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Israel releases footage of new attack against Syrian Army: video

Published 2020-11-18 21:48:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) released a new video on Wednesday that showed their troops attacking the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Damascus Governorate. The attack targeted several sites across the Damascus Governorate, including a Syrian Arab Army air defense system. In the video released by the IDF, their forces can be seen striking the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in three different attacks in the Damascus countryside on Wednesday morning. https://twitter.com/StasSwanky/status/1329104006325657604?s=20 According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army reported 3 deaths and several injuries as a result of this… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria


NATO warns of ‘heavy price’ if US withdraws forces too quickly from Afghanistan

Published 2020-11-18 20:02:18 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 P.M.) – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Tuesday, of a “heavy price” if the Western allies withdraw troops from Afghanistan too soon. Stoltenberg said, “This may allow ISIS fighters to regroup.” “The price of leaving too quickly or in an uncoordinated way may be very high,” Stoltenberg said in a statement. He continued, “There is a risk that Afghanistan will once again become a platform for international terrorists to plan and organize attacks on our homelands.” He added, “ISIS can rebuild the terrorist caliphate in Afghanistan after it lost it in Syria and Iraq.” In his… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, US


Palestinian Authority restores relations with Israel

Published 2020-11-18 19:52:11 by News Desk in Israel, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – A member of the Central Committee of the Palestinian Fatah Movement, Hussein Al-Sheikh, announced on Tuesday, the restoration of relations with Israel as they were previously, which means the return of security and civil coordination with Israel. In a tweet on Tuesday, Sheikh said, “in light of the contacts made by President Mahmoud Abbas regarding Israel’s commitment to the agreements signed with us, and based on the official written and verbal messages we have received, confirming Israel’s commitment to to it.” It is noteworthy to mention that the relationship between the Palestinian and Israeli sides… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine


Aliyev wants Armenia to pay compensation for areas damaged by Azerbaijani forces

Published 2020-11-18 19:34:25 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on Tuesday that he wants Armenia to pay compensation to his country for the damage done to properties during the handover of the Kalbajar District. During his visit to the city to Jebrayil in southern Karabakh, Aliyev vowed to make Armenia pay for the damaged buildings, some of which were set on fire by the people who were leaving their homes before the Azerbaijani forces entered the area. “We are in the center of Jebrayil. Not a single undamaged building, not a single one! Only a military unit was built… Read on ->

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Tags: Aliyev, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Israel will not allow Iran to gain a foothold in Syria: Netanyahu

Published 2020-11-18 19:20:25 by News Desk in Iran, Israel, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has once again said that Israel will not allow Iran to gain a foothold in Syria. “This is a consistent policy that I have followed for many years, and we will not allow the Iranian army to gain a foothold in Syria. We will not tolerate them,” Netanyahu reportedly said, as reported by his press office. The Prime Minister stressed that “anyone who tries to attack us will face consequences.” Last night, the Israeli army said they attacked eight targets of the Iranian and Syrian forces in Syria, hours after… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Netanyahu, Syria


Heavy clashes engulf southern Idlib as Syrian Army and jihadists trade attacks

Published 2020-11-18 18:35:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Idlib Governorate witnessed a new wave of violence in its southern countryside this week, when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels traded heavy attacks on Wednesday. According to a field source in the nearby Hama Governorate, the attacks broke out on Wednesday, when jihadist rebels from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) launched several artillery shells and rockets towards the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. The Syrian Arab Army then retaliated with their own barrage of missiles and artillery shells, hitting a number of sites across Jabal Al-Zawiya, including the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Azerbaijan announces Turkey will take part in Karabakh ‘security’ operation

Published 2020-11-18 18:10:51 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

The Russian and Turkish military personnel will take part in operations to provide security for Azerbaijanis and Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said on Wednesday. All the countries of the region supported the joint statement by the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia on the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, Aliyev said. “All our neighbors expressed their support. And two of our neighbors – Russia and Turkey – will participate in the operations to provide for the security of Azerbaijanis and Armenians,” the Azeri leader said at a meeting with the new Dutch ambassador to Baku, the news agency Azertac… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh, Turkey


