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SDF accuses Turkey of using ‘internationally banned weapons’ in northern Syria

Published 2019-11-07 23:27:09 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces used “internationally banned weapons” in northern Syria against “more than 30 civilians including children,” according to a senior Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) official, who made a statement to the press, in Qamishli, on Wednesday. “What have happened in Ras al-Ain, Tal Abyad, since the 9th of October and until this moment, where Turkey and its mercenaries continue to pay no attention to the law and to ethics, reached a point where Turkey used internationally banned weapons against our people and targeted more than 30 civilians including children with these internationally banned… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria, Turkey


Russia, Syria call on international community to pressure US to leave Syria for good

Published 2019-11-07 22:56:16 by News Desk in Syria

Moscow and Damascus have called on the international community to pressure Washington to withdraw all US troops from the territory of Syria, the joint statement by Russian and Syrian coordination headquarters on humanitarian situation in Syria informed. “We call on the entire international community to pressure the US, which continues to violate norms of international law by maintaining its presence on illegally occupied territories of Syria, and to obligate the US to withdraw all its troops from the sovereign Syrian Arab Republic,” the statement says. The statement claims that US’ unlawful presence in Syria is the main destabilizing factor in… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Syrian Army tanks roll into northeastern Syria for possible showdown with Turkish troops

Published 2019-11-07 22:20:10 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military expansion in northeastern Syria has been obstructed by the recent arrival of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) tanks and heavy weapons, a source from the Syrian Armed Forces told Al-Masdar News this evening. According to the source, the Syrian Army has deployed heavy armory to several border points in northeastern Syria, which is something they lacked at the start of their deployment in October. The source said the Syrian Army has deployed several tank battalions to the front-lines around the Tal Tamr District in Al-Hasakah and key town of ‘Ayn ‘Issa in Al-Raqqa,… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


ISIS attacks government fuel transport leaving SDF areas

Published 2019-11-07 21:38:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) carried out a new attack against the Syrian state this evening, as the terrorist group targeted the latter’s fuel transport in the Al-Raqqa Governorate. According to the terrorist group’s official media wing, the Islamic State fired rockets at a government fuel transport that was traveling through the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) territories in the Bariyat Al-Jadaydat area of Al-Raqqa. No further details have been released at this time. This latest report comes at the same time that a powerful explosion took place at the Baniyas Oil Refinery in the Tartous Governorate…. Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, SDF, Syria


Breaking: Powerful explosion reported at key oil refinery in western Syria

Published 2019-11-07 21:25:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – A powerful explosion was reported this evening at one of Syria’s most important oil refineries. According to a report from the coast, the explosion took place at the Baniyas Oil Refinery in the Tartous countryside. The reason for the explosion is still unknown. Update (9:20 P.M.) – a fuel tanker exploded at the Baniyas Refinery. One worker was killed and two others were injured. More details to come…

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Tags: Baniyas, Syria, Tartous


Several ISIS terrorists killed in clashes with Syrian troops in eastern Homs

Published 2019-11-07 21:10:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – For the second day in a row, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is involved in a fierce battle against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the desert region of eastern Syria. A joint unit of the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces (NDF) reportedly clashed with the Islamic State terrorists in the Arwad Dam area of eastern Homs; this resulted in the death of several terrorists. According to another report from the area, the Syrian Army also clashed with the Islamic State terrorists near the T-2 Pumping Station in the Al-Sukhnah District. The clashes near… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, ISIS, Syria


Syrian Army deploys entire brigade with tanks to front-lines in northeast Syria

Published 2019-11-07 20:55:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – A new batch of military reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army arrived in the al-Hasakah province on Thursday after traveling through a highway (al-Hasakah – Raqqa) passing through the Tal Abyad area, which is the third batch of its kind since the Syrian Army started deploying along this border strip A Sputnik field source said that the new military reinforcements consisted of an infantry battalion from the 61st Brigade of the 10th Division; they were equipped with tanks and heavy weapons. The source said they arrived in the town of Tal Tamr west of al-Hasakah,… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


