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    • In this October 23, 2016 image, a US military helicopter is seen flying toward Bagram airbase from Kabul, Afghanistan.
      Last update: 10:18 20.09.2018
      10:18 20.09.2018

      US Strikes Taliban After Group Agrees to Join Moscow Talks – Afghan Lawmaker

      The decision of the Taliban movement to take part in the Moscow format meeting on the Afghan settlement has led to the US large-scale operations against it in northern Afghanistan, which enabled the Daesh terrorist group to mount an offensive in this area, Delawar Aimaq, a member of the Afghan National Assembly's security commission, told Sputnik.

    • IL-20
      Last update: 07:57 20.09.2018
      07:57 20.09.2018

      US Navy Aware of Russian Il-20 Crash, Ready to Provide Assistance if Needed

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Navy 6th Fleet is informed about the deadly crash of the Russian Il-20 in the Mediterranean near Syria and is ready to provide assistance at sea to any country if needed, the 6th Fleet's public affairs officer, Cmdr. Kyle Raines, told Sputnik.

    • An Israeli air force jet fighter plane. (File)
      Last update: 01:52 20.09.2018
      01:52 20.09.2018

      Satellite Operator Says Released PHOTOS of Israeli Airstrikes in Syrian Latakia

      TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – Israeli satellite operator ImageSat International (iSi) published satellite photos of what it called an ammunition warehouse destroyed as a result of the recent Israeli airstrikes in Syria’s eastern province of Latakia, during which a Russian Il-20 aircraft with 15 servicemen on board crashed.

    • The United States flag flies atop the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington November 18, 2008
      Last update: 23:31 19.09.2018
      23:31 19.09.2018

      US Treasury Sanctions 2 Individuals Over Links to Daesh Terror Group in Syria

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has sanctioned a dual US-Trinidadian national along with another citizen Trinidad and Tobago over their alleged roles in financing the Islamic State (Daesh) terrorist group in Syria, the Treasury Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

    • President of Syria Bashar al-Assad. (File)
      Last update: 22:58 19.09.2018
      22:58 19.09.2018

      Syrian President Assad Says Il-20 Crash 'Result of Israeli Arrogance' - Reports

      Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad has sent a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin, expressing his condolences over the recent Russian Il-20 plane crash in Syria, local media reported.

    • Ilyushin IL-20
      Last update: 22:37 19.09.2018
      22:37 19.09.2018

      Israeli Delegation to Travel to Moscow to Share Information on Il-20 Plane Crash

      Israeli military delegation led by air force commander to travel to Moscow to share information on Il-20 plane crash.

    • Missiles are on display during a parade marking National Army Day at the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
      Last update: 20:57 19.09.2018
      20:57 19.09.2018

      Tehran Has Sovereign Right to Develop Missile Program - Moscow

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow believes that the development of the Iranian missile program is Tehran's sovereign right, and all the issues arising in this regard should be resolved without pressure, especially military, at the negotiating table, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik.

    • Daesh  terrorists pass by a convoy in Tel Abyad, northeast Syria (File)
      Last update: 19:14 19.09.2018
      19:14 19.09.2018

      Daesh Used Rudimentary Chemical Weapons in Terror Attacks - US State Department

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Daesh used rudimentary chemical weapons and encouraged sympathizers to use whatever other weapon at their disposal to carry out terrorist attacks, the US Department of State said in a report on Wednesday.

    • A picture taken on February 3, 2016, shows the Kurdish flag flying over the Arbil Citadel, in the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq
      Last update: 18:58 19.09.2018
      18:58 19.09.2018

      Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Nominates Former Kurdistan Premier Salih for Iraqi Presidency

      CAIRO (Sputnik) – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) nominated on Wednesday former Iraqi Kurdistan’s leader Barham Salih for the post of Iraqi president, PUK spokesman Saadi Bira said.

    • Construction on a new barrier along the sea in Gaza
      Last update: 17:17 19.09.2018
      17:17 19.09.2018

      Palestine Allocates $3Mln Kuwaiti Grant to Develop Gaza Strip Infrastructure – Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Palestinian Ministry of Public Works and Housing has allocated a Kuwaiti grant worth $3 million to rehabilitate and develop infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, Maan reported Wednesday citing Housing Minister Mufid Hasayneh.

    • In this Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, a part of Arak heavy water nuclear facilities is seen, near the central city of Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Iranian state television reported on Saturday, April, 19, 2014 that Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi has said a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been “virtually resolved.” Iran and world powers are negotiating the terms of a permanent deal over its contested nuclear program
      Last update: 15:41 19.09.2018
      15:41 19.09.2018

      Iran Expects UK to Play 'Crucial Role' in Reactor Upgrade as Nuke Deal in Limbo

      Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi made the statement while meeting with a British delegation during the IAEA annual summit. Earlier, he promised that Tehran would come out stronger should the 2015 nuke deal collapse in the wake of Donald Trump's withdrawal from it.

