This is a summary of 25 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Latakia, Trump, US, Armenia, Hama, Idlib, Cuba, Venezuela, Europe, Russia, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen, Turkey, Golan, Israel, Aleppo, NATO, Serbia, Middle_East, Palestinians Killed, UAE.

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British commander says Iranian troops in Syria, Iraq have not posed an increased threat despite Trump’s claims

Published 2019-05-14 20:09:37 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – There has been no increase in the threat from Iranian-backed militias against the U.S.-led coalition forces fighting remnants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior British officer in the coalition told a Pentagon news briefing on Tuesday. But just minutes later, British Major General Chris Ghika, the coalition’s deputy commander for strategy and information, declined to restate his earlier remarks and added that they did not represent a divergence from increasingly heated warnings coming from Washington, where officials say they see a growing threat from Iran. Iran says the U.S. is waging… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria

Albanian jihadist killed by Syrian Army in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-05-14 19:34:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) killed an Albanian jihadist that was fighting for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in northwestern Syria. According to pro-opposition media, the Albanian jihadist Ron Eminin was killed by the Syrian Arab Army in the town of Kabani in northeast Latakia. Kabani has been under heavy attack over the last few days, as the Syrian Arab Army prepares to storm the town’s southern axis.

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Trump denies plan to send 120,000 troops to Persian Gulf

Published 2019-05-14 19:18:11 by News Desk in Iran

The US has already increased its military presence in the region amid growing tensions with Iran, sending an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf. However, a recent New York Times report suggested that the military presence could expand to the level at the time of the Iraq invasion. US President Donald Trump slammed the report about a possible deployment of 120,000 troops to the Middle East in order to counter Iran as “fake news” and expressed hope that such a plan won’t be needed. At the same time, he said that he would “absolutely” send 120,000 troops more to the Middle East, or even… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Trump, US

[Graphic 18+] Jihadist special forces release up close photos of deadly ambush in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-05-14 18:52:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The jihadist special forces, Inghimasi, carried out a new operation on Monday that targeted a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) post near the front-lines in northeastern Latakia. According to reports, the Inghimasi fighters snuck behind the Syrian Arab Army’s lines at Tal Rasho, killing and wounding several soldiers in the process. A Syrian military source could not confirm the total number killed, but said the estimates are between 15-20 soldiers killed as a result of this Ighimasi attack. This latest attack by this Al-Qaeda group comes at the same time the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Syrian President meets with Armenian religious delegation in Damascus, calls on Syrian-Armenians to return

Published 2019-05-14 17:43:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:25 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received Catholicos Aram I Keshishian, head of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church, in Damascus on Tuesday. The Syrian President affirmed that Syria was and always will be the home to all of its people, regardless of religion or ethnicity, lauding the patriotic role of Syrian-Armenians who embody the values and meanings of citizenship, belonging, and national unity. For his part, Catholicos Aram I said that Syria has been a safe haven and sanctuary for those who fled the horrors of the Ottoman massacres,… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Syria

Syrian Army captures 2 areas in southern Idlib as jihadists retreat north

Published 2019-05-14 17:18:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a new advance in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate today after launching a new attack against the jihadist rebels. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army launched a heavy attack on the jihadist-held town of Al-Hamra and nearby Al-Shari’ah air strip. Following a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels, the Syrian Arab Army was able to impose full control over both sites while also pushing further north to secure the area. The Syrian Arab Army is also attempting to capture the town of Huwayz in… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Cuba denies military presence inside of Venezuela

Published 2019-05-14 16:50:18 by News Desk in World-News

Cuba stands in solidarity with Venezuela but has never deployed its soldiers in the Bolivarian Republic, Cuban Ambassador to Russia Gerardo Penalver Portal told Sputnik, commenting on the issue of providing military assistance to Caracas in case of possible US aggression. “We have more than 20,000 doctors in Venezuela because we provide medical support, we have teachers, sports coaches in Venezuela, but we do not have soldiers… Cuba has never had soldiers in Venezuela… We will always stand in solidarity with Venezuela, this is in our principles, we will not accept any threats. We are not afraid, we do not believe in the use of force, we believe in dialogue and… Read on ->

Tags: Cuba, Venezuela

Breaking: Syrian Army storms new town along southern Idlib axis

Published 2019-05-14 14:48:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their assault on the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate after Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan completed their phone call. According to a field source in northwestern Hama, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces unleashed a flurry of missiles towards the enemy defenses, scoring several direct hits on Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions. Following this missile attack, the Tiger Forces began storming the town of Huwayz, which is located just south of the Al-Zawiya Mountains of the Idlib Governorate. The military source said the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Russian FM accuses US of preparing to use nuclear weapon in Europe

