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US and France to boost Saudi radar systems after Houthi drone strikes

Published 2019-11-24 20:19:05 by News Desk in Gulf

The US and France are planning to undertake steps in order to prevent future attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil refineries by improving the country’s radar network so it can detect incoming threats in a timely manner. The commander of the US forces deployed in the Middle East, General Kenneth McKenzie, stated that the Pentagon is continuing to study the data from the September 2019 attack on Saudi Aramco facilities. Once it understands where the gap in the defences was, the US will start working on fixing it. “We continue to refine information on the attack against [Saudi state oil firm]… Read on ->

Tags: France, Saudi, US, Yemen


Complete map of Syrian War – November update

Published 2019-11-24 19:45:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The month of November witnessed more violence as the Turkish-backed militants launched several attacks across the Al-Raqqa and Al-Hasakah governorates. While little ground has changed hands in these governorates, the Turkish-backed militants were the primary aggressors as they were determined to drive the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) out of the border areas. While the fighting in northeast Syria was arguably the heaviest of the clashes, the battlefronts in northeast Latakia and southeast Idlib also witnessed an increase in intensity. Led by the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has tried to capture the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hasakah, Idlib, Raqqa, Syria


New map of northern Raqqa after Turkish-backed militants launch big offensive

Published 2019-11-24 19:06:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants launched a big offensive in the northern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate this past weekend after several unsuccessful attempts to capture the key Tal Tamr District in northwestern Al-Hasakah. Led by the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA), the Turkish-backed militants stormed the defenses of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the north flank of ‘Ayn ‘Issa. According to a military source in the Al-Raqqa Governorate, the Turkish-backed militants managed to score a quick advance on Saturday after they captured some points north of ‘Ayn ‘Issa. However, their… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria


Netanyahu warns of ‘additional attacks’ by Iran amid recent US buildup in Persian Gulf

Published 2019-11-24 18:16:17 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed during his speech at the opening of a Cabinet meeting on 24 November that Iran is planning “additional attacks”, not only against neighbouring countries, but on its own citizens. The politician didn’t elaborate further on his claims, including which countries are likely to be affected. Instead, he called on the international community to unite in order to put pressure on Iran, which he labelled the “largest terrorist regime in the world”. “I call on all countries around the world that want to achieve peace in our region, and throughout the world in general, to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Iraqi military boosts presence along Syrian border to block ISIS infiltrations

Published 2019-11-24 16:34:32 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

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According to the INA news agency, Iraq is setting up defence structures along the border in the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar. On Friday, a regional representative of Iraqi Kurdistan, which occupies a part of northern Iraq, said that up to 20,000 Daesh fighters still remained in Iraq and Syria. In early November, the US news outlet NBC said that militants from the Daesh terrorist group, following their defeat in Syria, were moving across the border into northern Iraq to rebuild their forces there. The jihadists received a powerful blow last month when Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died in… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Iran plans to build giant naval destroyer

Published 2019-11-24 16:10:29 by News Desk in Iran

The Iranian Navy plans to manufacture a giant destroyer which can navigate in international waters for long journeys. Declaring the plan in his remarks on Sunday, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said his force has developed the ‘Negin’ project to build the new destroyer. He said the new destroyer will weigh between 5,000 to 7,000 tons and will be able to sail in far-distanced areas for quite a long time. The heaviest destroyers being used by the Iranian Naval forces weight nearly 1,300 tons. Iran has made major achievements in manufacturing different weapons and military equipment, especially naval… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Former ISIS fighters join Turkish-backed rebels in northern Syria: monitor

Published 2019-11-24 15:22:36 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – Former Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) have joined the ranks of the Turkish-backed “Syrian National Army” (SNA) in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday. In the SOHR report, they identify several ex-ISIS members that have since joined the SNA in their ongoing offensive against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northeastern Syria. According to SOHR, some of these ex-ISIS members had actually fought with groups like the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Al-Farouq Brigades before joining the Islamic State. The detailed report goes in-depth on the… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Syrian Army, SDF troops still in full control of Ayn Issa

Published 2019-11-24 14:11:49 by News Desk in Syria

The Arabic-language al-Ahad news website quoted an SDF source as saying that the aforementioned force and the Syrian Arab Army are in full control of the town of ‘Ayn ‘Issa, despite some claims by opposition media activists. “The clashes are still going on in the northern countryside of this region,” the source added. It noted that all residents of ‘Ayn ‘Issa refugee camp had been transferred to the safe zone. This comes as the Western media had previously reported heavy attacks by the Turkish Army troops against the Syrian Army’s positions in Raqqa. The Turkish Army in its most recent… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, SDF, Syria


