This is a summary of 10 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hmeimim, Latakia, Russia, Syria, SDF, Aleppo, FSA, SAA, Israel, Palestine, West_Bank, Damascus, Iran, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Houthi, Taiz, Yemen.

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Categories in this brief: Syria, Middleeast, Palestine, World-News, Iran, Turkey, Yemen

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Russian military continues air force buildup as Idlib operation approaches

Published 2019-03-17 20:15:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Russian military has continued their air force buildup at the Hmeimim Airport this week, sending their Su-25 fleet to Syria after previously redeploying them. Based on satellite images released by the Israel-based Image Sat International group, the Russian Air Force has deployed more Su-25 fighter jets to the Hmeimim Airport in the southwestern province of Latakia. According to ISI, the Russian Air Force deployed four new Su-25 deflectors, which is part of their ongoing buildup before the upcoming Idlib offensive. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has already begun building up their forces around… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Latakia, Russia, Syria

Our heritage ‘systematically targeted’ during war – Asma al-Assad (video)

Published 2019-03-17 19:31:49 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian war was not only a military, geographical and economic campaign but also a ‘cultural’ war ‘systematically targeting’ Syrian sites and heritage, according to the wife of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, Asma al-Assad, who was speaking in Tekkiye Mosque complex in Damascus on Saturday. Al-Assad made the comments on the side-lines of ‘Shadows’, an event held to celebrate the inclusion of shadow play as the first Syrian element in the List of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage. “It’s a war against identity, belonging and roots but also on cultural heritage. It’s clear that it is a systematic targeting of… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria

ISIS brides flee Baghouz amid intense clashes with SDF (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-17 18:10:54 by News Desk in Syria

Footage filmed near Baghouz on Saturday shows wives and children of IS militants fleeing the last IS stronghold in eastern Syria. IS family members fled the eastern Syrian village, after 1,300 fighters reportedly surrendered following intense clashes, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The wife of a fallen IS militant, who claimed her name was Saffyia, said that she had come to Syria from Istanbul “five years ago.” She said that she followed her husband to Syria, noting, “He came here, then I followed him.” The wife of another killed IS fighter, a Finnish national who identified herself as… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria

Syrian Army, rebels agree to open first crossing to Aleppo city

Published 2019-03-17 17:51:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) have agreed to open a new civilian crossing that links Aleppo city and the nearby town of Al-Bab. According to a new report from east Aleppo, the Free Syrian Army and Syrian Arab Army will allow civilians access to the Abu Al-Zandeen Crossing, effective as of tomorrow morning. This is an imperative move by both the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian Arab Army as this will allow civilians to resume trade and commerce between government and opposition areas. The crossing will also be monitored… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, FSA, SAA, Syria

One Israeli killed in West Bank shooting: IDF

Published 2019-03-17 17:21:57 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

At least one Israeli was killed and two others were injured in a shooting that occurred in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, an Israeli military source confirmed to Ruptly. Footage shows emergency services and Israeli police patrolling the area, while Israeli civilians set up a protest at the scene.

The incident reportedly happened when a Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli soldier at an intersection near the Israeli settlement of Ariel and grabbed his assault rifle, before opening fire against three vehicles and shooting a second soldier. Military spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus did not identify the… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Palestine, West_Bank

Russia develops new frigates capable of carrying nearly 50 cruise missiles: TASS

Published 2019-03-17 17:04:49 by News Desk in World-News

The Northern design bureau has started developing the construction documentation for modernized frigates of Project 22350M capable of carrying up to 48 Kalibr cruise missiles, a source in the defense and production sector told TASS on Sunday. “The Northern design bureau has completed designing frigates of Project 22350M and is now developing working design documentation for these vessels in line with the customer’s tactical and technical order,” the source said. The frigates will have a displacement of up to 7,000 tonnes. The vessels will also carry Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles. The new frigates will have a universal automated fire control… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Breaking: Highest ranking Iranian commanders visit Syria

Published 2019-03-17 16:42:18 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Two of Iran’s highest-ranking commanders made a surprise visit to Damascus, Syria on Sunday as the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Idlib operation approaches. According to a report from the Syrian capital, the Iranian Army Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri and the commander of the Quds Force for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Qassem Soleimani arrived in Damascus to meet with their Syrian military counterparts. The two Iranian commanders are reportedly meeting with the Syria leadership at this time; however, it is not clear whether or not they will meet with President Bashar… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Iran, Syria

Turkey opens new border crossing with Syria’s region

Published 2019-03-17 16:25:31 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Turkish authorities have officially opened a new border crossing with Syria after completing the construction of a post in the Afrin region. According to a new report from Syria’s Aleppo Governorate, the Turkish authorities opened a border crossing that links the Hatay Province with the Afrin region’s Jandaris District. The Turkish military and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) managed to seize the entire Afrin region last March after fully expelling the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG). Since the expulsion of the YPG, the Turkish military has been working to not only… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey

Indian military confirms deployment of nuclear subs amid rising tensions with Pakistan

Published 2019-03-17 16:06:17 by News Desk in World-News

Tensions between the two nuclear-armed Asian powers escalated last month, after an incursion into Pakistani territory in Kashmir by Indian Air Force warplanes to strike at Jihadist militants led to skirmishes in the air and small arms and artillery fire along the shaky Line of Control border. Major combat units of the Indian Navy including the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier-led battle group, nuclear submarines “and scores of other ships, submarines and aircraft” were quickly shifted from exercises to operational deployment as tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad escalated, India’s Ministry of Defence revealed in a statement Sunday. “A clear and… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan

Over 20 Houthi fighters killed as UAE-backed troops launch massive offensive

Published 2019-03-17 02:18:06 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 A.M.) – The UAE-backed troops launched a massive offensive against the Houthi forces in western Yemen on Saturday. According to reports from western Yemen, the UAE-backed Giants Brigade, stormed the Wadi Maqsab area of western Ta’iz on Saturday, seizing several points from the Houthi troops in the area. Backed by Saudi Coalition airstrikes, the Giants Brigade managed to seize all of the Wadi Maqsab area after the Houthi forces made the decision to withdraw in order to avoid any more casualties. The Houthi forces will likely launch a counter-attack in the coming hours as they look to… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Taiz, Yemen

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