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Syrian Army drone strike kills commander of Turkish-backed group

Published 2020-05-25 23:25:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a new drone strike over the Idlib countryside that targeted the commander of a Turkish-backed militant faction. According to a field report from the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army drone targeted the positions of the so-called “Syrian National Army’s” 1st Brigade, as they attempted to move across the front-line town of Al-Bara’a. The report said the drone strike hit the vehicle of the 1st Brigade’s commander, “Abu Ahmad”, as he was making his way across the front-line town. The Syrian Arab Army has recently increased their strikes… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Mysterious aircraft approaches Russia’s largest base in Syria: media

Published 2020-05-25 22:55:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – A mysterious aircraft was discovered a few hours ago near the Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase in western Syria. According to Avia.Pro,  the aircraft was likely a Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, given the data that was presented. “Judging by the data provided by IntelSky, we are talking about the Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, however, the flight speed of the aircraft, which reaches more than 700 km/hr, is noteworthy, which indicates that the data transmitted in the air were tampered with, since helicopters cannot reach such a high speed, and taking into account flights near the Russian military… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Netanyahu says he ‘will not miss opportunity’ to annex West Bank

Published 2020-05-25 22:34:13 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he will not “miss the opportunity” to impose Israeli sovereignty over areas of the West Bank in the month of July. He said during a Likud Party meeting: “The opportunity to impose sovereignty has not existed since 1948; this is a historic opportunity we will not let it pass.” He pointed out that the upcoming tasks of his government are focused on “returning workplaces that were lost due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the state budget that should be passed in the Knesset.” He continued: “Thirdly,… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, Palestine


Libyan Army faces new threat as old foe returns

Published 2020-05-25 22:10:30 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – On Monday, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) claimed responsibility for an attack targeting the security gate of the Libyan National Army (LN)A, which is led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, in the southern district of Trajan. The terrorist organization said through its official media wing that the attack, which occurred two days ago, was carried out by an explosive device planted at the entrance of the Battalion 628 infantry base, resulting in the destruction of a military vehicle. In the meantime, Reuters news agency quoted the local military commander as saying that the explosives were hidden… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Libya


Putin appoints Russian ambassador as new presidential envoy to Syria

Published 2020-05-25 21:46:08 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Moscow’s ambassador to Damascus, Alexander Yevimov, as the special presidential representative to develop ties with Syria. On Monday, Putin issued a decree appointing Yevimov, the Russian ambassador and commissioner to Syria, as “a special representative of the Russian President to develop relations with the Syrian Arab Republic.” The decree, which was published on the Russian ministry, will enter into force on May 25th. Yevimov has held the position of Russian Ambassador to Syria since October 2018, and previously held the functions of Russia’s Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in the UAE…. Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Putin, Russia, Syria


Opposition leader accuses Netanyahu of dragging Israel into civil war

Published 2020-05-25 21:37:24 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The leader of the Israeli opposition, Yair Lapid, described the statements of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before he entered the court on Sunday as an attempted coup, accusing him of seeking to drag Israel into a civil war. “Netanyahu is trying to drag Israel into a civil war, so it is imperative that he not continue to take office,” Lapid said during a session of the parliamentary bloc this afternoon, describing what happened yesterday as “a coup attempt led by the prime minister trying to target the police.” Netanyahu said that left-wing parties have joined… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netnayahu


Libyan Army captures ‘one of the most dangerous’ Syrian ISIS operatives: video

Published 2020-05-25 21:21:54 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced the arrest of a Syrian national, Mohammad al-Ruwaidani, who was said to be “one of the most dangerous ISIS operatives from Syria.” According to the LNA’s spokesperson, Ahmad Al-Mismari, the Libyan Army captured Al-Ruwaidani while they were clashing with the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces at the Tripoli front. Al-Mismari said that Al-Ruwaidani was fighting in Libya “under the auspices of the Turkish intelligence as Emir of the Legion of the Levant,” noting that he was fighting in the ranks of the Government of National Accord, which… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria


