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Breaking: Haftar-led Libyan Army launches ‘final offensive’

Published 2019-12-12 22:22:33 by News Desk in North-Africa

East Libya’s Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar announced the start of the Libyan National Army’s final offensive to gain control over rival Government of National Accord-held Tripoli. “The zero hour passed, to all military units … The hour that our people in Tripoli were looking forward to,” Haftar said in an official statement. Last week, the foreign minister for the Government of National Accord stated that the downing of a fighter jet belonging to Khalifa Haftar’s forces proved that his army would not be able to take the Libyan capital. The statement came after the GNA’s operations command tweeted that a… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya

ISIS terrorist attack kills 7 Iraqi military personnel

Published 2019-12-12 22:17:17 by News Desk in Iraq

Seven Iraqi military personnel have been killed in a suicide attack near the city of Samarra north of Baghdad on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing a statement by the military. Three more military personnel were injured in the attack, the statement said, adding that no group has claimed responsibility for it. The attack was reportedly carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization.

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Tags: Iraq, ISIS

Iraqi forces destroy 5 ISIS bases: photos

Published 2019-12-12 19:42:05 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Iraqi Security Forces announced on Thursday that their troops managed to destroy five Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) dens during anti-terrorist sweep. “A joint force from the 5th Division of the Federal Police, represented by the 15th Brigade, the 18th Brigade, and the 19th Brigade, in cooperation with the Intelligence Department, the Automatic Infantry Regiment, and drones, initiated a security operation to search and clear Wadi Al-Kour from Sateeh village to Tel Khadijah Al-Fakhira village, Al-Sallab billage, and Al-Lsaan in the villages located in the valley south of the Al Rashad district, within the Kirkuk sector,”… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS

Syrian Army blocks US military convoy from passing Qamishli Airport: video

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

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently blocked a U.S. military convoy from passing their posts at the Qamishli Airport in northern Al-Hasakah. In a video that was captured on Thursday, the Syrian Army can be seen forcing the U.S. convoy to turn around, despite the possibility of a confrontation between the two forces. Since the Syrian Army took over the Al-Qamishli District, they have deployed their forces to several areas that were previously under the control of the U.S. Armed Forces. While the U.S. military continues to carry out patrols in the Al-Hasakah Governorate,… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US

Russian military gets upgraded T-80 tanks

Published 2019-12-12 18:24:42 by News Desk in World-News

Omsktransmash (part of Uralvagonzavod defense manufacturer within the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) has completed the delivery of upgraded T-80BVM tanks to Russian troops, the Rostec press office reported on Thursday. “The upgrade allows enhancing the vehicle’s basic combat properties: its firepower, defense capability, mobility and crew’s control. The tanks are successfully undergoing all the trials: the gas turbine engine does not fail even in the most severe frost. It is not without reason that the T-80BVM has been dubbed ‘Arctic’ for its unique properties and the vehicle’s easy operation in low temperatures,” the press office quoted Omsktransmash CEO Igor Lobov… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia

Syrian military launches new attack to retake eastern Idlib base

Published 2019-12-12 18:03:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Syrian military launched a new attack this afternoon to retake the abandoned battalion base in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Backed by Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary) and the Russian Air Force, the Syrian Republican Guard began their attack on Thursday by storming the abandoned battalion base’s eastern perimeter. According to an army source near the front-lines, the Republican Guard and Liwaa Al-Quds are currently trying to crack the defenses of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, while their allies from the Russian Air Force heavily target the jihadist supply line to the base. On Wednesday,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

First look at Aleppo-Hasakah Highway after Syrian Army takes full control of road: video

Published 2019-12-12 17:47:13 by News Desk in Syria

The international M4 highway between Hasakah and Aleppo was re-opened for traffic after units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were fully deployed along its axis, as filmed northwest of Hasakah on Wednesday. “The international highway is safe from Aleppo directly to Qamishli then Hasakah. The road is entirely safe,” one Ras al-Ein resident said. “The highway became safe, now we can go to and from Aleppo whenever we want to. May God reward who opened it,” another driver said. The M4 highway was controlled by Turkish-backed forces since October 13, four days after the beginning of Turkey’s ‘Operation… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hasakah, Syria

Syrian gov’t says US evacuated over 300 family members of ISIS fighters to Iraq

Published 2019-12-12 17:33:05 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

The US military evacuated about 300 family members of militants of the Daesh* terrorist group from the Al-Hawl camp in northern Syria to Iraq, Syrian state television reported on Wednesday. “US military occupiers have taken out 300 family members of Daesh* militants of foreign origin from the Al-Hawl camp to Iraq”, the broadcaster reported. Earlier in the month, US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper did not rule out sending additional troops to Syria despite having previously said that the total number of US troops on the ground would remain at around 600. According to the UN, as of late November,… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

China mass-producing special mission aircraft

Published 2019-12-12 09:54:10 by News Desk in World-News

China is mass-producing special mission aircraft, including anti-submarine aircraft, early warning aircraft, surveillance aircraft and electronic warfare aircraft, a genre of warplanes that experts said will help create a full information system that allows the Chinese military to recognize hostile movement and even sabotage enemy communications. Shaanxi Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation Ltd (SAIC) under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has been manufacturing special mission aircraft with its pulse assembly line, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Saturday. The advanced assembly line has been recently built, has a size of more than two soccer fields and fused digital,… Read on ->

Tags: China

Popstar Elissa tells IRGC if they want to fight Israel to do so from Iran not Lebanon

Published 2019-12-12 09:31:49 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Lebanese artist Elissa sent a message to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) after the recent statements made by Colonel Murtada Qurbani, regarding targeting Israel from Lebanon. Using her Twitter account, Elissa tweeted that if the IRGC wants to fight a war against Israel, they should do so from Iran not Lebanon. “Not everyone that wants to fight a war decides to fight from Lebanon,” she said, pointing out that “we are all enemies of Israel, but for God’s sake, not everybody wants to make Lebanon its playground so they don’t get affected and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Lebanon

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