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India claims Pakistani drone shot down along border region

Published 2019-03-09 23:46:02 by News Desk in World-News

According to India Express citing the Indian Defence Ministry, the country’s Air Force has downed a drone launched from the Pakistani territory over an alleged airspace violation. As reported by the media outlet, the UAV violated Indian airspace at around 19-30 local time. This comes shortly after ANI news agency reported that a drone was shot down over the city of Bikaner. Pakistani authorities haven’t yet commented on the information yet, while the news follows an unprecedented escalation between New Delhi and Islamabad, which culminated in a dogfight over Kashmir, resulting in the downing of an Indian MiG-21, with its pilot being captured, and a Pakistani F-16 in late February. The aerial battle followed an airstrike by the… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


ISIS ambush kills 6 Syrian soldiers in eastern Syria

Published 2019-03-09 23:34:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters in the Badiya Al-Sham region of eastern Syria carried out an ambush against a group of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers on Saturday. According to a military report from the ancient city of Palmyra, a group of Syrian Army soldiers were ambushed during their combing operation in the Dubayat area of eastern Homs. The report said at least a half dozen Syrian Arab Army soldiers were killed during the ambush and two others were captured by the terrorist group. With the Islamic State’s presence coming to an end in the… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Syria


Israel is ‘scared of new war’: Hezbollah leader

Published 2019-03-09 19:11:02 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that Israel is afraid of and unprepared for another war with his group. “Israel is scared of a new war,” he said in a televised speech dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Resistance Support Association, Hezbollah’s fund-raising organisation. “Every day you hear that Israel is not prepared for war in one way or another, and this week you saw Israel began using the American THAAD system. They don’t even trust the missile defence systems they developed themselves,” he added. It emerged on Monday that the United States deployed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile battery in Israel. The THAAD system, considered one… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


ISIS claims 3 US soldiers killed in suicide attack in northern Syria

Published 2019-03-09 18:56:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) alleged on Saturday that one of their terrorists carried out a suicide operation against a convoy belonging to the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) in northern Syria. According to the Islamic State’s official media wing, the terrorist Abu Abbas Al-Shami carried out the suicide attack along the Manbij Highway in eastern Aleppo. ISIS claimed the suicide attack resulted in the destruction of a vehicle and the death of three American soldiers onboard. Neither the U.S. Coalition or the Syrian Democratic Forces have corroborated these claims from the Islamic State.

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Breaking: Russian Air Force unleashes massive attack along Turkish border

Published 2019-03-09 18:40:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a massive attack across northern Syria, today, targeting several sites under the control of the jihadist rebels. Led by their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force repeatedly bombed the positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party along the Turkey-Idlib border this afternoon. According to a military source in northern Hama, the Russian Air Force specifically bombed the jihadist positions inside the Jisr Al-Shughour District. Jisr Al-Shughour has been under the control of the jihadist rebels since the Summer of 2015 when they launched an offensive to capture… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria


German minister reveals why Guaido wasn’t arrested upon returning to Venezuela

Published 2019-03-09 09:28:18 by News Desk in World-News

The presence of foreign diplomats, including German Ambassador Daniel Kriener, at Caracas Airport on Monday probably “contributed” to Guaido’s not being arrested by Venezuelan authorities, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said. “There was information that [Guaido] was meant to be arrested there, and I think the presence of various ambassadors contributed to helping prevent this arrest,” Maas said, speaking to reporters in Berlin on Thursday, according to AP. The remarks follow Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza’s announcement on Wednesday that Germany’s ambassador to Venezuela had been given 48 hours to leave the country for his “interference in the country’s… Read on ->

Tags: Guaido, Venezuela


Turkish Army begins patrolling Idlib buffer zone (video)

Published 2019-03-09 09:15:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Turkish military began their patrols around the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-4 Highway), yesterday, after a violent week inside the Idlib Governorate. According to opposition activists via social media, the Turkish military began their patrols across the Idlib buffer zone on Friday; they would patrol across several important areas, including the town of Saraqib. Below is a video that was released by the pro-opposition Edlib Media Center from this Idlib countryside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvtqj3boTJE

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Jihadists suffer heavy losses in failed attack on Syrian Army positions

Published 2019-03-09 08:42:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels from the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) launched a new attack last night on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses inside the Al-Ghaab Plain region of the Hama Governorate. According to a military communique from northern Hama, the Turkestan Islamic Party attempted to storm the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses near the key town of Al-Sirmaniyeh. However, the Syrian Arab Army was able to spot the jihadist rebels before they could reach their intended target south of Al-Sirmaniyeh. A fierce battle would ensue between the two parties in the Al-Ghaab Plain, resulting in heavy… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Pakistan is ready for war: Khan

Published 2019-03-09 08:07:00 by News Desk in World-News

Pakistani Prime Minister said the country was ready for war and its army would respond if attacked by India or “any superpower,” during a speech in Chachro, in Tharparkar District on Friday. “If someone, if it is India or any superpower, wishes to enslave the Pakistani nation, I want to make it clear that my nation and I will fight until the last breath to save our independence,” he said. “Keep in mind; you will receive a befitting response from here.” Tensions between Pakistan and India, two nuclear-armed countries, have been rising in recent weeks, since a Pakistani based militant… Read on ->

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Tags: India, Kashmir, Pakistan


Syrian Army uncovers large weapons storage with anti-aircraft missiles (video)

Published 2019-03-09 00:24:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large weapons storage in the southern part of Damascus this week. According to reports from southern Damascus, the Syrian military discovered a secret underground storage that was filled with weapons near the town of Yalda. The reports said the weapons included tank and mortar shells, RPG rounds, grenades, U.S.-made anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), and anti-aircraft missiles (MANPADS). The MANPADS were believed to have been seized by the Islamist rebels during the first years of the war. Below is a video from the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Syria


Indian MiG-21 fighter jet goes down near Pakistan border

Published 2019-03-09 00:05:39 by News Desk in World-News

An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 has crashed outside the city of Bikaner, India, about 100 km from the Pakistani border, during a “routine mission,” the Indian military has confirmed. The single-seater plane’s pilot is reported safe, having successfully ejected. The IAF issued an official statement, which reads as follows: “[This] afternoon a MiG-21 aircraft on a routine mission crashed after getting airborne from Nal [Air Base] near Bikaner. Pilot of the aircraft ejected safely. A CoI will investigate the cause of the accident.” The reason for the crash is yet to be established, although one defence official suggested it… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


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