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    • F-16 of the Turkish Air Force
      Last update: 23:31 22.03.2018
      23:31 22.03.2018

      Turkish F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes in Nevsehir Province

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - An F-16 fighter jet of the Turkish Air Force crashed in the central part of the country, the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces said Thursday.

    • Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, left, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, pose during a signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace, Paris. (File)
      Last update: 20:12 22.03.2018
      20:12 22.03.2018

      Case Against Sarkozy Sincerely Gladdens Libyans – Political Analyst

      Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has stated that accusations that his 2007 presidential campaign received funding from the Libyan government are not evidence-based, the newspaper Figaro reported. On March 20, he was detained for 48 hours over a presumed bribery case.

    • Lights and smoke are seen during Syrian government bombardment on the rebel-controlled town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on late March 11, 2018
      Last update: 19:50 22.03.2018
      19:50 22.03.2018

      Two Killed, Nine Injured in 'Cluster Bomb' Terror Attack on Syria’s Damascus

      Since the Syrian Army launched operation Damascus Steel to oust militants from Damascus, militants have intensified their shelling attacks on government-held parts of the city, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians in recent weeks.

    • Syrians walk past destroyed buildings in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on March 9, 2018
      Last update: 19:30 22.03.2018
      19:30 22.03.2018

      UK, US, France Waging Media War Throughout Syrian Conflict - Envoy

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States, the United Kingdom and France have been waging an information war since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in order to prolong it, mainly through claims that Damascus is using chemical weapons, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad told Sputnik on Thursday.

    • A statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in front of building of the Iraqi Olympic Committee 09 April 2003. The US tanks and troops poured into the heart of Baghdad as the Iraqi leader's regime collapsed after a blistering three-week onslaught.
      Last update: 19:21 22.03.2018
      19:21 22.03.2018

      'Controlled Chaos': US-Led Coalition Wasted Trillions of Dollars Destroying Iraq

      The US-led coalition's 2003 invasion of Iraq left the country in ruins, creating much more political problems than the people of Iraq has suffered before, Italian journalist Enrico Piovesana told Sputnik, recalling that initially Rome had not planned to join Washington's Middle Eastern military adventure.

    • Jenderes village in Afrin Canton in the north of Syria after aircraft and artillery shelling by the Turkish Armed Forces
      Last update: 17:21 22.03.2018
      17:21 22.03.2018

      Bomb Explosion Kills 3 Turkish Soldiers in Syria’s Afrin - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Three Turkish servicemen have been killed in the Syrian district of Afrin after an improvised explosive device went off, Hurriyet Daily News newspaper reported.

    • A Turkish soldier uses binoculars to check the Syrian border near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on October 4, 2014
      Last update: 16:57 22.03.2018
      16:57 22.03.2018

      PKK Militant Group in Possession of Arms Provided to Kurdish Forces by US

      The US has provided the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with arms as part of its wider military cooperation with the group in Syria, despite Turkey repeatedly voicing concerns over the group’s ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – which has long been designated a terror organization by Turkey, the EU and the US.

    • In this Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 file photo, Kurdish demonstrators, protest against the operation by the Turkish army aimed at ousting the U.S.-backed Kurdish militia from the area in Afrin, Syria, in Rabiyeh, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Syria’s Kurdish militia is growing frustrated with its patron, the United States, and is pressing it to do more to stop Turkey’s assault on Afrin. Their complaints reflect the differing agendas. The Kurds want to ensure their self-rule, while the U.S. wants them to focus on governing the territory they wrested from IS militants.
      Last update: 16:36 22.03.2018
      16:36 22.03.2018

      Turkey Engaging in Deportations of Syrian Refugees - HRW

      While Turkish President Erdogan has sought to portray his government as supportive of Syrian refugees, human rights monitors have criticized the actions of Turkish security forces towards Syrians trying to escape the fighting.

    • Lights and smoke are seen during Syrian government bombardment on the rebel-controlled town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on late March 11, 2018
      Last update: 14:58 22.03.2018
      14:58 22.03.2018

      Around 1,500 Militants to Be Withdrawn From Syria's Harasta - Source

      DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - The Syrian authorities are preparing for the evacuation of around 1,500 militants and their families from the Syria's Harasta, located in the embattled Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, a local source told Sputnik on Thursday.

    • Hamas security services personnel inspect the site of a Tuesday explosion that occurred as the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah entered Gaza through the Erez crossing with Israel, on the main road in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, March 13, 2018
      Last update: 14:56 22.03.2018
      14:56 22.03.2018

      Suspect in Attempted Murder of Palestinian PM Dies of Wounds After Arrest

      The prime suspect in the attempted assassination of Rami Hamdallah, whose motorcade came under bomb attack in the Gaza Strip last week, was captured by Hamas security force members after a deadly fight.

