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Breaking: Syrian President makes surprise trip to Iran

Published 2019-02-25 19:19:22 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad made an unannounced trip to the Iranian capital on Monday to meet with several officials and religious leaders. According to a report from Tehran, Assad first met with the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during his visit to the capital city. Assad is expected to meet with other officials as he concludes his short trip to Iran.

Tags: Assad, Iran, Syria


Russia to develop land-based Kalibr-M cruise missile: TASS

Published 2019-02-25 18:56:52 by News Desk in World-News

The land-based variant of the Kalibr-M cruise missile is planned to be developed over the possible complete withdrawal of the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Saturday. “Considering the possible complete withdrawal of the US from the INF Treaty, it is planned that the land-based variant of the ship-launched cruise missile Kalibr-M with maximum range of over 4.500 kilometers will be developed,” the source said. TASS does not have an official confirmation of this information. More: http://tass.com/defense/1046090

Tags: Russia


Another jihadist commander assassinated in southern Idlib

Published 2019-02-25 18:35:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – A jihadist commander was assassinated in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Monday, opposition activists reported on social media. According to the reports, the field commander of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham “Abu Ja’afar Talmanas” was assassinated by a group of unknown assailants inside the southern region of the Idlib Governorate on Monday. The reports said that Talmanas was driving with his brother inside the town of Tal Mannas when the unknown assailants opened fire on his vehicle, killing both men in the process. No group has announced responsibility for this latest assassination in the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Breaking: Heavy clashes breakout inside key Yemeni port city

Published 2019-02-25 18:20:15 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – A series of intense clashes broke-out inside the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah after the Saudi-backed Yemeni National Army attacked a group of Houthi fighters, local activists reported on Monday. According to the activists, the Yemeni National Army attacked the Houthi forces at the southeastern axis of Hodeidah city. The reports did not indicate why the Yemeni National Army attacked the Houthi forces; however, tensions have been rising lately as the Saudi Coalition accused the Houthi forces of refusing to leave Hodeidah. At the start of the year, the United Nations announced the start of… Read on ->

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Tags: Hodeidah, Houthi, Yemen


Iraqi forces capture infamous ISIS commander near Mosul

Published 2019-02-25 17:51:16 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The so-called “Prince of Battles” for the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) was captured by the Iraqi armed forces while escaping from Syria, the Al-Ghad Press Agency said in a report on Monday. According to the report, the ISIS commander was arrested by the Iraqi armed forces in teh western countryside of Mosul city. The ISIS commander had reportedly escaped the battlefield in eastern Syria and made his way to Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate before he was apprehended by the government forces. He “was involved in several fights against security forces in the Al-Anbar province” which sits along… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Mosul, Syria


In video: Syrian Army takes fight to ISIS in eastern Syria

Published 2019-02-25 17:37:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Last week, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) carried out several attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Badiya Al-Sham region of eastern Syria. In response to these attacks, the Syrian Arab Army restarted their combing operations in the Badiya Al-Sham region between the Deir Ezzor and Homs governorates. A Russian reporter entrenched with the Syrian Arab Army in the Badiya Al-Sham region released footage of today’s operation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bLzZKz_Cjw

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Estimated 1,000 ISIS fighters left in Euphrates enclave: SDF official

Published 2019-02-25 17:17:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – An official from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Kurdistan 24 on Monday that an estimated 1,000 Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters were left inside their Euphrates enclave. “There is no official record, but there are maybe more than a thousand mercenaries [ISIS fighters] there, most of them foreigners: Europeans, Turks, a lot of Iraqis, Asians,” Adnan Afrin of the SDF told Kurdistan 24. The SDF official said that the Islamic State is confined to approximately 700 square meters of territory inside this Euphrates enclave. “But this was incorrect. Once we started the operation, some 5,000… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, ISIS, SDF, Syria


Syrian military seizes US-made missiles in southwest Syria (video)

Published 2019-02-25 17:06:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized a large amount of weapons that were left behind by the Islamist rebels in the southwestern governorates of Syria. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian military seized a large amount of weapons, medicine, and telecommunication devices in the Al-Quneitra and Damascus governorates. The report said that the locals helped the Syrian military uncover this weapons cache in southwestern Syria. Among the weapons seized by the Syrian military were assault rifles, ammunition boxes, and U.S.-made missiles. Below is a video of the weapons cache that was… Read on ->