US gives Syrian oil revenue to SDF: Pentagon

Published 2019-11-07 20:12:45 by News Desk in Syria

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman has assured that the proceeds from the Syrian oil fields under its control would not go to the US, but to its Kurdish allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). He added that despite the US withdrawal from the country’s north, announced in October, Washington continues to work with the SDF, providing them with the “ability and support” to fight Daesh*. The Pentagon spokesman also stated that American commanders stationed near the oil fields in northern Syria have the right to defend themselves against other forces if these come under threat. “Keeping the Oil” in Syria… Read on ->

Tags: Pentagon, SDF, Syria


Syrian Armenians seek safety in Russian-Turkish agreement

Published 2019-11-07 20:07:28 by News Desk in Syria

Immediately after its launch this October, Turkey’s “Peace Spring” operation in northern Syria has become a huge headache for all sides of the Syrian conflict, but first and foremost for the US. Washington found itself cornered with two mutually exclusive options: salvage relations with its NATO ally Turkey or keep the promises given to the Syrian Kurds, a key US partner in Syria. These same Kurds became the ultimate goal of the operation launched by Turkey who considers the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces a terror group due to its presumed ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party. Establishing a so-called “safe… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Syria


Turkey detains 10 of Baghdadi’s relatives: Erdogan

Published 2019-11-07 18:20:21 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish security forces have detained at least 10 relatives of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the recently killed leader of the Daesh* terrorist group, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Thursday. “Al-Baghdadi’s close circle is paying a lot of attention to our country. We recently captured his sister’s husband and their child in [Syria’s] Azaz, and sent them to migration camps. Let’s see what decision our Ministry of Justice will make. His wife has been in our hands for 1-1.5 years. It will be the same process. The number of [al-Baghdadi’s relatives detained by Turkey] is already in the double digits”, Erdogan… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, ISIS, US


Russian, Syrian choppers pound jihadist stronghold in Latakia

Published 2019-11-07 18:06:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces continued their attacks on the jihadist stronghold of Kabani in northeastern Latakia today. Led by their attack choppers, both the Russian and Syrian air forces repeatedly struck the jihadist rebel positions around Kabani, causing a number of explosions that could be heard throughout the area. According to a military source in the area, the Russian Air Force is leading the attack on Kabani, as they rely on intelligence reports to target the jihadist bases and tunnels in and around the town. The jihadist rebels of the Turkestan Islamic Party… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Erdogan threatens to open Turkey’s border to let refugees into Europe if EU doesn’t provide support

Published 2019-11-07 17:49:21 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkey will have to open its borders to let asylum-seekers flow into Europe unless the European Union takes steps to assist Ankara with the burden, President Erdogan said on Thursday, during his visit to Budapest, Hungary. “Whether we receive support or not, we will continue to aid the guests we are hosting. But, if this doesn’t work out, then we will have to open the doors,” Erdogan said at a news conference speaking alongside Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The European Union has paid three billion euros to Turkey under a 2015 deal to contain the influx of refugees to… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Turkey


Russian military chopper seen patrolling Hmeimim Airbase: video

Published 2019-11-07 17:20:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – A rare video from the Hmeimim Airbase in southwestern Latakia was released this week showing a Russian military chopper patrolling around the Jableh countryside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j_pFkwmbXI

Tags: Hmeimim, Syria


Syrian Army seizes large quantity weapons, including of US-made missiles: photos

Published 2019-11-07 16:12:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized a large amount of weapons over the last few days in the Daraa, Hama, and Damascus governorates. These weapons reportedly consisted of large quantities of ammunition, rockets, artillery and mortar shells, assault rifles, and missiles Of the missiles seized by the Syrian Army were a significant number of anti-tank TOW missiles that were supplied by the U.S. to the so-called ‘moderate’ rebels in southern and northern Syria. These missiles would later play an imperative role in the militant offensives against the Syrian Army, as they were able to take… Read on ->

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Tags: Damascus, Daraa, Hama, Syria


SDF counter-offensive proves successful as they retake town along Turkish border: video

Published 2019-11-07 15:21:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently launched a counter-offensive against the Turkish-backed militants in northeastern Syria after spending a month on the defensive. According to reports from northern Syria on Thursday, the Syrian Democratic Forces managed to retake the town of Bir Issa after a back-and-forth battle with the Turkish-backed militants in northern Al-Raqqa. Following the recapture of Bir Issa, the Syrian Democratic Forces removed the Turkish flag that was planted inside the town and replaced it with their own. As shown in the video below, the Syrian Democratic Forces are inside and in control… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria


Erdogan to meet with Putin about Syria situation

Published 2019-11-07 15:01:31 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he plans to discuss the situation in Syria with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. “Last evening, I held talks with [US President Donald] Trump. After that, I will also have talks with Putin to evaluate the situation [in Syria],” he told reporters at a news conference in Ankara on Thursday. According to the Turkish president, Ankara “will honor its part of the commitments under the agreements that had been reached to the very end.” “We do not back away from the memorandum,” he added. On October 9, Turkey launched a military incursion into northern… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Putin, Syria, Turkey


Video footage from jihadist civil war in northern Idlib

Published 2019-11-07 14:36:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:25 P.M.) – Two militant groups clashed in northern Idlib on Thursday when one of the jihadist group’s stormed the other’s positions because they refused to handover some members accused of committing crimes. According to local reports, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham attacked Faylaq Al-Sham’s positions in the town of Kafr Takharim in a bid to capture members of the group accused of committing crimes against the jihadist faction. Video footage of the clashes were captured by locals in northern Idlib today; the video shows smoke billowing from an area where the clashes took place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFA0xguzRcA

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkish-backed militants send reinforcements to northeast Syria for new attack

Published 2019-11-07 14:17:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants from the so-called “Syrian National Army” reportedly sent reinforcements to the northwestern countryside of the Al-Hasakah Governorate this week. “Military reinforcements from the SNA traveled to the village of Bab al-Khair  in the northern countryside of al-Hasakah; they have moved closer to the Syrian-Turkish border,” a source told the Sputnik News Agency. “The village of Bab al-Khair is only about 2 km from the town of Abu Rasin, which is under the control of the Syrian Arab Army (29 km southeast of Ras al-Ain, north of Hasaka). He added that “the military… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Breaking: Jihadists claim Syrian Army chopper shot down over northeast Latakia

Published 2019-11-07 13:20:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels announced this afternoon that their forces managed to shoot down a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) chopper in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. According to their claims, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham downed the Syrian Army chopper during the latter’s attack on the key town of Kabani in northeastern Latakia. Al-Masdar is awaiting a reply from the Syrian military in order to verify the authenticity of these claims by the jihadist rebels. If true, this will be the first Syrian Army chopper that has been downed in northeast Latakia this year.

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Ansarallah forces carry out devastating attack on key port in western Yemen

Published 2019-11-07 13:15:28 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces carried out a devastating attack on a key port-city in the western region of Yemen on Thursday, causing serious damage to an important base belonging to the Arab Coalition troops. According to reports from western Yemen, the Ansarallah forces launched a big attack using armed drones and ballistic missiles; they would hit a number of bases belonging to groups like the Giants Brigade and other Arab Coalition troops. Some reports from Al-Mocha claim that more than ten fighters from the Giants Brigade were killed, along with a number of civilians in the… Read on ->

Tags: Ansrallah, Yemen


US armored vehicles pass through Syrian Army-controlled city in northeast Syria: video

Published 2019-11-07 12:33:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – A number of U.S. armored vehicles were filmed passing through the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli, near the border with Turkey, Ruptly reported and filmed on Monday. The armored vehicles, some carrying the US flag, were seen on the move eastwards amid ongoing US troop movements in north-eastern Syria. US President Donald Trump announced a pull-out of American forces from the region last month before partially reversing the decision by strengthening the US military presence in eastern Syria, in order to secure oil fields in the area.​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MM9QyoGqCY

Tags: Qamishli, Syria, US


New report claims Iran has military advantage against US, Arab allies in regional war

Published 2019-11-07 12:22:24 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Middleeast

As one of the most detailed assessments of Iran’s military strategy suggests, the Islamic Republic’s “third party capability” has becomes Tehran’s most prominent weapon of choice. The 16-month study by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) called Iran’s Networks of Influence claims that the networks, including Shia militias fighting in what it says is a “grey zone”, for instance, are something Iran heavily relies on, even to a greater extent than conventional military forces. The network is said to be operating differently in most countries, having been designed by Tehran as a key means of countering regional instability and… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


