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Kurdish forces kill 3 Turkish soldiers in eastern Aleppo

Published 2019-03-18 22:18:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led “Wrath of Olives” operation room announced on Monday that their forces had killed three members of the Turkish military in eastern Aleppo today. According to the official social media account of the Wrath of Olives operation room, their fighters detonated a roadside bomb while a Turkish military convoy was moving through the village of Ajil near the key town of Al-Bab. The Kurdish group said that at least three Turkish soldiers were killed as a result of the attack, including two military police officers. The Turkish military has yet to comment on these… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Italian national killed by ISIS in eastern Syria

Published 2019-03-18 21:49:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – An Italian national was killed in Syria on Monday after clashing with the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) near the Baghouz Camp in eastern Deir Ezzor. The Italian national was identified as Orsetti Lorenzo, a foreign member of the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The Islamic State first reported the death of Lorenzo after they found his body and his identification cards near the Baghouz Camp in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. Lorenzo is believed to be one of the first Italian volunteers from the YPG that has been killed since the start of the Syrian conflict. No further… Read on ->

Tags: Baghouz, ISIS, Italy, Syria, YPG


Iran deploys large flotilla to important shipping corridor off Yemeni coast

Published 2019-03-18 21:08:41 by News Desk in Iran

The Iranian Navy has dispatched its 61st naval group, consisting of the Sabalan frigate and the Bandar Abbas logistical support ship, to the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait between Yemen and Djibouti connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, South Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Afshin Tashak has said. “The naval group is on a mission to provide security for the routes used by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) in the area of the Gulf of Aden and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait,” Tashak said, speaking to Iranian media on Sunday. According to the admiral, the naval group set sail for… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


Massive explosion rocks Afrin on 1st anniversary of rebel takeover

Published 2019-03-18 20:42:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 (P.M.) – A massive explosion rocked Afrin city on Monday after unknown assailants targeted the main headquarters of the Turkish-backed rebels. According to local reports, a car bomb was detonated in front of the Hekmeh building, which is the location of the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) main headquarters in the Afrin region. The death toll following this attack is still unknown. This attack comes on the first anniversary of the rebel takeover of the Afrin region from the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG). Since capturing Afrin last March, the Turkish military and their rebel allies have turned… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Syria


Turkey will not allow Istanbul to transform into Constantinople: Erdogan

Published 2019-03-18 19:05:53 by News Desk in Turkey

The Turkish people will not allow Istanbul to become Constantinople, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, in reference to the city’s former Christian name, which was reportedly referenced by the attacker who recently carried out an act of terrorism on two mosques in New Zealand. “The terrorist attack in New Zealand is a signal of certain circles addressed to Turkey. The enemies of Muslims have shown that they continue to hate us. We are ready to resist and speak loudly about it in Canakkale… Turkish people will always live on these lands, they will not allow Istanbul to be… Read on ->

Tags: Constantinople, Erdogan, Istanbul, Turkey


Trouble in paradise: Heavy clashes breakout between HTS and Ahrar Al-Sham in southern Idlib

Published 2019-03-18 18:44:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Islamist rebels are once again clashing in southern Idlib after a relatively peaceful two weeks among the rival factions. According to local reports, heavy clashes erupted between Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham inside the town of Umm Seir in southern Idlib earlier today. The reports said both parties used light and medium weapons, but they did not go into specifics regarding the reason for the clashes. Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham have clashed on a number of occasions in the past, with the majority of their firefights ending in one… Read on ->

Tags: HTS, Syria


French air crash investigators say ‘clear similarities’ between Boeing 737 MAX crashes

Published 2019-03-18 18:18:45 by News Desk in World-News

A team of French air crash investigators say they have found “clear similarities” between last week’s Ethiopian Airlines crash and last October’s Lion Air disaster. Both 737 MAX aircraft plunged nose-first to their doom. “During the verification process of the FDR (flight data recorder) data, clear similarities were noted by the investigation team between Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610, which will be the subject of further study during the investigation,” the BEA said in a statement. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 nosedived into a field shortly after takeoff last Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. Lion… Read on ->

Tags: France


ISIS launches last ditch counter-offensive using women and children fighters in Baghouz

Published 2019-03-18 18:04:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched arguably their last counter-offensive to regain the territory they lost to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Baghouz area of eastern Deir Ezzor. Backed by nearly 100 women and children, the Islamic State stormed the Syrian Democratic Forces’ positions at the northern flank of the Baghouz Camp in a bid to force the latter to retreat from several areas. According to preliminary reports, the Syrian Democratic Forces did retreat from some points after losing a half dozen fighters on Monday. The reports said the Syrian Democratic Forces saw many… Read on ->

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Tags: Baghouz, ISIS, Syria


India to potentially acquire Su-57 stealth jets: report

Published 2019-03-18 17:18:14 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Russian Federation’s domestically-produced Su-57 stealth jet will be transferred to their aerospace forces by the end of 2019, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) President Yuri Slyusar announced this month. While Russia is expected to purchase all fifteen of the Su-57 jets, it appears Moscow may have a potential buyer in India, the National Interest publication reported. “Even in the optimistic view that the Russian military has the necessary funds to produce all of its fifteen Su-57’s on schedule, a major investor like India can prove vital to the financial solvency of the Su-57 platform… Read on ->

