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French town votes in favor of recognizing Karabakh Republic’s independence

Published 2020-10-09 18:16:43 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The government in the Parisian suburb of Alfortville, southeast of Paris, voted in favor of recognizing the independence of the Karabakh Republic. The deputy mayor of the suburb, Garo Khachikian, said on his Twitter account that the municipality members voted unanimously in favor of the French government’s recognition of the independence of the republic, which Azerbaijan considers part of its territory. The city’s municipality also agreed to provide financial and humanitarian aid to the residents of the republic. https://twitter.com/GaroKhachikian/status/1314314988052504578?s=20 This comes against the backdrop of continued hostilities between Azerbaijan and the Armenian forces of the… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, France, Karabakh


Armenian Defense Ministry trolls Azerbaijani leaders with video from town they claimed was captured: video

Published 2020-10-09 18:01:10 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Azerbaijani leadership previously claimed that their troops captured the town Hadrut in the Karabakh region after clashes with the Armenian forces there. However, the Armenian Ministry of Defense hit back at the Azerbaijani leadership, as they posted a video from the allegedly captured town. https://twitter.com/ShStepanyan/status/1314577225094696960?s=20 While Hadrut is under the control of the Armenian forces, the Azerbaijani military appears to have captured the key city of Jebrail, which was contested for several days. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense posted a video from Jebrail, showing their troops driving through the city after taking hold of… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Over 100 Syrian mercenaries killed fighting for Azerbaijan: report

Published 2020-10-09 17:40:22 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The total number of Syrians killed in the Karabakh region has exceeded 100 after more than a week of fighting. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the total number of Syrian mercenaries killed in Karabakh has reached 107 after they first deployed to Azerbaijan in late September. “Accordingly, the total number of fatalities among the Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries since Turkey threw them into the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has reached 107,” the monitor reported. They reported that of the 107 killed, at least 26 have been killed in the last 48… Read on ->

Tags: Azerbaijan, Syria


Azerbaijani President gives Armenia ‘last chance’ to withdraw from Karabakh

Published 2020-10-09 17:25:12 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that he is offering Yerevan a “last chance” to return to negotiations and withdraw its forces from the Karabakh region, coinciding with the start of consultations with Armenia in Moscow with Russian mediation. In a televised address to the people of his country, Aliyev said that Armenia should accept the basic principles for settling the Karabakh conflict and leave the “occupied territories of Azerbaijan.” Aliyev stressed that he does not agree with the proposition that this conflict has no military solution, saying: “We have changed the status quo in Karabakh… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Turkey condemns deployment of US warship to Greece

Published 2020-10-09 17:08:29 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

The US decision to homeport one of its biggest military ship, the expeditionary sea base ship USS Hershel “Woody” Williams, to Greece will not promote peace and stability in Eastern Mediterranean amid the current tension between Ankara and Athens, Turkish Parliament’s speaker Mustafa Sentop told Sputnik. “The position of a mediator in a dispute between the two countries is to remain impartial and objective. Unfortunately, the US has chosen one side in the Eastern Mediterranean … Another symbolic gesture in this regard is the decision to deploy the warship to Souda Bay. These actions of the United States will neither… Read on ->

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Tags: Greece, Turkey


Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of launching missiles at 2 cities

Published 2020-10-09 16:06:17 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense has accused Armenia of firing missiles at two cities inside their country. According to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, the Armenian forces fired missiles at the cities of Mingechaur and Aghjabad, which are located in the northern part of Azerbaijan. The Press Secretary for the Armenian Ministry of Defense Shushan Stepanyan has denied these allegations, claiming that they are an “obvious fabrication”. “The Azerbaijani statements about an alleged #Armenian strike in the direction of Mingechaur and Aghjabad in Azerbaijan little more than an other obvious fabrication,” Stepanyan said. “The Defence… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan


Turkey denies using S-400 system to detect F-16s in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-10-09 15:40:11 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Turkey’s ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kılıç, said on Thursday that his country had not used the S-400 air defense systems that were purchased from Russia to detect the F-16 of the Greek Air Force in the Mediterranean. The Yeni Akit newspaper quoted him as saying: “It is not possible to talk about anything like this, even if these weapons are tested, such action is coordinated through the military channels of NATO, of which we are members.” The Turkish ambassador’s statement was preceded by an invitation from two U.S. senators to Secretary of State… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, NATO, Turkey


Watch: Armenian forces destroy column of Azerbaijani military vehicles in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-09 15:16:39 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Armenian Ministry of Defense released new battle footage from the Karabakh region, showing the Artsakh Defense Army destroying a column of Azerbaijani military vehicles. According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, the Azerbaijani vehicles were trying to transport soldiers to the front, when the Artsakh Defense Army struck the column. In the video released on Friday afternoon, some explosions can be seen among a column of vehicles in an undisclosed part of the Karabakh region. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMNKekOmFCY Over the last 72 hours, the Azerbaijani military has been attempting to advance at the southern and northern… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Azerbaijani President explains reason for Turkish F-16 presence

