by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
Earlier today, over 30 militants from Jabhat Al-Nusra were killed by Hezbollah forces and the National Defense Forces (NDF) at Wadi Ajram in the Qalamoun Mountains. Hezbollah laid the surprise attack on Jabhat Al-Nusra’s defenses on Wednesday morning, capturing approximately 2 square miles of territory before nightfall. The NDF backed Hezbollah at Wadi Ajram, alleviating the embattled soldiers in the western part of the valley. According to a military source, fighting is still ongoing, despite the frigid temperatures in the mountains. Continue reading Hizbullah Kills Scores of Jabhat Al-Nusra Terrorists in the Qalamoun Mountains
China has officially unveiled a sophisticated stealth fighter jet in a move believed to enhance its military status in the region.
The J-31 stealth aircraft was unveiled at the annual China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in the southern city of Zhuhai, in south China’s Guangdong Province, on Tuesday.
Officials conducted a demonstrative flight of the twin-engine fighter jet, which is developed by the Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), at the exhibit, with at least two more demonstrations scheduled for later.
Following the demonstration, the representatives of the country’s top aircraft maker displayed a mock-up version of the jet. Continue reading China reveals sophisticated stealth fighter jet
by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
In east Homs, the 18th Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army’s 3rd Infantry Division has continued its success north of Palmyra at the Al-Sha’ar Gas Fields outskirts, capturing the final oil well (Well 105) in the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) possession. The 18th Brigade was assisted by the SAA’s special forces unit, “Liwaa Al-Qalb Al-Suqour Al-Sahra’a” (Desert Falcons) and Mouqawama Souriya (Syrian Resistance) forces during the latest operations at Al-Sha’ar Gas Fields. The remaining ISIS fighters in the area have retreated north towards the Al-Hasakah Governorate after abandoning their heavy weaponry at the gas fields. Continue reading Syrian Arab Army Captures Final Oil Well at Al-Sha’ar; Nusra Losing Ground in Idlib
In a letter to mark the 10-year anniversary of the death of veteran leader Yasser Arafat, jailed Palestinian political figure Marwan Barghouthi urged Palestinian leadership to give its backing to “armed resistance” against Israel in a letter published Tuesday.
The call came after months of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in and around annexed East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Even though Barghouthi has supported peaceful resistance throughout the years and denounced attacks against Israeli settlers, in Tuesday’s letter he encouraged Palestinians to adopt an “armed resistance.” Continue reading Barghouthi urges Palestinians to adopt “armed resistance”
)- Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said Tehran has outpaced Washington in producing naval science.
Continue reading IRGC Commander: Iran Moving Ahead of US in Naval Science Production
by Sharmine Narwani, Russia Today
Palestinians didn’t jump into the fray in Syria. They were dragged into it – violently and reluctantly. Here is the story of how and why Palestinians and their 14 refugee camps became strategic targets in the Battle for Syria.
My first visit to Yarmouk took place a few days after 20 people were killed in the Palestinian camp’s first major shelling incident on August 2, 2012. Residents showed me the damage caused by the first mortar – which hit the roof of a small apartment building not far from Tadamoun, a Damascus suburb where rebels and security forces were clashing daily.
As bystanders rushed to investigate the damage, a second shell hit the narrow street outside where onlookers had congregated, killing and injuring dozens.
Foreign media headlines suggested the Syrian government was shelling Yarmouk, but Palestinians inside expressed doubt. Some said these were rebel mortars from adjacent neighborhoods, but it was clear nobody could provide definitive answers for what may simply have been a series of stray shells. Continue reading Stealing Palestine: Who dragged Palestinians into Syria’s conflict?