Tags: India


Syrian military will retake every inch of Syria, including Idlib and Tanf: MoD

Published 2019-03-18 16:50:08 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Syrian military will retake every inch of Syria, including all territories controlled by anti-government forces, Minister of Defense General Ali Ayoub said in a press conference this afternoon. Speaking alongside his Iranian counterpart, the Syrian Minister of Defense said that armed forces of Syria and Iran are in agreement about the future of the country and the need to defeat terrorism. Furthermore, General Ayoub confirmed that the Syrian military will indeed make a push to retake the entire Idlib Governorate and all areas under the control of the U.S. Coalition. General Ayoub said the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Tanf


Hezbollah fighter killed during operation against ISIS in eastern Syria

Published 2019-03-18 16:16:45 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BERIUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M) – A Hezbollah fighter was killed in eastern Syria last week while conducting an operation near the Iraqi border, the Lebanese group announced on Monday. According to reports, a Hezbollah fighter from the Al-Masri family in Bebnine (Akkar District) was killed during a mission near the border city of Albukamal in eastern Deir Ezzor. The Hezbollah fighter was reportedly killed when the Islamic State fired several mortar shells towards the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) front-line positions near the Euphrates River. No further details were released.

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria


Israeli F-35 stealth fighter jet unlike any warplane ever seen before

Published 2019-03-18 15:35:29 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – Israel’s new F-35I Adir fighter jet ((AKA “Mighty Ones) is unlike any stealth warplane ever seen as it was specifically modified to cater to the IAF’s needs, a report from the National Interest publication said last week. According to the report, the Israeli F-35I will possess two different external fuel tanks to extend the jet’s range, with the first one being a 425-gallon underwing tank made by the subsidiary Elbit. “These could be dropped when approaching enemy airspace (the pylons holding the drop tanks would reportedly detach as well so as not to compromise stealth),… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


SDF kills scores of ISIS terrorists as final stage of battle commences (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-18 15:06:49 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their operation to reclaim the last self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) enclave in the Syrian village of Baghouz on Sunday. Footage from the area captures the exchange of gunfire and shelling. According to the SDF, 29 IS militants were killed and “a large quantity of weapons and ammunition” was seized from IS on Sunday.

The SDF have battled IS fighters holed up in Baghouz for weeks. On March 9, the SDF launched fresh attacks on IS positions, resulting in the surrender of around 4,000 IS militants and their family… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, SDF, Syria


SDF spokesperson hails end of ISIS operation within next days (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-18 06:54:51 by News Desk in Syria

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesperson Kino Gabriel said that the operation to defeat so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is to be completed within the next few days, speaking from eastern Baghouz village on Sunday. “We have achieved great victories in the recent stages of the offensive against the ISIS terrorists,” Gabriel said, specifying that “the fighting is now confined to a tiny area in Baghouz town in eastern Deir ez-Zor.” According to the SDF spokesperson, “the number of families of the terrorists who surrendered to our forces is 29,600 people.”

Without specifying the time and… Read on ->

Tags: Baghouz, SDF, Syria


US military has no plans to leave 1,000 troops inside Syria: commander

Published 2019-03-18 06:13:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 A.M.) – The Wall Street Journal claimed on Sunday that the U.S. military had decided to keep nearly 1,000 soldiers inside Syria, which is more than double than the previous number reported by the U.S. administration last month. However, shortly after the WSJ report went live, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  General Joseph Dunford said in a statement that these claims were in fact false. “A claim reported this evening by a major U.S. newspaper that the U.S. military is developing plans to keep nearly 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria is factually incorrect,” General… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Bolton slams Turkey over refusal to abandon S-400 deal with Russia

Published 2019-03-18 05:08:19 by News Desk in Turkey

Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton has blasted the S-400 deal as one of several major stumbling blocks in US-Turkish relations. “We’re concerned about their purchase of the Russian air defence system called the S-400 – that’s a big problem,” Bolton said, speaking to AM 970 radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday morning. Asked directly by Catsimatidis whether Turkey was a “friend or foe” to the United States, the top Trump foreign policy adviser cited a host of other problems affecting relations. “Well you know they’re still a NATO ally; we’re trying to work with them, but they’ve got a very bad relationship with our close friends in Israel. That’s something… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, Erdogan, Russia, Turkey


Israeli Soldier Killed and 2 Critically Injured By Palestinian Operative

Published 2019-03-18 01:29:31 by Robert Inlakesh in Middleeast, Palestine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (01:25 A.M)- An Israeli soldier was killed and two others critically injured, yesterday, in a West Bank attack. An unidentified Palestinian operative, killed an Israeli occupation soldier and  injured two others yesterday. The operation started at ‘Ariel junction’, opposite an Illegal Israeli Settlement in the West Bank. The Palestinian man is said to have approached an Israeli occupation soldier, stabbing him with a knife, before taking his assault rifle and killing him. The Palestinian man then proceeded to several different locations, firing upon military jeeps, guard towers, a second soldier and an armed Israeli settler at a bus… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Israeli Soldier Killed, West Bank Attack


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