Sunday, August 20, 2017

Iraqi ship sinks after collision, at least 4 sailors dead

Diving support vessel al-Misbar had 21 sailors on board, of which 10 were rescued, the Baghdad-based channel said, citing a statement from the transportation ministry. The search for survivors was continuing in late hours of Saturday, it said, giving no details about the other ship...

Syrian army made significant gains in operation to retake Badiya from Daesh

The Syrian army has made significant gains in its month-long operation to retake Badiya from Daesh terrorists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, have retaken more territory from ISIL in a central desert region. It adds that the...

Japan launches satellite for advanced GPS operation

Japan on Saturday launched an H-2A rocket carrying a geo-positioning satellite into orbit after a week-long delay, the government said. The launch of Japan's third geo-positioning satellite is part of its plan to build a version of the U.S. global positioning system (GPS) to offer...

Lebanon, Hezbollah launch offensives against ISIS at Syrian border

Hezbollah announces the great and massive victory against al-Nusra in NE Lebanon
Lebanese Army and Shia militant group Hezbollah have launched separate offensives against Islamic State fighters at the Syrian border. Lebanese troops targeted the Islamists’ positions near the Lebanese town of Ras Baalbek on the Syrian border, deploying rockets, artillery, and helicopters, a Lebanese security...

Lebanese army discovered US-made weapons used by Nusra terrorists

The Lebanese army has discovered a weapons cache left behind by defeated militants from the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terror group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the northeast of the country. The Lebanese National News Agency, citing an unnamed official from Lebanon’s General Directorate of...

Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

An advisor to Syrian President Bashar Assad has said the six-year war is nearly over as foreign states cut backing for rebels, and vowed the government would confront any “illegitimate” forces, whether Turkish or American. Bouthaina Shaaban said the fact that Syria was staging the...

Mattis to back Kiev’s claim to Crimea during Ukraine visit

US Defense Secretary James Mattis will visit Ukraine next week and reassure the government in Kiev that the US still considers Crimea a part of the country’s territory, the Pentagon said. Mattis will tell Kiev the US is “firmly committed to the goal of...

Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of IS militants

Lebanon's US-backed army on Saturday announced the start of a long-awaited military campaign to clear Islamic State militants from a remote corner near the frontier with Syria, an offensive that seeks to end a years-old threat to neighboring towns and villages. The Lebanese Hezbollah group...

Lebanese army launches offensive against Daesh terrorists near Syrian border

Hezbollah set to fully dislodge Nusra Front terrorists along Syrian border
The Lebanese military has launched an offensive against Daesh terrorists in eastern Lebanese territory along the border with Syria, told Press TV. Lebanese army chief General Joseph Aoun announced the start of the operation, dubbed Jaroud Dawn, on Saturday. A Lebanese security source also said that...

Police in Finland shoot man after stabbing attack

The police in Turku, in western Finland, said that they had shot and apprehended a man on Friday after several people were stabbed and that they were clearing the city center as they searched for more potential suspects. https://twitter.com/VOP_Today/status/898553193918906373 Eyewitnesses reported hearing gunshots and told YLE,...

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