Published 2020-10-09 15:01:56 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on, Friday that Turkish fighters arrived in the country to participate in military exercises even before the situation in Nagorno Karabakh worsened, but they did not participate in the armed conflict in this region. “I confirm that the F-16s are on the ground, they have arrived in Azerbaijan to participate in military exercises. But they do not fly and do not participate in any kind of hostilities,” Aliyev said in an interview with CNN. He noted that in 2019 Azerbaijan and Turkey conducted dozens of joint military exercises. But this… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey


Russia and Egypt to conduct first naval exercises in Black Sea

Published 2020-10-09 14:51:36 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Russian media revealed that the Russian and Egyptian navies were ready to conduct maneuvers, the first of their kind in the Black Sea. The Russian media said that according to the press office of the Russian Southern Military District, representatives of the Russian and Egyptian navies held a three-day conference in Novorossiysk on preparing the joint exercises “Friendship Bridge – 2020”, which will be held for the first time in the Black Sea. During the meeting, the Russian and Egyptian armies agreed on a joint maneuver plan, as tactical groups of warships belonging to… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Russia


Fierce battle continues in Karabakh as Azerbaijani forces launch new attacks

Published 2020-10-09 14:12:40 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – Despite the agreement to meet in Moscow for peace talks, the Azerbaijani and Armenian forces continued their clashes inside the Karabakh region, as the former attempts to advance at the northern and southern axes. According to reports from the field, the Azerbaijani Army launched new attacks along the southern and northern axes of Karabakh, with a heavy concentration on the area around the key city of Jebrail. Earlier in the day, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense announced that their forces captured Jebrail after several days of intense fighting with the Artsakh Defense Army (ADA) in… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Russia began modernizing Syrian Army 2 years ago: Assad

Published 2020-10-09 13:20:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is completely dependent on Russian weapons, and that it will be modernized in cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Defense. Assad told Russia’s Sputnik Agency on Thursday: “Two years ago, we began implementing a plan to modernize our army, and it is clear that we will do this modernization in cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Defense, because our army for several decades has been completely dependent on Russian weapons.” The Syrian President commented on a question about whether Syria is interested in… Read on ->

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Tags: Assad, Russia, Syria


Azerbaijan shows off captured tanks, military equipment in Karabakh: video

Published 2020-10-09 13:10:12 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense released footage on Thursday of several armored vehicles captured by their forces in the Karabakh region. In the first part of the video, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense shows footage of enemy tanks that were captured during the intense clashes in the Karabakh region. The second part of the video shows captured military equipment and armored vehicles up close, with the camera zooming into the inside of a tank. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW6hf3eis8U Over the course of a week, both the Azerbaijani and Armenian forces have captured several armored vehicles from one another,… Read on ->

Tags: Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Ex-Ukrainian lawmaker accuses ex-president of supply Syrian militants with weapons

Published 2020-10-09 12:51:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 P.M.) – Former Ukrainian parliamentarian David Zhvania announced his intention to file a lawsuit against former President Petro Poroshenko, accusing him of supplying Syrian militants with internationally prohibited ammunition. Zhvania said in a recorded statement that he posted on his YouTube channel that he is preparing to submit a new official lawsuit  to the State Investigation Office against Poroshenko, accusing the former president of plotting an authoritarian coup for the purpose of self-enrichment. The former parliamentarian said that the new lawsuit relates to the sale during a period between 2014 and 2016 of tons of ammunition, including… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Ukraine


Armenia and Azerbaijan may sign truce in next 24 hours: France

Published 2020-10-09 12:34:58 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Elysee Palace in the French capital, Paris, announced that the two parties to the conflict in the Karabakh region may sign a truce today or tomorrow that puts an end to the fighting that has lasted since September 27th. The AFP quoted the French presidential palace as saying, “The two parties to the conflict are heading towards a truce on Friday or Saturday.” This statement comes just hours after both Baku and Yerevan agreed to attend a peace conference in Moscow that will be mediated by the Russian government. Intense clashes between Azerbaijan and… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


US reveals F-18 Super Hornet deployed to Middle East with stealth-spotting infrared sensors

Published 2020-10-09 12:22:47 by News Desk in Middleeast

An advanced infrared targeting pod due to be installed on a future version of the US Navy’s bread-and-butter fighter aircraft has been spotted in recent photos showing the jets in action over the Middle East. In photos dated September 30, 2020, and posted on the Pentagon’s Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) website, an F/A-18F can be seen carrying the new infrared search and track system (IRST) pod while on patrol. The sensor is the small black button on the front of the plane’s centerline external fuel tank, slung below the fuselage. As the sensor looks for heat signatures instead… Read on ->

Tags: US


Over 4,000 new soldiers inducted in Syrian Army: video

Published 2020-10-09 11:51:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – A large number of soldiers have graduated from basic training and joined the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. According to the SANA report, over 4,000 soldiers were inducted in the Syrian Arab Army in Damascus, as their graduation was still held in the capital, despite the fears caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. In a video captured of the ceremony, the newly inducted Syrian Arab Army soldiers can be seen marching and later graduating in front of the high command. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNoGR1lox8s

