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Iran retaliates against US sanctions by blacklisting American ambassador to Iraq

Published 2020-10-23 16:59:41 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Tehran has blacklisted the U.S. ambassador to Iraq and two other diplomats, in response to a similar American move that targeted Iran’s ambassador to Baghdad. Said Khatib Zadeh, a spokesman for the ministry, posted on Twitter: “The American ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueiler, played a pivotal role in coordinating terrorist operations in and outside Iraq and in … the assassination of General (Qassem) Soleimani … Today, Iran is including him and two other officials involved in … The command “within a black list”. On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iran, Iraq, US


US embassy in Turkey suspends services over terror threats

Published 2020-10-23 16:43:04 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The U.S. embassy in Ankara said in a security warning on Friday that the United States has temporarily suspended citizen services and visas at its embassy and consulates in Turkey due to credible threats of possible acts of violence against American citizens. “The U.S. Mission in Turkey has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul, including against the U.S. Consulate General, as well as potentially other locations in Turkey,” the embassy said in a statement. The U.S. embassy in Ankara did not provide any specific… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey


Lebanese Army accuses Israeli forces of crossing blue line

Published 2020-10-23 16:13:57 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Lebanese Army announced that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) violated the Blue Line along the border with Lebanon, on the border point of Ras al-Naqoura, on Thursday. On Friday, the Lebanese Army published a new report in which it confirmed that an IDF patrol violated the Blue Line on Thursday. The Lebanese army stated in its statement that the breach took place in front of the town of Ras al-Naqoura, on the border with Israel, for a distance of about 30 meters, then the patrol, consisting of five members, returned and withdrew towards the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Erdogan declares Turkey’s right to solve Karabakh conflict

Published 2020-10-23 15:49:56 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – On Friday, Turkey announced that it has the right to participate in resolving the Karabakh armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. These statements were made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said that his country has the right to participate in the settlement of the conflict in the Karabakh region, just like Russia. Erdogan added: “If Russia wants to participate in solving the Karabakh conflict, Turkey believes that it has the right to participate. I have not heard that Russia has a negative position in this regard.” In the same context, Russia demanded the… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Erdogan, Karabakh, Turkey


Iran demands Israel destroy all of its weapons of mass destruction

Published 2020-10-23 15:35:54 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Iran’s representative to the United Nations, Haider Ali Baluji, said that Israel possesses various types of weapons of mass destruction, stressing the need for the international community to force it to abandon these weapons. In his speech that was carried by the Fars News Agency, Baluji pointed out that “Israel possesses undeclared capabilities for chemical warfare and an offensive program for biological warfare, although it still denies possessing these capabilities by refusing all international contacts to abandon the option of weapons of mass destruction and abiding by the laws that are officially recognized and implemented… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Armenian forces destroy another Azerbaijani rocket launcher system: video

Published 2020-10-23 14:34:35 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Armenian Ministry of Defense has posted another video of the Artsakh Defense Army (ADA) destroying an Azerbaijani rocket launcher system in the Karabakh region. According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, the Artsakh Defense Army destroyed a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), which has been used by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces to target several areas inside the Karabakh region. In the video, which was later shared on YouTube by RuVesna.Su, the Artsakh Defense Army can be seen scoring a direct hit on this rocket launcher system, resulting in a powerful explosion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19txs_ErYWQ While it… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Egyptian Navy saves Turkish vessel in Mediterranean Sea

Published 2020-10-23 14:01:27 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – On Friday, the Egyptian Navy succeeded in rescuing a Turkish flag boat in the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, after suffering a sudden technical failure. According to RT, who cited the Egyptian media, the boat sent a distress signal at 12:00 P.M. (local time) Thursday to warn that it was subjected to a sudden technical failure 270 km north of the city of Sidi Barrani. Immediately, the Egyptian Navy issued its orders to push the Egyptian frigate “Al-Zafer” to the site of the incident, where all the passengers on board were evacuated. The total number… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Turkey


Armenia denies Azerbaijan’s claims about controlling Karabakh-Iran border

Published 2020-10-23 13:25:41 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Armenian Ministry of Defense denied the validity of the claims from the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev about the control of his country’s forces on the Karabakh-Iranian borders. “There are fierce battles along the border, and it is not possible to talk about complete control,” the Armenian Defense Ministry said on Friday. They continued, “If their forces see the Aras River at some points, this does not mean complete control.” Earlier on Thursday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced the full control of the Karabakh-Iran, which has been witnessing a military escalation since late last September.

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Karabakh


What mercenaries? Azerbaijani President says ‘no evidence’ of foreign fighters in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-23 12:56:54 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on Friday that there is no evidence of mercenaries participating in the battles in Karabakh, as he claimed that “Baku does not need foreign fighters.” Regarding the presence of mercenaries on the Azerbaijani side of Karabakh , Aliyev said, “There is no evidence. So these rumors must end. Azerbaijan is fighting alone. We do not need foreign fighters. We have enough people, and our army has enough soldiers and officers.” However, despite Aliyev’s denials, reports from militant-held areas in Syria and video footage of Arabic-speaking fighters in Karabakh have surfaced… Read on ->

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Tags: Aliyev, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Several jihadist leaders killed by drone strike during dinner meeting: report

Published 2020-10-23 12:37:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – A jihadist dinner meeting abruptly ended on Thursday evening, when a suspected U.S.-led Coalition drone struck the host building in northwestern Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), at least 22 people were killed by the drone strike, including five civilians and 17 jihadists. The drone strike reportedly took place in the village of Jakarah, which is located near the city of Salqin in the northern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. The monitor said that the meeting participants included Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham commanders who were defecting to the Al-Qaeda linked Hurras Al-Deen… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Largest ISIS offensive of the year ends after Syrian Army retakes lost areas

