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Swiss MP claims Turkey selling looted Syrian olive oil to fund militia – media

Published 2019-01-16 23:29:20 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

In 2018, the Turkish military entered Syria and advanced on the city of Afrin in operation “Olive Branch” against Kurdish forces located there. Ankara accused them of cooperating with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), deemed a terrorist organisation by Turkey. Swiss lawmaker Bernhard Guhl, representing the country’s Conservative Democratic Party,… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Israeli warplanes return to Lebanese-Syrian border

Published 2019-01-16 23:09:11 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – Israeli warplanes were spotted conducting low altitude flights along the Syrian-Lebanese border this evening, a source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News. According to the military source, the Israeli warplanes entered Lebanese airspace earlier this evening and then made their way to the Jabal Sheikh (Mount… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


Breaking: US Coalition says 4 Americans killed in Manbij terrorist attack, including 2 civilians

Published 2019-01-16 22:43:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition announced this evening that at least two of their soldiers and two American civilians were killed when an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) detonated his suicide belt at a restaurant in Manbij. The blast happened near a restaurant and market. Preliminary reports said at… Read on ->

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Tags: Manbij, Syria


Syrian military’s elite Tiger Forces head to Idlib outskirts for new mission

Published 2019-01-16 22:24:23 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian military’s elite Tiger Forces have received orders to redeploy to the Idlib outskirts, a source from the group told Al-Masdar News this evening. According to the source, several Tiger Forces will be redeployed to the government stronghold of Al-Suqaylabiyeh, where they will be… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iran demands US release journalist arrested by FBI in St. Louis

Published 2019-01-16 22:02:16 by News Desk in Iran

The head of the IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) World Service, Peyman Jebeli, called on the US to release detained journalist Marzieh Hashemi during a press conference in Tehran on Wednesday. Jebeli stated that Iran is calling for the “immediate and unconditional release” of Hashemi, who was reportedly taken… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Rebels shut down restaurant, arrest owner for showing Syrian Asian Cup match

Published 2019-01-16 21:46:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has shut down a restaurant in Azaz city after the owner showed patrons the Syrian National Team playing Australia in  Asian Cup match. https://twitter.com/Ibra_Joudeh/status/1085475214220316672 As reported above, the owner of the unnamed restaurant was later arrested for the showing the match… Read on ->

Tags: Syria


Syrian Grand Mufti warns extremists might settle in Turkey’s safe zone

Published 2019-01-16 21:16:39 by News Desk in Syria

Syria’s Supreme Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun has called for the Russian Navy’s greater presence in the Mediterranean, which would counterbalance Turkey’s idea of a buffer zone in northern Syria. He warns that certain risks exist extremists may settle down there. “At their meeting US President Donald Trump and Turkish President… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Yemeni intel forces claim they busted Houthi sleeper cell behind Lahj parade attack

Published 2019-01-16 21:07:51 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Yemeni Ministry of Interior announced they have busted the Houthi sleeper cell that was behind the Lahj parade attack last week. According to the Yemeni Ministry of Interior, their intel forces captured the perpetrators of the attack in the Lahj Governorate of southern Yemen. The… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Lahj, Yemen


New footage shows moment ISIS terrorist blow himself up in Manbij

Published 2019-01-16 20:52:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Syria’s Al-Ikhbariya TV released CCTV footage this evening that shows the moment the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) detonated his suicide vest and killed nine people in the city of Manbij. As shown below, the Islamic State terrorist walks towards the building he is targeting and then detonates… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Manbij, Syria


FSA military commander returns from Jordan to reconcile with Syrian gov’t in Daraa

Published 2019-01-16 20:38:19 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON  (8:20 P.M.) – A Free Syrian Army (FSA) military commander has returned from Jordan to reconcile with the Syrian government and join forces with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to a source in Damascus, the commander of Jaysh Al-Yarmouk, Imad Abu Rizk, returned to Daraa, yesterday, where… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria


Erdogan says terror attack in Manbij may influence US to stay

Published 2019-01-16 20:19:02 by News Desk in Syria

Commenting on the latest terror attack in the Syrian city of Manbij, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that he did not believe it would impact the Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from the country. “According to my information, five US servicemen were killed in the terrorist attack, which claimed 20 lives. The attack was organized by the… Read on ->

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Tags: Erdogan, Manbij, Syria


All territories under Turkey’s proposed safe zone should return to Syrian gov’t: Russian FM

Published 2019-01-16 18:48:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that all the territories in the newly proposed safe zone by Turkey should be returned to the Syrian government. “The idea of a buffer zone in northern Syria should be seen from the perspective of returning all… Read on ->

Tags: Lavrov, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Houthi forces avenge losses in new ambush against Saudi Coalition

Published 2019-01-16 18:31:23 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Houthi forces carried out a powerful attack, today, in response to the Saudi Coalition airstrike that killed over 20 fighters. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their troops ambushed a group of Saudi Coalition fighters inside the Mothalath Ahem area,… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Developing: Massive Hashd Al-Shaabi force mobilizes with Syrian Army for new offensive

Published 2019-01-16 18:15:56 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – A massive force from Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi (var. Popular Mobilization Units) has mobilized along the Anbar-Deir Ezzor border for a new offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terror group, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar News on Wednesday. According to the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


US troops on high alert after deadly attack in Manbij (video)

Published 2019-01-16 18:03:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – US military vehicles were seen in the area of a deadly blast that claimed at least 9 lives, with 12 people injured in a northern Syrian city of Manbij, Wednesday.

