This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Damascus, Golan, Syria, Hama, Iran, Egypt, Libya, US, Turkey, Latakia, Gaza, Palestine, Ronaldo, Aleppo, Russia, Idlib, Israel, Iraq.

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Syrian air defenses confront enemy missiles in western Damascus, Al-Quneitra: video

Published 2019-05-17 22:32:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Syrian air defenses were activated tonight after several enemy projectiles began targeting the Damascus and Al-Quneitra governorates. According to a military source, the air defense forces at Mezzeh Airport quickly engaged the enemy projectiles after they were fired from the Golan Heights region. The source said some of the projectiles were shot down by their air defenses; however, several others were believed to have struck their intended targets in western Syria. As of now, the Syrian military is blaming Israel for the attack; however, nothing has been confirmed.

Tags: Damascus, Golan, Syria

Breaking: Syrian air defenses activated as suspected Israeli airstrikes target Damascus

Published 2019-05-17 22:14:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – Minutes ago, a Syrian military source told Al-Masdar that their air defenses have been activated at the Mezzeh Airbase following a suspected breach of their airspace. According to the Syrian military, they are engaging enemy projectiles that they suspect are from the Israeli Air Force. No more details were available at this time.

Tags: Damascus, Syria

Syrian, Palestinian forces blow up militant ATGM nest in Hama: video

Published 2019-05-17 21:49:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Syrian military and their Palestinian allies recently targeted a militant ATGM nest near the Idlib Governorate border. Backed by the Palestinian paramilitary group, Liwaa Al-Quds, the Syrian military attacked the militant ATGM nest, blowing up in order to prevent any more strikes from taking place there. Most recently, Liwaa Al-Quds has redeployed their forces to the Hama Governorate in order to help replenish the troops that were sent from this area to the Latakia Governorate. Liwaa Al-Quds is one of the most battle-tested Palestinian force in Syria; they have participated in several offensives against… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria

US ‘sitting by the phone’ but Iran has not called: official

Published 2019-05-17 21:09:42 by News Desk in Iran

A senior official with the Trump administration told reporters that the US thinks Iran should de-escalate and come to negotiations, according to Reuters. The US leader has posted on Twitter recently, expressing his concern over the way the mainstream media covers the situation in Iran. Earlier this week The Washington Post reported quoting the administration’s official that Trump was frustrated with the hard-line policy towards Iran pushed by John Bolton and Mike Pompeo. The relations between Washington and Tehran have grown tenser recently after the US reinforced its military presence in the Persian Gulf with the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and a bomber task force. It also approved the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Thrilling footage of the Egyptian Air Force bombing ISIS along Libyan border

Published 2019-05-17 19:27:09 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Egyptian Ministry of Defense released thrilling footage this week of their air force destroying several ISIS-held areas along the Libyan border. In the brief video, the Egyptian Air Force can be seen targeting and destroying several sites belonging to the Islamic State terrorist organization near the Libyan border.

Tags: Egypt, Libya

US military shares VIDEO of B-2 ‘bunker buster’ bomber test amid Iran crisis

Published 2019-05-17 18:50:25 by News Desk in Iran

A video has emerged of the Northrop B-2 Spirit, the world’s first and only stealth bomber, dropping two dozen tonnes of democracy during a test flight. The B-2 Spirit, which entered service in 1997, is capable of dropping both conventional and nuclear munitions on any site in the world in a matter of hours. It made its combat debut during the Kosovo War in 1999 and was later deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. The stealthy strategic bomber is the only aircraft in the US fleet that can carry the nation’s largest non-nuclear bomb, the 30,000-pound (13.6-tonne) precision-guided bunker-buster bomb, known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). This weapon can break through 60… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Turkish troops move within 2km of Syrian Army in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-17 16:49:25 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – A Turkish military convoy made its way to the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Friday amid the recent advances made by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to a report from the Hama Governorate, the Turkish military convoy deployed within 2km of the Syrian Arab Army’s front-lines along the Hama-Idlib axis. The Turkish military does not appear to be pulling out of this region, despite the Syrian Arab Army’s insistence on pushing into the militant-held areas of Hama and Idlib. This move by the Turkish military is meant to deter the Syrian Army… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army attempts to advance at key town in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-05-17 16:22:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new attack on the key town of Kabani in northeastern Latakia, today, targeting the southern axis of this militant stronghold. Backed by heavy artillery, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division attempted to break through the militant defenses on the steep Zuwayqat Mountain. However, the Syrian Army’s attack would ultimately fall short of its objective as they were forced to withdraw back to safe lines after suffering a number of casualties. The Syrian Army’s attack on Kabani comes just two days after reinforcements from the Tiger Forces arrived… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Syria