    • (File) A view of Taksim Square in central Istanbul Monday, July 10, 2017
      Last update: 15:26 19.09.2018
      15:26 19.09.2018

      Turkey Simplifies Rules for Foreigners Wanting Citizenship – Decree

      ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkey has significantly simplified its rules for foreigners wanting to acquire Turkish citizenship, according to the relevant decree of the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan published in the government’s Resmi Gazette on Wednesday.

    • Russian pilots of the Su-34 at the Hmeimim base in Syria. (File)
      Last update: 14:21 19.09.2018
      14:21 19.09.2018

      Russia ‘the Center of a Network of Alliances and Rivalry in Syria' – Scholar

      The downing of the Russian IL-20 plane in Syria will not affect in any way the agreements reached by Russian President Putin and Turkish President Erdogan on Monday regarding Syria's demilitarization, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday. The IL-20 was brought down by a missile Syria launched in response to an Israeli air strike.

    • Aug. 12, 2018, photo, Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan. A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul, has killed about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers since Friday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said
      Last update: 13:05 19.09.2018
      13:05 19.09.2018

      Situation in Afghanistan Heats Up Daily Because of US Presence – Lawmaker

      Kabul refused to participate in a meeting in Moscow to discuss the situation in Afghanistan due to US pressure; Washington was not interested in ending the conflict, the chairman of the defense and security commission of the National Assembly, Shabaz Naseri, told Sputnik.

    • In this photo taken on Friday, March 4, 2016, A Russian military police officer stands guard at the Russian air base in Hemeimeem, Syria, with an Il-20 electronic intelligence plane of the Russian air force is in the background. An Il-20 aircraft was shot down Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, as the Syrian military fired on Israeli fighter jets attacking targets in northwestern Syria
      Last update: 12:34 19.09.2018
      12:34 19.09.2018

      'We'll Have to Take the Rap': Israeli Media React to Downing of Russian Plane

      On Monday, a Russian recon aircraft carrying 15 servicemen was destroyed by friendly fire off the Syrian coast; the incident coincided with an Israeli attack on targets in Syria. Following the disaster, Russia's Ministry of Defense accused Israel of "irresponsible action" and of using the aircraft as a shield against Syrian anti-aircraft systems.

    • British supply convoy in Iran, headed by Soviet BA-10 armored vehicle
      Last update: 11:23 19.09.2018
      11:23 19.09.2018

      Operation Countenance: The UK de Facto Occupied Iran in 1941 – Academic

      The Anglo-Soviet incursion in Iran, codenamed Operation Countenance, took place between August 25 and September 17, 1941. It still sparks a lively debate among historians: while some researchers claim that the Soviet Union and Britain had used WWII as an excuse to occupy the country, others insist that sending troops there was entirely justified.

    • Turkish soldiers stand in a Turkish army tank driving back to Turkey from the Syrian-Turkish border town of Jarabulus on September in the Turkish-Syrian border town of Karkamis. (File)
      Last update: 09:00 19.09.2018
      09:00 19.09.2018

      Turkey Should Revive Ties With Assad to Stop US Buildup in Syria – Observers

      To prevent the creation of an autonomous Kurdish entity in northern Syria by US-backed Kurdish militias and to solve the Idlib issue, Ankara needs to revive working relations with the Syrian government, Turkish political observers told Sputnik, commenting on Washington's alleged attempts to boost its positions to the east of the Euphrates.

    • An Israeli border police officer stands guard outside in Jerusalem's Old City Friday, July 14, 2017
      Last update: 04:53 19.09.2018
      04:53 19.09.2018

      Israeli Police Say Shot, Killed Palestinian Who Attacked Passerby in Jerusalem

      TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israeli police officers shot and killed a Palestinian who attacked a passerby and the policemen with a "sharp object" in Jerusalem, the press service of law enforcement agencies reported Tuesday.

    • A Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft.
      Last update: 03:34 19.09.2018
      03:34 19.09.2018

      Russian Investigators Launch Probe Into Il-20 Plane Crash in Mediterranean

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's Investigative Committee said Tuesday it had opened an investigation into the crash of the Il-20 reconnaissance plane off the Syrian coast that killed 15 military personnel.

    • Members of the Mujahedeen Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian resistance group (File)
      Last update: 02:10 19.09.2018
      02:10 19.09.2018

      Saudi Arabia Bankrolled Iran’s MEK with Tons of Gold, Rolexes – Report

      A former high-ranking MEK official confirmed long-held suspicions that Saudi Arabia has been financing the political-militant group bent on violent regime change in Iran through sophisticated channels to provide the group with valuables like gold and Rolex watches, according to a new report.