This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Lebanon, Syria, Assad, Russia, Afrin, Idlib, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, China, Brazil, India, Libya, US, Venezuela, Trump, Yemen, Hama, Taiwan, Daraa, Israel, Houthi, Saudi, Aleppo.

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Lebanon comes to Syria’s aid despite threat of US sanctions

Published 2019-04-17 19:42:58 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Earlier this week, Lebanon played a major role in aiding the people of Syria who are greatly effected by the ongoing fuel crisis and harsh sanctions imposed by western nations. Despite being threatened with sanctions if they were to aid Damascus in any way, the Lebanese government stepped up to help the people of Syria by providing much needed fuel as part of a deal with their Syrian counterparts. This move by the Lebanese government to provide fuel to its neighbor comes at time when Syria is facing its worst fuel crisis in its history…. Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria


Syrian military should regain control over northeast Syria: Lavrov

Published 2019-04-17 18:31:08 by News Desk in Syria

Moscow believes the Syrian government should regain control over the country’s northeastern region as soon as possible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday. “There is a need to resolve the issue concerning the country’s northeast and the left bank of the Euphrates River in order to… ensure the restoration of the legitimate government’s control over the region,” Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow. Among other important goals, the Russian top diplomat cited the need to build dialogue with the Kurds and secure the interests of Turkey “as far as security in Syria’s border areas is concerned,”… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Russia, Syria


US-backed commander vows to capture Afrin and Idlib from Turkey

Published 2019-04-17 16:30:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the U.S.-backer Jaysh al-Thuwar(al-Thewar Army) faction, Ahmad al-Sultan (AKA Abu Arraj) told ANHA this week that Turkey’s position in Syria both “difficult and shameful”. Al-Sultan said that Turkey is between a rock and a hard place regarding the acquisition of Russia’s S-400, pointing out that if they do receive them, they will cause a great deal of turmoil with their NATO partners, most notably the United States. The Jaysh Al-Thuwar commander also criticized Turkey’s role in Idlib, which he described as disastrous because of the ongoing conflicts between their allied rebel… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army sends large convoy of reinforcements to Iraqi border as they prepare to reopen international highway

Published 2019-04-17 15:59:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army sent a large convoy of reinforcements to the Iraqi border on Wednesday, a source from the military told Al-Masdar News this afternoon. According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army reinforcements were deployed to the highway near the T-2 Pumping Station in rural Deir Ezzor. The source said that the reinforcements were sent to this area to ensure the safety of the international highway as they prepare to reopen this imperative roadway that links the Syrian and Iraqi capitals. This move also coincides with the recent deployment of Hashd Al-Sha’abi… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Syria


Iran to reportedly complete massive oil shipment to Syria

Published 2019-04-17 14:32:34 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – An Iranian ship reportedly crossed the Suez Canal this week to make its way to either the Syrian port-city of Latakia or Turkey. According to Twitter user @Mhmdzaki69, the Iranian ship, Stark I, transited the Suez Canal on April 15th and was destined for either Latakia port or Turkey. https://twitter.com/mhmdzaki69/status/1118225004695642112 If true, this would be a major relief for the Syrian government, who had previously relied on Iran for oil shipments. However, due to Trump’s sanctions against the Persian Gulf nation, Iran has struggled to transport oil to Syria. As a result of this, the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Russia to offer China new Su-57 stealth fighters

Published 2019-04-17 14:09:20 by News Desk in World-News

Russia is reportedly eyeing exporting Su-57, its most advanced fighter jet, to China, an offer Chinese experts described as an indication of the close strategic relations between the two countries. While Chinese analysts are becoming convinced of the Su-57’s combat capabilities, some are skeptical whether the Russian warplane can integrate into the Chinese system since China has developed its own advanced J-20 fighter jet. The Su-57E, an export version of the Su-57, is expected to receive export approval from Russian President Vladimir Putin in a few weeks, said Viktor Kladov, director of  international cooperation and regional policy at Russia’s Rostec… Read on ->

