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US unlikely to withdraw from Al-Tanf region: report

Published 2019-01-14 22:51:10 by News Desk in Syria

The US is unlikely to hand over its military bases in northern Syria near Turkey’s borders to anyone, as the transfer of the bases in the vicinity of its NATO ally would compromise Washington’s relations either with Turkey or with Russia, Mahmoud Afandi, a representative of Astana platform of the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Tanf, US


New satellite images show aftermath of Israeli strikes on Damascus (PHOTOS)

Published 2019-01-14 22:13:44 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Image Satellite International company released before-and-after images on Monday of the Israeli attack on a Damascus warehouse that took place over the weekend. As shown in the photos below, the images displayed a weapons warehouse that stored a number of missiles: https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1084872828833411072 The Israeli… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria


Funeral held for Saudi-backed military intelligence chief killed by drone

Published 2019-01-14 21:11:24 by News Desk in Yemen

A funeral was held for the Chief of Military Intelligence in Yemen’s Saudi-backed government, Mohammad Saleh Tamah, who succumbed to his wounds after last week’s drone attack on a military parade, in the southern port city of Aden on Monday. Commander of the Emergency Forces in the Interior Ministry in… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen


Turkey, US discuss implementing no fly-zone over northern Syria

Published 2019-01-14 20:16:51 by News Desk in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump discussed by phone the creation of a security zone in northern Syria “based on the principles of the country’s territorial integrity”, according to a statement by a Turkish official. “Our president held phone talks with his American counterpart Donald Trump. They discussed bilateral relations and events in Syria,” Erdogan’s… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey, US


Breaking: Syrian Army launches heavy attack in northern Hama

Published 2019-01-14 19:39:22 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a powerful attack in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate, today, after the Islamist rebels fired several artillery shells towards the government stronghold of Mhardeh. Led by their Republican Guard and 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Jordanian King meets with Iraqi PM in first visit in decade

Published 2019-01-14 19:04:57 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast

Jordanian King Abdullah II was welcomed by Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad on Monday, in what constitutes his first trip to Iraq in more than a decade. The Jordanian monarch also met with Iraqi President Barham Saleh and discussed bilateral ties. Jordanian King Abdullah II’s last trip was… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Jordan


Libyan State Council issues call to cut ties with Lebanon after flag burning

Published 2019-01-14 17:58:29 by News Desk in Lebanon, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Libyan State Council issued a call to cut ties with Lebanon on Monday after members of Amal Movement burnt the Libyan national flag at the headquarters of the planned Arab Economic Summit in Beirut. According to the Sputnik News Agency, the Libyan State Council… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Libya


New map of Idlib shows jihadists in control of key airbase

Published 2019-01-14 17:40:07 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Last week, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham took control of the strategic Taftanaz Airbase after the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front agreed to surrender the military installation. The Taftanaz Airbase had been under the control of the National Liberation Front for quite a while… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


‘We will expel from Syria every last Iranian boot’ – US diplomat to Hariri

Published 2019-01-14 17:20:02 by News Desk in Lebanon, Iran, Syria

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri met with the US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, while in the presence of the US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard and Minister Ghattas Khoury at his residency in Beirut on Monday. After the meeting, David Hale delivered the following statement: “Secretary Pompeo… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Lebanon, Syria


Iraq calls on Arab League to restore Syria’s membership

Published 2019-01-14 17:08:36 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Iraq’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Al-Hakim stated on Monday that his government is in support of restoring Syria’s membership in the Arab League. During a press conference following his meeting with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in Baghdad, Al-Hakim told reporters that his government supports Syria’s… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Syrian minister reveals level of damage from Israeli attack on Damascus

Published 2019-01-14 16:56:32 by News Desk in Syria

Syrian Minister of Transport Ali Hamud said on 14 January that the latest airstrike by Israeli jets in the Arab Republic damaged not only service buildings at Damascus International Airport, but also several planes, rendering them useless. “The shrapnel damaged wings of several jets. As you know, fuel tanks are… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria


Turkey arrests 13 HTS members in new operation (video)

Published 2019-01-14 16:47:35 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Turkish police forces have arrested 13 members of the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham jihadist group this week, the Daily Sabah reported on Monday. According to the Daily Sabah report, the 13 Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham members were arrested during a number of simultaneous operations inside Turkey…. Read on ->

Tags: HTS, Syria, Turkey


Turkey is not ‘afraid’ of Trump’s threats: FM

Published 2019-01-14 16:38:36 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Turkey will not back down from their Syrian operation, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent economic threats, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. “We have repeatedly said that we are never afraid of threats. Threatening Turkey economically will get you nowhere,” Çavuşoğlu told… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Saudi prince slams US withdrawal from Syria

Published 2019-01-14 16:20:11 by News Desk in Syria

In an interview with the BBC, Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal said that the withdrawal of US troops from the Syrian Arab Republic would lead to the deterioration of the situation in the Mideast country. “The US actions from my perspective is [sic] that it is going to further complicate the… Read on ->

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Tags: Saudi, Syria


Top jihadist leader supports Turkey’s operation against Syrian Kurds

Published 2019-01-14 16:05:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The top leader of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, Abu Mohammad Al-Joulani, told the Amjad Media publication on Monday that his group supports the Turkish military’s operation against the Syrian Kurds. “We support the operation to liberate the eastern Euphrates,” Al-Joulani told Amjad Media. According to Al-Joulani,… Read on ->

Tags: HTS, Joulani, Syria


Bosnian man charged with fighting for ISIS in Syria

Published 2019-01-14 15:48:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – A former member of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) was charged by Bosnian prosecutors for fighting with the terrorist group inside both Syria and Iraq, the Associated Press reported on Monday. A statement Monday from the prosecutor’s office identified the man as Munib Ahmetspahic, who was… Read on ->

Tags: Bosnia, ISIS, Syria


Large Turkish military convoy heads to east Idlib

Published 2019-01-14 15:31:16 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – A new Turkish military convoy has entered Syria from the nearby Hatay Province this week, opposition activists reported via social media. According to the reports, the Turkish military convoy entered the Idlib Governorate from the neighboring Hatay Province; it would make its way to the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


New videos of Houthi drones bombing Saudi-backed forces

Published 2019-01-14 15:19:06 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Two new videos were released this week by the Houthi forces that showed their rocket battalion bombing the Saudi-backed troops in both Yemen and Saudi Arabia. According to the Houthi forces, their rocket battalion bombed the Saudi-backed troops using their Qassef-2 drones in the Asir… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Yemen


Nearly 80,000 Turkish soldiers ready for largest cross-border invasion: report

Published 2019-01-14 15:02:52 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – Nearly 80,000 soldiers from the Turkish Armed Forces are preparing to take part in Turkey’s largest cross-border invasion since their intervention in Cyprus in 1974, the Yeni Safak publication reported on Monday. “Close to 80,000 soldiers of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) are ready to… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Turkey says Syrian gov’t is to blame if Idlib becomes ‘terrorist nest’

Published 2019-01-14 14:47:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday that if Idlib becomes a “terrorist nest”, it is the Syrian government’s fault. In addition to blaming them for the situation in Idlib, the Turkish Foreign Minister said that Russia and Turkey will work to stabilize the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Turkey


US favors Turkey taking over Euphrates region – monitor

Published 2019-01-14 14:22:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The U.S. favors the Turkish Armed Forces taking over the Euphrates River Valley region, despite the latters opposition to the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed. “Reliable private sources confirmed to the… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, Syria


