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Venezuelan military on high alert after Maduro accuses opposition of planned assassination

Published 2019-04-04 21:25:34 by News Desk in World-News

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has put the country’s military on alert because of a plot by the opposition to assassinate him that was exposed, and called on militia units to join the pro-government armed forces known as colectivos, the Venezuelan leader said in a phone interview with Venezolana de Television TV. “I know about their criminal plans – those who lead the opposition – their plans to kill me,” Maduro specified. According to him, because of this, “the country’s military units have been put on alert” and a decision was made to beef up “intelligence and counterintelligence activities.” Maduro said… Read on ->

Tags: Guaido, Maduro, Venezuela


Libyan National Army advances towards Tripoli after seizing new town

Published 2019-04-04 21:13:14 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Haftar-led Libyan National Army scored an important advance on Thursday, seizing a town just 100km south of the capital city of Tripoli. According to reports, the Libyan National Army seized the town of Ghariyan after a short battle with the Tripoli-backed Government of National Accord forces. The developments signified a serious escalation of the conflict in Libya that has dragged on since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. “We fully control Gharyan and right now as we speak I’m driving through the town,” Abdelsalam al-Hassi, commander of the operation to secure western Libya,… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Tripoli


Satellite images reveal aftermath of the Israeli attack on Aleppo

Published 2019-04-04 18:48:45 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Israel-based Image Satellite International company released several satellite photos on Thursday that revealed the aftermath of the Israeli attack on Aleppo city last week. In the first satellite photo, Image Sat Intl. shows one of the hangars and buildings in Aleppo’s Sheikh Najjar District that were targeted by the Israeli warplanes on the night of March 27th. https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1113767218142167041 In the second and third satellite images, ISI shows up close photos of the two sites in Sheikh Najjar that were bombed on that night. https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1113767239117885440 The last two satellite images geolocate some of the photos… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Syria


Russian military not ruling out more troops to Venezuela amid increased tensions with US

Published 2019-04-04 16:00:04 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Deputy Foreign Minister of Venezuela, Ivan Gil, stated on Thursday that his nation does not rule out the arrival of more Russian military personnel. According to Gil, the Venezuelan government has not ruled out the deployment of more Russian military personnel as part of an agreement with Moscow. “The group of military specialists is (in Venezuela) in the context of our agreements and contracts for military-technical cooperation,” Interfax quoted Gil as saying. Gil also said Russian forces will stay in Venezuela as long as needed, and that there is no set period for their… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Venezuela


Khabib’s next UFC fight could be in Abu Dhabi

Published 2019-04-04 10:02:05 by News Desk in World-News

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said he was in talks over headlining a fight night in Abu Dhabi this September, during an interview in Moscow on Tuesday. “We’re working on this. UFC told me that they are working on this. I just came back from Dubai and very soon news is coming. Very soon,” Nurmagomedov told reporters after an event at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. He also seemed to confirm that his opponent would be the winner of the upcoming Max Holloway-Dustin Poirier UFC 236 main fight. Asked who he would prefer to face, Khabib said it would… Read on ->

Tags: Khabib, UFC


British jets scramble to monitor Russian bombers

Published 2019-04-04 09:40:30 by News Desk in World-News

According to the Royal Air Force, two Tupolev Tu-160 long-range bombers were in the UK area of interest. The UK’s Typhoon aircraft were scrambled on Wednesday from RAF Lossiemouth airbase in Scotland to monitor two Russian bombers that were in the UK area of interest, a Royal Air Force spokesman told TASS. “We can confirm that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers [NATO’s classification for the Tupolev Tu-160 long-range bomber – TASS] while they were in the UK area of interest. At no point did the Russian aircraft enter UK territorial… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, UK


Breaking: Netanyahu considers reoccupation of Gaza as potential option to ongoing conflict

