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Armenia accuses Azerbaijani forces of bombing 19th century Armenian cathedral in Karabakh: video

Published 2020-10-08 17:45:38 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Armenian Ministry of Defense accused the Azerbaijani army of targeting the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (Ghazanchetsots Cathedral) in Shushi city. According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, the Azerbaijani forces bombed the cathedral after launching several missiles towards the Karabakh region. “What is the use of dialogue with those who bomb churches?” The official representative of the ministry, Artsron Hanfanisian, posted on Facebook, accompanied by pictures showing the damage caused by what appeared to be a missile falling on the dome of the cathedral. The cathedral, which was built in the mid-nineteenth… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh

Azerbaijani drone destroys rocket launcher in Karabakh: video

Published 2020-10-08 16:28:27 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Azerbaijani military managed to destroy a rocket launcher that belonged to the Artsakh Defense Army in the Karabakh region. In a video posted on Thursday, an Azerbaijani drone can be seen zeroing in on a BM-21 grad rocket launcher that was positioned near the line of contact in the Karabakh region. The Azerbaijani drone would eventually strike the BM-21 launcher, rendering it out of service after attack.

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh

Armenian forces launch counter-offensive in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-08 16:10:30 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Karabakh Defense Army announced the resumption of military operations on the direct contact line after repelling the Azerbaijani military’s attack. “At the present time, military operations have resumed on the northern and southern axes (of the direct contact line). And the Karabakh Defense Army units are still able to tighten their control over the situation steadily and silence the enemy’s activity,” a statement posted on the Karabakh Defense Forces page said. The statement also indicated that the situation in the conflict zone remained stable and tense during the night, and there were no major… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh

‘Now our battle is in Azerbaijan’: Syrian imam recruits people to fight in Karabakh – video

Published 2020-10-08 15:40:38 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – In a video widely shared on social media, a Syrian imam can be seen recruiting fighters to wage war in Karabakh on behalf of Turkey. The unnamed imam, who is believed to be speaking in the Afrin region of northwestern Syria, can be seen urging a crowd of men to go and fight with Azerbaijan against the Armenian forces in Karabakh. “Now our battle is in Azerbaijan,” the imam says, pointing out that their previous task was in “Bilad Al-Sham” (Levant). Armenia, along with Russia, Syria and France, have accused Turkey of transporting militants… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh, Syria

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of using ‘mercenaries’ from Syria and Lebanon

Published 2020-10-08 15:26:05 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that fighters from Syria and Lebanon are fighting alongside Armenian forces in the Karabakh region. The Russian RIA Novosti agency quoted the head of the International Military Cooperation Department in the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, Major General Hossein Mammadov, who denied the presence of any foreign militants fighting alongside his country in Karabakh. The high-ranking officer stated: “The Azerbaijani army is at a good level, and we do not suffer from any shortage of soldiers. We have a professional army and we are successfully achieving the stated goals.”… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Syria

Assad says no Iranian forces in Syria, only advisers

Published 2020-10-08 15:14:51 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said that there are no Iranian forces on Syrian soil and that the Iranian presence is represented by military experts. Assad said in an interview with Russia’s Sputnik Agency: “We do not have Iranian forces, and this is very clear. They support Syria. They send military experts and work with our forces on the ground, and they are with the Syrian army.” Assad continued: “Let’s take a practical example: about a year ago, the Americans told the Russians to convince the Iranians that they should be 80 kilometers from the border… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Iran, Syria

Azerbaijani forces retreat as Armenian mortar team targets them: video

Published 2020-10-08 14:08:11 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Footage captured from the Karabakh front-lines this week showed an Armenian mortar team firing shells towards the Azerbaijani Army’s positions. In the short video, the Artsakh Defense Army (ADA) fires mortar shells from their Yugoslavian-era M-75 launcher, prompting the Azerbaijani Army to frantically abandon their positions. As shown in the video below, the Azerbaijani military was forced to abandon their positions after an Armenian mortar team began targeting the area. On Thursday, the Azerbaijani military launched a powerful attack along the Jebrail sector, targeting the southern outskirts of this imperative city in the Karabakh… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh

