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US spy plane spotted over Venezuela: Maduro

Published 2019-02-26 22:26:10 by News Desk in World-News

The developments come after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed in an interview with ABC News on Monday that the United States is trying to “fabricate a crisis” to start a war in South America. In the past few days, US reconnaissance aircraft have made an increased number of flights in international airspace off the coast of Venezuela in a bid to obtain classified information, the unnamed defence sources told CNN on Tuesday. The sources did not detail which US spy planes were being used for the mission, but unconfirmed social media reports identified one of the aircraft as a USAF Boeing RC-135V. The aircraft reportedly flew off Venezuelan cost for six hours to gather information on the country’s… Read on ->

Tags: Maduro


Russia to ‘breathe new life’ into Su-30 fighter jet

Published 2019-02-26 20:16:01 by News Desk in World-News

The Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet will be standardized with the generation 4++ Su-35 fighter by its onboard equipment and armament to cut its cost price and breathe a new life into the plane, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told journalists on Tuesday. “After completing the work on the Su-30SM upgrade, changing the layout of the onboard radio-electronic equipment to make the Su-35 and the Su-30SM more standardized and thus cut the cost price, and standardizing the airborne weapon systems, this may breathe a new life into the plane,” the vice-premier said. The heavily upgraded Su-30SM plane may open a… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Update: Unofficial Rouhani Instagram account behind rejection of Zarif’s resignation

Published 2019-02-26 19:12:29 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – An unofficial Instagram account claiming to be the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was behind the fake comments about the latter rejecting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s resignation. The account would later add that it was a fan page of the Iranian President, confirming that they were not actually Rouhani. The official Instagram profile belonging to the Iranian President and all of his other social media accounts have yet to release any statement in regards to Zarif’s resignation from his post.  

Tags: Rouhani


Breaking: Rouhani rejects Zarif’s resignation from Foreign Ministry

Published 2019-02-26 17:46:02 by News Desk in Iran

The resignation of Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has not been accepted by the country’s president, the spokesman for the ministry said a statement. All interpretations and analysis around the reasons behind the resignation of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, beyond what he posted on his Instagram account, are not accurate and, as the chief of staff of the president of Iran said today, the resignation has not been accepted,” spokesman Bahram Qasemi said according to Iranian Fars news. Zarif announced resignation from his post in a statement on his Instagram account on Monday. “I am apologising [to] you for… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Rouhani, Zarif


Syria tops the agenda for Putin-Netanyahu meeting

Published 2019-02-26 17:31:39 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the situation in the region, including in Syria, as well as bilateral relations, the Kremlin website said on Tuesday. It said the sides “plan to discuss key issues of bilateral cooperation, first of all on the trade-economic and humanitarian trajectories, as well as to exchange opinions on the current situation in the Middle East, including Palestinian-Israeli settlement and the situation in Syria,” the report said. Earlier, the Israeli prime minister said he also wanted to discuss with Putin Iran’s activity in Syria, as well… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Air Force launches heavy airstrikes over southwest Idlib

Published 2019-02-26 17:07:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – For the third day in a row, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has launched several airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate. Led by their L-39 Albatros, the Syrian Air Force targeted several areas controlled by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in and around the town of Khan Sheikhoun. A source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar News this afternoon that these airstrikes were conducted in response to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s missile strike in eastern Idlib last night. The HTS attack resulted in the death of seven Syrian soldiers and the hospitalization of more… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Jihadists release video of missile attack that killed several Syrian soldiers in east Idlib

Published 2019-02-26 16:51:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels released a new video showing their deadly missile strike on a Syrian Arab Army gathering near the abandoned base in eastern Idlib. The jihadist group, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, used an anti-tank guided missile produced in the United States to kill seven Syrian Army soldiers at this site near the Abu Dhuhour Military Airport. https://twitter.com/smmsyria/status/1100350376849653760

Tags: Idlib, Syria


International flights mysteriously rerouted from Syria (photos)

Published 2019-02-26 16:01:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – Syria’s airspace is oddly clear of any international flights, today, as all commercial planes have been rerouted to neighboring countries. As shown in the images below, the commercial flight paths nearly all avoid Syrian airspace, but the reason for this is still unknown at this time. https://twitter.com/GeromanAT/status/1100390682005553152

Tags: Syria


Airstrikes targeted militant camp in Pakistan – Indian Foreign Sec.

