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US warship seizes Venezuelan vessel in southwestern Pacific

Published 2020-04-29 21:01:09 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – A U.S. naval warship seized a Venezuelan vessel that was sailing in the southwestern Pacific this week, the U.S. Coast Guard reported on Tuesday. According to a tweet from the Coast Guard, their ship seized a Venezuelan fishing vessel over suspicions that it was taking part in the illegal narcotics trade. The Venezuelan vessel was reportedly sailing in the Pacific when the U.S. Coast approached the boat near El Salvador’s territorial waters. https://twitter.com/USCGPacificSW/status/1255255425823453189?s=20 No further details have been released.

Tags: US, Venezuela


Over 80 Lebanese soldiers wounded as protests rage across the country

Published 2020-04-29 20:40:13 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Lebanese ARmy announced on Wednesday that 81 soldiers were wounded during the renewed protests in various Lebanese governorates. The army leadership said in a statement that their forces continued to carry out their mission to maintain security and stability during the popular demonstrations in various Lebanese cities. As a result of the demonstration that took place at Al-Nour Square in Tripoli, 50 soldiers were wounded, including six officers. The army units in the aforementioned area arrested 19 people for throwing explosives and stones at the patrol members, and sparking riots, burning banks and a… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon


ISIS terrorist claims he received training in Turkey before going to Iraq

Published 2020-04-29 20:11:52 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Central Investigation Court of the Presidency released a statement on Wednesday that said two Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists were captured in military operations in Baghdad and Al-Anbar. The statement by the Iraqi judiciary said, “The first suspect confessed to belonging to the ISIS terrorist gangs, and detonated several explosive devices against the Iraqi Armed Forces.” “The terrorist received administrative and military training courses in Turkey before starting his actions in Iraq,” the Iraqi judiciary said. The statement indicated that “the second terrorist confessed before the investigating judge of his ISIS affiliation and the setting… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Turkey


US military aircraft spotted near Russian bases along Syrian coast: report

Published 2020-04-29 19:45:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – On Wednesday, a U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft carried out a new reconnaissance flight over the eastern part of the Mediterranean, where the Russian Hmeimim and Tartous bases are located. According to reports, the plane set out from the Sigonella base in Sicily, and conducted a reconnaissance flight along the Syrian coast. In the area of ​​the Russian bases, the plane flew as close as 25 kilometres west of the Syrian coast before it circled back. The U.S. P-8 aircraft was seen earlier near the Cypriot coast, but has since approached Syrian airspace. Earlier this month,… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Turkish-backed Libyan forces attack LNA weapons convoy

Published 2020-04-29 19:32:36 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord forces spokesman, Mohamed Qanunu, announced that the GNA had carried out combat raids in Wadi Morsit on the road between Qurayyat and Nasma. Qanunu explained that the targeted convoy consisted of a truck loaded with ammunition accompanied by four trucks carrying ammunition that were on their way to supply the Libyan National Army (LNA) troops south of Tripoli. The LNA has yet to comment on this latest attack by the Government of National Accord forces. This latest attack by the GNA comes just two days after the LNA commander,… Read on ->

Tags: GNA, Libya, LNA


Syria may purchase Belarusian missile system: report

Published 2020-04-29 19:09:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian military may purchase a Belarusian missile system to replace their current Russian Grad rockets, Avia.Pro reported on Wednesday. According to the publication, the Syrian military may acquire the Belarusian Flute system, which they claim will be an upgrade from their current Grads. “Syrian military experts are actively discussing the possibility of acquiring a large batch of Belarusian Flute multiple launch rocket systems, intending to replace the Russian Grad multiple-launch rocket systems with them,” Avia.Pro said. “According to a number of sources, in comparison with Grad, Belarusian Flutes have a much larger range and… Read on ->

Tags: Belarus, Syria


Never before seen footage of Ansarallah forces destroying multiple enemy vehicles in Yemen

Published 2020-04-29 18:34:15 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces released a new video on Wednesday that showed their field operations across Yemen. In the three-minute-long video released on their YouTube channel, the Ansarallah forces showcase several attacks that they carried out against the Arab Coalition and pro-government troops. The video footage specifically shows the Ansarallah forces targeting enemy vehicles being hit by their anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) in several areas of Yemen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldgPmgYvSp0 The Ansarallah forces have been involved in a series of intense battles in the Al-Jawf, Marib, and Al-Bayda governorates of Yemen, despite the United Nations’ call for a… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