Tags: Quneitra, Syria


Turkish-backed rebels unleash heavy assault on northwest Hama

Published 2019-02-25 16:50:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels unleashed a powerful assault in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate this afternoon. According to local reports, the National Liberation Front (NLF) and Jaysh Al-Izza heavily bombarded the Christian towns of Mhardeh and Suqaylabiyeh with a plethora of Grad missiles and artillery shells. The reports said that at least one civilian in Suqaylabiyeh was killed and five others were wounded. The reports added that Jaysh Al-Izza is still attacking the large town of Mhardeh at this time – the Syrian Arab Army has yet to respond to this latest assault.

Tags: Hama, Syria


Captured Serbian ISIS fighter initially joined rebel forces in Syria: report

Published 2019-02-25 16:22:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – A captured Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist from Serbia told Kurdistan 24 over the weekend that when he first came to Syria he joined a radical rebel group. “I joined the fight in Syria to support Islam and spread it to all parts of the world,” the unnamed Serbian fighter told Kurdistan 24. “When I came to Syria, there was no Islamic State at the time, so I joined the Nusra front,” he explained. The Al-Nusra Front was a jihadist group that fought alongside the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other rebel factions during the first… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Syrian Army begins new operation against ISIS in eastern Syria

Published 2019-02-25 16:04:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began a new operation in the Badiya Al-Sham region of eastern Syria on Monday morning. Backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Arab Army began their operation by storming different areas around the Badiya Al-Sham that are believed to have an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) presence. According to a military source in nearby Palmyra (Tadmur), the Syrian Army’s attack is more of a ‘policing’ operation that is geared at busting up Islamic State cells inside this desert region. The Syrian Arab Army has recently intensified their operations in eastern… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Syria


US-guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook docks in Odessa (video)

Published 2019-02-25 15:50:00 by News Desk in World-News

US-guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook laid anchor in Ukraine’s port of Odessa on Monday. According to the United States Navy, “USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is scheduled to conduct maritime security operations as part of NATO’s ongoing Operation Atlantic Resolve.” The ship will stay in the port city until Wednesday, having entered the Black Sea through the Bosphorus Strait on 19 February.

It is the second time this year the Donald Cook has entered the Black Sea. At the end of January, the missile destroyer docked in Georgia’s port of Batumi for five days. The USS… Read on ->

Tags: Odessa, Russia, Ukraine, US


Syrian military destroys Turkish-backed rebel base in southern Idlib (video)

Published 2019-02-25 15:39:30 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) responded to a rebel missile attack on their positions yesterday by launching their own strikes against the latter inside the southern region of the Idlib Governorate. According to a military report from nearby Hama, the Syrian Arab Army fired a ballistic missile from their OTR-21 Tochka towards a military base belonging to the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) The Syrian Army attack reportedly targeted the National Liberation Front’s military base and weapons storage inside the large town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib. The Impact from the missile strike by the Syrian Arab Army was… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Ex-Iraqi PM accuses Obama of helping ISIS seize large parts of Iraq

Published 2019-02-25 15:25:56 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

Iraq’s former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, told a local TV station on Sunday that the administration of ex-US President Barack Obama had played a crucial role in the creation of Daesh by allowing the terrorist group to occupy Iraqi territories, PressTV reported. Maliki, who served as prime minister between 2006 and 2014, reportedly said that the United States had provided Iraq with intelligence and aerial images, locating with great precision positions of Daesh terrorists, who had lined up behind Iraqi borders in Syria. According to him, large groups of fighters were waiting to cross into neighbouring Iraq after what they… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Obama, Syria


Pro-Guaido supporters storm army vehicles at border with Colombia (video)

Published 2019-02-25 15:14:13 by News Desk in World-News

Video filmed by Chilean journalist Nicole Kramm captured the moment Venezuelan opposition supporters rammed armoured vehicles through the border with Colombia at the Simon Bolivar Bridge in La Parada on Saturday. The journalist working for redfish Venezuela was injured during the incident.

