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Two killed as Turkish helicopter crashes during Afrin offensive (video)

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 09:48 PM PST

Footage shot by fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces captured the moment a Turkish military helicopter was allegedly downed in Raju, northwest Afrin on Saturday, leaving at least two soldiers dead.

The incident took place during Ankara’s Afrin operation as the helicopters were flying an offensive on Syrian Kurdish militia in the area.

In a press statement, the Turkish military claimed that two soldiers were killed in the crash, while media reports suggest seven servicemen lost their lives.

The Turkish Prime Minister Benaki Yildirim declined to comment on the cause of the crash, stating it is not yet clear whether the crash was an accident or caused by outside interference.

Speaking in Istanbul on Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the incident, vowing retaliation.

A spokesperson for the the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mustafa Bali, said his fighters downed the helicopter.

The Turkish military operation in Afrin, northern Syria, began on January 20.

 

Source: Ruptly

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US blames Iran for Israeli-Syrian conflict

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 08:21 PM PST

The United States considers the latest incident on the Israeli-Syrian border to be Iran’s “calculated escalation” of tension, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Saturday.

“The United States is deeply concerned about today’s escalation of violence over Israel’s border and strongly supports Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself. Iran’s calculated escalation of threat and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the‎ region — from Yemen to Lebanon — at risk.‎ The U.S. continues to push back on the totality of Iran’s malign activities in the region and calls for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens peace and stability,” Nauert said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli army said its helicopter intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria and that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck Iranian targets in Syria, prompting fire from the Syrian air defense systems.

According to the IDF, during the attack, “multiple anti-aircraft missiles were fired at IAF,” and one F16 fighter jet crashed in Israel. An IAF pilot was severely injured and transferred to a hospital.

In the second wave of the attack, the Israeli forces struck 12 targets in Syria, including Syrian air defense batteries and Iranian military facilities, the IDF said.

Later, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel has the right for self-defense and will defend itself against any attack or attempt to violate its airspace.

Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik that the United States is concerned about “destabilizing activities” of Iran and supports Israel’s right to defend itself.

“Israel is our closest security partner in the region and we fully support Israel's inherent right to defend itself against threats to its territory and its people. We share the concerns of many throughout the region that Iran's destabilizing activities that threaten international peace and security, and we seek greater international resolve in countering Iran's malign activities,” Rankine-Galloway said.

The spokesman stressed that the US Defense Department did not take part in this military operation.

 

Source: Sputnik

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia calls for restraint after received reports on Israeli strikes in Syria

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:00 PM PST

In connection with the information about the Israeli air strikes on targets in Syria, including on those at the border of de-escalation zone in south-west, the Russian Foreign Ministry calls on all involved parties to express restraint and not to allow escalation in the region.

“We are calling on all the involved parties to express restraint and avoid any actions, which may cause the situation's aggravation,” the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. “We consider it necessary to respect absolutely Syria's and the region's other countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“Moscow is seriously concerned about the recent development and attacks on Syria. We are especially concerned about the dangerous escalation inside and around the de-escalation zones in Syria, which had been an important factor for cutting violence in that country,” the foreign authority said, adding the Syrian government had been observing the agreements on stable functioning of the de-escalation zone in south-west.

Moscow considers it inadmissible to make threats for the Russian military deployed in Syria “at request from the Syrian legal government to support the country in fighting terrorism,” the Russian ministry said.

On Saturday, the Israeli military said their helicopter downed above the Golan Heights an Iranian UAV, which had entered the Israeli air space from Syria. In response, Israel delivered strikes on the Iranian objects in Syria and destroyed the Iranian UAV control center. During the operation, the Syrian air defense launched a few missiles on Israel's F-16.

The pilots ejected – one of them was badly injured, and the other received minor wounds. After that, Israel delivered a heavy strike on the air defense and the Iranian objects in Syria, hitting twelve targets in the neighboring country, Israel's Defense Forces said.

