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Syrian Army closes in on key airbase in northern Idlib: video

Published 2020-02-16 21:59:01 by News Desk in Syria

Footage filmed on Sunday shows soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advancing towards a Turkish-controlled airfield as military vehicles reportedly belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces are spotted near Taftanaz Air Base, south of Taftanaz, Idlib province. Five Turkish soldiers were killed in shelling by the SAA at the same airbase on Monday. “It is the closest point to the airport in Taftanaz where the Turkish regime is located, as you see vehicles, monitoring and communication devices, as well as artillery that supports the militants against us during the past two days,” said one of the Syrian Arab Army’s… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Over 50 US military vehicles enter northeastern Syria

Published 2020-02-16 21:45:46 by News Desk in Syria

A convoy of US military vehicles has arrived from Iraq to Al-Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, Sham FM broadcaster reported. According to its post on Facebook, at least 55 vehicles, including tanks and engineer equipment, entered the province from Iraq. The US-led coalition has been fighting against the Daesh* terrorist organisation in Syria and Iraq since 2014. In Syria, the presence of the coalition has not been authorised either by the country’s government or by the UN Security Council’s mandate. Last year, Washington announced the fall of the so-called “Islamic State caliphate” but added that it would stay in Syria… Read on ->

Tags: Syria


Syrian Army celebrates after capturing strategic quarter in Aleppo: video

Published 2020-02-16 21:32:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the strategic Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter in the northwestern part of Aleppo city on February 16, 2020, marking the end of the battle for the provincial capital after nearly eight years of fighting. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Advances to Strategic Jihadist Base in Northern Idlib – Source The battle for the Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter in Aleppo city was arguably the most intense and longest battles in the Syrian conflict, as the fighting there lasted for over seven years. Similar to much of the battle in western Aleppo, Al-Zahra’a was stuck… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Syrian Army officially takes control of Greater Aleppo area as all militants withdraw west

Published 2020-02-16 19:16:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:55 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has officially taken control of the Greater Aleppo area after the last remaining militants fled west along the last road open. According to a field source in Aleppo, the jihadist rebels completely surrendered the Anadan Plain region after controlling this area for more than six years. The capture of the Anadan Plain region came shortly after the Syrian Arab Army announced complete control over all areas that were previously under jihadist control in Aleppo city. With Greater Aleppo and the provincial capital secured, there will likely be a ceasefire between… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Russian military deploys along Aleppo-Damascus Highway

Published 2020-02-16 18:50:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Russian military has begun to deploy along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5) for the first time since they began their intervention in Syria. The Russian military police reportedly setup new checkpoints in the areas previously controlled by the jihadist rebels, thus securing the Aleppo-Damascus Highway for future civilian use. This is an imperative development because Turkey previously threatened a large-scale offensive against the Syrian Army if they did not withdraw from the areas they captured in Idlib. However, with the Russian military’s deployment to the Aleppo-Damascus Highway, it is highly unlikely that the Turkish Army… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Damascus, Syria


Battle of Aleppo city ends in Syrian Army victory after 7+ years of fighting

Published 2020-02-16 18:23:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has officially captured the last remaining areas under jihadist control in Aleppo city and its surrounding area, ending a nearly eight-year-long battle. According to a field source in Aleppo, the Syrian Army’s victory came this afternoon following the capture of the Layramoun and Kafr Hamra sectors, which were under the control of the jihadist rebels for most of the war. In addition to capturing Kafr Hamra and Layramoun, the Syrian Army also took control of the Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter, which was the main battlefield in Aleppo city for most of… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Breaking: Final battle for Aleppo city is under way

Published 2020-02-16 17:16:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The final battle for Aleppo city is under way after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) secured the western countryside of the provincial capital. According to a field source in Aleppo city, the Syrian Army has captured most of the Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter, along with a number of other sites in the northwestern part of the city. The Syrian Army has also captured Al-Houta, Qayloun, Al-Finar, Arab Union College, Electrical College, March School, Mujinah, and Bashqatin. The source said the Syrian Army is now attacking the Layramoun sector, which is one of the last remaining areas… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Hezbollah leader announces new ‘weapon’ to deploy against US

