In front of the portraits of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, and late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, left, a long-range, enhanced S-200 missile is displayed by Iran's army during a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

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Iranian air defense system allegedly deployed near Syrian-Lebanese border

Published 2020-08-30 13:24:00 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Russian publication Avia.Pro posted a satellite image on Sunday of what they claim to be an Iranian air defense system near the Syrian-Lebanese border. Citing an unnamed source, the publication posted a satellite image that allegedly shows the deployment of the Iranian-made Khordad-3 air defense system near the Syrian-Lebanese bordr. “The source of the news agency has provided satellite images showing at least three Iranian-made Khordad-3 anti-aircraft missile systems on the Syrian-Lebanese border, from where most of the Israeli F-16 attacks are made. The effective range of destruction of targets of the latter… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria

Hezbollah leader vows to even the score with Israel

Published 2020-08-30 13:06:41 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – In honor of Muharram on Sunday, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, conducted a speech to commemorate this holy Islamic month. The Hezbollah leader began the speech by condemning all attempts to recognize Israel, whether it is done by a country or individual. “In the struggle for the region today, there are two clear sites of the struggle for right and wrong: the first is occupied Palestine, the Israelis have occupied this land since 1948, in addition to the Golan, the Shebaa farms and the Kfar Shouba hills, occupation, rape and confiscation of rights… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon

Syrian President issues new decree to form gov’t, ministers appointed

Published 2020-08-30 12:45:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad issued Decree 221 on Sunday, August 30th, in which a new government would be formed with a brand new list of ministers. Led by Prime Minister Hussein Arnous, the new decree contained the appointment of several ministers, including a number of veteran and new politicians. The list is as followed: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense: General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Ayoub Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates: Walid Mu’allem Minister of Endowments: Dr. Mohammad ‘Abdel-Sattar Al-Sayyed Minister of Presidential Affairs: Mansour Fadlallah ‘Izzam Minister of Local Affairs:… Read on ->

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Tags: Assad, Syria

Video footage of Russian jet within 30 meters of US bomber

Published 2020-08-30 12:24:39 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Russian news portal, Top War, released video footage on Saturday of the August 28th interception of a U.S. military aircraft over the Black Sea. “In the South, after receiving a signal about the target, which is heading to the state border, two Su-27 fighters took to the air over the neutral waters of the Black Sea. The pilots identified the target as a U.S. Air Force B-52 strategic bomber,” Top War reported. In the nearly 30-second-long footage, the Russian Su-27 jet can be seen closely approaching the U.S. B-52 bomber, coming within 30 meters… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

Battle for the desert: Syrian Army braces for new wave of ISIS attacks

Published 2020-08-30 11:58:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) is expected to launch a new series of attacks in the vast desert region between the Syrian governorates of Deir Ezzor, Al-Sweida, and Homs, a source from the Syrian Armed Forces told Al-Masdar. According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army’s most recent military operation in western Deir Ezzor was successful, but the offensive was limited to a specific area of the desert. The source said the Islamic State has several more hideouts and bases throughout the Badiya Al-Sham region, which they quickly proved a day after the Syrian Army launched… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Largest US military base in Syria allegedly targeted in rocket attack

Published 2020-08-30 11:24:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The largest U.S. military in Syria, which is located near the Conoco Oil Fields, was allegedly targeted by rocket fire last night, pro-SDF media reported. According to the reports, a number of rockets targeted the vicinity of the Conoco base; however, it was not confirmed whether or not these projectiles hit the installation. The pro-SDF Deir Ezzor Media Center claimed that the attack on the Conoco base was carried out by “Assad forces and its militias”, while others alleged “Iranian-backed militias.” The U.S.-led International Coalition has yet to issue any statement regarding the alleged attack… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria, US

Greece vows to not back down despite Turkey’s threats

Published 2020-08-30 10:51:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Greek Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, that Athens will exercise its sovereign rights in the eastern Mediterranean despite the unprecedented threats of war from Turkey. This came in a statement issued by the Greek Foreign Ministry today, Saturday, in response to statements by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay threatening to use military force against Greece if it expanded its territorial waters. The Greek statement continued: “Turkey’s unprecedented perception that it can threaten neighboring countries with the use of force when they exercise their legitimate rights is inconsistent with modern political culture, as well as… Read on ->

