This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Dhale, Houthis, Yemen, Latakia, Syria, Russia, Egypt, Giza, Deir_Ezzor, ISIS, Golan, Israel, China, Iran, US, Hama, Idlib, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi, Damascus.

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Houthis launches major offensive to capture strategic city in southern Yemen

Published 2019-05-19 17:57:15 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a major offensive this afternoon in an attempt to recapture the strategic city of Qa’tbah in the Dhale Governorate. Backed by heavy artillery, the Houthi forces reportedly stormed the defenses of the UAE-backed troops in Qa’tbah, seizing several areas in a short while. According to the Yemeni group, they have already advanced deep into Qa’tbah, despite facing heavy resistance from the UAE-backed troops and Yemeni National Army. The Houthi forces previously captured Qa’tbah during a large-scale offensive in the Dhale Governorate last month; however, they would only hold the city for… Read on ->

Tags: Dhale, Houthis, Yemen

Syrian Army’s attempted advance beaten back by militants at key northeast Latakia town

Published 2019-05-19 17:31:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy assault on the key town of Kabani in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. Backed by heavy artillery and missile strikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division attempted to penetrate Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s defenses at the southern perimeter of Kabani. However, following a fierce battle with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party, the Syrian Army was unable to breach the militant defenses, resulting in their subsequent retreat towards Kabani’s southern hills. According to a report from this front, the Syrian military… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Foreign jihadist group threatens Russia with Soviet-Afghan-like war in Syria

Published 2019-05-19 17:02:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:35 P.M.) – The foreign jihadist group, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), released a video on May 14th that chronicled the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989) and the losses suffered by the Soviet Union at that time. In the video that was released via their official Telegram Sawt Al-Islam (Voice of Islam), the Turkestan Islamic Party narrated a 20-minute-long video that not only chronicled the Soviet-Afghan War but also showcased the jihadist group’s strength and their plans. The Turkestan Islamic Party threatened Russia with a Soviet-Afghan-like war scenario in which they would suffer heavy casualties at the hands of the… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Russia, Syria

Breaking: Explosion targets tour bus near Giza Pyramids

Published 2019-05-19 16:27:08 by News Desk in North-Africa

An explosion targeted a tourist bus near a museum in the Giza pyramid complex, local media reported. At least 12 people are feared to have been injured. The tour bus reportedly came under attack near the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is still under construction but is set to be the largest archaeological museum in the world when it opens in 2020. The museum is located approximately two kilometres from the Giza pyramids.   Source: RT

Tags: Egypt, Giza

In pictures: Russian forces take part in anti-ISIS operations

Published 2019-05-19 16:16:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Anna News Agency released several photos of the Russian military taking part in the ongoing anti-ISIS operations in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. The Russian soldiers were pictured wearing heavy gear as they moved across the Deir Ezzor Governorate’s rugged terrain.

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, ISIS, Russia, Syria

Israeli missiles allegedly targeted Syrian Army base near Golan DMZ

Published 2019-05-19 14:22:28 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Israeli military allegedly fired missiles towards a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) base near the Golan Heights’ demilitarized zone, a new report claimed. According to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Israeli military targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s Brigade 90 base, which is located just east of the Golan Heights’ demilitarized zone. The SOHR alleged that two missiles managed to hit the Brigade 90 base, while another projectile was shot down by the Syrian air defenses. A source from the Syrian military denied that any missiles hit the Brigade 90 base, adding that… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria

ISIS launches big attacks against Syrian Army troops in eastern Syria

Published 2019-05-19 14:00:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched several attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) this weekend, targeting their positions inside the Homs and Deir Ezzor governorates. ISIS began their attacks on Saturday by striking a Syrian Arab Army post in the Al-Sawanah area near the phophate mines. According to a military source in this region of Homs, the Syrian Arab Army suffered four casualties before the ISIS terrorists retreated to an unknown location. Following this attack, the Islamic State stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the Deir Ezzor Governorate town of Mohassan. Fierce firefights would… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Chinese military gets new high-precision sniper rifle

