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Breaking: IRGC commander says Iran is on the brink of full-scale war with US

Published 2019-05-15 21:39:21 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – A commander from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps allegedly said on Wednesday that his nation is on the brink of full-scale war with the United States. “We are on the cusp of a full scale confrontation with the enemy,” a Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander said on Wednesday. “The Islamic Republic is at the most decisive moment of its history because of enemy pressure.” This alleged quote comes just days after the U.S. increased the presence of their armed forces in the Persian Gulf region.

Tags: Iran, US

Iraq to purchase Russian S-400 system

Published 2019-05-15 21:23:48 by News Desk in Iraq

The Iraqi government has made a decision to purchase the S-400 missile systems from Russia, Iraqi Ambassador to Moscow Haidar Mansour Hadi said at a press conference following the eighth meeting of the Russian-Iraqi intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation held in Baghdad on April 23-25. “As for the missile defense systems, the government has made a decision, it wants to purchase the S-400,” he said. The S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system that went into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia

Trump allegedly mulls booting Bolton over hawkish views on Iran, Venezuela

Published 2019-05-15 20:36:11 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

Donald Trump could be considering ousting National Security Adviser John Bolton over displeasure with him pushing for forceful regime changes in Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea, as well as attempting to draw the US into another war, The National Interest reported, citing two anonymous sources. According to the media outlet, he is currently the main driver of the Trump administration’s confrontations with countries around the world. The magazine noted, however, that some sources have indicated that the opposite could be true when it comes to relations between the two and pointed out that Trump himself defended Bolton last week. The US president insisted that he “tempers” his national security adviser and that he has more “dovish”… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, Iran, Venezuela

Syrian Army reaches strategic Zawiya Mountain after seizing Huwayz area

Published 2019-05-15 18:13:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has reached the strategic Zawiya Mountain this afternoon following their latest advance along the Hama-Idlib axis. According to a military source in Hama city, the Syrian Arab Army has captured the entire Huwayz area, including all three towns that are located at the southwestern slope of the Zawiya Mountain. The Syrian Army was able to capture the Huwayz area after breaking through Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s main line of defense near the northern axis of Al-Hamra. With the entire Huwayz area under their control, the Syrian Army’s high command will have… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Netherlands joins Germany by halting operations in Iraq over potential US-Iran conflict

Published 2019-05-15 17:26:54 by News Desk in Iraq, World-News

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Earlier in the day, the US State Department ordered that all American government officials not dealing with emergencies leave Iraq, the US Embassy in Baghdad said in a statement. Germany is suspending its participation in the Iraqi military training programme due to heightened tensions in the region, Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH (DPA) reported citing military sources. A spokesman for the Defence Ministry has confirmed this information, saying that Germany has no indications of potential attacks allegedly supported by Iran. But this does not mean the training programmes could not resume in the coming days, the spokesman added. There are currently 160 German military servicemen in Iraq. The Netherlands have… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Netherlands

Syrian Army reportedly captures new town in southern Idlib

Published 2019-05-15 16:26:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has reportedly captured a new town in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this afternoon following a fierce battle with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army reportedly captured the town of Huwayz Tahtani after breaking through the militant lines near the Al-Hamra axis. A Tiger Forces page released video footage of their soldiers inside the town (link below): The Syrian Army has captured Huwayz Tahtani, but they still need to capture Huwayz Fouqani and Huwayz Huraya in order… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Breaking: Germany halts Iraqi military training as US Coalition puts troops on high alert

Published 2019-05-15 14:56:07 by News Desk in Iraq

Germany is suspending its participation in the Iraqi military training programme due to heightened tensions in the region, Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH (DPA) reported citing military sources. A spokesman for the Defence Ministry has confirmed this information, saying that Germany has indications of potential attacks allegedly supported by Iran. But this does not mean the training programmes could not resume in the coming days, the spokesman added. There are currently 160 German military servicemen in Iraq. The statement comes a day after the US Central Command announced that US forces in Iraq and Syria had been placed on “high alert” following “credible threats from Iranian forces” in the region…. Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Iraq

New footage of Syrian Army’s attack to advance into southern Idlib

Published 2019-05-15 14:37:34 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued its offensive against Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham fighters camped out at Al-Shariyah airstrip in Hama. Footage filmed on Tuesday shows explosions rising in the distance from purported SAA artillery fire. The video also shows soldiers loyal to the government observing the shelling through binoculars and other artillery spotting equipment. Helicopters and planes were also seen flying above the area. The SAA began operations against Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham  in the provinces of Hama and Idlib, after the group allegedly broke the ‘de-escalation’ zone agreement by launching rocket attacks on villages in designated safe zones.  … Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Russian, Syrian air forces join southern Idlib battle propel army into Jabal Al-Zawiya region