Published 2019-05-14 14:15:26 by News Desk in World-News

By deploying nuclear weapons in Europe, the United States is preparing to use them with permission of non-nuclear European states, Vladimir Ermakov, the director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Ministry, told Sputnik. “Unfortunately, some countries dependent on Washington pretend that nothing is happening, or are simply afraid of even thinking about the provocative nature of the fact that in the 21st century there is a preparation for the use of nuclear weapons with participation non-nuclear states on the territory of Europe,” Ermakov said. According to the diplomat, it is impossible to seriously talk about strengthening of nuclear non-proliferation regime, when “civilised” European states “continue to mindlessly put themselves… Read on ->

Tags: Europe, Russia, US

Houthi aircraft allegedly bomb Saudi oil tanks and fields near Red Sea

Published 2019-05-14 13:59:19 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The Houthi forces claimed on Tuesday that their unmanned aerial vehicles bombed Saudi oil tanks and fields in the city of Yanbu along the Red Sea coast. The Houthi forces also claimed to have bombed several vital Saudi installations inside the Gulf kingdom; however, they did not name the allegedly targeted sites. This large-scale Houthi attack in Saudi Arabia comes just a day after four oil tankers were allegedly ‘sabotaged’ off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The U.S. has accused Iran and its proxies of carrying out an attack on these oil… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen

Turkey unable to stop Syrian Army offensive in northwestern Hama: expert

Published 2019-05-14 13:29:08 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Syrian military expert, Ala’a al-Asfari, told the Arabic-language service of the Sputnik News Agency on Monday that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will complete its military operation in Hama after seizing the last territories under militant control. Al-Asfari said the Syrian Army’s ongoing operation in northwestern Hama is a prelude to a wide-scale offensive in the Idlib Governorate. He noted that clashes between the Syrian Arab Army and Turkish military are highly unlikely because Russia is the one providing direct support to the government troops. Al-Asfari said given the joint Russian-Syrian decision to launch… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Video footage of Tiger Forces launching missile at militant defenses in southern Idlib

Published 2019-05-14 12:52:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Tiger Forces released another video on Tuesday showing their troops attacking the jihadist rebels in the northwestern region of Syria. In the video they released, the Tiger Forces can be seen firing what appears to be a portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) near the front-lines in southern Idlib. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has yet to make any ground movements today, nor have they launched any airstrikes. The reason for this is likely due to the recent phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The bulk of… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Syrians in occupied Golan Heights reject Netanyahu’s new ‘Trump’ settlement

Published 2019-05-14 12:34:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – The Syrian residents in the occupied Golan Heights rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent move to name a new settlement after U.S. President Donald Trump. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the residents of Majdal Shams, Baka’ata, Ayn Qinyah and Masa’ada said that Netanyahu’s move was an aggressive and illegal procedure which contradicts the UN charter and resolutions. Sidqi Al-Maqt, who was recently released from an Israeli prison, stressed that citizens of the Golan Heights are facing unjust measures imposed on the Syrian people of the occupied territories. On Sunday, Netanyahu announced that… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria

Spain withdraws from US-led combat group in Persian Gulf amid tensions with Iran

Published 2019-05-14 12:14:41 by News Desk in Iran

The Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, has ordered the temporary withdrawal of the Spanish frigate Méndez Núñez (F-104), with 215 sailors on board, from the combat group led by the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The acting Spanish government has ordered the “temporary measure of withdrawal of the frigate Méndez Núñez (F-104) from the combat group of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln while it is in the Middle East,” sources from the Defence Ministry told the digital edition of El País. “The frigate is on a mission of circumnavigation and will not enter into any other type of mission,” the Ministry sources revealed, cited by the El Mundo news website, after noting the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Fierce clashes erupt between Syrian Army, Turkish-backed rebels in eastern Aleppo

Published 2019-05-14 11:37:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – An intense confrontation broke out between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) forces in eastern Aleppo this morning. According to a source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army and TFSA troops exchanged heavy gunfire at the northern axis of Tadef, which is a town located just south of Al-Bab city. The source did not give a reason for the clashes; however, this front has witnessed several firefights since the TFSA took control of Al-Bab in 2016.  

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Syrian opposition leader calls for normalization with Israel

Published 2019-05-14 10:39:43 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The leader of the National Salvation Front in Syria (NSF), Fahad Almasri, told The Media Line publication that he is interested in opening diplomatic channels with and possibly normalizing relations with Israel. Almasri, a former spokesperson for the Free Syrian Army (FSA), told the publication that he has the bravery to open up talks with Israel. “We have the courage and the open political vision. The reason is: the… change that has occurred in Syrian society. [This change] led to the reevaluation of all concepts and values ​​and the fall of slogans. The France-based opposition… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria

Late night footage of Syrian Army troops defending areas recently captured in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-14 10:12:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The official media wing of the Tiger Forces released a video last night of their troops defending the areas they recently captured from the jihadist rebels in northwestern Hama. In the minute and a half long video, the Tiger Forces can be seen firing on the jihadist rebels in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. The Syrian Arab Army ultimately managed to repel the jihadist assault at the Hamamiyat front, killing and wounding many militants that stormed their positions. Prior to being on the defensive, the Tiger Forces captured at least five towns on… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Elderly Christian woman and daughter stabbed by armed men in northwestern Iraq

Published 2019-05-14 09:53:52 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – An elderly Christian woman and her daughter were attacked by armed men on Monday in the historical Assyrian city of Bartella. The woman and her daughter were reportedly attacked with hammers and knives before the assailants fled the scene of the crime. According to the Iraqi Christian Foundation, the attackers were from an Iranian-backed militia. Iraq’s Christian population, which is primarily made up of Syriac Orthodox and Chaldeans (eastern Catholic), has suffered immensely over the last two decades, with a large portion of the historical community fleeing their ancient lands.    