US Sec. of State claims multiple Chinese labs are producing contagious pathogens

Published 2020-04-29 17:57:20 by News Desk in World-News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that he believes multiple laboratories exist in China that are working on contagious pathogens under “unknown security conditions”. The US top diplomat also complained that the world was not given access to a virology institute in Wuhan, China, where the pandemic started. “There are multiple labs that are continuing to conduct work, we think, on contagious pathogens inside of China today. And we don’t know if they are operating at a level of security to prevent this [pandemic] from happening again. Remember this isn’t the first time that we’ve had a virus… Read on ->

Tags: China, Pompeo, US


US military aircraft returns to eastern Mediterranean after incident with Russian Air Force

Published 2020-04-29 16:54:43 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – A U.S. spy plane was tracked in the eastern Mediterranean on Wednesday, following a turbulent week in which the Russian Air Force intercepted two American aircraft near Syrian airspace. According to Intel Sky, a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance plane was spotted east of Cyprus, as it was flying between the aforementioned country and western Syria. https://twitter.com/Intel_Sky/status/1255442770082369536?s=20 The purpose of the flight is not known; however, the U.S. P-8 Poseidon has often flown this route in the eastern Mediterranean. Last week, a Russian Su-35 jet took off from the Hmeimim Airbase in Latakia to intercept… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Persian Gulf region belongs to Iran: IRGC commander

Published 2020-04-29 16:15:36 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – “The Persian Gulf belongs to Iran and no one can falsify its name,” Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander, Ali Reza Tungsiri said, stressing that Iran has no imperialistic ambitions in the region. Tungsiri said during a television interview, on the occasion of the “Persian Gulf Day”, that “Bahrain was part of Iranian territory until 1970, and Kuwait or Kut means the place of setting up rare tents in Persian,” saying that “this is evidence that the area was called this since ancient times.” He said “no one can change its name,” noting that “all… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC


Nearly 2,000 Syrian mercenaries have fled Libya for Europe: monitor

Published 2020-04-29 14:30:28 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Nearly 2,000 Turkish-backed Syrian militants that were transported to Libya over the last five months have fled the North African nation for Europe, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Wednesday. “Some of the 2,000 Syrian fighters who were transported to Libya to fight with the UN-supported National Accord Government (GNA) against its competitor Khalifa Haftar have in fact fled to Europe, according to the Libyan National Army (LNA) from Haftar,” the monitor said. SOHR first reported Syrian mercenaries fleeing Libya for Italy in February, and since then, several reports have surfaced that… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria


Walid Jumblatt accuses Syrian gov’t of promoting issues between people of Daraa and Sweida

Published 2020-04-29 14:06:28 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The head of the Progressive Socialist Party and former Lebanese minister of parliament, Walid Jumblatt, attacked Syria via Twitter this week, accusing them of sowing discord between the people of Sweida and Dara’a. Jumblatt wrote in his tweet, saying: “To the people in Jabal Al-Arab, I appeal to you and warn you of the system of hatred (reference to Syrian government) and discord that masterminds the dispute with the people of Dara’a and is supported by agents organized by Israeli intelligence.” Jumblatt added: “Do not be dragged into the game of nations, reject rumors and… Read on ->

Tags: Jumblatt, Lebanon, Syria


Several European fighter jets intercept Russian bombers over Baltic

Published 2020-04-29 13:44:51 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – A number of European fighter jets took off from their respective countries on Wednesday to intercept two Russian bombers over the Baltic Sea. “Two Tu-160 strategic bombers of Russia’s Aerospace Forces have performed their scheduled flight over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. At some stages of the route the Russian planes were escorted by fighter jets F-18 of the Finnish Air Force, F-16 of the Danish Air Force, F-16 of Poland and Saab JAS 39 Gripen of Sweden’s Air Force,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday. The ministry report said that the… Read on ->

Tags: Europe, Russia


Jihadists confront Turkish Army in west Aleppo, block them from entering town

Published 2020-04-29 13:14:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – Tensions are rising between the Turkish Army and jihadist rebels in northwestern Syria, following another confrontation along a key roadway. According to opposition reports, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the largest jihadist group in Syria, blocked a Turkish military convoy from entering the stronghold of Daret ‘Izza in the western countryside of Aleppo. The jihadists reportedly confronted the Turkish military convoy and refused to allow them access to the road leading into Daret ‘Izza; thus, blocking the Turkish Army from completing their scheduled patrol. This latest report comes just a few days after Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