China vows to retaliate if US continues meddling in Hong Kong

Published 2020-05-25 21:00:29 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Chinese Foreign Ministry condemned the U.S.’ current meddling in Hong Kong, as Beijing demanded that Washington end their hostile policies and refrain from stirring tensions. In the statement released on Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said they would take “every necessary measure” to stop the U.S. from meddling in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The spokesperson for Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, argued that Washington had “no right to criticism and interfere” in how Beijing regulates its semi-autonomous territory. “What laws, how, and when Hong Kong SAR [Special Administrative Region] should legislate are entirely within the… Read on ->

Tags: China, Hong_Kong, US


Watch: Large Russian military convoy travels to Raqqa in northern Syria

Published 2020-05-25 18:31:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – A large Russian military was spotted heading to the Al-Raqqa Governorate from neighboring Al-Hasakah this week, RT Arabic reported on Monday. According to the publication, the Russian military convoy consisted of more than 30 armored vehicles and trucks set off from Al-Qamishli towards Ain Issa in northern Al-Raqqa. The Russian military convoy reportedly took the recently opened M-4 (Aleppo-Hasakah Highway) Highway that links the administrative capitals of Al-Hasakah and Aleppo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q87TOZYiyaA In addition to the presence of Russian military vehicles, reports on Monday surfaced of Turkish armored carriers also using the highway between Ras Al-‘Ayn… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Raqqa, Russia, Syria


Iraqi jet struck by terrorist fire near Syrian border

Published 2020-05-25 17:25:04 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Iraqi security forces announced on Monday that an Iraqi military plane was hit by terrorist forces in the Al-Rutbah Desert during an operation to destroy Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). The security forces said in a statement,that a force from their commando regiment, the 1st Division, managed to destroy several dens and seized weapons and explosives ready for booby-trapping the Al-Rutbah Desert near the Syrian border. They said that this operation came “with the support of the heroes of the army aviation, who carried out a reconnaissance operation consisting of two planes, and they detected three… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria


Saudi-backed Yemeni forces shoot down 2 Ansarallah drones

Published 2020-05-25 16:53:05 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Saudi-backed Yemeni forces, announced on Sunday, the shooting down of two Ansarallah drones that were flying over the northern part of the country. According to the Yemeni Army’s 101st Infantry Brigade’s statement that was posted on its official Facebook page, “the forces managed to shoot down two Houthi planes after they were detected during the clashes in the areas of confrontations east of the al-Hazm district in the al-Jawf governorate.” They explained that “the two planes were conducting reconnaissance missions over several military sites before they were shot down.” The 101st Brigade pointed to… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen


Watch: Second Iranian tanker being escorted by Venezuelan Navy

Published 2020-05-25 16:40:49 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – A second Iranian tanker arrived in Venezuela this week as the Islamic Republic delivers more fuel to the South American nation. According to reports on Monday, the Iranian tanker, the Forest, reached Venezuelan waters late last night and arrived at its destination on Monday. Upon entering Venezuelan waters, the Iranian tanker was escorted by the Bolivarian Republic’s Armed Forces (FANB) until it reached its intended destination. Video footage of the Forest tanker being escorted by a Venezuelan PO-13 Yekuana boat was shared on social media and several other platforms; it confirmed that the vessel did… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


Turkey’s Erdogan calls Jerusalem ‘red line’ for Islamic world

Published 2020-05-25 16:27:09 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a message addressed to Muslims of the United States on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, affirmed that Jerusalem is a red line for the entire Islamic world. Erdogan said, in a video message to congratulate the Muslims of the United States on Eid Al-Fitr on Sunday: “I ask God that these blessed days be a precursor to a period of reassurance, peace and security for Muslims in America and the Islamic world and humanity as a whole.” Erdogan continued: “I would like to confirm once again that Jerusalem is… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Jerusalem, Turkey


Libyan Army captures ‘one of the most dangerous’ Syrian ISIS operatives

Published 2020-05-25 16:12:19 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that its forces arrested the Syrian national, Muhammad al-Ruwaidani, while he was taking part in the fighting at the Tripoli axis. According to the LNA’s spokesperson, Ahmad Al-Mismari, Ruwaidani was “one of the most dangerous ISIS operatives in Syria” before he went to Libya to fight for the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. “The Libyan Arab Armed Forces units at the Tripoli axes arrested the Syrian ISIS member, Muhammad al-Ruwaidani, known as “Abu Bakr al-Ruwaidani”, one of the most dangerous ISIS operatives in Syria,” Mismari said in… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Libya, Syria


