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(FNA) ~ A US airborne operation to rescue a senior ISIL leader in Southern Zobab city in Ta’iz province failed after the Yemeni army and popular forces killed the terrorist commander, Arab media reports disclosed on Thursday.

“Abu Ayoub al-Ansari was killed by the Yemeni army and popular forces before the US helicopter could rescue take him out of the battlefield, the Arabic-language media outlest,” Alalam quoted an unnamed military source as saying on Thursday.

Meantime, another ISIL leader, Abu Hameh, was also killed by the Yemeni army.

In a relevant development in early March, Ansarullah sources revealed that Saudi Arabia has hatched plots to assassinate the senior leaders of Yemen’s revolution.

“Saudi Arabia is plotting to assassinate leaders of Ansarullah movement and Yemeni revolution,” Colonel Hassan Zaidi, a field commander of Ansarullah, told FNA.

“Saudi Arabia is leading and supporting the terrorist operations in Yemen and wants to omit the leaders of Yemen revolution and it has masterminded the recent assassinations in Aden and Ta’iz provinces,” he added.

Saudi Arabia which has faced failure in Yemen after waging a one-year-long war against its Arab neighbor has now resorted to assassination of Yemen’s popular revolution to bring back its fugitive ally, Mansour Hadi, back to power, he continued.

Russia and India have not only long-standing close relations in the military sphere, but also big plans for further cooperation. No wonder Russia and its weapons are waiting on one of the largest international exhibitions of arms Defexpo India - 2016 to be held in the Indian state of South Goa from 28 to 31 March.
Plans for the military and military-technical cooperation between the two countries and confirmed the recent conversation Sergei Shoigu, Minister of Defense of Russia with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikarom. Ministry of Defense conversation item is not reported, however, it can be assumed that the parties touched upon the topic of the upcoming exhibition of arms in India, where Russia will present more than 800 kinds of items.
Defexpo India International Trade Fair is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry to once every two years, for the period from 1999, it became one of the most important international exhibitions of the defense industry.
In addition to showing Russian weapons, the exhibition will be held a series of talks with foreign customers. Defexpo India - 2016 is an important event for the Indian defense industry. For example, the company "Tehmash" plans to discuss with the Defense Ministry of India issues of joint development and organization in the country of production of ammunition caliber of 23 millimeters to 155 millimeters. This is confirmed by the Government of India passed the course «Make in India», which is aimed at the localization of production in the country and involves the creation of joint ventures and localization technologies.
"India has over the years is our strategic partner. Today we are working on the expansion of cooperation in various fields in accordance with the vector - the traditional sphere of military-technical cooperation up civilian areas: electronics, biotechnology and composite materials ", - said General Director Sergei Chemezov Rostec.
Missile systems
Russian developer and manufacturer of air defense systems - concern aerospace defense "Almaz-Antey" will present leading-edge products, including anti-aircraft missile system S-400 missiles "Caliber-PLE" (91RE1), "Caliber-NCE" (91RE2 ).
Developed in OAO "OKB" Innovator "in Yekaterinburg 91RE1 missile enters the integrated missile complex" Caliber-PLE "for arming submarines (export designation« Club-S »), 91RE2 rocket - an integrated missile complex" Caliber-NCE "for weapons surface ships (export designation Club-N). Complex "Caliber-PLE" and "Caliber-NCE" designed to destroy land, sea surface and underwater targets under intense fire and electronic countermeasures enemy.
They can affect the current and future submarines underwater, periscope and surfaced in all areas of the oceans, including in areas with shallow depths.
The effectiveness of these missiles "Movement" system has already seen the world during Russian operations in Syria. However, the range of the missiles "Caliber-PLE" and "Caliber-NCE" system - 200-300 kilometers and complies with the international agreement on arms exports.

Nevertheless, even with such a missile range, placed in transport containers in the civil courts, they can be used as a weapon of retaliation by those countries that can not openly oppose the US. India, by the way, was one of the first countries that purchased these complexes. In particular, they are equipped with a built in Russia for the Indian Navy diesel submarine Project 877 EKM.

