This is a summary of 11 AMN articles on the following subjects: China, Idlib, Russia, Syria, US, Venezuela, Aleppo, Iraq, Latakia, Iran, Assyria, Sweden, Baghdadi, ISIS, Hmeimim.

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China’s aircraft carrier Liaonong declared combat ready amid ongoing conflict with Taiwan and US

Published 2019-04-26 23:28:56 by News Desk in World-News

Following a six-month retrofit, China’s sole active aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has been declared a “combat ship” by the People’s Liberation Army-Navy. “The Liaoning is shifting from a training and test ship to a combat ship,” Lu Qiangqiang, an executive officer of the Liaoning, said on China Central Television (CCTV) earlier this week. “I believe this process is going faster and faster, and we will achieve our goal very soon.” Beijing acquired the 58,000-ton Liaoning from Ukraine in 1998 as the carrier Varyag, where it had been rusting since the dissolution of the Soviet Union left its construction incomplete. The ship cost a mere $8 million. By 2012, Chinese… Read on ->

Tags: China

Russian Air Force destroys jihadist base in southern Idlib

Published 2019-04-26 21:22:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:05 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a wide-spread attack across northwestern Syria, today, targeting a number of sites belonging to the jihadist rebels. Using their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force  launches over 35 airstrikes on Friday, hitting sites across the Idlib, Hama, and Aleppo governorates. Most recently, the Russian Air Force launched strikes on the town’s of Hizareen, Qasabiyeh, Tramla, and Habit in southern Idlib; these strikes reportedly targeted the positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Izza. During these strikes, a Syrian military source in nearby Hama told Al-Masdar that the Russian Air Force… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

US weighing costs of potential military intervention in Venezuela

Published 2019-04-26 20:55:47 by News Desk in World-News

Washington is calculating the risks of a possible military intervention in Venezuela, but it should not expect support from Latin American states, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Zvezda TV channel on Sunday. “Now when the Americans keep saying that all options remain on the table, I have no doubt that they are calculating the consequences of a military adventure,” Lavrov said in an interview with a program ‘Glavnoye with Olga Belova.’ “They apparently thought that this would be a blitzkrieg, but this did not happen, and they acknowledge this themselves.” “Hardly anyone in Latin America… Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela

Russian jets hammer jihadists in Aleppo as tensions reach boiling point

Published 2019-04-26 19:38:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has been busy today launching several airstrikes across the Idlib and Hama governorates of northwestern Syria. Following their attack on Idlib and Hama, the Russian Air Force expanded their strikes to the Aleppo Governorate, where they repeatedly hammered Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in Kafr Hamra. While the Russians struck from the air, the Syrian Arab Army would provide the attack from the ground, hitting a number of sites belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham along the western axis of the city. A source from the Syrian military in Aleppo told Al-Masdar this… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Russia, Syria

Safe zone along Syrian-Iraqi border is very likely: Russian envoy

Published 2019-04-26 19:03:59 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

Russia admits the possibility of creating a safety zone on the Syrian-Iraqi border provided that Damascus has control over it, Russian Special Presidential Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said at a press conference on Friday. “We are currently working in close coordination with our Turkish partners, particularly within the Astana process, in order to stabilize the situation in northern Syria. It concerns areas currently controlled by the Syrian opposition,” he said, referring to Afrin, Azaz, Jarabulus and Idlib. Lavrentyev added Russia was aware of Turkey’s plans to establish a safety zone on the Syrian-Iraqi border and deploy Turkish troops there…. Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia, Syria

Russian Air Force let’s loose massive attack on Idlib and Hama

Published 2019-04-26 13:06:11 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has unleashed a massive aerial assault on northern Hama and southern Idlib, today, hitting several areas controlled by the militants. According to a military source in the northern Hama town of Mhardeh, the Russian Air Force heavily bombarded the town’s of Tal Hawash, Kafr Auwyd, and Al-Maouzra. Russian jets from the Hmeimim Airbase repeatedly struck the militant positions, destroying their dens and storages in northern Hama and southern Idlib. The source said the Russian airstrikes were conducted in response to the jihadist attacks on Latakia city, Slunfeh, and the Hmeimim Airbase… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Iran unveils 3 new domestically-made missiles

Published 2019-04-26 12:54:49 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Iranian Armed Forces unveiled three new domestically-made missiles this week, the Mehr News Agency reported. According to the Iranian publication, the three missiles are as followed: ‘Heidar’ is an air-to-ground missile with a range of more than 8km which can be installed on different types of systems to attack armored targets, ground equipment and enemy forces’ concentrations with a penetration power of over one meter. “Qamar-e Bani Hashem” is an air-to-air and air-to-ground missile with a range of over 8km with the capability of destroying armored targets, ground equipment and enemy forces and can… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Assyrians in Sweden consider forming police force after receiving death threats

Published 2019-04-26 09:47:24 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 A.M.) – Assyrians in Sweden are facing threats of violence from a number of people, the Syriac National Federation told the Swedish newspaper Samhällsnytt this week. On Monday, the Syriac National Federation published a Facebook post in which they reveal a number of threats they have received from Arabic-speaking people. According to the post, the Syriac National Federation has contacted the police in Sweden about these threats; however, nothing has been done to ensure their security. Several members of the group commented on the post and called on the SNF to create a police force to deal with… Read on ->

Tags: Assyria, Sweden, Syria

Syrian Army destroys several jihadist missile systems in northern Latakia

Published 2019-04-26 09:14:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) destroyed a number of jihadist missile launchers in the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Thursday. According to the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation, Viktor Kupchishin, “On April 25, militants occupying positions in the mountainous area of the Latakia province attempted to shell a bus station in the city of Latakia from a multiple rocket launcher system.” ”The Syrian armed forces used artillery to destroy the weaponry belonging to illegal armed groups,” Kupchishin said. The Syrian Arab Army reportedly destroyed these jihadist missile launchers after Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Syria

Baghdadi’s whereabouts are currently unknown: Russia

Published 2019-04-26 08:37:51 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

The Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces does not have information about the whereabouts of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia), Head of the Russian General Staff’s Main Intelligence Department (GRU) Vice-Admiral Igor Kostyukov told TASS on Friday. “His whereabouts are unknown,” Kostyukov said on the sidelines of the 8th Moscow International Security Conference. Kostykov said that it is very unlikely that al-Baghdadi is currently in Syria’s Idlib province or on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river. “He is definitely not in Idlib. On the eastern… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdadi, Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Jihadists go all out in western Syria, launch new attack on Russian base

Published 2019-04-26 08:14:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels in northeast Latakia launched an all out attack on the government-held areas along the coast, yesterday, a military source told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the jihadist rebels took their attacks one step further last night when they attempted to bomb the Russian Hmeimim Airbase near the coastal city of Jableh. The Russian military managed to foil the jihadist attack before they could hit any part of this imperative installation. However, it is very likely that the Russian Air Force is going to issue a powerful response to these attacks on… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Latakia, Russia, Syria

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