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India’s MiG-21 upgraded by Russia equal to Pakistan’s F-16: analyst

Published 2019-03-01 22:56:11 by News Desk in World-News

India’s MiG-21 fighter upgraded by Russia possesses combat capabilities identical to those of the F-16 of Pakistan’s Air Force, the editor-in-chief of National Defense magazine, Igor Korotchenko, said about recent clashes involving these planes. An air fight between the planes of the two types occurred on the Indian-Pakistani border on February 28. At least one MiG-21 was shot down. The pilot ejected himself and was taken prisoner by Pakistan. According to the Indian Air Force, in the same clash another MiG-21 shot down Pakistan’s F-16 of US manufacture. Pakistan has not confirmed the loss of the plane so far. “The… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan, Russia


[Graphic 18+] Kurdish group carries out deadly ambush against Turkish-backed rebels in east Aleppo (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-01 22:40:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Afrin Liberation Forces carried out a deadly ambush against a group of Turkish-backed rebels in the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this week. According to the Hawar News Agency, the Afrin Liberation Forces carried out the ambush against the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) troops by detonating their roadside bombs along a road near the town of Al-Bab. As a result of this attack by the Afrin Liberation Forces, at least three members of the Free Syrian Army were killed. https://www.facebook.com/hawarnews/videos/2239920199391591/

Tags: Afrin, Aleppo, FSA, Syria


Russia’s S-500, S-350 systems to enter service soon: TASS

Published 2019-03-01 22:18:34 by News Desk in World-News

The advanced S-500 surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile systems and S-350 medium-range surface-to-air missile systems will enter service with the Russian armed forces soon, the commandant of the Zhukov Air-Space Academy, Lieutenant General Vladimir Lyaporov, said in an interview published by the Krasnaya Zvezda daily on Friday. In 2019, the first group of officers will complete a training course to use S-500, a long-range system that will form the backbone of Russia’s integrated air defense and missile defense system. “I would like to note that in 2019, the first group of officers will complete the academy’s course to use the S-500 systems…. Read on ->

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Tags: Russia


Breaking: Indian military allegedly launches new attack on Pakistan-controlled Kashmir

Published 2019-03-01 22:01:33 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Indian military unleashed a new attack on the Line of Control area in the Pakistan-controlled Kashmir region. According to a Pakistani military source, the Indian military fired several 155mm artillery shells towards the poonch sector of the Line of Control. The Pakistani Army source said the Indian military’s artillery strikes resulted in the death of at least seven people and the hospitalization of two dozen others. As a result of this attack, the Pakistani military has been placed on high alert across the Kashmir region. This attack by the Indian military comes… Read on ->

Tags: India, Kashmir, Pakistan


Saudi Arabia strip Al-Qaeda’s Hamza bin Laden of citizenship

Published 2019-03-01 19:33:19 by News Desk in Gulf

Saudi Arabia has removed the citizenship of Hamza Bin Laden, the son of slain former al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, according to reports. Reports say that the Gulf Kingdom’s leadership announced the decision on Friday, 1 March, in the country’s official Gazette newspaper, saying that Bin Laden’s citizenship had been revoked by royal decree back in November 2018, but that there was no explanation offered as to why it was made public now. The decision comes as the United States has issued a $1 million reward for any information that leads to Mr. Bin Laden’s capture, amidst alleged concerns among… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi


Breaking: Last battle for Daesh’s Euphrates enclave begins

Published 2019-03-01 18:26:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The last battle for the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) Euphrates enclave is underway, as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) storm the terrorist group’s positions near the town of Baghouz. Backed by heavy artillery and airstrikes from the U.S. Coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces have begun hitting the Islamic State’s positions in this Euphrates River Valley enclave. The goal of this assault is to completely eliminate the Islamic State’s presence at the town, while ensuring the safety of the remaining civilians caught between the fighting. More details to come…. This last battle comes just 24 hours after… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, Syria


‘Military invasion of Venezuela would reveal true aims of US policy in Latin America’ – Lavrov

Published 2019-03-01 17:33:19 by News Desk in World-News

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that possible “military invasion of Venezuela will reveal the true aims of US policy in Latin America,” speaking during a press conference after talks with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez in Moscow on Friday. Lavrov went on to say that there is “a cynical campaign” aimed at “toppling the legitimate government of Venezuela,” including by threats of “direct military intervention.” Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez explained President Maduro’s decision to relocate the PDVSA office from Lisbon to Moscow by the desire to increase “energy co-operation with Russia,” adding “if Europe cannot provide guarantees, then… Read on ->

Tags: Lavrov, Maduro, Venezuela


Syrian Army destroys jihadist launching pads in northern Hama

Published 2019-03-01 17:19:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) heavily targeted the jihadist positions inside the northern region of the Hama Governorate, today, following a fierce exchange last night. Led by their 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army unleashed a flurry of artillery shells and surface-to-surface missiles towards the defenses of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham near the key town of Morek this morning. According to reports from this front, the Syrian Arab Army managed to destroy a number of trenches and rocket launching pads that belonged to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in the northern countryside of Hama. Following this assault,… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria


Kalashnikov kamikaze drones tested in Syrian war (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-01 16:57:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Russian defense contractor Kalashnikov Concern reportedly tested their kamikaze drones during the Syrian war, the Southfront recently reported. According to the report, at least five kamikaze drones mysteriously attacked Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham’s positions inside the Idlib Governorate town of Ma’ar Shamarin on October 19th, 2015. “A few hours after the attack, the local SMART News Agency interviewed the fighters who survived the attack. They all seemed to be shocked and terrified by the “Wunderwaffe” that killed one of their comrades and destroyed most of their equipment,” the report said. The Kalashnikov “high-precision unmanned aerial… Read on ->

Tags: Kalashnikov, Syria


Could a MiG-21 fighter jet shoot down an F-16?

