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This is a summary of 25 AMN articles on the following subjects: Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, North_Korea, South_Korea, Latakia, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Houthi, Jizan, Najran, Saudi, Yemen, Libya, Tripoli, Aleppo, Venezuela, Israel, Hama, Masyaf, Idlib, China, Duterte, Philippines, Jordan, Haftar, IDF, Mossad, US, Hasakah, LNA.

Categories covered in this brief: World-News, Iran, Syria, Yemen, North-Africa, Middleeast, Opinion

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Russian military tests new state-of-the-art air defense system

Published 2019-04-07 22:54:35 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian military tested the latest Pantsyr-SM air defense missile and gun systems in March at the Ashuluk test site in the Astrakhan Region, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces and Commander of Air Defense and Missile Defense Forces Yuri Grekhov said on the air with the Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) radio station. “The Pantsyr-SM (the latest version of the air defense and gun system) showed its high efficiency against ultra-small targets of quadcopter type,” Grekhov said. A system was also tested that is capable to misguide or land a drone, he added. The Pantsyr-Sm is under development to… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Iran is preparing to link Tehran to the Mediterranean via a new highway

Published 2019-04-07 22:35:59 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 P.M.) – The Islamic Republic of Iran is looking for new ways to link their capital, Tehran, with Syria´s Damascus and Iraq´s Baghdad. One of the proposed actions they are taking to make this a reality is the construction of new highways and rail systems that would link Syria with Iran via Iraq. Iran´s Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri underlined his country’s determination to build new roads and railways in order to link the Persian Gulf states to Syria and the Mediterranean region. “Iran which understands the political and economic conditions and developments believes that the necessary capacities… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria


North Korea warns of ´catastrophic consequences´ if F-35s are delivered to South Korea

Published 2019-04-07 21:49:04 by News Desk in World-News

North Korea has condemned its southern neighbour over its decision to deploy US-made fifth-generation F-35A fighter jets, Uriminzokkiri, an online portal transmitting news from North Korea’s Central News Agency, has reported. Calling on Seoul to consider the potential “catastrophic consequences” of the fighters’ deployment in the region, the outlet stressed that “this unfriendly act exacerbates military tensions on the Korean Peninsula and is a direct challenge to efforts to achieve peace.” South Korea received the first two of its F-35A fighter jets late last month, with eight more expected to be delivered by the end of the year, and a total of 40 on order. The rest of the $85 million… Read on ->

Tags: North_Korea, South_Korea


Turkish soldier killed in northern Latakia after unknown group opens fire near border crossing

Published 2019-04-07 21:37:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – A Turkish soldier was killed recently after he came under fire in the Turkmen Mountains of northern Latakia. According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, the Turkish soldier was killed by unknown assailants while he was on patrol in the Turkmen Mountains. The area is currently under the control of Hay´at Tahrir Al-Sham, who has been active in this part of the Latakia Governorate for quite a while. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, it is very unlikely that the Syrian military was behind it. The Syrian Arab Army knows where the… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria, Turkey


Pakistan accuses India of planning a new attack this month

Published 2019-04-07 19:15:10 by News Desk in World-News

The Indian military may attack Pakistan sometime in less than two weeks, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed citing “reliable intelligence.” The two nuclear powers had a major flare up of tensions in February. “We have reliable intelligence that India is planning a new attack on Pakistan. As per our information this could take place between April 16 and 20,” Qureshi announced. The minister, who was visiting his hometown of Multan on Sunday, told journalists that Pakistan shared its concerns with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. The official would not elaborate on what evidence Islamabad… Read on ->

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Tags: India, Pakistan


Saudi Coalition suffers heavy losses as Houthi forces unleash heavy assault along Yemeni border

Published 2019-04-07 18:24:52 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The Houthi forces unleashed a heavy assault across the northern border region of Yemen, today, targeting several areas under the control of the Saudi Coalition and their allies. Starting in the Sanaa Governorate, the Houthi forces launched  a big offensive to retake the key Madfoun axis, which is situated in the Nihm District near the Mareb provincial border. The Houthi forces have reported some gains at this axis; however, the fighting is still ongoing at this front. Meanwhile, in southern Saudi Arabia, the Houthi forces unleashed a barrage of missiles on the Saudi Coalitions´s positions… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Jizan, Najran, Saudi, Yemen


