This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Daraa, Syria, Iran, IRGC, US, Aleppo, Saudi, Golan, Israel, Haftar, Libya, Armenia, Russia, Idlib, Tripoli, Hama, Hezbollah, Nasrallah, Iraq, ISIS, Albukamal, Venezuela, Euphrates.

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Breaking: FSA sleeper cell attacks Syrian Army troops inside northern Daraa

Published 2019-04-23 23:53:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:35 P.M.) – Intense clashes broke out this evening between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northern countryside of the Daraa Governorate. According to a military report from Daraa, the Free Syrian Army’s sleeper cell attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s positions inside the town of Al-Sanamayn; this culminated in a series of intense clashes that are still ongoing at the moment. The reports said the Free Syrian Army was using light and medium weapons that they did not handover to the Russian forces during their surrender this past Summer. The Free Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

US vows to keep using Strait of Hormuz despite IRGC threats

Published 2019-04-23 22:05:54 by News Desk in Iran

The United States has pledged that its military will fly and sail wherever the international law allows ensuring the safety of commercial and non-commercial traffic in response to Tehran’s warning to close the Strait of Hormuz, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said in a press briefing on Tuesday. “Iran on a fairly regular basis makes sort of extortionist threats and blackmail demands. This is part of the regular course of their business,” Hook said. “They’ve threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz more times than I can count. The United States military will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, that’s partly to ensure protection… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, US

Heavy clashes break out between Turkish-backed rebels and civilians in eastern Aleppo town

Published 2019-04-23 21:48:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – Heavy clashes broke out this even between Turkish-backed rebel fighters and locals in the large town of Al-Bab, opposition activists reported via social media. According to the reports, the clashes broke out between armed civilians and Free Syrian Police after some dispute near the town center. The reports added that several people have been injured since the clashes broke out in this eastern Aleppo town; furthermore, the situation in Al-Bab remains very tense. Al-Bab was captured by the Turkish-backed rebels in 2016; it was previously under the control of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) from 2014-2016.

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

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Saudi Arabia executes 37 people on charges of ‘terrorism’

Published 2019-04-23 21:21:45 by News Desk in Gulf

The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry has carried out the execution of 37 Saudi nationals charged with terrorism, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday, citing the ministry. The sentences were carried out in Riyadh, the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, central Qassim province, and Eastern Province, home to the country’s Shia minority, Al Jazeera reports. The interior ministry said the individuals had been found guilty according to the law and ordered to be executed by the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh, which focuses on terrorism trials, and the country’s high court. According to Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabia executed 139 people in 2018 based on the interior ministry’s statements. Most of the executions were for murder and drug… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi

Netanyahu to name occupied Golan Heights village after Trump

Published 2019-04-23 19:16:36 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted on Tuesday that he is requesting to name a village in the occupied Golan Heights after U.S. President Donald Trump. “I am here with my family and many citizens of Israel at the foot of the Golan Heights, happy with the joy of the holiday and our beautiful country,” Netanyahu said in a video post, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post. “And there is more joy – a few weeks ago I brought President Trump’s official recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights forever,” he continued. Trump… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria

Breaking: Haftar’s Libyan Army say they shot down warplane targeting their airbase

Published 2019-04-23 14:53:04 by News Desk in North-Africa

The forces of the Libyan National Army, led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, shot down a military plane belonging to armed groups and attempted to attack the al-Jufra military airbase, a spokesman for the LNA, Ahmed Al-Mismari, said. It is reported that the plane had been shot down by the air defence forces of al-Jufry military airbase. “Ground defence forces based at al-Jufra were able to shoot down a military plane of terrorist armed groups that tried to attack a military base this morning… There were three planes, two of which fled… A search for the downed plane and pilot is being conducted,” the spokesman said. Khalifa Haftar ordered… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya

Russian airbase in Armenia will be re-equipped with Su-30SM fighter jets — source

Published 2019-04-23 13:59:01 by News Desk in World-News

Multirole fighter jets Su-30SM of the new generation will be delivered to the 3624th Russian airbase at the Erebuni aerodrome in Armenia to replace MiG-29 aircraft, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told TASS on Tuesday. “The re-equipment of the airbase with Su-30SM fighter jets is planned to start next year. The delivery of aircraft will be completed in two stages — in 2020-2021. All 18 MiG-29 jets are planned to be replaced with Su-30SM aircraft,” the source said. “When deliveries of new aircraft begin, some pilots will be sent to the Lipetsk aviation center for training, while others… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Russia

Russian Air Force wipes out jihadist convoy, weapons depot in latest Idlib attack

Published 2019-04-23 13:39:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force destroyed a weapons depot that belonged to the jihadist rebels in the Idlib Governorate last night. According to a military source in nearby Hama, the Russian Air Force targeted the weapons depot and a jihadist convoy that was traveling through the Idlib Governorate. The source said the weapons depot was completely destroyed, adding that many members of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham were also killed when the convoy was attacked. He added that the jihadists were attacked near the Idlib Central Prison, which is located just outside the provincial capital. It became obvious… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Libya’s Haftar announces 2nd phase of Tripoli offensive

Published 2019-04-23 12:57:02 by News Desk in North-Africa

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Libyan National Army (LNA) head Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar announced a start of the second stage of the offensive on Tripoli, local media reported, citing LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari. The Al-Wasat news outlet reported that, according to Mismari, the second stage of the operation was launched with the use of infantry forces after the completion of the first phase. The news outlet said that Mismari was speaking on Monday evening at a press conference. The political situation in Libya has been in a critical state since 4 April, when Haftar ordered his troops to advance on Tripoli in a bid to drive what he called terrorist forces out… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Tripoli