Tags: Iraq

Serbia is not interested in becoming NATO member: MoD

Published 2019-05-14 09:10:40 by News Desk in World-News

Belgrade will not become a member of NATO as long as Aleksandar Vucic is president, Serbia’s Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin told TASS in an interview. “Militarily Serbia is a neutral state. And it will remain so. As long as Aleksandar Vucic is Serbia’s president and I’m defense minister, our country will not become a member of NATO. We cannot forget and we cannot forgive NATO’s aggression. There is no way of converting ourselves. We can look everybody boldly in the eyes, but far from all are able to look us in the eyes honestly,” Vulin said. He recalled that Belgrade… Read on ->

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Tags: NATO, Serbia

Jihadist counter-offensive in northwestern Hama ends in disaster

Published 2019-05-14 08:50:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a powerful counter-offensive on Monday that targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at the Hamamiyat axis in northwestern Hama. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and other militant elements, the jihadist rebels stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in a bid to collapse the latter’s lines and overwhelm their forces. The firefights would last for a short period of time on Monday and result in heavy casualties for all parties involved. However, the jihadist assault on the Hamamiyat axis would ultimately fail after they failed to breach the Syrian Arab Army’s… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Turkish-backed rebels clash with civilians at refugee camp in eastern Aleppo

Published 2019-05-14 07:56:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:25 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah faction clashed with several armed civilians in the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Monday. According to reports from eastern Aleppo, Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah fighters clashed with the armed civilians inside the Tarheen Refugee Camp near the town of Qabasin. No reason was cited for the clashes inside the Tarheen Refugee Camp; however, locals reported that the firefights lasted for a considerable amount of time before they finally dissipated. Firefights between armed civilians and rebel groups have become weekly occurances in eastern Aleppo, with tensions increasing over the corruption of the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey

US draws up plan to send 120,000 troops to Middle East in case Iran attacks

Published 2019-05-14 07:34:08 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Pentagon has drawn a plan to send 120,000 soldiers to the Middle East in case of Iran’s decision to accelerate nuclear weapons development or attack US forces, the New York Times said. The revisions were ordered by a group led by the White House security adviser John Bolton, the outlet reported citing the administration officials. It is unclear however, whether US president Donald Trump would send so many American troops back to the Middle East, the NYT noted. The size of the force is said to have shocked many participants of Shanahan’s briefing as the same number of troops was involved in the 2003 invasion in Iraq. However, the updated military plan… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Middle_East, US

Jihadist rebels retake territory lost to Syrian Army in southern Idlib

Published 2019-05-14 04:48:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels have retaken a town they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northwestern Hama earlier on Monday. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels launched a powerful counter-offensive  along the Idlib-Hama axis in a bid to retake the western countryside of Kafr Naboudeh. According to a military source in Hama city, the jihadist rebels managed to retake the town of Sheikh Idris after breaking through the Syrian Army’s lines. While the Syrian Army still holds many areas they captured on Monday, the jihadist rebels were able to reestablish a presence… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Palestinian group accuses Israel of killing 100,000 Palestinians since 1948

Published 2019-05-14 04:37:46 by Robert Inlakesh in Middleeast, Palestine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 A.M): According to a newly released report, gathering statistics on murders of Palestinians by Israelis, since 1948 Israel has killed approximately 100,000 Palestinians. The President of the Palestinian Central Bureu of Statistics (PCBS), Dr. Ola Awad, to mark the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba has comprised a report covering the condition of the Palestinian people. In the report Dr. Awad covers statistics to do with the Nakba itself, as well as refugees and various other aspects of the Palestinian situation past and present. The most troubling aspect of this report however, is the number of murders… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestinians Killed

US accuses Iran and its proxies of carrying out attack on UAE ships

Published 2019-05-14 04:13:17 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Four oil tankers — two Saudi, one Emirati and one Norwegian — off the coast of the Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates, suffered on Sunday what the UAE Foreign Ministry called “sabotage operations.” The explosion blew a five-to-10 foot hole in each ship near or just below the water line, a US military team told AP Monday. “Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies” are believed to be behind the attack, according to US officials. Fujairah is Abu Dhabi’s only major port on the Arabian Sea. In the event of war, Tehran has already threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, immediately strangling 20% of world seaborne oil trade, making Fujairah of great strategic importance. While the explosions weakened the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, UAE, US

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