Libyan National Army releases video from inside Tripoli International Airport

Published 2019-04-07 17:37:50 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) released a new video this weekend of their forces inside the Tripoli National Airport. Led by Field Marshal General Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan National Army was able to over power the Turkish-backed forces of the Government of National Accord, forcing them to abandon the airport and key town of Ghariyan. Following the LNA´s announcement, supporters from the Government of National Accord claimed that they recaptured the Tripoli International Airport; however, the video footage below has put an end to these rumors and claims. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvW0SFKd2tQ On Sunday morning, the Government of… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Syrian Army plans to launch more offensives in western Aleppo: source

Published 2019-04-07 17:22:28 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a surprise attack at the western outskirts of Aleppo city on Friday evening, marking the first time this year that they have attempted to advance in any part of the country. Despite catching the jihadist rebels from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham off guard at the Scientific Research Center, the Syrian Arab Army was unable to score any advance in this part of the provincial capital. Speaking from Aleppo city, a source from the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar on Saturday evening that their forces are preparing to conduct more offensives against the jihadist rebels in… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Russia denies they are creating a ‘second Syria’ in Venezuela

Published 2019-04-07 14:30:09 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected the allegation that Moscow is trying to create a “second Syria” in Venezuela in a comment on the recent arrival of Russian military specialists in the Latin American state. “There is a 2001 agreement signed by Hugo Chavez and ratified by the national parliament. We have transferred military equipment to Venezuela in accordance with this agreement. This requires maintenance. The time to carry out the maintenance has come. That’s it”, Lavrov said. The Russian foreign minister further slammed US National Security Advisor John Bolton’s statement condemning military deployments in Venezuela by countries “external… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Venezuela


Khan slams India’s claims about downing a Pakistani F-16 over Kashmir

Published 2019-04-07 14:00:13 by News Desk in World-News

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan heavily criticized India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for reportedly trying to spread false claims about the Indian Air Force downing a Pakistani F-16 jet over Kashmir. in an aerial incident between the two states at the end of February to promote “war hysteria”. He further criticized the Indian government for allegedly trying to lie about downing a Pakistani F-16, something that a recent inspection by Pentagon officials ruled out. “BJP’s attempt to win elections through whipping up war hysteria and false claims of downing a Pak F 16 has backfired with US Defence officials… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


Did Israel destroy Syria’s nuclear weapons program?

Published 2019-04-07 13:30:24 by News Desk in Middleeast, Opinion, Syria

Israel put an end to Syria’s alleged nuclear ambitions in 2006 when they bombed the country’s secret site near the Iraqi border. Dubbed “Operation Orchard” or “Operation Outside the Box”, Israeli F-15 and F-16 warplanes bombed an alleged nuclear site some 30 kilometers outside of Deir Ezzor city in Syria’s eastern region. While Israel kept this attack quiet for over a decade, they finally broke their silence in March 2017 when they claimed responsibility for the bombing. According to the Haaretz publication,  a former high-ranking Iranian security advisor named General Ali Reza Askari first confirmed the bombing in 2007 after… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


‘Our army is coming for you’ – LNA forces advance on Tripoli

Published 2019-04-07 13:00:05 by News Desk in North-Africa

Forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) are moving into positions around Tripoli, according to a statement made by LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari from an undisclosed location on Friday. Mismari explained that these actions are part of ‘Operation Flood of Dignity’ and said that “the goal of ‘Operation Flood of Dignity’ is the liberation of Tripoli and of all Libya.” He addressed people living in the Tripoli area, stating that “our army is coming to you in order to save you from terrorists and criminals so that you can live in safety and with dignity.” He added that five soldiers… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Update: Jihadists hit Masyaf Hospital in western Hama, 2 nurses killed

