04:24 GMT +323 May 2017


    • A kurdish peshmerga fighter look over as he stands on the top of the humvee in front of Islamic State position outside the town of Naweran near in Mosul, Iraq
      Last update: 18:14 18.05.2017
      18:14 18.05.2017

      Tensions Rise in Sinjar as Iraqi Militia Occupies Villages Liberated from Daesh

      A representative of the leading Kurdish party in Iraq, the Democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDP) in Mosul, Said Mamuziny, spoke to Sputnik in an interview about how the detachments of the Iraqi militia Hashd al-Sha’abi were seen setting up positions next to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party members in Sinjar.

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    • Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front
      Last update: 21:03 17.05.2017
      21:03 17.05.2017

      'Al-Qaeda Uses Bin Laden's Son to Unify' Against Daesh

      Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza bin Laden, has vowed revenge on the west for killing his father and is set to become the next leader of al-Qaeda according to a former FBI agent Ali Soufan. Radio Sputnik spoke with Yoram Schweitzer, an expert on international terrorism at the Institute for National Security Studies.

    • Iraqi men walk past a damaged building after the end of the battles between the Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants at their district in western Mosul, Iraq, April 30, 2017
      Last update: 17:33 17.05.2017
      17:33 17.05.2017

      Daesh Executes Civilians for Attempting to Escape Mosul, Kurdish Rep Reveals

      A representative of the leading Kurdish party in Iraq, the Democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDP) in Mosul, Said Mamuziny, spoke to Sputnik in an interview about the recent execution of civilians at the hands of Daesh.

    • Laptop
      Last update: 15:32 17.05.2017
      15:32 17.05.2017

      US Ban on In-Flight Electronics 'to Cause Short-Term Chaos, Financial Loss'

      The United States is expected to broaden its ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to include planes from the European Union. The ban would affect trans-Atlantic routes that carry around 65 million people a year on over 400 daily flights. Sputnik spoke with Dr. Michael McKinley, a member of the Emeritus Faculty at the Australian National University.

    • President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, October 20, 2016.
      Last update: 21:39 16.05.2017
      21:39 16.05.2017

      How Stable is the Reconciliation of China, Philippines Amid S China Sea Dispute

      The result of the negotiations of Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing was the signing of agreements on Chinese investments, totaling $9 billion. However, the country's investment needs are much higher. Sputnik spoke with an analyst from Moscow State University, Andrei Karneev, about how stable the recent rapprochement of Manila and Beijing truly is.

    • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.
      Last update: 19:28 16.05.2017
      19:28 16.05.2017

      This is Why North Korea Demonstrates Its Military Capability to the World

      The head of the Department of Korea and Mongolia at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Vorontsov, in an interview with National News Service, spoke about the recent launch of a North Korean ballistic missile, noting that by doing so the DPRK is trying to ensure its own security.

    • Cyber invaders
      Last update: 21:39 15.05.2017
      21:39 15.05.2017

      New Front: Why 'Egypt Needs a Cyber Army'

      Egyptian expert on political and religious trends Omar Ali Hasan spoke to Sputnik in an interview saying that there is an urgent need to create a cyber army in order to tackle terrorists who are infiltrating young minds online.

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    • Ambulances in a liberated neighborhood of eastern Aleppo, Syria
      Last update: 19:51 15.05.2017
      19:51 15.05.2017

      How Western Sanctions Not War Almost Entirely Destroyed Syrian Medical Industry

      Syria has been living under Western sanctions for many years now. These sanctions concern even such an important sphere of the country as its medicine and medical supplies. Western medicines and spare parts for expensive European medical devices are not available in the country and that has a devastating effect on its civilians.

    • F-5E Tiger II
      Last update: 15:48 15.05.2017
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      What Possible Revival of 'Tiger' Fighter Jets Could Mean for Vietnam's Aviation

      In an interview with Sputnik, expert on combat aviation Makar Aksenenko said that Vietnam may be considering bringing back the “Vietnamese Tigers” or the F-5E/F Tiger II fighter jets. What could be the possible reasons behind this decision and how might these jets come in handy?

    • Tunisia Flag. (File)
      Last update: 20:56 02.05.2017
      20:56 02.05.2017

      Staying United: How Civil Protests in Tunisia Can Induce Terrorism

      The Tunisian city of Tataouine is facing civil protests that have been raging for three weeks now. Civilians are demanding the government keeps its promises and allocates more oil revenues to the local budget. However, such an action could jeopardize the country’s security.

