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Syrian Army takes control of new points in northeastern Syria

Published 2019-12-08 19:56:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) took hold of several new points in the northwestern countryside of the Al-Hasakah Governorate on Sunday. According to reports from northeastern Syria, the Syrian Army deployed to several points near the Mabroukah Power Plant, giving them control of a large area near the Hasakah-Aleppo Highway. This latest deployment near the Maboukah Power Plant comes just a day after the Russian and Turkish armed forces conducted joint patrols from ‘Ayn ‘Issa in northern Al-Raqqa to Tal Tamr in northwestern Al-Hasakah. The Syrian Army’s deployment to the Tal Tamr District was originally… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Netanyahu demands US backing of Jordan Valley ‘annexation plan’

Published 2019-12-08 19:43:42 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

The embattled Prime Minister wants Washington to approve of Israel’s further expansion into the Jordan Valley, just days after he urged Donald Trump not to miss a rare chance to back Tel Aviv’s territorial appetites. Benjamin Netanyahu, who fiercely fights for re-election, believes that “the time has come to extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley,” a swath of land spanning between the occupied West Bank and neighboring Kingdom of Jordan. On their part, Israel’s closest ally should give a final nod to the move. US now considers Israeli settlements consistent with international law – PompeoREAD MORE: US now considers… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, Palestine


Sudan reduces military presence in Yemen by 10,000: report

Published 2019-12-08 19:26:25 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdouk said that Sudan has approximately 5,000 soldiers in Yemen, noting that their number in the past was around 15,000. This statement came during a press conference upon his return from Washington on Sunday, the Sudanese News Agency reported. “There was no discussion about withdrawing forces during the visit,” said Hamdouk. According to Reuters, the Sudanese forces were deployed as part of a Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 against the “Ansarallah Movement (Houthis) that controls the capital, Sana’a, and much of the northwestern part of the country…. Read on ->

Tags: Sudan, Yemen


Large number of Iraqi military reinforcements sent to Syrian border

Published 2019-12-08 19:08:57 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – A large number of reinforcements from Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) were deployed to the country’s western border with Syria, a military report read on Sunday. According to the report, the 8th Brigade of the Population Mobilization Units were deployed to the Jazira Al-Hadr area south of Mosul to secure the border with Syria. The reinforcements will be tasked with searching for Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) hideouts and infiltration points so that they can prevent the resurgence of this terrorist group in Syria and Iraq. On the PMU’s official website, they said that “significant military… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


280-year-old Armenian Cathedral reopens in Aleppo after suffering damage due to war

Published 2019-12-08 17:50:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Armenian Catholic Cathedral of Our Mother of Reliefs was reopened on Saturday in the Al-Talal neighborhood in the Old City of Aleppo. The opening ceremony was attended by Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, the Papal Ambassador to Syria Mario Zenari, Aleppo Mufti Mahmoud Akkam in addition to a crowd of Muslim and Christian clergymen. Head of the Armenian Catholic Community in Aleppo Archbishop Boutrus Mrayati stressed the importance of celebrating the reopening of the cathedral, which was built in 1840, as a spiritual occasion that aims to preserve Syria’s history, pointing out that… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Syria


Newsweek reporter resigns after accusing outlet of suppressing story about OPCW leak

Published 2019-12-08 17:36:43 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

A reporter for Newsweek says he has quit his job after his editor allegedly refused to publish an article about an internal email that raises serious questions about the OPCW’s findings on an alleged gas attack in Douma, Syria. “Yesterday I resigned from Newsweek after my attempts to publish newsworthy revelations about the leaked OPCW letter were refused for no valid reason,” Tareq Haddad tweeted out on Saturday. Yesterday I resigned from Newsweek after my attempts to publish newsworthy revelations about the leaked OPCW letter were refused for no valid reason. I have collected evidence of how they suppressed the… Read on ->

Tags: OPCW, Syria


Afrin Liberation Forces blow up FSA base in rural Aleppo: video

Published 2019-12-08 17:24:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Afrin Liberation Forces released footage from one of their recent attacks on a base belonging to the Turkish-backed militants in rural Aleppo. In the video, the Afrin Liberation Forces show the destruction of what they claim is a base belonging to the Turkish-backed Al-Hamza Division of the Free Syrian Army (TFSA) in the town of Kafr Nabo. https://twitter.com/NotWoofers/status/1203673466542731265?s=20 The Afrin Liberation Forces, which were formed shortly after the Turkish-backed militants captured the Afrin region in March of 2018, have been a thorn in the side of the TFSA units in northwestern Syria, as their… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Aleppo, Syria