Lawyer of Muammar Al-Gaddafi demands release of Al-Saadi from prison

Published 2020-11-18 18:01:01 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Khaled Al-Zaidi, the lawyer for the family of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi, stated that the failure to release Al-Saadi Gaddafi so far constitutes a full-fledged crime and a hindrance to the implementation of court rulings. Al-Zaidi said in a statement to Sputnik on Tuesday: “Although more than three years have passed since the verdict issued by the Tripoli Court of Appeals, the Criminal Chamber, acquitting Al-Saadi Gaddafi for the charge of killing the player Bashir Al-Rayani / Although the verdict is final and is the title of the truth and that he should have… Read on ->

Tags: Gaddafi, Libya


Iraqi forces push reinforcements to Syrian border to beef up security

Published 2020-11-18 17:45:49 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – On Tuesday, the Iraqi Joint Military Command announced that two Federal Police brigades will move from Kirkuk to Nineveh towards the Iraqi-Syrian border in order to fill security gaps on the borders. According to a statement by the Joint Command: “The task of both brigades will be to protect the border strip on the entire administrative boundaries of Nineveh, opposite the Syrian side exclusively, in northern Iraq.” The Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi Parliament attributed the push of these reinforcements to the Iraqi-Syrian border to two reasons, the first: the information about the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Iran vows ‘crushing’ response if Trump attacks largest nuclear facility

Published 2020-11-18 17:31:21 by News Desk in Iran

Media reports previously suggested that the Trump administration is struggling to create conditions that would prevent the US from returning to the nuclear deal with Iran, as POTUS is projected to lose the presidential race to Democrat Joe Biden. Iran will respond to any attacks on its territory conducted by the US, government spokesman Ali Rabiei has stated. He added that he doesn’t believe the US wants to “cause insecurity in the world and the region” with its actions. “Any action against the Iranian nation would certainly face a crushing response”, Rabiei said. The comments from the Iranian government come… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Trump, US


Rebels claim Tigray is now ‘hell’ for enemies as Ethiopian army heads north

Published 2020-11-18 17:16:36 by News Desk in Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the leaders of the Ethiopian Tigray region announced their refusal to surrender to the federal government forces, asserting that they are winning the war. According to Reuters, they said: “Tigray is now a hell to its enemies … The people of Tigray will never kneel.” “Attempting to rule the people of Tigray by force is like walking on a burning flame,” the Tigrayan statement added. “Tigray will be the graveyard of dictators.” Tigray leaders, in a lengthy statement, accused government forces of targeting civilians, churches and homes, cutting off internet, electricity and banking… Read on ->

Tags: Ethiopia, Tigray


Turkish army, allied militants step up attacks across northern Syria

Published 2020-11-18 17:00:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Turkish army and its allied militants recently stepped up their attacks across the northern region of Syria, following a ceasefire agreement in the Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to the latest reports from the Al-Raqqa Governorate, the Turkish army and its allied militants heavily targeted the ‘Ayn ‘Issa countryside on Tuesday and Wednesday, hitting the positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in this area. In addition to attacks on the ‘Ayn ‘Issa countryside, the Turkish military and its allies struck the positions of both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria, Turkey


If Greece acquires F-35 jets, Turkey will use its S-400s: military expert

Published 2020-11-18 16:42:47 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – A Turkish military expert has commented on an official request from the Greek Ministry of National Defense to Washington to purchase American F-35 fifth-generation fighters. The retired Major General in the Turkish Armed Forces, Najat Esslin, commented on Greece’s request to acquire an F-35 from Washington, and said in his interview to Sputnik: “If Greece buys the F-35, Turkey will use the S-400 against it.” In this regard, Esslin continued, saying: “Athens is rushing to buy American fighters.” Speaking about Washington’s possible reaction to this request from Greece, Esslin stressed that: “Turkey is a very… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


Watch: Egyptian Navy cross through Turkish waters for first time ever

Published 2020-11-18 16:27:16 by News Desk in Egypt, North-Africa, Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The official page of the Egyptian military spokesman published a video clip that monitors the moment when the Egyptian naval vessels participating in the implementation of the joint Egyptian-Russian naval training “Friendship Bridge – 3” crossed the Bosporus. The joint maritime training Friendship Bridge-3 is one of the most important joint exercises between Egypt and Russia, because it contributes to the transfer and exchange of experiences between the armed forces of both countries, and it comes within the framework of the joint training plan with friendly and brotherly countries. The official page of the Egyptian… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Russia, Turkey