Published 2019-05-15 13:26:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have begun launching heavy airstrikes over the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of southern Idlib this afternoon as they attempt to propel the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops into this mountainous area. According to a military source in nearby Hama, the Syrian Arab Army received a major boost during this ongoing battle at Huwayz when the Russian and Syrian air forces began pounding the militant positions in and around the town. The source said the Syrian Army has reentered the town after advancing from the Al-Hamra axis; however, they are still… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Sweden seeks largest mass mobilization of forces to deal with ‘Russian threat’

Published 2019-05-15 12:53:05 by News Desk in World-News

A final report submitted by the Swedish Defence Forum to Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist proposes a major defence overhaul, dubbed “the greatest reinforcement since the 1940s”. The goal of the defence expansion is to allow the country to survive three months without international assistance in case of a military attack. Among other things, the report suggests restoring the Norrland regiment stationed in Arvidsjaur and the Gothenburg amphibian battalion on Sweden’s west coast alongside two brand new regiments, whose location is yet to be defined. Furthermore, an air wing in Uppsala shall be restored. The number of submarines will be increased from four to five, and more of the current-generation Jas Gripen fighter jets will be retained, the Swedish… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Sweden

PSA: Update your WhatsApp NOW!

Published 2019-05-15 12:32:11 by Danny Froberg in Analysis

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday warned users to upgrade the application to plug a security hole reported by Financial Times, that allowed for the injection of very sophisticated malware that could be used to spy on journalists, activists, and others. WhatsApp said it released an update to fix the latest vulnerability in the messaging app, used by 1.5 billion people around the world. “WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices,” a… Read on ->

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Tags: Journalism, Security, WhatsApp

Syrian Army approaches militant heartland in southern Idlib: map

Published 2019-05-15 12:31:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is quickly approaching the southwestern slope of the Al-Zawiya Mountain, which is located in the militant heartland of southern Idlib. Backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and elements of the 5th Corps, the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces are currently attempting to capture the town of Huwayz in a bid to establish a foothold at the southwestern slope of the Al-Zawiya Mountain. As shown in the map above, the Syrian Army’s attack is coming from the northwestern countryside of Hama, which was retaken during their heavy assault on the militant… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

It would take two strikes to defeat Iran: US senator

Published 2019-05-15 12:08:56 by News Desk in Iran

Republican Senator from Arkansas Thomas Cotton said Wednesday that the US can win a war against Iran with “two strikes”. When answering the question about a possible conflict, the lawmaker didn’t hesitate to answer in the affirmative. “Two strikes, the first strike and the last strike”, Cotton claimed. “Well, if Iran struck out militarily against the United States or against our allies in the region then I would certainly expect a devastating response”. The senator stressed, however, that he wasn’t advocating military action against the Islamic Republic, but was simply explaining what Washington would do if the conflict escalates.Relations between… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Breaking: Syrian Army launches new attack to advance in southern Idlib

Published 2019-05-15 11:28:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began a new push to seize the town of Al-Huwayz along the Idlib-Hama axis. Led by the Tiger Forces, with help from the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian military stormed the jihadist defenses north of Al-Hamra in a bid to reenter Al-Huwayz. According to a military source, the Syrian Arab Army is currently engaged in a heavy battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The Syrian Air Force is also launching airstrikes over the Idlib-Hama axis… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Chinese helicopter drones capable of intelligent swarm attacks

Published 2019-05-15 10:52:33 by News Desk in World-News

China’s domestically developed helicopter drones carrying proximity explosive mortar shells, grenade launchers and machine guns can now form swarms and engage in coordinated strikes. The intelligent swarming attack technology enables as many as 10 unmanned helicopter drones to autonomously form up into a swarm, reads a statement Guangdong-based Zhuhai Ziyan UAV company, the developer of the technology, sent to the Global Times on Thursday. With a single push of a button, the drones can autonomously take off, avoiding colliding in the air and finding their way to their designated target. Once they receive an order to attack, they will engage… Read on ->

Tags: China

Syrian Army has plans to retake western Aleppo from jihadist forces

Published 2019-05-15 10:23:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is currently on the offensive in the northwestern countryside of Hama; however, it does not appear that they will be pushing all the way to Idlib during this operation. Instead, a source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar this morning that the armed forces have plans to clear the western and southern countrysides of Aleppo before making any push towards Idlib. According to the source, the Syrian military wants to clear the western, northwestern, and southern outskirts of Aleppo city and expel all of the jihaidst groups that have conintuously… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria

Syrian Army breaks through jihadist defenses to capture several areas: video

Published 2019-05-15 09:58:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a big advance along the Hama-Idlib axis on Tuesday, seizing several areas from the jihadist rebels. Led by the Tiger Forces and Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army began their assault on Tuesdya by breaking through the jihadist defenses at the Al-Shari’ah Airfield. Once the airfield was secured, the Syrian Arab Army seized another nearby town while making their way further northeast towards the Idlib Governorate’s southern border. This latest advance by the Syrian Arab Army has paved the way for their forces to secure the northern perimeter of… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

F-35 jets will soon be on Russia’s western border: report

Published 2019-05-15 09:34:20 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – Poland will likely be the next foreign country to purchase the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter, The Aviationist reported. The NATO member, which is located west of Russia, is seeking to acquire the Lockheed Martin stealth fighter by 2024, Jacek Siminski at The Aviationist reported. The Aviationist’s report coincides with the statement made by Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, in February 2019. The Aviationist reported, “during the presentation of the plan Błaszczak suggested the procurement of 32 fifth-generation fighters is a priority,” adding “he was probably referring to acquisition of the F-35 — no other true… Read on ->


Turkish-backed rebels kill 6 civilians in new attack on Palestinian refugee camp in Aleppo

Published 2019-05-15 09:21:35 by News Desk in Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebel forces in rural Aleppo fired several artillery shells and rockets towards the Nayrab Refugee Camp that has been home to thousands of Palestinians for decades. According to a local source in Aleppo, the rebel attack resulted in the death of six civilians, with another eleven seriously wounded. The rebel attack prompted the Russian Air Force to respond with a flurry of airstrikes over the southwestern countryside of Aleppo; this is where the rockets and artillery shells were fired from. The Nayrab Refugee Camp has a large presence of pro-government Palestinian fighters from… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, FSA, Nayrab, Palestine

China’s first domestically-made aircraft carrier nearly ready for service

Published 2019-05-15 08:58:18 by News Desk in World-News

A full year has passed since China’s second aircraft carrier, or the first domestically made, the Type 001A, conducted its first sea trial, leading analysts to suggest the ship might soon officially join the country’s naval service. Their prediction is based on the experience of the country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, which took a little more than a year from its maiden voyage to enlist in the PLA Navy. As of Monday, lane markings have been painted on the Type 001A’s flight deck. It also conducted a replenishment drill within the shipyard with the supply ship Hulunhu in late April, news website… Read on ->

Tags: China

Russian Air Force unleashes massive attack over northwestern Syria

Published 2019-05-15 08:30:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – Just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin completed his phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Russian Air Force began a massive assault on the jihadist positions in northwestern Syria. According to a military source in Hama city, the Russian Air Force began their attack during the afternoon hours, just as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was advancing along the Idlib-Hama axis. The source said the Russian Air Force first attacked the last jihadist positions in northwestern Hama, hitting a number of sites around Al-Hobeit and Tal Sakher. Following this attack, the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Russia, Syria

Direct meetings allegedly taking place between Syrian, Turkish military officials: Assad

Published 2019-05-15 07:58:07 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:35 A.M.) – Direct meetings between Syrian and Turkish military officials are taking place, Mehmut Yuva, a Syrian academic of Turkish origin at the University of Damascus, said on May 11th. Citing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad as his source, Yuva said the Syrian and Turkish military and intelligence officers are negotiating a way to end the hostilities between the two countries. “Turkey is an important country and we are open to cooperation with it”, Yuva quoted Assad as saying in his May 11 column for the left-wing nationalist Turkish daily Aydınlık. Yuva said while the negotiations are ongoing, the Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Erdogan, Syria, Turkey

US-led Coalition on high alert over ‘imminent threats’ in Iraq

Published 2019-05-15 07:33:08 by News Desk in Iraq

The US-led coalition is on high alert as it monitors credible threats to American forces in Iraq, US Central Command spokesman Bill Urban said in a statement. “OIR [Operation Inherent Resolve] is now at a high level of alert as we continue to closely monitor credible and possibly imminent threats to US forces in Iraq,” Urban said in the statement on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the US-led coalition’s deputy commander, British Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, said in a press briefing that the threat level by Iranian-backed groups against coalition forces in Iraq and Syria has not risen. Previously, Pentagon… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US

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