This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aleppo, Syria, Idlib, Turkey, Iran, Pompeo, Venezuela, Raqqa, Russia, ISIS, Philippines, Lavrov, US, Israel, Damascus, Iraq, Tehran, China, Lebanon, Taiwan, Maduro.

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Breaking: Over 20 people killed, wounded after jihadists attack Aleppo city

Published 2019-04-14 16:57:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham fired a large number of artillery shells and missiles towards Aleppo city this afternoon, causing several casualties and significant damage to many buildings. According to a source from Aleppo city, the attack began when the jihadists detonated an IED inside the Sukkari District; this was followed by a flurry of missiles and artillery shells that were fired from the outskirts of the city. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham primary targeted the Al-Khalidiyah District and Nile Street in Aleppo, killing and wounding more than 20 people in the process. The jihadist… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Turkish special forces deployed to Idlib border

Published 2019-04-14 14:43:42 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Turkish military deployed its special forces to the border of the Syrian province of Idlib last night, the Asharq Al-Aswat publication reported on Sunday. According to the publication, the military convoy transported several commandos through the southern region of the Hatay Province, where they ultimately took up positions along the Idlib border. This move by the Turkish military comes just days after they deployed a large number of soldiers to the northern countryside of Aleppo. The Turkish troops were specifically deployed to the outskirts of two important cities: Jarabulus and Manbij. Manbij is currently… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Pompeo accuses Iran of supporting terrorism in Latin America

Published 2019-04-14 14:11:12 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of supporting terrorism in Latin America in an interview with the Voice of America while touring the continent. “There’s no doubt. Iranian money remains in South America… supporting Hezbollah, supporting transnational criminal organizations, supporting efforts at terrorism throughout the region,” the top US diplomat said when he was asked if Tehran is present in the region. He also branded the Islamic Republic “the world’s largest state sponsor of terror”, noting: “That’s a global threat”. He also took aim at Venezuela’s elected president, Nicolas Maduro, claiming that he and “his henchmen have destroyed… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Pompeo, Venezuela

US military conducts aerial landing to arrest ISIS members in northern Syria

Published 2019-04-14 13:21:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition carried out several raids on Saturday evening that targeted an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cell in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported this morning. According to the SOHR report, the U.S. military personnel raided the village of Takihi last night, where they targeted a house belonging to a suspected Islamic State sleeper cell. During the raid, the U.S. military came under heavy gunfire from the suspected Islamic State fighters inside the home. Eventually, the U.S. military was able to overwhelm them, killing… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria

Russia prepares to unveil new S-500 system

Published 2019-04-14 12:54:31 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Armed Forces will soon begin receiving a number of the newest air defence systems, a top Aerospace Forces officer said. Speaking to the official armed forces newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda, Aerospace Forces Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Yuri Grekhov disclosed that the development of the S-500, the successor to the S-300 and S-400 air defence systems — has reached its final stage, as has the development of a number of radar systems. He also disclosed that the Armed Forces will soon begin receiving the S-350 systems as well. The S-350 is tasked with “defence of administrative-political centres, most important objects and regions of the country, armed forces groups, from massive air… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Breaking: ISIS kills several pro-gov’t Palestinian fighters in eastern Syria

Published 2019-04-14 12:09:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) carried out another deadly ambush in eastern Syria, killing and wounding several members of the pro-government Palestininan paramilitary group “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigade). According to a military source in Damascus, the Islamic State terrorists carried out the ambush near the Bir ‘Ali area in the Al-Mayadeen Desert of Deir Ezzor. The source said at least ten Liwaa Al-Quds fighters were killed as a result of the ambush by the Islamic State terrorists. This latest ambush by the Islamic State marks the second time in less than a week that a pro-government… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

DNA tests confirm infamous Filipino ISIS leader dead

Published 2019-04-14 11:48:04 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – DNA tests have proven that the infamous Filipino leader of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh)affiliated Maute Group, “Abu Dar”, is dead. Speaking to The Guardian, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said, “It means that the self-proclaimed Isis leader is dead. His group is leaderless in the meantime and also they are scattered after that successful operation by the army.” Previously, Abu Dar was pronounced dead by in March after clashes inside the town of Turaban near Marawa. “Our US counterparts confirmed his death,” Marawi commander Colonel Romeo Brawner told the Guardian. Abu Dar, whose real name is Benito… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Philippines

Russian military drills feature new A-50 aircraft and S-400 systems

Published 2019-04-14 11:24:38 by News Desk in World-News

Russia’s airborne early warning and control A-50 aircraft, S-400 missile systems, as well as the Bal and Bastion coastal defense missile systems are taking part in the Black Sea drills held amid NATO’s Sea Shield 2019 drills, the Russian Defense Ministry’s statement published on its official website on Friday reads. “To ensure the fulfillment of training and combat missions of aviation and the forces of the fleet of the Southern Military District, airborne early warning and control A-50 jets have been in the Black Sea area. They were on a mission over the Black Sea waters for more than 5… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia

US ‘blitzkrieg’ to replace Venezuela govt. has failed – Lavrov

Published 2019-04-14 11:09:38 by News Desk in World-News

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that the US “blitzkrieg” to replace the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has failed, speaking at a meeting of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy in Moscow on Saturday. Lavrov went on to say that nevertheless the US “hasn’t left the goal of overthrowing the legitimate president” of Venezuela. “In my opinion, yesterday’s interview of [the US Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo, where he clearly stated that military intervention is not excluded, directly evidences this,” Lavrov stated. Russian top diplomat said, however, that Russia continues to work with the US where it… Read on ->

Tags: Lavrov, US, Venezuela

Watch the Russian Air Force attack a jihadist supply route in west Idlib

Published 2019-04-14 10:28:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a flurry of airstrikes over the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate last night. According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian jets took off from the Hmeimim Airbase near the coastal city of Jableh last night; they would make their way to western Idlib, where they launched at least 30 airstrikes. The Russian Air Force reportedly targeted several areas in western Idlib, including Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s main supply route along the Idlib-Aleppo Highway. These Russian airstrikes were heavily concentrated on the part of the Idlib-Aleppo Highway… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Israeli attack on Masyaf destroyed Syrian missile launcher

Published 2019-04-14 10:12:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Israeli airstrikes on the Syrian city of Masyaf managed to destroy a missile launcher, a new report said on Saturday. At approximately 2:30 A.M. (local time) on Saturday morning, the Israeli Air Force launched several airstrikes over the city of Masyaf in western Hama. According to report from the city in western Hama, the Israeli airstrikes hit a Syrian M-600 ballistic missile launcher (AKA “Maysaloun”) near the Masyaf National Hospital. A picture of the destroyed M-600 missile launcher was posted on Saturday; it would show the complete destruction of the Syrian military’s weapon. The… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria

Iran to construct new railroad from Tehran to Damascus

Published 2019-04-14 09:28:10 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

Syria, Iran and Iraq plan to hold a trilateral meeting on the connection of their railway systems into one, media reported citing a source in the Syrian Ministry of Transport. “Now, the countries are working on the resumption of the project connecting the railways of Syria, Iran and Iraq and are determining the date of the meeting between the representatives of the countries to develop the points of view”, a source told the al-Watan newspaper on Saturday. The aim of the strategic project, which was launched before the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, is to provide Baghdad and Tehran with access to Syrian ports, according to the… Read on ->

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Tags: Damascus, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Tehran

China could turn Taiwan into next Lebanon – report

Published 2019-04-14 08:53:05 by News Desk in Lebanon, World-News, Asia-Australia

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – China has allegedly issued a warning to Taiwan amid the ongoing turmoil between the two east Asian nations. According to the Chinese publication The Global Times, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has many options on the table, including the possibility of turning Taiwan into another Lebanon. “The PLA has many choices, including crossing the ‘middle line,’ flying over the Taiwan island and even turn Taiwan into a Lebanon-like situation,” the newspaper said. “These choices don’t necessarily lead to war. They are enough to force Taiwan authorities to readjust their radical policies.” The “Lebanon-like… Read on ->

Tags: China, Lebanon, Taiwan

US military is ready for war with Venezuela: commander

Published 2019-04-14 08:04:46 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:55 A.M.) The U.S. military is ready to attack Venezuela by the end of the year, U.S. Southern Commander Admiral Craig S. Faller said earlier this week. According to Adm. Faller, the U.S. military is “on the balls of our feet” as his forces await instructions from U.S. President Donald Trump. “President Trump is determined not to see Venezuela fall under the sway of foreign powers,” Faller said. In an interview with Foreign Policy, Adm. Faller criticized China for backing the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “China came out publicly, a state spokesman, implying the blackouts were… Read on ->

Tags: Maduro, US, Venezuela

Russian Air Force unleashes largest attack of the year on Idlib

Published 2019-04-14 07:17:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched their largest attack of the year on the Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria last night. Using their fleet of Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force pounded the Idlib Governorate with over 30 airstrikes, mostly targeting the areas controlled by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. According to a military source in the nearby Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force repeatedly struck Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions along the Idlib-Hama Highway. These airstrikes managed to disrupt the flow of the jihadist supplies to the front-lines in both the Idlib and Aleppo… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Venezuela preparing to increase militia by more than 1 million

Published 2019-04-14 04:46:41 by News Desk in World-News

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered an expansion of civilian militia by nearly one million members at a rally in Caracas on Saturday. Maduro wants to raise the number of members from two million currently to three million by year-end. The announcement was made during a ceremony marking the 17th anniversary of the return to power of Venezuela’s late president Hugo Chavez after a coup attempt. The civilian militia, created in 2008 by the late former president Hugo Chavez, is intended to complement the armed forces.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Maduro, Venezuela

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