At least four US soldiers are feared killed and three more injured,… Read on ->

Tags: Manbij, Syria, US


Saudi Coalition attack devastates Houthi forces in west Yemen, 23 killed

Published 2019-01-16 17:50:14 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – A large number of Houthi fighters were killed on Wednesday when a Saudi Coalition warplane bombed their positions inside the Ta’iz Governorate of west Yemen. According to local reports, approximately 23 Houthi fighters were killed this morning after the Saudi Coalition bombed their positions inside… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Taiz, Yemen


New video shows aftermath of ISIS terrorist attack on Manbij

Published 2019-01-16 17:37:17 by News Desk in Syria

According to preliminary media reports, at least 9 people were killed with 12 injured in a blast in a northern Syrian city of Manbij, Wednesday. At least four US soldiers are feared killed and three more injured, as local media reports.

The so-called Islamic State (IS,… Read on ->

Tags: Manbij, Syria


Exclusive: Syrian gov’t, Kurds begin new talks to counter Turkish safe zone

Published 2019-01-16 17:25:55 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian government and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) have begun a new round of peace talks in Damascus amid the announcement of the planned Turkish safe zone in northern Syria. According to a military source in Damascus, the two parties discussed ways to counter… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, SDC, Syria


ISIS terrorist attack kills 4 US soldiers inside Manbij

Published 2019-01-16 17:09:55 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

A powerful blast has hit the northern Syrian city of Manbij, which was recently threatened by Turkey over its Kurdish control. Several people were killed, with local sources claiming Kurdish-allied US soldiers were among the dead. The blast happened near a restaurant and market. Preliminary reports say at least six… Read on ->

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Tags: Manbij, Syria


Breaking: Turkey declares Syrian Army areas under safe zone despite no agreement from Damascus

Published 2019-01-16 10:05:03 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – On Tuesday morning, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a 32-kilometer deep safe zone was going to be established in northern Syria. According to Anadolu Agency’s map measurement, the safe zone will have a 460-kilometer (286-mile) long presence along the Turkish-Syrian border. The safe… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Tiger Forces commander receives Russian military medal for service in Syria

Published 2019-01-16 09:48:37 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The commander of the Tiger Forces, Major General Suheil Al-Hassan, was awarded a Russian military medal for his service in Syria, the group’s media wing reported on Wednesday morning. According to the reports, General Al-Hassan was awarded the Order of Surorov, which is primarily given… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Contract for 13 Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to be signed in 2020 — TASS

Published 2019-01-16 09:33:00 by News Desk in World-News

The second contract to manufacture 13 Su-57 fighter jets for the Russian Aerospace Forces is to be signed next year, a source in Russia’s aircraft-making industry told TASS on Wednesday. “In 2020, we plan to sign the second contract to manufacture and deliver 13 Su-57 fighter jets, some of them… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Breaking: Syrian Kurds reject Turkish-controlled safe zone

Published 2019-01-16 09:20:34 by News Desk in Syria

According to a senior official, Syrian Kurds have rejected the Turkish security zone in northern Syria, AFP reported. Following a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Tuesday that Ankara would create a 32-kilometre safe zone in northern Syria. Erdogan’s spokesperson later elaborated that the… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, Syria, Turkey


US considers boosting missile defenses worldwide

Published 2019-01-16 09:05:31 by News Desk in World-News

he Trump administration is considering new ways to expand US defences against a potential missile attack both within the country and beyond, AP reported. Donald Trump’s approach to the system is expected to focus on stopping missiles before they are launched or in the first few minutes of flight while… Read on ->

Tags: US


Four rebel factions disband to join Turkish-backed group

Published 2019-01-16 08:50:32 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – Four rebel groups have disbanded to join one of the largest Turkish-backed factions in northern Syria, opposition activists reported on Tuesday. According to the reports, the four rebel groups that makeup Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki have joined the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Al-Sham Regiment in the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


New IDF chief pledges to make military ‘deadly and efficient’

Published 2019-01-16 02:53:03 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi as the new military chief of staff Tuesday, according to a report by Haaretz. Kochavi replaced Gadi Eisenkot, who recently made headlines by admitting that Tel Aviv had supplied weapons to terrorists in Syria. “I take this job upon myself in sacred reverence; I take it as an honour,” Kochavi… Read on ->

Tags: IDF, Israel


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