Popular uprising will begin if US and Turkey do not leave Syria: Assad

Published 2020-10-08 13:51:40 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:35 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told Russia’s Sputnik Agency on Thursday that if the United States and Turkey do not leave Syria after the defeat of terrorism than the Syrians will start a popular uprising. Assad told Sputnik: “This is an occupation. In this case, we need to do two things: First, get rid of the pretext that they use for the occupation, that is, the terrorists in this case, ISIS.” “Most of the world knows that ISIS was created by the Americans and they support it,” he continued, stating that “therefore, eliminating terrorists in Syria… Read on ->


Satellite images reveal Turkish F-16 jets were present at Azerbaijani airbase

Published 2020-10-08 13:25:22 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – A researcher working for an American newspaper published a satellite photo, which is believed to be of two Turkish F-16 fighter planes parked at an airport in Azerbaijan. Christiaan Treibart, a correspondent for the New York Times, said that a satellite image taken on October 3 showed what was likely to be at least two F-16 fighter planes crouching on the floor of Ganja airport in Azerbaijan. Treibart explained that this conclusion was reached by comparing the apparent characteristics of a number of aircraft, including those operated by the Azerbaijani Air Force of the MiG-21,… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey

Syria’s Assad says no peace with Israel as long as Syrian lands remain occupied

Published 2020-10-08 13:08:58 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, Syria

yrian President Bashar Al-Assad emphasized that the main condition for holding Syrian-Israeli negotiations is the restoration of all Syrian lands, explaining that “peace for Syria relates to rights.” Al-Assad said in an interview with “Sputnik”: “Our position has been very clear since the beginning of the peace talks in the 1990s, that is, nearly three decades ago, when we said that peace for Syria is about rights. Our right is our land. We can establish normal relations with Israel.” Only when we reclaim our land, the matter is very simple. The Syrian President made it clear that holding talks with… Read on ->

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Azerbaijan releases footage of several drone strikes on Armenian forces: video

Published 2020-10-08 12:48:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Armenian and Azerbaijani defense ministries have been posting videos every few hours of their ongoing operations against one another, as they both claim the upper hand in the battles taking place in Karabakh. Most recently, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense went on the technological offensive, posting footage of drone strikes on Armenian targets around the Karabakh region. In the minute and a half long footage, the Azerbaijani drones can be seen zeroing in on the military equipment and troops of the Armenian forces, before unleashing a heavy assault to destroy these targets. The… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh

Large Azerbaijani attack on strategic region in Karabakh ends in heavy losses

Published 2020-10-08 11:31:54 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Azerbaijan military launched a big attack in the southern part of the Karabakh region this morning, as their troops targeted the strategic Jebrail area. “At around 8:30 in the morning battalion-sized #Azerbaijani troops attempted to assault from the assembly area in the S. section,” the Press Secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry, Shushan Stepanyan, tweeted on Thursday. “However, having more than 20 KIA and wounded & losing 3 pieces of military equipment, (Azerbaijani forces) fled from the outskirts of Jebrail,” she added. The Azerbaijani military has been trying to crack the Armenian lines at… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

Qatar formally requests to purchase F-35 jets

Published 2020-10-08 11:10:51 by News Desk in Gulf, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Qatar has submitted a formal request to the United States to purchase F-35 stealth fighters in a deal that, if concluded, could lead to strained U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel, according to the Reuters News Agency. Reuters quoted three people familiar with the matter on Wednesday, as saying that the Qatari request for aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin was submitted in recent weeks, adding that it may cause tension in relations between Washington, Riyadh and Tel Aviv. A U.S. State Department spokesman said: “As a general policy, the United States does not confirm… Read on ->

Tags: Qatar, US

ISIS wreaks havoc on central Syria with powerful attacks in Hama, Homs

Published 2020-10-08 10:57:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – Earlier this week, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launches surprise attacks along Hama’s southeastern axis with the neighboring Homs Governorate, killing and wounding several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers that were present in the area. According to a field source in the Hama Governorate, the Islamic State, which has spent the last two months targeting new areas in central Syria, launched a number of attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s checkpoints inside the Al-Sa’an District. As a result of these attacks, the terrorist group managed to capture some checkpoints and equipment before the Syrian Arab Army’s… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani base, military vehicle: video