Russian forces conduct first patrol in city with large Iranian military presence

Published 2019-12-08 17:10:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – For the first time during this war, the Russian military has conducted a patrol in the Deir Ezzor Governorate city of Al-Mayadeen. According to local reports, the Russian military conducted a long patrol inside of Al-Mayadeen this weekend, as their personnel traveled throughout the city to ensure its safety. The Russian patrol reportedly bypassed Iranian military checkpoints during its short mission; however, there were no reports of any friction between the two parties. While the Russian military has a presence in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, they do not often leave the capital city for Al-Mayadeen… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, Syria


Khatib withdraws name from Lebanese premiership in favor of Hariri

Published 2019-12-08 16:56:07 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – One of the leading candidates for the premiership of the Lebanese government, Samir Al-Khatib, announced his reluctance to accept the mission after meeting the Lebanese Grand Mufti. The most likely candidate to head the next Lebanese government, Samir Al-Khatib, announced his withdrawal from the efforts to form the new government in the country, indicating that it was agreed to assign the head of the caretaker government to Saad Hariri. Khatib said in a televised speech that after meeting with the Grand Mufti, Abdul Latif Derian, “I learned from his eminence as a result of meetings… Read on ->

Tags: Hariri, Khatib, Lebanon


Syrian Army, jihadists engaged in fierce battle along southeast Idlib front

Published 2019-12-08 16:23:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army and jihadist rebels are currently engaged in a fierce battle along the southeastern Idlib front, as both parties continue to trade attacks. According to a military source in northwestern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army and jihadist rebels are trading heavy machine gun and artillery fire near the town ‘Aajaz and several other points in southeastern Idlib. While no one is advancing, the source said intense exchange of hostilities is proving costly for both sides, as they are merely 50 meters away from each other on the battlefield. Over the last two… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Damascus delegation holds meeting with SDC in Qamishli

Published 2019-12-08 15:52:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – A Syrian government delegation from Damascus comprising of several political parties traveled to the city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria this past weekend to meet with a large group from the Syrian Democratic Council. According to local reports, the Damascus delegation was made up of leaders from the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), Peaceful Transition Stream Party (opposition), Solidarity Party, and Youth for Building and Change Party, The reports said the SDC was represented by leaders and officials from the Syriac Union Party (SUP), Democratic Union Party (PYD), Kurdish Leftist Party,… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, SDC, Syria


Pro-Houthi Yemeni DM says ‘revenge is forthcoming’ against Israel

Published 2019-12-08 15:24:02 by News Desk in Middleeast, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The pro-Houthi (Ansarallah) Minister of Defense, Major General Mohamed El ‘Atifi, announced on Sunday that the Yemeni Army is ready to fight much more than before, pointing out that his country’s forces are prepared to target anyone who threatens Yemen. “Our forces are still keeping their promise regarding the Emirati enemy, and we are closely monitoring its conspiring activities,” the Sana’a-based Yemeni Defense Minister said. Al-Atifi said, “the countries of aggression are not sincere about peace and dialogue, and if aggression and siege continue, we will not stand idly by.” “It is in the interest… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Israel, Sanaa, Yemen


Iranian oil tanker reaches Syria and unloads cargo: reports

Published 2019-12-08 14:28:48 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – An Iranian oil tanker was tracked off the coast of Syria after reportedly docking and unloading its cargo at the country’s port. According to reports, the Iranian oil tanker, Safoora, was tracked leaving Syria, despite its destination being the Port of Dubai. While it is still not clear what the oil tanker was doing in Syria, some observers have reported that it was delivering oil to the war-torn nation. Since Syria is currently sanctioned by the United States and the European Union, these deliveries are prohibited. As was seen in August when the Iranian oil… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Syria


Unidentified warplanes allegedly bomb Iranian-backed troops in eastern Syria

Published 2019-12-08 13:34:30 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – Unidentified warplanes allegedly bombed the Iranian-backed forces near the border city of Albukamal in eastern Syria last night. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the airstrikes targeted the Iranian-backed forces near the Green Zone in the Albukamal countryside, killing at least five militiamen. Despite the SOHR claim, it is very difficult to verify whether or not this indeed did occur due to the absence of information from this front. The Iranian Armed Forces and their allies do not post public information and they do not comment on these alleged attacks, which makes… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Saudi Journalists Union offers Syria cooperation agreement as diplomatic rift softens

