This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Syria, HTS, Kabani, Latakia, Israel, Palestine, Trump, Iran, US, Palmyra, Russia, Pompeo, Venezuela, Hmeimim, Sweida.

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Jihadists launch massive counter-attack to retake key town in northwest Hama

Published 2019-05-08 23:22:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a massive counter-assault in northwestern Hama this evening, targeting the key town of Kafr Naboudeh, which was captured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) earlier in the day. Using VBIEDs (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) under the cover of night, the jihadist rebels stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in a bid to overwhelm them and reclaim Kafr Naboudeh. According to a military source near the front-lines, the firefights are taking place at the northern axis of the Kafr Naboudeh and they involve the Syrian Arab Army’s… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Russian Air Force unleashes flurry of airstrikes as Syrian Army prepares to attack jihadist stronghold

Published 2019-05-08 21:47:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has begun their second round of airstrikes over the jihadist-held town of Kabani, today, hitting several targets belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies. According to a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Russian Air Force targeted Kabani and the nearby town of Al-Sirmaniyeh, which are both located near the western axis of the Al-Ghaab Plain. These airstrikes by the Russian Air Force come just hours after the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division seized Point 1154 at the southwestern cliff of the Al-Zuwayqat Mountain. The Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

Tags: HTS, Kabani, Latakia, Syria


Israeli newspaper claims to have details of Trump’s Middle East ‘deal of the century’

Published 2019-05-08 18:50:19 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

Israel Hayom newspaper claims to have obtained a draft of the American “deal of the century’s” propositions to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that has allegedly been circulating around the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The document, leaked to the newspaper by an anonymous source, states that the agreement will be signed by three parties — Israel, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the Hamas movement. New State and Shared Capital According to newspaper, the deal will suggest the creation of a Palestinian state on the lands of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that will be called “New Palestine”. The document doesn’t specify the political structure of a new state, but indicates that… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Trump


Map update from northwestern Hama: Syrian Army shifts attention to last militant stronghold

Published 2019-05-08 18:17:19 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army scored an important advance today when they seized the town of Kafr Naboudeh from the Turkish-backed rebels. Since capturing Kafr Naboudeh, the Syrian Arab Army has secured the town in preparation for the next major battle, which is expected to take place at the militant stronghold of Qal’at Al-Madiq. However, before they can attack Qal’at Al-Madiq, the Syrian Arab Army has to capture the large hilltop of Tal Sakher, which is located just east of the small town of Mughayr. Once Tal Sakher is captured, the Syrian Arab Army can move… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army begins offensive in northeast Latakia, first area captured

Published 2019-05-08 15:24:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began their long-awaited northeastern Latakia offensive against Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Led by the 42nd Brigade of the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army stormed Point 1154 in the Jabal Al-Zuqayqat Mountains of northeastern Latakia. According to a source from the 42nd Brigade, the Syrian Arab Army is now in full control of Point 1154 after they forced Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham to retreat further north. The Syrian Arab Army is now looking to seize the remaining areas under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in the Jabal Al-Zuwayqat… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Iran is moving its ballistic missiles to Persian Gulf: US official

Published 2019-05-08 14:52:03 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – In an exclusive report by CNN, a U.S. official alleged that Iran is moving its short-range ballistic missiles to the Persian Gulf waters. The U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the reason for the U.S.’ recent decision to send an aircraft carrier group to the Persian Gulf was due to Iran’s alleged missile transfer. The official alleged that Iran was preparing to launch an attack against the U.S. in the region, which is why the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln was deployed to the Persian Gulf waters. Earlier in the week, U.S. national… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Satellite images reveal Russian Air Force presence at airport near Palmyra

Published 2019-05-08 14:36:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Satellite images shared on social media recently revealed the Russian Air Force’s presence at an airport near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in central Syria. Based on the satellite images, which were dated for May 5th, the Russian Air Force has deployed an Su-25 “Frogfoot” jet and one Forpost UAV to the T-4 Military Airport west of Palmyra. https://twitter.com/Obs_IL/status/1125676744680321024 Also present at the airport was a Syrian Air Force Su-24 jet, which is likely the aircraft that has been used to bomb the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the Palmyra area. The Russian Air Force… Read on ->

Tags: Palmyra, Russia, Syria


Video footage from recently captured Kafr Naboudeh in northwest Hama

Published 2019-05-08 14:07:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 A.M.) -The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized the key town of Kafr Naboudeh, today, after a short battle with the Turkish-backed rebels in northwestern Hama. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army seized Kafr Naboudeh after overwhelming the National Liberation Front’s fighters at the southern axis of Kafr Naboudeh. Below is video footage from Kafr Naboudeh after the Syrian Arab Army took hold of the town: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xavg-8kQIh0

Tags: Hama, Syria


Pompeo says any US action in Venezuela will be ‘lawful’

Published 2019-05-08 13:20:56 by News Desk in World-News

Speaking to ABC, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that Donald Trump “has his full range of Article 2 authorities”, when asked if the US president believes he could intervene militarily in Venezuela without congressional approval. While emphasising that the US still has a “full scale set of options”, Pompeo added that he is fully confident that “any action” the US takes in Venezuela would be “lawful”. “So when the situation arises, we are not flat-footed”. In a separate interview aired by Fox News, the US top diplomat reiterated his position on what he describes as the “Russian interference in Venezuela”, saying that “the Russians have to get out, that remains… Read on ->

