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Update: Suspected Israeli missiles hit Syrian airbase that houses Iranian troops

Published 2020-01-14 23:00:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – Several missiles targeted the T-4 Military Airport in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, a source told Al-Masdar News from Damascus. According to the source, a number of explosions were heard at the airbase after some of the missiles managed to hit their intended targets. He would add that while some of the missiles did hit the base, the Syrian air defenses were able to intercept a number of the projectiles after they were fired from a suspected Israeli aircraft. While there is no confirmation about who is behind the attack, field reporters are… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Israel, Syria


Developing: Syrian air defenses activated at key airbase in eastern Homs

Published 2020-01-14 22:45:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:35 P.M.) – The Syrian air defenses were reportedly activated at the T-4 Military Airport in eastern Homs this evening. According to preliminary reports, the Syrian military activated their air defenses after “hostile missiles” targeted this key installation in eastern Homs. The T-4 Airport houses both Russian and Iranian troops; it has also been targeted by the Israeli Armed Forces on a number of occasions in the past two years. More details to come…

Tags: Homs, Syria


Update: At least one rocket hits Iraqi base hosting US forces

Published 2020-01-14 21:09:02 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – At least one rocket struck an Iraqi military base that is hosting the U.S. Armed Forces this evening, the Iraqi security forces announced this evening. According to the Iraqi security forces, the rocket targeted Camp Taiji in the Salaheddine Governorate; this base is located just north of Baghdad and east of the Samarra-Baghdad Highway. No casualties were reported. Tonight’s attack on Camp Taiji marks the second time in the last two weeks that this installation has been the target of rocket fire. The last attack on Camp Taiji did not cause any casualties; however, those… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Breaking: New missile strikes reported at Iraqi military base hosting US forces

Published 2020-01-14 20:42:41 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Several missiles were reported to have targeted a base hosting U.S. troops north of Baghdad this evening, resulting in a number of explosions near the Baghdad-Samarra Highway. According to the reports, the missiles targeted Camp Taiji in the Salaheddine Governorate, which was one of the sites previously targeted by unknown rockets two weeks ago. No casualties have been reported and no attack has been confirmed by the Iraqi security forces as of yet. More details to follow….

Tags: Iraq, Taiji


US had legal authority to attack Iranian soil: Esper

Published 2020-01-14 19:29:46 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

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The United States has the legal and constitutional authority to continue attacking ‘Iranian proxies’, in Iraq or even on Iran’s home soil, in response to attacks against US troops, Defence Secretary Mark Esper has said. “We hold Iran responsible for its proxies, and we will retain the right to exercise self-defence and take action where legally available and appropriate to hold those proxies accountable for their actions,” the Pentagon chief said, speaking to NPR. According to Esper, President Trump is entitled to attack Iran under Article 2 of the US Constitution, which gives the president the power to unilaterally engage… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq


Ansarallah forces shoot down enemy aircraft along Saudi-Yemeni border

Published 2020-01-14 18:34:11 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Tuesday that their rocket battalion shot down an enemy aircraft inside southern Saudi Arabia. According to the Ansarallah forces, their troops shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was flying over their positions in the Jizan region of southern Saudi Arabia. The spy aircraft was reportedly shot down over the mountainous area that links Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces loyal to the Ansarallah group, Brigadier Yahya Sare’a, revealed in late December that ” the air defenses managed during 2019 to shoot down 69… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Breaking: Moqtada Al-Sadr calls for one million person march against US military presence in Iraq

Published 2020-01-14 16:21:21 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – Sayyed Moqtada Al-Sadr called on Iraqis via Twitter on Tuesday to form a million person march against the U.S. military presence in Iraq. The call for the massive protest comes just a week after the Iraqi Parliament voted in favor of all foreign forces leaving Iraq. The Iraqi Parliament’s vote was came in response to the U.S.’ assassination of Quds Force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani and the Popular Mobilization Units Deputy Commander Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes near the Baghdad Airport. Sayyed Al-Sadr, who controlled one of the most powerful paramilitaries during the Iraq War (2003-2010), had… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Iran makes arrests over accidental downing of Ukrainian airliner

