This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: France, Kurds, Macron, Syria, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Crimea, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen, Malta, Russia, US, Venezuela, Aleppo, Baghdadi, Iraq, ISIS, Homs, Bolton, Turkey, Palmyra, Estonia, Iran, Suez.

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Macron meets Syrian Kurds, promises to keep up support

Published 2019-04-19 22:53:48 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

President Emmanuel Macron on Friday hosted representatives of the Kurdish-led force that defeated Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) extremists in Syria, promising France’s support in the fight against the remaining militants. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had in late March flushed out IS from their last bastion in Syria but has warned that the militant group remains a threat in places. Macron assured the SDF representatives, who were not named, of the “active support of France in the fight against [IS] which continues to be a menace for collective security,” AFP reports, citing the presidency. Macron also vowed that… Read on ->

Tags: France, Kurds, Macron, Syria


Hezbollah leader believes war with Israel is highly possible this summer

Published 2019-04-19 22:33:08 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Ansarallah reportedly told his top commanders at a meeting last night that war with Israel is highly possible. This meeting was revealed by veteran journalist Elijah Magnier; he is releasing the details regarding this conversation in an article on Saturday. “Last night, During a private meeting with top commanders, #Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah believes the possibilities of war with #Israel is very high this summer,” Magnier tweeted. On Thursday, the commander of the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) Northern Command General Yoel Strick told Ynet News that his troops will destroy Hezbollah… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


Crimea vows to ship oil to Syria amid ongoing fuel crisis

Published 2019-04-19 17:43:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The President of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, vowed to help the Syrian Arab Republic amid their ongoing fuel crisis that is a result of the sanctions imposed on the country by western nations. Aksyonov told Russia’s Sputnik News that there are plans to export wheat, petroleum derivatives and power tools to Syria as well as rebuilding railways there. He pointed out that whether it is Crimea or Russia, they are willing to export products to Syria in order to help the war-torn nation. The Crimean President noted that a shipment of wheat and other industrial products… Read on ->

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Tags: Crimea, Syria


Houthi forces shoot down massive drone over northern Yemen (photos)

Published 2019-04-19 17:30:40 by News Desk in Middleeast, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – The Houthi Forces shot down a massive drone over the Sa’ada countryside on Friday, the group announced this afternoon. According to the Houthi forces, they shot the drone after it was seen circling their positions near the Saudi border with the Sa’ada Governorate. The massive drone is suspected to be a Chinese-made CAIG Wing Loong unmanned aerial vehicle. Both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) possess these drones in their arsenal.

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Malta to deny Russia access to airspace if they are supplying Venezuela

Published 2019-04-19 17:10:16 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Maltese authorities have refused to allow Russia use their airspace in order to deliver supplies to the Venezuela, the U.S. Department of State said on Friday. “We applaud the government of #Malta for refusing to allow Russian planes to use its airspace to supply the brutal former regime in #Venezuela. We call on all countries to follow Malta’s example to stop the Kremlin’s support for the dictator Maduro,” the new spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, tweeted this morning. Russia’s flight plan to Venezuela often includes flying over the Mediterranean Sea; however,… Read on ->

Tags: Malta, Russia, US, Venezuela


Turkish Army, rebels launch simultaneous attack against Syrian Army, YPG troops in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-04-19 15:58:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 P.M.) – The Turkish Army and their allies from the National Liberation Front (NLF) launched a heavy attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Aleppo this afternoon. According to a source near Aleppo city, the Turkish Army and NLF heavily shelled the YPG near the town of Mennagh and the Syrian Arab Army inside of Tal Rifa’at. In response to this attack, the YPG fired several mortar shells towards the Turkish Army’s positions in northern Syria; they would hit a number of areas including the town of Azaz near… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Leaked ISIS letters reveal Baghdadi is still alive and leading the terrorist group

Published 2019-04-19 15:21:18 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

Over the past few years, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death has been reported numerous times, but the Daesh* leader has re-emerged each time, even reportedly surviving an assassination attempt in January. The latest clues related to the status of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi indicate that the most wanted man in the world is “at least alive”, Fox News reports. The news outlet referred to copies of several December-dated letters from Daesh operatives to Baghdadi obtained by The Sunday Times earlier this month. In one letter, Daesh commander Abu Taher al-Tajiki reportedly briefs Baghdadi on potential target sites for the terrorist group’s strikes in Europe. “The letters underscore that not only… Read on ->

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Tags: Baghdadi, Iraq, ISIS, Syria


