This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Idlib, Syria, Hmeimim, Latakia, Russia, Iran, Israel, Homs, ISIS, Palmyra, Aleppo, Manbij, Saudi, Yemen, Iraq, UK, Turkey.

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Militants suffer tremendous losses during Syrian Army’s advance into southern Idlib

Published 2019-05-16 22:24:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a big advance in northwestern Hama, yesterday, resulting in the capture of a key area at the southwestern slope of the Zawiya Mountain. Led by their Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army was able to break through the jihadist lines at the northern axis of Al-Hamra, paving the way for their entry into the Huwayz area. Following their entry into the Huwayz area, the Syrian Arab Army quickly swept through the militant defenses and imposed full control over three of the towns that were under the control of Hay’at… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Russian airbase in western Syria allegedly comes under attack

Published 2019-05-16 21:57:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase in western Syria has allegedly come under attack, locals in the nearby town of Jableh reported this evening. According to the reports, either militant grad missiles or rockets fired from drones were targeting the vicinity of the Hmeimim Airbase, which is located in southwestern Latakia. The Russian military has yet to confirm these claims; however, if they prove true, it could be a long night for the militants in Idlib and northeast Latakia. The last time the militants tried to attack the Hmeimim Airbase, the Russian Air Force unleashed a massive assault… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Latakia, Russia, Syria


Iran claims they will defeat US-Israeli alliance

Published 2019-05-16 21:30:04 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami stated that Iran is capable of confronting any serious military adversary, such as the US or Israel, even if they combine their forces. “We will defeat the American-Zionist front. Iran has the highest level of defence-military preparedness to confront any type of threat and excessive demands”, he said. At the same time, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei stated on 14 May that Iran doesn’t seek war with the US and that it had instead chosen the path of “resistance”, which as he said, will force the US “into a retreat”. The statement comes amid a growing US military presence in the region. Washington has dispatched… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel


ISIS carries out powerful ambush against Syrian Army troops in southwest Palmyra

Published 2019-05-16 19:12:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) carried out a deadly ambush in the southwestern countryside of the Palmyra Governorate this week. According to reports from the Palmyra area, the Islamic State ambushed a Syrian Army convoy that was traveling just southwest of the ancient city. Some reports claim as many as 20 soldiers killed during the assault, while a pro-government activist told Al-Masdar that these figures are incorrect and highly exaggerated by the enemy. The Syrian Army did send reinforcements to the Palmyra region, but these soldiers will be deployed around the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway to ensure… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, ISIS, Palmyra, Syria


Big explosion rocks Manbij city as car bomb targets military convoy

Published 2019-05-16 18:42:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – A powerful explosion rocked SDF-held Manbij this afternoon following the detonation of a car bomb inside the city. According to local reports, the car bomb targeted a military convoy that was carrying an SDF commander through the city. The reports said at least one person has been killed and another four were badly wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Tags: Aleppo, Manbij, Syria


Saudi Arabia confirms Houthi attack on Red Sea oil pipeline

Published 2019-05-16 18:32:06 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

The Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebels attacked the pipeline administered by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Saudi Aramco, on Iran’s orders, Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud wrote on his official Twitter page on Thursday. “The attack by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias against the two Aramco pumping stations proves that these militias are merely a tool that Iran’s regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda in the region, and not to protect the people of Yemen as the Houthis falsely claim,” he wrote. The Deputy Minister also pointed out that “the terrorist acts, ordered by the regime… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen


Never before seen footage chronicling Syrian Army’s massive advance towards Idlib

Published 2019-05-16 17:39:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – Anna News released a never before seen video that chronicles the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) massive advance across northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate recently. In the Anna News video, the Syrian Arab Army can be seen attacking and capturing several areas, forcing the militants to fall back towards the Idlib Governorate. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H3C_2Fb9SXc&lact=4&itct=CDYQpDAYAyITCKPX89egoOICFUjmAwodHbQJlzILYzQtdmlkZW9zLXVaGFVDR2liLWJMbHE4SFRScDJZYUVFU3hlZw%3D%3D&csn=7nLdXKXFMZXSwQGlkI8Q&noapp=1&client=mv-google The video also shows the Syrian and Russian forces scoring direct hits on the militant defenses in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. The Syrian Arab Army is still on the offensive at this time; however, the high command will now… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


