This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, US, Syria, Turkey, Latakia, Russia, Gaza, Israel, Palestinian Killed, Euphrates, CIA, Hama, Venezuela, Bolton, Trump, Idlib, Pompeo.

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Breaking: US approves deployment of Patriot Missiles to Middle East amid Iranian threat

Published 2019-05-10 23:22:38 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Defense Department has approved the deployment of their Patriot Missile System to the Middle East as they deal with the “Iranian threat” national security adviser John Bolton warned of earlier this week. Citing Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Sky News reported that the U.S. is indeed deploying this missile system in response to the alleged threats posed by the Iranian Armed Forces in the Persian Gulf. Earlier this week, Bolton and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Iran was preparing to strike the U.S. forces in the Middle East region. The… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Erdogan vows to clear ‘terror-infested regions’ in northern Syria

Published 2019-05-10 23:03:58 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the audience at an iftar dinner on Friday that nation’s armed forces will be clearing the remaining “terrorist groups” from Syria. “Tens of thousands of guns, vehicles and equipment are provided free-of-cost to terror groups in northern Syria who we are fighting,” Erdogan said, taking a jab at the U.S.’ support of the Kurdish-led forces in Syria. “We will soon clear terror-infested regions of Syria and give 4 million Syrians the chance to return home,” he added. Erdogan has repeatedly vowed to eliminate these ‘terror’ groups east of the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Breaking: Russian Air Force swarms jihadist stronghold in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-05-10 22:01:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – It will be another long night for the jihadist rebels of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham as the Russian Air Force has begun another round of airstrikes over their stronghold of Kabani in northeastern Latakia. According to a military source from the 4th Armored Division, the Russian Air Force unleashed a flurry of airstrikes on Kabani and its surroundings, causing several powerful explosions that could be heard throughout the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. The Russian airstrikes on Kabani were followed by a plethora of missiles fired by the Syrian… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Russia, Syria


Iranian cleric warns US fleet ‘can be destroyed with one missile’

Published 2019-05-10 21:28:41 by News Desk in Iran

Senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Yousef Tabatabai-Nejad has dismissed the US carrier group’s deployment in the Middle East, suggesting that the fleet could be easily destroyed in the event of war. “Their billion-dollar fleet can be destroyed with one missile,” Tabatabai-Nejad said, speaking in Isfahan on Friday, Reuters has reported, citing local media. “If they attempt any move, they will [face] dozens of missiles because at that time government officials won’t be in charge to act cautiously, but instead things will be in the hands of our beloved leader,” the cleric added, referring to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Earlier, US Department of Defence spokesperson Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich told Sputnik that the USS Abraham Lincoln had… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Israeli Snipers Kill One And Injure 30 In Gaza Demonstrations Violating Ceasefire

Published 2019-05-10 21:07:10 by Robert Inlakesh in Middleeast, Palestine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:40 P.M)- Israeli snipers opened fire upon Gaza demonstrators again today, killing one and injuring 30, violating the latest ceasefire. According to reports from the Gaza Ministry of Health, at least one Palestinian has been killed and 30 others injured by Israeli fire, among the injured were 4 children and a paramedic. The Martyr was identified, by the Gaza Ministry of Health, as Abdullah Abdela’al (23 years old) and was killed East of Rafah today by Israeli live fire. This attack was an Israeli violation of the ceasefire, held between Israel and Gaza since Monday morning. It is… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestinian Killed


US forces attack Syrian gov’t oil transport in Euphrates region

Published 2019-05-10 20:50:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The U.S. military and their allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) opened fire on a Syrian government ferry that was attempting to transport oil in the Euphrates River Valley. According to the pro-SDF Deir Ezzor Media Center page on Facebook, the U.S. Coalition forces fired shots at the Syrian government ferry as it was traveling down the Euphrates River. The U.S. has been preventing Syria from transporting oil from neighboring countries like Iraq because of the Trump administration’s ongoing sanctions against the government in Damascus. Syria is experiencing a nationwide fuel crisis as a… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, Syria


CIA used secret missile to kill terrorists ‘with no explosion’– report

Published 2019-05-10 17:39:29 by News Desk in Syria

The US government has developed a secret missile to launch pinpoint airstrikes against terrorists and their leaders “with no explosion”, the Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper cited unnamed US officials as saying that the use of the specially designed new missile with “extraordinarily accurate intelligence about a target’s location and surroundings” will help “drastically” reduce damage and minimise chances of civilian casualties. “A modified version of the well-known Hellfire missile, […] the R9X is designed to plunge more than 100 pounds of metal through the tops of cars and buildings to kill its target without harming individuals and property close by”, the officials said. The R9X aims to target terrorists who adapt to US airstrikes… Read on ->

Tags: CIA, Syria


Video footage of Qal’at Al-Madiq after Syrian Army seizes historical town

Published 2019-05-10 17:18:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the historical town of Qal’at Al-Madiq on Thursday after a short battle with the jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels in northwestern Hama. Following the capture of Qal’at Al-Madiq, the Syrian Army seized four more towns from the jihadist rebels, forcing the latter to fall back north towards the Al-Ghaab Plain. Below is a video of the Syrian Army inside of Qal’at Al-Madiq after they seized the town from the militant forces: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IdSDyTkvQxY

