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Terrorists Fail to Break through Syrian Army Positions in Northern Homs

The army soldiers engaged in fierce clashes with Al-Nusra terrorists that tried to penetrate into the pro-government forces' positions near the village of al-Qabou and managed to fend off their attack, killing and wounding a number of militants and forcing the remaining pockets of them to flee towards their positions in al-Houleh region's settlements. In the meantime, the Syrian Air Force launched heavy strikes on terrorists' positions in the town of Taldou in Northern Hama, inflicting several casualties on them.  Field sources confirmed on Saturday that the army's artillery and missile units pounded Al-Nusra's positions in the regions of Hawsh Abu Kalab, al-Mashari'a and Deir Foul, destroying the venue of a meeting of Al-Nusra commanders in Deir Foul. Four terrorists were killed and 17 others injured in the attack, the sources co ...

Palmyra: ISIS Suffers Heavy Casualties in Attack on Syrian Army Positions

The army soldiers engaged in a tough battle with the ISIS terrorists that attacked their positions in Jabal (mount) al-Abtar near Palmyra and managed to ward off the terrorists' offensive, killing a large number of them and destroying their military hardware. Relevant repots said on Wednesday that the army troops continued to hit ISIL's defense lines in Eastern Homs, forcing the terrorist group to retreat from vast regions Northeast of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur). The army soldiers won another battle against ISIL and drove them out of a set of strategic hills near Mount al-Qataar 25km Northeast of Palmyra. The ISIL suffered a number of casualties and its military hardware and vehicles sustained major damage in the attack. ...

UKIP Whips up Islamophobia Ahead of June Election in Britain

In an interview with BBC on Sunday, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall said the party will push to ban the burqa and sharia courts (Islamic religious courts) in the United Kingdom. In a surprise move last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election to be held on June 8 in order to bolster her position before going into two years of negotiations with the EU about Britain’s departure from the bloc. Nuttall refused to admit the Eurosceptic party’s policies were targeting Muslims, but went on to say that there were no similar proposals to ban Jewish religious courts in the country.  Nuttall, who had said in 2013 that UKIP would not seek a ban against burka, has now made a U-turn, calling for women wearing face-covering veils in public to be confronted. “We have a heightened security risk at the moment and for CCTV to ...

North Korea Threatens to Sink US Aircraft Carrier

The USS Carl Vinson will be joined by the Ashigara and Samidare destroyers in "tactical training" drills near the Philippines, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force said. North Korea's state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial the country is ready to illustrate its "military force" by sinking a "nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike." The state newspaper claimed to have weaponry which "can reach continental US and Asia Pacific region" and the "absolute weapon," hydrogen bomb. In the face of recent saber-rattling from North Korea, US President Donald Trump had said the Vinson carrier group was being deployed to waters off the Korean Peninsula The location of the Vinson has dominated headlines after Trump's remark on April 12. ...

Afghan Defence Minister, Army Chief of Staff Resign Over Deadly Attack

"Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim stepped down with immediate effect," the presidential palace announced in a post on its Twitter account. Shah Hussain Murtazawi, acting spokesman for Ghani, told Reuters the resignations were because of Friday's attack in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. At least 140 soldiers were killed and many wounded, an official in the city said on Saturday. Other officials said the toll was likely to be even higher. (Reporting by Josh Smith)   ...

Khums on the bank deposit

Q: The banks have a method for depositing money which makes it inaccessible to the depositor. It is in fact kept in one’s bank account with a particular method of computation. Is khums applicable to that money?A: If the money deposited in the bank was part of one’s annual earnings and one is able to withdraw it from the bank at the end of his khums year, then paying its khums is obligatory for him at the end of the year.  ...

Millions Mark Martyrdom Anniversary of 7th Shia Imam in Baghdad

The ritual was commemorated on Sunday, the climax of a week-long pilgrimage where the faithful marched towards the Imam’s shrine in the northern district of Kadhimiyah. The pilgrims were seen carrying a symbolic coffin of the Imam during the event. The procession took place despite security threats. Shia religious events and sites are considered prime potential targets for attacks by the Daesh terrorist group. The organizers estimate that more than six million people came to Kadhimiyah for the commemoration in recent days. Ahmad Jamal, a 28-year-old civil servant in the crowd of pilgrims, said, "This visit means a lot to us. It is about showing respect for the suffering of the Imam and the injustice he faced and about reaffirming our dedication to him." Tightened security measures have been in place across the capital to prot ...

VIDEO: Tahrir Al-Sham Militants Pushed Back in Syrian Army Offensive Northwest of Hama

Forces of the Syrian Army seized control of several locations near the strategically key town of Halfaya, Northwest of Hama, in an ongoing offensive against the Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists. ...

North Korea Arrests Another US Citizen, Report Says

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency cited sources as saying on Sunday that the man, identified only by his surname Kim, was arrested at Pyongyang International Airport on Friday while he was leaving the country. Kim, aged in his late 50s, was a former professor at China's Yanbian University of Science and Technology and was in North Korea for about a month to discuss relief activities, Yonhap said. The reason for the arrest is still unclear, with the US State Department saying there was no official confirmation of the arrest. "We are aware of reports that a US citizen was detained in North Korea," a State Department official said. “In cases where US citizens are reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish embassy, which serves as the United States' Protecting Power in North Korea. Due to privacy consideratio ...

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