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US spy plane appears in South China Sea amid increased tensions with Beijing

Published 2020-07-16 22:22:32 by News Desk in World-News

One of the US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton high altitude long endurance (HALE) reconnaissance drones was spotted entering the South China Sea on Wednesday – the latest addition to an increasingly long list of US spy planes plying the waterway in recent months. The unmanned aerial vehicle was spotted entering the northern end of the South China Sea via the Bashi Channel on Wednesday, where it seemed to zero-in on some object of interest before departing the region. ​Sputnik reported in January on the stationing of the US Navy’s first two MQ-4C Tritons on Guam, at the far side of the… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

British forces withdraw from strategic Iraqi airbase near Baghdad

Published 2020-07-16 22:04:50 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The British forces operating in the international coalition in Iraq announced on Thursday, their withdrawal from the Taji military base, north of the capital, Baghdad. A British Ministry of Defense statement entitled, “The British Army leaves the Taji camp, but in no way left Iraq”, pointing out that “ISIS has caused destruction and chaos across the Middle East in recent years. It has killed thousands and destroyed cities, leaving corpses and rubble in its wake.And it continued this way until the global coalition rose and put an end to its continuation. ” “The British armed… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Britain, Iraq

Turkey has established air and naval bases inside Libya: Sisi

Published 2020-07-16 21:14:40 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said on Thursday, during his meeting with the sheikhs and tribes of Libya, that the foreign presence has increased in Libya, especially after the Government of National Accord (GNA) signed an agreement with Turkey. The Egyptian President indicated that this agreement prompted Turkey to establish naval and air bases in Libya, in addition to moving mercenaries to support the GNA forces to control Libyan oil and threaten the security of neighboring countries. El-Sisi directed his words to the Libyan tribes: “We will enter Libya at your request and we will… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Sisi, Turkey

Russian Foreign Ministry accuses US of training militants in southern Syria

Published 2020-07-16 20:51:35 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) –  There is information that U.S. forces, which occupy the “security zone” around Syria’s At Tanf, train militants, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. “There is information that those occupying the ‘security zone’ around the settlement of At Tanf — we are talking about the Americans — train and supply weapons to the militants of illegal armed groups Mughawer al-Thura, this is done for sabotage actions in other parts of Syria,” she said. According to Zakharova, in the areas of illegal U.S. presence in Syria, the terrorists “are not only not eliminated, but,… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria

Israeli President sends message to Lebanon about Hezbollah, Iran

Published 2020-07-16 19:36:12 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – On Thursday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sent an message to the Lebanese government via the social media platform Twitter. “Iran and Hizbollah are attempting to destabilize the region and we will not allow it. The full and effective implementation of the UNIFIL mandate is essential for maintaining stability and quiet and preventing Hizbollah gaining strength,” Rivlin said. The Israeli President welcomed the Chief of Staff’s decision to award the IDF commanders who fought in Lebanon, the “Lebanon Operation”, or the “Lebanon Campaign”, adding: “The Lebanese people are not our enemies, but its government is responsible… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon

Egypt has the strongest army in the region and it can change the battle in Libya quickly: Sisi

Published 2020-07-16 19:19:38 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said that Egypt will not stand idle in the face of any moves that constitute a direct and strong threat to national security, not only Egyptian and Libyan, but also Arab, regional and international. According to the statement of the Egyptian presidency , Sisi said, “The main goal of the Egyptian efforts at all levels towards Libya is to activate the free will of the Libyan people for a better future for their country and for future generations of their children.” The Egyptian President stated that ” the red lines… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Sisi

Russian naval vessel heads to Syria’s Tartous port for new project: photos

Published 2020-07-16 18:49:58 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.)  – A Russian naval vessel was photographed this week heading to the Syrian port-city of Tartous, which is also the location of the Russian Federation’s naval base in the Mediterranean. According to maritime observer, Yoruk Isik, the Black Sea Fleet’s KIL158 crane ship transited the Bosphorus Strait that links both the Mediterranean and Black seas. The Russian Navy’s deployment of a crane ship to the territorial waters of Syria is rather interesting, as the vessel is often used for construction projects in the high sea. “As the name suggests, a crane ship is that kind… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Tartous

