This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen, Iran, IRGC, Russia, US, Venezuela, Aleppo, Syria, France, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, ISIS, Raqqa, Sri_Lanka, SDF, Homs, Palmyra, Baghdad, Iraq.

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Houthi forces launch first attack with new ballistic missile, 40+ Saudi Coalition fighters killed

Published 2019-04-21 23:08:18 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Houthi Forces launched their first attack with their new Badr-F ballistic missile on Saturday, targeting a Saudi military camp along the Yemeni border. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, the Badr-F missile scored a direct hit on the Al-Istiqbal Camp in the Tawal area on Saturday. The Houthi forces alleged that their ballistic missile attack managed to kill at least nine Saudi military officers and more than 40 Coalition fighters. The Yemeni group’s attack on Saturday is the deadliest missile strike against the Saudi Coalition forces this year. Last week,… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Iranian commander who vowed to destroy Israel has been named new leader of IRGC

Published 2019-04-21 19:33:57 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed a new commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Sunday morning. According to a report from Tehran, Iran’s Supreme Leader appointed General Hossein Salami as the commander of the IRGC Forces. General Salami is replacing General Mohammad Akon Jaafari as the commander of the IRGC; he had been the leader of this military branch since 2007. The new IRGC commander is considered more aggressive than his predecessor when it comes to military issues, including confrontations with Israel and the United States. Earlier this year, General Salami… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


US calls on world to block Russian aircraft en route to Venezuela

Published 2019-04-21 18:49:49 by News Desk in World-News

The arrival of Russian military planes in Venezuela in March 2019 spurred harsh criticism from the US, who has accused Moscow of destabilising the situation in the Latin American state, currently engulfed in a political crisis. Russia, for its part, has recalled that its planes arrived under a bilateral agreement with Caracas. The US has called on the international community to deny Russian planes flying to Venezuela a right of passage through their airspace, following the example of such a move by Malta. Ortagus said that such a decision could help stop Russian support for the country’s President Nicolas Maduro. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova earlier stated that Malta… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US, Venezuela


[Graphic 18+] Jihadist special forces kill 19 Syrian soldiers in west Aleppo attack

Published 2019-04-21 16:55:58 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 A.M.) – Affiliates of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham released footage on Sunday of their special forces attacking the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the western part of Aleppo city. According to the HTS affiliates, the Inghimasi forces raided the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the Souq Al-Jarab (Aqrab) area of western Aleppo, killing 19 soldiers in the process. Combat footage (graphic). The jihadist attack can be seen in the go-pro video (link below): https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=408175753339924&id=403465443810955

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


France allegedly warned Lebanon of possible Israeli attack

Published 2019-04-21 15:02:31 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 A.M.) – French officials have allegedly warned Lebanon that Israel is planning a possible attack on a Hezbollah missile factory, Al-Hayat newspaper reported this weekend. Citing Arab sources, Al-Hayat said the French officals warned Lebanon over the ‘dangerous’ information Israel was providing the United States. The French officials allegedly said Israel was planning to strike one of Hezbollah’s alleged guided missile factories inside the small Levantine nation. They warned the Lebanese government that Israel would not remain idle while Hezbollah, with support from Iran, continues to manufacture these missiles. These claims by the French officials echo U.S…. Read on ->

Tags: France, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


Russia upgrades Black Sea forces in response to NATO buildup

Published 2019-04-21 14:48:50 by News Desk in World-News

Russia is upgrading its Black Sea forces in the context of NATO’s approaching infrastructures and proportionately to its real defense requirements, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told TASS in an interview on Friday. “It goes without saying that we have been upgrading our forces in view of the fact that NATO’s infrastructures are approaching our shores. All of our efforts are absolutely adequate and proportionate to the real defense security requirements,” he said. Russia keeps a close watch on NATO’s infrastructure projects in Romania and Bulgaria and also attempts by NATO countries to create bases and deploy additional forces there…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia


The new proxy war in Syria: Iran and Turkey vs. Saudi Arabia and Russia

Published 2019-04-21 14:08:07 by Leith Aboufadel in Gulf, Iran, Middleeast, Opinion, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – As if the Syrian Conflict couldn’t get any more complicated, a new proxy war is brewing between several foreign powers in the northern part of the country. Speaking from Damascus on the condition of anonymity, a government source told Al-Masdar that two new alliances have emerged in northern Syria, with one led by Iran and Turkey and the other Saudi Arabia and Russia. According to the source, Turkey and Iran have forged a pact to not only carry out a joint operation in northern Iraq, but also, potentially, in northern Syria. Meanwhile, Russia and Saudi… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, Saudi, Syria, Turkey


ISIS catches Syrian Army by surprise to capture mountain area near Raqqa border

Published 2019-04-21 13:04:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) took advantage of the poor weather in central Syria this past weekend to stage a small offensive to capture a mountain area near the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s border. According to a military source in eastern Homs, the Islamic State was able to capture the mountain town of Al-Kawm in the Al-Sukhnah area after killing over 15 Syrian Arab Army soldiers. The pro-government Palestinian paramilitary group Liwaa Al-Quds also retreated in order to regroup and secure the area near the historical city of Al-Rusafa in the southern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate. Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Raqqa, Syria


Russia may build Borei-K nuclear subs with cruise missiles – source

Published 2019-04-21 12:31:41 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Defense Ministry is looking into a new nuclear submarine project, Borei-K, to carry cruise missiles, a source in Russia’s defense industry told TASS on Saturday. “The ministry is looking into the possibility of building two more Borei-class submarines, but equipped with long-range cruise missiles instead of ballistic ones. If the decision is made, the submarines will be built under the new Borei-K project and will be scheduled for delivery after 2027,” the source said without elaborating. TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication. At present, Russia has three Borei-class submarines… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia


Breaking: 7th blast reported in Sri Lankan capital

Published 2019-04-21 12:04:43 by News Desk in World-News

Another explosion has been reported in Sri Lanka, following six blasts in churches and hotels earlier on Sunday, according to police. It struck in the Dehiwala suburb of the capital Colombo. At least 156 people were killed and some 400 injured in the six explosions that struck places of Christian worship and high-end hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The targets, three churches and three hotels, were mostly concentrated in and around the commercial capital Colombo, except for one church located on the opposite side of the island in Batticaloa. No group has claimed responsibility so far.   Source:… Read on ->

Tags: Sri_Lanka


Several Turkish soldiers allegedly killed in fierce battle with SDF troops

Published 2019-04-21 11:55:01 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIURT, LEBANON (11:35 A.M.) – A number of Turkish Army soldiers were allegedly killed in a fierce battle with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, Fars News reported, citing local sources. The Iranian publication also claimed that several members of the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front were involved in clashes with the SDF at Al-Malkiyeh in western Aleppo. “Tough fighting broke out between the Ankara-backed National Army and the SDF fighters in al-Malekiyeh battlefront,” Fars News claimed, citing sources close to the Kurdish forces. Corraborating these claims by Fars News was the London-based Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, SDF, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army suffers highest number of casualties this year

Published 2019-04-21 11:38:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – April has been the cruelest month for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) this year, as they have lost nearly 80 soldiers since the end of the March. The Syrian Arab Army hast lost most of their soldiers in central Syria, where the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) has managed to carry out several ambushes along the international highway between the desert cities of Palmyra and Al-Sukhneh. The central Syria front has claimed 60 of the 79 soldiers that have been killed this month, a source from the military told Al-Masdar this morning. Over the last 48 hours,… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Homs, Palmyra, Syria


Nearly 140 killed as churches and hotels rocked by Easter Sunday blasts

Published 2019-04-21 10:46:54 by News Desk in World-News

At least 138 people have been killed and hundreds more injured after explosions in three churches and three hotels in Colombo and two other locations in Sri Lanka on Sunday. The blasts hit several high end hotels and a church in Colombo, while two other churches were targeted outside Colombo. Footage from Colombo’s St. Anthony church shows shattered glass and people lying on the ground, at the location where at least 30 people are reported to have died. The first explosions were reported at St Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in the town of Negombo…. Read on ->

Tags: Sri_Lanka


Turkish Army sets up new military bases in Syria ahead of anti-SDF operation

Published 2019-04-21 10:30:05 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The Turkish Army has built new military bases along their border with Syria’s Aleppo Governorate amid their recent threats to launch fresh operations against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). “The Turkish Army is engaged in setting up new military bases near Syria’s border as it prepares to launch a new offensive,” the Kurdish-language Hawar News Agency reported, citing sources as saying on Friday. It noted that the Turkish Army has turned the houses of civilians in the villages of Kouk Tappa and Upper Ashmeh into military bases; this puts their armed forces within striking distance of western Kobani in… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, SDF, Syria, Turkey


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Middle East’s Game of Thrones: Iran, Saudi, Turkey, Syria come together for Baghdad Summit

Published 2019-04-21 09:56:42 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey

A summit in Iraq brought some of the Middle East’s regional power brokers to the same table in Baghdad on Saturday. Saudi Arabia and Iran were joined by Syria, Jordan, Kuwait and Turkey in the Iraqi capital for talks on rebuilding Iraq and combating extremism. The summit, hosted by Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi, is part of a wider effort by Baghdad to project its image as a peacemaker within the fractious region. Putting aside its own history with Iran, the regional meeting is the culmination of months of diplomacy by Baghdad’s leadership to ensure both Iran and Saudi Arabia… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iran, Iraq, Saudi, Syria, Turkey


Iraqi forces claim US preparing operation to capture key border crossing from Syrian Army, IRGC

Published 2019-04-21 09:26:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi (var. Popular Mobilization Units) claims the U.S. military and their allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are preparing an operation to capture the key border crossing at the towns of Albukamal and Al-Qa’im. The commander of Hashd Al-Sha’abi, Hashem Al-Mousawi, stated last Thursday that the U.S. Armed Forces were seeking to gain control over the Albukamal crossing in order to further isolate Iran from Lebanon. Mousawi said the U.S. military sent a convoy of 18 armed vehicles, along with drones, to the border. He said the purpose of this move was… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, IRGC, Syria, US


Russia to lease Syrian port for nearly 50 years

Published 2019-04-21 08:57:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Russian Federation will be leasing the naval port in the coastal city of Tartous for another 49 years, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told journalists on Saturday after meeting with Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus. “The crucial matter, which must give a positive dynamic for the development, is the matter of the use of the port of Tartus. The [Syria] trip has strengthened all former agreements. We have made significant progress on this question and we are hoping that the agreement will be signed within a week and that the port… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Israel’s new missile might outsmart Syria’s S-300 system: report

Published 2019-04-21 08:05:02 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Israel’s newest “Rampage” missiles are designed to outsmart the Russian S-300 air defence systems, deployed in Syria last October, and destroy highly protected targets like bunkers, Telepolis’ journalist Florian Rötzer claims. In a Friday article, Rötzer cited Israeli media as reporting that the country’s Air Force deployed the air-to-surface supersonic rocket for the first time a week ago, having allegedly destroyed a large hangar and three buildings in Syria’s Hama Province. The journalist added that Israeli satellite intelligence company ImageSat International had released satellite images of the facilities, which it says may be “Iran-related missile manufacturing hangars” in Syria. Rötzer continued by saying that the reported Israeli… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Jihadist attack kills 12 Syrian soldiers in western Aleppo

Published 2019-04-21 07:10:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 A.M.) – The last 48 hours have been rough for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) as they have suffered losses at several fronts, including Palmyra where they have come repeated attack by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cells. On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army came under a suprise attack in western Aleppo when a group of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham fighters infiltrated their positions from the Rashideen 4 area. According to a military source inside of Aleppo city, at least 12 Syrian soldiers were killed and several others wounded when the jihadists infiltrated the Aqrab area of western… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


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