Dubai throws open the doors for the rich Russians escaping sanctions

Roman Abramovich said to be among those looking for a luxury base in the UAE, which is unafraid to snub the west On the tarmac of Dubai airport, half way along its main runway, a small terminal has been doing brisk business this month. Daily flights have disgorged dozens of Russians – many among theContinue reading “Dubai throws open the doors for the rich Russians escaping sanctions”

War in Ukraine: Putin approves use of volunteer foreign fighters from the Middle East 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered so-called volunteer fighters from the Middle East to be brought into Ukraine. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia knew of “more than 16,000 applications”, according to a statement from the Kremlin. Most “volunteers” are people who had been helped by Russia against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, ShoiguContinue reading “War in Ukraine: Putin approves use of volunteer foreign fighters from the Middle East “

Second Israeli Strike on Latakia Port This Month, Syria Reports Major Damage

According to reports in Syria, Israeli fighter jets attacked the container complex at the port with missiles, in the second attack on the vital facility this month Fires erupted in Syria’s Latakia Port’s container storage area following an Israeli missile attack, Syrian state media reported early Tuesday morning. The attack, the second in this month, damagedContinue reading “Second Israeli Strike on Latakia Port This Month, Syria Reports Major Damage”

Iran says cyberattack closes gas stations across country

A cyberattack crippled gas stations across Iran on Tuesday, leaving angry motorists stranded in long lines. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which rendered useless the government-issued electronic cards that many Iranians use to buy subsidized fuel at the pump. It bore similarities to another attack months earlier that seemed to directly challengeContinue reading “Iran says cyberattack closes gas stations across country”

Syria, Iran on agenda as Putin hosts Israel’s new PM in Russia

Meeting in Sochi marks first in-person talks between the two world leaders. Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for the pair’s first in-person meeting, with talks focused on Iran and the situation in Syria. Welcoming Bennett at the start of their meeting on Friday in Russia’s Black Sea resortContinue reading “Syria, Iran on agenda as Putin hosts Israel’s new PM in Russia”

Deadly bomb blasts hit Syria military bus – BBC News

A double bomb attack on a military bus in central Damascus has killed 14 people, Syrian state media say. Two explosive devices attached to the vehicle blew up as it passed under Jisr al-Rais during the morning rush hour, Sana news agency reported. Although Syria has been embroiled in civil war for a decade, suchContinue reading “Deadly bomb blasts hit Syria military bus – BBC News”

Syria’s al-Assad re-elected for fourth term with 95% of vote

Western powers dismissed the poll as ‘neither free nor fair’, while Syria’s opposition called it a ‘farce’. Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected for a fourth term as president of war-torn Syria with 95.1 percent of the votes cast in government-held areas, official results have shown, after a vote dismissed by the opposition and Western powersContinue reading “Syria’s al-Assad re-elected for fourth term with 95% of vote”

Russia says it can now operate nuclear capable bombers from Syrian air base

Russia said on Tuesday it had the ability for the first time to operate long-range strategic nuclear-capable bombers from its air base in Syria, expanding its capabilities and allowing such planes to train in new regions. Russia operates the Hmeymim base on Syria’s Mediterranean coast, from which it has launched air strikes in the pastContinue reading “Russia says it can now operate nuclear capable bombers from Syrian air base”

Syrian President Assad, wife test positive for COVID-19

The president and first lady Asma are in good health and getting treated at home. The country has yet to obtain vaccines, and the UN fears cases are much higher in Syria than reported. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and first lady Asma al-Assad have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the Syrian presidency on Monday.Continue reading “Syrian President Assad, wife test positive for COVID-19”

Trump wanted to assassinate Syrian president, former adviser claims

KT Macfarland, former deputy national security adviser, said Mr Trump wanted to attack Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad after seeing photos of Sarin gas attack on civilians Donald Trump had to be talked down from ordering the assassination of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to a former adviser. KT Macfarland, former deputy national security adviser, saidContinue reading “Trump wanted to assassinate Syrian president, former adviser claims”

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