Military equipment
The "Almaz-Antey" the press service reported that the company at the exhibition plans to hold talks with foreign customers. Perspective can be, and negotiations on the complex "Triumph", "Tor-M2E (K / CM)."
Last - anti-aircraft missile system designed to destroy aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles aerodynamics, guided missiles and other elements of high-precision weapons, flying at medium, low and very low altitudes in a complex air and noise conditions.
Holding "Precision Systems", included in Rostec, will present models of "Iskander-E", "Chrysanthemum-S", which have no analogues in the world.

Any armor remains defenseless against the "Chrysanthemum-S" complex. High penetration power and the ability to see the target in any environment make this complex popular with foreign customers.
Family complexes "Iskander", in turn, has another advantage. It can effectively engage in the depths of enemy territory multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery, anti-missile and anti-aircraft defense, planes and helicopters airfields, command posts and communications centers, as well as the most important civilian infrastructure.
In addition, it will present a series of portable missile systems on display. One of them, "Kornet-E" is designed to defeat tanks and other armored targets, including those equipped with modern dynamic protection.
The exhibition will show Russia and means of destruction of aircraft. In particular, the newest portable air defense systems "Verba". It is designed to engage low-flying air targets on a collision course and will catch up under the impact of false thermal noise. With a high probability of striking low-radiation targets - cruise missiles and UAVs.
It is worth noting that the complex includes an automated control system (ACS), which produces the detection of air targets, including the group, the determination of their flight parameters, as well as the distribution of anti-aircraft gunners found between the goals, taking into account their location.
According to the designer general of the Scientific and Production Corporation "Machine-Building Design Bureau" (JSC "SPC" MSC "), Valery Kashin, jointly MANPADS" Verba "performance surpasses all the world analogues. The complex at times improved thermal characteristics to overcome the traps, increased shooting accuracy, optimized for a variety of indicators.
In addition, the holding company will showcase at the exhibition layout antiaircraft "Sosna-R" guided missile, the automated complex "Pine" and sea-aided anti-aircraft artillery complex "Palma" with anti-aircraft "Sosna-R" guided missile.

Since India operates several types of Russian aircraft, for it is a topical issue of modernization of aircraft and engine production for her. To this end, United Engine Corporation will present models of the most advanced production engine for military aircraft (including Su-35) AL-41F-1S. In addition, the exhibition JDC plans to address the theme of aircraft engines (AL-31FP, AL-41F-1S, RD-33MK, the AL-55I), helicopters (VK-2500, TV3-117) and ships (M-70FRU) .
In turn, the holding company "Russian Helicopters" will present the latest Mi-38 and Ka-226T, and will hold talks with India's leading aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, an Indian shipping company Pawan Hans Limited, which operates the Mi-172 helicopters, and other organizations. For Pawan Hans Limited planned to hold the presentation of the Mi-38 and Mi-171A2.
United Shipbuilding Corporation will also participate in Defexpo India - 2016 and provide surface ships and submarines of various classes of non-nuclear.
As noted in the press-service of the company, number of vehicles exhibited projects already successfully manifest itself in actual combat conditions in the Russian Navy.
Attention of specialists, experts and visitors can attract companies presented projects the corporation: non-nuclear submarine "Amur-1650" with airindependent power plant; large diesel-electric submarine of project 636; 11711E large landing ship of the project; multipurpose frigates of the project 22356; patrol ship project 22500; rescue vessel to rescue the crews of submarines in distress project 21301; anti-mine ship Project 12701 "Alexander-E"; raid trawlers 10750E Project; small submarines "Piranha" and "Piranha-T"; patrol boat project 22160.

The exhibition will feature products from leading Russian shipyards: "Sevmash", "Admiralty Shipyards", "Baltic Plant - Shipbuilding", "Severnaya Verf" Shipyard "Yantar" CA "Zvezdochka" SNSZ and Proletarian plant, as well as design Office: CDB ME "Rubin" SPMBM "Malachite", Northern PKB, Zelenodolsk Design Bureau, Neva PKB and CMDB "Almaz".
It should be noted that some types of warships may start producing in India. So, Rosoboronexport is negotiating with India on the organization of production frigates of Project 11356 in the country, said Deputy General Director Sergey Goreslavskii special exporter.
"Today, we are in talks about a possible construction of submarines of Project 75 (and) on the basis of the latest diesel-electric submarines of" Amur-1650 ", also discuss prospects for the purchase of an additional batch of frigates of Project 11356 and the organization of their licensed production in India" - quoted Goreslavskaya TASS .
Frigates Project 11356 have a displacement of 4000 tons, speed - 30 knots, cruising - 30 days. The ships are armed with missile complex "Caliber-NK" cruise missile with a high-precision, multi SAM "Calm 1" SPAR "Broadsword."
Author: Michael Leverage
Photo: Alexey Ivanov / TRC "Star" Konstantin Semenov / TRK "Star", the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, "Russian Helicopters"