Published 2020-10-08 10:36:15 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Armenian Ministry of Defense released new footage on Thursday of the Artsakh Defense Army (ADA) destroying an enemy base and military vehicle. “The Artsakh Defense Army continues to inflict accurate destructions,” the Press Secretary for the Armenian Ministry of Defense, Shushan Stepanyan, said before sharing the video. The footage, which was shared on a number of Armenian YouTube channels, showed the Artsakh Defense Army scoring a direct hit on both an Azerbaijani military base and vehicle in the Karabakh region. Intense clashes have been ongoing for over a week along the northern and… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

Armenian forces shoot down 2 Azerbaijani aircraft over Karabakh

Published 2020-10-08 10:21:39 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Armenian Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday that the Artsakh Defense Army (ADA) shot down enemy planes over the Karabakh region this morning. According to the Press Secretary of Armenian Ministry of Defense, Shushan Stepanyan, the Artsakh Defense Army shot down two enemy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) while they were flying over the Karabakh region. “Minutes ago, two enemy UAVs were hit in the southern direction,” Stepanyan tweeted on Thursday. No further details were released at this time. Prior to shooting down these UAVs, the Armenian forces reportedly foiled a large attack by the… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

Bashar Al-Assad discusses Donald Trump’s claim of wanting to assassinate him

Published 2020-10-08 09:32:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad considered the statements by U.S. President Donald Trum about previous intention to assassinate him, as a reflection of an American policy that relies on assassinations and liquidations, stressing the need for an international balance to deter or punish it for the “evil actions” it practices. Assad said in an interview with Russia’s Sputnik Agency on Thursday: “The assassination represents an American method of action, because this is what they always do, for decades , and everywhere, in different regions of the world, and therefore it is not a new thing.” Trump’s… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria

Famous Armenian artist killed in clashes with Azerbaijani forces in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-08 09:12:15 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Armenian news pages and activists reported the death of opera singer, Kevork Hagyan, during the ongoing battles with Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno Karabakh. Hagayan joined the volunteer teams in the fighting for nearly three weeks before he was killed in the clashes with the Azerbaijani forces. It is noteworthy that in light of the continuing fighting in the disputed Karabakh region, the Armenian and Azerbaijani parties announced that their forces had made field advances and exchanged new accusations of bombing civilian facilities. The Ministry of Defense of the Karabakh Republic on Wednesday announced that its… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

Two drones crash along Georgian-Azerbaijani border

Published 2020-10-08 09:00:02 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The Georgian Ministry of Interior reported on Wednesday evening that two drones had crashed in the eastern Kakhetia region, which borders Azerbaijan. The Georgian Interior said in a statement: “At approximately 18:35 and 18:45 of October 7, the ministry received reports about two drones crashing in the villages of Sanavardo and Oudabno in Kakheti region. No one was injured as a result of the incident.” The Georgian Ministry of Interior did not mention any other details about the incident, including the affiliation of the two drones. On September 27, armed clashes erupted on the contact… Read on ->

Tags: Azerbaijan, Georgia

Azerbaijan claims 10 Armenian tanks destroyed in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-08 08:37:49 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday evening that its forces destroyed 10 Armenian tanks during the battles in the Nagorno Karabakh region between the two parties. The ministry said in their statement: “The enemy suffered great losses on October 7 during battles in different directions of the front, as a result of strikes launched by the Azerbaijani army.” The ministry added: “10 tanks, 6 D-20 cannons, a mobile artillery system of the Akatsya model and about 30 armored vehicles were destroyed, in addition to the elimination of a large number of the enemy’s… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh

Massive explosion rocks southern Syrian city

Published 2020-10-08 08:00:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – Syrian state TV reported last night that a huge explosion was heard in the southern city of Daraa, causing significant damage to parts of the administrative capital. For its part, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported that injuries had occurred, while the Al-Ikhbariya TV indicated that the blast left two people injured. According to a field source in southern Syria, the blast was caused by an explosive device that was detonated inside the city. Furthermore, the blast took place inside the Al-Sabil neighborhood of Daraa, which prompted local civil defense teams to rush to the… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

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