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Egypt flexes strength in Mediterranean as Turkey prepares to deploy troops to neighboring Libya

Published 2020-01-04 23:53:34 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

The Egyptian Navy conducted military drills on Saturday that witnessed the implementation of a full amphibious operation in the Mediterranean, using various military parts, including a helicopter carrier. The spokesman of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Colonel Tamer Al-Rifai, said that the naval forces carried out a full amphibious operation in one of the Mediterranean regions, with the participation of the helicopter carrier Gamal Abdel-Nasser and its combat group, which included their frigates in addition to one of the modern German submarines (209) and a number of anti-submarine units and multiple elements of the special forces harpoon. Al-Rifai explained that… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya

Developing: Israeli warplanes spotted near Syrian border amid increased tensions

Published 2020-01-04 23:34:01 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Israeli warplanes were spotted along the Lebanese-Syrian border for the second time in the last 24 hours, as local reports indicate a heavy presence over the Jabal Sheikh (Mount Hermon) region of Lebanon. According to the reports, Israeli jets were circling the region between the central region of the Beqa’a Governorate and Jabal Sheikh to the south. While the Israeli Air Force did not cross into Syria’s airspace, the presence of these aircraft have likely raised the Syrian military’s alert levels, as Israel often attacks Damascus and Al-Quneitra from this region. Last night’s border flights… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria

Kata’eb Hezbollah warns Iraqi troops to stay away from US bases

Published 2020-01-04 23:12:02 by News Desk in Iraq

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Kata’eb Hezbollah, one of the factions of the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi), called on the Iraqi forces to move away from American bases in the country, apparently in preparation for a response to the U.S. raids on the positions of the faction recently, in addition to the killing of the deputy chief of the organization, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in a raid. A statement issued by Kata’eb Hezbollah said, “The brothers in the Iraqi security services must move away from the bases of the American enemy for a distance of no less than 1,000 meters,… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Thousands of people pour into streets of Karbala to attend Soleimani’s funeral procession: video

Published 2020-01-04 22:59:13 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

Thousands of people flooded the holy city of Karbala on Saturday to participate in a farewell procession for Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in a US airstrike near Bagdad airport on Friday. The funeral service took place at al-Abbas Holy Shrine. Mourners paraded the coffins inside the shrine and later paid their respects to the slain commanders. Various Shiite clerical leaders also attended the ceremony. Similar farewell processions are supposed to take place in the holy city of Najaf in Iraq and later in Ahvaz, Mashhad and Tehran in Iran. Soleimani’s… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Karbala

Iran reserves right to self-defense ‘harsh revenge’ for Soleimani assassination: envoy

Published 2020-01-04 22:50:21 by News Desk in Iran

Calling the US killing of General Qassem Soleimani “criminal” and an act of terrorism, the Iranian envoy to the UN said his country reserves the right to act in self-defense and threatened vengeance in US media interviews. The killing of Soleimani “by any measure, is an obvious example of State terrorism and, as a criminal act, constitutes a gross violation of the fundamental principles of international law, including, in particular, those stipulated in the Charter of the United Nations,” Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi wrote in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council on Friday. Soleimani,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Never before seen video shows aftermath of disastrous jihadist offensive in Idlib

Published 2020-01-04 22:21:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels attempted to retake ground they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) earlier this week, as their forces stormed several sites in the southeastern countryside of Idlib. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels kicked off their counter-offensive by sending two suicide bombers towards the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses west of Al-Tah town. The Syrian Army managed to foil these suicide attacks, which then led to the jihadist rebels storming their positions in a bid to overrun their defenses. However, the jihadist attack would ultimately be repelled by the Syrian… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

New US airstrike reported along Syrian-Iraqi border, 5 killed

Published 2020-01-04 22:10:23 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

An airstrike on the Iraqi-Syrian border and inside Syrian territory was reported by Al-Mayadeen, citing sources that claimed that forces deployed at the border made the security alert. ​Local media claim, citing sources, that the new airstrikes were targeting installations of Iraq’s militia Kataeb Hezbollah in Al-Qaim region on the Iraqi-Syrian border. ​Unconfirmed reports claim that at least 5 people were killed in the US strike targeting “Imam Ali” military base. ​The region is reportedly known to host Iranian-backed militia forces. There has been no confirmation of the attack. The US Department of Defence has not issued any statement. The… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria

Libyan Army shoots down Turkish aircraft near Tripoli: LNA

Published 2020-01-04 08:42:25 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

The Libyan National Army (LNA) said it shot down a Turkish drone over Tripoli, shortly after its leader General Khalifa Haftar called for a holy war against Turkey for supporting a rival government. On Friday, the LNA said it had shot down a Turkish drone south of Tripoli, the seat of the Government of National Accord (GNA). One report identified it as a Bayraktar TB2 armed drone, downed after targeting a column of LNA vehicles. On Thursday, theTurkish parliament approved the deployment of troops, advisers and equipment to Libya to prop up the GNA, the internationally recognized authority which controls… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Syrian Army captures jihadist tank in Idlib: video

Published 2020-01-04 08:32:38 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00  A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently captured an enemy tank in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to the official Facebook page of the 11th Tank Division, their forces captured a tank belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) after the repelling the jihadist counter-offensive. The Syrian Army later posted a video showing their forces capturing the jihadist tank after it was abandoned during their counter-offensive.

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Top Israeli commanders meet to discuss Soleimani’s assassination

Published 2020-01-04 08:11:02 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Israeli defence authorities and national army leaders held a security meeting in Tel Aviv on Friday after Iran’s top Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike at Bagdad International Airport. The photographs show Israeli Minister of Defence Naftali Bennett and Chief of Israel Defence Forces Aviv Kochavi meeting with top security officials to assess the situation. Members of the security cabinet were instructed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to give public comments on the event. Earlier in the day, Netanyahu cut his visit to Greece short and returned to Israel due to the incident…. Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel

US denies carrying out attack that killed 6 members of Hashd Al-Shaabi

Published 2020-01-04 08:01:33 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition denied reports that their forces carried out an attack on a Hashd Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) convoy north of Baghdad last night. “FACT: The Coalition @CJTFOIR did NOT conduct airstrikes near Camp Taji (north of Baghdad) in recent days,” the official Twitter account of the OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III said this morning. Last night, Iraqi TV reported that at least a half dozen members of Hashd Al-Shaabi were killed in an attack inside the city of Taiji. Following this report, several claims began to surface on social media that… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Update: US airstrike targeted Hashd Al-Shaabi convoy north of Baghdad – Iraq TV

Published 2020-01-04 01:14:24 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – Minutes ago, Iraqi state TV and Al-Sumaria TV reported that the U.S. Coalition targeted a convoy belonging to Hashd Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) north of Baghdad. According to report, the U.S. Coalition destroyed two vehicles belonging to Hashd Al-Shaabi inside the city of Taiji, killing several members of the paramilitary group. No further details were released. This latest attack comes just 24 hours after the U.S. Air Force targeted a vehicle carrying Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Hashd Al-Shaabi Deputy Commander Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes.  

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq

Developing: Alleged US airstrikes target convoy north of Baghdad

Published 2020-01-04 01:04:55 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – Shortly after 12:30 A.M. (local time), new reports surfaced about alleged U.S. airstrikes north of the Iraqi capital. According to the reports, the alleged U.S. airstrikes targeted the city of Taiji, which is located in the Salaheddine Governorate of Iraq. The alleged airstrikes were said to have targeted a convoy of vehicles that were traveling along the highway between cities of Samarra and Baghdad. No further details have been released; furthermore, these strikes have yet to be confirmed by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.

Tags: Iraq

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