemen, the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council forces attempted to advance past the 115th Infantry Brigade Base on Monday, following the capture of this site the day prior. Meanwhile, the fighting continued between the Saudi-backed Yemeni Army and the Southern Transitional Council forces in the villages of Qarn al-Klassi and Sheikh Salem in the Abyan Governorate. The two sides have been… Read on ->

Tags: Abyan, Saudi, UAE, Yemen

Syrian Army unleashes heavy attack on jihadist forces in northwest Hama

Published 2020-05-18 20:36:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been conducting a campaign of intense attacks on the jihadist positions in northwestern Hama after a deadly attack was carried out by the Hurras Al-Deen group on the SAA’s positions in the Al-Ghaab Plain last week. On Monday, the Syrian Army continued their campaign against the jihadist rebels, as their forces unleashed a heavy attack on the Hurras Al-Deen group’s positions in the northern region of the Al-Ghaab Plain. According to a military source in the area, the Syrian Arab Army utilized its missile platforms to repeatedly bombard the… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria

Turkish-backed forces capture Russian-made air defense system

Published 2020-05-18 20:17:54 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces scored a major advance in the western region of Libya on Monday, when they took control of the strategic Al-Watiyah Airbase near the Tunisian border. The capture of the Al-Watiyah Airbase comes after more than a month of intense clashes with the Libyan National Army (LNA), as they refused to concede the installation to the GNA, despite heavy bombardment by the Turkish aircraft. According to the South Front, the GNA forces managed to capture the LNA’s equipment that was left behind at the Al-Watiyah Airbase, including a… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Watiyah

Iraq announces start of strategic negotiations with US

Published 2020-05-18 19:53:52 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Iraqi Foreign Ministry announced on Monday, the start of the first round of negotiations with the United States, on the strategic relationship between the two countries. The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “The Senior Undersecretary Ambassador, Abdul Karim Hashem Mustafa, discussed with the American Ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toller, a number of issues that are of concern to both countries, in the forefront of which are the first rounds of the Iraqi-American strategic dialogue called by Washington.” They said that “the two sides discussed their vision to establish a balanced strategic relationship,… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

Egypt challenges US to acquire one of Russia’s most powerful weapons

Published 2020-05-18 19:40:28 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – Egypt is facing potential sanctions from the U.S. after reports began to surface this week about the start of its acquisition of the Russian-made Su-35 fighter jet, which has threatened U.S. aircraft in the past. It has become known that the deal is on the way to being implemented despite the threats from the United States to Egypt, which were made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. According to experts, the appearance of the Russian Su-35 fighter in the Egyptian Army will lead to an imbalance in the region, as it is one of the… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Russia, US

Hashd Al-Shaabi supporters storm Saudi media channel’s HQ in Baghdad

Published 2020-05-18 15:44:31 by News Desk in Gulf, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – A group loyalists to the late deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Shaabi), Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, who was assassinated by the U.S. forces on January 3rd, stormed Saudi Arabia’s MBC TV channel headquarters in Baghdad. According to RT Arabic, “dozens were present in front of the headquarters of the Saudi MBC Iraqi channel in the Al-Waziriya neighborhood in Baghdad, and they posted banners with slogans calling for the closure of the channel,” noting that “the protesters loyal to Hashd Al-Shaabi, chanted slogans against the ruling family of Saudi Arabia.” It is noteworthy to… Read on ->

Tags: Hashd, Iraq, Saudi

Iran passes law about confronting Israel: full details

Published 2020-05-18 15:26:20 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – On Monday, the Iranian Parliament approved a draft law dubbed “Facing Israeli hostile measures against regional and international security.” During the meeting, the Parliament approved Articles 1 and 2 of the said draft law. Article 1 of this law states, “In the framework of the general policies of the system and the benefit of regional and international capabilities, all state agencies are committed to confronting the hostilities of the Zionist entity against the oppressed Palestinian people, Islamic countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran, and its destructive role in undermining peace and security regionally and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel

Video footage of Turkish-backed forces after capturing strategic airbase

Published 2020-05-18 15:12:16 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces captured the strategic Al-Watiyah Airbase in western Libya on Monday, following a fierce battle with the Libyan National Army (LNA). According to the official media page for the GNA’s operation, their forces captured the Al-Watiyah Airbase on Monday after heavily bombing the installation prior to storming the area. Following its capture, the Government of National Accord forces released a video showing their troops inside the Al-Watiyah Airbase. The Libyan National Army has yet to comment on the capture of the Al-Watiyah Airbase by the Turkish-backed forces…. Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Watiyah

Iran is ready for peace talks with Saudi Arabia: FM

Published 2020-05-18 13:56:43 by News Desk in Iran

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry denied the validity of the news circulated about Tehran receiving a request from Saudi Arabia through the Iraqi government to mediate between the two countries, noting Tehran’s willingness to dialogue with Riyadh, whether through or without a mediator. “We have not received anything about bin Salman’s request for Al-Kazemi to mediate between Tehran and Riyadh, and we only heard about that in the media,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday. Mousavi continued: “Iran is ready for dialogue and raising misunderstanding with Saudi Arabia … Tehran is ready for… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi

Vietnam doesn’t record single coronavirus case in over 30 days

Published 2020-05-18 13:46:10 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Vietnamese National Committee announced on Monday that the country has not recorded any coronavirus case in the past 32 days. “May 18 marks the 32nd day in succession, when no new cases of coronavirus have been registered inside the country,” the Vietnamese news agency quoted the committee as saying. The agency said that the total number of infections in Vietnam since the beginning of the epidemic is 320, including 180 people infected outside the country. The agency confirmed that no deaths were recorded as a result of infection during its spread, and 260 people… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Vietnam

Rami Makhlouf fires back at Syrian ministry, says allegations are false

Published 2020-05-18 13:33:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – Syrian businessman Rami Makhlouf denounced what the Syrian Ministry of Communications said on Sunday about his company, slamming their allegations as false. In response to what was stated in the authority’s publication yesterday that SyriaTel refused to pay the sums imposed on it, Makhlouf said that this is not true, and he explained in a post on his personal page on Facebook that SyriaTel had approached the Telecommunications and Postal Regulatory Authority with a letter enclosing his picture with the publication, and said: “It was registered in the Board of Directors of the Authority under… Read on ->

Tags: Makhlouf, Syria

Turkish-backed Libyan forces capture strategic base near Tunisian border

Published 2020-05-18 13:22:10 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces announced the capture of the strategic Al-Watiyah Airbase near the Tunisian border. “Our heroic forces have taken control of the Al-Watiyah Airbase,” the media center for Operation “Anger Volcano” said in a statement via Facebook. Prior to the capture of the base, the GNA announced that their air force carried out three air strikes on the installation, which was controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA). The GNA has been trying to capture the Al-Watiyah Airbase for just over a month now; however, all of… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Iran will ‘respond quickly and decisively’ if US confronts tankers: Deputy FM

Published 2020-05-18 13:05:24 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said that the U.S.’ potential interference with Islamic Republic’s fuel shipment to Venezuela constitutes a threat to freedom of navigation and international trade, stressing that Iran will respond to any threat against its oil tankers. Araghchi’s words came after the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, who handles American interests in the country, as he carried a message of protest against any possible threat posed to the Iranian oil tankers. “America’s resort to force and bullying poses a threat to freedom of navigation, international trade,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

US military aircraft approaches Russia’s largest airbase in Syria

Published 2020-05-18 12:27:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – For the first time since April, the U.S. military has conducted a flight near the Russian Armed Forces’ largest base inside Syria. According to the data from the aerial monitoring site, PlaneRadar, a U.S. Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft was spotted off of Syria’s western coast, as it approached the Hmeimim Airbase from the west. The U.S. aircraft reportedly took off from the Italian Sigonella Airbase and made its way to the eastern Mediterranean before approaching the Hmeimim Airbase on Sunday. Last month, the Russian military deployed its Su-35 jets to intercept the U.S…. Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russian, Syria, US