The Syrian armed forces this morning have imposed full control over the district of Al-'Amariyah, Palmyra northern gate.

While, in the western part of the city, the Syrian armed forces were forced to retreat from the archaeological area after Daesh the night has taken the ‪#‎Badiyah‬ district.

The latest progress report the release of the neighborhoods of al-Mutaqaedeen and Waljameiat, while elsewhere continuing fierce clashes.

The head of the Directorate General for Antiquities and Syrian Museums , Maamoun Abdulkarim, praised how to proceed Syrian army who managed to not cause any further damage to the monuments of the ancient city in its advanced:

"The liberation from the Syrian army and its allies was carried out very professionally," said Abdulkarim.
Meanwhile, the Syrian flag returned to wave on the ‪#‎Palmyra_Castle‬.

The Head of General Security for the Dubai Emirate, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, has stated that Palestinians should abandon their aspiration for an independent state and merge with Israeli Jews in a united, bi-national state instead.

In a series of remarks published on his Twitter account Monday afternoon, Tamim attempted to garner support for his idea, claiming that a Palestinian state led by Arabs would join the list of failed states in the Arab world.

According to Tamim, the dream of such a state will never come true, since "Israel will only recognize Palestine if Palestinians become part of it."

Tamim controversially stated: "I suggest relinquishing the idea of a Palestinian state and being satisfied with an Israeli state that would include both Israelis and Palestinians and join the Arab League."

"Today, the Jews are heading the world's economy, without the Jews you Arabs would not have known how to deposit your money in the bank," Tamim continued.

In light of what he described as Arab incompetence in running a state and the distinguished economic talents of Jews, Tamim claimed that a joint Jewish-Palestinian state will only prosper under Israeli leadership.

However, according to his thesis, this bi-national state would ultimately become an Arab state, where Jews will be a minority, as Jewish citizens in the Arab world are.

"Seventy years after the bi-national state would be established, the Arab minority would become the majority and rule the state, just like it happened in South Africa," Tamim tweeted.

In another tweet that spurred controversy, the Dubai security chief wrote: "We should not treat Jews as our enemies. We should treat them as cousins with whom we have a controversy over land inheritance. "

In order to test the feasibility of his idea, Tamim asked his Twitter followers if they think Palestinians and Jews can live together in an Israeli-ruled state. Not surprisingly, 57 percent of the followers answered that "'Jews have no place in our country."

Source: jpost
Smoke and flames rise over a hill near a Syrian town after an airstrike
A brave Russian special forces soldier who was on a Rambo-style one man mission to hunt for ISIS militants died a "hero" after calling in an airstrike on HIMSELF.

The fearless officer was directing Russian airstrikes at Islamic State targets near the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria when he was surrounded by terrorists.

Not prepared to go down without a fight, he ordered military officials to drop bombs on his location and died in the blast.

A spokesperson for the Russian military said: "An officer of Russian special operations forces was killed near Palmyra while carrying out a special task to direct Russian airstrikes at Islamic State group targets."

Russian Air Force's long-range aviation carry
out airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria
"The officer was carrying out a combat task in Palmyra area for a week, identifying crucial IS targets and passing exact coordinates for strikes with Russian planes.

"The officer died as a hero, he drew fire onto himself after being located and surrounded by terrorists."

Moscow has been tight-lipped about having any soldiers on the ground throughout its campaign in Syria that began on September 30.

Last week IS-linked media said that five Russian special forces were killed near Palmyra, publishing pictures from their cellphones and a video showing a bloodied corpse.
Syrian troops in the outskirts of
the ancient city of Palmyra

However Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov at the time denied that Russian officers were participating in the advance on Palmyra, saying that "the advance is carried out by contingents of the Syrian army".