Tags: Damascus, Syria


Turkish-backed Libyan forces on high alert over potential enemy offensive

Published 2020-10-09 11:30:04 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – On Thursday, the Minister of Defense of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), Salah El-Dine Nimroush, called on the reconciliation forces to prepare for any possible attack by the Libyan National Army (LNA). The Operation Volcano Fury Facebook page, which is associated with the GNA, announced that its forces had taken all measures to repel and prevent any possible attack by the National Army. “Our heroic forces have begun to prepare the implementation of the instructions of the Minister of Defense Colonel Dr. Salah El-Dine Al-Nimroush, to take all measures to repel and prevent… Read on ->

Tags: GNA, Libya, LNA


Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to Russian peace talks

Published 2020-10-09 11:09:11 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova confirmed to reporters that Azerbaijan and Armenia have agreed to participate  in the consultations that will be held in Moscow on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Zakharova said, “Baku and Yerevan have confirmed their participation in the consultations in Moscow, and preparations for the meeting are underway.” On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an end to hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh for humanitarian reasons, in order to exchange bodies and prisoners. A number of countries, including Russia and France, called on both parties to the conflict to… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan


Azerbaijan possibly shot down own drone after boasting of downed Armenian aircraft

Published 2020-10-09 10:56:02 by News Desk in World-News

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Hikmet Hajiyev, posted a photo on Thursday in which he claimed that his country’s forces shot down an Armenian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the Karabakh region. In the photos posted by Hajiyev, however, the UAV appears to be an Israeli-made Harop drone, which is not in the arsenal of the Armenian Armed Forces or the Artsakh Defense Army. In fact, Azerbaijan is one of the few countries in the world that uses the Harop drone, which was something pointed out by social media users shortly after Haliyev’s… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan


Azerbaijan announces capture of strategic city in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-09 10:02:27 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 A.M.) – The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense announced the capture of the strategic city of Jebrail after several days of intense clashes at this front. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense made the announcement this morning and later released video footage of what they claimed was Jebrail city. In the short video that was released by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense’s Twitter account, a vehicle can be seen driving past abandoned and destroyed vehicles before the Azerbaijani flag is filmed being raised over an unknown area. https://twitter.com/wwwmodgovaz/status/1314454257232470016?s=20   If true, however, this would be a major achievement for… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Russian journalists come under attack by Azerbaijani aircraft in Karabakh: video

Published 2020-10-09 09:46:22 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – A number of Russian journalists came under attack on Thursday, when Azerbaijani drones began targeting the Holy Savior Cathedral (var. Ghazanchetsots Cathedral) in the city of Shushi. According to the Anna News Agency, two Russian journalists, along with eight other civilians, were wounded at the cathedral after they visited the site to see the damage done by the first Azerbaijani attack. Once the Russian journalists arrived at the site, an Azerbaijani drone once again targeted the cathedral, which, by then, had many people there to clear the rubble and help the wounded. In the video… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Saad Hariri announces he’s the candidate to be Lebanon’s prime minister

Published 2020-10-09 09:26:54 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9;20 A.M.) – Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Thursday that he is a possible candidate to head a new government to stem the economic collapse in Lebanon after the massive explosion at the Beirut port. Hariri told Lebanon’s MTV News, “I am definitely a candidate … Saad Hariri will not close the door to the only hope that Lebanon has to stop this collapse.” He added, “I am ready to conduct a round of political contacts during this week if all political parties still agree on the program” that was discussed with Macron. Next Thursday,… Read on ->

Tags: Hariri, Lebanon


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

Published 2020-10-09 09:09:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 A.M.) – The Azerbaijan Ministry of Defense released new video footage on Friday of their drones carrying out powerful strikes in the Karabakh region this week. The video footage, which was captured from their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), showed their drones wreaking havoc on the Armenian positions in different parts of the Karabakh region. As shown in the footage, the Azerbaijani drones primarily targeted gathering points and defensive positions near the line of contact in the Karabakh region. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WBGiTLE3IQ The Armenian and Azerbaijani defense ministries have been releasing videos every few hours of their attacks, as they… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan


Russia’s Putin invites Azerbaijan and Armenia to peace talks in Moscow

Published 2020-10-09 08:49:22 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to hold consultations in Moscow on Friday, October 9th, regarding the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Kremlin press office said in a statement, “The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia are invited to Moscow on October 9 to hold consultations on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh with the mediation of the Russian Foreign Minister.” On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an end to hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh for humanitarian reasons, in order to exchange bodies and prisoners. A number of countries, including… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh, Putin, Russia


Dangerous escalation: Armenia shoots down 7 Azerbaijani drones east of Yerevan

Published 2020-10-09 08:30:59 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The press secretary of the Armenian Ministry of Defense, Shushan Stepanyan, said that the Armenian armed forces destroyed seven drones in the skies of Armenia on Thursday. “From 19:30 to 21.20 local time, over the Vardinis region in Armenia, seven enemy drones were shot down,” Stepanyan wrote on Facebook. This move by the Azerbaijani armed forces is viewed as a dangerous escalation, as most of the fighting was previously restricted to the Karabakh region. The renewed military clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan began on 27 September, after both sides accused one another for restarting the… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan


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