Turkey calls on world to stop Libya’s Haftar from ‘establishing military dictatorship’

Published 2020-04-29 12:15:23 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday regarding the announcement by the Libyan National Army (LNA) commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, about leaving the Skhirat agreement, stressing that it is a trend “to establish a military dictatorship in Libya.” “Hafter’s announcement of his withdrawal from the political agreement and his transfer of power in the country confirms his unwillingness to resolve the Libyan crisis through political dialogue,” the foreign ministry said, adding “Hafter’s statements show his goals for establishing a military dictatorship in Libya.” The statement called on the international community “to respond… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya


Iran warns US will ‘receive stronger slap’ if they launch attack

Published 2020-04-29 11:48:57 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces, Abu al-Fadl Shukharji, said that the U.S. forces would receive “a stronger slap than before if they launched the slightest assault on Iranian territorial waters and the interests of the Iranian people.” In a statement he made to Iranian TV on Tuesday evening, Brigadier General Shukarji said, “The countries of the Persian Gulf region are able to provide security in them, but our question is that what are the Americans looking for in this region and what are their warships, their planes and combat units doing in this… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US


New Russian Armata tank had ‘many problems’ in Syria: Chinese media

Published 2020-04-29 11:13:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – In a report released this week, the China-based Sina News Agency slammed the new Russian T-14 Armata tank’s performance in Syria, claiming the armored vehicle had “many problems.” “The Russians are hosting the show again. Recently, the Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov announced that the Armata tank is already participating in real battles on the Syrian battlefield,” the publication began. “Under these conditions, the combat effectiveness of the main battle tank of the new generation T-14 Armata was tested, and many ‘problems’ were found. The actual combat conditions promoted by the… Read on ->

Tags: Armata, Russia


Massive US military convoy heads to Syria’s largest oil field

Published 2020-04-29 10:35:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – A massive U.S. military convoy, consisting of hundreds of vehicles, was reportedly seen last night heading to Syria’s largest oil field, which is currently under the control of the American-led Coalition in eastern Deir Ezzor. According to the reports, a few hundred U.S. military vehicles entered eastern Syria from neighboring Iraq before making their way to the Al-‘Umar Oil Field in the eastern region of the Deir Ezzor Governorate. Some of the reports said the U.S. convoy was transporting military and logistical equipment to their main base in Syria, which is located at the Al-‘Umar… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Gulf will remain Persian forever, won’t become Washington or New York: Rouhani

Published 2020-04-29 10:14:35 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country had succeeded in ensuring the security of the Gulf waters, stressing that “it will remain Persian forever, not the Gulf of Washington or New York.” Rouhani’s comments came in what is known in Tehran as the “Persian Gulf Day” In this context, Abu al-Fadl Shukarji, a spokesman for the Iranian armed forces, told state television that “the United States will receive a stronger blow than before if it attacks the Iranian waters and the interests of our people in the Gulf waters,” considering that Trump’s threat to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Rouhani


Chinese Navy expels US warship from territorial waters

Published 2020-04-29 08:56:59 by News Desk in World-News

A US warship was “expelled” from disputed South China Sea waters after Beijing’s navy scrambled fighter jets and naval assets to escort it away, accusing Washington of “provocative” actions at sea. The USS Barry, a guided missile destroyer, “trespassed” into Beijing’s territorial waters near the disputed Xisha Islands – also known as the Paracel Islands – on Tuesday, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy said in a statement. The incident marks the first time the navy “actively announced” an illegal trespass in the area, according to the Global Times. “The US’ provocative actions seriously violated international law and related norms,… Read on ->

Tags: China, US


New details about Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000: newspaper

Published 2020-04-29 08:41:51 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – An Israel-based newspaper revealed on Tuesday new details about the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000. According to Haaretz, despite the lapse of twenty years since the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, they have learned the real reasons behind this withdrawal. The newspaper reported that twenty years after the Israeli unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon, there  was still a deep wound in the hearts of the Israelis. The publication emphasized that among the reasons that prompted Israel to leave Lebanon was the difficulty of finding a safe area in southern Lebanon for their military, along… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon


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