Published 2020-02-16 17:03:23 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, announced that his organization will target the U.S. with a new ‘weapon’ during his speech to commemorate the 40th day since the commander of the Quds Force Qassem Soleimani was killed in Baghdad. According to the Hezbollah leader, this new weapon is the boycott of U.S. goods and the dollar, emphasizing that this will cause Washington the greatest distress. The Secretary-General of Hezbollah noted that legal files must be prepared in documenting the crimes of the United States and its officials. The Hezbollah stressed that the United States… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon


Jihadists begin withdrawing from several areas around Aleppo city as Syrian Army closes gap

Published 2020-02-16 16:41:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is less than 10 kilometers away from fully besieging the remaining jihadists in the Anadan Plain region and outskirts of Aleppo city. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Scores Massive Advance Across Southern Aleppo According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army has captured more ground this afternoon following a quick sweep of the areas around Al-Mansoura. The source said the Syrian Army has just captured the towns of Bayyanoun, Hayyan and Tal Maseibin in the Anadan Plain, along with the Al-Hadi Association Quarter in Aleppo city. He added… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Jihadist counter-offensive ends in disaster as Syrian troops keep advancing in Aleppo

Published 2020-02-16 16:06:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The jihadist counter-offensive in southwestern Aleppo was derailed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on Sunday after a few hours of fighting near the town of Kafr Halab. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Presses Forward in West Aleppo as They Approach Strategic Base Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadists were able to achieve some initial success when one of their suicide bombers managed to hit his intended target at the town of Jazraya in southwest Aleppo. However, once they began to advance past the Syrian Army’s defenses in southwestern Aleppo, they found themselves overwhelmed… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Israel accuses Hamas of creating social media profiles to catfish IDF soldiers

Published 2020-02-16 15:32:48 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have accused Hamas of creating fake social media accounts to hack the phones of IDF soldiers. In a series of tweets on Sunday, which began with their spokesperson posting a picture of an unidentified female’s selfie, the IDF accused Hamas of using several photos to trick their soldiers so that the Palestinian group can hack their phones. “Hamas created fake social media profiles, using photos including this one, in an attempt to hack the phones of the IDF soldiers,” the IDF spokesperson said. https://twitter.com/IDF/status/1228967310754533376?s=20 “What Hamas didn’t know was that… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Israel, Palestine


Syrian Army foils air attack on oil fields in central Syria

Published 2020-02-16 14:46:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to thwart a terrorist attack that targeted the Homs oil refinery with armed drones. READ ALSO: Syrian Oil Facilities Come Under Attack in Eastern Syria According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the engineering units of the Syrian Army “managed to disable and land 5 drones electronically” during their attempted attack on the oil facilities. These attacks on Syria’s oil facilities have become more frequent, as unknown groups attempt to further harm the Syrian economy. In a statement issued in June of last year, the Ministry of Oil… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Syria


Israeli woman throws apple at Netanyahu during press conference

Published 2020-02-16 14:20:24 by News Desk in Middleeast

During an election conference in Israel, a woman threw an apple at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Israeli Channel 13. The incident happened during an election conference held by the Prime Minister in Netanya. According to reports, the 25-year-old woman who tossed the apple may have been aiming for Netanya’s mayor, Miriam Feirberg, who was also present at the campaign. After the incident, the woman was detained for questioning by the police. Knesset elections are scheduled for 2 March 2020. The current Prime Minister participates in election campaigns in various cities of the country as the leader of… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu


Breaking: Syrian Army captures another important town in Aleppo

Published 2020-02-16 14:11:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has captured another imperative town in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate after the collapse of the jihadist defenses near the Anadan Plain. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Advances Overnight in Southwest Aleppo Despite Turkish Interference According to a field report from western Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture the key town of Kafr Da’el after the jihadist rebels withdrew from the area this afternoon. The report said the Syrian Arab Army is now pushing further north of Kafr Da’el as they attempt to besiege the remaining jihadists… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Statue of Qassem Soleimani pointing towards Jerusalem unveiled along Lebanese-Israeli border: video