Published 2019-04-07 12:44:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels struck the large city of Masyaf in western Hama, today, hitting several sites inside this government stronghold. According to a source in Masyaf, the jihadist attack resulted in the death of at least seven people, including two nurses. The two nurses were killed at the Masyaf National Hospital, which was heavily targeted by the jihadist rebels in the Idlib Governorate. The Syrian Arab Army has responded to this attack by firing several missiles across Idlib, hitting a number of towns in the eastern, southern, and western parts of the governorate. The total… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Masyaf, Syria


Syrian Army unleashes massive assault across Idlib in retaliation for jihadist attack on Masyaf

Published 2019-04-07 12:29:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a massive assault across the Idlib Governorate this afternoon following the jihadist rocket strikes on the government stronghold of Masyaf. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army fired a large barrage of surface-to-surface missiles towards the jihadist-held towns of Nayrab, Saraqib, Kafr Nabl, Khuwayn, Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, kafr Brouma, and Ma’arat Harme in the Idlib Governorate. According to a military source near the front-lines in northwestern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army conducted this missile attack in response to the jihadist strikes on Masyaf. Earlier today, the jihadist rebels… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Masyaf, Syria


Philippine President threatens China with ‘suicide missions’ over disputed island

Published 2019-04-07 12:14:46 by News Desk in World-News

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Beijing against hostile activities aimed at Pag-asa island, where a Philippine military base is located, vowing to order “suicide missions” to retaliate against Chinese actions in a statement on 5 April. “I will not plead or beg, but I am just telling you that lay off the Pag-asa because I have soldiers there. If you touch it, that’s another story. Then I will tell my soldiers ‘prepare for suicide missions'”, he said. His words were preceded by a statement from the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which lambasted the presence of Chinese warships near… Read on ->

Tags: China, Duterte, Philippines


Russia calls on Israel to halt their attacks and respect Syria’s sovereignty

Published 2019-04-07 11:51:06 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Egypt’s Al-Ahram publication on Saturday that Israel must halt their attacks on Syria and respect the country’s sovereignty. “Our principled stance concerning shelling Syria’s territory has remained unchanged. We have always clearly expressed our attitude to that,” he began. “We proceed from the need for strict respect for Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We are opposed to turning the country’s territory into a scene of an armed standoff between various regional players,” he said when asked to comment on remarks by some political analysts about softening Moscow’s stance on Israeli shelling,” Lavrov stated…. Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria


Breaking: Jihadists attack key city in western Syria, 5 killed

Published 2019-04-07 11:26:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the jihadist rebels launched several rockets towards the key city of Masyaf in the western countryside of the Hama Governorate. The jihadist rebels in northwestern Hama reportedly fired several rockets into Masyaf, killing at least five civilians and wounding another 16 others. The wounded civilians were transported to the Masyaf National Hospital, where they are being treated. This attack by the jihadist rebels comes just hours after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) foiled Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s infiltration attempt at the Hama-Idlib axis. A source from the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar that the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Masyaf, Syria


Syria and Jordan mull opening third border crossing

Published 2019-04-07 11:04:48 by News Desk in Syria

The Jordanian parliament discussed on Friday the possibility of opening a third border crossing with Syria in order to promote more trade and commerce with Damascus. The purpose of the third crossing would allow for both countries to take advantage of their borders with Iraq to import and export goods in the region. It is worth noting that so far Syria and Jordan possess two crossings:  Nassib and Jaber. The Nassib Crossing has been opened for nine months now and both Syria and Jordan have managed to increase their trade a great deal as a result of this move. The… Read on ->

Tags: Jordan, Syria


Haftar’s Libyan National Army declares no-fly-zone over western Libya as they advance on Tripoli

Published 2019-04-07 10:37:10 by News Desk in North-Africa

The Libyan National Army (LNA), under the command of Field Marshal General Khalifa Haftar, declared on Saturday a no-fly zone for combat aircraft in the country’s western region, as they prepare to storm the capital city of Tripoli, the Arabic language version of Al-Arabiya TV reported, citing the military forces there. “The Libyan army declares the western region of the country a military operation zone and imposes a ban on combat aircraft flights in the area,” the military said in a communique. “We will carry out strikes against any airports in the west from where sorties are made,” they added…. Read on ->

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Tags: Haftar, Libya, Tripoli


Syria claims Mossad, militants cooperated to help return remains of IDF soldier

Published 2019-04-07 10:11:31 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian government rejected on Thursday the claims that they had any knowledge of Russia’s move to return the remains of Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel to Israel. “Syria has no clue about the Israeli soldier’s remains” of an Israeli serviceman lost in a 1982 battle, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted a media source as saying on Thursday. Instead, citing a source in Damascus, SANA said the return of the IDF soldier’s remains ‘proved’ that the Mossad (Israeli spy agency) and the terrorist groups that previously controlled the Yarmouk Camp District had worked together to find the grave. It… Read on ->

Tags: IDF, Mossad, Syria


US ship carrying 10 F-35s has entered South China Sea waters amid increased tensions with Beijing

Published 2019-04-07 09:22:26 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The US military has been eyeing the possibility of transforming their amphibious ships into light carriers amid the Pentagon’s plans to reduce the number of their “bigger brothers”. A US amphibious assault ship, the USS Wasp, carrying 10 F-35 fighter jets on board has sailed through disputed waters of the South China Sea amid ongoing tensions with China, the National Interest reported. The ship was heading toward Subic Bay in the Philippines. The ship was carrying twice the usual number of fighters on board, allegedly testing the American military’s theory that Wasp-class ships can serve… Read on ->

Tags: China, US


Over 200 US-backed fighters allegedly defect to Syrian Army in Al-Hasakah

Published 2019-04-07 08:36:52 by News Desk in Syria

A large number of fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces have allegedly joined the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Al-Hasakah Governorate of northeast Syria, the Fars News Agency claimed on Saturday. “Over 200 SDF fighters have recently defected and surrendered to the Syrian Army in Hasaka province,” a battlefield source told the Fars News Agency. The Fars News sources said claimed that 1,000 people have been forced to join the ranks of the Syrian Democratic Forces in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. “The sources pointed to people’s discontent and anger from the Kurdish forces’ measures, and said that a group of… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Apocalypse now: Could Israeli airstrikes in Syria trigger war with Russia?

Published 2019-04-07 03:47:17 by News Desk in Syria

Israel remains determined to continue pounding Iranian forces in Syria in a bid to keep Tehran’s forces away from Israel’s northern border. At the same time, Russia has thousands of troops in Syria that could be caught in the crossfire—or even become belligerents if Moscow tires of its Syrian ally being pummeled. And if Israel and Russia come to blows, would Israel’s big brother—the United States—feel compelled to intervene? Prohibition in the United States is repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI amendment. Not that Jerusalem or Moscow… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria


New video emerges of Haftar’s Libyan National Army allegedly advancing towards Tripoli

Published 2019-04-07 01:28:53 by News Desk in North-Africa

Footage said to be showing the forces of General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) advancing on the capital city of Tripoli was published on Friday, as LNA forces said that they have taken control of the Libyan capital’s international airport. The Libyan National Army also captured the Wadi el-Rabeia are, which is located just south of Tripoli city, according to Haftar’s media office. The Tripoli International Airport has not been operating since much of its facilities were destroyed by the fighting that took place in 2014. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the G7 have called on the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA, Tripoli


Russian Air Force hits militant site in northern Hama (video)

Published 2019-04-07 01:12:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force bombed a militant site in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate this weekend. Using an attack drone, the Russian Air Force heavily targeted Jaysh Al-Izza’s positions around the small town of Zakat, which is near the front-lines in the Hama Governorate. Video footage of the Rusian attack on northern Hama was captured by the pro-opposition STEP News Agency this weekend: The Russian Air Force has maintained a strong presence over northern Hama and southern Idlib recently; this has often led to the latter carrying out airstrikes on some of the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Russia, Syria


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