Gitmo, a name of shame on the human rights record of the US, is back with demands for big improvements and a bigger budget, thanks to the Trump administration.
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are clearing the village of Baghuz, which is from their point of view the last settlement in Syria controlled by the Daesh* terror group, of the terrorists, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali has stated.
In recent months, the Yemeni militia launched multiple ballistic missiles against targets in southern Saudi Arabia amid the ongoing Saudi-led coalition's bombing campaign against the militants.
Earlier, a senior US official told Turkish media that Washington would halt the sale of Patriot missiles to Ankara if the country proceeded with the purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defence systems.
According to the Seismological Center of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the earthquake struck Izeh in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan.
ANKARA (Sputnik) - The death toll in the residential building collapse in the Turkish city of Istanbul has increased to 21, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has stated.
On Wednesday, Israeli satellite imaging company ImageSat International (iSi) claimed that three S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) launchers deployed to Syria had already been erected.
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkey calls on Beijing to respect the rights of Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group, living in the Chinese northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), and close the so-called re-education camps where up to a million Uyghurs are believed to be held, spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy said.
During a showcase on Thursday, Tehran shared rare footage of a secretive underground complex where Iranian missiles are being built.
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israel's Counter Terrorism Unit (ICTU, or Yamam) detained on Saturday a Palestinian, who is suspected of killing a 19-year-old Israeli girl, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
CAIRO (Sputnik) - A small ship with 18 undocumented migrants on board sank in the Mediterranean Sea near the Algerian city of Oran on Saturday, at least two people have died in the incident, the Algeria Press Service (APS) news agency reported.
The terrorist group has been rapidly losing territory over the last two years under pressure from Russian and Syrian forces, as well as the US and its allies. It also allegedly faces internal disputes, with some of the group’s fighters having attempted to kill Daesh* leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to The Guardian.
In December 2018, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara’s armed forces were ready to initiate a campaign in eastern Syria if the US didn’t remove its Kurdish allies from the region. He later postponed the operation after talks with his American counterpart Donald Trump, who announced a US troop pull-out from Syria.
The reports about the airstrike come amid an operation that the Libyan National Army (LNA) launched on 15 January aimed at destroying local terror groups and establishing control over oil fields in the southwestern part of the country.
The Bank of England earlier denied Caracas' request to repatriate $1.2 billion worth of its gold reserves without explaining the decision. This f ailed repatriation comes amid a sanctions campaign organised by the US against the Latin American state in a bid to force President Nicolas Maduro to step down.
The Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor has been a frequent target of international anti-Daesh coalition airstrikes, with Syrian state media reporting about the numerous civilian casualties they have caused. The Pentagon has previously confirmed some of the strikes, vowing to probe the casualties.
ANKARA (Sputnik) - The death toll in the residential building collapse in the Turkish city of Istanbul has climbed to 18, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Saturday.
In a central district of Tehran, the Ebrat Museum of Torture can be found. Until 1979 what is now a museum was the SAVAK government-operated prison where political prisoners were subjected to the most horrific and perverse torture.
BEIRUT (Sputnik) - A new conflict could erupt between Israel and Lebanon as a result of the United States' actions aimed at sowing discord in the region as well as Washington's campaign against Tehran and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said in an interview with Sputnik.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Washington has stepped up its airstrikes and raids targeting the Taliban* leadership and militants in Afghanistan in a bid to obtain leverage in peace talks with the movement, The New York Times newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources from the US Department of Defence.