Published 2020-01-14 16:01:25 by News Desk in Iran

Arrests have been made in connection with the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran, Iran’s judiciary has announced, following President Hassan Rouhani’s call for a special probe into the deadly accident. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told Iranian state media on Tuesday that individuals had been detained as part of “extensive investigations” into the incident. He did not disclose how many people had been arrested. Earlier, Rouhani said in a speech that a special court should be established to try the case. He noted that “the entire the world will be watching this court” and vowed that responsible… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Iran says 25 million people attended Qassem Soleimani’s funeral

Published 2020-01-14 15:54:13 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Spokesman of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC) Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif said on Tuesday that approximately 25 million people attended the three-day-long funeral procession of Major-General Qassem Soleimani. “When the body of the late General was repatriated, in five cities of Ahvaz, Mashhad, Tehran, Qom and Kerman, 25 million people took part in massive street funeral processions,” Sharif said on Tuesday. The IRGC commander added that the large turnout was a strong message to the U.S. administration regarding the magnitude of their assassination. The Quds Force commander and the Popular Mobilization Units Deputy… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani


Erdogan vows to teach Libya’s Haftar a lesson over Tripoli offensive

Published 2020-01-14 15:23:22 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to teach a lesson to Commander of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar if he did not stop attacks on the Government of National Accord’s positions. “Turkey is carefully watching the steps by legitimate Libyan authorities and allies of General Khalifa Haftar. If the strikes on positions of the legitimate Libyan authorities resume, Turkey is ready to teach a lesson to Haftar,” Erdogan said. Erdogan added that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar at first backed the ceasefire deal on Libya but later “ran away” from Moscow, where talks were held with the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


New footage shows aftermath of Iranian attack on US forces in Iraq

Published 2020-01-14 13:45:42 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Armed Forces have begun clearing the rubble at the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Base in the Al-Anbar Governorate after Iranian missiles targeted the installation last week. Footage shows U.S. troops were clearing rubble and debris on Monday from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq on Monday, days after it went under a ballistic missile attack by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. https://youtu.be/_G7bDxIEpAA The Iranian attack was conducted in response to the U.S.’ assassination of Quds Force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani and the Deputy Commander of the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) Abu… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Iraq


Iraqi gov’t gets final say on US troops in Iraq: Pompeo

Published 2020-01-14 13:21:54 by News Desk in Iraq

The final decision on US military presence in Iraq will be made by the country’s government, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said on Monday in a speech at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. “Ultimately, our force posture will be resolved inside of Iraq, we will work along the duly elected leaders in Iraq to get to the right place, but I’ve probably had 50 phone calls with various Iraqis over just these past 10 days – Sunni leaders, Kurdish leaders, Shia leaders from a broad spectrum of the Shia community as well. They won’t all say so publicly,… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Pompeo, US


Erdogan threatens to resume operation in northeastern Syria

Published 2020-01-14 12:32:21 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BERIUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to resume military operations in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley if the Syrian Kurds do not abide by the ceasefire. “We will launch the military operation again if the ceasefire is not adhered to,” Erdogan threatened. He then turned his attention to Idlib, where he said that if the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) violates the cease, the Turkish forces will step in to stop them. “Previously, the Syrian regime was violating the ceasefire, but now the situation is different,” Erdogan said in a speech on… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, Syria, Turkey


Jihadists are moving from Syria’s Idlib to Libya: Russian FM

Published 2020-01-14 12:10:21 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on the Tuesday that extremists are moving from Syria’s Idlib to Libya. “About 90% of the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic is under the control of the legitimate government, and what remains are hotbeds of terrorist activity, primarily in Idlib, where extremists gradually lose their positions , but unfortunately,” the Russian foreign minister said at a joint press conference after his talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunadivarden. “They are talking again about a relationship between Syria and Libya. They are going there to continue to cause… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia, Syria


