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Turkey sends large number of reinforcements to Iraq despite Baghdad’s objections

Published 2020-06-21 20:41:28 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the deployment of additional forces to Iraq as part of “Operation Tiger Claw”, which is targeting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The ministry said in a statement issued yesterday evening that additional commando units were deployed to new locations in northern Iraq after carrying out air operations there. The Turkish Defense Ministry published on Sunday that showed its forces preparing to take part in the military operation. The Iraqi government has already objected to Turkey’s presence within its territory, while also demanding that they immediately withdraw their forces… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Turkey

Libyan Air Force jet makes emergency landing along Niger border

Published 2020-06-21 20:29:08 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – Libyan activists said that a Libyan Air Force military aircraft was forced on Sunday, to make an emergency landing near the border between Libya and Niger. The activists said that a plane, an L-39, was subjected to technical failure while conducting reconnaissance missions inside the Libyan borders from the Brak military base, which forced it to make an emergency landing. Local sources said that the 634 Infantry Battalion went to the plane’s landing site where the crew members were found in good health. A video clip spread on social media shows the aircraft after it… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Niger

US Coalition carries out first airstrikes over Iraq this month

Published 2020-06-21 19:19:30 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – On Sunday, June 21, the U.S. Coalition carried out powerful strikes targeting the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist group in the Salaheddine Governorate. The Iraqi Security Media Cell said that the international coalition aircraft carried out airstrikes that led to the destruction of 8 tunnels used by ISIS within the Salaheddine Governorate. This operation by the U.S.-led coalition comes after a month-long pause in strikes across Iraq. It is noteworthy to mention that the coalition operations in Iraq have declined over the last year, which is largely due to the fact that the Islamic State has… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Turkish-backed Libyan forces consider Egypt’s statement as ‘declaration of war’

Published 2020-06-21 18:29:47 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) announced its rejection of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s statement in which he talked about the possibility of Egypt’s military intervention in Libya. According to the statement, the Government of National Accord views El-Sisi’s statement as a “declaration of war.” In a statement issued on Sunday, the Presidential Council affiliated with the GNA said, “The state of Libya affirms that interference in its internal affairs and infringement of state sovereignty, whether through media statements of some countries as happened by the Egyptian President, or support for coups, militias… Read on ->

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Tags: Egypt, Libya

Egypt sentences 13 people to life in prison for joining jihadist group in Syria

Published 2020-06-21 18:03:42 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Supreme State Security Criminal Court in Egypt, headed by Counselor Mohamed El-Sherbiny, has sentenced 13 people to life imprisonment after convicting them of joining the terrorist group “Jabhat al-Nusra” and participating in its operations in Syria. The court also punished three other defendants for this crime, but they were sentenced to 15 years in prison. The Supreme State Security Prosecution accused the defendants of assaulting the public liberties of citizens and harming national unity by joining a group affiliated with the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization. They were also accused of fighting the armed forces and… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Syria

India wants to quickly buy 33 Russian fighter jets after conflict with China: media

Published 2020-06-21 17:50:34 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – With increased tensions in the disputed Ladakh region, India and China are seeking ways to defend their assets and protect their territories along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In order to confront the border threat, the Indian government is allegedly seeking to purchase 33 new Russian fighter jets as soon as possible. The New Delhi-based ANI News Agency cited a source as saying:”The Air Force has been working on this plan for a while, but the process took a faster curve, and a 600-crore (about 787.4 million dollars) offer will be submitted to the… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Enemies no longer seek war because of Iran’s military strength: IRGC commander

Published 2020-06-21 17:33:48 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran said that the Iranian revolution is gradually expanding and taking on greater depth, and stressed that “the enemy is no longer considering launching a military war against Iran because of its preparedness and growing defense capability.” In a statement on Sunday, Major General Hassan Salami said that the Iranian military’s prowess has foiled the plans of their enemies, as they no longer seek war with the Islamic Republic. “We are today at the height of all-out war and aggression with the enemies, but these… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

