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Breaking: Jihadist rebels retake important town in southern Aleppo

Published 2020-01-29 22:56:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a powerful counter-attack this evening to retake all of the areas they lost to the Syrian Republican Guard forces earlier in the day. READ ALSO: Syrian RT correspondent seriously wounded in Idlib Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Forces (NLF), the militant forces stormed the Syrian military’s positions in southern Aleppo after regrouping near the Aleppo-Idlib Highway (M-5). According to reports from this front, the militants were able to reclaim Khan Touman and several other points in southern Aleppo following a fierce battle with the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Syrian Army advances within 4km of Saraqib after capturing another town in Idlib

Published 2020-01-29 22:37:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is still advancing in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, despite several hours of clashes with the jihadist rebels in the area. READ ALSO: Syrian Army tank in action against jihadists in Idlib Backed by heavy artillery, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) seized another town in eastern Idlib after a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) this evening. According to a field report from the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division captured the… Read on ->

Tags: Saraqib, Syria


Syrian Army uncovers network of tunnels in Ma’arat Al-Nu’man: video

Published 2020-01-29 21:53:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a network of tunnels inside the recently captured city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in the Idlib countryside. READ ALSO: Russian Air Force launches rare attack on Idlib city According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military was combing through Ma’arat Al-Nu’man when they uncovered these tunnels inside the city. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-VbkM3AVrQ Since capturing Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, the Syrian Arab Army has been combing through the city to make sure there are no militants left and no explosives hidden inside the city.

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian RT correspondent seriously injured in Idlib

Published 2020-01-29 20:08:56 by News Desk in Syria

RT correspondent Wafa Shabrouney received serious injuries while filming a weapons cache left behind by retreating militants in the recently liberated city of Maarat al-Numan, the television channel has reported on its Telegram channel. According to her driver, the journalist is alive and is being taken to a hospital in the city of Hama after receiving emergency medical treatment in Khan Shaykhun. “We ask for prayers for our journalist Wafa Shabrouney, who is now in hospital in serious condition after being injured near Idlib,” Sputnik and RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan wrote on Twitter. “Everyone is doing everything possible to save… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Watch: Syrian military tank in action against jihadists in Idlib

Published 2020-01-29 19:46:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – A Syrian Republican Guard tank was filmed in action against the jihadist rebels in the Idlib country. READ ALSO: IDF tank flips over during military drill along Lebanese border The video, which was taken in the Idlib Governorate, shows the Syrian Republican Guard tank striking the jihadist positions several times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH11QUwMY-s

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army keeps rolling in Idlib as new town captured south of Saraqib

Published 2020-01-29 19:17:30 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has captured another town in eastern Idlib after advancing north from the strategic city of Mara’at Al-Nu’man. READ ALSO: Syrian Army has plans to retake western Aleppo According to a new report from eastern Idlib, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) captured the town of ‘Ayn Halban, which is located south of Saraqib. This latest advance comes just hours after the Syrian Arab Army captured the town of Khan Al-Sabil and two other villages north of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. The Syrian Arab Army now finds… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Saraqib, Syria


Iraqi forces arrest ISIS weapons smuggler along Syrian border

Published 2020-01-29 18:26:20 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Iraqi security services arrested a terrorist who was supplying weapons to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization in the Al-Qa’im District of western Iraq. READ ALSO: ISIS launches heavy attack along Syria-Iraq border  Detachments of the Military Intelligence Division in the 8th Division, in cooperation with the intelligence of the 30th Infantry Brigade, arrested a terrorist in the Tal Al-Rummana district in Al-Qa’im. The Iraqi security forces have been closely monitoring the Iraq-Syria border to prevent the Islamic State from crossing back and forth to continue their terrorist operations. Earlier this month, the Swat… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


