Supporters of the Gaddafi family took to the streets of Bani Walid, Sirte, and Ghat to demonstrate in support of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi's return to politics.

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Demonstrations held in support of Gaddafi family in 3 Libyan cities

Published 2020-08-20 23:24:45 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Dozens of people gathered inside three Libyan cities this week to demonstrate in support of Saif Al-Islam Al-Gaddafi, the son of the former president, Mu’ammar Al-Gaddafi. According to Al-Wasat, the demonstrations were held in the cities of Sirte, Bani Walid, and Ghat, which are located in north-central Libya. The participants reportedly held photos of the former Libyan President, along with his sons, Saif Al-Islam, Mu’tassem, and Khamis. The protesters were reportedly calling for the return of Saif Al-Islam to Libyan politics, while announcing their support for his presidency. The city of Sirte is the birthplace… Read on ->

Tags: Gaddafi, Libya


Turkish-backed forces cutoff water supply to 1 million people in NE Syria

Published 2020-08-20 22:54:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – For the past eight days, the people of northeastern Syria have been without water, despite the blistering heat that is greatly affecting the Al-Jazira region. According to reports from locals in northeast Syria, the Turkish military and their allied militants have cutoff drinking water to the people of Al-Hasakah, as they have shut down the important Alouk facility in the Ras Al-‘Ayn District. Despite efforts to pressure the militants and Turkish forces to restore the water to the people, they have refused to do so, while continuing their attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


US is preparing to use Magnitsky Act to sanction individuals in Lebanon: MTV

Published 2020-08-20 22:33:44 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) Lebanon’s MTV News channel reported that the United States is preparing to impose sanctions on Lebanon under the “Magnitsky Act” for the first time in the next few days. The news channel did not specify who would be sanctioned under this act, nor did it provide any more details regarding this alleged move by the U.S. The United States had previously imposed sanctions against Hezbollah, which Washington considers a terrorist organization. The Lebanese economy has also been affected by the sanctions imposed on Syria under the so-called “Caesar Act”. It is noteworthy that the Magnitsky Act,… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, US

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Anasrallah forces kill high-ranking ISIS leader in Yemen

Published 2020-08-20 22:12:12 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Ansarallah Movement announced on Thursday that their forces killed the Islamic State’s top emir in Yemen. In statement released by Al-Masirah TV, the Ansarallah Movement said they killed the Islamic State emir and the arrest of another leader in a powerful operation in the Al-Bayada Governorate this week. The Ansarallah forces reportedly carried out the ambush operation in the Qifah District, resulting in the killing of the ISIS emir, Abu Al-Walid Al-Adani. They said their forces also killed a number of terrorists from the Islamic State during the powerful operation in central Yemen this… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Hezbollah issues first comments since the Rafic Hariri verdict

Published 2020-08-20 19:26:26 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – A Hezbollah politician issued the party’s first statement since the decision of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon regarding the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. In statements to Al- Mayadeen TV, the Lebanese parliamentarian for Hezbollah, Hassan Fadlallah, said that “the party’s position on the court is well-known and principled, and it is certain that it is unconstitutional.” He said, “We also have a principled position on the necessity to uncover the truth about the assassination of Prime Minister Rafic Hariri,” noting that the party’s position on the court has not changed, neither before… Read on ->

Tags: Fadallah, Hezbollah, Lebanon


Iran announces new military achievements

Published 2020-08-20 19:12:02 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.)- The Iranian army announced a new military achievement, in addition to Iran’s previous developments, which were unveiled on Thursday. According to the Fars News Agency, the Minister of Defense and the Support of the Iranian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, announced in a statement on Wednesday, that the Iranian army will unveil the fourth generation of the new turbine engine on Thursday. The Iranian Defense Minister’s statement to reporters came against the background of the Iranian cabinet meeting, where Hatami extended his congratulations on the occasion of the Defense Industries Day in Iran. Hatami said,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


US will keep limited amount of troops in Iraq in case Iran does something: Trump

Published 2020-08-20 18:53:19 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump said, prior to his meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister at the White House, that his country has a limited number of soldiers in Iraq, but that they are there to help if Iran does anything. Trump further confirmed his country’s participation in many oil exploration projects in Iraq. Trump said that he would discuss with the Iraqi premier issues and oil development, stressing that the relationship with Iraq is good. In turn, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi said that Iraq welcomes US.. companies and investments. The Iraqi government delegation headed… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Trump


US imposed Syria-related sanctions against 6 people

Published 2020-08-20 18:37:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – On Thursday, the United States imposed Syria-related sanctions against six individuals. The U.S. Treasury Department website reported that Washington imposed sanctions related to Syria against six individuals, including the Syrian media, Luna Al-Shibl, and a member of the Syrian Parliament, Muhammad Ammar Saati bin Muhammad Nozad. In a related context, the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced that the United States imposed sanctions against the leadership of a Syrian military unit for its efforts to prevent the implementation of the ceasefire in Syria, according to Reuters.

