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This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Canada, Iraq, ISIS, Syria, India, Pakistan, Israel, Trump, Palestine, Ramallah, HTS, Idlib, Hama, Russia, Afrin, Aleppo, Dagestani, Gaza Drone Strikes, Israeli, Palestinians Killed, West Bank, Putin.

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Sniper breaks longest kill shot world record during attack on ISIS

Published 2019-03-20 23:14:32 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The world record for the longest kill shot ever was broken in mid-2017 by a Canadian sniper team in Iraq, the National Interest publication reported on Wednesday. Citing a video from the Mail and Globe, the article said a Canadian sniper team on June 22, 2017, fired at an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighter at a distance of 3,871 yards away. On June 22, 2017, the Globe and Mail reported that two snipers assigned to Joint Task Force 2, Canada’s elite special forces unit, had shot an Islamic State fighter in Iraq at a distance of… Read on ->

Tags: Canada, Iraq, ISIS, Syria


Pakistan’s F-16 buildup opens India’s doors for advanced Russian missiles

Published 2019-03-20 21:02:53 by News Desk in World-News

Amid reports of the Indian Air Force (IAF) seeking an immediate purchase of air-to-air missiles to counter Pakistan’s alleged build-up of F-16 fighters, analysts have started predicting bright chances for Vympel, a Russian missile maker, to bag a substantial contract with India. “The missile’s designer Vympel, part of Russia’s consolidated JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) finds itself formidably better armed now to push the next generation of its air-to-air missiles to India at a time when India is looking well beyond Russian technology”, Shiv Aroor, founder of LiveFist writes. Vympel is the manufacturer of the R-73 air-to-air missile which was used by Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan to shoot down an F-16 of the Pakistan Air Force on 27 February when the two… Read on ->

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Tags: India, Pakistan


US military to leave 200 soldiers close to Israeli-Syrian border: Trump

Published 2019-03-20 20:23:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that some of his nation’s armed forces would remain in Syria after the defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). In his statement, Trump said a total of 400 troops would remain in Syria, with 200 of them placed closer to the border of Israel. “In Syria we’re leaving 200 people there and 200 people in another place in Syria closer to Israel for a period of time,” Trump said on Wednesday. Despite Trump’s claim, the U.S. military is positioned nowhere near the Syrian-Israeli border. In fact, their closest… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria, Trump


Tear gas and stones fly as fresh scuffles erupt in Ramallah (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-20 18:56:10 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

Fresh scuffles erupted between Israeli military and protesters in Ramallah on Wednesday, a day after a Palestinian man was reportedly killed by Israeli forces near the city. Israeli military forces fired tear gas at protesters who set trash bins and tires on fire to disperse the gas and hurled back stones and gas canisters with slingshots.

Nineteen-year-old Omar Amin Abu Laila was reportedly shot dead by Israeli forces in the city of Abwein near Ramallah on Tuesday, after resisting arrest. Abu Laila, was accused of carrying out an attack in the settlement of Ariel on Sunday,… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Ramallah


HTS captures infamous ISIS commander in rural Idlib

Published 2019-03-20 18:42:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham announced on Wednesday that their security forces had arrested one of the highest-ranking Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) commanders inside the Idlib Governorate. According to HTS, their security forces arrested the infamous Islamic State commander Rashid Tako after raiding his headquarters in the town of Masebeen. During the operation to capture Tako, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Islamic State were involved in a fierce battle that would result in more than ten casualties for both sides. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham has recently stepped up their security operations inside the Idlib Governorate in a bid to… Read on ->

Tags: HTS, Idlib, Syria


New satellite images reveal destruction of terror camps in Pakistan: report

Published 2019-03-20 18:23:46 by News Desk in World-News

The Indian Air Force (IAF) used the Israeli Spice 2000 bombs, each of them weighing 900 kg with 95 kg of explosives, to destroy the terror infrastructure that housed most of the cadres, including suicide bombers in training, during the aerial operation in Balakot, Pakistan on 26 February, according to a report published by news portal The Print. Citing high-resolution images reportedly procured by the Indian military from its own satellites, as well as those of friendly nations, the report further claims that out of six structures, the IAF targeted only three, including the main training centre of the JeM, which were conclusively hit during the strike. The Indian military also claimed that it had multiple satellite pictures in its possession that are enough to establish… Read on ->