Macron accuses Turkey of transferring Syrian mercenaries to Libya

Published 2020-01-29 17:28:03 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of breaching the pledges it made during the Berlin conference held on January 19 to settle the Libyan crisis, noting that France had monitored during the past days ships transporting Syrian mercenaries to Libya. Macron said, during a press conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Paris today that “Turkey has broken its pledges made during the Berlin conference,” adding, “In recent days, we have detected Turkish ships carrying Syrian mercenaries who have arrived in Libya.” He continued: “France supports Greece and Cyprus in their sovereignty on their… Read on ->

Tags: France, Libya, Macron, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army captures strategic town in southern Aleppo

Published 2020-01-29 17:11:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – For the first time in years, the Syrian Armed Forces are in full control of the strategic town of Khan Touman in southern Aleppo. READ ALSO: Syrian Army enters strategic town in southern Idlib  According to a military source entrenched with Division 30 of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Armed Forces captured Khan Touman this afternoon following a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). The source said the town was on the verge of falling this morning after the Syrian Army captured all of the hilltops east of Khan Touman;… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Yemeni military spokesperson announces capture of strategic district by Ansarallah forces

Published 2020-01-29 17:00:25 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The spokesperson for Sana’a-based Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier-General Yahya Sare’a, announced the full capture of the strategic Nihm District in the eastern part of the Sana’a Governorate. READ ALSO: Important battle taking place in northern Yemen for key roadway – details “All of the Nihm District, east of the capital, Sana’a, has been liberated and we have reached the western part of Marib,” the Yemeni military spokesperson said on Wednesday. “The Bunyan Al-Marsous operation has liberated 2,500 kilometers of territory and thousands of enemy forces were killed, injured and captured,” he said. He referred to… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Ansarallah forces launches new attack on Saudi Aramco facilities

Published 2020-01-29 16:10:30 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces (var. Houthi) announced on Wednesday that their rocket battalion unleashed a new attack on the Saudi Aramco oil facilities in the southern region of Saudi Arabia. READ ALSO: Ansarallah forces capture strategic district in devastating defeat for Saudi-backed troops According to the commander of the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Defense Minister, Brigadier-General Yahya Sare’a, the rocket battalion “targeted Aramco in Jizan and the airports of Abha and Jizan and Khamis Mushait base and sensitive targets in the Saudi depth with a large number of missiles and drones.” Sare’a said the Yemeni Armed Forces were… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Aramco, Yemen


Jihadist defenses crumble as Syrian Army troops advance towards key city in Idlib

Published 2020-01-29 15:56:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The jihadist defenses have deteriorated in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues to advance north towards to the Aleppo border. READ ALSO: Syrian Army captures Ma’arat Al-Nu’man and Wadi Al-Deif Base Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army captured the town of Khan Sabil after advancing north from recently seized Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army is now within nine kilometers of Saraqib, which is a strategic city that is located along two… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian air defense system took down 100 drones around the world

Published 2020-01-29 15:08:38 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Pantsir-S air defense missile system took down some 100 drones around the world over the course of its service, says Valery Slugin – the chief air defense designer KBP JSC, a division of Rostec’s High Precision Weapons JSC. READ ALSO: Russian military foils jihadist attack on Hmeimim Airbase “About one hundred, maybe more,” Slugin said in interview for TASS. “That includes Syria and other regions.” Slugin reminded that there are two Pantsir divisions deployed in Syria: the Russian one, located at Hmeimim airbase, and a Syrian one. He admitted that jury-rigged terrorist drones repeatedly used to attack the… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia


Syrian military captures new areas in southern Aleppo as jihadist defenses collapse

Published 2020-01-29 14:27:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Syrian military is rolling in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, as their troops have seized more ground from the jihadist rebels on Wednesday. READ ALSO: Syrian Army captures new ground in southern Aleppo Led by Division 30 of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army scored a new advance near the town of Khan Sheikhoun after launching a heavy attack on the jihadist defenses in southern Aleppo. According to a field report from southern Aleppo this afternoon, the Syrian Republican Guard managed to capture several points around Khan Touman, including some warehouses… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Russian air defense system successfully fought off jihadist mobiles in Syria