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Tags: Hama, Syria


US must militarily intervene in Venezuela to stop Russian, Chinese expansion: senator

Published 2019-05-10 16:45:51 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Friday that argued in favor of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. Scott began the opinion piece by heavily criticizing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, blaming him for the ongoing domestic issues inside the country. “This is a man-made crisis. Nicolás Maduro, the ruthless dictator of Venezuela, is killing his own citizens, including women and children. Venezuela has a legitimate constitutional leader: Juan Guaidó, who, as president of the National Assembly, the last democratically elected body in the country, is constitutionally required to… Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela


[Graphic 18+] Syrian Army ambush kills 15+ jihadists in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-10 15:44:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launches a counter-offensive this morning to recover the sites they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) this week. However, despite the intensity of the attack, the jihadist rebels were unable to recover any territory and were later forced to retreat back towards Tal Sakher in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. According to a military source, the Syrian Arab Army laid an ambush against the attacking jihadists, killing more than 15 of their fighters in the process. The source added that many of the jihadists that… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Jihadist counter-offensive in northwestern Hama ends in failure

Published 2019-05-10 13:20:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels, led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), attempted to retake several areas from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) that they lost in the northwestern countryside of Hama in the last four days. HTS and their allies began their attack this morning by attempting to overwhelm the Syrian Arab Army troops near the key town of Kafr Naboudeh. However, despite the intensity of the attack, the jihadist rebels were unable to crack the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses, resulting in the subsequent withdrawal of HTS from this axis. According to a military source near the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Trump allegedly ‘frustrated’ with Bolton over being pushed into war with Venezuela

Published 2019-05-10 13:08:04 by Hasan Khat in World-News

US President Donald Trump has expressed frustration with his senior officials over how difficult a task removing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has proven, anonymous senior administration officials and advisers to the White House have told the Washington Post. According to one senior official, Trump recently joked that National Security Adviser John Bolton wanted to pull him “into a war” in Venezuela, with the joke reportedly revealing more senior concerns. He also complained about Bolton’s attempt to box him ‘into a corner’ and go ‘beyond where he felt comfortable’ on Venezuela policy, another official familiar with US Venezuela policy said. Furthermore, White House officials said that although the president had an affinity… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, Trump, Venezuela


Breaking: Jihadist rebels launch massive counter-offensive to retake lost territory in northwest Hama

Published 2019-05-10 10:56:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels have launched a large-scale counter-offensive in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate this morning. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels stormed several areas near the key town of Kafr Naboudeh in a bid to overwhelm the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) troops that are protecting this region. According to a Syrian Army source near the front-lines, the jihadist rebels have reached the outskirts of Kafr Naboudeh; they are now engaged in a fierce battle for this strategic town in northwestern Hama. The Syrian Army’s Tiger… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria


Russian special forces take part in northwestern Hama offensive (photos)

Published 2019-05-10 10:34:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Russian special forces were recently photographed operating alongside the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northwestern Syria. The Russian military personnel are currently aiding the Syrian Arab Army as they make their push across the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. Since the start of this offensive, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies have seized several areas from the Turkish-backed rebels, including the strategic towns of Qal’at Al-Madiq and Kafr Naboudeh. These two towns were considered to be the two major strongholds for the Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in northwestern Hama. The Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Russia, Syria


Jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels merge to form new coalition to fight the Syrian Army

Published 2019-05-10 03:23:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 A.M.) – A new group comprised of several rebel factions calling themselves “Fatah Dimashq” has been formed in northwestern Syria this week. The group, which is comprised of both jihadist and Turkish-backed rebel groups, announced their formation on Thursday after they lost several areas to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northwestern region of Syria. According to reports, the group will consist of over 20 rebel groups, including Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, Hurras al-Deen Group, the Free Syrian Army, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham. It is worth noting that the Hurras Al-Deen Group is comprised of many foreign… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Pompeo accuses Iran of ‘threatening actions’, vows swift and decisive action

Published 2019-05-10 01:27:01 by News Desk in Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said in a statement that Iran “has engaged in an escalating series of threatening actions and statements” over the last few weeks. “The response of the United States and our partners and allies has been clear: We do not seek war,” the statement reads. “But Iran’s forty years of killing American soldiers, attacking American facilities, and taking American hostages is a constant reminder that we must defend ourselves.” “The regime in Tehran should understand that any attacks by them or their proxies of any identity against US interests or citizens will be answered with a swift and decisive US… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo, US


Syrian Army’s offensive has little to do with Idlib, rumors amplify drama

Published 2019-05-10 00:43:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army launched an offensive in the northwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this past Monday, targeting several areas controlled by jihadists and rebel groups loyal to Turkey. Since the start of the offensive, the Syrian Arab Army has achieved their first objective, which is the capture of the two militant strongholds, Qal’at Al-Madiq and Kafr Naboudeh. However, since this offensive began, rumors have surfaced of some large-scale offensive to capture the entire Idlib Governorate from groups like the National Liberation Front (NLF) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. These claims are false and mostly… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


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