    • U.S. President Donald Trump stands in the Oval Office following an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2017
      Last update: 20:24 02.05.2017
      20:24 02.05.2017

      Time for Compromise? Democrats Maintain Power Over Trump

      Democrats have expressed confidence that they can block Trump’s legislative priorities, as US congressional negotiators agreed on a budget for the current fiscal year. This comes as the Democratic Party managed to secure around $5 billion in new domestic spending.

    • A US-led coalition of over 60 nations managed to stop the offensive of Islamic State (ISIL) militants in Syria and Iraq, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director said Sunday.
      Last update: 18:14 02.05.2017
      18:14 02.05.2017

      'Deceitful Proclamations': US Greatly Understates Number of Deaths Caused by Its Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

      The international coalition for combating terrorism, led by the United States, has accepted the deaths of at least 396 civilians between 2014 and 2017 in Syria and Iraq as a result of its airstrikes, the central command of the coalition reported.

    • An Iranian man holds a local newspaper displaying a portrait of Donald Trump a day after his election as the new US president, in the capital Tehran, on November 10, 2016
      Last update: 17:53 30.04.2017
      17:53 30.04.2017

      Trump vs Tehran: 'Anti-Iran Propaganda Rhetoric From Washington Not to Die Anytime Soon'

      Donald Trump’s administration is stepping up its anti-Iran policy. This is evidenced by the recent statements stated by Trump himself, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other high-ranking officials. Sputnik spoke to political analyst, Vladimir Sazhin, about how far the US would go in its anti-Iran policy.

    • S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems
      Last update: 20:55 29.04.2017
      20:55 29.04.2017

      What is Next for Iran-Russia Military Cooperation After Successful Delivery of S-300?

      Russia has entirely fulfilled the contract on delivering the S-300 air defense system to Iran in 2016, according to the head of Rostec Corporation Sergey Chemezov.

    • Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) gather during an operation to clear the al-Zirai district of Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, January 18, 201
      Last update: 20:43 29.04.2017
      20:43 29.04.2017

      Far From Over: 'Daesh Defectors May be Undercover Operatives' Trying to Attack Europe

      A growing number of foreign fighters are depleting the ranks of the Daesh terrorist group, as its self-proclaimed caliphate turns into shambles. There were reports that at least two British nationals and one US citizen has recently left the group and surrendered to Turkish border police.

    • Protesters hold a cutout of U.S. President Donald Trump and images of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and U.S. missile defense system THAAD, right, on a map of Korean Peninsula during a rally against U.S. deployment of the aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula, near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 13, 2017
      Last update: 19:21 29.04.2017
      19:21 29.04.2017

      What is Behind Trump's $1 Billion Bill for THAAD to South Korea

      The US has reportedly demanded $1 billion from South Korea for the placement of the THAAD missile system on South Korea’s territory. Radio Sputnik spoke with an expert, Alexander Vorontsov, who noted that Trump applies a “rigid-push approach on his ally.”

    • Aircraft at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
      Last update: 17:59 29.04.2017
      17:59 29.04.2017

      'Superior Flight Technique, Psychological Qualities': Popularity of Russian Pilots on the Rise in China (PHOTOS)

      In recent years, Chinese airlines have made tremendous progress in terms of the rising need for air transportation. Due to that airlines such as Chengdu Airlines and Sichuan Airlines have started actively inviting foreign pilots to work for them. A Sputnik correspondent soon discovered that these companies show great interest in Russian pilots.

    • US soldiers stand near military vehicles, north of Raqqa city, Syria. File photo
      Last update: 13:59 29.04.2017
      13:59 29.04.2017

      US Tanks to Storm Raqqa as Major Offensive Takes Shape

      The Syrian city of Raqqa remains occupied by Daesh terrorists since early 2014. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with the backing of a US-led international coalition is set to storm Raqqa and liberate it next month. It has been reported that US tanks will be used during the battle.

    • Military parade in North Korea
      Last update: 20:01 24.04.2017
      20:01 24.04.2017

      China Calls DPRK, US to 'Push the Brakes' as Tensions Rise on Korean Peninsula

      China actively maintains contact with the US in an effort to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and prevent a military conflict near its borders. On Monday, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping held a conversation regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

    • Damascus, Syria. (File)
      Last update: 16:58 24.04.2017
      16:58 24.04.2017

      Why Syria Hasn't Given Up After Six Years of Conflict

      Syria is fighting the prospect of becoming a colony again; efforts to subdue the independent country are being imposed on it in the most horrific manner, former Syrian Information Minister Mahdi Dakhlallah told Sputnik Arabic.