Ronaldo donates $1.5 million to feed Palestinians during Ramadan

Published 2019-05-17 16:07:28 by News Desk in Palestine

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has donated $1.5 million to feed the fasting people in the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestine, against the backdrop of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. ​Twitter was quick to react to the news. ​As some users lauded the striker’s humanitarian efforts, they made mention of other celebrities that, in their opinion, fell short in this respect. In 2012 the 28-year-old star gave away his Golden Boot Award to the Real Madrid Foundation, which subsequently auctioned it off to raise money for building schools in Palestine. In 2013, he refused to swipe t-shirts with an Israeli player in a display of support for Palestinian rights. Although he did shake hands, he… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Palestine, Ronaldo

Russian jets swarm jihadist positions in rural Aleppo

Published 2019-05-17 07:51:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force reportedly launched several airstrikes over rural Aleppo last night, targeting a number of sites belonging to the jihadist rebels. Russian jets flying out of the Hmeimim Airbase in southwest Latakia made their way to the Aleppo Governorate last night, where they unleashed a flurry of airstrikes over Dart Izza, Kafr Hamra, Khan Al-Assal, Rashideen 4. The Russian Air Force also targeted some areas in the Idlib Governorate, including the western region near the city of Jisr Al-Shughour. The Russian airstrikes were launched shortly after the militants attempted to fire missiles at… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Russia, Syria

Syrian Army eyes Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib: report

Published 2019-05-17 07:30:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Army is preparing to regain full control of the strategic city of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib, the Sputnik New Agency’s Arabic language channel reported. Sputnik quoted a war correspondent as saying that the Syrian Army has spread its forces to the southern and southwestern administrative borders of Idlib in a bid to accomplish its military operations in the Sahl al-Ghab region of northwestern Hama. The correspondent pointed out that the Syrian Army plans to widen the scope of the military operation, adding that the trend of the military operations shows that the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Iranian troops have made no movements towards US forces in Syria: SAA

Published 2019-05-17 06:26:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 A.M.) – The Iranian forces in Syria have not made any threatening movements towards the U.S.-led Coalition, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told A-Masdar last night. According to the source, the Iranian troops have remained in the same area they were previously deployed to in eastern (Deir Ezzor) and northern Syria (southern Aleppo). When asked about the situation at the border, the Syrian Army source said there has been no increased Iranian or Iraqi presence, nor has there been any military movements in this region. He would add that the U.S. claims of an… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria

Video footage of Syrian Army troops reaching strategic Zawiya Mountain in southern Idlib

Published 2019-05-17 02:10:13 by News Desk in Syria

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues its offensive in the Hama countryside in north-western Syria on Wednesday, after securing the Huwayz area. The Syrian government forces reportedly established control of the entire Huwayz area, claiming to have reached the strategic Mount Zawiya, a highland region in the Idlib Governorate. Footage shows smoke billowing in the distance from purported SAA artillery fire and soldiers loyal to the government in the area. On camera, Syrian field commander Ali Taha appeared to confirm those reports. “The area peripheral is completely secured. Al-Huwayz is completely secured,” he said.   Source: Ruptly

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Syrian-Israeli peace talks stalled after Rabin’s assassination: Mubarak

Published 2019-05-17 01:40:56 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 A.M.) – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sat down for an interview with Kuwait’s Al-Anba newspaper recently to discuss a number topics including the invasion of Iraq and the Syrian-Israeli peace talks. While the interview has yet to be fully released, the journalist Fajar Al-Sa’id provided some details about the failed peace talks between Syria and Israel in the mid-1990s. According to Al-Sa’id, Mubarak said that Syria was involved in intense peace talks with former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin before his assassination. Mubarak alleged that Rabin offered to return the Golan Heights in exchange for the… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Israel, Syria

Syrian Army gears up for strategic battle in northwestern Latakia: map

Published 2019-05-17 01:04:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to launch a large-scale assault on the strategic town of Kabani in the northeastern countryside of Latakia. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Army’s operation will be led by the 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) of the 4th Armored Division. The 42nd Brigade will receive support from the Tiger Forces, who recently deployed some of their troops from Hama, and the National Defense Forces (NDF). The arrival of the Tiger Forces coincides with the recent decision by the Syrian Army’s high command to launch a… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Iraq to resume flights to Syria for first time in 8 years

Published 2019-05-17 00:34:14 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 A.M.) – Iraq has made the decision to resume flights to Syria’s Damascus International Airport for the first time in eight years. The Syrian Ministry of Transport said in a statement on its website that “the Ministry of Transport in the Syrian Arab Republic welcomes the Iraqi Airways’ decision to resume its flights to Damascus International Airport, and we await with pleasure to receive the first flights on Saturday, May 18th, 2019.” In its statement, the Syrian Transport expressed its ‘readiness’ to receive Iraqi Airways’ business and cooperation. A source from the Iraqi Airways announced last Monday… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria

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