US destroyers armed with «Tomahawks» entered the Persian Gulf
The US Navy missile destroyers «McFaul» and «Gonzales» passed the Strait of Hormuz, and entered the Persian Gulf — the US Naval Institute reported while citing a representative of Pentagon. According to the representative — on Thursday afternoon, the two US Navy destroyers passed through the Strait of Hormuz. Most of the Persian Gulf oil shipments pass through that strait — TASS reports. According to the reports, each of the destroyers can carry up to 56 Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of more than 1,500 km. As well as anti-missiles, and anti-submarine missiles. A US Navy carrier-based strike force, headed by the nuclear aircraft carrier ‘Abraham Lincoln’, is currently being stationed to the east of the Strait of Hormuz, in the Gulf of Oman. Tehran has repeatedly threatened to cut off the Persian Gulf if the United States continue their attempts to restrict the export of Iranian oil.
Donald Trump canceled the preferential trade regime with Turkey by excluding the country from the special list of developing beneficiary foreign states — the White House press service reported. “I came to a conclusion that, given their level of economic development, it would be reasonable to cancel, starting from 17th of May of 2019, the Turkish status of a developing beneficiary country” — TASS quoted Donald Tramp. In accordance with this decision, the US abolished a special preferential trade regime for Turkey. The relations between the US and Turkey got worse after Turkey signed an agreement with Russia on the purchase of the S-400 AA missile systems.
The Syrian army repelled an ISIS attack southwest from Palmyra — TASS reports with a reference to the ‘Al-Masdar’ news website. The terrorists ambushed a convoy of government troops heading to Homs, but they suffered casualties, and were forced to retreat deep into the Syrian desert — TASS reports. During the battle, more than 20 Syrian soldiers were killed and wounded. Over the past month, the terrorists carried out several such sorties from the Syrian desert, where they were forced to retreat after losing the control over the cities along the Euphrates river.
Reporters of ANNA NEWS report from Syria: Russian and Syrian air forces are launching airstrikes around Jebel Az-Zawiya, in the south of Idlib, thus trying to ensure the advancement of Syrian army into this mountainous region. The Syrian army received considerable assistance during the fighting for the city of Khuvayz, when the Russian and Syrian air forces carried out a number of air-attacks on the terrorist positions inside and around the city. The offensive actions in Idlib are being carried out by units of the elite »Tiger Forces» division, with a support from the National Defense Forces, and the units of the 5th Army Corps.
The terrorists of Jabhat al-nusra are preparing a provocation, aimed to accuse the Russian military of using chemical weapons — the Russian Center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria reported. “According to the inhabitants of the settlement of Serakab in the province of Idlib — in this exact settlement the terrorists of Jabhat al-nusra are preparing a provocation by using poisonous chemicals and the debris from Russian HE air-dropped bombs, delivered from other parts of Syria. The point of the provocation is to accuse the Russian Air Force in, allegedly, using chemical weapons against the civilians in the province of Idlib”- TASS quotes the message from the Center. The imitation of the «poisoning» of the Syrian civilians next to the fragments of bombs is planned to be filmed for the distribution among social networks and Western media — the Center specified.
Denis Pushilin, the head of the DPR, announced that the investigators have found out the identities of the orderers, the organizers and the doers behind the assassination of the first leader of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko. He specified that he can’t tell the names, since not all of the involved individuals are detained since the investigation is still going on — RIA NEWS reports. According to Denis Pushilin, those who ordered the murder of Zakharchenko are high-ranking citizens of Ukraine and other countries that support the Kiev regime. Alexander Zakharchenko died on 31st of August, 2018, as a result of a bomb explosion in the Donetsk cafe «Separ».
Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.