Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet at a defence show in Tehran on Tuesday. Iranian Defence Ministry / AFP | Photo taken on August 13, 2018. Defence Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, standing by the next generation short-range ballistic missile "Fateh Mobin" Images on state television showed President Hassan Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new "Kowsar" plane at the National Defence Industry exhibition. It is a fourth-generation fighter, with "advanced avionics" and multi-purpose radar, the Tasnim news agency said, adding that it was "100-percent indigenously made". State TV said the plane had already been through successful testing and showed it waiting on a runway for its first public display flight. The plane was first publicly announced on Saturday by Defence Minister Amir Hatami, who had said it would be unveiled on Wednesday. He gave few details of the project, focusing instead on Iran's efforts to upgrade its missile defences. Hatami said the … [Read more...] about Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet
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JERUSALEM — Israel carried out widespread deadly raids against what it said were Iranian targets in Syria on Thursday after rocket fire towards its forces it blamed on Iran, drawing global calls for restraint. The reported exchange of fire came after weeks of rising tensions and followed US President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday to withdraw from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a move Israel had long sought. The bombardment led to calls for calm from Russia, France, Germany and Britain and the European Union, while the United States put the blame squarely on Iran and stressed Israel’s right to "self-defence". Germany and Britain joined the United States in denouncing the rocket fire towards the Israel-occupied Golan Heights they also said was carried out by Iran, while France reiterated its "unwavering support for Israel’s security". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had "crossed a red line" and that the resulting bombardment against … [Read more...] about Calls for restraint after Israeli raids on “Iranians” in Syria
Syrian insurgents who broke the siege of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Saturday in a significant territorial gain came under intense air attack from pro-government forces on Sunday trying to repel the advance which also cut government-held Aleppo's main supply route. Rebels have taken most of a large government military complex southwest of Aleppo city in a major offensive begun on Friday to break a month-long siege and are now attacking further into government held territory. The surprise advance in Ramousah allowed fighters from insurgent areas in western Syria to break through a strip of government-controlled territory on Saturday and connect with fighters in the encircled sector of eastern Aleppo. But fierce fighting and continuous Russian and Syrian air strikes in and around the Ramousah area mean no safe passage for besieged east Aleppo residents has been established, activists and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Fighters from a coalition of Islamist rebel groups … [Read more...] about Jets pound rebels after they break Aleppo siege
(VOVworld) – 2 weeks after its establishment, the international alliance against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East has taken its first steps to eliminate this group. 54 countries have committed to joining the US-led alliance. But will the alliance be able to defeat the IS? Anh Huyen comments: Crisis in the Middle East continues. Civil war continues to rage Syria, the Iraqi government is shaky, and the rise of the IS has become a security threat beyond the Middle East. Brutal acts by IS militants, particularly their killing of journalists and hostages have prompted the world to react immediately. On September 23 the US launched a series of air strikes targeting IS militants in Syria. Backed by the destroyer USS Arleigh Burke carrying Tomahawk cruise missiles in the Red Sea and the missile cruiser USS Philippines Sea in the north Persian Gulf, US air strikes destroyed IS facilities and military equipment. The US has conducted approximately 200 air strikes in … [Read more...] about Will the international alliance be able to defeat the IS?
Islamic State fighters have seized villages close to the northern city of Aleppo from rival insurgents, a monitoring group said on Friday, despite an intensifying Russian air-and-sea campaign that Moscow says has targeted the militant group. News of the advance came as the United States announced it was largely abandoning its failed program to train moderate rebels fighting Islamic State and would instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield. The Obama administration is grappling with a dramatic change in the four-year-old Syrian civil war brought about by Moscow's intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad. The Pentagon said on Friday it expected to hold new talks with Russia's military on pilot safety in Syria's war as soon as this weekend, as the former Cold War foes seek to avoid an accidental clash as they carry out rival bombing campaigns. The Russian defense ministry said stepped-up air strikes on rebel positions in … [Read more...] about Islamic State closes in on Syrian city of Aleppo; U.S. abandons rebel training effort