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Breaking: Several rockets target base hosting US troops near Baghdad – AFP

Published 2019-12-29 22:09:12 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – A base housing U.S. military personnel near Baghdad was reportedly targeted by several rockets this evening, the AFP News Agency reported. “4 rockets target base housing US personnel near Iraq capital,” the AFP reported, citing a security official. Prior to this report, several claims appeared on Twitter about an alleged Iranian-backed attack on the Al-Taji Base, which is located near the capital city of Baghdad. Lucas Tomilson, a journalist for Fox News at the Pentagon, said U.S. official denied the attack on the Al-Taji Base.

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq


US attack on Kataeb Hezbollah base kills several members, first photos of strikes

Published 2019-12-29 21:32:35 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 P.M.) – The U.S. attack on the Kataeb Hezbollah base along the Syrian-Iraqi border resulted in the death of several members of the Hashd Al-Sha’abi group. According to Hashd Al-Sha’abi, the death toll from the attack is approximately 15, with the total wounded between 30-40. https://twitter.com/aldin_ww/status/1211362396410982400?s=20 The Pentagon said that the U.S. attack targeted five separate sites belonging to Kataeb Hezbollah, including two installations inside of eastern Syria. Kataeb Hezbollah is expected to release a statement shortly via their official social media account. The outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister has since condemned the U.S. attack in a statement… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Putin thanks Trump for sharing information that helped prevent a terrorist attack in Russia

Published 2019-12-29 21:10:25 by News Desk in World-News

Russian President Vladimir Putin called US President Donald Trump on Sunday to express his gratitude for sharing information via special services that helped to avert terrorist attacks in Russia, the Kremlin said in a statement. “Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for the information received via the special services that helped to prevent terrorist attacks in Russia,” the statement said. Russia’s special services have detained two Russians planning to carry out terrorist attacks in crowded places in Saint Petersburg during the upcoming New Year celebrations. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has confirmed that the two were detained after intelligence information about… Read on ->

Tags: Putin, Russia, Trump, US


Update: Hashd Al-Shaabi confirms US attack on base along Syrian border

Published 2019-12-29 19:45:30 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units) have confirmed the U.S. attack on their base along the Syrian-Iraqi border this evening. According to Hashd Al-Sha’abi, the U.S. warplanes targeted the base of the 45th Brigade in the Al-Qa’im District, which is located on the other side of the Syrian-Iraqi border. The Pentagon has since confirmed that they carried out the attack, claiming that it was revenge for the rocket strikes on the K-1 base in the Kirkuk Governorate of northern Iraq. This rocket assault resulted in the death of one U.S. military contractor. No group claimed… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Syria, US


Breaking: US forces allegedly attack Kataeb Hezbollah’s base along Syrian-Iraqi border

Published 2019-12-29 19:16:14 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Armed Forces allegedly attacked the headquarters of the Iranian-backed Kataeb Hezbollah troops along the Syrian-Iraqi border, several reports claimed this evening. According to the reports, the U.S. Armed Forces carried out strikes on the Kataeb Hezbollah base inside the Iraqi town of Al-Qa’im, which is located directly east of the Syrian city of Albukamal. The reports said the U.S. attacked the Kataeb Hezbollah base using their armed drones; this allegedly resulted in heavy casualties for the Iraqi forces. No further details were reported. This latest attack was allegedly in response to the rocket… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria, US


US wants EU to designate Hezbollah as ‘terrorist organization’

Published 2019-12-29 18:06:04 by News Desk in Lebanon

US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has urged Washington’s European allies to follow the German parliament’s example and designate Hezbollah as ‘terrorists’. “Now would be a good time for our European allies to follow the lead of the German parliament and move to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization,” Grenell wrote, responding to a tweet about the death of a US contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk Friday. The US says that attack may have been carried out by Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iraqi Shia militia group which the US State Department says has received weapons… Read on ->

Tags: EU, Hezbollah, Lebanon


Iran plans to hold more military drills with Russia and China

Published 2019-12-29 17:04:49 by News Desk in Iran

Deputy Army Commander for Coordination Affairs Habibollah Sayyari said his country planned to hold more military exercises with Russia and China. A trilateral naval exercise of Russia, China and Iran, codenamed Maritime Security Belt, began in the Gulf of Oman on December 27 and will continue until December 30. The active phase of the exercise began on Saturday. ‘We [Iran, Russia and China] will find a way to hold maneuvers in future,” he said, adding that the three nations had no plans of creating a formal military coalition. Sayyari warned other nations against interfering into the trilateral exercise. “Any vessel… Read on ->