Published 2019-02-26 15:17:46 by News Desk in World-News

Indian jets carried out airstrikes against a militant camp in Pakistan, in an escalation of tensions between the two countries following the February 14 suicide bombing attack in the disputed Kashmir region. Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that the airstrikes hit a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan’s Balakot, when speaking at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. Gokhale that a “non-military pre-emptive action” was conducted after a “credible intelligence was received that Jaish-e-Mohammad was attempting other suicide terror attacks in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose.”… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


Geagea blasts Iran and Hezbollah in new interview

Published 2019-02-26 14:46:28 by News Desk in Lebanon, Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The leader of the Lebanese Forces Party Samir Geagea, told a French publication on Tuesday that Iran had failed to win over the region. “It is wrong to believe that Tehran has won in the region,” Geagea told L’Orient Le Jour daily. “The Iranian axis is facing great pressures in the region, as proven by the repeated Israeli airstrikes on Iran and its allies in Syria, and to which Iran did not react,” he explained. Geagea then turned his attention to Hezbollah, who he heavily criticized during his short interview. “As to Hezbollah, this party… Read on ->

Tags: Geagea, Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon


Iran’s Supreme Leader warns US against creating buffer zone in Syria

Published 2019-02-26 14:30:16 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

Meeting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Tehran on Monday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei specifically warned Washington again creating a buffer zone in Syria, the Iranian news agency Press TV reports. “The issue of the buffer zone, which Americans seek to establish in Syria, is among those dangerous plots that must be categorically rejected and stood against”, Khamenei stressed. He reiterated Tehran’s support for Damascus, noting that the resistance of the Syrian president and people as the main reason for “the defeat of the United States and its regional mercenaries”. “The Islamic Republic of Iran considers supporting the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria, US


Jihadist missile strike in east Idlib results in over 25 Syrian Army casualties: source

Published 2019-02-26 14:08:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – On Monday, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a deadly missile strike that resulted in a large number of casualties within the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), a source near the Abu Dhuhour axis told Al-Masdar News. According to the military source, the jihadist rebels fired a U.S.-made TOW missile towards a gathering of Syrian Army soldiers in the western countryside of Abu Dhuhour, near the town of Al-Sukkariyeh. The source said the anti-tank guided missile managed to hit its intended target, killing and wounding over 25 Syrian Arab Army soldiers…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkish Army seeking to build new bases to block Syrian Army offensive in Idlib

Published 2019-02-26 13:33:15 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – The Turkish military is seeking to block the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) future Idlib and Hama operations by building new bases across the demilitarized zone in northwestern Syria, opposition activists reported via social media on Tuesday. According to the opposition activists, the Turkish military met with the residents of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, Khan Sheikhoun, Tal Toufan, Saraqib, Khan Saboul, and Morek to discuss renting their lands in order to begin building new garrisons in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. The Turkish military allegedly told the residents that by moving their forces into these areas,… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


US amasses special ops in Puerto Rico, army in Colombia to oust Maduro – Russian Security Council

Published 2019-02-26 13:16:16 by News Desk in World-News

By deploying troops and special ops forces to Puerto Rico and Colombia, Washington is getting ready to intervene in Venezuela and topple its leader, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council said. The US is “preparing for a military invasion” in Venezuela, Nikolai Patrushev told Russian media on Tuesday. The relocation of American special forces’ units to Puerto Rico, the deployment of the US Army units to Colombia and other facts evidently show that Pentagon is enhancing its military in the region in order to use it in ousting… President [Nicolas] Maduro. “The people of Venezuela understand this clearly,” Patrushev said,… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US, Venezuela


