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Russian air defense thwarts missile attack on Syria’s Hmeimim airbase

Thu May 23, 2019 04:40PM [Updated: Thu May 23, 2019 04:46PM ]
source: https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/05/23/596712/Russian-air-defense-thwarts-missile-attack-on-Syrias-Hmeimim-airbase


In this file picture, Russian fighter jets land at the strategic Hmeimim airbase in Syria’s western coastal province of Latakia.

The Russian Defense Ministry says its surface-to-air missile systems have managed to foil an attack by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants on its main airbase in Syria's western coastal province of Latakia.

The ministry announced in a statement that militants positioned in the de-escalation zone of Syria's northwestern province of Idlib launched four missiles at the strategic Hmeimim airbase on Thursday.

The statement added that Russian air defense systems destroyed all the projectiles before they could strike the site.

The Russian Defense Ministry further noted that the missile launcher, which the Takfiri terrorists had used to fire the missiles at the Hmeimim base, was later detected and destroyed.


PressTV-Russia repels militant missile attack on Syria airbase
Russian air defense systems thwart a missile attack by Takfiri militants on the country’s strategic Hmeimim airbase in Syria's province of Latakia.


The development came only a day after foreign-backed militants fired a barrage of missiles at the same Russian military site.

The Russian Defense Ministry stated that eight rockets launched by the extremists did not reach the Hmeimim airbase, while another nine were shot down by Russian air defense systems.

On Sunday, militants positioned in the de-escalation zone of Idlib province fired six missiles at the strategic base at around 8 p.m. (1700 GMT). Russian air defense systems intercepted and shot down all the projectiles.

Russia has been helping Syrian forces in ongoing battles across the conflict-plagued Arab country.


PressTV-Syrian air defenses foil drones, rockets fired at key base
Syria says its air defenses in the Hmeimim air base have thwarted projectiles and drones fired by terrorist groups.


The Russian military assistance, which began in September 2015 at the official request of the Syrian government, has proved effective as Syrians continue to recapture key areas from Daesh and other foreign-backed terrorist groups across the country with the backing of Russian air cover.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.
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Theresa May’s House leader Leadsom resigns over ‘new’ Brexit plan

Published time: 22 May, 2019 18:42
Edited time: 22 May, 2019 19:55
source: https://www.rt.com/uk/460025-house-leader-leadsom-resigns-brexit/


Britain’s Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom (L), and Prime Minister, Theresa May, at the UK’s Parliament. © AFP / PRU

House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has resigned from the government, citing frustration with Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest Brexit plan and “dangerous” proposals such as the second referendum.

“I no longer believe that our approach will deliver on the referendum result,” Leadsom wrote in her resignation letter, handed to May on Wednesday. Leadsom stated that the chance of a second Brexit referendum – offered by May to MPs who agree to back her withdrawal agreement bill – is “dangerously divisive,” and could risk “undermining our union.”

“The tolerance to those in Cabinet who have advocated policies contrary to the Government’s position has led to a complete breakdown of collective responsibility,” Leadsom, who had opposed any deal that may involve a customs union with the EU, added.

The chance of a customs union made it impossible for Leadsom to support May’s deal, she told BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday.

“I have been very clear for years – leaving the EU means leaving the single market, leaving the customs union, taking back control of our money, border and laws,” she said.

Leadsom’s resignation is the 36th ministerial resignation under May, and the 21st over the PM’s handling of Brexit. May now faces increasing pressure to resign or call a general election, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn describing a fresh election as a chance to “break the Brexit deadlock and give the country a say.”

A Downing Street spokesman said that May’s office is “disappointed that she has chosen to resign,” and added that May “remains focused on delivering the best Brexit people voted for.”

Leadsom’s departure comes not just at a critical time for May at home, but a critical time for her party in Europe. The Tories are already slated to perform poorly in Thursday’s European Parliament elections, with the party predicted to take around 12 percent of the vote. Labour aren’t in great shape either, forecast to win 18 percent.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has surged in the polls, and is predicted to take 35 percent, more than Labour and the Conservatives combined.