Published 2019-04-04 09:33:09 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – Israel is not ruling out the reoccupation of the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told KAN News on Thursday morning. “All the options are still on the table, including entering Gaza and occupying it, out of consideration of what is best for Israel,” he said, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post. “But that is the last option and not the first,” he continued. Israel previously withdrew from the Gaza Strip in August of 2005 as part of then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s policy to ease tensions. However, despite the withdrawal, a major conflict… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, Palestine


Russian Air Force completely obliterates jihadist command center in Idlib (VIDEO)

Published 2019-04-04 08:26:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force carried out a strategic attack over the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday morning. According to sources in Damascus, the Russian Air Force’s attack on Wednesday targeted several sites in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of Idlib. Among the targets for the Russian Air Force were a command-and-control center and communications base in the rural Idlib town of Tal Al-Nabi. Below is a video showing the moment a Russian bomb hit the command-and-control center for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham: Typically, the Russian Air Force bombs Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in northwestern… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Mysterious helicopter opens fire on Venezuelan protesters

Published 2019-04-04 07:55:58 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – An unidentified helicopter was reportedly seen opening fire on a group of protesters in the city of Cabimas in the Zulia state on Tuesday, the TASS News Agency reported. Citing footage from VPI TV, the TASS News Agency reported that the helicopter opened fire on the crowd of protesters, resulting in the mass dispersion of the people as they sought shelter from the gunfire. No information was released regarding the casualties. Earlier, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called upon his supporters to protest the frequent power outages and water supply disruptions in the country. The… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Russia returns the remains of an Israeli soldier killed during the Lebanese Civil War

Published 2019-04-04 07:29:04 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Russian Federation retrieved and returned the body of an Israeli soldier that was killed during the Lebanese Civil War. According to Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the remains of Sgt. Maj. Zachary Baumel was returned to Israel after his death 37 years ago. The remains of Sgt. Maj. Zachary Baumel, who was killed in the battle of Sultan Yaqub in eastern Lebanon some 37 years ago. The Israeli soldier was killed during the fierce battle for Sultan Yaqoub, which ended in the Israeli Defense Forces’ retreat and an imperative victory for the Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


Israeli F-35 jets bombed Aleppo after flying through 2 Arab countries: report

Published 2019-04-04 02:59:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 A.M.) – The Israeli Air Force bombed Syria’s Aleppo Governorate after passing through two neighboring Arab countries, MilitaryArms.Ru reported on April 1st, citing the Israeli Debka publication. According to the report, the Israeli F-35 stealth fighters entered eastern Syria from western Iraq on the night of March 27th. Prior to entering Iraqi airspace, the Israeli F-35s allegedly traveled from their home base to neighboring Jordan, the Debka report stated. Once the Israeli Air Force reached the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian air defense units allegedly fired its newly acquired S-300 missiles towards the enemy aircraft. However, the Debka… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


US threatens to counter Russia over military deployment Venezuela

Published 2019-04-04 00:37:09 by News Desk in World-News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated during an interview with journalist Hugh Hewitt that the US will be combating Russian influence in the western hemisphere in light of its recent actions in Venezuela. “You know the history of how Russia moves around. You know the history of Russia’s efforts here in the Western Hemisphere. Sadly, the previous administration allowed the Russians to have influence in Cuba and other places throughout the Western Hemisphere. We are very focused on pushing back against that”, he said. The secretary of state alleged that Russian efforts are directed not only at Venezuela, but also at other South American states as well, such as Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil,… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US, Venezuela


Syrian Army launches heavy attack on jihadist stronghold in northeastern Latakia

Published 2019-04-04 00:20:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy attack on the jihadist positions in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Wednesday. Using surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division repeatedly struck Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions inside the key town of Kabbani in the Jabal Al-Akrad region of Latakia. According to a military source in Latakia city, the Syrian Army pounded Kabbani and its surrounding hilltops for over an hour; this resulted in heavy damage to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s defenses. Wednesday’s attack by the Syrian Arab Army on Latakia… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


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