Hezbollah mourns the death of one of its soldiers in eastern Syria

Published 2019-04-19 14:58:48 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:35 P.M.) – Hezbollah mourned the loss of one its soldier this week after he was reportedly killed in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. According to Hezbollah media relations, Khalil Ibrahim Qassem (AKA Hisham Murtada) of ‘Eita Al-Sha’ab in Lebanon’s Natabieh Governorate was killed while on patrol in eastern Homs. Hezbollah did not state how the soldier was killed; however, he was likely one of the personnel killed in the latest Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). The Lebanese group has been active in Syria since April 2013; they have participated in several battles across the country, including Al-Qusayr,… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Homs, Lebanon, Syria


Bolton threatens to use Monroe Doctrine against Venezuela

Published 2019-04-19 13:37:45 by News Desk in World-News

National Security Adviser John Bolton has signalled the US administration’s readiness to use the Monroe Doctrine in its policies towards Latin America. The Monroe Doctrine, which was announced by US President James Monroe in 1823, aimed to oppose European colonialism in the Americas. The document declared that any action by any European power directed against independent nations in North and South America would be considered hostile by the United States. “Today, we proudly proclaim for all to hear: the Monroe Doctrine is alive and well”, Bolton told the Bay of Pigs veterans group in Miami on Wednesday, lauding the Americas as an “incredible region” which he said “must remain free from internal despotism and external domination”. He claimed… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, Venezuela


Turkish warplanes enter Syrian airspace for 2nd time this week

Published 2019-04-19 13:14:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – For the second time this week, the Turkish Air Force has entered Syrian airspace and flown south towards the demilitarized zone in southern Idlib. According to a Syrian military source in Hama, the Turkish Air Force traveled across the demilitarized zone where they observed the ongoing situation in the Idlib, Hama, and Aleppo governorates. The Turkish Air Force has been conducting these overflights as part of their agreement with the Russian military to enforce the September 17th Sochi Agreement. However, despite these patrols by both the Russian and Turkish armed forces, the situation in the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


ISIS night operations in April have killed over 35 Syrian soldiers in April

Published 2019-04-19 12:28:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) has recently stepped up their attacks across Syria, targeting the supply routes of both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). In the month of April alone, the Islamic State has carried out at least a half dozen attacks along the Syrian Arab Army’s supply route from Palmyra to Deir Ezzor. As a result of these ambushes, over 35 Syrian Arab Army soldiers have been killed and another ten military personnel have captured by the Islamic State. These ISIS attacks have forced the Syrian Arab Army to send… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Palmyra, Syria


France deploys military near Russian border with Estonia

Published 2019-04-19 11:18:22 by News Desk in World-News

A unit of 300 soldiers from the French Army and the Foreign Legion is expected to arrive in the Estonian town of Tapa, just 140 kilometres away from the Russian border, next week, according to France’s Embassy in Tallinn. The troops will stay in Estonia until the end of August as a part of the FRA-EFP LYNX mission, which is aimed at boosting the alliance’s presence in the region. Paris will also deploy five Leclerc tanks and 20 infantry fighting vehicles, including 13 VBCIs, which is a French version of Multi-Role Armoured Vehicles (MRAV). They will be transported to Estonia by rail. This is not the first time that French forces have been present in Estonia, as they were also… Read on ->

Tags: Estonia, France, Russia


Syria says Iranian oil tankers blocked at Suez Canal if shipment is destined for Syrian port

Published 2019-04-19 10:46:33 by News Desk in Iran, North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Under the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Great Britain, no Iranian oil tankers are allowed to transit the Suez Canal if they are destined for a Syrian port, a Syrian military source told Al-Masdar News this morning. The source said Iranian oil tankers are allowed to enter Mediterranean waters if the ship is destined for Turkey; however, due to U.S. and U.K. sanctions, the vessels cannot transit again if they dock at a Syrian port. As illustrated above, the Iranian oil tanker “Stark I” transited the Suez Canal because it was destined for a… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Suez, Syria


Iran, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia set to meet for first time at Baghdad Summit

Published 2019-04-19 10:25:23 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Iraq, Middleeast, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Baghdad Summit is scheduled to take place on April 20th with several Middle Eastern countries set to participate in this conference organized by Iraq. The list of countries participating in the Baghdad Summit are as followed: Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, and Syria. The parliamentarian heads of these seven countries will be the primary participants of the Baghdad Summit. For Syria, this is a big meeting because it will mark the first time since the start of the Syrian Conflict that they will be participating in a non-Syria related conference with Saudi… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Saudi, Syria, Turkey


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