R ~ One has to wonder why she went along with May for all this time. Was she fooled? Or has she decided that she can find a new home in the Brexit Party?
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5,000 terrorists amassed in Afghanistan close to CIS border - Russian FSB chief

Published time: 21 May, 2019 06:45
Edited time: 21 May, 2019 09:34
source: https://www.rt.com/news/459861-thousands-terrorists-concentrated-afghanistan/


FILE PHOTO © Reuters / Stringer

An Islamic State offshoot has amassed around 5,000 militants in northern Afghanistan on the border of post-Soviet republics of Central Asia, the director of Russia’s FSB has warned, adding that many of them have fought in Syria.

“Especially worrying is re-deployment of terrorist groups into northern provinces of Afghanistan,” Alexander Bortnikov told chiefs of ex-Soviet intelligence services in Dushanbe. He warned that ‘Wilayat Khorasan’, a local Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) affiliate, had managed to gather 5,000 fighters in the area.

Terrorist cells are now infiltrating into former Soviet countries where they are forming ties with organized crime. To keep a low profile, they try to pose as refugees and migrants, according to Bortnikov.

Islamists have suffered a series of defeats in Syria and Iraq, but they still remain a danger. “Now they are trying to regroup in areas which Syrian government doesn’t control, or hide out in refugee camps,” the FSB chief noted.

Another alarming trend is that terrorist groups are relocating their forces to other parts of the world, including Northern Africa and Southeast Asia.

Despite military losses, terrorist organizations are accumulating massive foreign funding to prepare for attacks “all around the world.” Notably, they resort to cryptocurrencies and online payment services to receive money from abroad. Revenues from “illicit oil trade, human trafficking and other criminal activities” also are used by terrorists to stay afloat.

Last month, the FSB director warned of IS militants returning to their countries of origin and creating terrorist cells at home. More than 1,500 of 5,000 jihadists from Europe who earlier joined IS managed to return from the Middle East, Bortnikov said at the time.

R ~ Now where could that massive foreign funding be coming from?
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Russian Air Defense Systems Intercept Aerial Objects Over Hmeimim


19.05.2019
source: https://southfront.org/breaking-russian-air-defense-systems-intercept-aerial-objects-over-hmeimim/


A Panstir-S1 system at Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base in Syria

Russian air defense systems intercepted several unidentified aerial objects over the Hmeimim airbase in southern Lattakia in the late hours of May 19.

Local sources said that the objects were likely rockets or armed unnamed aerial vehicles (UAVs). The sources also confirmed that all the objects were shot down away from the airbase, causing no damage.

Following the attacks, Syrian Arab Air Defense (SyAADF) units in the coastal region were reportedly placed on high-alert, likely to counter any possible attack on Hmeimim.

If confirmed, this would be the second attack on the Russian airbase since the beginning of the temporary ceasefire around Idlib. In the first hours of the ceasefire, radical militants launched a barrage of Grad rockets at the airbase, killing at least one civilian.

The situation on the frontlines around Idlib remained calm after the attack, which signals that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is planning to stick to the temporary ceasefire.
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The World Below / Huge Explosion Reported Near US Embassy in Baghdad
« Last post by Rudi Jan on May 19, 2019, 10:50:25 AM »
Huge Explosion Reported Near US Embassy in Baghdad

20:40 19.05.2019(updated 21:09 19.05.2019)
source: https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201905191075141532-iraq-baghdad-explosion/


© AP Photo / Hadi Mizban

An explosion has reportedly taken place near the Green Zone close to the embassy area on Sunday.

Rockets landed in the Iraqi capital in the vicinity of the United States embassy on Sunday, Sky News Arabia reported citing its source.

Iraqi authorities have not yet commented on the incident. However, Reuters cited two Baghdad-based diplomatic sources as saying that they heard the blast not far from the fortified Green Zone — the area that hosts government buildings and foreign embassies.​



​Earlier in the day, Afaq TV reported that the sound of the explosion was heard from the area where the United States embassy is situated.

In addition, some media sources reported that warning sirens were triggered by the explosion.

The reports regarding the blast come after earlier this week the US State Department ordered the recall of non-emergency government employees from the US embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil. Additionally, the US State Department urged American citizens to abandon their visits to Iraq because of threats in the region linked to "terrorism, kidnapping and armed conflict."

