This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aleppo, Syria, Kurds, Turkey, Israel, New_Zealand, Iraq, ISIS, Russia, Libya, Tripoli, Saddam, Lebanon, Iskander, Masyaf, US.

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Breaking: Jihadists launch second big attack on Aleppo city in last 24 hours

Published 2019-04-15 18:27:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – For the second time in the last 24 hours, the jihadist rebels have launched a heavy attack on the city of Aleppo. Using Grad missiles, the jihadists of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham heavily bombarded the Jumeliyah District of Aleppo, causing severe damage to the buildings inside this part of the city. The total number of casualties is still unknown at this time. On Sunday, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launches a similar attack from the northern outskirts of Aleppo, killing at least 11 civilians and wounding a dozen more. In response to this attack, the Syrian Army unleashed… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkish Army attacks Kurdish forces in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-04-15 16:09:47 by News Desk in Syria

The Turkish Army carried out a new attack against the Kurdish forces in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Monday. According to a report from Aleppo, the Turkish Army heavily shelled the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) at the small-townof Khaljibrin this afternoon. This attack by the Turkish Army on the YPG forces came shortly after their Air Force conducted reconnaissance flights over the Aleppo Governorate. So far, no casualties have been reported; however, the Kurdish forces are now retaliating with their own barrage of artillery shells in northern Aleppo. The situation in northern Aleppo has remained tense… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Kurds, Syria, Turkey


Remains of famous Israeli spy to be allegedly returned from Syria

Published 2019-04-15 14:34:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The remains of the famous Israeli spy, Eli Cohen, are allegedly on the way back to Israel from Syria, Syrian opposition activists alleged on Sunday. The claims come just two weeks after the remainins of Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel were returned to Israel from Syria, via the Russian Armed Forces. Cohen was arguably one of the most successful spies in Israel’s history as he managed to infiltrate Syria’s political and military networks through his nom de guerre “Kamal Amin Thabet”. Eventually, Cohen was caught in 1965 after Russian military advisers intercepted his communications, but his… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Syria


New Zealand dispatches special forces to Syria to rescue kidnapped aid worker

Published 2019-04-15 14:18:44 by News Desk in Syria

Breaking its silence on the case, the independent aid agency identified the three kidnapped as Akavi and Syrian drivers Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes. New Zealand revealed Monday that it had dispatched a special forces unit to Syria to search for Louisa Akavi who was abducted by Daesh* some six years ago. For six years, a shroud of silence surrounded the life of the New Zealander held hostage by Daesh. According to the New Zealand Herald, media across New Zealand held back, encouraging other media outlets to do so as well, after the family of Louisa Akavi received an email from Daesh. Her terrorist kidnappers told her family she would be killed if her 2013 capture was… Read on ->

Tags: New_Zealand, Syria


Turkish warplanes enter Syrian airspace amid increased violence in Aleppo

Published 2019-04-15 14:01:07 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – A number of Turkish warplanes were spotted flying over Syria’s Aleppo Governorate this afternoon as the situation in northern Syria continues to deteriorate. According to a military source in Aleppo city, the Turkish warplanes were seen flying over the demilitarized zone in southwest Aleppo and the areas controlled by the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the Al-Raqqa border. In particular, the source said a Turkish warplane was flying over the demilitarized zone around the Rashiddeen suburb, and the towns of Khan Al-Assal and Khan Touman. While the Turkish jets did fly over the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


ISIS terrorists execute several people in eastern Iraq

Published 2019-04-15 13:31:32 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist group released a new video over the weekend that showed their fighters executing several people in eastern Iraq. In the new propaganda video, the Islamic State terrorists execute several militiamen and village chiefs that are accused of passing information to the Iraqi security forces regarding the terrorist group’s activities. “Stop killing the Mujahedeen and do not get involved in a fight doomed to defeat,” one of the terrorist combatants says in the video. The terrorist group allegedly carried out these executions inside the Diyala Governorate of eastern Iraq. Despite losing… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


Israel allegedly informed Russia before launching attack in Syria

Published 2019-04-15 12:30:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Israel informed Russia before they launched their attack on the Syrian city of Masyaf over the weekend, Asharq Al-Awsat claimed in a new article on Monday. Citing the military circles in Tel Aviv, the publication claimed that the Israeli Air Force targeted a base that contained Russian S-300 air defense batteries. “The sources said that Russia’s silence over the attack, as well as another some two weeks ago against an Iranian military position near Aleppo, reveals the significant development that has taken place in security coordination between Tel Aviv and Moscow,” Asharq Al-Awsat reported. “The… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria


ISIS reemerges to wreak havoc in central Libya

Published 2019-04-15 12:07:04 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization has reemerged in central Libya after suffering a devastating defeat in 2017. Taking advantage of the ongoing battle for Tripoli between the two major powers in Libya, the Islamic State launched a surprise attack on the town of Al-Fuqaha in the central part of the country. According to reports from central Libya, the Islamic State carried out the attack at night using dozens of fighters that were transported in 13 vehicles. Once they reached the town, the terrorist group executed two police officers right away and then made their… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Libya