Israel seeks help from son of ex-Syrian president to find Eli Cohen’s remains

Published 2019-11-24 14:01:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The Mossad has reached out to the son of ex-Syrian president Amin Al-Hafiz to help find the body of the Israeli spy Eli Cohen, Israel National News reported on Sunday, citing the New Zealand news site Newshub. According to the report, the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service [NZSIS] and the Mossad contacted Khaled Al-Hafez, the son of Amin Al-Hafez, to help find the remains of Eli Cohen in Syria. Khaled, who moved to Auckland, New Zealand as a refugee, said he cooperated with the New Zealand Intelligence Service and the Mossad. “I was cooperating with… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Russian, Syrian jets hammer southeast Idlib as SAA troops advance

Published 2019-11-24 13:39:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces carried out several airstrikes over the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Sunday. According to a military report from the Hama Governorate, the Russian and Syrian air forces carried out several strikes near the main battle front in the southeastern part of Idlib. These airstrikes reportedly paved the way for the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces) to advance at the town of Musharifah Al-Shmaliyah. A source near the battlefront told Al-Masdar that the Syrian Army captured the town after the main defensive… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iraqi Air Force wipes out entire ISIS base in Salaheddine

Published 2019-11-24 12:41:15 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Iraqi Air Force carried out a strategic attack on Sunday that targeted an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) base in the Salaheddine District. According to a military statement on Sunday, an “Iraqi F-16 aircraft carried out an airstrike that resulted in the destruction of a hideout belonging ISIS gangs within the Salaheddine Governorate. The military statement said that the Iraqi Air Force’s attack resulted in the death of several terrorists and the destruction of the ISIS base. In December of 2017, Iraq declared the liberation of its entire territory from the grip of the Islamic State… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Salaheddine


Syrian Army attacks jihadist forces in northeast Latakia: video

Published 2019-11-24 12:32:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their attacks against the jihadist forces in northeastern Latakia this past week, as their 4th Division hammered the terrorist positions around the town of Kabani. In a video posted this past weekend, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) can be seen firing rockets towards the jihadist defenses in the Kabani area of northeastern Latakia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryCaQAiAUH4

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Tags: Latakia, Syria


Armenians were ‘nomads’ and ‘immigrants’ before statehood in 1991: Erdogan

Published 2019-11-24 12:13:34 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated during his visit to Washington D.C. earlier this month that Armenians were ‘nomads’ and ‘immigrants’ before achieving statehood in 1991. “Armenia is a state of yesterday only,” Erdogan began. “They declared their independence and became a state in 1991. Before that, in different locations, they were nomads and immigrants.” Erdogan’s comments were directed at a U.S. audience following the U.S. House of Representatives vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The Turkish President vehemently denies that nearly 2 million Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks were killed by the Ottoman… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Erdogan


US occupation of Syria’s oil fields is ‘legal’ under international law: envoy

Published 2019-11-24 11:52:49 by News Desk in Syria

Washington is not doing anything illegal by securing oil fields in Syria, US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey told reporters on Friday. “I have every belief that it is legal under international law”, Jeffrey said responding to whether he considers the US seizing the oil in the Arab republic legal under international law. “We are doing nothing illegal, the SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] is continuing to work and control the fields as in the past, we will facilitate that work as part of our overall strategy towards Syria”. Jeffrey also said that the US military will continue to… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Syrian Army, SDF troops at the mercy of Turkish warplanes as militants attempt to advance

Published 2019-11-24 11:27:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been forced to fend off the Turkish-backed militants in northern Syria while coming under attack by Turkish drones. These Turkish drones have managed to cause heavy casualties within the ranks of the Syrian Army and SDF, as the latter two forces do not have air defense equipment deployed to these fronts. According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Army has been ordered to stand their ground against the Turkish-backed militants in the ‘Ayn ‘Issa (Al-Raqqa) and Tal Tamr (Al-Hasakah) districts of northern… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria


Large Russian transport ship heads to Syria with tanks and armored vehicles: photos

Published 2019-11-24 11:08:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – A large Russian landing ship from the Russian Black Sea Fleet has entered Mediterranean waters after transiting the Bosphorus Strait, the Turkish maritime observer Yoruk Isik reported this week. According to Isik, the large landing ship, Azov 151, was spotted crossing the Bosphorus Strait for the Mediterranea. As pointed out after taking several pictures of the ship, it was likely carrying several tanks and armored personnel carriers (APC). https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1198233035965116416   This is the third time Azov has gone to Syria in the last two months and the fifth during the year. The Black Sea Fleet… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army captures town in southeastern Idlib

Published 2019-11-24 10:49:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to retake the town of Musharifah Shmaliyah in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to reports from the front, the Syrian Army took control of Musharifah Al-Shmaliyah following a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. This latest advance by the Syrian Arab Army comes a week after they had initially captured Musharifah Al-Shmaliyah from the jihadist rebels. However, following a couple of counter-attacks at Musharifah Al-Shmaliyah, the jihadist rebels were reportedly able to reclaim the town from the Syrian Arab Army’s… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US military destroys ships attempting to smuggle oil to Syrian gov’t territories