UK raises alert level in Iraq after US warnings about Iran

Published 2019-05-16 17:24:06 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

Great Britain also issued security alert for its personnel in Iraq. The threat leveal was raised for UK troops and diplomats in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia as well. Earlier this week the US State Department ordered the departure of “non-emergency government employees” from Baghdad and Erbil after US Central Command spokesman Bill Urban that the US-led coalition was on high alert because it saw credible threats to American forces in Iraq. The move also prompted Germany and the Netherlands to suspend their missions in Iraq due to the heightened tensions in the region. However, British Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, who is a deputy commander of the coalition forces, stated that the threat level… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, UK


Turkish Army attack’s Kurdish forces in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-05-16 17:06:31 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Turkish Army carried out a new attack against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Thursday. According to local reports, the Turkish Army attacked the YPG’s positions in the town of Ma’arat Umm Hawsh, causing a number of explosions in the process. Some reports claimed that the Turkish Air Force launched airstrikes on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions inside the key town of Tal Rifa’at in northern Aleppo; however, a military source denied this occurred. The Turkish Army has been increasingly aggressive towards the YPG… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


Russian Air Force let’s loose dozens of airstrikes over Idlib

Published 2019-05-16 16:27:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force continued their bombing campaign of the Idlib Governorate this week, targeting several areas under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Led by their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force reportedly struck several areas in western and southern Idlib, including the towns of Kafr Nabl, Khan Sheikhoun, and Hass. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) also joined in on the attacks, bombing a Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham rocket launching point near the front-lines in southern Idlib. Since the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the Huwayz area in southwest Idlib,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


New Pantsir-S1M upgraded after Syria to be able to hit any drones

Published 2019-05-16 13:58:16 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

The upgraded export version of the air defense missile and artillery system Pantsir-S1M has acquired the ability to effectively hit all types of drones, the High Precision Systems holding company’s deputy CEO for foreign economic activity, Sergei Mikhailov, told TASS on Thursday. The upgrade work was carried out on the basis of experience gained during the Syrian campaign. “It is very important that the range of hittable targets has been greatly expanded on the basis of the results we obtained in Syria. Corresponding amendments have been introduced. The system can now hit any types of drones effectively,” Mikhailov said. The… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria


Tiger Forces to redeploy some units to northeast Latakia for important battle

Published 2019-05-16 01:59:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 A.M.) – A number of units from the elite Tiger Forces are heading to the northeastern Latakia front to help with the ongoing battle at the key town of Kabani, a source told Al-Masdar this evening. According to the source, the Tiger Forces will be tasked with helping the 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) of the 4th Armored Division capture the mountaintop town of Kabani. The source did not specify how many soldiers from the Tiger Forces are heading to Latakia; however, he did indicate that the remaining troops in northwestern Hama would be continuing their operations near… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Syrian Army reaches strategic mountain in southern Idlib: map

Published 2019-05-16 00:21:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army scored an important advance on Wednesday when their forces captured the imperative Huwayz area in the southwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Army was able to break through the militant lines at Huwayz Tahtani earlier today, following a fierce battle at the Al-Hamra axis. The Syrian Army would then quickly establish control of Huwayz Tahtani before moving onto capture Huwayz Fouqani and Huwayz Huraya, which are located at the southwestern slope of the Zawiya Mountain. As illustrated in the map above, the Syrian Army is… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


In pictures: Russian Air Force scores direct hit on militant tank in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-16 00:07:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – Anna News Agency released a number of photos this week that show the Russian Air Force targeting and blowing up a militant tank in northwestern Hama. In the photos below, the Anna News pictures show the moment the Russian Air Force struck the militant tank, causing a massive explosion that was pictured from above.

Tags: Hama, Russia, Syria


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