Anti-aircraft defences intercept drones attacking Syria's Hmeimim airbase

Syrian state media said the drones were launched towards Hmeimim air base. (AFP/File photo)
Updated 03 September 2019

Anti-aircraft defences intercept drones attacking Syria's Hmeimim airbase

CAIRO: Explosions heard on Tuesday in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia were a result of anti-aircraft defences intercepting drones launched towards Hmeimim air base, Syrian state TV and the state news agency (SANA) reported.
State media said militants had launched the drones towards the air base from a de-escalation zone.


US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

Updated 20 February 2020

US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week's parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running.
The targeted officials include Ahmad Jannati, a powerful cleric accused of overseeing the disqualification of candidates as part of the Guardian Council. The ultra-conservative also plays a key role in a body that selects the regime's supreme leader.
"The Trump Administration will not tolerate the manipulation of elections to favor the regime's malign agenda, and this action exposes those senior regime officials responsible for preventing the Iranian people from freely choosing their leaders," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.