Published 2020-01-29 13:40:23 by News Desk in Syria

Russia’s Pantsyr-S anti-aircraft missile systems successfully struck ground targets with their guns in Syria, in particular, terrorists’ jihad mobiles, Chief Designer for Air Defense Systems at the Shipunov Design Bureau of Instrument Engineering (part of High Precision Systems Company within the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) Valery Slugin told TASS on Wednesday. READ ALSO: Russia detected 6 F_35 jets near borders of Iran after attack on US base – Lavrov  “The Pantsyr can shield itself, for example, against an infantry fighting vehicle or a jihad mobile and this is how its guns were used in Syria and this use proved to… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Syrian Army continues advance in Idlib, seizes new town

Published 2020-01-29 13:25:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their advance in the Idlib countryside on Wednesday, as their troops managed to capture new ground from the jihadist rebels near Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. READ ALSO: Syrian Army’s first look at Ma’arat Al-Nu’man after large-scale Idlib advance – video According to a new field report in the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army captured the town of Al-Haradah this afternoon after they advanced north of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. The report said the Syrian Arab Army has now secured all flanks of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, while also pushing north along the strategic Idlib-Hama… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Erdogan slams Trump’s new Mid-East peace plan, demands US deliver F-35 jets

Published 2020-01-29 13:11:35 by News Desk in Turkey

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump unveiled his peace plan for the Middle East aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. READ ALSO: Trump to unveil ‘great Mid-East peace plan’, warns Palestinians may not like it Trump’s Mideast peace plan is “absolutely unacceptable”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. “Jerusalem is sacred for Muslims. The plan to give Jerusalem to Israel is absolutely unacceptable. This plan ignores Palestinians’ rights and is aimed at legitimising Israel’s occupation,” Erdogan said, as quoted by CNN Turk broadcaster. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump unveiled his Mideast peace plan during a joint press statement with… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Turkey


Hezbollah rejects and condemns Trump’s Middle East plan

Published 2020-01-29 12:08:58 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Hezbollah issued a statement condemning and rejecting the Middle East peace plan unveiled by the Trump administration on Tuesday. Al-Manar TV quoted a party statement saying: “The shameful deal is a very dangerous step, and it will have very bad repercussions for the future of the region and its people.” The statement added that the settlement project, which is part of this deal, is aimed at ending the right of return and depriving the Palestinian people of their rights in their land, as well as aiming to liquidate the Palestinian cause from the memory of… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Palestine


Breaking: Syrian Army cracks jihadist lines for first major advance in southwest Aleppo

Published 2020-01-29 11:52:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:35 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a new advance in the southwestern corridor of Aleppo after an intense battle with the jihadist rebels this morning. READ ALSO: Syrian Army begins offensive in western Aleppo According to a field source in the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division managed to crack the jihadist lines at the Rashiddeen 5 sector, resulting in the capture of this site near the strategic Rashideen 4 sector. The source said the Syrian Army is now pushing their way north towards the Rashiddeen 4 sector, which is an important… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Video tour of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man after Syrian Army captures city

Published 2020-01-29 11:41:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the strategic city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man after a three-day-long battle with the jihadist rebels in eastern Idlib. READ ALSO: First scenes from Ma’arat Al-Nu’man after Syrian Army captures city According to a field source in the area, the Syrian Arab Army captured the city after the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) completely withdraw from Ma’arat Al-Nu’man and its surrounding areas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDJgJPUvMKA The ANNA News Agency captured footage of the Syrian Arab Army’s first moments inside of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, as they documented the operation from the start. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdW4DNpkfqU… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

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‘We will never recognize a Palestinian state under any circumstances’: Israeli MoD