More:
http://tass.com/politics/989402

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ahrar Al-Sham foils ISIS offensive in west Daraa (video)

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 03:34 PM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 A.M.) – The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) launched a new offensive in the western countryside of Dara’a this weekend, targeting the rebel-held town of Heit.

ISIS began their assault by storming the town of Heit from two different axis in a bid to overwhelm the rebel forces of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.

However, the offensive would be short-lived, as Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham was able to drive back the Islamic State forces and restore security around Heit.

According to pro-FSA media, at least three ISIS vehicles were damaged and more than ten fighters were killed during the terrorist group’s assault

Below is a video from this front that was released by pro-opposition activists on Saturday:

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Turkish Army suffers highest number of casualties in northern Syria on Saturday

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 03:10 PM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:55 A.M.) – The Turkish Army’s suffered their highest number of casualties in northern Syria on Saturday, as they continued their three week long offensive against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG).

According to the Turkish General Staff, at least eleven soldiers were killed during the Turkish Army’s operations in the Afrin region of northern Aleppo.

The eleven Turkish soldiers were killed while aiding their allies from the Euphrates Shield in the Rajou and Bulbul districts of Afrin, which are currently contested.

In a separate incident on Saturday, a Turkish military chopper was shot down by the YPG as it was finishing up a mission in the Afrin region.

As a result of this attack by the YPG in northern Afrin on Saturday, two Turkish military personnel were killed after their chopper crashed.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

‘We will do everything to halt Iranian aggression’ – Netanyahu (video)

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 02:38 PM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 A.M.) – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the flare-up on the Israeli-Syrian border in a televised address from Tel Aviv on Saturday, after an Iranian drone was intercepted by the Israeli military earlier in the day.

Immediately afterwards, the Israel Air Force dispatched a squadron of eight fighter jets to attack the site where the drone had been launched from, prompting the SAA to retaliate with anti-aircraft fire.

One Israeli F-16 was reportedly struck, forcing its pilots to eject before the plane hit the ground in northern Israel. One crew member was severely injured. The Israeli government has not yet confirmed the downing of the jet at the time of writing.

Commenting on the incident, Netanyahu stated that ” Iran brazenly violated Israel sovereignty.”

“We will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect our sovereignty and our security,” he concluded.

Following the incident, Netanyahu reportedly urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence on Iran and Syria to soothe the looming conflict. Israel also appealed to the United Nations Security Council denouncing Iran’s conduct and “put an immediate end to Iranian provocations.”

Iran in turn denied Israel’s downing of a drone with the Foreign Ministry calling the account “ridiculous,” while the Syrian military insisted the drone had not violated Israeli airspace while it was on a mission to gather intelligence on the alleged presence of Islamic State fighters in the area.

Source: Ruptly

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Nationwide map of Syria – February 10, 2018

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 10:38 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 P.M.) – Despite the territorial destruction of the Islamic State’s empire across Syria and Iraq by the end of 2017, in Syria itself, major battles are far from being a thing of the past with large-scale operations by multiple belligerents taking place since the beginning of 2018.

In the Afrin region of Aleppo province, the Turkish Army and allied rebel militias have made modest gains against Kurdish forces along the borderlands with Turkey since the commencements of their Olive Branch operation, however no true decisive breakthrough has been accomplished. On Saturday, Kurdish fighters downed a Turkish attack helicopter.

Damascus has seen both battles on the ground and in the air. The East Ghouta region has witnessed elite Syrian Army forces (namely Republican Guard and 4th Mechanized Division) inch forward against jihadist militants throughout the district towns Harasta and Arbeen.

On Saturday, Israel launched a general air attack against Iranian (per Israeli accounts) and Syrian military bases in the west Damascus region after the Syrian Air Defence Force downed an F-16I (killing one of its pilots post-event) and a air force drone – that attack itself being carried out in response to the downing of an Iranian drone by Israeli airpower.

The battle saw Syrian air defense forces and Israeli warplanes exchange missile fire for several hours – some Israeli missiles were intercepted and the others that hit their targets ultimately did little lasting damage. Overall, the Israeli onslaught failed to deliver any worthwhile strategic blow to the Syrian war effort or to Syrian military capabilities as was probably hoped for.

