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US to setup 4 new military bases along Syrian border: report

Published 2019-01-10 23:29:12 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – Just one month after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his nation’s armed forces were withdrawing from Syria, an Iraqi publication reported that the American forces were building four new bases in the western part of Iraq’s Al-Anbar Governorate. “The U.S. intends to set up four… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Hezbollah planned surprise ‘earthquake-like’ invasion of Israel: ex-IDF chief

Published 2019-01-10 23:16:20 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Hezbollah had planned a massive invasion of Israel through the tunnels they had dug along the Lebanese border, the former Chief-of-Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Gadi Eisenkot told Hadashot TV this week. Eisenkot told Hadashot TV, as quoted by the Times of Israel, that… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, IDF, Israel, Lebanon


New map of Idlib after jihadists take control of Al-Ghaab Plain

Published 2019-01-10 22:57:57 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham has taken control of the entire western region of the Idlib Governorate after launching a large-scale offensive against their former allies from the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front. According to the latest reports from the Idlib front, Hay’at Tahrir… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iranian FM fires back at Pompeo: ‘Get over loss of Iran’

Published 2019-01-10 22:38:43 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s foreign minister fired back at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech in Cairo, Egypt, declaring that hell would freeze over before Iran “mimics US clients.” “Whenever/wherever US interferes, chaos, repression & resentment follow,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Thursday, adding that it’s “best for the US to just get over… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo, Zarif


Syrian Army troops deploy to front-lines in Idlib and Hama – source

Published 2019-01-10 22:18:31 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – Several units from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have deployed to the front-lines in the Hama and Idlib governorate, tonight, after the complete collapse of the Turkish-backed rebels in these provinces. Speaking to Al-Masdar News from the government stronghold of Mhardeh, a source from the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Houthi forces launch big counter-offensive in central Yemen

Published 2019-01-10 21:53:32 by Leith Aboufadel in Yemen

ALSO READ  The Daily Brief 2019-01-15

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a major counter-offensive in central Yemen, tonight, after losing several areas to the Saudi Coalition this week. Backed by heavy artillery, the Houthi forces stormed the areas recently captured by the Saudi Coalition in the Qaniyah District of the Al-Bayda Governorate…. Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Yemen


Breaking: Israeli military forced to suspend Lebanese border operation after UN intervention

Published 2019-01-10 21:35:43 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were forced to suspend their Lebanese border operation for the second time in the last 24 hours, a military communique from Beirut read this evening. According to the communique, the Israeli Defense Forces were required to halt their operation after… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Russian ships prepare to kickoff large-scale drills off Syrian coast

Published 2019-01-10 20:44:17 by Leith Aboufadel in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Russian Navy is making their final preparations for their military drills that are being held off the coast of Syria next week, a source in Tartous told Al-Masdar News this evening. According to the source, the Russian Navy has concentrated a large force in… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


China releases footage of its ‘mother of all bombs’ (video)

Published 2019-01-10 20:11:52 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – China has released footage of its new “mother of all bombs” that was tested in an undisclosed location: https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/1083415674167353346

Tags: China


US remains committed to IS fight amid drawdown of troops in Syria – Pompeo (video)

Published 2019-01-10 19:40:35 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reassured its allies that Washington remains committed to “the complete dismantling of the ISIS threat” as it prepares to withdraw its troops from Syria. He made the statement during a keynote speech at the American University in Cairo on Thursday. Pompeo stressed that the… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, ISIS, Pompeo, Syria, US


Watch: British Air Force destroys ISIS bomb factories in east Syria

Published 2019-01-10 19:28:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The British Ministry of Defense released new footage on Thursday of their air force destroying Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) targets inside east Syria. According to the British Ministry of Defense, their Typhoon and Tornado jets, along with their Reaper drones, destroyed bomb-making factories, warehouses, machine gun positions,… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Assad to rebuild Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Deir Ezzor

Published 2019-01-10 19:12:12 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Chairman of the Syrian-Armenian Community in Armenia, George Barseghyan, was interviewed by ArmenPress this week after he and a group of Armenian businessmen met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus. “There was a task that this Board must boost Syria-Armenia ties. The first… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Assad, Syria


US will ‘expel every last Iranian boot’ from Syria: Pompeo

Published 2019-01-10 18:48:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The U.S. will not be providing any reconstruction funds to Syria until all Iranian troops are withdrawn from the country, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a press conference in Cairo on Thursday. According to Pompeo, the US will work with allies to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo, Syria


US will take action in Syria again despite withdrawal

Published 2019-01-10 18:26:02 by News Desk in Syria

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump is willing to take action in Syria again but hopes he won’t have to. It comes as the US prepares to withdraw troops, which Pompeo says will go ahead despite criticism. Speaking in Cairo as part of a Middle East tour… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Kurdish forces reinforce Syrian border as Turkish operation approaches