Polisario forces launch new attacks against Moroccan army bases

Published 2020-11-18 16:09:08 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The news agency of the Polisario front said on Tuesday evening that the People’s Liberation Army’s strikes against Moroccan army bases continued for the fifth consecutive day. The People’s Liberation Army said in a statement that it had stepped up its hostilities “after the Moroccan forces violated the ceasefire concluded” between the Polisario Front on one side and the Kingdom of Morocco on the other hand under the supervision of the United Nations. They  said that the army had launched attacks since Tuesday morning, describing them as “successful” on bases belonging to the Moroccan army,… Read on ->

Tags: Morocco, Polisario


Egyptian Army warns of sinister plans of division in the region

Published 2020-11-18 11:19:50 by News Desk in Egypt, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Egyptian Army has warned of division plans being hatched in the region and revealed how to confront them, during a seminar organized by the Popular and Military Defense Forces Command at Benha University. During the symposium, a documentary film produced by the Moral Affairs Department entitled “War of Presence” was shown to the audience, highlighting Egypt’s pioneering role in combating and countering terrorism, followed by a speech by one of the Farafra ambush soldiers, in which he referred to the combat and heroic actions of the Egyptian Armed Forces to eliminate terrorism. The symposium… Read on ->

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Tags: Egypt


Israel claims Iranian and Syrian forces targeted in new attack on Damascus

Published 2020-11-18 11:04:43 by News Desk in Iran, Israel, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Israeli army spokesman, Jonathan Conricus, said that the army bombed eight targets belonging to the Iranian and Syrian forces, after dismantling explosive devices at the Alpha Line in the demilitarized zone of the occupied Golan Heights Conricus said in a press briefing: “Yesterday we found another group of IEDs in the Golan Heights inside Israeli territory, and it is another attempt by the Iranian (Quds Force) forces to plant explosive devices, carried out by the Syrians, but the instructions and control were by the Iranian Quds Forces.” The Israeli military spokesman pointed out that… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria


Taiwan grounds F-16 fleet losing jet as tensions with China increase

Published 2020-11-18 10:50:58 by News Desk in World-News

Taiwan’s US-built F-16A fighter is thought to have crashed into the sea after the island’s air force said on Tuesday that the jet had disappeared from radar screen two minutes after taking off from an airbase in Hualien on the east coast of the island. The incident was the second loss of an F-16 fighter jet in less than a month. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen told reporters on Wednesday that the island’s air force has grounded its US-made F-16 fleet for checks after losing an F-16A warplane on a training mission. She said that she had asked the island’s Defence… Read on ->

Tags: China, Taiwan


Iraqi air defenses confront hostile missiles in new attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone: video

Published 2020-11-18 10:29:46 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 A.M.) – On Tuesday, the Iraqi air defenses were activated when a number of missiles targeted the Green Zone of Baghdad. According to reports from Baghdad, at least four rockets fired from the eastern part of the capital targeted the Green Zone last night. The reports said that the American embassy sirens went off immediately after the first missile landed in the area. This was followed by an attempt to intercept these hostile missiles from the Iraqi air defense units in the capital city. https://twitter.com/thestevennabil/status/1328787243192913920?s=20 For its part, the Security Media Cell stated in a press statement,… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq


Turkey announces military forces will be sent to Azerbaijan

Published 2020-11-18 10:16:00 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – On Tuesday, the Turkish Parliament approved the memorandum presented to it by the government to allow sending military forces to Azerbaijan, against the background of the conflict with Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Turkish parliament announced on its Twitter account that “a memorandum authorizing the government to send military forces to Azerbaijan was approved.” Previously, a member of the Turkish Parliament, Khalil Ozcan, said that “if the parliament approves sending Turkish forces to Azerbaijan, they will be deployed in areas determined according to the agreements concluded with Baku.” Furthermore, the Turkish government submitted a… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh, Turkey


Israel launches powerful attack on Syria’s Damascus: 3 SAA killed

Published 2020-11-18 09:55:30 by News Desk in Israel, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The Israeli Armed Forces launched a new attack over southwestern Syria in the early hours on Wednesday, as they fired several missiles towards the Syrian capital, Damascus. According to local sources, several explosions were heard over the sky over Damascus on Wednesday morning, when the Syrian air defenses confronted the hostile attack conducted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The sources pointed out that some of the Israeli missiles managed to hit their intended targets, causing a couple of powerful explosions inside the Syrian capital. The attack took place at 3:11 A.M. (Damascus Time), when… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria


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