In Syria’s northwest, the Syrian Army and allied paramilitary groups concluded a six-week dual operation which saw them clear both rebel groups and ISIS all of northeast Hama, most of south Aleppo and big parts of eastern Idlib.

In the province of Deir Ezzor, US-backed forces have manged to secure most of the east shore of Euphrates River, capturing the Islamic State stronghold of Gharanij as well as the Shaitat tribal region over the last fortnight alone.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Militant stronghold annihilated by multiple Russian airstrikes in north Hama

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 08:40 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – Russian warplanes have laid down major ordinance on a key militant stronghold in Hama province amid an ongoing bombardment campaign aimed at neutralizing rebel movements and bases across Syria’s northwest.

On Saturday, Russian fighter jets attacked militant positions and gatherings at the rebel fortress town of Kafr Zita – located in the northern countryside of Hama province – with precision bombs.

Kafr Zita serves as stronghold for the Free Syrian Army affiliate group Jaysh al-Izaa which maintains a strong presence in northern Hama province.

The raid saw Russian warplanes deliver at least five airstrikes against rebel positions in and around the stronghold. The attack was backed up by heavy shelling from Syrian Arab Army rocket artillery.

At the present time, Russian jets are being restricted to high-altitude precision bombing missions in Syria following the shoot-down of a Su-25 ground attack aircraft by Al-Qaeda-linked forces on the 3rd of February.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Pictures: 2 rebel commanders, 5 fighters injured in multiple bomb assassination attacks across Idlib (Graphic)

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 07:54 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:53 P.M.) – More than half-a-dozen militants have been hospitalized with severe injuries due to multiple bomb assassination attacks that took place in the province of Idlib today.

Saturday has witnessed two assassination attacks – both involving roadside bombs – against militant fighters in rebel-held areas of Idlib province. Two vehicles from two different rebel groups were targeted.

The attacks – conducted by an unknown party – resulted in the severe injury of seven militants, two of them commanders, from Ahrar al-Sham (Syrian Muslim Brotherhood affiliate group) and the Free Syrian Army.

The rebel fighters had been traveling from their bases in western Idlib to fight the Syrian Army in the province’s east.

Rebel sources are officially point the finger at Syrian pro-government spies for the roadside bomb attacks that took place against Ahrar al-Sham and Free Syrian Army spies in Idlib province today.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Israeli pilot shot down by Syrian air defenses dies of injuries in hospital

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 06:56 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:55 P.M.) – An Israeli pilot whose warplane was shot down by Syrian air defense forces on Saturday morning has died from injuries sustained during the engagement.

On Saturday, a major engagement between the Israeli Air Force and Syrian Air Defence Force took place over the occupied Golan Region, south Lebanon and the west Damascus region.

In a battle that lasted for hours, Israeli warplanes and Syrian anti-aircraft systems traded missile fire – literally dozens of such munitions were loosed – as the latter launched a general attack against ‘Iranian and regime’ bases west of Damascus.

At the beginning of the battle, Syrian surface-to-air missile systems downed an Israeli F-16I fighter jet over the occupied Golan Heights (described as ‘northern Israel’ by Israeli sources).

Both crew members reportedly ejected – the weapons operator with light injuries and the pilot with ‘severe’ injuries. Only video evidence exists for the pilot ejecting.

According to emerging reports, the Israeli pilot with serious injuries has died in hospital. No further details were given.

Updates to follow.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Graphic: Elite Syrian forces exterminate dozens of ISIS militants near key town in southeast Idlib

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 06:32 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:32 P.M.) – ISIS has suffered another day of big losses across northwest Syria at the hands of elite Syrian Arab Army forces following a desperate break-out offensive on Friday morning which saw the terrorist group burst through an encircled stronghold in Hama province towards rebel-held areas in Idlib province at a hefty cost to its ranks.