Azerbaijan threatens to strike Armenian atomic plant

Published 2020-07-16 18:28:42 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.)  – The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense warned on Thursday, that its forces could carry out a precision strike on the Metzamur power station in western Armenia if Yerevan decided to hit Azerbaijani strategic installations. In response to Armenian threats to hit the Mingchevir water tank in northern Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry spokesman, Colonel Waqif Dargankhali, said: “The Armenian side should not forget that the latest missile systems available to our army are capable of hitting the Metzamur Atomic Energy Station with high accuracy, which will turn into a great tragedy for Armenia.” . These statements… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

Head of Libyan tribes council request Egypt expel Turkey and its allies

Published 2020-07-16 18:21:54 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Mohamed Al-Mesbahi, head of the Supreme Council of the Supreme Council of the Sheikhs and Tribes of Libya, said that the delegation came to Egypt to confirm the statement of the Libyan Parliament on the request to support the Egyptian army and its intervention to expel the “Turkish occupier.” Al-Mesbahi said in televised statements that the delegation that arrived in Egypt represents all the Libyan people in the east, and in the west, which is controlled by the Government of National Accord, who is supported by Turkey, as well as in the south, north and… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, GNA, Libya

Armenia will ‘pay the price’ for clashing with Azerbaijan: Turkish MoD

Published 2020-07-16 18:05:28 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – On Thursday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar vowed that Armenia “will pay the price” against the backdrop of the military escalation between it and Azerbaijan. The state-owned Anadolu News Agency quoted Akar as saying on Thursday, while receiving the commander of the Azerbaijani air force, Ramiz Taharov: “Yerevan will sink in its machinations and pay for its action.” The remarks came against the backdrop of the recent military escalation that has been taking place since July 12 in the disputed Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan, with the two parties to the conflict holding each… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey

Iran reveals for the first time its losses from Israeli attacks in Syria

Published 2020-07-16 17:52:56 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Iranian military revealed the number of Iranian killed by Israeli strikes in Syria. Citing Major General Abu al-Fadl Shukarji, a spokesman for the Iranian Army, the Tasnim News Agency said that Israel’s raids on Syria nine years ago killed nine Iranians, and that the talk of the Israeli and Western media about hundreds or thousands killed is a lie. Maj. Gen. Shukarji said that what the Israeli and American sides are saying about this number comes in the context of psychological and media war against Iran, and to pretend that Iran is… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria

Suspected Russian airstrike hits Turkish-backed forces in northeast Aleppo

Published 2020-07-16 10:52:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – Last night, the Turkish-backed troops in the northeastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate were subjected to an airstrike from an unknown entity. According to the reports, the warplane targeted the Turkish-backed militants in the Al-Bab District, which has been under their control since 2016. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, several locals reported seeing Russian warplanes in the area before the airstrike was carried out on Wednesday night. If true, this would be an incredibly rare airstrike by the Russian Air Force, as they do not the Al-Bab District due to their… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

New documentary to show rare clips of Qassem Soleimani in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon

Published 2020-07-16 10:39:00 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – On Wednesday, the Iranian Radio and Television Corporation released the “Leader of Peace”, which covered the life of the late commander of the Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani. The Leader of Peace documentary will reportedly be shown in different parts, as it touches on the life of Soleimani and his role in several important events. “This film shows clips about the life of the martyr Soleimani, as well as memories narrated by people who accompanied the martyr on his travels in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and other countries,” the Fars News Agency said. For his… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria

Turkish military attacks Syrian Army, YPG forces in northern Aleppo

Published 2020-07-16 10:16:34 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Turkish military launched an unprovoked attack on the positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Aleppo last night. According to a field report from Aleppo, the Turkish military launched artillery strikes towards the SAA and YPG positions in the Tal Rifa’at area, resulting in a number of explosions and few casualties. The report said the Turkish military also targeted the towns north and west of Tal Rifa’at, including Mennagh, which is the location of an important airbase. The Turkish military sporadically carries out attacks in the Tal… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey

Azerbaijani military uses kamikaze drones to attack Armenian army: video

Published 2020-07-16 10:05:43 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense released a video this week showing their military targeting the positions of the Armenian army along their shared border. According to reports, the Azerbaijani drones targeted an Armenian ammunition storage that was located near the border. In the video released by the Ministry of Defense, the Azerbaijani military’s drones can be seen carrying out their suicide mission to hit the Armenian defenses. However, despite this hit, the Armenian Ministry of Defense said that their air defense forces managed to shoot down at least 13 Azerbaijani drones since July 12th…. Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