Published 2019-11-24 10:34:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The U.S. military reportedly attacked four tanker ferries on Saturday that were attempting to smuggle oil from the SDF-held areas in eastern Syria to the Syrian government territories. According to local reports, the U.S. warplanes targeted these ferries while they were traveling through the southern region of Syria’s Euphrates River Valley. The reports said the U.S. military managed to destroy the four ferries before they could reach their intended destination, resulting in a number of explosions that were heard in the Euphrates River Valley. The total number of casualties are still unknown at this time…. Read on ->

Tags: Oil, Syria, US


Israeli attack caused heavy damaged on Syria’s air defenses in Damascus: report

Published 2019-11-24 10:04:04 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attack on southern Damascus last Tuesday caused heavy damage to the Syrian military’s air defenses around the capital city, a new report said on Saturday. According to the Within Syria Blog Twitter account, the Israeli attack managed to destroy six pieces of air defense equipment, including a ZSU-23-5 Shilka SPAAG. https://twitter.com/WithinSyriaBlog/status/1197984239515578368?s=20 Furthermore, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported that the destruction of these air defense systems was likely due to the alleged cruise missile attack by the Israeli Navy. “As several sources pointed out about the night attack, Israeli fighters destroyed… Read on ->

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Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria


Turkey, Russia to setup more observation posts inside Syria

Published 2019-11-24 09:26:33 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkey and Russia may come to agreement in coming days on setting up observation posts in Syria, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in an interview with the Qatari Al Jazeera TV Channel on Saturday. “I believe that the [joint Russian-Turkish] patrols will be even more successful and useful in coming days,” the Anadolu news agency quoted the defense minister as saying. “We continue taking efforts for establishing full ceasefire so that people in the region can return to normal and calm life. In this regard, we are carrying our necessary coordination with Russia in the specific areas [of Syria]…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Watch: Russian military tests newly-modified missile defense system

Published 2019-11-24 09:10:16 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 A.M.) – The Russian military tested their newly-modified Iskander missile defense system, Russia Today reported on Saturday. RT would later release a video of the Russian military testing the Iskander missile after it completed its modifications. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2enlM3LKjo Some more information about the Iskander system via Army Technology: “The Iskander (Nato: SS-26 Stone) is a tactical ballistic missile system being manufactured by the Federal State Unitary Enterprise, Design Bureau of Machine Building, for the Russian ground forces. Iskander missiles were first test fired in 1996. The Russian Army acquired the Iskander-M extended-range ballistic missile system in 2006. The… Read on ->

Tags: Iskander, Russia


About 500 US soldiers remain in Syria to counter ISIS: CENTCOM

Published 2019-11-24 08:54:06 by News Desk in Syria

US Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie stated Saturday that some 500 US personnel still remained in eastern Syria in order to take part in the upcoming anti-Daesh operation in the region. US President Donald Trump announced early in October his intention to bring the US troops stationed in Syria “back home,” though weeks later the US announced they it would keep a small number of troops in the area to “protect the oil fields.” The decision was made amid another noteworthy occasion – the death of former Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who blew himself up along with two… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Turkish-backed militants suffer heavy losses in failed Raqqa offensive against SAA, SDF troops: video

Published 2019-11-24 08:37:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants launched a big offensive in the northern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate on Saturday. Led by the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA), the Turkish-backed militants began their offensive on Saturday by storming several points under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of ‘Ayn ‘Issa. Despite some initial advances near ‘Ayn ‘Issa, the Turkish-backed militants were eventually beaten back by the Syrian Army and SDF troops after an intense battle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2V8fLMpJVA According to a military source in northern Syria, the Syrian Army and… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria


Hezbollah is preparing for major confrontation with Israel: media

Published 2019-11-24 08:15:45 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – Hezbollah is preparing its forces for a major confrontation with Israel in the near future, the Ynet news site reported on Saturday. Citing military sources, the publication said Hezbollah has taken final steps to ensure that their forces are prepared for this confrontation with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The newspaper reported that Hezbollah tried to shoot down an Israeli plane, and that its troops returned from Syria with sophisticated weaponry, pointing out that the Israeli northern command did not rule out the possibility of an attack against Israel that would divert attention from the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


OPCW modified chemical weapons report on Syria’s Douma had crucial details omitted: Wikileaks

Published 2019-11-24 06:40:16 by News Desk in Syria

Three countries – the United States, the United Kingdom and France – carried out airstrikes against Syrian government targets, justifying their assault by claiming that the chemical weapons were allegedly used by the Syrian Army. Wikileaks revealed that the OPCW’s redacted version of the so-called fact-finding report on Douma’s events had been intentionally doctored, misrepresenting the facts that the investigation team found on the ground in Syria after Western powers have attacked Syria. According to the whistleblower organization, citing an e-mail sent by a member of an OPCW fact-finding mission to Syria to his superiors, this misrepresentation was achieved by… Read on ->

Tags: Douma, OPCW, Syria


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