Tags: Syria


Iraq considers buying large batch of Russian MiG-29 jets to replace F-16s: media

Published 2020-08-20 18:03:23 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – Iraq is reportedly considering the acquisition of several Russian-made MiG-29 jets, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported on Thursday. Citing “Iraqi sources”, the Russian publication said the Iraqi Defense Ministry is engaged in ongoing discussions with Moscow about purchasing the MiG-29 in order to replace their aging U.S.-made F-16 fighters. “Iraqi sources reported that the Iraqi Defense Ministry is engaged in discussions about purchasing Russian combat aircraft that will replace the non-repairable American F-16 fighters. The most profitable option, not inferior in power to American combat vehicles, is the MiG-29 fighter,” they said. According to Avia.Pro,… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Russia


Over 50 Syrian tribes announce unconditional support for uprising against US Coalition

Published 2020-08-20 17:38:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – Over 50 Syrian tribes met in the city of Aleppo on Thursday to discuss the ongoing situation east of the Euphrates. The tribes announced their unconditional support for the Al-Baggara and Al-Akidat tribes as they take on the U.S. Coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the eastern region of Deir Ezzor. The 55 tribal factions vowed to support the Al-Baggara and Al-Akidat in their defense of their land, whether by military or financial means. The tribes and clans reaffirmed that Damascus is the capital for all Syrians, President Bashar Al-Assad is their leader,… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Morocco to receive 24 US-made F-16 fighter jets

Published 2020-08-20 17:02:06 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Royal Moroccan Air Force will receive 24 U.S.-made F-16 combat aircraft, after the Pentagon approved the deal with Lockheed Martin, a military equipment manufacturer. The first phase of the deal, estimated at $4.9 billion, approved by the Pentagon on August 14, includes the manufacture of 90 F-16s until 2026, of which Taiwan is scheduled to acquire 66, and Morocco is 24. Lockheed Martin reported the Kingdom of Morocco’s request for a new squadron of F-16 fighter jets, under the U.S. Military Assistance Program (EDA), which allows U.S. allies to benefit from surplus defense equipment…. Read on ->

Tags: Morocco


Iranian Defense Minister heads to Russia to discuss potential purchase of S-400: Russian media

Published 2020-08-20 16:36:30 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Defense Minister, General Amir Hatami, will visit Moscow this week to meet with his Russian counterpart and discuss a number of pertinent topics. Russia’s Interfax News Agency quoted a source this week as saying: “It is expected that the Iranian minister will attend at the end of this week, the opening ceremony of the International Military-Technical Forum, ‘Jerimiah’.” Another source confirmed that Hatami would hold “a number of meetings.” The activities of the annual Jeremiah forum organized by the Russian Ministry of Defense will start this year on August 23 and will continue… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia


Erdogan says Turkey will enter new phase on Friday after he reveals good news

Published 2020-08-20 16:11:18 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday, that his country will enter a new phase after the good news that is to be revealed on Friday, August 21. President Erdogan did not reveal the details of the good news that he spoke about. The Turkish President had confirmed that his country’s economy is regaining the momentum that it witnessed before the emerging coronavirus. “Despite some problems that do not stem from our country, the Turkish economy is regaining some of its momentum from the pandemic,” Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara. He added… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Turkey


Iran unveils 2nd missile in honor of Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis: video

Published 2020-08-20 15:30:45 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Iranian Ministry of Defense announced the development of a new missile, which it called “Martyr Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis”, and said that it has a range of more than 1,000 kilometers. The ministry said that the Martyr Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis is a cruise missile capable of bypassing defense systems, pointing out that it is launched from the depths and will be provided to the naval forces soon. It also announced that it had developed the “Zulfiqar” missile, with a range of 1,400 km. The ministry stated that the Zulfiqar missile had a range… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


Israel issues statement regarding sale of F-35 fighters to UAE

Published 2020-08-20 15:17:27 by News Desk in Gulf

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a detailed statement yesterday evening, confirming that “the normalization agreement with the UAE does not include the sale of U.S. F-35 fighters, nor does it include any military deals with it.” The statement said, “The historic peace agreement signed between Israel and the UAE does not include any approval by Israel on any arms deal between the United States and the UAE. The United States has assured Israel of its commitment to preserving Israel’s qualitative military edge,” according to the Jerusalem Post. The newspaper quoted sources… Read on ->

Tags: UAE, US


Iran unveils new ‘Martyr Qassem Soleimani’ ballistic missile: video

Published 2020-08-20 15:04:36 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Iranian media published pictures of the stages of manufacturing, testing and launching the “Martyr Hajj Qassem” ballistic missile, which has a range of 1,400 km. The Iranian Fars agency said, “The missile was unveiled this morning under the patronage of President Hassan Rouhani, referring to the video and pictures related to this missile. Earlier today, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami announced that it had reached the manufacture of a naval cruise missile with a range of 1,000 km in the name of “Martyr Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis” and a ballistic missile… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani


Libyan Army deploys radars in important locations along coastal regions

Published 2020-08-20 14:50:41 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Libyan National Army, Ahmed Al-Mismari, announced that the armed forces had deployed coastal defenses in important governing sites to prevent any penetration of Libyan territorial waters. Mismari said in a press conference held on Wednesday, that “all weapons are well available, all types of forces are available, and radar air cover is now available on all Libyan lands.” He said that the naval forces were able to install coastal defenses in important governing sites to prevent any penetration of Libyan territorial waters, noting that the forces specialized in the service side… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya


Iran announces seizure of UAE ship

Published 2020-08-20 14:36:59 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has announced that the United Arab Emirates regrets the incident and that it is ready to compensate for the damage. Tehran said that it had captured a United Arab Emirates (UAE) ship and detained its crew over alleged violation of Iranian territorial waters on Monday, according to the Islamic Republic’s state TV. The news outlet also cited the Iranian Foreign Ministry as saying in a statement that the UAE had expressed regret over the incident and is ready to compensate for the damage. The incident reportedly saw the UAE coast guard firing at Iranian boats and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, UAE


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