Foreign jihadists attempt to ambush Syrian Army troops in southern Aleppo

Published 2019-02-26 12:55:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Tanzim Hurras Al-Deen launched a surprise attack in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate last night. According to a military source in Aleppo, Tanzim Hurras Al-Deen stormed the Syrian Army’s positions at the Ruwaydah axis in a bid to overwhelm them and kill their soldiers. The jihadist group claimed they killed several Syrian Arab Army soldiers during the attack; however, a military source near the attack site said that they suffered a couple of injuries from the gunfire. The source added that the Syrian Arab Army was able to kill… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


US ‘with you 100 percent’ – Pence to Guaido (video)

Published 2019-02-26 11:24:51 by News Desk in World-News

US Vice President Mike Pence told Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido that Washington is with him “100 percent,” during a trilateral meeting with Guaido and Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez in Bogota on Monday. “Tragic events of this past weekend have only steeled the resolve of the United States of America,” Pence said, referring to the clashes that erupted at Colombia’s border with Venezuela after US aid trucks were blocked by the Venezuelan National Guard.

At least one of the trucks was set on fire. The meeting between Pence, Guaido and Duque took place on the… Read on ->

Tags: Guaido, Pence, Venezuela


No joint Turkish-Russian military operation planned in Syria: Lavrov

Published 2019-02-26 11:06:09 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Russia and Turkey have no plans to carry out a joint military operation inside Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Vietnam’s national broadcaster Vietnam Television, China’s CCTV and Phoenix TV this week. “We don’t plan to carry out any military operations in Syria that would involve Russia, Turkey and Iran,” Lavrov was previously quoted as saying by TASS news agency on Sunday. “Russia and Iran are active in Syria at the invitation of the country’s legitimate government. Turkey has been citing its security concerns, but the Syrian government opposes the Turkish military presence,” he… Read on ->

Tags: Lavrov, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Most Iranian lawmakers sign letter backing Zarif

Published 2019-02-26 10:30:37 by News Desk in Iran

Most Iranian lawmakers have signed a letter asking President Hassan Rouhani for Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to continue his job, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported, quoting a member of parliament. Shortly after the unexpected announcement of his resignation, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spoke about the country’s foreign policy in an interview published by the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper. “The deadly poison for foreign policy is for foreign policy to become an issue of party and factional fighting,” Zarif said. The interview comes just hours after the top negotiator of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal made a shock announcement… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Zarif


Baghdadi believed to be trapped in Euphrates enclave: report

Published 2019-02-26 10:16:49 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The leader of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh), Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, may be hiding inside the terrorist group’s last enclave in the Euphrates River Valley region, veteran journalist Elijah Magnier reported on Tuesday. “There are strong indications ISIS top ranking leaders are in the city, probably including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” a high ranking Iraqi intelligence official told Magnier. Citing the Iraqi official, Magnier said his source relied on intelligence information that was collected from Iraqis that are currently operating inside the Baghouz area of Deir Ezzor. “There is a serious shortage of food and medicine in… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdadi, Euphrates, Iraq, ISIS, Syria


Middle East nations eye Russia’s shipborne air defense missile system

Published 2019-02-26 09:55:00 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, Syria

Middle East countries have displayed interest in Russia’s latest Pantsyr-ME shipborne air defense missile/gun system, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at the state hi-tech corporation Rostec Viktor Kladov told TASS on Monday. “We see great interest in this weapon from Middle East countries and not only from them. We are confident that the Pantsyr-ME as the Pantsyr-S1 version adapted for sea holds very big market prospects but today it is early to speak about any specific agreements as the system was demonstrated just several days ago,” the Rostec official said. The Pantsyr-ME was for the first time demonstrated… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia


Kurdish forces kill Turkish-backed rebel commander in northwestern Aleppo

Published 2019-02-26 09:40:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – A commander from the Turkish-backed rebel forces was recently killed in an ambush by the Kurdish-led Afrin Liberation Forces in the northwestern region of Aleppo. According to reports, the commander of the Sultan Murad Brigade, Anwar Al-Hussein, was killed when a bomb planted inside a motorcycle was detonated near the village of Mashal in the Afrin region of Aleppo. Al-Hussein was considered 2nd in-command to the leader of the Sultan Murad Brigade Ahmad Uthman. This latest assassination by the Afrin Liberation Forces comes just days after they killed several Turkish-backed rebels inside the Afrin region.