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Tags: India, Pakistan


Turkish-backed rebels unleash heavy assault across northern Hama

Published 2019-03-20 17:11:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels unleashed a heavy assault across the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate this afternoon. Led by the National Liberation Front, the Turkish-backed rebels hammered the towns of Salhab, Suqaylabiyeh, Mhardeh, Aziziyeh, and Karee with a plethora of artillery shells and missiles. As a result of the NLF’s attack on northern Hama this afternoon, at least two children were badly wounded and transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. In response to the NLF’s attack, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) fired a large number of missiles and artillery shells towards the opposition-held areas… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


New Russian Su-35 jets caught on camera escorting MoD to Syria (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-20 16:52:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – A new set of Russian Su-35c jets were filmed on Tuesday escorting Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu from Moscow to Damascus. The footage which was shot through the window of the minister’s plane shows two pairs of the Russian Su-35c fighter jets that are usually stationed at the Hmeymim Air Base in the western part of Syria. https://twitter.com/mod_russia/status/1108296677067276289 Shoigu made a brief trip to Damascus on Tuesday to deliver a message from Russian President Vladimir Putin to his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad. This was Shoigu’s first trip to Syria this year and his second in the last eight months.

Tags: Russia, Syria


Kurdish forces wreak havoc on Turkish-back rebels in Afrin

Published 2019-03-20 16:40:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Afrin Liberation Forces carried out a new round of attacks against the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) troops in the Afrin region of northwestern Aleppo this week. According to the group’s official media wing, their personnel carried out three attacks against the TFSA troops in Afrin’s Ternada and Mahmoudiyah neighborhoods. The first attack would prove to be the deadliest of them as the Afrin Liberation Forces managed to kill at least a half dozen rebels earlier this week. The second attack would take place in the Mahmoudiyah neighborhoods; this resulted in the death… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Syria


Russian Air Force swarms jihadist positions northwestern Syria

Published 2019-03-20 16:10:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force is currently conducting several flights over the Idlib and Aleppo governorates this afternoon, a military source in northwestern Syria told Al-Masdar. According to the source, the Russian Air Force was concentrated on the areas controlled by the jihadist group Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in these parts of the Aleppo and Idlib governorates. While the Russian aerial presence is heavy over northwestern Syria, they have yet to launch any attacks against Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The Russian Air Force is likely conducting these flights to gather intel on the jihadist rebels; this is something… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Russia, Syria


Over 1,300 Dagestanis are fighting inside Syria: National Guad

Published 2019-03-20 05:29:58 by News Desk in Syria

More than 1,300 people coming from Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan have joined Syrian militants, the head of Dagestan’s National Guard department, Magomed Baachilov, has told reporters. “At present, more than 1,300 Dagestani people are fighting in the Syrian Arab Republic. Imagine the consequences of their return. All they can do is kill and rape. If they return, the entire North Caucasus region will be in trouble. That’s why we are taking precautions,” Baachilov said. According to the official, a “sufficient number” of militants who returned from Syria have been identified and detained. Others were killed in special operations…. Read on ->

Tags: Dagestani, Russia, Syria


Three Palestinians Killed After Israel Drone Strike Gaza

Published 2019-03-20 05:12:31 by Robert Inlakesh in Middleeast, Palestine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 A.M)- Last night, Israeli Occupation forces killed three Palestinians after drone strikes were conducted against Gaza. Three young Palestinian men have been confirmed dead, by the Palestinian Health Ministry, in the West Bank. In two seperate incidents the three were killed in Nablus. First a 19 year old, identified as Omar Abu Leila, was shot and killed by Israeli forces. He was accused of carrying out an attack in Salfit, near an illegal settlement, against Israeli soldiers and an illegal settler last week.

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Later, two young men identified as Ra’ed Hashim Hamdan, 21… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza Drone Strikes, Israeli, Palestinians Killed, West Bank


Putin says Su-57 stealth jet is best in the world

Published 2019-03-20 04:59:49 by News Desk in World-News

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he considered the latest fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet as the world’s best military plane. “This is the best plane today, the world’s best aircraft,” Putin said at a meeting with the winners of the Russian Leaders contest. This is the world’s best plane “by all its operational characteristics and by its armament,” the Russian leader added. “No other aircraft can fly as well as our plane,” the head of the Russian state stressed. The Su-57 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter designed to destroy all types of air targets at long and short distances… Read on ->

Tags: Putin, Russia


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