Published 2020-01-29 11:13:16 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett, stated that Israel should have sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, stressing that Israel will not recognize the Palestinian state under any circumstances after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the details of his plan for peace in the Middle East. READ ALSO: Israel to have early general elections after Netanyahu-Bennett meeting  “Israeli sovereignty must be in all the lands of Judea and Samaria,” Bennett wrote in a tweet. “We will not allow recognition of the Palestinian state under any circumstances.” Bennett emphasized that “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will announce the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine


Syrian military attempts to capture town in southern Aleppo

Published 2020-01-29 11:00:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Syrian military has resumed their offensive in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this morning, as they attempt to capture the town of Khan Touman from the jihadist rebels. READ ALSO: Syrian Army expands attack across jihadist-held Aleppo Led by the Republican Guard’s Division 30, the Syrian military began their attack on Wednesday by storming the jihadist rebel defenses in eastern Khan Touman. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian military is attempting to advance into Khan Sheikhoun in order to establish new points near the Aleppo-Idlib Highway (M-5). If… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


‘Jerusalem is not for sale’ – Mahmoud Abbas to Donald Trump

Published 2020-01-29 10:38:17 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reacted to the ‘peace plan’ announced by his US counterpart Donald Trump, in Ramallah on Tuesday. READ ALSO: Trump to unveil ‘great Mid-East peace plan’, warns Palestinians may not like it “Jerusalem is not for sale and all of our rights are not for sale or for compromise,” he said, before adding that “plots, deals of the century and plans to liquidate the Palestinian cause are doomed to failure.” Abbas also thanked Palestinians “for their big stand in the face of the occupation, and for refusing the so-called deal of the… Read on ->

Tags: Abbas, Israel, Palestine, Trump


Moment Syrian Army troops launch attack to capture Ma’arat Al-Nu’man: video

Published 2020-01-29 10:26:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the key city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man on Tuesday after launching a three-day-long operation in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. READ ALSO: Syrian Army within 13km of strategic city near Aleppo border According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army was able to capture Ma’arat Al-Nu’man after cutting off the last road out of the city from nearby Kafr Rouma in the eastern part of Idlib. In a video released late on Tuesday, the Syrian Arab Army troops can be seen entering Ma’arat Al-Nu’man…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Pentagon increases total US soldiers wounded to 50 after Iranian attack

Published 2020-01-29 10:08:26 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Pentagon announced that 50 military personnel were wounded with brain injuries in the aftermath of the missile attack launched by Iran on two Iraqi military installations, CNN Arabic reported. READ ALSO: Over 1 million people attended march against US presence in Iraq – police commander “As of today, 50 members of the U.S. military have been diagnosed with brain injuries,” Pentagon spokesman Thomas Campbell said in a statement Tuesday evening, noting that symptoms include concussive injuries, headache, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and nausea, CNN reported. “Of these 50, 31 service members in Iraq… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US


Trump unveils ‘Deal of the Century’ for Israeli-Palestinian peace: full video

Published 2020-01-29 09:49:50 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) -US President Donald #Trump is unveiling his ‘Deal of the Century’, a long-awaited #peaceplan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians have already said they are not accepting whatever Trump is going to offer. READ ALSO: Israel to officially allow citizens to visit Saudi Arabia Trump is presenting his plan alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a ceremony in the White House in Washington, DC. The Israeli leader said his proposal is “the opportunity of a century.” Trump believes that while the Palestinians will reject it initially, “in the end they will” because “in fact… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Trump


Turkey vows to respond if Syrian Army endangers their military posts in Idlib

Published 2020-01-29 09:39:06 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Ankara will take decisive retaliatory measures should the Syrian Arab Army threaten its observation posts in the Syrian province of Idlib amid an uptick in violence in the region, Turkey’s Ministry of National Defence said in a statement on Tuesday. READ ALSO: Syrian Army seizes 3 more towns in Idlib According to the ministry statement, Syrian government forces are continuing a ground and air offensive despite a January 12 ceasefire. The intensification of hostilities in the region is also causing significant numbers of civilians to flee the region, the statement said. “Any attempt to endanger the security of our Observation… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


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