Syrian Army troops advance in East Ghouta (Source: AFP).

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Syrian Army will push to one of the most important cities in northwest Syria: video

Published 2019-12-26 20:27:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will be pushing towards the strategic city of Saraqib in northeastern Idlib, a new report from the aforementioned governorate read on Thursday. According to the report, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division and its allies will not only attempt to capture Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, but also, Saraqib near the Aleppo Governorate’s administrative border. If the Syrian Army is successful, they will control one of the most important points in northwestern Syria. The reason for its importance is due to the fact that its the only city in Syria… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria


Turkey is ready to send troops to Libya: Erdogan

Published 2019-12-26 20:07:41 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

Libya’s internationally recognized government will officially request military support from Turkey if the war over the capital escalates, the Tripoli-based interior minister said on Thursday. “If the situation escalates then we have the right to defend Tripoli and its residents,” Reuters quoted Fathi Bashagha as telling reporters in Tunis. Eastern forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar have been trying to take Tripoli since April. Earlier on Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara would send troops to Libya as soon as next month as it had received a request from Tripoli. “Since there is an invitation [from Libya] right… Read on ->

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Tags: Erdogan, Libya, Turkey


The resistance front will never be defeated: Iranian commander

Published 2019-12-26 19:58:47 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Major General Yahya al-Safawi, adviser to the commander-in-chief of the Iranian Armed Forces, said that the resistance front had expanded in the region, and that enemies would never be able to defeat this front. These comments came during a speech delivered by Safavi on the occasion of the conclusion of the “1,500 martyrs” conference in Hormozgan Province, southern Iran, on Thursday, as he indicated that Israel was feeling a lack of security within its borders, the Fars News Agency reported. On the other hand, Major General Safavi stressed that the Yemeni people are oppressed, and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria


Syrian Army advances in northeast Latakia after intense battle with jihadists

Published 2019-12-26 19:27:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) made another attempt to advance in northeastern Latakia this week after being repelled by the jihadist forces on Tuesday. Led by the 42nd Brigade of the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Army began their attack by launching heavy artillery and missiles towards the jihadist defenses at the northern part of the Zuwayqat Mountains. Following this barrage of artillery and missiles, the Syrian Army stormed the defenses of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in a bid to capture some of the hills in the area. According… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Syrian President sends message to Palestinian Archbishop after poisoning

Published 2019-12-26 19:17:00 by News Desk in Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Chargé d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in the Jordanian capital, Amman, visited the Archbishop of Sebastia of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna, who was hospitalized after a gas canister was fired into the Antiochian Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem. According to the Syrian newspaper Al- Watan, the Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Jordan, Shafiq Dayoub, visited Archbishop Hanna, to convey a message from Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Dayoub conveyed to Archbishop Hanna a holiday greeting from President Al-Assad and his wishes for health and a speedy and complete recovery, stressing Syria’s condemnation… Read on ->

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Tags: Assad, Palestine, Syria


Syrian Army surrounds Turkish military post and ex-jihadist base in southern Idlib: video

Published 2019-12-26 19:01:05 by News Desk in Syria

Soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) gathered about 2km (6500ft) away from the Turkish observation post in Al-Surman, footage filmed on Wednesday shows. One of the officers reiterated that the post has been encircled along with a base allegedly formerly used by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militant group. “We stand in front of the Turkish 8th post, the post of al-Surman, the post is now besieged and the area has been encircled, while Turkish military soldiers remain inside the post and they are fortifying it. Terrorist organisations, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, used to use this post in its attacks against… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Syria, Russia begin oil and gas exploration in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2019-12-26 18:52:41 by News Desk in Syria

Syrian and Russian companies began joint work on oil and gas geological exploration in the Mediterranean Sea, Bouthaina Shaaban, an adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, said Wednesday. “This is the first time I say this — Syria began joint work with Russian companies on oil and gas geological exploration in the Mediterranean Sea,” Shaaban said in an interview with Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen broadcaster. She added that the Syrian authorities began preparing for this project several years ago. In 2017, Syrian President Assad said that the Syrian government has reached contracts with a number of Russian oil and gas companies and… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria


Russian troops take control of US military post in Raqqa: video

Published 2019-12-26 14:52:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Russian military policemen have secured a village near Raqqa, formerly controlled by U.S. troops, as Moscow continues to patrol strategic areas along the Turkish-Syrian border. According to local reports, the Russian military police entered the area after the U.S. troops withdrew from several localities in the Al-Raqqa Governorate as part of American President Donald Trump’s withdrawal announcement earlier this year. As shown in the video released by Russia Today, the Russian troops can be seen raising their flag over the post that was once controlled by the U.S. Armed Forces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ev5w9xMT7A

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Tags: Raqqa, Russia, Syria


Turkey is smuggling Daesh terrorists to Libya: LNA

Published 2019-12-26 14:34:08 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

Turkey smuggles Syria-based militants from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front), and Daesh* to Libya via Tunisia, the Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman told Egypt’s El-Watan newspaper on Wednesday. In this week’s interview, Aref Ali Nayed, an envoy for the eastern Libyan government, said that he possessed “credible” information that militants from the aforementioned terrorist groups were being shipped to Libya via the port city of Misrata to fight the LNA. “Certainly, militants of Daesh and Al-Nusra Front were smuggled from Syria with the mediation of Turkish intelligence. A large number of militants. This is a very serious… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA, Turkey


Syrian Army breaks through jihadist defenses to capture several towns in Idlib: maps

Published 2019-12-26 14:25:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has had a successful day thus far, as their forces have managed to capture four towns from the jihadist rebels in southeastern Idlib. In what began last night, the Syrian Arab Army stormed several towns and villages in southeastern Idlib, seizing Tweilah Al-Halib and Tal Khatrah from the jihadist rebels at the start. The following morning, the Syrian Arab Army once again made a push west in a bid to seize more territory from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies. According to reports, the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


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