Published 2020-10-23 12:19:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – On Tuesday night, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched their largest attack of the year in Syria, as their forces temporarily occupied areas inside the eastern region of Hama. According to a field source in the Hama Governorate, the Islamic State launched a powerful attack in the Ithriya area that lasted for several hours between Tuesday and Wednesday. This Islamic State attack on the Ithriya area resulted in the temporary capture of several hamlets in eastern Hama. Not long after the Islamic State seized these areas, the Russian and Syrian air forces unleashed a heavy aerial… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, ISIS, Syria


Russia accuses US of blocking reconciliation in northeast Syria

Published 2020-10-23 11:55:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed Moscow’s concern about the developments in northeastern Syria, as they accused the United States of trying to create division and blocking reconciliation. “The situation in northeastern Syria raises increasing concern,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a press conference on Thursday. It is noteworthy that, immediately after these accusations were issued to our country, a huge American convoy loaded with military equipment entered the region beyond the Euphrates from Iraq.” Zakharova continued: “It is clear that there are continuous American attempts to separate the Kurds from the multi-sect… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Turkish lira sinks to record low as free fall continues

Published 2020-10-23 11:39:45 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Turkish lira fell to a record low on Thursday, after the central bank unexpectedly kept the benchmark interest rate unchanged, increasing pressure on the ailing currency as investors assessed geopolitical risks. During Thursday;s trading, the lira fell by 2.1% against the dollar to 7.98, the lowest level ever for the currency, which lost about a quarter of its value this year and recorded successive low levels. Later stabilized at 7.93 pounds per dollar, according to site, Al-Moniter. Economists expected policymakers to raise the key repurchase price by one week by 175 basis points, according… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey


Watch: Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani rocket launcher system

Published 2020-10-23 10:41:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Artsakh Defense Army (ADA) destroyed a multiple launch rocket system belonging to the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in the Karabakh region this week. A video released by RuVesna.Su on Thursday, October 22, showed the moment this multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) was hit was in the Karabakh region. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3ZR51kw5Nk Earlier, the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic reported that Azerbaijan was shelling the villages around the Martuni region using their MLRS. There is reason to believe that the video was filmed in this sector of the front.  However, Stepanakert has been regularly attacked by… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Azerbaijan claims full control of the Karabakh-Iran border

Published 2020-10-23 09:17:57 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:55 A.M.) – Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced on Thursday that his country’s forces had captured 20 towns in three regions inside the Karabakh region. In a tweet from his official account, Aliyev said that “the Azerbaijani army liberated three villages in Fizuli, four villages in Jebrayil, in addition to 13 villages and towns of Agbind in the Zanjilan regions. With the liberation of the town of Agbind, full control of the state border between Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Iran was ensured.” No further details were released by Aliyev about this matter. Earlier this week, Aliyev… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Karabakh


Jihadist leadership meeting disrupted by drone strike in northwest Syria

Published 2020-10-23 08:51:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – On Thursday evening, a powerful explosion rocked the headquarters of the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) organization along the Turkish border, with its shockwave being felt in most parts of the Idlib Governorate. According to local reports, the explosion was caused by a drone strike on a meeting for the leaders of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in the Idlib Governorate town of Jakara. The reports confirmed the killing of 15 leaders of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, whose identities have not been determined yet, in addition to the wounding of 9 others, while they were holding a meeting inside… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Muammar Gaddafi’s cousin: Only Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi can lead Libya out of chaos

Published 2020-10-23 08:27:23 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 A.M.) – AhmedGaddaf Al-Dam, the cousin of the former Libyan President, Muammar Gaddafi, was interviewed by Russia’s Sputnik Agency this week to discuss the prospect of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi’s return to politics and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Libya’s participation in the inter-Libyan talks. Below is the full transcript of Gaddaf Al-Dam’s interview with the Sputnik News Agency: Sputnik: As far as we know, another round of inter-Libyan talks is planned, this time under the auspices of the UN in Tunisia. Are you going to take part in these talks, and will you help to… Read on ->

Tags: Gaddafi, Libya


Armenia releases new video of alleged mercenaries in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-23 08:06:48 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 A.M.) – The Armenian Ministry of Defense released a new video on Thursday of what they claimed was a group of mercenaries moving through the conflict zone in the Karabakh region. According to the Press Secretary of the Armenian Ministry of Defense, Shushan Stepanyan, the new video provides proof of mercenaries in the ranks of the Azerbaijani forces in Karabakh. In the video below, the alleged mercenaries are positioned on an unknown hilltop, with one of them laying on the ground; it is not clear what nationality these militants are. https://twitter.com/ShStepanyan/status/1319353302933438465?s=20 Despite the fact the Armenian Ministry… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh, Syria


Mufti of Damascus killed in targeted assassination

Published 2020-10-23 07:42:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Mufti of Damascus, Sheikh Mohammad Adnan Afiouni, was killed on Thursday after a roadside bomb was detonated along a road in rural Damascus. The Syrian media circulated scenes showing the car of the Mufti of Damascus and the area where the blast occurred after his vehicle was destroyed as a result of being targeted by an explosive device. Scenes and photos show a four-wheel-drive jeep, its features almost disappeared, and was completely destroyed by the explosion. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=938572983333210 As seen in the video, the interior of the car shows the seats were burned out, torn… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Syria


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