Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen confirm they have retreated from their strongholds in the al-Manasseh area of the southern province of al-Bayda.
In a statement on Monday, al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Sharia said that the Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters drove them out after a series of battles.
According to the statement, all of the other local wings of al-Qaeda also withdrew from the region. Continue reading Houthis make Al-Qaeda-linked militants retreat from southern Yemen
Syrian military forces have repelled an offensive by al-Qaeda-linked militants against the northwestern city of Idlib, a UK-based Syrian opposition group says.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that the militants of Nusra Front, backed by other groups, attacked the city from all sides.
Syrian forces pushed them back after they had temporarily seized several government buildings including the governor’s office. Continue reading Syrian Arab Army repels Takfiri militants in Idlib
by Yahya Dabouq, Al-Akhbar English
The Israeli Knesset is expected to hold elections in two years, and it is believed that a war against Hezbollah will occur prior to that event. This was claimed by a senior Israeli minister, and member of the Israeli Political-Security Cabinet, during comments in regards to recent developments on the northern border and Israel’s military capabilities against Hezbollah. Continue reading Will Israel wage a war against Hezbollah before its elections in 2016?
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian defense industries joined the club of polymeric guns manufacturers after developing and producing a new polymeric pistol named ‘Raa’d (Thunderbolt)’.
Raa’d is one of the newest Iran-made pistols made of polymers. It is 9mm caliber pistol and weighs 700g. The light pistol can be a proper weapon for different military and law enforcement units.
The exterior body of the pistol is made of resistant polymers. It is 198mm in length and can fire 15 rounds after each time of refilling. Continue reading Iran Stands among 10 Polymeric Weapons Manufacturers
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, Commander Qassem Suleimani, issued a rare public statement regarding the war in Gaza and his support for Palestinians fighting against Israeli forces. The dramatic, somewhat poetic message was originally picked up by Arabic-language TV station Al Mayadeen. Later, many Iranian news agencies and websites carried parts or the entire written message.
“Palestine is a beating heart whose blood runs through the veins of mankind to present a new humanity at any time,” he wrote. “Palestine gifts welfare to the world. … It shakes the conscience and wakes nations from their deep sleep. Continue reading Qassem Suleimani says disarming Gaza resistance is wrong
by Abdel Rahman Nassar and Hani Ibrahim, Al-Akhbar English
More than $250 million dollars were given annually to Hamas by Tehran. This allowed the movement to continue and resist international sanctions. However, this amount has become irrelevant after the latest war, which proved that Palestinians are only able to defend themselves through self-made weapons and supplies by the axis of Resistance to Gaza.
The relationship between Hamas and Iran goes back to 1991 and has grown gradually until the beginning of the crisis in Syria. Hamas took several positions, which distanced it from the axis. But today, the movement admits it has lost so much. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt could no longer be of any help and Gaza does not share borders with Qatar or Turkey. Doha and Ankara’s largest ambitions for a Palestinian state is one inside the 1967 borders, which is the demand of Fatah, while only Iran dares to speak about the total liberation of Palestine. Continue reading Resistance Movements In The Gaza Strip Strengthening Ties With Tehran
by Hassan Illeik, Al-Akhbar English
The war launched by Israel against the Gaza Strip and its resistance forces has been brutal on the military and intelligence levels, but Israel has not managed to completely shut down weapons supply lines into the Strip. The Palestinian resistance has even received a considerable amount of long-range missiles from Hezbollah in the past several days.
The flow of weapons into the Gaza Strip continues, according to sources familiar with the Palestinian resistance logistics, despite the ongoing Israeli assault on the Strip and Syria’s compromised role as a conduit for weapons.
As the conflict enters its sixth day, Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard units specialized in smuggling weapons from Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Sudan, and other countries into the Gaza Strip are on high alert.
These weapons usually begin their journey in Iranian or Syrian ports. From there, they head to Sudan, where they are transported to the Sinai in Egypt and end up in Gaza. Continue reading How Hamas Gets Its Weapons
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
The head of Iran’s Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, has returned to Iran from his Iraq trip with harsh words for both the Islamic State (IS) militants that overran parts of Iraq and the United States and its coalition.
Soleimani’s trip to Iraq to advise Iraqi forces fighting IS was unusually public for a general who has issued very few statements and given even fewer interviews throughout his career. From early September all the way through last week, numerous pictures of the commander, who Western media organizations often call “shadowy,” posing with Iraqi forces and sometimes even smiling for the camera appeared on Twitter, Facebook and Iranian websites.
The sheer quantity of pictures of Soleimani in Iraq with various armed groups seemed a like an Iranian message to neighboring countries and the United States and its coalition that Iran had boots on the ground while they did not. Continue reading All Eyes On Soleimani
A detachment of Russian fleet of warships has berthed at the Caspian port city of Bandar Anzali in northern Iran.
The flotilla, which docked in Bandar Anzali on Monday, carries the message of peace and friendship in the Caspian Sea and was welcomed by Iranian naval officials.
This is the second time that a Russian fleet of warships has traveled to Iran, Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan said on Monday.
He also stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation between the two countries. Continue reading Russia’s Navy Warships Berth In Northern Iran
by Amer Mohsen, Al-Akhbar English
Iran announced its first live test of the air defense system, Bavar 373, which is said to be similar to, or an alternative to the S 300 Russian system. This piece of news appeared two weeks ago but did not get adequate media coverage. Specialists and other concerned parties, however, read it with great interest.
Iranian media outlets broadcast the first picture of one of the Bavar missiles, which greatly resembles the missile used in the S 300 system. This test represents the beginning of completing the last phase in the Iranian air defense system, which consists of several systems with multiple ranges. Some of them are revamped old US weapons while others are clones of foreign radars and missiles and some are a combination of the two.
Estimating Iran’s military power is a very difficult task. Many of its projects are shrouded in secrecy and are revealed only after their completion, while the defense ministry’s propaganda adds to the mystery. Some research and experimental models are showcased as though they are in the production phase, and mixing actual achievements with propaganda is designed to mislead. The Iranian press often misinterprets military statements and the media, in general, is known for its ignorance of military issues and its inadequate coverage of these matters, thus adding to the confusion. Continue reading What Is It About Iran That Scares The US?: On Tehran’s Military Capabilities