Tags: China, Russia


Brazil, India to reopen embassies in Syria

Published 2019-04-17 13:39:14 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Brazil and India will become the latest countries to reopen their embassies in Syria after closing them during the conflict. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad reportedly accepted the credentials of Dr. Hifzur Rahman as Ambassador of the Indian Republic, along with Fabio Vaz Pitaluga as Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Brazil to the Syrian Arab Republic, SANA reported on Tuesday. President al-Assad received the two ambassadors separately and wished them success in their missions, the report continued. Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid Muallem and Minister of Presidential Affairs Mansour Azzam attended the… Read on ->

Tags: Brazil, India, Syria


Iran unveils its 4th generation fighter jet

Published 2019-04-17 13:16:31 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Iranian military showcased their new domestically-made Kowsar fighter jet during an air show in Tehran on Tuesday. According to the Islamic Republic News Agnecy (IRNA), the new Kowsar aircraft flew alongisde their F-5, MiG-29 and Saeqeh jets in a joint drill. A Boeing 747 supertanker also participated in the show. The air show was organized two days before Iran National Army Day, which will display the Islamic Republic’s military might. On the Army Day, only the domestically-made fighter jets will be on display, IRNA said, citing army commanders. The Kowsar fighter jet was first… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Turkey rejects claims they transferred ISIS terrorists from Syria to Libya

Published 2019-04-17 12:44:19 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Turkey’s Ambassador to Tunisia Omer Farouk Dogan denied on Wednesday that his country transferred Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh/IS) terrorists from Syria to Libya. Dogan told the Tunisian newspaper Al-Chourouk that all of these allegations are ‘lies’ that hold no credibility. The source “did not verify the authenticity of the information which was built on false statements,” the diplomat stressed in the statement. The Tunisian daily cited statements by Ahmad al-Mesmari, a spokesman for East Libya-based forces, in which he claimed that there were “open lines” to provide weapons and fighters from Turkey and Malta to the… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Syria, Turkey


US-backed Lima Group rejects military invervention in Venezuela

Published 2019-04-17 12:21:17 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The U.S.-backed Lima Group that consists of several Latin American nations has rejected military intervention in order to solve the Venezuelan conflict. The Lima Group “rejects any threat or course of action that implies a military intervention in Venezuela,” said an official statement issued by foreign ministers of the bloc after a gathering in Santiago. The members of the group support a peaceful solution “led by Venezuelans themselves,” the statement added. This announcement came as Canada announced new sanctions against 41 members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Canada is reportedly holding the Maduro government… Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela


Trump rejects bill to end US involvement in Yemen because it weakens his authority

Published 2019-04-17 11:38:28 by News Desk in Yemen

President Donald Trump in a letter to the Senate said he is rejecting a measure passed by Congress to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. On April 5, the US House of Representatives passed the Yemen war resolution by a 247-175 vote after it was approved by the Senate by a 54-46 vote in March. The joint resolution calls for ending US support for the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni conflict. “I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 7, a joint resolution that purports to direct the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen,” Trump said on Tuesday. “This resolution is an… Read on ->

Tags: Trump, Yemen


FSA launches heavy attack on Syrian Army stronghold in northwest Hama

Published 2019-04-17 11:13:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh Al-Izza faction launched an attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) stronghold of Al-Suqaylabiyeh this morning, following a fierce exchange at this front last night. According to a military source in nearby Mhardeh, Jaysh Al-Izza heavily shelled Al-Suqaylabiyeh in northwestern Hama, prompting the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Syrian Army to respond with a barrage of missiles of their own. No one was reportedly killed during the FSA’s attack on Al-Suqaylabiyeh. In the past, when the FSA and their allies targeted Al-Suqaylabiyeh, the Russian Air Force would respond by launching… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