Turkish-backed militant assassinated in Idlib as security situation detiorates

Published 2020-06-21 16:49:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – A Turkish-backed militant was assassinated in the Idlib Governorate over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported. Citing local sources, the SOHR reported that a member of the Turkish-backed Free Idlib Army from the town of Al-Mawzarah was shot dead by an unknown assailant in Idlib city. According to SOHR, the security situation in the militant-held regions of the Idlib Governorate are deteriorating, especially in the areas controlled by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). “SOHR sources reported earlier this morning that as security situation was deteriorating in areas under the control of Hayyaat… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

India deploys combat aircraft to disputed border region after clash with Chinese military: report

Published 2020-06-21 16:39:44 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – India deployed Apache attack helicopters and fighter jets in East Ladakh in order to strengthen its defenses after the clashes between Indian and Chinese military personnel, the Times of India reported, citing military sources. “Apache attack helicopters with air-to-ground hellfire missiles and Chinook helicopters capable of delivering artillery on high-altitude areas have been redeployed to East Ladakh,” the source was quoted as saying. The source said the Indian military transferred the heavy transport aircraft C-17 Globemaster, C-130J Super Hercules and An-32 to the East Ladakh region. In the waters of the Bay of Bengal, the… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Syrian Army uncovers large stockpile of foreign weapons, drugs: video

Published 2020-06-21 16:14:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently uncovered a large stockpile of foreign-made weapons and drugs that were left behind by the militant forces in the Damascus Governorate. According to a field report from the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian Army seized a large cache of machine guns, sniper rifles, RPGs, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), telecommunication devices and ammunition. The SANA report said some of the weapons were made in the United States and Israel. The Syrian Arab Army also seized a large cache of narcotics, with the majority of the bags consisting of… Read on ->

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Tags: Damascus, Syria

Yemen’s Houthi opposes Egyptian military intervention in Libya

Published 2020-06-21 16:00:09 by News Desk in North-Africa, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The leader of the Ansarallah Movement, Mohammad ‘Ali Al-Houthi, issued a statement regarding Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s remarks about his country’s possible intervention in Libya. Al-Houthi tweeted on Sunday: “We do not advise the brothers in the Republic of Egypt to intervene militarily in Libya, even if it is the result of concern about the Turkish presence there.” He added: “Exhaustion in these battles does not work and what is presented will be stressful if not more, and the real danger is in the entity continuing with its conspiracies through which it wants to… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Houthi, Libya, Yemen

Heavy clashes erupt in southern Idlib as jihadists, Syrian Army send reinforcements to region

Published 2020-06-21 15:48:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – A series of heavy clashes broke out between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the jihadist forces in southern Idlib and northwestern Hama on Sunday. According to a field report, the Syrian Arab Army engaged a jihadist force along the Jabal Al-Zawiya front-lines this morning after the latter opened fire on their troops. The report said the Syrian Arab Army and jihadist rebels traded heavy gunfire along the Jabal Al-Zawiya front-lines before more clashes broke out at the Al-Ghaab Plain’s northern axis. Both sides reportedly suffered casualties; however, the total number of losses for the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

North Korea raises stakes with military buildup along border with South Korea

Published 2020-06-21 15:14:40 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – North Korea continued to send small groups of soldiers to the border areas to maintain the roads, raising concerns that it could be taking military action against its neighbor soon. On Sunday, a southern government source was quoted by the Yonhap News Agency as saying that Pyongyang sent a group of 5 soldiers with shovels and machetes to the demilitarized zone on the inter-Korean border, but Seoul does not see this move as an immediate threat. The South Korean army is closely monitoring two coastal artillery pieces in the border area where a crater appeared,… Read on ->

Tags: Korea

ISIS launches new attack against Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor

Published 2020-06-21 15:02:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a new attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces in the Deir Ezzor countryside on Sunday morning. According to reports, the Islamic State forces targeted the Syrian Army’s positions in the Badiya Al-Mayadeen region, which is located west of the city of Al-Mayadeen. The reports said the Islamic State managed to infiltrate the Syrian Arab Army’s positions on Sunday, resulting in several casualties for the SAA and the capture of their equipment. Following the attack, the Islamic State forces disappeared back into the vast Syrian Desert, which is where… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, ISIS, Syria

Egypt sends stern warning to Turkey in Libya: Any threat will be met with ‘firm response’