Published 2019-12-08 13:09:27 by News Desk in Gulf, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The head of the Syrian Journalists Union, Moussa ‘Abdel-Nour, revealed on Sunday that the Saudi Journalists Association offered the Syrian Federation to sign a cooperation agreement during the General Secretariat of the Arab Journalists Union meeting in Riyadh last week. Abdel-Nour told Sputnik Arab that”the Syrian Federation attended the two-day Arab Journalists Union meeting in Riyadh on December 3, at the invitation of the Arab Journalists Union and the Saudi Journalists Association.” On the travel procedures of the Syrian delegation, which was limited to him and to the member of the General Secretariat of the… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Syria


Syria will be your Vietnam: Israeli DM warns Iran

Published 2019-12-08 12:57:26 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett, warned Iran this morning that their ongoing participation in the Syrian conflict will resemble the U.S.’ ten-year-long war in Vietnam (1965-1975). Bennett said at a conference held today in Jerusalem that what Iran is doing in Syria and Lebanon is pushing Israel to turn Syria into “your Vietnam.” The Israeli newspaper “Maariv” quoted Naftali Bennett , the new Israeli Minister of Defense, as saying that Iran is working to set fire to its country, claiming that it is stationed in Lebanon, and is working to establish bases in Syria… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria


Russian Air Force allegedly intercepts Israeli warplanes in southern Syria: media

Published 2019-12-08 12:40:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.)- Russian fighter jets scrambled outside of Damascus this past week to intercept Israeli warplanes that were tracked in southern Syria, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported. According to the publication, “Russian fighters intercepted Israeli fighters over southern Syria, as they were allegedly intended to launch a series of airstrikes at the T-4 Airbase.” The Avia.Pro report mentions the T-4 Airbase, which is located in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. The T-4 Airbase is also home to the Russian and Iranian armed forces, with a previous report claiming that the latter had deployed their Bavar-373 air… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Syrian Army spy films from militant stronghold in east Idlib: video

Published 2019-12-08 12:22:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – A spy from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) filmed from inside a key militant stronghold in the Idlib Governorate. According to the official Facebook page of the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army spy filmed from inside the town of Saraqib, which is strategically located along the Aleppo-Idlib Highway in the eastern part of the governorate. https://www.facebook.com/syriansarmy.sy/videos/555786268309983/?__tn__=%2Cd-k-R&eid=ARBvIjGXGWtuc5-oM6h90_xV0ziz7JoplZWsUP_4wbHJmtv5Dz6mKIpXY7KqCFHGBFeTN9ln97rOnYyB

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Saudi terrorist hosted dinner party to watch mass shooting videos night before naval base attack

Published 2019-12-08 11:43:43 by News Desk in Gulf

One of the three students at the dinner recorded the shooting outside the building at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday. According to the report, two other Saudi students watched from a car. Six Saudi nationals were taken into custody for questioning near the Florida naval base where an Air Force trainee – also from Saudi Arabia – opened fire Friday morning, killing three before a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed him. According to the New York Times, three of the Saudis were filming the attack. It is unknown whether they were students at the base, or whether they are… Read on ->

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Upgraded Russian Su-57 stealth fighter performed test flight

Published 2019-12-08 11:26:54 by News Desk in World-News

Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec has conducted 16 flights of the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet to test its new 2nd stage engine, Rostec Aviation Cluster Industrial Director Anatoly Serdyukov said on Friday. “Currently, the engineering bench tests of the advanced engine continue and the item is being tested on a flying laboratory. In October, another flight was performed to check the item’s characteristics in various flight modes, specifically, the operation of the vectoring jet nozzle and the oil system at negative overloads. Overall, 16 flights on a flying laboratory were performed,” Serdyukov reported. The Su-57 with the second stage engine… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Syrian Presidency slams Italian TV for delaying broadcast of Assad’s interview

Published 2019-12-08 11:15:27 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian presidential press service criticized Italy’s Rai News 24 broadcaster over its decision to delay the broadcast of the interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad. “On 26 November 2019, President al-Assad granted an interview to Rai CEO, Monica Maggioni. It was agreed that the interview would air on 2 December on both Italian Rai News 24 and Syrian national media outlets. Early on the morning of 2 December, we received a request, on behalf of Rai News 24, to delay the broadcast with no clear explanation. This was later followed by two further requests to delay, with no date… Read on ->

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Tags: Assad, Syria


Russian, Turkish forces carry out first patrol along strategic highway in northern Syria

Published 2019-12-08 11:03:39 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The representative for the Russian Armed Forces in Syria, and the head of the Turkish Armed Forces Coordination Center, General Erhan Ozun, carried out a joint inspection tour along the strategic Hasakah-Aleppo Highway on Saturday, starting at the town of ‘Ayn ‘Issa and ending in the town of Tal Tamr. According to reports, the two parties supervised during the tour the withdrawal of the forces from the Hasakah-Aleppo motorway, and identified the centers of Turkish and Syrian observation points on the road. The report pointed out that the aim of the joint tour is to… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army attack kills several ISIS terrorists in eastern Homs

Published 2019-12-08 10:51:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a powerful attack against a group of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist in the Badiya Al-Sham region of eastern Homs on Saturday. Backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Arab Army began their attack by launching several artillery shells and missiles towards the Islamic State’s positions in the T-2 Pumping Station area. According to a field report, the Syrian Army was able to force the Islamic State terrorists to abandon their hideouts and reveal their positions as they later clashed with the military near the T-2 Pumping… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, ISIS, Syria


US not ruling out sending more troops to Syria

Published 2019-12-08 10:34:20 by News Desk in Syria

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper commented on a variety of issues on Saturday while delivering remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum. The forum is an annual event that takes place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. “I think we have enough troops in Syria and if we don’t we would deploy additional troops — that’s one of the things I keep in close contact about with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff”, Esper said. Esper said earlier in the week that US troops in northeastern Syria had finished maneuvers and asserted that… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Serbia unveils new military helicopter fleet: video

Published 2019-12-08 10:27:00 by News Desk in World-News

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attended the official presentation by the armed forces of its new helicopter fleet at Batajnica Air Base near Belgrade on Saturday. It includes four Russian Mi-35М, three Mi-17 military as well as nine Airbus H-145M helicopters. “We purchased state-of-the-art attack helicopters Mi-35M for which it is hard to find an analogue in the world. I am thankful to our Russian friends who are helping us to assemble them,” said Vucic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yObRAMvnKs The Mi-35М, multi-role combat helicopters, often called ‘flying fortresses’, were delivered earlier this week, several months earlier than it was planned.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Serbia


Important meeting held between Arab tribes and Syrian intelligence chief

Published 2019-12-08 10:13:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – A well-informed source confirmed to the state-owned Al-Watan newspaper that the head of the National Security Bureau, Major General Ali Mamlouk, met last Thursday with a number of Arab tribal leaders in the Al-Qamishli District of Al-Hasakah. The source revealed that the goal of Mamlouk’s visit was to reunite with the tribes and work with them to prevent a Turkish military incursion into their lands in the Al-Jazira region of Syria. According to the Al-Watan source, the meeting was held with about 30 tribal leaders from the Al-Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, and Al-Raqqa governorates. This meeting… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Qamishli, Syria


Moment the Syrian Air Force bombs an alleged jihadist base in Idlib: video

Published 2019-12-08 09:40:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) launched several airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate on Saturday, as they continued their aerial campaign over northwestern Syria. Alongside their Russian counterparts, the Syrian Air Force heavily targeted several sites inside the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, including the jihadist positions between the towns of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man and Kafr Nabl. In one particular attack, the Syrian Air Force reportedly struck the headquarters of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in the town of Kafr Nabl; this alleged attack was captured on film in the Idlib Governorate on Saturday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQp4TbMnbHs

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkish military will leave Syria when Syrians say ‘thank you, you may leave’: Erdogan

Published 2019-12-08 09:27:47 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Saturday that Turkish forces won’t leave Syrian territory until the people of the country ask Ankara to withdraw. “We will not leave Syria until the people of Syria say, ‘Thank you, you may leave now'”, the president said at a rally in Istanbul. The October military campaign, dubbed Operation Peace Spring, was launched on 9 October, with Turkish military and allied militants fighting against Daesh terrorists and the local Kurdish forces. The offensive was criticised by the US and European countries, with Washington imposing sanctions on Ankara over the issue. The sides, however,… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


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