Syrian Army launches heavy attack in northern Hama

Published 2019-04-23 12:39:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – For the second time this week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has carried out a heavy attack on the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate. Using heavy artillery and surface-to-surface missiles, the Syrian Arab Army repeatedly struck the defenses of Jaysh Al-Izza at the towns of Al-Zakat and Al-Arbaeen. The Syrian Arab Army’s attack came in response to a number of mortar shells that were fired by Jaysh Al-Izza towards the government stronghold of Mhardeh in northern Hama. While the majority of the violence has been concentrated in the Aleppo Governorate this past week, the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Israel not ready for ground war with Hezbollah: Nasrallah

Published 2019-04-23 11:26:46 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah conducted a televised speech on Monday in which he touched on a number of topics, including the prospects of war with Israel. While the Hezbollah leader ruled out “the possibility of a renewed Israeli war,” he did say that the “Israeli Air Force can no longer carry out a battle, and Israel itself says that it is not ready for a ground battle.” However, Nasrallah pointed to the need to remain alert to all possibilities. The Secretary-General also expressed surprise towards the world’s silence about Trump’s actions against Iran, “since… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Nasrallah

US mother of 7 pleads guilty to ‘attempting to provide support to ISIS’

Published 2019-04-23 10:49:30 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, Syria, World-News

A mother of seven from the US state of Wisconsin faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of“attempting to provide material support to terrorists.” Prosecutors allege that Waheba Issa Dais used social media accounts she “took over from unwitting victims” to share information about making poisons, suicide vests, biological weapons, and explosives, and suggested potential events and locations to target in terrorist attacks in conversations she had with self-proclaimed IS members and supporters. According to prosecutors, Dais initially pleaded not guilty to two charges, yet a second one was dropped in exchange for her changing… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Syrian military denies US attack on IRGC forces in eastern Syria

Published 2019-04-23 10:25:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – A Syrian military source in Deir Ezzor told Al-Masdar News this morning that all reports claiming the U.S. Air Force bombed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Albukamal are false. The source said reports claiming that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) clashed near Albukamal are also false. He would add that there are tensions in the area because the Syrian military and Hashd Al-Sha’abi believe the U.S. is preparing an operation to capture the towns of Albukamal and Al-Mayadeen. The Syrian military believes the U.S. wants to take hold… Read on ->

Tags: Albukamal, IRGC, Syria

New IRGC commander shows Iran is readying for war: expert

Published 2019-04-23 09:44:38 by News Desk in Iran

Tehran’s appointment of a hardline new commander of its Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) could signal that Iran is preparing for conflict with the US, former Pentagon analyst Michael Maloof has told RT. Brigadier General Hossein Salami, 58, will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari as the elite unit’s commander-in-chief, Iranian state media reported Sunday. Salami served as Jafari’s deputy since 2009 and began his career in the Guards in 1981. He is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq War. “Salami is more of a hardline person,” Michael Maloof, former senior security policy analyst at the US Department of Defense, told RT. “He’s from… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC

Russia issues stern warning to US over intent to invade Venezuela

Published 2019-04-23 09:06:23 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Ministry of Defense issued a stern warning to the U.S. administration over their intent to militarily intervene in Venezuela. Russian Vice Minister of Defense, Colonel General Alexander Femin, said on the sidelines of the VIII International Security Conference that U.S. military aggression against Venezuela will have negative consequences for Washington. The Russian defense official said if the U.S. were to invade Venezuela, it would rally regional countries around the government of Nicolas Maduro, contrary to what Washington thinks. “We believe that the legitimate Venezuelan government, led by Maduro, should keep control of the situation and the armed forces… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US, Venezuela

Syrian Army eliminates ISIS group attempting to escape Euphrates region

Published 2019-04-23 08:08:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – A large group of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists fled the Baghouz Mountain region of eastern Deir Ezzor last night and crossed the Euphrates River to reach the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) territories. The Islamic State terrorists attempted to evade the Syrian Army troops at Al-Sayyal so that they could reach their comrades in the Badiya Al-Sham region of western Deir Ezzor. However, the Islamic State’s fighters would ultimately be spotted by Syrian Army scouts, prompting a fierce engagement at the town of Al-Sayyal. The Syrian Arab Army was able to get the upper hand against… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, ISIS, Syria

Breaking: Russian Air Force pounds Idlib with multitude of airstrikes

Published 2019-04-23 00:34:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force has unleashed a new series of airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate this evening, targeting several sites under the control of the jihadist rebels. According to a military source in northwestern Syria, the Russian Air Force primarily targeted Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions around Idlib city tonight. In particular, the source said the Russian Air Force heavily bombarded the Idlib Central Prison and several small towns near the provincial capital. No further details have been released at this time. Meanwhile, in eastern Syria, the Syrian Air Force is currently bombarding the terrain around… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Developing: Russian jets swarm Idlib and Aleppo, airstrikes expected shortly

Published 2019-04-23 00:11:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:55 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force is currently swarming the Idlib and Aleppo governorates, a source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar this evening. According to the military source, the Russian jets are mostly flying over the positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party. He added that airstrikes are expected shortly, especially after the recent string of attacks that were carried out by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham on Aleppo city. The jihadist rebels have recently wreaked havoc on Aleppo city, killing 19 soldiers and more than 15 civilians. Earlier on Monday, the Russian Air Force… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Russia, Syria

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