On Saturday, another major battle flared up between Islamic State terrorists and elite troops of the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces Division at the town of Abu Dali in the southeastern countryside of Idlib province.

The battle ended with a clear victory for the Tiger Forces who killed many dozens of ISIS militants and held onto the town.

ISIS had attacked Abu Dali in order to widen its new foothold in east Idlib province (having totally abandoned all of its holdings in northeast Hama) which currently only consists of about a dozen villages; to this end rebel-held settlements are also being assaulted by the terrorist group.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Pictures: 10 elite Syrian Army troops killed by US airtrikes in Deir Ezzor

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 06:00 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, warplanes of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition bombarded Syrian Arab Army and allied pro-government forces in the province of Deir Ezzor.

The engagement took place near the town of Khashim, a government-held stronghold on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River.

Official American military sources claim that the airstrikes were a ‘defensive’ response to the ‘aggression’ of pro-government forces against coalition partner militias in the area, clarifying that Syrian troops – backed by tanks and artillery – were threatening an attack against a ‘well-established headquarters.’

It has since become apparent that dozens of Syrian troops were killed in the air attack and whilst many of the fallen troops belonged to the National Defence Forces (Syrian national paramilitary), others also belonged to the elite ISIS Hunters detachment.

Recently, a funeral was held at the town of Al-Suqaylabiyah for ten of the ISIS Hunters soldiers killed in the US airstrikes – many of them were Christians (which photo evidence below shows).

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Militant deep-infiltration assault near key town in north Latakia stopped dead in its tracks by Syrian Army

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 05:11 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:11 P.M.) – An infiltration assault by militant fighters deep behind government-lines near a key town in northern Latakia province has been stopped dead in its tracks by the Syrian Arab Army with reports that the rebel raiding party was completely wiped out.

On Saturday, Syrian militants from a yet unidentified faction (mostly likely Al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham) carried out a raid deep behind government lines in the mountainous northern countryside of Latakia province.

Whilst the exact objective of the militant infiltration attack remains unclear, rebel fighters had reached as far as Tal Haddada near the strategic town of Kinsabba by the time the Syrian Army identified the raiding party and sprung it.

Reports are saying that the entire militant force was annihilated by the Syrian Army during the ensuing engagement.

As mentioned earlier, it is unknown which rebel faction carried out the attack, however, such an assault is highly characteristic of the Al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly called Jabhat al-Nusra).

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking video confirmation: Kurdish forces shoot down Turkish attack helicopter in Syria’s Afrin

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:55 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:55 P.M.) – Following up on earlier reports – confirmed by both official Turkish military sources and pro-Kurdish sources – that Kurdish paramilitary fighters battling Turkish forces in Syria’s Afrin region had downed a military helicopter, video footage of the engagement has now been released.

The video confirms that the Turkish military helicopter was of a dedicated attack design, designated A129 ATAK.

What still remains somewhat vague is how exactly the helicopter was downed. To this end, sources are saying that a man-portable surface-to-air missile system (MANPADs) may have been used as the one of the (Kurdish fighter) voices in the video mentions something about a missile – this however, remains unconfirmed.

Given how low the helicopter was, it is possible that cannon fire downed it.

Earlier on, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally confirmed the loss of the military helicopter, adding into his statement that the perpetrators of the attack would 'pay a heavy price' for their deeds.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Kurdish forces shoot down Turkish military helicopter in Syria’s Afrin – Turkey confirms

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:13 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:12 P.M.) – Kurdish paramilitary forces have shot down a Turkish military helicopter in the Afrin region of Syria according to both pro-Kurdish and official Turkish sources.

Moments ago, Turkish military sources confirmed earlier reports put forth by pro-Kurdish sources that Kurdish paras had downed a Turkish military helicopter near the village of Qude in Afrin.

At the present time it is unknown if the helicopter shot down was an attack or transport design. Pro-Kurdish forces claim that they will soon release footage of the engagement. If this happens it may help to clarify the type of helicopter.