Iran’s Supreme Leader vows to expel US forces from Syria and Iraq

Published 2020-05-18 11:55:22 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, pledged on Sunday to expel the U.S. forces from Syria and Iraq, in response to “the United States igniting wars and its support for terrorism and injustice.” Khamenei said during a video meeting with university students, as reported by the state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), that “America’s long-term behavior, its ignition of wars, its notorious regime support, its development of terrorism, and its unlimited support for injustice and this kind of practices led to its ostracism in a large part of the world.” He continued: “Of course, the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria

China reveals preliminary cause of death for ambassador to Israeli

Published 2020-05-18 11:28:02 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

Du Wei, 57, who was appointed envoy to the Middle Eastern country in February, was found dead at his home in Herzliya on 17 May. His death comes a week after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Israel. The US official reportedly pressed Israeli authorities to limit cooperation with the Chinese government. The Chinese Ambassador to Israel died from natural causes, Beijing said in a statement. “The preliminary verdict is that Ambassador Du Wei died unexpectedly of health reasons. The details await further confirmation”, read the statement from the Chinse Foreign Ministry. Beijing said that it would send a… Read on ->

Tags: China, Israel

Russian military to kickoff largest exercises of 2020

Published 2020-05-18 11:13:49 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Yunus-Pek Yevkurov, Deputy Russian Defense Minister, announced that the “Caucasus -2020” strategic training for command and staff officers will be the largest of its kind in Russia this year. In a press statement, Yevkurov revealed that the active stage of the Caucasus -2020 training is planned to be held in September, and that it will be the largest event of the combat training program for the Russian forces this year. The Deputy Minister stated that a series of special exercises in different types and classes of Russian space forces were planned in preparation for conducting… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Iran hasn’t reduced its forces inside Syria: official

Published 2020-05-18 10:38:42 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Hossein Amir Abdallahian, the Special Assistant to the President of the Iranian Parliament for International Affairs, revealed on Sunday, the fact that Iranian forces have not been withdrawn from Syria, describing Iranian-Syrian relations as strategic. Abdullahian said, in an interview with Al-Alam TV, that the Iranian anti-terrorist advisory forces went to Syria at the invitation of the official Syrian government and they did not call for the reduction of its cooperation with Syria in the field of combating terrorism. “Our advisors are still on the side of the Syrian Armed Forces, as well as alongside… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria

Syrian ministry threatens to seize Rami Makhlouf’s company

Published 2020-05-18 10:23:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Communications stated on Sunday, thatSyriaTel, owned by businessman Rami Makhlouf, bears “all legal and operational consequences as a result of its refusal to restore the rights of the state due to it.” The Syrian Postal and Communications Regulatory Authority, in a statement, threatened SyriaTel company that it would take legal measures against the institution after the deadline granted to it without the payment of the amounts due to it, stressing that it would “take all legal measures to obtain these rights and recover the money by the available legal and legal… Read on ->

Tags: Makhlouf, Syria

Armada of Iranian tankers enters Atlantic amid fears of major showdown with US Navy

Published 2020-05-18 10:09:30 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Vaxon oil tanker, which carries Iranian oil derivatives, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, heading towards South America, Sunday, according to the naval monitors. According to the Fars News Agency, this tanker is the fourth after the Fortune, Petunia and Forrest, to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, and is likely heading towards Venezuela. Western media had previously claimed that Iranian aircraft had transported tons of gold from Venezuela as a price for imported fuel, which was denied by the Iranian ambassador in Caracas, Hajjullah Sultani. Last week, Al-Masdar reported that one Iranian tanker was spotted… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela

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