R ~ Like a thorn that continues to fester the Green Zone reappears in the news.
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Attacks on Saudi Energy Assets Put Security of Oil Supply at Risk - Minister

17:15 19.05.2019(updated 17:44 19.05.2019)
source: https://sputniknews.com/business/201905191075138617-saudi-energy-oil-assets-sabotage-attacks/


© AP Photo / Hasan Jamali, File

On Tuesday, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources Khalid bin al-Falih said that two oil pumping stations have been attacked by drones in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's oil output has not been affected by the recent attacks on its pumping stations, however, they hampered the security of oil supply, Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday ahead of a ministerial summit of top OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers, including Saudi Arabia and Russia.

During his address at the opening of the OPEC-non-OPEC Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee's (JMMC) meeting in Jeddah, Khalid al-Falih also urged Saudi Arabia's allies to condemn the attacks.

The official's statement comes after earlier this week two oil pumping stations, functioning as part of a major East-West oil pipeline, were attacked by drones in Saudi Arabia. Later, the Associated Press news agency reported that the Houthis militias had claimed responsibility for the attack, which was meant to send a message to the kingdom to cease what the militants described as "aggression".

Prior to that, the minister reported another incident near the UAE in the vicinity of the Fujairah port as four vessels were targeted in a "sabotage attack".

Saudi Energy Minister on Oil Market Outlook

In additon, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih shared his view on oil market on Sunday in Jeddah saying that it was quite foggy, with strong performance of Chinese and US economies offset by risks posed by trade dispute between the two powers.

"How would I characterise today's market outlook? To be frank, the picture is quite foggy with the market defined by signals I already alluded starting with the global economy. The levels are still reasonably healthy with the US leading steadied reforms, while the Chinese economy performs strongly this year. But the growing trade dispute between the same two leading global economic powers is casting a shadow on the global economic outlook," Falih said.

He also noted that no one wanted to see oil inventories increasing again, so everyone in the market was very cautious.

"It is critical that we don't make hasty decisions, given the conflictive data, the complexity of all and the evolving situation," the minister stressed.

R ~ The Saudi Kingdom is running out of oil. This is the reason they attacked Yemen. Yemen has oil. So this is a no-brainer. the Saudis declared war on Yemen and when Yemen bites back then they, and they alone are the problem. Unfortunately for Saudi Arabia they are done. They threw everything into Syria and Yemen and came up even more empty than before. The USG is barely hanging on to the oil they are pumping out of eastern Syria and unable to secure the oil in Yemen, or the oil in Libya and in just about every adventure to seize oil or prevent it from reaching the market is a big fail.the Saudi message to OPEC is that you better commit (((deep state))) mercenaries and minion states to get a war going on the pretext that Saudi Oil is vital, when in fact it is barely filling orders and needs the (((deep state))) to come into the fray, take Yemen, take Libya back, secure the Syria oil fields and drive the market up.
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Houthis launches major offensive to capture strategic city in southern Yemen

By News Desk -2019-05-19
source: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/houthis-launches-major-offensive-to-capture-strategic-city-in-southern-yemen/



BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a major offensive this afternoon in an attempt to recapture the strategic city of Qa’tbah in the Dhale Governorate.

Backed by heavy artillery, the Houthi forces reportedly stormed the defenses of the UAE-backed troops in Qa’tbah, seizing several areas in a short while.

According to the Yemeni group, they have already advanced deep into Qa’tbah, despite facing heavy resistance from the UAE-backed troops and Yemeni National Army.

The Houthi forces previously captured Qa’tbah during a large-scale offensive in the Dhale Governorate last month; however, they would only hold the city for a short period of time before the UAE-backed troops would launch a counter-attack to reclaim the area.

 
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US warns airliners of ‘misidentification’ risk if they fly over Persian Gulf

By News Desk -2019-05-19
source: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/us-warns-airliners-of-misidentification-risk-if-they-fly-over-persian-gulf/



BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – U.S. diplomats recently warned commercial airliners of being ‘misidentified’ by the American forces if they were to fly over the Persian Gulf during these turbulent times.

