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Army units target terrorists’ positions in surroundings of Maaret al-Numan

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Idleb, Syrian Arab Army units operating in the southern countryside of Idleb on Sunday carried out concentrated strikes targeting terrorists' positions, movements, and supply lines in Maaret al-Numan area.SANA's reporter said the army's operations during the last few hours targeted terrorist groups' positions at the outskirts of Maaret al-Numan city and the villages of al-Deir al-Sharqi and Maarshemarin, in addition to targeting terrorists' supply lines at the outskirts of Maasaran town in the area between Maaret al-Numan and Saraqeb.The reporter said the army's operations eliminated a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons and equipment.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Official and public figures offer condolences at Iranian Embassy over martyrdom of Soleimani

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Damascus, Official and public figures on Sunday offered condolences at the Iranian Embassy in Damascus over the martyrdom of Leader of Quds Force Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his colleagues who had been martyred as a result of a US attack near Bagdad International Airport.Presidential Political and Media Adviser Bouthaina Shaaban, Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister Ayman Sousan, Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, a number of the Syrian Arab Army and Russian officers, and leaders and representatives of Palestinian fractions, in addition to religious figures and a number of MPs were among those who offered condolences.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Bahrain Condemns Turkish Decision to Send Troops to Libya

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Manama, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain condemns the decision of the Republic of Turkey to send military forces to the state of Libya, stressing that this decision is a rejected interference in the internal affairs of Libya and a violation of international legitimacy and relevant Security Council resolutions. It adds that the decision contradicts with the Arab stance adopted by the Arab League on December 31, 2019, and impedes efforts to restore peace and stability throughout Libya.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges the international community to fulfill its responsibilities in addressing this development, which constitutes a threat to Arab national security and to the entire region. It stresses the need to back all efforts to eliminate terrorism and deter all ...

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Condemns Decision of Turkey to Send Troops to Libya

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Manama, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain condemns the decision of the Republic of Turkey to send military forces to the state of Libya, stressing that this decision is a rejected interference in the internal affairs of Libya and a violation of international legitimacy and relevant Security Council resolutions. It adds that the decision is contrary to the Arab position adopted by the Council of the League of Arab States on December 31, 2019, and impedes efforts to restore peace and stability throughout Libya.In a statement issued today, the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges the international community to fulfill its responsibilities in addressing this development, which constitutes a threat to Arab national security and to the entire region. It stresses the...

Hezbollah Chief Threatens US Troops in Middle East Following Soleimani’s Death

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WASHINGTON - The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said the U.S. military in the Middle East "will pay the price" in response to the death of a powerful Iranian commander in a U.S. strike.During a televised speech on Sunday marking the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and several Iranian-backed Iraqi militia leaders on Friday in a U.S. drone-launched missile that targeted his convoy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Hassan Nasrallah said responding to the killing of Soleimani was also the responsibility of Iran's allies in the region."When the coffins of American soldiers and officers begin to be transported... to the United States, [U.S. President Donald] Trump and his administration will realize that they have really lost the region and will lose the [2020 U.S. presidential] el...

US Fight Against IS ‘Paused’ Amid Rocket Attacks

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The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State forces announced Sunday it has "paused" its activities training local forces in the wake of rocket attacks in Iraq.Iraqi Security Forces personnel and a U.S. civilian have been killed in Baghdad in thirteen rocket strikes over the past two months, according to Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF- OIR) the headquarters responsible for overseeing U.S. and coalition efforts against the Islamic State."As a result we are now fully committed to protecting the Iraqi bases that host Coalition troops. This has limited our capacity to conduct training with partners and to support their operations against Daesh [IS] and we have therefore paused these activities, subject to continuous review," CJTF-OIR wrote in a press release Su...

A Region on Edge: Mideast Officials Scramble to Anticipate Iranian Retaliation

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No one knows where Iran may strike to avenge the killing Friday of its top general in a U.S. drone strike, but few believe Tehran won't retaliate, and it has plenty of possible targets to pick proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen to carry out reprisals, warn analysts.U.S. allies - some of whom complain they weren't forewarned of the plan to eliminate Gen. Qassem Soleimani are drafting contingency plans to cope with the fallout. President Donald Trump has warned the U.S. will strike Iran "very fast and very hard," if it takes retaliatory action, saying the Pentagon has identified 52 Iranian targets, including some "very high level" cultural sites. British military chiefs are counseling Downing Street to consider dispatching more soldiers to bolster security for the 400 servicemen the...

(Update 4) Nasrallah commemorating Soleimani and comrades: Soleimani’s assassination marks new era in region

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Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday said that January 2, 2020, was a turning point in the region, and marks a new era not only for Iran but also for the entire region.Hezbollah Chief's words came in his address via a screen during the commemoration ceremony held by Hezbollah on Sunday at the Martyrs' Complex in Beirut's suburbs, coinciding with the funeral of Al-Quds Force Leader, Qassem Soleimani, and his comrades in the Iranian city of Mashhad.The Hezbollah Secretary General mourned Soleimani, who was martyred in Iraq, paying condolences to the family of the martyr, indicating that he has achieved his personal goal and wish, which was "martyrdom."Nasrallah also offered condolences to the family of Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis on his martyrdom, disclosing he has visited...