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Tags: Pompeo, US, Venezuela


Syrian Army steamrolls Turkish-backed rebels to capture key town

Published 2019-05-08 12:50:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Tiger Forces launched a large-scale assault on the key town of Kafr Naboudeh this morning. Backed by heavy artillery, the Tiger Forces were able to penetrate the militant lines at the southern part of the town, paving the way for their troops to enter. Shortly after entering the town, the Syrian Arab Army was engaged in a fierce battle with the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) front troops at the southern axis of the town. Following the fierce clashes, the Syrian Arab Army was able to overrun the militant defenses… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Russian Air Force unleashes hell on jihadists responsible for Hmeimim attack

Published 2019-05-08 12:41:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force did not waste much time to respond to the jihadists that attempted to attack the Hmeimim Airbase on Wednesday. Russian jets quickly took off from the Hmeimim Airbase shortly after the attack and made their way to the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. The Russian jets then unloaded a heavy barrage of airstrikes over the jihadist stronghold of Kabani near the Idlib axis. According to a military source in the Kurdish Mountain (Jabal Al-Akrad) region, the Russian Air Force repeatedly struck the jihadist positions, causing several powerful explosions that could… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Latakia, Syria


Syrians protest government fuel crisis in Sweida

Published 2019-05-08 11:57:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Protesters gathered in front of a government building in Sweida city on Wednesday morning to protest the ongoing fuel crsis, the Sweida 24 channel reported. The protesters are demanding the government solve the fuel crisis as the situation has become dire for many Syrians. Due to the ongoing U.S.-led sanctions, the Syrian government has been forced to put a restriction on the amount gas a consumer can purchase. Iran, who was Syria’s largest supplier of oil, has been unable to make deliveries as of late due to the sanctions preventing their ships from traveling to… Read on ->

Tags: Sweida, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army storms strategic town in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-08 11:20:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun storming the strategic town of Kafr Naboudeh in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate this morning. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army is currently storming the National Liberation Front’s (NLF) last points outside of Kafr Naboudeh, while their artillery units hammer the militant defenses from afar. Should the Syrian Arab Army capture Kafr Naboudeh from the Turkish-backed rebels, they will only have one objective left in the first phase of their northwestern Hama offensive. The last objective would be to capture the historical town… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Russia to create world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

Published 2019-05-08 11:03:17 by News Desk in World-News

Research and development (R&D) work to create the first Russian nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will start in 2023; it was included in the state arms program. A source in the shipbuilding industry told TASS about it on Tuesday. “R&D work on the new aircraft carrier was included in the operating state arms program by 2027 and will start in 2023,” the source said. The history of developing Russian Navy’s flagship and its combat capabilities in TASS special project He specified that “the ship will have a nuclear energy unit and displacement of about 70,000 tonnes.” The source did not specify the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Syrian Army lets loose powerful assault on jihadist stronghold in Latakia

Published 2019-05-08 10:49:25 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s elite 4th Armored Division unleashed a powerful assault on the jihadist stronghold of Kabani in northeastern Latakia this morning. Led by their 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces), the Syrian Arab Army fired dozens of missiles from their Golan-1000 launcher towards Kabani and its surrounding hilltops. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army resumed their assault on northeast Latakia after the jihadist rebels attempted to bomb the Hmeimim Airbase this morning. The source added that the Russian Air Force is likely to respond to the Hmeimim attack as… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


US F-35C stealth fighters to be armed with hypersonic cruise missiles

Published 2019-05-08 09:32:25 by News Desk in World-News

The Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept, or HAWC, was developed as a missile for land attacks, but could reportedly be used for maritime strikes soon. The US authorities earlier awarded Lockheed Martin, who manufactures the F-35 fighters, a $928-million contract to develop it. They are expected to fly for the first time this year. The US-based defence giant Lockheed Martin has presented the concept for its HAWC hypersonic air-breathing missiles for the US Navy’s F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, The Drive reports. The company demonstrated a visual version of the stealth fighter, carrying a missile under each wing, at the Navy League’s annual Sea, Air, Space convention in the US…. Read on ->

Tags: US


Breaking: Jihadists attempt to attack Hmeimim Airbase in western Syria

Published 2019-05-08 09:10:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – For the third time in the last five days, the jihadist rebels in rural Idlib have attempted to bomb the Hmeimim Airbase in the coastal governorate of Latakia. According to reports from Latakia city, jihadist attack drones approached the Hmeimim’s northeastern perimeter in a bid to bomb the Russian military installation. However, the Russian air defenses were able to shoot down all of the unmanned aircraft’s rockets near the coastal city of Jableh, which is located just north of the Tartous Governorate. The Russian air defenses have now managed to repel all three attacks by… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Latakia, Syria


Russian military’s Pantsir system foiled jihadist attack on Hmeimim Airbase

Published 2019-05-08 08:44:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels in rural Idlib attempted to bomb the Russian military’s Hmeimim Airbase using their attack drones on Monday. However, the jihadist attempt to fire 27 rockets towards the Hmeimim Airbase would ultimately fail, thanks in large part to the Russian military’s missile defense systems. According to the Russian Reconciliation Center, their Pantsir and Tor missile systems shot  down 27 rockets that were fired by jihadist forces, with no projectiles hitting the Hmeimim Airbase. Frustrated by their inability to hit the Russian base, the jihadist rebels chose to bomb the nearby coastal city of… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Syria


US sends B-52 bombers to Middle East to deal with Iran ‘threat’

Published 2019-05-08 08:25:07 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

On Sunday national Security Adviser John Bolton announced that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force have been deployed to the Middle East as the Trump administration sees “clear indications” of threats from Iran to US forces in the region. The US military said Tuesday that B-52 bombers will join additional forces being sent to the US Central Command region, according to Reuters report. The announcement was made by Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for US Central Command, who said Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the chief of US Central Command, requested additional forces in the Middle East “to protect US… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


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