This is a summary of 21 AMN articles on the following subjects: Golan, Israel, Netanyahu, Trump, Hama, Russia, Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, ISIS, Idlib, Sqaylabiyeh, Kabani, Latakia, Iran, IRGC, US, India, Quneitra, HTS, Houthi, Yemen.

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Site chosen for ‘Trump’ settlement in occupied Golan Heights: Netanyahu

Published 2019-05-12 23:41:02 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – Israel has selected a location for the town to be named after US President Donald Trump in the Golan Heights, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who made the announcement during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday. Netanyahu once again praised Trump’s “historic” decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the annexed Syrian Golan Heights in March, adding “I promised that we would establish a community named after President Trump. I would like to inform you that we have already selected a site on the Golan Heights.” “This week we will mark one year… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Netanyahu, Trump

Close call: Russian Air Force bombs jihadist forces near Turkish military post

Published 2019-05-12 23:20:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a new round of airstrikes over the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate this evening, targeting the positions of the jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels. According to a military source in Hama city, the Russian Air Force heavily bombarded the militants in the Sheir Magher area, causing a number of explosions that could be heard across the northwestern countryside of the governorate. The source said the Russian airstrikes hit the militant positions near the Turkish Army’s observation post along the Hama-Idlib axis. He would add that while the Russian airstrikes were… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Russia, Syria, Turkey

Where in the world is Al-Baghdadi now? New report claims ISIS leader is in Afghanistan

Published 2019-05-12 20:36:36 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, Syria

Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is allegedly hiding in a distant region of Afghanistan, The Sun claims, citing Zaid Hamid, who is a co-founder of the BrassTacks threat analysis think-tank. The speculation about the famous terrorist’s whereabouts was made after a propaganda video featuring the Daesh leader was published. “Note the style of the bedding & the pillows….Is he already in Afghanistan?,” Zaid Hamid pointed out, further suggesting that al-Baghdadi is in the Khorasan Province. The speculation come after on 29 April, numerous media outlets reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first appearance, after five years of absence, in a video in which he acknowledges the defeat of the terrorist group’s fighters in the battle for Baghouz… Read on ->

Tags: Afghanistan, Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Syrian Army attacks Turkish observation post area near Idlib border

Published 2019-05-12 18:38:01 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched several retaliatory shells towards the Turkish observation post area north of Qal’at Al-Madiq on Sunday. According to a military source in northwestern Hama, the Syrian Army fires several artillery shells north of Qal’at Al-Madiq after militants from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front attacked the historical town earlier in the day. The source said their artillery shells did not hit the actual Turkish observation post, as they know the location of this military site. Opposition activists accused the Syrian Army of killing one civilian during this… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Militants kill 6 civilians in new attack on Christian city in northwest Hama

Published 2019-05-12 18:17:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – At least a half dozen civilians were killed in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Sunday, a source in the area told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the civilians were killed when the militants fired several artillery shells and missiles towards the Christian city of Sqaylabiyeh near the Idlib Governorate border. Among the six civilians killed on Sunday were five children and one woman. Several others were badly wounded as a result of this indiscriminate attack on Suqaylabiyeh. Typically, when the militants assault either Sqaylabiyeh or Mhardeh, two Christian cities in Hama,… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Sqaylabiyeh, Syria

Syrian Army’s first major push to capture key mountaintop town ends in disaster

Published 2019-05-12 17:31:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) suffered heavy casualties in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate, today, after they attempted to capture the key mountaintop town of Kabani near the Idlib border. Led by the 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) of the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army began the assault by firing a large number of missiles towards the jihadist positions in Kabani. Following the missile strikes, the Syrian Arab Army made their first major push to capture Kabani from the jihadist rebels of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. However,… Read on ->

Tags: Kabani, Latakia, Syria

‘If US makes a move, we’ll hit them on the head’: IRGC commander

Published 2019-05-12 17:13:43 by News Desk in Iran

The US military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now it is an opportunity, according to a commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). “An aircraft carrier that has at least 40 to 50 planes on it and 6,000 forces gathered within it was a serious threat for us in the past but now […] the threats have switched to opportunities,” Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the IRGC’s aerospace unit, was quoted as saying by the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA). He also pledged that Iran will “hit Americans in the head if they make a move”. Separately, another IRGC commander, Hossein Salami, accused the US of waging psychological war in the Middle East,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, US

