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US State Dept. has no ‘definitive conclusions’ about chemical weapons attack in Syria

Published 2019-05-23 23:44:11 by News Desk in Syria

After accusing Damascus of another chemical attack on rebel fighters earlier this week, the US State Department said it had seen evidence “consistent” with that narrative. The spokesperson said investigations were ongoing. “We do have numerous sources including interviews with those present during the attack that did report that a number of opposition fighters were taken to local hospitals and presented symptoms that were consistent with chemical exposure,” US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told reporters Thursday. “We don’t have any definitive conclusions yet as we continue to investigate,” she said. Oddly enough, the ‘opposition’ fighters in the Latakia Governorate town of Kabani,… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Jihadists beat back Syrian Army’s attempted advance in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-05-23 23:32:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new attack to advance in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Thursday. Led by their 4th Division troops, the Syrian Arab Army stormed the southwestern axis of Kabani in a bid to enter this strategic mountaintop town in the Jabal Al-Akrad region of northeast Latakia. However, the Syrian Army’s attempted advance would once again be foiled by the jihadist groups, including Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party. The Syrian Arab Army reported seven casualties during the attack. Since the start of May, the Syrian… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Syria


Houthi suicide drone strikes Najran Airport in southern Saudi Arabia

Published 2019-05-23 22:53:32 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – For the third day in a row, the Houthi forces have attacked Saudi Arabia’s Najran Regional Airport in the southern region of the kingdom. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their K-2 suicide drone targeted the Saudi military’s Patriot Missile System. The Houthi forces claimed the attack was successful. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Houthi forces launched a similar attack using their assault drones; these strikes targeted Saudi military hangars and arms depots, the group said in a statement. The Houthi forces have recently gone on the offensive in several parts… Read on ->

Tags: Najran, Saudi, Yemen


Reconciled rebels seize Syrian military intel base in western Daraa

Published 2019-05-23 22:37:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – Several reconciled rebel fighters attacked a Syrian military intelligence base in the western countryside of the Dara’a Governorate on Thursday. According to a source in Daraa, the reconciled rebels attacked the Syrian military intelligence base in the town of Jillin. These former Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters then took over the entire base and took the officers inside hostage. The source said the reconciled rebels demanded the release of the former Free Syrian Army commander, Haytham Al-Hariri, who was arrested by the Syrian military intelligence.  

Tags: Daraa, Syria


Iran will not surrender even if bombed – Rouhani

Published 2019-05-23 22:04:52 by News Desk in Iran

Iran will not surrender its independence and dignity in the face of US pressure even if it is bombed, President Hassan Rouhani said amid Tehran’s ongoing standoff with Washington. Iran now faces an attack that is more complex than any it had faced before, Rouhani said at a ceremony commemorating the 1980s Iran-Iraq war. The US pressure campaign against Tehran involves “an attack on welfare and living conditions of our people,” he said. A commander in Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has said that the Persian Gulf is “under the full control” of Iran’s military and US ships are… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


Russia slams US naval presence off the coast of Venezuela

Published 2019-05-23 20:34:54 by News Desk in World-News

The presence of US warships off Venezuela does not enhance confidence, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday. According to the diplomat, on May 9, a warship of the US Coast Guard was spotted 20 kilometers off the Venezuelan port of La Guaira. “This activity only aggravates the situation and does not contribute to the strengthening of trust,” the diplomat stressed. “At the same time, the radical opposition has initiated negotiations with the Southern Command of the US Armed Forces to overthrow the legitimate government,” she added. The diplomat reiterated that Moscow was urging the Venezuelan… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US, Venezuela


Militants attack Hama Airport in retaliation for Russian, Syrian strikes: video

Published 2019-05-23 20:17:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the Idlib countryside attacked the Hama Military Airport this evening following a powerful assault by the Russian and Syrian air forces. According to a report from the area, the jihadist rebels attempted to bomb the Hama Airport using their attack drones. The report said the Syrian military managed to foil the assault before the drones could bomb the base. This latest drone attack marks the second time in the last 24 hours that the jihadists have attempted to bomb the Hama Military Airport. Footage filmed overnight from Wednesday to Thursday appears… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Full report from the ongoing battle for northwestern Syria: map

Published 2019-05-23 19:53:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The battle for northwestern Syria has recently intensified following a large-scale counter-offensive by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their Turkish-backed rebel allies. On Tuesday, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies were able to score an important advance in northwestern Hama when their forces managed to retake the key town of Kafr Naboudeh from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Since retaking Kafr Naboudeh, the jihadist rebels have come under heavy attack from both the Syrian military and Russian Air Force. Last night, the Russian Air Force launched over 20 airstrikes in the area, with most of their… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Russian Air Force unleashes hell over Kafr Naboudeh

Published 2019-05-23 09:01:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a massive assault over the key town of Kafr Naboudeh in northwestern Hama last night, a military source in the Hama Governorate told Al-Masdar News this morning. Led by their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force repeatedly struck the jihadist defenses inside of Kafr Naboudeh, scoring several direct hits on Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions. According to the military source in Hama, the Russian Air Force was attempting to weaken the jihadist resolve at the northern district of Kafr Naboudeh. This area now has a large presence of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Iran allegedly transfers S-300 system to Persian Gulf amid tensions with US: video

Published 2019-05-23 08:40:07 by News Desk in Iran

A video has emerged on social media allegedly showing Iranian vehicles transporting its S-300 air defence systems and other military equipment to the coastal city of Asaluyeh in the southern province of Bushehr — an area along the Persian Gulf. The country’s military has yet to confirm or deny the redeployment of the anti-missile systems. The purported development comes amid simmering tensions with the United States, which has recently dispatched the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Gulf to send a message to Tehran. Senior Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the Islamic Republic doesn’t seek war with the US, but will continue to resist its pressure. The country’s… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


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