Watch: S-300 missile systems fired up during Astrakhan drills

Published 2019-04-15 11:48:17 by News Desk in World-News

Units from Central Military District tested the S-300 ‘Favorit’ surface-to-air missile system in combat drills at the Ashuluk testing range, Astrakhan Region, as shown in footage released by the MoD on Sunday. During the exercises, the S300 launched a number of missiles which destroyed a total of 20 aerial targets, the Russian Defence ministry reports. The ‘Armavir’, ‘Bekas’, ‘Favorit’ and ‘Pischal’ supersonic missiles were all employed. According to the report, the the surface-to-air missile regiment traveled from the Sverdlovsk Region for the drills which end this month.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Russia


Breaking: Syrian Army suffers several casualties after jihadist ambush in southern Aleppo

Published 2019-04-15 11:20:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels from the “Rouse the Believers” coalition carried out a powerful ambush in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. According to a military source in Aleppo city, the jihadists launched their attack near the small town of Al-Warida, where they were able to catch the Syrian Arab Army off guard. The source said the Syrian Arab Army suffered a number of casualties as a result of the attack. He would add that the Syrian Arab Army been pounding the southern countryside of Aleppo with a plethora of surface-to-surface missiles since the ambush… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Battle for Tripoli heats up as rival forces trade offensives – map

Published 2019-04-15 11:06:48 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 A.M.) – The battle for the key city of Tripoli has intensified over the last week as both the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Libyan National Army (LNA) trade offensives south of the capital. Over the last 72 hours, both the GNA and LNA have traded control over the town of Aziziyah and the 4th Division Base. The LNA has been trying to close in on the GNA’s salient between the two towns of Swami and Zahraa; however, the GNA forces have been relentless in their defense of the area. In fact, the GNA has now… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Mass grave of Kurds killed by Saddam unearthed (video)

Published 2019-04-15 10:48:07 by News Desk in Iraq

Iraqi President Barham Salih visited a mass grave of Kurds killed by former leader Saddam Hussein’s forces on Sunday. The burial site was found 170 kilometres to the west of Samawa in southern Iraq. Local Kurdish officials believe more than 300 bodies, many of them women and children, are buried in the grave. As many as 180,000 people may have been killed during to the Saddam’s ‘Anfal’ genocide, which that the Kurdish population in Iraq during the late 1980s.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Iraq, Kurds, Saddam


Israel’s air supremacy over Lebanon leaves Syria in serious trouble

Published 2019-04-15 10:07:47 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – Israel’s air supremacy over Lebanon has proven difficult for the Syrian military counter, especially when the former uses this airspace to launch airstrikes on border governorates like Homs, Damascus, and Tartous. While the Syrian military frequently tracks Israeli warplanes along the Syrian-Lebanese border, they have refrained from attempting to down any enemy aircraft because such a move would trigger a powerful response the IAF. However, as the Syrian military has seen time-after-time, if they remain idle, Israel uses Lebanon to enter Syria and then bomb their installations. There is not much Syria can do in… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


Syrian Army launches large-scale assault in northwestern Aleppo

Published 2019-04-15 09:04:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a powerful attack across northwestern Aleppo last night, a source in the provincial capital told Al-Masdar. According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division and Republican Guard unleashed a heavy barrage of surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells towards the Anadan Plain, which is primarily controlled by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The source said the primary targets for the Syrian Arab Army were the towns of Kafr Hamra, Haritan, and Anadan. He would add that the Syrian Arab Army’s attack was launched in response… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Russia begins production of new Iskander-M missile system

Published 2019-04-15 08:24:33 by News Desk in World-News

The Machine-Building Design Bureau in Kolomna has begun serial production of the 11th brigade set of the tactical missile system Iskander-M, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on Friday. “The Kolomna Machine-Building Design Bureau in cooperation with subcontractors has begun the serial production of the 11th brigade set of the tactical missile system Iskander,” Krivoruchko said. “The degree of the system’s technical readiness is above 50%,” he added. More: http://tass.com/defense/1053445

Tags: Iskander, Russia


New satellite images reveal Syrian sites destroyed by Israeli Air Force

Published 2019-04-15 07:49:00 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – The Israel-based Image Satellite International group released a new set of images that revealed the Syrian sites destroyed by the Israeli Air Force on the morning of April 13th. In the first post by Image Sat. Intl., the group shows the before-and-after photos of the sites in Masyaf that were destroyed by the Israeli Air Force. According to Image Sat., the photos include manufacturing hangars that allegedly belong to the Iranian military. https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1117473189657968641 In the second post by ISI, they show the extensive damage to an SSM project that is located in northern Masyaf. The… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Masyaf, Syria


US lists the risks Turkey will face if they acquire Russia’s S-400

Published 2019-04-15 07:12:01 by News Desk in Turkey

With Turkey’s determination to go ahead with the acquisition of S-400s from Russia, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino listed several risks on Thursday that the NATO ally may face. “I think we’ve been pretty clear from here, from the Department of Defense, that there are risks associated with the acquisition of the S-400. We’ve talked about them often. I mean, number one, pending a Turkish decision to unequivocally forgo delivery of the S-400, immediate impact is that deliveries and activities associated with the stand-up of the F-35’s operational capabilities, they’ve been suspended”, Palladino told reporters. The deputy spokesperson then cited US Vice President Mike Pence, who said, “We will not stand idly by while NATO… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey, US


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