Also unknown is how the Turkish military helicopter was shot down – e.g. whether it was struck with small arms, cannon or missile fire.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally confirmed the loss of the military helicopter, adding into his statement that the perpetrators of the attack would ‘pay a heavy price’ for their deeds.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Turkey moves to add US-backed group to UN terror list

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 03:21 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – Turkey is moving to add the US-backed People’s Protection Units (YPG) and their political wing (PYD) to the United Nations’ official terror list, the Turkiye newspaper reported on Saturday.

Late last year, a group from the Syrian opposition submitted an application to add the YPG and PYD to the terror list; this was supported by Turkey.

 

The Turkish regime considers the YPG and PYD an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is currently on the UN terror list.

The Turkiye concluded that Turkey is preparing to take the US to the International Criminal Court for supporting these groups.

 

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Israeli forces continue to strike Syrian government positions (video)

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 03:04 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:55 P.M.) – Israeli forces launched an attack on Syrian government forces positions in city of Al-Kiswah, where the video was filmed along with the raid in Al-Dimas town, close to Damascus in Syria on Saturday.

Israeli forces targeted Syrian military positions in the region causing several explosions, which can be heard in the footage.

Earlier on Saturday, an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire near the Israeli village of Harduf.

Israeli sources recently reported the interception of an Iranian drone reportedly entering into Israeli territory from Syria.

Source: Ruptly

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Israeli rocket meant for Syria lands in eastern Lebanon

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 02:42 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The remnant of an Israeli rocket that was launched at dawn, was found in the Sarine village in the Bekaa, the National News Agency (NNA) of Lebanon reported this afternoon.

The Israeli rocket had landed in the town of Ali Nahri, which is located close to the Syrian-Lebanese border.

Prior to the rocket landing the Bekaa Valley, an Israeli attack was confronted by a large number of surface-to-air missiles on the border of the Eastern Mountain Range, near the Lebanese-Syrian border.

Source: NNA

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iran closely monitoring ISIL’s movements: IRGC spox.

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 02:12 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Public Relations Department and IRGC Spokesman General Ramezan Sharif underlined that the Iranian forces monitor all of the Islamic State’s (ISIL) movements in the region.

“The IRGC has monitored the ISIL terrorist group’s strategies and geographical presence and this monitoring continues,” General Sharif said on Saturday.

He stressed the IRGC’s sophisticated intelligence apparatus has played an integral in defeating ISIL.

“Like the past 6 years, the IRGC has been able to defeat the ISIL and its creators by playing an advisory role in Iraq and Syria,” the IRGC Spokesperson stated.

“No doubt the IRGC will prevent formation of the ISIL again at regions around the Iranian borders,” General Sharif said.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Pro-Turkish Syrian opposition media begins campaign to provoke war between Syrian Army and US-backed forces

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 02:10 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Since the 9th of January, Syrian opposition media has – at different levels – been working around the clock to provoke a war between pro-government and US-backed forces in the province of Deir Ezzor by means of scare reports.

Taking advantage of airstrikes by American anti-ISIS coalition warplanes against Syrian forces in Deir Ezzor province on the night of the 7th to the 8th of January, Turkish-sponsored and pro-Turkish sources began pushing false reports of an all-out attack by US-backed forces against government defenses at the towns of Khasham and At-Tabiyyah on the 9th.

Since the initial reports, sources expanded the dis-information campaign to claim that American airstrikes had struck Syrian pro-government forces and that At-Tabiyyah had been captured by US-backed forces.

The fake reports were spread utilizing media resources at local, social media and general news levels, being coordinated and rather detailed in nature.

The virtual dearth of any kind of corroborating information from official American military sources, Kurdish sources or Syrian military sources confirms that the reports by pro-Turkish Syrian opposition media were completely fake.

At the present time, Ankara – using both its armed forces and pro-Turkey militias – is engaged in a so-far unsuccessful campaign against Kurdish paramilitaries in northwest Syria.

Damascus – openly opposed to Ankara’s Olive Branch operation – has since been providing logistical support (and perhaps military support) to Kurdish forces fighting the Turkish invasion.