The situation remains tense at the Simon Bolivar international bridge near the border town of Cucuta in Colombia. The bridge was the scene of fierce clashes on Saturday after Venezuelan security forces blocked humanitarian aid, organised by the US, from entering the country. The now deserted bridge lies in a state of disrepair, covered… Read on ->

Tags: Colombia, Venezuela


Developing: Israeli warplanes spotted along Syrian-Lebanese border

Published 2019-02-25 14:54:39 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Israeli Air Force was spotted flying over the Jabal Sheikh (Mount Hermon) region of eastern Lebanon this afternoon, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Israeli warplanes were tracked flying from Lebanon’s Nabatieh Governorate to the Jabal Sheikh region near the Syrian border. The Israeli warplanes did not enter Syrian airspace; however, they have raised the alert levels in Damascus as the Israeli Air Force often uses this flight path to bomb sites near the Syrian capital. The source added that the Israeli warplanes are still flying over… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


In video: FSA destroys Syrian Army vehicle with US-made missile in Hama

Published 2019-02-25 14:40:51 by News Desk in Syria

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On Sunday, the Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh Al-Izza faction fired an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) towards a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) vehicle in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate. According to reports, Jaysh Al-Izza fighters fired a U.S.-made anti-tank missile at a Syrian Army pick-up truck near the Zaleen Checkpoint. As a result of this attack on Sunday, Jaysh Al-Izza managed to destroy the Syrian Army’s pick-up truck (video below): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rRemlJFIXg This attack by Jaysh Al-Izza on Sunday marked the first time this year that they have fired a U.S.-made missile at the Syrian Arab Army in northern Syria…. Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Saudi Coalition kills dozens of Houthi fighters after bombing training camp

Published 2019-02-25 14:31:30 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

Scores of Houthi fighters were killed inside of Yemen’s Sa’ada Governorate on Sunday after the Saudi Coalition heavily bombarded their training camp. The Saudi Coalition reportedly began their heavy bombardment on Sunday morning, when their warplanes struck the Houthi training camp inside the Al-Ghool wa Al-Boqa’I District of the Sa’ada Governorate. As a result of this Saudi bombardment, dozens of Houthi fighters were reported dead or wounded at this imperative district in Sa’ada.

Tags: Houthi, Saada, Saudi, Yemen


Hezbollah fully banned in the UK: Javid

Published 2019-02-25 14:22:53 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced on Monday that Hezbollah was entirely banned from the country. “My priority as Home Secretary is to protect the British people. As part of this, we identify and ban any terrorist organisation which threatens our safety and security, whatever their motivations or ideology which is why I am taking action against several organisations today,” Javid began. “Hizballah is continuing in its attempts to destabilase the fragile situation in the Middle East – and we are no longer able to distinguish between their already banned military wing and the political party…. Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, UK


Around 5,000 civilians still in IS enclave – SDF official

Published 2019-02-25 14:11:56 by News Desk in Syria

Officials from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stated on Saturday that they are waiting for the completion of civilian evacuations from the area surrounding Baghouz, ahead of their final push into the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) last stronghold in the country. One of the officials, Adnan Afrin, explained: “According to the information we got from the civilians inside, those who got out, and the informers, there is a number of civilians estimated to be 5,000.” Afrin went on to say that between 5,500 and 6,000 have fled via an SDF-administrated corridor since Wednesday, with estimates running as high… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria


Syrian Air Force launches first airstrikes over Idlib this year

Published 2019-02-25 14:01:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) unleashed a large number of airstrikes over the southern and eastern regions of the Idlib Governorate last night. According to a military source in nearby Hama, the Syrian Air Force conducted more than 20 airstrikes over the towns of Khuwayn, Khan Sheikhoun, Zarzour, Al-Ta’manah, and Sukeek. These Syrian airstrikes were reportedly concentrated on the trenches and bases of the two rebel largest rebel groups in the area: Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Izza. The source added these airstrikes by the Syrian Air Force on Sunday evening marked the first… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Kurds handover 14 French ISIS fighters to Iraqi gov’t: report

Published 2019-02-25 13:52:54 by News Desk in Syria

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly handed over another set of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters to the Iraqi authorities, the AFP News Agency reported on Monday. According to the AFP, at least 14 French members of the Islamic State were handed over to the Iraqi authorities as part of a new deal between the Syrian Democratic Forces and Baghdad. The Syrian Democratic Forces will likely hand over more members of the Islamic State in the coming weeks as they clear the last terrorist pocket in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley.

Tags: Iraq, SDF, Syria


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