Kurdish forces capture 1,000 militants in east Syria

Published 2019-01-14 14:08:53 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian Kurds continue to fight the Daesh terrorist group with the help of the US-led international coalition in Syria and are currently storming the city of Hajin, an official representative of the Syrian Kurds in Moscow, Rshad Bienaf, told Sputnik on Monday. “The latest site where the fighting is… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, Syria


Syrian Army unleashes heavy attack on jihadist-held Aleppo

Published 2019-01-14 14:01:38 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has unleashed a heavy attack on the jihadist-held areas of southwest Aleppo, today, after the latter fired artillery shells towards provincial capital. Using surface-to-surface missiles, the Syrian Arab Army fired a number of these projectiles towards Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


US military withdraws more equipment from Syria to Iraq (video)

Published 2019-01-14 13:46:33 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The U.S. military has withdrawn more equipment from Syria as they continue to clear out their bases inside the country. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the U.S. transported a new batch of their military equipment from Syria to neighboring Iraq. The U.S…. Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Iraq, Syria


We may recognise we were wrong to oppose Assad, says Former Qatari PM (video)

Published 2019-01-14 13:30:51 by News Desk in Syria

Former Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani shared his views on the conflict in Syria, the Khashoggi case and the leadership of Saudi Arabia while speaking to RT in London on Thursday. According to the former prime minister, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “had to have highly… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Qatar, Syria


Syria wants US to immediately withdraw from Al-Tanf

Published 2019-01-14 13:19:48 by News Desk in Syria

The largest US military base in Syria, located in Al-Tanf on the border between Syria and Jordan, must be closed, the ruling Ba’ath party’s press service told Izvestia. Syria will demand a full departure by the US from its entire territory, and the base in the south of the Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Tanf


Hezbollah allegedly aiding Hamas to send signals into Israel: report

Published 2019-01-14 12:45:13 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine

The Gaza-based radio station Al-Aqsa radio, run by Hamas, has started sending signals into Israel, the Times of Israel reports, citing an Israeli satellite imagery company. This has become possible due to a new tower, set up in a Lebanese village close to the country’s border with Israel. According to… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Hezbollah, Israel


Russia delivers humanitarian aid to Manbij region (video)

Published 2019-01-14 12:36:39 by News Desk in Syria

Russian military police delivered humanitarian aid to civilians in Abu Hayj and Jub al Hamir, near Manbij, on Sunday. Footage released on Sunday shows the delivery and distribution of the aid, which included food packages and school supplies. As shown in the video, Russian Military Police continue to patrol Manbij… Read on ->

Tags: Manbij, Russia, Syria


Qatar opposes Syria’s return to Arab League, embassy wont reopen in Damascus

Published 2019-01-14 12:21:06 by News Desk in Gulf, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Qatar’s Foreign Minister said on Monday that he saw no need to re-open an embassy in Damascus, despite the recent decision by several Arab states to resume diplomatic relations with Syria. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also sees no encouraging signs for a normalization… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Qatar, Syria


Turkey fires back at Trump over Syria invasion warning

Published 2019-01-14 12:10:42 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin fired back at U.S. President Donald Trump over his tweets regarding potential economic devastation over Turkey’s plans to attack Syria. “Mr @realDonaldTrump Terrorists can’t be your partners & allies. Turkey expects the US to honor our strategic… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Trukey


Iranian Army plane crashes near Tehran, 16 killed (video)

Published 2019-01-14 11:59:54 by News Desk in Iran

A Boeing-707 cargo aircraft crashed in a residential area of Karaj on the outskirts of Tehran, the Iranian news agency ILNA reported on Monday. According to media reports, some 16 people were on board the aircraft that was flying from the city of Bishkek. The news agency Fars stated, citing the Iranian Army that only a flight engineer was… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Tehran


Trump warns Turkey against striking Kurds, hints at 20 mile safe zone

Published 2019-01-14 11:43:42 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that his nation’s armed forces are beginning their “long overdue pullout from Syria” as the battle against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) reaches its conclusion. “Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, Syria, Trump, Turkey


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