Clashes resume inside Tripoli after rival Libyan leaders meet in Moscow

Published 2020-01-14 11:51:39 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Clashes have resumed inside the Libyan capital today after the rival Libyan leaders, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and Fayez Al-Sarraj, met in Moscow to discuss a potential ceasefire. According to Al-Arabia, the Libyan National Army (LNA) an Government of National Accord (GNA) forces clashed in the Salaheddine and ‘Ayn Zara areas of Tripoli, resulting in a heavy exchange of gunfire. On Sunday, the LNA and Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) announced a ceasefire, effectively halting the months-long LNA offensive to take the GNA-held capital of Tripoli. The truce reportedly appears fragile, however, as rival… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Breaking: Erdogan vows to stop Syrian Army’s advance into Idlib

Published 2020-01-14 11:42:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – During his press conference at the AK Party’s parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to stop the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) advance in the Idlib Governorate. Erdogan, who has been one of the most staunch supporters of the opposition groups in Syria, threatened to prevent the Syrian Army’s advance further in Idlib if they do not allow the 400,000 displaced people to return to their homes. The Turkish President vowed to step in and confront the Syrian Armed Forces if they do not take his threat seriously. In… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


Iraq will not sign agreement to keep US forces inside country

Published 2020-01-14 10:43:46 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – William Warda, the spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, said that his country will not sign an agreement to keep the American forces in Iraq to continue fighting against ISIS, stressing that the Iraqi government will support the parliament’s vote on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country. “Up to this point, the Iraqi government is committed to implementing the decision of the Iraqi parliament, which stipulates that all foreign forces should withdraw from Iraq. Foreign forces do not only mean the presence of American forces. But all other foreign forces are in… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq


ISIS launches heavy attacks against Syrian Army troops in east Homs

Published 2020-01-14 10:31:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a number of attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate on Monday. According to a field report from the Homs Governorate, the Islamic State launched heavy attacks in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah region, resulting in fierce clashes between the terrorists and Syrian Arab Army. The report said the Syrian Arab Army suffered over ten casualties as a result of these clashes; however, they managed to hold their ground and did not concede their military posts to the terrorist forces. At the same… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Syria


Assad awards Qassem Soleimani Syria’s highest honor

Published 2020-01-14 10:14:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has honored the late commander of the Quds Force, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, with Syria’s highest award this week. According to Syrian state TV, General Soleimani was given the “Hero of the Syrian Arab Republic” honor posthumously for his contributions to Syria. The award was presented to the Iranian Minister of Defense Brigadier General Amir Hatami by his Syrian counterpart General ‘Ali Ayoub ‘Abdullah on Sunday. General Ayoub praised the late commander of the Quds Force during his meeting with his Iranian counterpart on Sunday, pointing out that Soleimani made great sacrifices… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Soleimani, Syria


US and Russian forces send reinforcements to northeastern Syria

Published 2020-01-14 09:53:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – A large convoy of Russian military vehicles were seen making their way along the International Highway to the Al-Hasakah Governorate last night, as they increase the size of their forces in northeastern Syria. According to a military source in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Russian reinforcements traveled to the border cities of Al-Derbasiyeh and Al-Qamishli, along with key towns like Abu Rasin and Tal Tamr. The Russian Armed Forces are now conducting joint patrols with their Turkish counterparts along the vast Syrian-Turkish border. At the same time, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Russia, Syria, US


Pompeo likens Soleimani to Bin Laden, says Iran should act like Norway: video

Published 2020-01-14 09:23:55 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, World-News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has continued to criticise Iran and relayed the US strategy to “re-established deterrence,” in a conference on Monday at Stanford University in California. Pompeo likened Soleimani to Osama Bin Laden, saying they had killed 600 Americans, and said it was “why thousands of Iraqis took to the streets to celebrate when they heard Soleimani was dead. Many more would have undoubtedly joined them but for the fear that the remaining Iranian-backed thugs – many of which were at the gates of the American embassy in the days before – would have beaten them or… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Norway, Soleimani


Libya’s Haftar leaves Russia without signing ceasefire agreement

Published 2020-01-14 09:14:50 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, left the Russian capital of Moscow this week without signing the ceasefire agreement sponsored by Turkey and Russia. “The Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has now left Moscow for Benghazi, and he will not sign the agreement unless a timetable is set to end and disband the militias,” an LNA source told Sputnik Arabic, noting that “this is a point of contention for not signing it.” The source added, “The Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Hifter,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya


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