Published 2019-03-01 16:22:12 by News Desk in World-News

India’s claim that its MiG-21 fighter jet shot down a more modern Pakistani Air Force F-16 seems surprising at first, but a military expert told Russia Today that there is more to the Indian Air Force than meets the eye. The IAF claimed that one of its MiG-21 fighters downed a PAF F-16 on Wednesday after Pakistan said that it had shot down two Indian jets as tensions continue to mount between the two nuclear powers over the disputed territory of Kashmir. The Pakistani military has denied any losses to their aerial assets, adding that they did not use an… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


UN rejects US attempts to recognize Israeli authority over Golan Heights

Published 2019-03-01 16:08:08 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The UN envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen rejected a new attempt by U.S. Republican senators to recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. “Obviously the Security Council is very clear that the Golan is Syrian territory, and the first aspect of [Resolution] 2254 is, of course, the territorial integrity of Syria,” Pedersen told reporters at a Security Council briefing on Syria held on Thursday in New York. The question came just a day after U.S. Republican senators Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton brought up the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights while discussing the ongoing Iranian ‘threat’ posed… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria, UN


War between Saudi Arabia and Iran could have catastrophic effects

Published 2019-03-01 15:32:24 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – An armed conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran could have a catastrophic impact on the global economy, in particular, the oil markets, Mikhail Mashchenko, an analyst at the eToro social network for investors told RT. According to Mashchenko, if an armed conflict between the two Middle Eastern nations were to breakout, oil prices could increase by more than 500 percent. “Energy prices will seriously depend on the severity of the conflict. Let’s remember the unrecognized Iraqi Kurdistan, which in a state of continuous war exported about 550,000 barrels per day through Turkey. In this connection,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi


US preparing to make another attempt to deliver aid to Venezuela (video)

Published 2019-03-01 15:15:38 by News Desk in World-News

Another US air force aircraft was seen bringing in more humanitarian aid into Camilo Daza international airport in Cucuta on Thursday. The US aircraft can be seen on the tarmac, and later large trucks can be seen carrying the aid on their carriages, escorted by Colombian police.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido thanked the United States on Twitter for the fresh shipment of aid, and vowed to continue finding ways to bring it inside Venezuela.     Credit: Ruptly

Tags: US, Venezuela


Developing: Turkish military sends large convoy towards Syrian Army lines

Published 2019-03-01 15:02:11 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Turkish military sent another large convoy into northwestern Syria on Friday, several local activists reported via social media. According to reports, the large Turkish military convoy that entered northwestern Syria on Friday consisted of several trucks carrying cement blocks and equipment. The Turkish military convoy reportedly entered Syria’s Idlib Governorate from the Hatay Province and made their way to the nearby Hama Governorate, where they delivered the equipment and personnel to the observation post in the town of Morek. This latest move by the Turkish military comes just days after they sent a delegation… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey


New video allegedly shows dogfight between Indian and Pakistani jets

Published 2019-03-01 14:41:01 by News Desk in World-News

An Indian journalist has released a short video purportedly showing part of a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani jet fighters over the skies of Kashmir. India earlier claimed it downed a Pakistani F-16 during the encounter. Ajay Jandyal shared an “exclusive” 30-second clip of the aftermath of a February 27 skirmish between Pakistani and Indian fighters. According to NDTV, eight Indian Air Force fighters intercepted 24 Pakistani during the engagement. The Indian Air Force has claimed that one of its MIG-21 Bison aircraft shot down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 during the fight. However, this has been denied by the… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


India presents Taiwanese missile as ‘proof’ of downed Pakistani F-16: source

Published 2019-03-01 01:04:45 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – The Indian Ministry of Defense presented a photograph of an air-to-air missile as proof that they downed a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet on Wednesday. According to a Pakistani military source, the AIM-120C air-to-air missile that was presented by the Indian Ministry of Defense did not actually belong to the Pakistani Air Force. The source said the missile in the photograph had a serial number belonging to a Taiwanese missile, despite the fact Pakistan does not have any diplomatic or military relations with the former.

Indian Ministry of Defense
“How can they post… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


New report inadvertently reveals Iranian forces along Israeli front-lines in Syria

Published 2019-03-01 00:41:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – A new report from the Syrian Republican Guard revealed this week that several of the casualties from the Israeli attack this month on the Al-Quneitra Governorate were, in fact, Iranian soldiers. According to the Syrian Republican Guard, five of the recovered corpses from the Israeli attack on the military garrison in western Al-Quneitra were found to be the remains of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel that were positioned near the border of the occupied Golan Heights. Thanks to DNA evidence, the Syrian military was able to confirm that the soldiers in western Al-Quneitra… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria


Trump declares 100 percent of ISIS ‘caliphate’ taken back

Published 2019-03-01 00:15:01 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump declared on Thursday that the U.S.-backed forces had taken back “100 percent” of the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) so-called ‘caliphate’. “We just took over, you know, you kept hearing it was 90 percent, 92 percent, the caliphate in Syria. Now it’s 100 percent we just took over, 100 percent caliphate,” Trump said on Thursday while speaking to soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska during a refueling stop for Air Force One. Trump’s declaration comes just a day after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi. Despite the… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria, Trump


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