China tests tactical laser similar to US Navy system

Published 2019-04-17 10:53:56 by News Desk in World-News

China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) unveiled a tactical laser system with a striking resemblance to a solid-state laser system tested by the US Navy in 2014, according to The Maritime Executive. Appearing in a promotional video broadcast by state-owned channel CCTV, Beijing’s new laser can be deployed on both land and sea, and can be used for both close-in surface-to-surface combat and air defenses. According to CCTV, the laser could be mounted on the PLA Navy’s Type 055 destroyers as an alternative to the HHQ-10 surface-to-air missile. As The Maritime Executive notes, Beijing’s system looks limilar to the US Navy’s XN-1… Read on ->

Tags: China


Lebanon begins delivering fuel to Syria amid ongoing crisis

Published 2019-04-17 09:55:40 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – Lebanon has stepped up to aid Syria amid their ongoing fuel crisis, a source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News last night. According to the source, Lebanon has begun providing Syria with daily shipments of fuel, which has helped Damascus immensely as they deal with the crisis. The source said this is expected to be a temporary measure, as Damsacus is working with Iran to find a way to resume regular oil deliveries. While Lebanon is not a major oil producer, the little they are able to sell to Syria has helped Damascus these past few… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria


China gets new Su-35 jets as US prepares to deliver F-16s to Taiwan

Published 2019-04-17 09:32:10 by News Desk in World-News

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Russia has completed the deliveries of Sukhoi Su-35 generation 4++ fighter jets to China under a contract signed earlier, Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation told TASS on Tuesday. “In compliance with the contract, all the Su-35 planes have been delivered to the foreign customer,” the Federal Service said. China has been the first foreign buyer of Russian Su-35 fighter aircraft. The contract worth about $2.5 billion on the deliveries of 24 fighter jets to China was signed in 2015. The contract also stipulates the delivery of ground equipment and reserve engines. Indonesia is the second foreign buyer… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Taiwan


Syrian military uncovers massive haul of weapons from Israel, US in southern Syria (photos)

Published 2019-04-17 09:04:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The Syrian military uncovered a large amount of weapons in the Daraa Governorate this week, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Tuesday. According to the SANA report, the Syrian military discovered the massive haul of weapons while they were combing through the territories that were previously controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their jihadist allies. SANA said many of the weapons were manufactured in countries like Israel and the United States. The catch included a wide variety of rifles, heavy machine guns, mortar shells and RPG rounds, grenades and an assortment of… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Israel, Syria


Saudi Coalition suffers large number of casualties in failed Yemeni border offensive

Published 2019-04-17 08:33:45 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – On Tuesday, the Saudi Coalition, alongside the pro-Hadi Yemeni Army, launched a new offensive to capture the area east of the Hiran region in northern Yemen. Backed by heavy airstrikes, the Saudi Coalition troops attempted to crack the Houthi forces’ lines near the Hiran region of Hajjah; however, after six hours of fighting, they were ultimately forced to retreat back towards the Saudi border. According to a report from the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their fighters managed to kill and wound tens of personnel from the Saudi Coalition and the Yemeni Army…. Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Israel allegedly used ‘S-300’ evading missile during attack on Syria

Published 2019-04-17 08:07:59 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Israeli Air Force F-16s may have used the country’s newest air defence-evading ‘Rampage’ air-to-surface missiles (ASM) during their Saturday strike against a military facility in western Syria, independent defence analyst Babak Taghvaee has reported. According to the analyst, the missiles were used “due to the danger” posed by Syrian Air Defence Force S-300PM-2s, which were delivered to the country by Russia last October following the accidental downing of a Russian plane during an Israeli air raid on Syria. The Israeli military has not commented on the claims. The Rampage missile was introduced last year, with developers boasting that the missile “allows us to strike under conditions we’ve never had before”. The all-weather weapon can be deployed aboard IAF F-15s, F-16s and… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Syrian Army mulls new offensive in Aleppo after jihadists kill over 10 civilians

Published 2019-04-17 07:23:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is mulling a new military operation in western Aleppo after a string of attacks carried out by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, a source from the city told Al-Masdar last night. According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army has been ordered to stay on high alert along the western, southwestern, and northwestern axes of Aleppo city. The source said reinforcements are being sent to the Aleppo front to increase the security around the city and to possibily carry out a new operation to push the jihadists out… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


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