This is a summary of 12 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Russia, Syria, Turkey, YPG, Idlib, Pompeo, Venezuela, Israel, SDF, Iraq, US, Maduro, ISIS, Bolton, Aleppo.

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Breaking: Turkish-backed rebels claim they killed 4 Russian soldiers in northern Hama

Published 2019-05-01 21:51:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels from the National Liberation Front (NLF) reportedly killed four Russian soldiers in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate this evening. The National Liberation Front released their statement via their official media wing; however, the Russian Ministry of Defense has yet to corroborate these claims. The last time the Turkish-backed rebels killed Russian military personnel, they responded with a massive attack on the militant positions; this would later prompt Turkey to interject and ease tensions. With the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) preparing to launch a new offensive in northern Hama, the jihadist… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Russia, Syria

Turkish Army attacks Syrian Kurds in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-05-01 17:03:32 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Turkish Army carried out a new attack in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, today, targeting Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions near the city of Azaz. According to reports from Aleppo city, the Turkish Army heavily shelled the YPG’s positions in response to the latter’s attack that killed one soldier and wounded three others at the Turkish military base west of Azaz city. No casualties were reported by either side. The Turkish military and YPG have been trading attacks in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate as the situation continues to… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey, YPG

Turkish-backed rebels send massive convoy of reinforcements to stop Syrian Army’s Idlib offensive

Published 2019-05-01 15:00:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) has sent a large convoy of reinforcements to the Idlib-Hama axis as they prepare to defend their territories from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to a report from this front, the National Liberation Front has redeployed troops from several areas in northwestern Syria, including the Aleppo and Idlib governorates. The Turkish-backed rebels were said to have mostly deployed the reinforcements to the northern and northwestern axes of Hama; this is where the Syrian Arab Army began amassing their troops as well. A military source in the town of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Breaking: Pompeo hints at potential military intervention in Venezuela

Published 2019-05-01 14:37:22 by News Desk in World-News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that military action in Venezuela is possible “if that’s what’s required”, but he would prefer a peaceful transition, Fox business has reported. The statement comes after Pompeo earlier told CNN that Maduro was ready to leave his country for Havana earlier in the day in light of the attempted coup, but was convinced by Moscow to stay in Venezuela. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro himself slammed Pompeo’s claim, branding it a lie and manipulation. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, for his part, said that “fake news was a very sad way to acknowledge that a coup supported by the United States failed”. Guaido and his supporters made another attempt… Read on ->

Tags: Pompeo, Venezuela

Israel allegedly supplying Syrian Kurds with anti-aircraft missiles: Turkish media

Published 2019-05-01 13:54:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The United States and Israel are allegedly supplying the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with anti-aircraft missiles, the Turkish publication Yeni Safak claimed over the weekend. Citing local sources, Yeni Safak alleged that the U.S. is set to deliver a shipment of Stinger Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) to the Syrian Democratic Forces. The publication claimed the ‘PKK’ (Turkish gov’t reference to Syrian Kurdish groups) had designated the towns of Rmelan, Al-Jalabiyah, Al-Umar, and Shaddadeh as launching zones for the missiles. This is not the first time that this claim has been made; in… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, SDF, Syria, Turkey

Russia calls Pompeo’s bluff, deny Maduro was preparing to leave for Moscow

Published 2019-05-01 13:00:45 by News Desk in World-News

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has rejected the claims of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro was preparing to leave Venezuela, but was talked out of it by Russia. “Washington tried its best to demoralize the Venezuelan army and now used fakes as a part of information war,” Zakharova told CNN. Earlier, in his interview with CNN, Pompeo claimed that Maduro “had an airplane on the tarmac” on Tuesday and he was ready to leave, but “the Russians indicated he should stay.” Pompeo said that US had information that Maduro was preparing to leave the… Read on ->

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Tags: Pompeo, Russia, Venezuela

In pictures: Russian snipers deployed near Idlib front as offensive approaches

Published 2019-05-01 12:11:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Russian snipers were allegedly photographed near the Idlib front-lines recently, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies prepare for a new military operation in northwestern Idlib. While they were said to be Russian Army snipers, they are most likely personnel from the Wagner Group, which is a military contracting company that operates across the world. These military contractors have been active across Syria, as they serve mostly in advisory roles with the Syrian Arab Army and their allies. The Russian military is expected to provide close support to the Syrian Arab Army and… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Move over Israel: US becomes second air force to bomb Middle East with F-35 jets

Published 2019-05-01 11:44:46 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – Israel is no longer the sole country to bomb a site in the Middle East with the F-35 stealth fighter, as new reports from Iraq have revealed the U.S. Air Force’s use of the warplane. According to Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency, two F-35A jets bombed an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) tunnel network in western Iraq, marking the first time the U.S. has used these warplanes in combat. “We have the ability to gather, fuse and pass so much information, that we make every friendly aircraft more survivable and lethal,” said Lt. Col. Yosef Morris, 4th Fighter… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Israel, Syria, US

Maduro was ‘getting prepared’ to leave Venezuela before Russia persuaded him not to – Pompeo

Published 2019-05-01 11:23:18 by News Desk in World-News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was “getting prepared to get on his airplane and leave the country” before he stopped at “the direction of the Russians,” while speaking at an awards ceremony in Washington DC on Tuesday. Maduro dismissed Pompeo’s assertion during a televised address to the Venezuelan nation on Tuesday, while Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has also refuted the claim. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for an uprising on Tuesday to remove Maduro from power and some members of the military have reportedly defected to support him. Venezuela has… Read on ->

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Tags: Maduro, Pompeo, Venezuela

ISIS wreaks havoc on Syrian soldiers in central Syria

Published 2019-05-01 11:00:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has recently shifted their attention to the Idlib front in northwestern Syria, despite the ongoing issues they are facing along the international highway in the central part of the country. Earlier this week, a number of Syrian Arab Army soldiers were once again ambsuhed by a group of Islamic State terrorists that were hiding in one of several caves inside the Badiya Al-Sham region of eastern Homs. According to a report from the central Syria front, the Islamic State terrorists ambushed a truck carrying several Syrian Army soldiers to the… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

‘All options are on the table’ in Venezuela: Bolton

Published 2019-05-01 09:54:52 by News Desk in World-News

During a speech at the White House, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said that all options were on the table regarding the current situation in Venezuela. “We want as our principal objective a peaceful transfer of power,” Bolton said. “But I will say again: [Venezuela’s President] Nicolas Maduro and those supporting him, particularly those who are not Venezuelans, should know that all options are on the table.” The senior official further claimed that Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino, Supreme Court chief judge Maikel Moreno and presidential guard commander Ivan Rafael Hernandez Dala must make good on commitments they purportedly made to the opposition for a peaceful transition… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, Venezuela

Russian, Syrian air forces hammer jihadist bases in western Aleppo

Published 2019-05-01 09:13:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces unleashed a heavy attack on the jihadist positions in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate last night, a military source told Al-Masdar News. Led by Russian Sukhoi jets, the two air forces heavily targeted many areas inside of western Aleppo, scoring a number of direct hits on Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions. According to a military source in Aleppo city, the Russian and Syrian air forces specifically targeted the militant-held areas in Rashideen, Khan Al-Assal, Urem Al-Kubra and Kafr Naha. The airstrikes were conducted in response to an attack… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

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