Published 2020-02-16 13:21:39 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – A statue commemorating the late commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, was unveiled along the Lebanese-Israeli border this past weekend. During a ceremony in Maroun Al-Ras, which is along the Lebanese-Israeli border, a statue of Soleimani pointing towards Jerusalem was unveiled to a crowd watching from a nearby observation post. https://twitter.com/paulanawfal/status/1228739671867437056?s=20 Tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated on January 3rd after the U.S. assassinated Soleimani and the Deputy Commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces of Iraq, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, near the Baghdad International Airport. Following this attack, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Soleimani


Jihadists launch new counter-offensive at Idlib-Aleppo axis

Published 2020-02-16 12:44:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels have launched a counter-offensive in the southwestern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate after losing several areas to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) over the past 72 hours. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Captures Jihadist Tank in Idlib – Video Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels began their attack on Sunday in typical fashion, as they sent a suicide bomber towards the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses west of Kafr Halab. According to a military source in the area, the jihadist rebels then stormed the Syrian Army’s positions in a bid to… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army enters strategic town in west Aleppo amid push to encircle jihadists

Published 2020-02-16 11:59:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive in western Aleppo on Sunday morning, as their forces continued their push north to cutoff the jihadists in the Anadan Plain. READ ALSO: Over 30 Jihadist Rebels Killed in Joint Syrian-Russian Operation in Idlib Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army launched a heavy attack on the key town of Kafr Da’el this morning in a bid to fully secure the western part of Aleppo. According to preliminary reports from this front, the Syrian Army has entered Kafr Da’el… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Unknown rocket targets Iraqi base housing US troops

Published 2020-02-16 11:42:36 by News Desk in Iraq

The US-led coalition in a statement confirmed Sunday’s incident, saying that the rocket attack “impacted” the Iraqi military installation that houses American forces in “the International zone” – a reference to Baghdad’s Green Zone, a densely-built community of embassies and government compounds. According to earlier media reports, sirens were heard in Baghdad moments before the attack. Earlier reports emerging prior to the official confirmation suggested that it was the US embassy that was under attack, as it is located close to the military base hosting coalition forces. It remains unclear how many shells landed in the Green Zone. Eyewitnesses claimed… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Syrian Army captures several areas to begin encirclement of last jihadists around Aleppo city

Published 2020-02-16 02:12:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has scored a new advance in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this morning after a successful day on Saturday. According to the latest field report from this front, the Syrian Arab Army has begun pushing north to close off the last jihadist pocket in the Anadan Plain region, which has been under the latter’s control since 2013. The report said the Syrian Arab Army has already captured several areas in western Aleppo this morning, including the small town of Bashqatin. It would add that the Syrian Army is… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkish military attacks Syrian Army and YPG forces in northern Aleppo

Published 2020-02-16 01:38:25 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – The Turkish Army has carried out a series of strikes this evening that have targeted the positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Makes First Push Towards Strategic Airbase in Northern Idlib According to a source in Aleppo city, the Turkish Army heavily targeted their positions around the town of Tal Rifa’at, which is home to several displaced civilians in the northern part of the Governorate. The source said the artillery was more intense than usual, as the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


Up close footage of the Syrian Army advancing in western Aleppo

Published 2020-02-16 00:06:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army ended the day on Saturday by seizing two towns in southwestern Aleppo, inching them closer to the northern axis of Taftanaz in the Idlib Governorate. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Captures Long-Time Jihadist Stronghold in West Aleppo In what proved to be the Syrian Army’s most successful day in western Aleppo since the war started, Saturday also resulted in a devastating defeat for the jihadist rebels, who have already suffered several setbacks this month. Arguably, the biggest loss for the jihadist rebels on Saturday was their concession of Al-Mansoura to the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


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