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Russia sends another warship armed with cruise missiles to Syria

Published 2019-12-22 23:30:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Russian Navy is sending another warship to the eastern Mediterranean, the Interfax News Agency reported on Saturday. According to the Interfax report, the Admiral Essen frigate, which is equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles, is transiting Sevastopol en route to Syria’s Port of Tartous. Interfax said the crew is currently passing the Black Sea straits of the Bosphorus and Dardanelles. It is planned that by the end of the day, today, the frigate will join the forces of the permanent connection of the Navy in the far sea zone. In the Mediterranean, the Russian squadron… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Syrian air defenses shoot down 2 enemy drones over Hama Airport

Published 2019-12-22 23:21:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Syrian air defenses at the  Hama Military Airport in central repelled an attack by two enemy drones. According to a source in the Hama Governorate, the Syrian military tracked two enemy attack drones that were heading south from Idlib to the airport. The Syrian military then proceeded to shoot down the enemy drones before they could bomb this imperative installation in the Hama Governorate. The attempted drone attack by the jihadist rebels came shortly after their forces lost the town of Al-Tah in the southeastern countryside of Idlib. Similar to the Hmeimim Airport for… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Jihadist suicide attack kills 6 Syrian soldiers in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-22 23:09:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Russian Army announced the death of six Syrian soldiers and the hospitalization of 13 others in a suicide attack in Idlib governorate, northern Syria. READ ALSO: JIHADIST DEFENSES COLLAPSING AS SYRIAN ARMY TROOPS CAPTURE SEVERAL TOWNS IN SOUTHEAST IDLIB: MAP The head of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Major-General Yuri Borenkov, said that the Syrian Army forces repelled an attack by gunmen from the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham terrorist group; however, during this assault, the jihadist forces managed to carry out a suicide bombing. Borenkov added that the militants ’attack was stopped by artillery fire from… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Prominent Syrian Army commander makes appearance in southeast Idlib: video

Published 2019-12-22 22:51:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The prominent commander of the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), Major General Suheil Al-Hassan, made an appearance in southeastern Idlib on Sunday. General Al-Hassan was seen taking off in a military helicopter as he observes the ongoing Syrian Arab Army offensive in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdyvfLfy9zc It is not a surprise to see the military commander near the battlefield, as he has been known to make appearances at the front-lines during offensives.

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Frontline footage of Syrian Army troops advancing in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-22 22:29:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces were filmed near the town of Ma’arat al-Nu’man in southeastern Idlib on Saturday, as they continue their offensive. The frontline footage that was captured of the fierce battle on Sunday shows soldiers deploying tanks and artillery, as they advanced in the area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_aG7tdQYKE The Syrian Army’s attack would prove successful on Sunday as they were able to capture several towns and villages in southeastern Idlib. As a result of this advance, the Syrian Army finds themselves within striking distance of the jihadist stronghold, Jarjanaz, which is one of the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Netanyahu applauds UAE Foreign Minister’s tweet supporting Gulf-Israel pact

Published 2019-12-22 22:21:30 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his contentment over United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s retweet of a journalist’s analysis about “an Arab-Israeli alliance…taking shape in the Middle East.” “I welcome the closer relations between Israel and many Arab states. The time has come for normalization and peace,” Netanyahu tweeted in a dual-language English-Arabic tweet. Sheikh Abdullah’s tweet linking to an analysis in The Spectator garnered media attention on Saturday, including 1,600 retweets and over 4,000 likes. The article he linked to, written by former Tony Blair advisor and ex-Council on Foreign Relations fellow Ed… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, UAE


New footage shows Syrian troops closing in on Turkish military post in Idlib

Published 2019-12-22 20:33:30 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – A new video posted by RusVesna on Sunday showed the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops closing in on the Turkish military’s observation post in the town of Sarman. In the video, which was captured by a drone, the Syrian Army troops can be seen moving towards the Turkish observation post, but they do not engage the latter’s forces there. https://youtu.be/jt7KUUOati4 The Syrian Army will likely surround the Turkish observation post, but allow the troops there to continue to use the road to resupply and redeploy their forces in this area southeast of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. In… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Breaking: Syrian Army captures new town in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-22 18:25:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured new ground in southeastern Idlib this evening after launching another big attack in the area. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army attacked the town of Al-Tah, which was under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allied militants. According to a report from the area, the Syrian Army has taken control of Al-Tah following a short battle with the jihadist rebels. At the same time, the Syrian Army is working to isolate the Turkish military’s observation post, which… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Libyan Army seizes ship with Turkish crew in the Mediterranean

Published 2019-12-22 18:17:26 by News Desk in North-Africa

The Libyan National Army (LNA) forces seized a ship with a Turkish crew off the Libyan coast, the LNA’s press service said on Sunday. READ ALSO: LIBYAN ARMY VOWS TO REPEL ANY TURKISH MILITARY ATTACK, WILLING TO BATTLE IN MEDITERRANEAN “A vessel under the flag of Grenada, with a team of Turkish citizens on board, was detained,” the press service said. The news comes amid growing cooperation between Turkey and the UN-backed Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA). On Saturday, Turkey’s parliament has ratified a memorandum on military cooperation signed with GNA in late November. Earlier in December, LNA troops,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Mediterranean


Syrian Army makes big advance in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-22 16:20:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – For the third day in a row, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has scored a big advance in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Backed by heavy Russian strikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps and 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces) managed to capture several sites in southeastern Idlib after launching another big assault on the jihadist defenses. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army captured the towns and villages of Al-Haraki, Al-Halbah, Tahtaya, Bustan, Farwan, and Burj after another fierce battle with the jihadist rebels in… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army’s death toll after two-days of battle in southeast Idlib rises to 40

Published 2019-12-22 00:40:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a large-scale offensive in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Thursday, marking the first time since September that they have launched such a wide-scale operation. This operation, which is led by the 5th Corps and 25th Special Mission Forces Division, has already proven successful for the army, as they have captured over 15 towns and villages within a 48-hour-period. However, while the Syrian Army has no doubt scored a big advance in southeast Idlib, it has also come at a high price for the troops. According to… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian warship armed with cruise missiles heads to Syrian waters: photos

Published 2019-12-22 00:26:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 A.M.) – A Russian warship that is armed with cruise missiles was reportedly spotted on Saturday, transiting the Bosphorus Strait that links the Mediterranean and Black seas. READ ALSO: RUSSIAN CARGO SHIP HEADS TO DELIVER MILITARY EQUIPMENT (PHOTOS) According to maritime observer, Yoruk Isik, the Russian warship, the Admiral Grigorovich, transited the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Port of Tartous in western Syria. https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1208336169324470272?s=20 As pointed out by Isik, the Russian warship is armed with Kalibr SS-N-27 cruise missiles, which could provide support to the Syrian Armed Forces during their ongoing operation in the Idlib Governorate…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Saudi Arabia allegedly deploys troops large Syrian oilfield: media

Published 2019-12-22 00:07:40 by News Desk in Gulf, Syria

Saudi Arabia has reportedly deployed dozens of combat troops to a major oilfield in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr as the United States and some of its regional allies are vying with one another to seize oil reserves and plunder natural resources in the war-battered country. READ ALSO: SAUDI OIL GIANT ARRIVES IN NORTHEAST SYRIA Informed local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Arabic service of Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency that the Saudi soldiers arrived at Omar oil field aboard helicopters. The sources added that the troops are expected to guard Saudi and Egyptian experts, who… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Syria, Turkey


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