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Iraqi PM asks US to begin withdrawal process in Iraq

Published 2020-01-10 14:57:52 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, announced on Friday that he asked the United States to send delegates to Iraq to help kick start the withdrawal of American forces from his country. According to Alsumaria TV, Abdul-Mahdi asked the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to send delegates to implement the Iraqi Parliament’s decision to begin the withdrawal process. Abdul-Mahdi indicated that there are still American forces and drones entering Iraq without the government’s permission. The media office of the Prime Minister said that Abdul-Mahdi receiveda phone call from the U.S. Secretary of State that… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US


Rare video of Soleimani with former Hezbollah commander and Nasrallah

Published 2020-01-10 14:49:56 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – A rare video was released this week showing the late commander of the Quds Force, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, with the former Hezbollah military commander, ‘Imad Moughniyeh, and Hezbollah’s Secretary-General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. In the rare video, which lasts only 29 seconds, the three men are sitting next to each other at a dining table, as the Hezbollah leaders hosted the late Quds Force commander. https://youtu.be/PpF9c2IUFd0 It appears from the video tape that it was filmed about 15-20 years ago, especially since Moughniyeh was assassinated on February 12, 2008, in the Syrian capital of Damascus.  

Tags: Hezbollah, Nasrallah, Soleimani


What ceasefire? Syrian military and jihadist rebels trade attacks in Idlib

Published 2020-01-10 14:39:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Just a day after the Russian Reconciliation Center announced a ceasefire in the Idlib Governorate, both the Syrian military and jihadist rebels traded attacks near the key city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. According to reports from southeast Idlib, the militant forces began the day by firing guided missiles at a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) post in the town of Jarjanaz. The Syrian Army post was destroyed as a result of this missile strike. In response to the militant attack, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) launched a couple airstrikes over the eastern region of Idlib, targeting areas… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Pompeo allegedly convinced Trump to assassinate Soleimani

Published 2020-01-10 14:21:24 by News Desk in Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been revealed to be the puppet master behind POTUS Trump’s motion to liquidate a top Iranian commander, CNN reported citing sources inside and around the White House, with the revelation indicating Pompeo’s influential status in the Trump administration. According to several sources, taking Iranian General Qasem Soleimani – the leader of the elite Quds Force, a powerful military group with vast leverage in the region – “off the battlefield” has been Pompeo’s goal for a decade. Pompeo “was the one who made the case to take out Soleimani, it was him absolutely”, a source… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani


Qassem Soleimani’s role in the Syrian War

Published 2020-01-10 14:05:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The late commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, was one of the most well-known military figures in the Syrian War; however, his role in the conflict is often misunderstood. This was evident after Soleimani’s death on Friday, January 3rd, when news agencies and alleged Iran ‘experts’ described the late general as the ‘mastermind’ of the Syrian government’s operations during the war. Mobilization There is no doubt that Soleimani played a major role in the war, especially when the Syrian government’s operations relied on fighters from Shi’i Muslim paramilitary factions like Liwaa Fatemiyoun,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani, Syria


Chinese military unveils 2 new powerful warships

Published 2020-01-10 12:22:09 by News Desk in World-News

China reportedly launched an additional Type 055 destroyer and a Type 052D destroyer right before the year draws to an end, a move Chinese experts called on Sunday an astounding achievement in shipbuilding, as they expect the ships to enter military service in two years. Fully dressed, the two ships left a flooded dockyard and moored in nearby berths under the assistance of tug boats on Friday morning at the Dalian Shipyard, Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, as they wrapped up their successful launches, news website wenweipo.com reported on Friday. The launched ships are China’s sixth Type 055 guided missile destroyer… Read on ->

Tags: China


Iran dares Canada and other nations to prove they downed Ukrainian airliner

Published 2020-01-10 12:08:02 by News Desk in Iran

Tehran has dismissed claims that the crashed Ukrainian Boeing 737 was hit by an Iranian missile as “psychological warfare,” calling on countries that lost citizens in the crash to send representatives to join its probe. “All these reports are a psychological warfare against Iran,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Thursday. “All those countries whose citizens were aboard the plane can send representatives and we urge Boeing to send its representative to join the process of investigating the black box.” Foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has meanwhile called on Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to share the intelligence he has claimed… Read on ->

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Tags: Canada, Iran


NATO’s missile defense system in Romania monitored Iran’s attack: Sec. Gen.

Published 2020-01-10 11:25:51 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

NATO missile defense system in Romania provided the alliance with valuable information regarding Iran’s missile strike on US bases in Iraq, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday during a joint press conference with Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban. “When it comes to ballistic missile defense in Romania, in Devesulu, we are, of course, vigilant. We are following the situation very closely,” Stoltenberg said. “The missile defense sites and the radars are, of course, providing us with valuable information, and we continue to follow the situation very closely.” Tensions in the Middle East escalated following a US drone strike… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, NATO


IRGC commander doubles down on US casualties claim, says several killed and wounded

Published 2020-01-10 11:14:48 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – One of the commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said on Friday that several U.S. soldiers were killed and wounded as a result of their attack on the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase in western Iraq. According to Fars News Agency, the IRGC commander, Brigadier General Hajj Zada, said that his forces had intel about U.S. troops evacuating their casualties from the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase, despite Washington’s claim that there were no dead or wounded. “We were not in these operations with the intention of killing anyone, and although it is certain that dozens of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, IRGC


Unknown warplanes targeted Iranian forces in Syria from Iraq: media

Published 2020-01-10 10:56:34 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The unknown warplanes that targeted the Iranian forces in the Deir Ezzor Governorate last night reportedly entered eastern Syria from Iraq, a field source told Sputnik Arabic this morning. “A senior field source said that this morning that planes believed to be affiliated with the International Coalition targeted locations near the Syrian-Iraqi border crossing, east of the city of Albukamal, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor,” Sputnik Arabic said. “The source confirmed that all the raids that were launched after midnight, were recorded inside Iraqi territory near the Syrian border, and there is no… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria


Israeli authorities release two Syrian prisoners

Published 2020-01-10 09:38:25 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Friday that the Israeli authorities released two Syrian prisoners from their jail system. Sadqi Al-Maqt, one of the prisoners released, was born in Majdal Shams in the occupied Golan Heights. He was sentenced in 2015 to 11 years in prison for espionage, treason and contacting a foreign agent working for Syria in times of war. Al-Maqt has been arrested on several occasions by the Israeli authorities in the past 15 years. Al-Maqt has become a national hero in Syria, with constant references to the prisoner in weekly broadcasts on… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Syria


US claims Qassem Soleimani was planning to attack American Embassy

Published 2020-01-10 09:11:27 by News Desk in Iran

US President Donald Trump earlier claimed that Washington had eliminated the top Iranian military commander to halt Tehran’s plans to blow up the US Embassy in Baghdad. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on a national broadcast that the United States possessed no information about the date and place of an alleged attack planned by assassinated General Qassem Soleimani. Pompeo still insisted that Soleimani was going to conduct “imminent attacks”. “We don’t know precisely when – and we don’t know precisely where. But it was real … There was a real opportunity here and there was a real necessity… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Watch supersonic interceptor MiG-31BM in action

Published 2020-01-10 08:57:08 by News Desk in World-News

Pilots on MiG-31BM supersonic fighter-interceptors have successfully accomplished air refuelling throughout training flights in the Chelyabinsk Region of Russia, according to a video published by the Russian Ministry of Defence on its YouTube channel. “Only experienced pilots are allowed to perform such difficult flights. To maintain the required distance, pilots have to manually control engine power”, the Ministry said. https://youtu.be/L5uUZub99D0 The video shows a MiG-31BM approaching a IL-78 tanker at a short distance of about 10 metres and then conducting the refuelling procedure at a speed of 500 km/h.   Source: Spuntik

Tags: Russia


Powerful blasts rock Syria-Iraq border after warplanes strike Iranian forces

Published 2020-01-10 03:33:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 A.M.) – Several explosions were heard in eastern Syria on Thursday evening as unknown warplanes targeting the Iranian forces in the Al-Mayadeen District of Deir Ezzor. According to reports, the unknown warplanes heavily bombarded the Iranian forces inside the Al-Mayadeen District, killing and wounding several personnel in the process. Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV claims the attack was carried out by the Israeli Air Force; however, there has been no confirmation from the Syrian military or Ministry of Defense. No further details have been released at this time. Over the past two months, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria


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