Turkey announces 151 allied militants have been killed in northern Syria

Published 2019-11-07 12:09:13 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – At least 151 Turkish-backed militants from the so-called “Syrian National Army” have been killed since the start of Operation Peace Spring, the state-owned Anadolu Agency announced on Thursday, citing SNA commanders. According to Anadolu Agency, in addition to the 151 killed, a total of 559 militants were also wounded in their clashes with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), People’s Protection Units (YPG), and Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Since launching Operation Peace Spring, the Turkish-backed militants have managed to capture two border towns from the SDF and YPG; these include Ras Al-‘Ayn and Tal Abyad. While… Read on ->

Tags: SNA, Syria


Syrian Army choppers seen over former US base in Manbij: video

Published 2019-11-07 11:48:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) helicopter was seen flying over one of the bases abandoned by the U.S. Army during their withdrawal from the Manbij District of Aleppo. According to reports, a Syrian Army helicopter flew over the former U.S.-controlled Saidiya Base in the eastern countryside of Manbij; this rare flyby would not have been possible in the past because it would have resulted in a confrontation with the U.S. forces. https://twitter.com/NPA_English/status/1192055508930310150 The U.S. military has mostly withdrawn from the Syrian-Turkish border after spending a few years manning several posts across this region. Per President… Read on ->

Tags: Manbij, Syria


Trouble in jihadist paradise: HTS storms fellow militant group’s positions in northern Idlib

Published 2019-11-07 11:19:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham stormed the town of Kafr Takharim in northern Idlib this morning after Faylaq Al-Sham refused to hand in some wanted militants. According to local reports, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham began their attack by launching heavy artillery into Kafr Takharim; they would follow this up by storming Faylaq Al-Sham’s positions inside this Idlib Governorate town. The two militant factions are currently involved in a fierce exchange at Kafr Takharim at this time; however, no further details have been released. In the past, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham has proven to be a… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Moscow denies US claim of 200 Russian troops deployed to Libya

Published 2019-11-07 08:31:17 by News Desk in North-Africa

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has refuted US media reports about Russian contractors allegedly operating in crisis-torn Libya, calling them “speculation”. “I categorically refute speculations of this kind. We are acting in the interest of the Libyan settlement, we are supporting the existing effort, including through the United Nations; we maintain a dialogue with those who somehow influence the situation. We do not think that there is any grounds for such statements, such fiction, but this is not the first time that US media spread different speculations, wicked rumours, falsehoods targeting us”, Ryabkov told Russian journalists during a working… Read on ->

Tags: Libya


US seeking to recoup Syria campaign costs by building new bases: Russian official

Published 2019-11-07 08:21:09 by News Desk in Syria

The construction of two military bases in Syria is Washington’s attempt to justify spending on its military operation in Syria, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said on Wednesday. “There have been reports that the United States has launched the construction of two military bases in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province. A formal pretext is to prevent terrorists’ access to oil fields, and an informal one is to recoup its expenses on Syria’s military operation. Hardly anyone cares in the West that apparently, this radically violates Syria’s sovereignty,” Kosachev wrote on his… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Syrian Army’s main objective in 2020 is Jisr Al-Shughour

Published 2019-11-07 08:07:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) main objective in 2020 will be the key city of Jisr Al-Shughour in the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate, a military source told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army’s upcoming offensives in northwestern Syria will concentrate on putting the military within position of striking Jisr Al-Shughour from several axes. In particular, the Syrian Arab Army will focus on two major axes: Al-Ghaab (directly south of Jisr Al-Shughour) and northeast Latakia (southwest of Jisr Al-Shughour). At the Al-Ghaab Plain, the Syrian Arab Army will attempt to… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Chinese fighter jet gets long-range radar system: report

Published 2019-11-07 07:35:30 by News Desk in World-News

China reportedly developed a new variant of the J-11B fighter jet with new radar that can see farther and enable long-range missile use, a move that will significantly boost the Chinese Air Force’s capability, military experts said on Tuesday. The fighter jet was seen in a Monday China Central Television (CCTV) report on the upcoming 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force. It is participating in a systematic combat drill at a desert, CCTV said, without elaborating. Unlike other J-11Bs that serve in the PLA Air Force, which have black radar domes (radome), this particular J-11B… Read on ->

Tags: China


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