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Turkey, Russia agree on final details on Idlib ceasefire, patrols to begin Monday

Published 2020-03-13 22:57:53 by News Desk in Syria

Turkey and Russia have agreed on the details of a ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib region after four days of talks in Ankara, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday. Joint patrols along a key highway will begin on Sunday as planned, Reuters quoted Akar as saying. Ankara and Moscow, which back opposing sides in Syria’s war, agreed on March 5 to halt hostilities in the country’s northwest. Under the agreement, Turkish and Russian forces will carry out joint patrols along the M4 highway linking Syria’s east and west, and establish a security corridor on either side of it. A Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US deploys 2 aircraft carriers to Middle East amid heightened tensions with Iran

Published 2020-03-13 22:53:44 by News Desk in Iran

The United States will continue operating two aircraft carriers in the Middle East for the first time in nearly a decade amid a dramatic spike in tensions with Iran, US Central Command (CENTCOM) commander Kenneth McKenzie told reporters on Friday. “I have asked and the Secretary has granted my request to continue to operate two aircraft carriers strike groups in the region, which is the first period of extended dual US carrier operations in the US Central Command since we believe, around 2012”, McKenzie said. The commander also noted that the Pentagon is still “some days away” from activating the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Iraq, US


US releases footage of attack against Kataib Hezbollah

Published 2020-03-13 22:38:46 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 P.M.) – The U.S. Central Command released footage on Friday of their attack on some Kataib Hezbollah installations in Iraq last night. In the video, the U.S. showcases their “defensive strikes”, which were supposed to severely weaken Kataib Hezbollah’s capabilities inside Iraq and Syria. https://twitter.com/CENTCOM/status/1238444869108015104?s=20 The total number of Kataib Hezbollah is still unknown. The U.S. Central Command said last night’s attack was carried out in retaliation for the 15 rockets that were fired at the Taji Base in Iraq.

Tags: Iraq


Turkey seeks to make Idlib ceasefire permanent: video

Published 2020-03-13 22:16:15 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar gave a statement in Ankara on Friday about the conclusion of ceasefire talks with Russia. The talks held in Turkey came after an agreement was reached between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan on March 5th in Moscow. At the end of a week of negotiations, Akar said that key documents have been signed regarding the ceasefire. “The first implementation of [the ceasefire] will be seen on the M4 highway on the fifteenth of the month with a joint patrol. Join coordination centers will then be established and activities will be managed together with these… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


US carries out powerful attack against Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah

Published 2020-03-13 21:06:50 by News Desk in Iraq

The US military conducted retaliatory airstrikes across Iraq, targeting facilities of the Kataib Hezbollah, attempting to destroy weapons allegedly used by Iran-backed militias against coalition forces. The US Department of Defence said in a statement that Thursday’s strikes were “defensive, proportional, and in direct response” to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups. Kataib Hezbollah has yet to issue a statement regarding losses; however, several observers have questioned some of the sites that were targeted, claiming they may not have actually been military targets. On Wednesday evening, the U.S. Coalition reported heavy rocket fire on the Taji Base, resulting in the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq


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