In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis gather at the road leading to Al-Anad base near Aden in the southern province of Lahej, Yemen. The capture of the Al-Anad base was a significant victory for the forces allied to Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in their battle to reverse the gains of Houthis. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)

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Saudi-led Coalition launches large-scale offensive in northern Yemen

Published 2020-03-08 21:52:03 by News Desk in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition has started a military operation against Houthi rebels in the coastal village of Salif, in the western province of Hodeidah, Yemen, Al Arabiya reported on Saturday. It also announced the destruction of Houthi sites that were reportedly used for manufacturing explosive-laden boats and drones in Salif. The coalition asked the civilians in Salif not to approach the targeted sites. In late February, Saudi Air Defence intercepted and destroyed several ballistic missiles launched from Yemen’s capital of Sanaa towards its territory, Saudi media reported. Yemen has been engulfed in an ongoing armed conflict between pro-Saudi forces led by… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen

Syrian military blocks US forces from accessing road in northeast Syria: video

Published 2020-03-08 21:36:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – For the second time in fifteen days, the Syrian Arab Army checkpoint in the Tal Aswad area has blocked a U.S. military patrol. According to reports, the Syrian Army, on March 5th, blocked the U.S. military’s access to the Hasakah-Tal Barak Road, forcing the latter to turn around. The Syrian military was filmed blocking the U.S forces’ access to the highway, confirming the reports that first surfaced a few days.

Tags: Syria, US

Russian electronic warfare caused major problems for Turkish aircraft in Syria: report

Published 2020-03-08 21:13:15 by Nick Leon in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Turkish drones used against the Syrian Armed Forces ran into some major problems during their campaign over northwestern Syria, the Russian publication Avia.Pro said. According to the publication, “Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles demonstrated their complete utter futility in military operations on the territory of Syria due to the powerful electronic suppression by Russian electronic warfare systems.” Citing sources from the Syrian military, the Avia.Pro report said: “the Turkish air force often attacked areas where there were no Syrian military personnel or any other important objects, which, most likely, is due to the incorrect operation… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey

Syria reopens important M-5 Highway to public

Published 2020-03-08 20:37:05 by News Desk in Syria

Syria’s key M5 highway was reopened for civilian use on Sunday after fighting in Idlib clotted this important economic artery linking the capital in the south with Aleppo in the north. The passageway is controlled by the Syrian government forces manning numerous checkpoints between Aleppo and the central-western city of Hama, a Sputnik correspondent said. Many of those travelling along the route now take a turn to Saraqib near the Turkish border after Syrian government forces recaptured it from militants. Small business has been returning to the former flashpoint town. Government troops restored control over the highway in February after… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Syria

US forces surround town in Deir Ezzor: report

Published 2020-03-08 20:05:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Syrian State TV reported on Sunday that the U.S. military encircled a town in the Deir Ezzor Governorate earlier in the day. According to Syria TV, the U.S. military surrounded the town of Al-Basirah in northern Deir Ezzor, as they prevented residents from coming or leaving the area. The official Syrian TV channel, quoting local civil sources in the town, reported that the American forces cordoned off all of Al-Basirah, and prevented the residents from entering and leaving the area. No further details were released about the reason for the U.S. military around the town.

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

Ansarallah forces score large-scale advance as Saudi-backed troops fall back south

Published 2020-03-08 19:58:55 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces scored another big advance in northern Yemen, as their troops managed to capture several areas inside the Al-Jawf Governorate. According to reports from this front, the Ansarallah forces seized several sites, including military camps that belonged to Saudi-backed Islah militia, during their wide-scale advance on Sunday. During this large-scale advance by the Ansarallah forces, the Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched several strikes over the former’s positions, as they attempted to slow their progress. Last week, the Ansarallah forces capture the administrative capital of Al-Jawf, marking the first time in three years that their… Read on ->

Tags: Yemen

Turkish Coast Guard chases after Greek boat in Aegean Sea: video

Published 2020-03-08 19:33:38 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

The Greek government has released a video showing a Turkish Coast Guard boat trailing a Greek Coast Boat in the Aegean Sea. For its part, Turkish media said on Saturday that the video documented moments of the Turkish Coast Guard’s pursuit of a Greek boat that tried to force a group of asylum seekers to return to Turkish territorial waters. Turkish security sources said that the Turkish Coast Guard teams detected an attempt by the Greek side to force a boat carrying asylum seekers to return to the Turkish territorial waters. The sources indicated that the Turkish teams immediately moved… Read on ->