Syrian troops on Thursday entered the ancient city of Palmyra, which had been controlled by IS since last May, and clashes were ongoing in the city.

Backed by Russian warplanes and allied militia on the ground, the Syrian army advanced into Palmyra after launching a desert offensive early this month, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The defence ministry in Moscow said Russian aircraft carried out 146 strikes on "terrorist targets" in the Palmyra area between Wednesday and last Sunday.

While America and Europe changes their social media profile pictures to show solidarity with victims of one European country, then another, victims of terrorism in non-European and American countries are receiving virtual no attention – let alone sympathy – when they receive even higher death tolls from ISIS.
After the horrific attack on Brussels, it’s worth noting how the major attacks that have recently been carried out by ISIS, or ISIS-sympathizing groups, have been reported in the media – and subsequently how they have been received on social media:
March 22, 2016, Brussels, 34 killed – HEADLINE NEWS
March 20, 2015, Yemen, 137 killed – no headline
April 18, 2015, Afghanistan, 33 killed – no headline
June 26, 2015, Tunisia, 38 killed – no headline
June 29, 2015, Yemen, 35 killed – no headline
October 10, 2015, Ankara, Turkey, 97 killed – no headline
October 31, 2015, Russian plan, 224 killed – HEADLINE NEWS
November 21, 2015, Beirut, 43 killed – no headline
November 13, 2015, Paris, 130 killed – HEADLINE NEWS
December 2, 2015, San Bernardino, 14 killed – HEADLINE NEWS
January 8, 2016 Libya, 50 killed – no headline
March 6, 2016 (only two weeks ago), Baghdad, 47 killed – no headline
March 13, 2016 (last week), Grand-Bassam, 22 killed – no headline
March 15, 2016 (last week), Ankara, Turkey, 35 killed – no headline
ISIS is killing more Muslims and Africans than any other group. Yet for some reason Western media is only highlighting when Europeans and Americans get killed.
This feeds into a “Muslims are against us” mentality, when in fact what we are facing is an imperialist terrorist cult, that targets Muslims more than any other group of people.
Just last week, Grand-Bassam’s beaches were filled people enjoying the Sunday afternoon.
With temperatures on the rise, many across Ivory Coast came to the city’s oceanfront resorts to enjoy the ocean.
For terrorists, this was a perfect opportunity.
Six figures all in black appeared on the beach, wearing balaclavas and carrying guns. Before anyone could process what was going on, the terrorists opened fire.
They had AK-47 Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades, which they used on anyone within sight.
They marched across the sand, shredding men, women and children – both Ivorians and foreigners alike.
When security forces arrived, the terrorist gunmen killed two of them as well.
“They killed a child, despite him kneeling down and begging,” one witness told the BBC. “They shot a woman in the chest. I swear, I heard them shouting ‘Allahu Akbar.’ They’ve killed innocent people.”
But aside from sources like the BBC and NPR, this story was simply not covered in the mainstream Western media.

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in several areas across Bahrain to vent their anger at the ruling Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown and attacks against political dissidents.

On Wednesday evening, demonstrators staged a rally in the town of A'ali, situated about three kilometers (1.8 miles) southeast of the capital, Manama, shouting anti-regime slogans and demanding the downfall of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Elsewhere in the northwestern village of Diraz, 12 kilometers (7 miles) southeast of Manama, demonstrators stressed that they would continue with peaceful protests for the fulfillment of their democratic demands.

Protesters also marched along streets in the village of Abu Saiba, west of the capital, holding portraits of Sheikh Ali Salman, who heads Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society. They denounced Saudi Arabia's military presence in Bahrain and chanted slogans against the Al Saud regime.

A similar anti-regime demonstration was held in the village of Muqaba, where protesters condemned the regime’s heavy-handed crackdown against dissidents. They also demanded the immediate release of all political prisoners.

Since February 14, 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous rallies on an almost daily basis in Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power.

In March that year, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on peaceful protests.

Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others injured or arrested in the crackdowns.

Amnesty and many other international rights organizations have frequently censured the Bahraini regime over the “rampant” human rights abuses against opposition activists and anti-regime protesters, Press TV reported.