Turkey claims ‘1,458 terrorists neutralized’ in Iraq and Syria since January

Published 2020-05-25 16:00:16 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced on Monday, the neutralization of 1,458 ‘terrorists in northern Iraq and Syria since the start of the new year. He added that neutralizing these terrorists came within the framework of counter-terrorism operations in northern Syria and Iraq, where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is active. In another context, the Turkish Defense Minister stressed their efforts to secure a permanent ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib region, within the framework of the agreement concluded between Ankara and Moscow last March, according to the Anatolia Agency. He added: “We are doing our… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria, Turkey


Over 10,000 Syrian mercenaries are fighting in Libya: monitor

Published 2020-05-25 15:34:49 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Over 500 members of Syrian factions loyal to Ankara have reached Libyan territory after they were transferred from Turkey to the North African nation to help the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces in their fight against the Libyan National Army (LNA). The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday of the arrival of a new batch of 500 fighters from the Syrian factions loyal to Turkey during the last hours to participate in military operations alongside the Government of National Accord. The monitor said that the number of recruits who have reached… Read on ->

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Tags: GNA, Libya, Syria


New heavily-armed submarine enters service in North Korea

Published 2020-05-25 15:19:43 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The South Korean intelligence agency continues to monitor a new missile submarine that is set to enter the service of the North Korean Navy, the Yonhap Agency said. The agency quoted today, a South Korean intelligence source: “According to our information, the submarine is ready to enter the service of the North Korean naval forces. We are closely following the process of entering the combat service.” According to South Korean intelligence, a new non-nuclear missile submarine has been built in military shipbuilding yards in Sinbu, on the country’s east coast. ”Intelligence believes that the displacement… Read on ->

Tags: North_Korea


Israeli Army warns of new war with Hezbollah: report

Published 2020-05-25 15:07:39 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A number of officers in the northern command of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), warned that its troops would incur heavy losses in the event of a new war, pointing out that the Lebanese group is not digging tunnels anymore. A group of senior officers in the leadership of the northern command said in a press interview with Makan News Agency, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, that every site in southern Lebanon, whether military or civilian, would be used by Hezbollah to fire rockets into Israel…. Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


Sudanese Military Council refuses to meet with Qatari FM

Published 2020-05-25 14:54:06 by News Desk in Gulf, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Sudanese Deputy Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Muhammad Hamdan Daqlo (Hamidati), said that the Military Council refused to meet with the Qatari Foreign Minister, Muhammad bin Abdul-Rahman Al-Thani, because he was not informed of the visit in advance. Hamidati revealed that the Council decided not to receive the Qatari Foreign Minister after the overthrow of the regime of ousted President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. He said, “These are among the malicious conspiracies that occurred without our knowledge, as we suddenly knew that the Qatari Foreign Minister was in the air. We asked how the foreign… Read on ->

Tags: Qatar, Sudan


Strategic M-4 Highway reopened in Syria for first time in years: video

Published 2020-05-25 14:40:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:25 P.M.) – On Monday, the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Hasakah) was officially reopened between the cities of Al-Hasakah and Aleppo, the Russian reconciliation center reported. This road, which has approximately 80 km of it under the control of the Syrian factions loyal to Turkey, is opened for commercial use and has the safety guarantee of the Russian and Turkish armed forces. https://youtu.be/DRAaA4q8YBc A senior Russian military official at the Qamishli International Airport told RT Arabic earlier that there will be Russian patrols every day except Friday, to track the movements along the road and prevent any military provocations there…. Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hasakah, Syria


Second Iranian tanker reaches Venezuela: report

Published 2020-05-25 14:19:51 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – A second Iranian tanker has reached the Venezuelan shores after making a long journey from the Persian Gulf region. According to the marine traffic data, the second Iranian tanker, the ‘Forest’, reached Venezuela after entering the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on Sunday morning. The Forest was reportedly escorted by the Venezuelan Navy’s PO-13 Yekuana boats until it reached its destination in the Bolivarian Republic. The arrival of the Forest marks the second time time in the last 48 hours that an Iranian fuel tanker has reached the Venezuelan shores. Three more oil tankers are… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


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