    • In this picture released by official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a graduation ceremony of a group of the Revolutionary Guard cadets in Tehran, Iran.
      Last update: 13:04 22.03.2018
      13:04 22.03.2018

      Iran's Ayatollah Blames US for 'Intention to Create Groups Such as Daesh'

      The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution began the Persian New Year by blasting the US for meddling in the domestic affairs of the region, as he announced that Iran had defused the Americans' plot.

    • Syrian pro government forces enter the main square of Kfar Batna, Southeastern Ghouta, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on March 19, 2018
      Last update: 11:31 22.03.2018
      11:31 22.03.2018

      WATCH: Three Convoys With Militants Leave Syria's Eastern Ghouta - Source

      On February 24, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that urges all parties to the conflict to immediately stop hostilities and adhere to a long-term humanitarian ceasefire across the entire Syrian territory in order to ensure the safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid, as well as the evacuation of injured.

    • A picture taken on March 11, 2018 shows Syrian government forces outside of the town of Jisreen in the southern tip of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta as they advance in the area
      Last update: 08:57 22.03.2018
      08:57 22.03.2018

      'True Colors': WATCH Raw Footage of Syria's Eastern Ghouta Revealed by Russia

      The Syrian Army continues its military operation in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, where at least 70 percent of the territory has already been liberated from terrorists amid the ongoing evacuation of civilians.

    • Saudi soldiers watch as a Saudi military cargo plane lands to deliver aid at an airfield in Marib, Yemen January 26, 2018
      Last update: 03:23 22.03.2018
      03:23 22.03.2018

      US Support for Brutal Saudi Campaign in Yemen Serves Desire to Oppose Iran

      Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is in Washington this week to visit the White House and will undoubtedly be pleased to learn that the US Senate just killed a bill to terminate Washington’s military support for Saudi warplanes conducting bombing and missile raids in Yemen.

    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives an address at the London Stock Exchange in the City of London, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.
      Last update: 03:16 22.03.2018
      03:16 22.03.2018

      Israeli Construction Regulations Could Hold Up Scheduled US Embassy Move

      The moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, initially scheduled to take place on Israel’s independence day, May 14, might end up delayed due to Israeli bureaucracy, Israeli media reported Tuesday.

    • British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson delivers a speech on the first day of the Conservative party annual conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, central England, on October 2, 2016
      Last update: 23:27 21.03.2018
      23:27 21.03.2018

      'Assad Must Go' Mantra No Longer Viable, UK Foreign Secretary Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Wednesday that while Syrian President Bashar Assad may fear punishment for civilian deaths in the country, the old slogan of "Assad must go" is no longer tenable.

    • Ahed Tamimi
      Last update: 22:19 21.03.2018
      22:19 21.03.2018

      Palestinian Teen Given 8 Months in Jail for Slapping Israeli Soldier in Her Yard

      Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian girl who became an international symbol of Palestinian resistance after slapping an Israeli soldier in December, accepted a plea bargain on Wednesday to serve eight months in an Israeli prison.

    • A soldier of the Syrian Arab Army at an observation post at the frontline in the al-Kom village of the Quneitra province in Syria
      Last update: 21:35 21.03.2018
      21:35 21.03.2018

      Blowback: Damascus is Ready to Respond to Potential US Strike – Scholar

      Damascus will not tolerate yet another US military strike against Syrian government forces, Lebanese political scientist Salem Zahran told Sputnik, stressing that the Syrian leadership has already marked US bases on the country's territory as potential targets for a possible retaliatory strike.

    • An F-15 fighter. (File)
      Last update: 21:28 21.03.2018
      21:28 21.03.2018

      Yemen's Houthi Rebels Claim They Hit Saudi Arabian F-15 Jet - Reports (VIDEO)

      A Royal Saudi Air Force aircraft has been downed in the Sa'da Province in the northwest of war-torn Yemen, rebels said, cited by local news outlets.

    • Two Israeli air force F-15s (File)
      Last update: 21:09 21.03.2018
      21:09 21.03.2018

      Details of Covert Israeli Operation Against Syrian 'Nuclear Facility' Revealed

      An ex-Israeli defense minister and an air force pilot have revealed classified details and risks of the 2007 Israeli airstrike against a nearly finished Syrian nuclear reactor following the Israeli Defense Ministry acknowledging the bombing.