Tags: Afrin, Syria


Pakistan reserves right to respond to Indian airstrikes: FM

Published 2019-02-26 09:21:37 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a statement on Tuesday that India did indeed cross the Line of Control (LoC) area this morning. According to Qureshi, the Pakistani government had an inclination that India would do something like this. “We had been telling the world that India is likely to do something like this (air strike in Pakistan). Today they have done it,” he said. “I could see that the clouds of danger were hovering over Pakistan. Pakistan is live and strong. We are a responsible nation and will respond in… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


Jihadist group kills several Syrian soldiers with US-made missile in east Idlib

Published 2019-02-26 08:05:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The largest jihadist rebel faction in northwestern Syria carry out a devastating missile strike in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate last night. According to reports from this front, the jihadist group Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham fired a U.S.-made TOW missile towards a gathering of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers near the abandoned base in the Abu Dhuhour area. As a result of this missile strike, several Syrian Arab Army soldiers were reported dead or wounded as the jihadist rebels scored a direct hit on their positions. Since the missile strike by the jihadist rebels,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Indian Air Force carries out massive attack inside Pakistan

Published 2019-02-26 06:41:51 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – The Indian Air Force carried out a massive attack over Pakistan on Tuesday morning, striking a terrorist camp across the Line of Control (LoC). According to the ANI News Agency, the strikes were carried out at 3:30 A.M. (local time), with the Indian Air Force dropping over 1,000kg of laser-guided bombs. The Pakistan Ministry of Defense has since denied these reports, adding that they managed to intercept the Indian warplanes before they could attack the terrorist camp near the LoC. India’s operation comes just two weeks after a terrorist attack was carried out in the… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


Khamenei and Assad hold meeting in Tehran (video)

Published 2019-02-26 05:47:17 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad met with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Monday, as seen in footage released by the Syrian presidency.

Assad was also greeted in Tehran by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, with whom he reportedly discussed the Syria conflict. It was Assad’s first visit to Iran since the outbreak of the war. Assad and Rouhani reportedly agreed to continue cooperation between the two sides at all levels.     Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Iran, Syria


Iranian Foreign Minister announces abrupt resignation

Published 2019-02-26 05:28:42 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced his resignation Monday, Reuters reported, citing Zarif’s Instagram. “I am apologizing you for all the shortcomings […] in the past years during my time as foreign minister […] I thank the Iranian nation and officials”, Zarif said as quoted by Reuters. “Many thanks for the generosity of the dear and brave people of Iran and its authorities over the past 67 months. I sincerely apologize for the inability to continue the service and for all the shortcomings during the service. Be happy and worthy”, Zarif wrote in his Instagram blog. According to Reuters, citing Tasnim news agency, some local sources familiar with the matter have confirmed Zarif’s resignation, however, it was not… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Zarif


Venezuelan forces take control of Colombian border bridge (video)

Published 2019-02-26 05:01:11 by News Desk in World-News

Venezuelan forces took control of the Francisco de Paula Santander bridge, which marks the border between Colombia and Venezuela, near the town of Cucuta on Monday evening. Footage shows the Venezuelan National Guard (GNB) occupying the bridge, and a small group of them walking all the way up to the Colombian side before retreating once more.

Violence had broken out between the GNB and protesters minutes earlier. 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. Nearly 300 were injured… Read on ->

Tags: Colombia, Venezuela


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