Tags: China, Iran, Russia


Video footage of heavy clashes near Tripoli Airport

Published 2019-12-29 16:40:34 by News Desk in North-Africa

Fighting has reportedly broken out in the Ramla area, near Tripoli International Airport, on Saturday between forces loyal to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA). Footage shows armed men belonging to forces loyal to the GNA preparing weapons, and gathering around military vehicles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJyXFw92efQ One of them claimed that they advanced towards Ramla and “started shelling them (LNA) with heavy weapons, then with machine guns, the men did a great job and did their duty today.” The LNA, which controls much of Libya’s east and parts of the south, first launched an… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Iranian commander reveals why Russia and China joined Iran’s military drills

Published 2019-12-29 15:39:02 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian Army Chief of Staff Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari indirectly called out the US and its allies, saying the ongoing joint Iranian-Russian-Chinese drills demonstrate that there is no need for any “illegitimate” foreign ‘maritime security mission’ in the Persian Gulf region. Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, the commander argued that “some countries are trying to make the region insecure to justify their presence”. “This exercise shows that there is no need for the illegitimate presence of foreigners in this region,” Sayyari said. “Demonstrating Iran’s maritime authority in the northern Indian Ocean and presenting its experience to other nations… Read on ->

Tags: China, Iran, Russia


Iraqi forces blow up would-be ISIS suicide bombers inside tunnel

Published 2019-12-29 14:09:51 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The official media wing of the Iraqi security forces announced on Sunday that four soldiers, including one officer, were wounded in a suicide bombing during the eighth stage Operation Will of Victory. The Iraqi security forces said in a statement that the “Salaheddine Operations Command has managed, during this stage, to find four terrorist dens containing communications devices, food, clothes, and cooking utensils, and has destroyed two tunnels inside them,” pointing out that “two explosive devices killed five suicide bombers inside a tunnel.” “During the removal of the stones from the tunnel, one of the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Salaheddine


‘Judgement day is coming for you’: Jaafari to Qatar, Turkey over role in Syria

Published 2019-12-29 12:49:23 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar Jaafari, unleashed a scathing attack against his Qatari and Turkish counterparts, accusing the both country’s regimes of spending billions of dollars to sponsor terrorism inside Syria. Dr. Al-Jaafari said during his U.N. General Assembly speech on Saturday, December 28th, that “the involvement of the Qatari regime and the Turkish regime in terrorism was revealed by the former Qatari Prime Minister, his name, Hamad bin Jassim, if the representative of Qatar does not know the name of his former prime minister.” “This person appeared on Qatari TV… Read on ->

Tags: Qatar, Syria, Turkey


New drone strikes target Yemeni military parade: video

Published 2019-12-29 12:32:45 by News Desk in Yemen

An explosion has occurred at a military parade in the Yemeni province of al-Dhalea, dead and wounded have been reported, according to Sky News Arabia, citing its correspondent. According to reports, a blast near a guest platform went off during a military parade. A source in the province said that the cause of the explosion was a drone filled with explosives. https://twitter.com/NTHNEWS_Yemen/status/1211206561223380992?s=20 Some media outlets report that the blast at the military parade killed five. ​According to the source, the drone exploded over the podium, where a military parade was being held at al-Sumud Stadium in the city of al-Dhalea…. Read on ->

Tags: Yemen


At least 300 Syrian militants have arrived in Libya, 1,000 more deploying soon: monitor

Published 2019-12-29 12:24:12 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – On Saturday, two videos surfaced on the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter showing the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) near the Libyan capital city of Tripoli. The two videos showed the SNA fighters near an unnamed camp that was allegedly taken from the Haftar-led Libyan National Army (LNA). According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the total number of fighters from the Syrian National Army in Libya at this time is estimated around 300. Furthermore, SOHR said another 1,000 recruits that are currently encamped at a Turkish base are preparing to move… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria


Turkish military won’t withdraw from posts in Idlib despite Syrian Army encirclement: MoD