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Tags: Greece, Turkey

Russian jet approached within 30 meters of US bomber during interception

Published 2020-08-30 10:36:14 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe, General Jeffrey Harrigan, said that Russian fighters acted “in an unprofessional and unsafe manner, when they intercepted the American B-52 bomber over the Black Sea the day before yesterday.” He said that the Russian pilots cut off the path of the American plane at a distance of about 30 meters, which limited its maneuverability. According to the American general, the U.S. bomber was carrying out a planned flight in international airspace, and the actions of the Russian fighters threatened the flight safety of the aircraft flying… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

Nasrallah says US offered Hezbollah money and power, but refused

Published 2020-08-30 10:18:42 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – On Saturday, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah, stated that the U.S. offered to open a line with his party for the sake of peace with Israel. Nasrallah said in his speech during the Ashura Council, broadcast by Al-Manar TV: “The Americans tried a lot to open a line with Hezbollah, they tried a lot to adopt mutual friends with us.” He said: “All they want is Israel, the security of Israel and normalization with Israel, peace with Israel, obtain the approval of Israel, and take what it wants, as in the regimes trying… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon

Dozens of US military vehicles enter northeast Syria

Published 2020-08-30 09:48:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – Dozens of armored vehicles belonging to the U.S.-led International Coalition entered northeastern Syria this past weekend, as they bring with them supplies and reinforcements for one of their many bases east of the Euphrates. According to local reports, the U.S. forces in the International Coalition entered Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate from neighboring Iraq via the Al-Walid Crossing on Saturday. The U.S. troops were said to have traveled to one of their bases inside the Al-Hasakah Governorate. This latest deployment of U.S. troops to northeastern Syria comes just days after four American soldiers were injured during a… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Turkish politician describes Greece as ‘malignant tumor’ that has bothered Turkey since 1821

Published 2020-08-30 09:37:08 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – Turkey’s National Movement Party Chairman Devlet Bahçeli said Greece has been a “malignant tumor” that has been bothering Turkey since 1821. “This malignant tumor will be cured if possible, otherwise it will be eradicated at all costs,” he said in a message published on the occasion of the Turkish Victory Day, via RT. He continued, “It seems that the humiliating remnants of the invaders who were expelled by the Turkish people to the Aegean Sea 98 years ago, have not drawn lessons nor learned from historical events,” pointing out that Turkey “will not turn its… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

Iran is following up on the disappearance of Imam Mousa Al-Sadr

Published 2020-08-30 09:26:09 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 A.M.) – Iran announced on Saturday that it is still following the file of the fate of Imam Mousa Al-Sadr and his two companions, stressing that it is one of the most important issues for them. The official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Sa’id Khatibzadeh, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, as saying, “The disappearance of Imam Mousa Al-Sadr is one of the most important issues that the Islamic Republic of Iran has sought to constantly follow during the past years and will remain on its agenda until the conclusion is reached and the truth… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Lebanon

Iraq denies rumors about Saudi military presence at large airbase

Published 2020-08-30 09:07:51 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – On Saturday, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command issued a statement regarding the circulating news of “the presence of Saudi forces at Al-Taji base, north of the capital, Baghdad.” “Some news agencies have reported that Saudi soldiers have left the Taji air base, and this news is unfounded, and there is no such news,” said Major General Tahseen Al-Khafaji, according to the Iraq News Agency . Al-Khafaji explained, “The forces present at the Taji air base are the Iraqi security forces with all their names, and in the past there was a presence of the international… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Saudi, Syria

Turkey considers Greece’s increase of its maritime border a declaration of war: VP

Published 2020-08-30 08:37:53 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay considered increasing the territorial borders of the Greek islands from six miles to 12 nautical miles as a reason for war. Oktay said: “Do the Greeks and the European Union expect us to accept an increase in the territorial waters of Greece and its islands from six nautical miles to 12 nautical miles? … If this matter is not a cause of war, then what is it?” Oktay stressed that “Turkey will fully defend its rights on land, sea and air, and no one is waiting for Turkey to retreat… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

Iran fires back at US over claims of ‘arming parties in Syria’

Published 2020-08-30 08:04:07 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The Iranian envoy to Geneva, Ali Asghar Khaji, said that “the role of the United States was never positive, rather it was a role that deepened the crisis in Syria,” saying: “Iran has not interfered in Syrian affairs and the presence of Iranian advisors is at the request of Damascus.” Khaji indicated, during an interview with the Al-Mayadeen TV, that “the third session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee meetings was stopped due to the new coronavirus,” stressing that the Special Representative of the United States of America to Syria James Jeffrey, before coming to Geneva,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria, US

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