Mosul, Iraq, October 19 — Major offensive operation to retake Mosul is in full swing with Iraqi army leading the offensive. Meanwhile Kurdish Peshmerga force annihilated Islamic State (ISIL/Daesh) assault on city of Sinjar. Xinhua reports 47 militants neutralized. Read the full article at Xinhua. Our possible interpretation Although Mosul…

Syria, October 6 — Syrian ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad confirmed the deployment of the S-300 surface-to-air system in Syria, citing required [air defense] protection for Russian troops. In addition Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov reaffirmed “let me repeat: both the S-300 and the S-400 are purely defensive armaments, which do…

Syria, September 12 — Official ceasefire is now in effect in Syria. The ceasefire agreement was brokered by US and Russia. According to SOHR (a Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) “calm is prevailing”, reports Deutsche Welle. Read full article at DW.

US, September 9 — Volkswagen engineer James Liang has pleaded guilty to US federal charges to conspiracy. Allegedly Mr. Liang helped develop the emissions defeat device for the Jetta cars in 2006 while working at VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, reports Deutsche Welle (DW).   Read the full article…

Syria, Semptember 8 — Syrian rebel group Fateh al-Sham Front (Al-Nusra Front) reported earlier the chief Abu Omar Sarakeb was killed in Aleppo province. Appears the death was the result of an airstrike but is unclear from which nation. Al-Nusra Front is a terrorist organization under US State Department’s…

Kubinka, Russia, September 8 — Russia’s military technology bureau Almaz-Antey Concern has begun work on the fifth-generation medium range surface to air missile system. The new system will have smaller missiles with more efficient propulsion system enabling better endurance capability. Report also explains the capacity for the launch platform…

Ankara, September 06 — Deutsche Welle (DW.com) conducted an interview earlier with Turkey’s Youth and Sports Minister Akif Cagatay Kilic. DW asked many questions that were allegedly agreed upon in advance. Upon completion of the interview Turkish representatives detained the DW interviewing crew until they surrendered the interview footage. Reasons for confiscation…

Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 02 — Last Wednesday former president Dilma Rousseff was impeached by Brazilian senate. Interestingly the former president will retain political rights including right hold public office, reports Rio Times.   Read full article at TheRioTimes.