Satellite images reveal heavy construction, expansion of Russian military base in Syria

Published 2019-05-12 12:44:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – New satellite images from the Israel-based Image Satellite International revealed this past week that the Russian Hmeimim Airbase was undergoing some kind of contraction and potential expansion. According to Image Satellite International, the Russian project is not fully known yet; however, they believe it is likely the construction of new bunkers at the Hmeimim Airport. The Russian military took over the Hmeimim Airbase in late 2015. Since then, it has become their primary base inside of Syria. Recently, the jihadist rebels in rural Idlib have repeatedly tried to bomb the Hmeimim Airbase in retaliation… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Turkish military sends large convoy to Idlib to stop Syrian Army advance

Published 2019-05-12 12:10:05 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military has sent a large convoy of reinforcements to the Syrian province of Idlib, today, after a string of jihadist losses at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to pro-opposition activists, the Turkish military sent reinforcements from the Hatay Province to the southern countryside of Idlib, where they already have several observation posts. These Turkish Army reinforcements are meant to bolster their military presence in Idlib and prevent the government forces from expanding further north of Hama’s provincial border. The Syrian Arab Army has already captured over 15 areas in… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria, Turkey

New footage of the Syrian Army capturing Al-Shariah in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-12 11:42:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the town of Shari’ah on Saturday after a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels in northwestern Hama. The operation was led by the Tiger Forces, who later managed to fracture the jihadist lines and impose full control over this town near the Idlib Governorate axis. In addition to capturing Shari’ah, the Tiger Forces and their allies also seized four more towns to reach the southwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate after nearly six days of battle. With this axis under their control, the Syrian Army is now moving… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria

US suggests India dump Russia’s S-400 and purchase their Patriot System

Published 2019-05-12 11:22:59 by News Desk in World-News

Washington has suggested that Delhi choose Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) and Patriot Advance Capability (PAC-3) anti-aircraft missile systems over Russia’s S-400s, the Indian newspaper Hindustan Times reports. If India went ahead with the purchase, it could face sanctions from the US under a 2017 federal law that targeted Russia (as well as North Korea and Iran) with sanctions and prohibited any other nation from negotiating defence deals with these countries. Moscow has slammed the law as a declaration of “all-out trade war”. Washington is understood to have pledged to grant a sanctions waiver to India last September despite its plans to buy the S-400s; however, the waiver expired in early May. It comes after an… Read on ->

Tags: India, Russia

Israeli military and medical equipment found in former militant base in Al-Quneitra

Published 2019-05-12 11:12:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian security forces recently uncovered another large cache of military and medical equipment left behind by the jihadist rebels in the Al-Quneitra Governorate. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA, some of the military and medical equipment uncovered in the Al-Quneitra were Israeli-made. A SANA reporter said that during the combing operations, the security forces found RPG launchers, anti-armor rounds, medium-sized machine guns, large amounts of ammunition, communication devices, binoculars, and medical equipment The Israeli military provided support to the militant forces in southwestern Syria for years; however, this would come to an… Read on ->

Tags: Quneitra, Syria

Infamous jihadist leader admits losing bases in northern Hama after civilians refused to cooperate with HTS

Published 2019-05-12 10:18:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The infamous commander of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, Abu Mohammad Al-Jolani, recently admitted that his jihadist group had lost its bases in the Hama Governorate to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to Al-Jolani, his jihadist group, formerly known as Jabhat Al-Nusra, lost their bases as a result of the Syrian Army attack and the lack of support given to them by the local population. On Friday, Al-Jolani held a meeting with 50 representatives of different militant groups and some media activists in northwestern Syria. Opposition activists further reported via social media that Al-Jolani admitted to… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, HTS, Syria

Jihadists suffer devastating losses in failed counter-offensive in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-12 09:44:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels launched a big counter-offensive this past weekend to retake the territory they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northwestern Hama. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham attempted to retake several sites from the Syrian Army, including the key town of Kafr Naboudeh, which they lost last Wednesday. This militant counter-offensive would be short lived, as the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their rebel allies suffered a large number of casualties. According to a military source in northwestern Hama, the militant death toll from their recent counter-assault… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