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Tags: Greece, Turkey

Asma Al-Assad attends ceremony for the expansion of children’s cancer hospital

Published 2020-03-08 19:25:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Syria’s First Lady Asma Al-Assad participated in a celebration with the Basma Association regarding the opening of its first expansion at Al-Birouni University Hospital in Damascus within the national plan to control cancer. Asma al-Assad said, “Giving children … all children the best opportunity for life … is a national need and a national duty … and it is the right of every child … so what about children with cancer?” The First Lady was diagnosed with cancer in 2017. She completed chemotherapy treatment in Damascus before the cancer went into remission. The Syrian presidency… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria

Idlib ceasefire does not apply to terrorist groups: expert

Published 2020-03-08 19:03:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed the agreements that were made between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Moscow last week. During an interview with Radio Sputnik’s “Between the Lines” show, Syrian political expert Muhannad Al-Daher expanded on the reasons why President Assad favored this agreement. According to Daher, “this agreement brought about the opening of the main roads for civilians, while the ceasefire between the Syrian and Turkish armies does not apply to armed terrorist groups, which results in the Turkish military withdrawing slowly.” Muhannad al-Daher continued: “The… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Erdogan threatens to use unilateral action if ceasefire in Syria is broken

Published 2020-03-08 18:48:18 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to take unilateral action in Syria’s Idlib if the Russia-brokered ceasefire deal is not adhered to. “If the promises made regarding Operation Spring Shield are not kept, we reserve the right to clean up [the area] using our own methods,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul on Sunday. “If the agreement is violated, we will go strongly after [those who violate it]. We signed this agreement [with Russia] to provide a solution to the crisis in Idlib without further bloodshed. Otherwise, we will continue to walk our own path.” Russia and Turkey… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey

Villagers force US military convoy to turnaround in northeastern Syria: report

Published 2020-03-08 16:39:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – A U.S. military convoy was pelted with stones and blocked from entering a village in northwestern Syria on Saturday, Sham FM reported last night. According to the Sham FM broadcaster, people in al-Kuzliya village in Syria’s al-Hasakeh province did not allow a US military convoy of seven armoured vehicles to enter the village. The people were reported to have thrown several stones at the convoy, forcing it to turn back. On 5 March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held talks in Moscow to discuss the latest escalation of tensions… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Syrian Army uncovers jihadist weapons warehouse in southern Idlib

Published 2020-03-08 16:29:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently uncovered a weapons warehouse that belonged to the jihadist rebels in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the weapons warehouse contained a large stockpile of artillery shells and launchers that were left behind by the jihadists when they withdrew from this area. The Syrian Arab Army has been combing through the southern countryside of Idlib after seizing a large swath of territory from the jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels that once controlled this area. Furthermore, while the ongoing ceasefire in Idlib… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Erdogan calls on Greece to open its border for migrants

Published 2020-03-08 16:16:17 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Greece to “open the gates” to migrants. “Hey Greece! I appeal to you… open the gates as well and be free of this burden. Let them go to other European countries,” President Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul. He added that he will travel to Belgium on Monday for talks with the European Union. “I hope I will return from Belgium with different outcomes,” Erdogan said. The Turkish coast guard said on Saturday that Erdogan had ordered that they bar refugees from crossing the sea border with Greece due to… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

Egyptian intel chief visits Damascus to meet with Syrian counterpart

Published 2020-03-08 00:23:58 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence visited Damascus on Saturday to meet with his Syrian counterpart, a source reported from the Syrian capital. According to the source, the  Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence, Abbas Kamel, visited Damascus last Monday and met with high-ranking officials like Major-General ‘Ali Mamlouk. The source said the visit concentrated on increasing coordination between Syria and Egypt in regards to fighting terrorism and enhancing bilateral ties between Cairo and Damascus. The visit came at the same time that a Libyan delegation made their first official visit to Damascus to… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Egypt, Syria

Senior officer in IRGC killed in northwestern Syria

Published 2020-03-08 00:00:59 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

A senior member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Farhad Dabirian, has been killed in Syria, the Iranian news agency Fars said on Saturday. The media outlet did not provide further details on the death of Dabirian, previously an IRGC commander in the central Syrian city of Palmyra, but described him as a “defender of the Sayida Zainab shrine”, a Shiite holy site near Damascus. Iranian troops deployed abroad are usually designated as the defenders of a particular shrine. In Syria, according to Tehran’s official position, there are only Iranian advisers who provide counselling support to Syrian forces in… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Iran, Syria

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