The warning was allegedly relayed via the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who has also asked airliners to be careful when flying over this region.

The FAA’s message follows the warning from Lloyd’s of London about the current maritime shipping risks in the Persian Gulf region.

Most recently, explosions were reported by four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE and Saudi Arabia both claimed these explosions were a result of ‘sabotage’ attacks, but they did not name those responsible.

The U.S. later accused Iran and its proxies of being behind this alleged attack on the oil tankers. Iran has denied these claims, adding that these allegations are dangerous.

R ~ Is the US Navy in he habit of shooting down airplanes? I suspect that this is precisely what they will do - as a false flag operation.
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‘Not angry' with Pompeo, Bolton, Trump says amid reports of infighting over Iran

Sat May 18, 2019 08:21PM [Updated: Sat May 18, 2019 08:24PM ]
source: https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/05/18/596293/Not-angry-with-Pompeo-Bolton-Trump-says-amid-reports-of-infighting-over-Iran


US National Security Adviser John Bolton (L) listens as US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Iraq on December 26, 2018. (File photo)

US President Donald Trump has defended Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton amid reports of infighting at the White House over Washington’s Iran policy.

“Mike Pompeo is doing a great job. Bolton is doing a great job,” Trump said at a realtor’s convention in Washington, Reuters reported Saturday.

He further asserted that reports of fissure between Bolton and Pompeo over the situation with Iran are a product of fake news media.

“They (the news media) put out messages that I’m angry with my people. I’m not angry with my people. I make my own decisions,” he said.

‘Don’t go too far!’

An unnamed senior administration official was also cited as saying that Washington is “seeking de-escalation.”

“We are all frustrated with this notion that we are escalating, that we are seeking conflict,” official reportedly said on condition of anonymity. “Nothing could be further from the truth. We are seeking de-escalation.”

This is while the US is being urged to show restraint amid escalation of tensions with  the Islamic Republic.

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that Pompeo spoke with China's senior diplomat Wang Yi, who advised him not to go “too far” in escalating the situation with Tehran.

Iran has dismissed the possibility of war despite the US military deployment to the Persian Gulf.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus, meanwhile, called on Iran to be “very careful” in dealing with Trump.

"Can they try some kind of proxy activities? Can they might make life difficult for us? They can but they're going to be have to be very careful not to overplay their hand and result in some kind of response that is quite punitive," he claimed. “They're going to be have to be very careful not to overplay their hand and result in some kind of response that is quite punitive.“

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of war between the United States and Iran, saying Washington knows engaging in such a conflict would not be in its interest.
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Syrian Air Defenses Down Projectiles Fired From Israeli-Controlled Territory

22:13 17.05.2019(updated 22:44 17.05.2019)
source: https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201905171075102011-Syrian-Air-Defenses-Down-Projectiles-Fired-Israeli-Controlled-Territory/


© AP Photo / Hassan Ammar

According to Syrian state media, Syrian air defenses have intercepted projectiles coming from Israeli-controlled territory.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported late Friday night that air defense systems had intercepted "luminous objects coming from the occupied territories, shooting down a number of them."

"Our anti-aircraft systems monitored hostile targets that came from the direction of Quneitra and intercepted them," a Syrian military official told reporters.

Video footage shot on a cell phone in Damascus showed anti-air missiles intercepting at least one target. According to the poster, multiple explosions were heard in the southwest of the city, which is closest to Israel.

​One observer captured a photo of the "hostile objects."

​​A political analyst reported Israeli warplanes had targeted two sites belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) located south and southwest of the Syrian capital.

​Last month, Syria accused Tel Aviv of carrying out an airstrike against military bases in Masayef, in northwestern Syria's Hama province. In the previous month, seven Iranian servicemembers were killed during an Israeli airstrike near Aleppo International Airport.

R ~ The things is that Israel continues to attack Syria yet should Syria fire back then that is all Israel will need to cry like children and ask 'Daddy" Trump to launch an all out attack on Syria. Any hope Trump will disengage on the war fron has been smashed by Trumps 'greatest ally'. Seems he is incapable of any independent action nor does he ever cry foul to that fat fawk Netanyahoo.
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