Published 2019-12-29 12:04:28 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Turkish military will not withdrawal from any observation posts, despite being encircled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Idlib Governorate, the Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar said on Sunday. “In no way will we evacuate 12 observation points heroically carrying out their mission of ensuring the cease-fire; we are not going to leave,” Akar told army commanders in the Hatay Province. Akar’s comments came just days after the Syrian Arab Army encircled their observation post in the town of Al-Sarman, which is located in the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man District of southeastern Idlib. Akar… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Russia reveals Israel bombed Iranian forces in Syria from Jordanian airspace

Published 2019-12-29 10:42:08 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – During a press conference on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Israel of violating Jordanian airspace to bomb the Iranian forces in eastern Syria. According to Haaretz, who cited the Russian Foreign Ministry, Israeli warplanes targeted the Syria-Iraqi border area after flying over neighboring Jordan. The Russian Foreign Ministry accused Israel of also bombing eastern Syria on three other occasions this week, increasing tensions between the latter and Iran. A number of reports from eastern Syria this week claimed that explosions were heard near the border city of Albukamal, which is where the Iranian-backed forces… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Jordan, Syria


ISIS steps up attacks against Syrian Army troops in eastern Syria

Published 2019-12-29 09:39:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) has once again stepped up its activities in the eastern region of Syria, targeting several areas controlled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies. In particular, the Islamic State has repeatedly targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the surrounding areas of the T-3 Pumping Station, Arwad Dam, Al-Sukhnah, and Al-Shoula. These attacks by the Islamic State have resulted in heavy casualties for the Syrian Arab Army, Liwaa Al-Quds,  and National Defense Forces (NDF), forcing them to reinforce their lines across the eastern and central regions of Syria. In… Read on ->

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Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Homs, ISIS, Syria


Iran threatens to sink any ship that approaches their military drills with Russia and China

Published 2019-12-29 09:03:22 by News Desk in Iran

Any spying aircraft spotted in the area of joint drills of Iran, Russia, China will be destroyed, the Coordinating Deputy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army, Habibollah Sayyari, told Tasnim news agency on Saturday. “Many countries are definitely seeking to know what the matter is. Spies have also taken action. A joint war game is no joke, and this is no joking matter for us either. We will hit whatever spying craft in the war game zone, be it watercraft or aircraft, as we have proved having such a capability in the past,” he said. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief of… Read on ->

Tags: China, Iran, Russia


Second video surfaces of Turkish-backed Syrian militants in Libya

Published 2019-12-29 08:38:54 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – A second video of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) inside of Libya has surfaced on the social media platform of Twitter. In the second video, the Syrian National Army can be seen touring an area in the Tripoli District after an alleged battle with the Haftar-led Libyan National Army (LNA). https://twitter.com/MstrMax11/status/1211033854963781634?s=20 The Syrian National Army previously denied sending any forces to Libya; however, there have been two videos that have surfaced in the past 24 hours that prove otherwise.

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Turkey to expedite vote to send troops to Libya before Haftar-led forces take Tripoli

Published 2019-12-29 07:55:21 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan previously expressed hope that the lawmakers would approve the mandate for Libya between 7-8 January. According to the sources from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), cited by the Anadolu news agency, the draft law will be submitted to the parliament on 30 December, while lawmakers will debate on it on 2 January. The final agenda for parliamentary meetings will be agreed on Monday. Earlier this week, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing National Defence Ministry, that the Turkish Armed Forces were ready to be deployed to Libya if necessary. Last month, Ankara and… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Turkey


Video footage of Syrian troops capturing town in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-29 07:41:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the village of Al-Halbah during their large-scale assault to seize the key town of Jarjanaz in southeastern Idlib. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army was able to take hold of Al-Halbah after overrunning the jihadist defenses south of Jarjanaz. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) released a new video on Sunday of the Syrian Arab Army capturing the village from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=55&v=Jw-CuwfyIXA&feature=emb_logo Since capturing Al-Halbah and Jarjanaz, the Syrian Arab Army has faced heavy attacks… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Over 30 jihadists killed, wounded in failed southeast Idlib offensive

Published 2019-12-29 07:02:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a powerful counter-assault in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Saturday, as their forces attempted to advance near the key town of Jarjanaz south of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. According to the Russian Reconciliation Center, the jihadist rebels attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses on two separate occasions on Saturday, with each attempt involving up to 50 militants. The Russian Reconciliation Center confirmed Al-Masdar’s previous report which said the Syrian Arab Army managed to repel the jihadist attack, while inflicting heavy losses within the ranks of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


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