Published 2019-01-10 18:04:15 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sent a military convoy to the Al-Raqqa province near the Syrian border with Turkey, the Fars News Agency alleged this week. Citing field sources in the Raqqa province, the Fars Agency reported on Wednesday that the SDF has dispatched its forces and equipment from Raqqa… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria


New Syrian, Russian military convoys sent to Idlib amid jihadist takeover

Published 2019-01-10 17:05:05 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Syrian and Russian forces have sent reinforcements to the Idlib province this week after the jihadist rebels took over almost all of the Idlib province from the Turkish-backed rebels. According to a new report from the Fars News Agency, the Syrian and Russian military… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Breaking: Pompeo vows to confront Hezbollah in Lebanon

Published 2019-01-10 16:32:50 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during his visit to the Arab world on Thursday that the U.S. will be combatting Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon and the world. “In Lebanon, Hezbollah is a major presence, but we won’t accept this as the status quo,”… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Pompeo


Iraqi special forces deployed disputed city after Kurdish party raises flag

Published 2019-01-10 16:00:31 by News Desk in Iraq

ALSO READ  The Daily Brief 2019-01-16

Iraqi special forces deployed Thursday in Kirkuk after the raising of the Kurdish flag over a political party headquarters revived tensions more than a year after Baghdad seized the disputed northern city, AFP reports. Iraq’s counter-terrorism chief gave President Barham Saleh’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan until noon on Friday to… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Kirkuk, Kurds


Israeli military resumes tunnel operation after standoff with Lebanese Army

Published 2019-01-10 15:53:17 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have resumed their border excavations after a brief standoff with the Lebanese Army along the border on Wednesday. According to a Lebanese Army communique, the Israeli Defense Forces began building a concrete wall south of Al-‘Adissah after being forced to… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Syrian lawmaker says Kurds should ask Damascus for protection, US abandoned them

Published 2019-01-10 15:42:28 by News Desk in Syria

The United States has abandoned Syrian Kurds after years of support, and Damascus is now the only actor that can protect them from Turkey’s military campaign, Syrian lawmaker Ahmad Merhi told Sputnik. “Kurds have a chance to come back to the Syrian state and to hold serious dialogue, as well as to take part in national… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Kurds, Syria


Watch: Houthi drones strike Yemeni military parade

Published 2019-01-10 15:36:58 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a drone attack on a Yemeni military parade that was held in the Al-Anad region of the Al-Lahj Governorate on Thursday. The Houthi drone strikes resulted in the death of at least five soldiers and more than 20 injured, including several… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Yemen


Houthi drone strikes pro-Saudi military parade in Yemen

Published 2019-01-10 15:27:55 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a drone attack on a group of pro-government Yemeni Army soldiers during a parade in the Al-Lahj Governorate on Thursday, Al-Jazeera reported. Citing a Houthi spokesperson, Al-Jazeera said that the Houthi drone strike managed to kill to least five Yemeni soldiers… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Yemen


Free Idlib Police announce disbandment, they will transfer equipment to jihadists

Published 2019-01-10 15:18:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Free Idlib Police have announced this afternoon that they will be dissolving their forces and handing over their equipment to the jihadist rebels. According to the group’s media wing, they will be handing over their headquarters and bases to the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham-led… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Breaking: Iran announces they will launch 2 satellites into space despite US threats

Published 2019-01-10 15:07:14 by News Desk in Iraq

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in Tehran on Thursday that Iran will soon launch two new satellites into space using Iran-made rockets, despite warnings of further economic and political isolation by the United States. “Today, the rocket is our defensive tool and we are proud of it. And soon, in… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Saudi Air Force allegedly kills 5 allied fighters in attack on northern Yemen

Published 2019-01-10 15:00:48 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Saudi Air Force allegedly killed five allied fighters from the pro-government Yemeni Army on Wednesday, the Houthi forces reported on their media channel. The Houthi report said that the five pro-government fighters were positioned in the Khabb wa Ash Sha’af District of Al-Jawf when… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen


US to fight ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ in Syria while withdrawing troops: Pompeo

Published 2019-01-10 14:50:13 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON 2:30 P.M.) – The U.S. will be fighting “radical Islamic terrorism” in Syria while also withdrawing their troops from the same country, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during his press conference in Egypt on Thursday. “The threat from radical Islamic terrorism is real. ISIS continues, we… Read on ->

Tags: Pompeo, Syria, US


Jihadist rebel who returned from Syria on trial for Jewish museum shooting

Published 2019-01-10 14:39:15 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

In May 2014 four people were gunned down at a Jewish museum in Brussels, part of a string of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe carried out by Islamic extremists. Amid high security French national Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, went on trial on 10 January, accused of being the gunman. Nemmouche, who had returned to Europe after fighting… Read on ->

Tags: France, Paris, Syria


Over 1,500 Turkish-backed rebels exit southwest Idlib after agreement with jihadists