Iran’s IRGC forces ambushed by unknown group near Iraqi border

Published 2020-07-16 09:42:10 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced on Thursday, the killing of two soldiers and the injury of another after an armed group attacked the IRGC forces in the Kurdistan region of western Iran. The headquarters of “Hamza Syed Al-Shuhada” ground forces in the IRGC said in a statement that the attack took place during the twilight hours, on the outskirts of the village of Balbar, which is located in the city of Sarwabad in the Kurdistan Region. They said a member of the Basij mobilization forces were distributing humanitarian aid to the people in the area… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC

Intense clashes breakout between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces along border region

Published 2020-07-16 09:01:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The press secretary for the Armenian Ministry of Defense, Shusha Stepanian, announced on Thursday, the resumption of clashes on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Stepanian wrote on her Facebook page: “At 03.40 at night, the Armenian Armed Forces on the front line noticed movements of the enemy forces. Our forces immediately took up the defense and were able to prevent a hostile infiltration attempt. After a fierce battle, the enemy was forced to retreat, after incurring losses. ” According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, the Azerbaijani units began the attack by bombing the… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

US warship allegedly enters Venezuelan waters amid heightened tensions

Published 2020-07-16 08:40:35 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – A U.S. warship reportedly entered the territorial waters of Venezuela on Wednesday, amid ongoing tensions between the two countries. According to the Russian publication, Avia.Pro, the U.S.S. Pinckney entered the Venezuelan territorial waters on Wednesday, traveling one nautical mile towards the mainland before turning around. “The U.S.S. Pinckney warship violated the boundaries of Venezuelan territorial waters by delving into them by at least one nautical mile, completely ignoring the orders of the Venezuelan military, and at the same time with impunity went into neutral waters, making a U-turn after a while,” Avia.Pro said. The publication… Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela

Iran will get to test air defenses against Israeli attacks in Syria

Published 2020-07-16 07:57:00 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The new military cooperation agreement between Iran and Syria will allow the Islamic Republic to test its domestically-made air defenses against Israeli missiles and warplanes that target the Arab Republic. In a recent interview with Sputnik Arabic, the Syrian political expert, Ghassan Youssef, said that “the agreement signed between Iran and Syria tells Israel that we will use air defenses that can bring down the Israeli warplanes, the same that happened with the American plane that was brought down by Tehran.” He continued that “there are great agreements between Syria and Iran for military cooperation… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria

Armenian Su-30 fighter jets deployed to Azerbaijan border after intense clashes: video

Published 2020-07-16 06:56:14 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 A.M.) – The Armenian Air Force’s Su-30SM fighter jets were deployed to the Azerbaijan border this week after a series of intense clashes with the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. The border clashes, which began on July 12th, have caused several casualties in the ranks of both armies. In a video posted on the official Twitter account of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the Su-30SMs can be seen taking off and heading towards the Azerbaijan border. The Armenian military purchased the Su-30SM, along with a number of other fighter jets, from the Russian Federation. These fighter jets have… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

Military aircraft crashes in eastern Turkey: 7 killed

Published 2020-07-16 06:27:36 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – The state-owned Anadolu News Agency reported on Thursday morning, that a reconnaissance plane crashed in the province of Van in eastern Turkey. Citing the Turkish Interior Ministry, the Anadolu report added that the incident resulted in the death of seven security personnel. No other details have been released yet, including the cause of the plane’s crash.

Tags: Turkey

Watch: Chinese J-10 jets flex aerial might in rare recording of dogfight

Published 2020-07-16 04:11:39 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 A.M.) – New air combat training footage from China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) provides viewers with a firsthand perspective of what it is like to operate a Chengdu J-10 single-engine, lightweight, multirole fighter jet during an aerial showdown. Beijing’s People’s Daily newspaper republished the PLAAF footage at precisely 1:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday. PLAAF airmen identified by the radio callsigns “Jaeger 1” and “Jaeger 2” are overheard calling out aerial combat jargon as they engage in a mock air battle with “hostile” enemy forces. While most of the video is shown from the perspective… Read on ->

Tags: China

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