First nuclear-capable B-52 bombers arrive in Middle East from US

Published 2019-05-12 09:27:23 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

The US Central Command released photos of B-52H bombers assigned to 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron that arrived in CENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR). According to the description, the Boeing Stratofortresses “can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations to support stability in the region.” Earlier the Pentagon released a video showing four nuclear-capable B-52 bombers taking off for the Middle East. The Stratofortresses departed Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana Tuesday en route to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Fox News report says. ​On Sunday National Security Adviser John Bolton announced the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force to the US… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Houthi forces seize important city in southern Yemen as they make new push towards coast

Published 2019-05-12 08:16:55 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Houthi forces scored an imperative advance this week when their troops captured the provincial capital of Dhale in southern Yemen. Backed by heavy artillery and missiles, the Houthi forces were able to expel the UAE-backed troops in Qatbah city on Friday, putting an end to their reign over the provincial capital in Dhale. Following the capture of Qatbah, the Houthi forces pushed their way south to the town of  Sabah, where they are now involved in a fierce battle with the UAE-backed troops. The Houthi forces are making a new push towards the southern… Read on ->

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Tags: Houthi, Yemen

Here is where all the US bases are located near Iran

Published 2019-05-12 06:20:36 by News Desk in Iran

The Pentagon doubled down on the deployment of its carrier strike group on Friday, saying it would beef up its Middle Eastern theatre command’s assets with additional Patriot missile defence batteries, an amphibious assault ship full of Marines and an amphibious dock ship to complement the recently deployed USS Abraham Lincoln and several nuclear-capable B-52 strategic bombers. Iran has dismissed both Washington’s threats and President Trump’s simultaneous offer to negotiate with the country’s leadership, with a deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards saying the US was mistaken if it felt it could intimidate Tehran into talks with threats and sanctions. Senior US officials have claimed that the troop buildup was a response to Iranian behaviour…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Turkey calls on Syria to halt Hama operation as they prepare to invade SDF-held areas

Published 2019-05-12 04:28:41 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said Syrian government forces need to halt attacks in northwestern Syria, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday. The Syrian Army, backed by the Russian Air Force, launched ground operations this week at the southern flank of the militant-held demilitarized zone, which consists of Hama and parts of adjacent provinces. Akar said the Syrian forces should return to territories agreed in an international deal in Kazakhstan to reduce hostilities and casualties. “Humanitarian problems grow each day and it is increasingly showing a tendency to turn into a catastrophe,” he said. Akar also said the attacks pose a… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria, Turkey

In pictures: Russian military in action against jihadist forces in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-12 02:07:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 A.M.) – The Russian military has played an important role in the ongoing Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive that is currently take place in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. These Russian soldiers are not only advising the Syrian Arab Army, but they’re also providing coordinates of the jihadist positions across the northwestern countryside of Hama. Since the start of this offensive, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies have captured over 15 sites from the jihadists, including the imperative towns of Kafr Naboudeh and Qal’at Al-Madiq. Below are some front-line photos of the Russian military… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Russia, Syria

Syrian Army reaches southwestern border of Idlib

Published 2019-05-12 01:03:59 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian military has made a significant advance through the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate recently, seizing more than 15 sites in this region of northwestern Syria. As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has managed to reach the southwestern border of the Idlib Governorate. The Syrian Arab Army was last in control of southwestern Idlib in 2014; however, a large-scale jihadist offensive in this region resulted in the military’s subsequent withdrawal to the northwestern countryside of Hama. On Saturday, the Syrian military managed to reach the Idlib border after they captured at least five… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

[Graphic 18+] Before and after footage of disastrous jihadist attack on Kafr Naboudeh

Published 2019-05-12 00:35:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a counter-attack this weekend to retake the key town of Kafr Naboudeh from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). However, the jihadist attack on Kafr Naboudeh would not go as planned, despite their hype up video prior to the counter-assault. In footage released by Muraselon on Saturday, the aftermath of the attack shows several jihadist corpses left behind by the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham that led the assault on Kafr Naboudeh. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies have attempted to capture Kafr Naboudeh at least three times since… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

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