Any sudden souring of relations or breakout of war between the Syrian Army and Kurdish forces in east Syria serves to benefit Ankara’s agenda in the west.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Air Defense intercepts Israeli missile in southwest Damascus (video)

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 01:48 AM PST

An attempt to conduct yet another airstrike against targets in Syria ended badly for the Israeli military, as several of its missiles were reportedly shot down by local air defense units.

Syrian anti-aircraft defense units managed to hit a number of Israeli missiles that were flying above a military installation in Syria, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports.

Earlier, the IDF’s press service claimed that its military aircraft had intercepted an Iranian UAV that allegedly entered Israeli airspace, and carried out a strike against "Iranian targets" on Syrian soil in retaliation.

One of the warplanes which took part in this air raid ended up crashing in Israel's north; its loss was confirmed by the IDF.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Breaking: Israeli launches third attack over southwestern Damascus

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 01:30 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – For the third time today, the Israeli Air Force has entered Syrian airspace to strike a military target in rural Damascus.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Israeli Air Force fired several rockets towards the West Ghouta region, hitting many Syrian military sites near the occupied Golan Heights.

The source added that at least two Israeli rockets were intercepted by the Syrian Air Defense.

Several loud explosions can now be heard inside Damascus, as the Israeli attack against the Syrian military ensues.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Turkey claims 1,141 YPG, ISIS fighters ‘neutralized’ in Afrin

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 01:05 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Turkish General Staff announced on Saturday that their forced had ‘neutralized’ at least 1,141 fighters from the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Islamic State (ISIS)  since the start of Operation Olive Branch on January 20th.

Of the 1,141 fighters killed, 79 YPG were allegedly killed last night, when the Turkish Air Force heavily bombarded the Afrin region of Aleppo.

In addition to killing 79 YPG fighters, the Turkish General Staff claimed that 36 YPG targets were also destroyed during last night’s attack on Afrin.

 

Despite the claims by the Turkish military, there are actually no known Islamic State militants currently active inside the Afrin region.

The YPG has long fought the Islamic State in northern Syria and considers them a terrorist group.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Israel says air force targeted 12 Syrian, Iranian military targets

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 12:56 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 A.M.) – The Spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Saturday morning that Israeli warplanes struck at least a dozen Syrian and Iranian military targets in western Syria.

“Moments ago, IAF aircraft, targeted the Syrian Aerial Defense System & Iranian targets in Syria. targets, including 3 aerial defense batteries & 4 Iranian military targets, were attacked. Anti-aircraft missiles were fired towards Israel, triggering alarms in northern Israel,” the IDF Spokesperson tweeted.

The primary target for the Israeli warplanes was the 104th Brigade’s base that is located near the town of Al-Kiswah in southwestern Damascus.

A Syrian military source told Al-Masdar News that several soldiers were wounded by the Israeli attack.

The Syrian Air Defense confronted the Israeli attack, but only managed to down a few of the missiles that were fired.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Twin-bombings kill two, injure 75 in Benghazi mosque

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 12:36 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Two people were killed and at least 75 were injured when a twin-bombing struck a mosque in the Majouri district of Benghazi on Friday.

Local residents soon began clear-up operations in the Saad Ibn Ibada mosque, which was littered with debris and broken glass.

According to a military spokesperson, explosive devices were placed in bags that were left at the mosque’s entrance.

They were then detonated via a mobile phone just before Friday prayers.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The bombing was the second of its kind in two weeks, following a blast which claimed the lives of 35 people.

 

Source: Ruptly

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Video footage of Israeli pilot’s ejection from downed F-16

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 12:28 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The pilot of the Israeli F-16 that crashed this morning had managed to eject from the aircraft before parachuting into the northern countryside of Galilee.

The footage of the pilot ejecting after his aircraft was struck by an anti-aircraft missile was released by locals in Galilee:

The Israeli pilot reportedly suffered severe injuries as a result of the attack and has been transported to a local hospital.

No further details were released about the pilot’ condition.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز