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Lebanese Army opens fire on Israeli drone in southern Lebanon

Published 2020-02-12 22:32:41 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Lebanese Army opened fire on an Israeli drone that was seen flying over the Mays Al-Jabal area of southern Lebanon this evening, the National News Agency (NNA) reported. According to NNA, the drone was not hit by the Lebanese military’s gunfire, but it was forced to return to the Upper Galilee region. “The aircraft immediately returned to the occupied Palestinian territories amid a security deployment by the Lebanese Army and UNIFIl forces in the aforementioned area,” the agency added.

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Russia condemns Israeli strikes on Syria’s Damascus

Published 2020-02-12 20:49:36 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Israel’s air strikes in Syria are destabilizing the situation in the country, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during a briefing on Wednesday. “Israel’s strikes on the Syrian territory are among the destabilizing factors. Not only do such unilateral actions undermine Syria’s sovereignty, they put the lives and security of civilians at risk. This is what took place on February 6, when a passenger aircraft with 172 people onboard nearly came in the line of fire due to the actions of the Israeli air forces,” she said. Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry informed that on February 6, an Airbus-320… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria


Jihadist offensive in southwest Aleppo falls apart despite Turkish military assistance

Published 2020-02-12 20:40:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 P.M.) – The jihadist offensive in southwestern Aleppo was unsuccessful this evening despite assistance from the Turkish military. READ ALSO: Turkey Will Shoot Down Syrian Military Aircraft in Idlib – Erdogan According to a field report from Aleppo city, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) attempted to advance at the western axis of Kafr Halab, following a number of setbacks in southwestern Aleppo on Wednesday. However, the jihadist offensive would be short-lives, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was able to beat back the assault and assert full… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Israel successfully tests new air defense system

Published 2020-02-12 18:56:48 by News Desk in Middleeast

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, a state-owned Israeli technology company, announced on Wednesday that in a recent demo in Israel, its Drone Dome system performed interceptions of multiple drones. READ ALSO: Israel Will Not Allow Iranian Forces to Station in Iraq – IDF Chief The company said in its statement that the system achieved 100 percent success in all test scenarios. The stages of the interceptions included target detection, identification, and interception with the high-power laser beam. Rafael’s Drone Dome is an innovative end-to-end counter-unmanned aerial system solution for securing air space from hostile drones. Fully operational globally, Drone Dome’s infrastructure,… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel


Jihadists take advantage of Turkish military attack to launch counter-offensive in southwest Aleppo

Published 2020-02-12 18:46:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels have taken advantage of the Turkish military’s strikes on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in southwest Aleppo to launch a big counter-offensive near Kafr Halab. READ ALSO: Jihadist Group Moves to Southern Idlib Front to Take on Syrian Army The jihadists began their counter-offensive in typical fashion, as they sent a suicide bomber towards the Syrian Arab Army’s positions west of Kafr Halab. Following the suicide attack, the jihadists and their Turkish-backed allies from the National Liberation Front (NLF) stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses in a bid to reclaim the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Breaking: Turkish military strikes Syrian Army in southwest Aleppo

Published 2020-02-12 17:13:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:55 P.M.) – The Turkish military has struck the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in southwestern Aleppo this afternoon, following a new advance by the latter west of the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5). READ ALSO: Jihadists Unable to Stop Syrian Army Advance as Another Town is Captured in Idlib According to reports, the Turkish military heavily shelled the Syrian Army’s positions in the recently captured town of Kafr Halab, prompting the SAA troops to seek cover from the artillery. No casualties were reported as of yet. At the same time, new clashes between the Syrian Arab Army and jihadist… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Moment residents of Syrian town open fire on US patrol: video

Published 2020-02-12 16:51:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – A new video from the Al-Qamishli countryside was released this afternoon following a skirmish between the U.S. Armed Forces and residents of Khirbat Amo. According to a report from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the residents of Khirbat Amo attempted to block the U.S. Armed Forces from bypassing a checkpoint belonging to the National Defense Forces (NDF) in the southern countryside of Al-Qamishli. As a result of this obstruction, two U.S. military vehicles had to be towed from the area after they became struck in the grass. The incident also prompted false reports of airstrikes, which were… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, Syria


US Air Force did not bomb Syrian military near Qamishli: source

Published 2020-02-12 15:35:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – A Syrian military source has denied reports about the U.S. allegedly bombing a government post in the Al-Qamishli District of the Al-Hasakah Governorate today. READ ALSO: US Military Allegedly Establishing New Base in Northeast Syria According to the source, the U.S. Coalition conducted low altitude flights over the town of Khirbat Amo, which was the location of a skirmish between the American forces and protesters in rural Al-Qamishli. The source said that most of the protesters were members of the Al-Ghanamah tribe of southern Al-Qamishli and were not “regime militiamen” like some reports suggested. While… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, Syria


Syrian Army captures 2 towns in southwest Aleppo after Erdogan threatens counter-offensive

Published 2020-02-12 14:59:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – It appears Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threats of a counter-offensive in northwestern Syria have been ignored by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), as their troops have seized new ground in the Aleppo Governorate this afternoon. READ ALSO: Jihadists Abandon Most of Southern Aleppo as Syrian Army Captures 4 More Towns Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture two towns this afternoon, following a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF). According to… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


New video shows Syrian Army inside strategic Aleppo sector for first time in years

Published 2020-02-12 14:23:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a major advance in the Aleppo Governorate on Tuesday, as their forces took control of two imperative sites from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). READ ALSO: Turkey Strikes 51 Syrian Army Targets in Idlib – Report Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army was able to take control of the Rashiddeen 4 sector and key town of Khan Al-‘Assal after quickly advancing north along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5) on Tuesday evening. This large-scale advance by the Syrian Arab Army was incredibly important for their forces… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkey will drive Syrian forces beyond observation posts in Idlib: Erdogan

Published 2020-02-12 14:05:13 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkey is determined to drive Syrian forces beyond its observation points in Syria’s Idlib province, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said before the Parliament Wednesday. READ ALSO: Erdogan’s Patience is Running Out With Assad Over Idlib – report “Turkey is determined to drive the forces of the regime [of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad] beyond the Idlib de-escalation zone boundaries, beyond our observation points, before the end of February,” he said, adding that Ankara is “ready to use any necessary force.” He underscored that Turkey would conduct strikes on Syrian army positions “even beyond the territories outlined in Sochi memorandum in… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


Unconfirmed reports of US airstrikes on Syrian gov’t positions near Qamishli

Published 2020-02-12 12:50:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – A number of reports have surfaced this afternoon, claiming that the U.S. military has launched airstrikes over the Syrian government’s positions in the Al-Hasakah Governorate of northeastern Syria. READ ALSO: US Military Convoy Enters Oil Fields in Northeastern Syria According to the reports, the U.S. Air Force bombed the Syrian government’s positions inside the village of Daban, which is located in the southern countryside of the Al-Qamishli District. A Syrian military source, however, has doubted these claims. According to the source, the noise heard by the local activists was likely the U.S. Air Force breaking the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US


Syrian Army in full control of Aleppo-Damascus Highway for first time 8 years

Published 2020-02-12 12:28:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is officially in full control of the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5) after eight years of battle. READ ALSO: Jihadists Launch Big Counter-Offensive West of Saraqib to Retake City The Syrian Army said they captured the last points along the highway on Tuesday evening, when their forces took control of the strategic town of Khan Al-‘Assal and the nearby Rashiddeen 4 sector in southwestern Aleppo. According to the Syrian Army, their forces were able to achieve this imperative victory after capturing several important sites in eastern Idlib, including the cities of Saraqib… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Damascus, Syria


US forces shoot dead Syrian civilian protesting their presence in northeast Syria: SANA