Published 2019-01-10 14:29:54 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Over, 1,500 militants from the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) have exited the southwestern countryside of the Idlib province, rebel activists claimed via social media. According to the reports, the National Liberation Front withdrew approximately 1,700 militants from the Jabal Shashabo and Al-Ghaab Plain fronts… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Large Syrian Army convoy heads to Idlib border as northwest Syria offensive talks resume (video)

Published 2019-01-10 14:17:02 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – A large convoy of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops was recently sent to the Idlib provincial border amid the recent collapse of Turkish-backed rebels in northwest Syria. According to local reports, the Syrian Arab Army’s 100th Artillery Regiment was sent to the Hama-Idlib axis as… Read on ->

ALSO READ  The Daily Brief 2019-01-08

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Jihadists take control of Idlib province after collapse of Turkish-backed rebels

Published 2019-01-10 14:05:31 by News Desk in Syria

The main jihadist alliance in Syria’s Idlib region reached a deal on Thursday ending days of deadly fighting with rival rebels and extending its influence over the whole rebel enclave, AFP reported. The agreement brings an immediate end to the fighting between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), led by Al-Qaeda’s former… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkey refuses to cancel S-400 for US Patriot Missile System

Published 2019-01-10 13:53:17 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkey is ready to consider US proposal on deliveries of Patriot air defense systems, but refuses to abandon the S-400 deal with Russia as a potential precondition for the Ankara-Washington agreement, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday. “Turkey may buy Patriot systems in the future. But it will be… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey, US


Ex-IDF chief reveals Israeli military secrets in TV interview

Published 2019-01-10 13:26:18 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine, Syria

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick retired this week after serving as the Israel Defence Forces ombudsman for over a decade. Before his departure, Brick got into a spat with the Israeli military’s top brass after publishing a thorough report suggesting that Israel’s ground forces were grossly unprepared for a major… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria


Saudi Coalition attempts to make big push into Yemeni border region – map

Published 2019-01-10 13:13:36 by Leith Aboufadel in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Saudi Coalition is currently attempting to make a big push into the Yemeni border province of Sa’ada after a successful campaign in the Saudi province of Jizan. Backed by heavy airstrikes, the Saudi Coalition is currently working to capture the strategic Baqim District, which… Read on ->

Tags: Saada, Saudi, Yemen


US sanctions ‘unprecedented,’ US officials ‘first class idiots’ – Khamenei

Published 2019-01-10 12:58:29 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei termed US sanctions against Iran as “unprecedented” and lambasted US officials as “first class idiots” during a speech in Qom on Wednesday. “The Americans themselves happily say that these sanctions are unprecedented in history. Yes, they are unprecedented in history and the defeat that… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Khamenei


Russian military mulls building base in CAR: report

Published 2019-01-10 12:47:34 by News Desk in World-News

A Russian military base may appear in the Central African Republic, the framework agreement envisions such a possibility, but the issue has not been discussed so far, CAR Defense Minister Marie-Noelle Koyara said in an interview with Sputnik. “We have not yet spoken about the specific development of the base,… Read on ->

Tags: CAR, Russia


ISIS once again loses east Euphrates stronghold to SDF troops: map

Published 2019-01-10 12:39:25 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have once again taken control of a key town in the eastern part of the Euphrates River region. According to the central commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, their troops managed to expel the remaining Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, ISIS, SDF, Syria


Turkey will launch eastern Euphrates offensive regardless of US withdrawal

Published 2019-01-10 12:21:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military will launch their eastern Euphrates offensive regardless if the U.S. forces withdraw from Syria or not, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday. According to Cavusoglu, the Turkish military operation east of the Euphrates is not contingent on whether or not the U.S…. Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, Syria, Turkey


France to withdraw troops from Syria when ‘political solution’ is established

Published 2019-01-10 12:03:32 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – France will withdraw their troops from Syria once a “political solution” is established inside the country, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on C-News TV on Wednesday. “There is our [military] presence in Iraq, [and] we have a scanty presence in Syria”, he told France’s… Read on ->

Tags: France, Syria


Five British soldiers allegedly killed in east Syria

Published 2019-01-10 11:45:53 by News Desk in Syria

Five British servicemen were killed in shelling by Daesh terrorist group in Syrian Deir ez-Zor province, media reported citing local sources. Five British servicemen were killed by a missile launched by Daesh* terrorists in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, al-Watan newspaper reported, quoting local sources. “Five British servicemen died when a Daesh rocket… Read on ->

Tags: Britain, Syria


Former Israeli minister pleads guilty to spying for Iran (video)

Published 2019-01-10 11:32:16 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Former Israeli cabinet minister Gonen Segev pleaded guilty of charges of spying for Iran, at the Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday. Segev, who was once Israel’s Minister for Energy and Infrastructure, was accused of leaking sensitive information about security sites in Israel.

The 63-year-old’s confession was… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


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