Published 2020-06-21 14:28:53 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Samih Shoukry, stated on Sunday that his country seeks peace in Libya through the “Cairo Declaration,” but any threat to Egyptian and Arab national security will be met with a “firm response.” The Egyptian Foreign Minister stressed that any threat to Egyptian or Arab national security is paramount and that the rejection of the Cairo Declaration by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey is perceived as a threat. “Any threat to Egyptian and Arab security will receive a firm response,” stressing at the same time that… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Turkey

Hezbollah sends new video message to Israel: ‘We are able to strike targets anywhere’

Published 2020-06-21 13:53:32 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – A new video shared on social media, Saturday, revealed new targets in Israel that are within the range of Hezbollah missiles. The video, which was originally posted on a Hezbollah channel, showed missiles from Hezbollah’s arsenal that are allegedly capable of hitting specific targets anywhere in Israel. With Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaking in the background, the video sent a threat to Israel, indicating that it obtained coordinates of multiple targets on Israeli soil. The Hezbollah leader, in the video, was heard saying: “Today we are not only able to strike Tel Aviv as a… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel

Iran sends warning to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain about normalization with Israel

Published 2020-06-21 13:23:10 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – On Saturday, Iran sent a warning to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain against normalization with Israel, stressing that they are “playing with fire.” The Special Aide to the President of the Islamic Parliament of Iran in International Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said during the memorial service for former Secretary- eneral of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, that “normalization with the Zionist entity will not provide assistance to the security of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.” He said that “Saudi Arabia should know that normalization with the Zionist entity is playing with fire,” stressing that “the resistance… Read on ->

Tags: Bahrain, Iran, Israel, Saudi

Chinese military suffered ‘twice as many losses’ as India during border battle: minister

Published 2020-06-21 12:58:33 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – An Indian minister said that China lost at least 40 soldiers in a clash with his country last week at the disputed border on June 15th. China has not reported any losses it incurred as a result of the fighting in the disputed Galway Valley of the western Himalayas; however, India confirmed they suffered 20 killed-in-actionand 76 wounded-in-action. Indian Minister of Roads and Transport, Kiyah Singh, said during an interview broadcast by News 24, “If 20 have been martyred by us, there are at least twice as many of these losses on their part.” Singh,… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Egypt has ‘international legitimacy’ to militarily intervene in Libya: Sisi

Published 2020-06-21 12:34:29 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced that Libya will only be defended by its people, indicating that Egypt is ready to train and equip the people in the North African nation. The Egyptian President indicated that the situation has now differed, stressing that the equation of Arab national security and Egyptian and Libyan national security is currently shaking. He stressed that Egypt is ready to make the necessary sacrifices and honorable stances, saying: “If we say the forces are moving forward, the forces and the tribal elders will advance at the head and when the… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Sisi

Iranian Defense Minister claims that enemies are ‘frightened’ by Iran’s missiles

Published 2020-06-21 11:00:24 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – In a statement this weekend, the Iranian Ministry of Defense, Amir Hatami, said that the Islamic Republic’s missile arsenal frightens their enemies. According to the Iranian Tasnim Agency,  Hatami said, “on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the martyr Jamran, we will continue his approach.” He said, “Today, thanks to the valuable guidance of the late Imam Khomeini and the leadership and direction of Khamenei, the summit of development and self-reliance has arrived, so that today, by relying on national science and technologies, we can meet the needs of the armed forces in all… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Greece warns Turkey that they are ready for war

Published 2020-06-21 10:40:13 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – On Saturday, the Greek Army announced its readiness to respond to any steps by Turkey, threatening to “burn everyone who sets foot on Greek soil.” A Greek news website quoted the statements of the Chief of Staff of the Greek Army, Constantius Florus, who did not rule out the occurrence of a “military conflict with Turkey in the event that Ankara proceeded to cross the red lines,” noting that “the military conflict is possible, and no one can exclude this possibility. And if anything like that happens, this will not be limited to one point,… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

More than 20 Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq: PKK

Published 2020-06-21 10:28:11 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) said on Saturday that more than 20 Turkish soldiers were killed by their by forces in northern Iraq this weekend. The PKK leader said in a statement to Sputnik Arabic that “a Turkish commando force tried to carry out an airdrop in the Haftani area, and they repulsed them.” The leader said this incident resulted in the the killing of more than 20 Turkish soldiers and wounding of dozens more. A few days ago, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the start of a military operation in… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Turkey

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