Published 2020-02-12 12:11:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – A Syrian civilian was killed on Wednesday by the U.S> forces after they opened fire on protesters that were blocking their route along a road near Qamishli, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported from the Al-Hasakah Governorate. READ ALSO: Erdogan Says Syrian Military Got ‘What They Deserved’ and Will Pay Heavy Price in Idlib The agency quoted its correspondent in Al-Hasakah as saying, “A civilian martyr was killed by the American occupation forces shooting at the residents of Khirbat Amo village, east of Qamishli, who gathered at a Syrian Arab Army checkpoint to prevent… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, Syria, US


Turkey will shoot down Syrian military aircraft in Idlib: Erdogan

Published 2020-02-12 11:48:34 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed that his country will do whatever is necessary, including ground and air means in order to push the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) beyond the Turkish observation posts in Idlib by the end of the month. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Strikes Turkish Troops Again as They Score New Advance in Aleppo He also stated that at least 14 Turkish troops had been killed by Syria, adding that the Turkish-backed rebels in Idlib are now mobilized against Damascus. In addition, Erdogan accused Syria and Russia of attacks against civilians in… Read on ->

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Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


Alleged footage of Syrian Army troops striking Turkish military convoy

Published 2020-02-12 11:39:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently struck a Turkish military convoy that was reportedly transporting equipment to their allied forces in the Idlib Governorate. READ ALSO: Russia Transports Tanks to Syrian Army Amid New Offensive in Idlib and Aleppo – Photos The attack reportedly occurred near the Taftanaz Airbase in northern Idlib; this area has been under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies for several years. A video allegedly taken from the Syrian Arab Army’s positions during the attack was released on Tuesday, showing smoke billowing from the convoy. The Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iraqi forces kick off new operation along borders of Syria and Jordan

Published 2020-02-12 10:53:13 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:35 A.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces announced on Wednesday morning the start of the first phase of the “Iraqi Heroes” operation on the borders with Syria and Jordan. READ ALSO: Iraqi Forces Destroy 5 ISIS Bases – Photos The Iraqi security forces said in a statement this morning that “the security forces continue their dutiesin combating security challenges and protecting Iraq from any threat by assessing the situation and implementing military operations in a planned manner according to intelligence requirements.” “The Chief of Staff of the Army, First Lieutenant General ‘Uthman Al-Ghanimi, and the Deputy Commander of… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Jordan, Syria


Over 60 jihadists killed while preparing to launch new offensive in east Idlib: report

Published 2020-02-12 10:35:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 A.M.) – Over 60 jihadists were killed and many more wounded in a series of concentrated airstrikes that targeted their gatherings, as they prepared for an attack on one of the axes with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Idlib countryside, a high-level field source told Sputnik Arabic. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Scores Big Advance in Southern Aleppo A source in the Syrian Army’s Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) in the Idlib countryside said that information arrived on Tuesday about the readiness of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and other Turkish-backed militant groups to carry out… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army captures strategic sector in Aleppo after 7 years of battle

Published 2020-02-12 10:15:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) achieved an imperative victory on Tuesday evening when their forces captured a strategic sector in southwestern Idlib that has been the scene of intense fighting for several years. READ ALSO: Syrian Army enters Aleppo province from neighboring Idlib Backed by heavy airstrikes from their Russian counterparts, the Syrian Arab Army capitalized on its recent advance at Khan Al-‘Assal in southwestern Aleppo last night to attack the jihadist defenses at nearby Rashiddeen 4. According to a military source in Aleppo city, the Syrian Arab Army, alongside Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary) was… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkish military strikes 51 Syrian Army targets in Idlib: report

Published 2020-02-12 09:55:28 by News Desk in Syria

The Turkish Defence Ministry stated on Tuesday that 51 units belonging to the Syrian Army, including two tanks, an anti-aircraft installation site and a munitions depot, have been destroyed, while one tank has been seized. READ ALSO: ISIS Kills Several Syrian Army Soldiers in Eastern Syria ​The statement comes hours after the ministry confirmed that militants in Syria had downed a government helicopter in al-Nayrab, Idlib province. Commenting on the statement, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the Syrian government “would pay a heavy price” for its actions. In his speech, Erdogan referred to a new wave of escalation… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


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