Published 2019-05-19 13:37:08 by News Desk in World-News

China unveiled on Sunday details of its first homemade high-precision sniper rifle, a weapon that could replace the old rifle that has served the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for more than 20 years. Capable of firing 7.62 millimeter rifle rounds with an effective range of 800 meters, the weapon has a full length of 1,150 millimeters and weighs 6.5 kilograms, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Sunday, without announcing the gun’s designation. The gun is China’s first ever high-precision sniper rifle, marking a significant breakthrough in the country’s sniper development, the report said, noting that the term “high-precision”… Read on ->

Tags: China

US warns airliners of ‘misidentification’ risk if they fly over Persian Gulf

Published 2019-05-19 12:55:49 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – U.S. diplomats recently warned commericial airliners of being ‘misidentified’ by the American forces if they were to fly over the Persian Gulf during these turbulent times. The warning was allegedly relayed via the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who has also asked airliners to be careful when flying over this region. The FAA’s message follows the warning from Lloyd’s of London about the current maritime shipping risks in the Persian Gulf region. Most recently, explosions were reported by four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE and Saudi Arabia both… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

Breaking: Syrian Army storms key town in northeast Latakia as HTS claims chlorine gas attack

Published 2019-05-19 12:10:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new attack to capture the key town of Kabani in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. Led by the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army began their assault by launching a flurry of missiles and artillery shells towards the positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP). During this barrage of missiles, the militants accused the Syrian Arab Army of using chlorine gas against them. The Syrian Arab Army would then storm Kabani’s southern axis in a bid to enter the town. According… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Turkish-backed rebels send large convoy of reinforcements to retake lost areas in northwest Hama

Published 2019-05-19 11:56:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield operation room sent a large number of reinforcements to the Hama-Idlib axis, today, as they look to retake all of the areas that were lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to a report from northwestern Syria, the Euphrates Shield forces were redeployed from the neighboring governorate Aleppo, where they previously led the attack to capture the Afrin region from the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG). The Euphrates Shield forces are not only battle-tested, but they are also well armed and well trained. Their experience in the Afrin region has… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Iranian ballistic missile launchers in Iraq, Syria aimed at Israel: Iraqi official

Published 2019-05-19 11:28:18 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The leader of Iraq’s National Coalition, Ayad Allawi, stated this past weekend that an Israeli intelligence agency provided the U.S. with photos of Iranian ballistic missile launchers aimed at Israel. During his interview with Al-Sharqiya TV, Allawi said Iranian ballistic launchers in Syria (area not specified) and Iraq (Basra) were pointed at not only Israel, but also, some of the Gulf States. Allawi said he received this information after meeting with a U.S. official in Jordan. The U.S. official told him that these missiles were the reason Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled his visit… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Syria

Powerful explosion rocks Israeli military base near Tel Aviv: video

Published 2019-05-19 10:58:17 by News Desk in Middleeast

The fire broke out at a medical warehouse at the Tel HaShomer military base in central Israel, an IDF spokesperson said, as quoted by The Jerusalem Post. According to local media reports, the fire began after a set of explosions. ​The IDF’s spokesman added that firefighters had managed to contain the spread of the blaze. Source: Sputnik ​

Tags: Israel

Syrian Army struggles to capture key town in northeastern Latakia

Published 2019-05-19 10:36:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attempted to enter the key town of Kabani in northeastern Latakia on Saturday, a source told Al-Masdar News this morning. According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division, alongside the Republican Guard, attempted to crack Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s lines at the southern axis of Kabani on Saturday afternoon. However, following a fierce firefight, the Syrian Arab Army was forced to withdraw from southern Kabani, the source added. Over the last two weeks, the Syrian Arab Army has attempted to break into Kabani from the heights just south… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Watch the Syrian Army capture a strategic area in southern Idlib

Published 2019-05-19 10:00:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – A new video released on saturday showed the Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces seizing the strategic Huwayz area in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. In the video, the Tiger Forces can be seen breaking through the jihadist lines in Huwayz, resulting in the eventual capture of the three towns in this imperative area along the Hama-Idlib border. The Syrian Arab Army had previously tried to capture the Huwayz on two separate attempts before finally fracturing the jihadist lines along the Hama-Idlib axis. Since capturing Huwayz, the Syrian Arab Army’s advance has mostly… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Saudi forces are ready to respond to Iran with ‘full force and determination’: FM

Published 2019-05-19 09:37:44 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia made an announcement on Sunday amid recent tensions with Iran that they do not want war in the region, but stand ready to respond with “full force and determination”. “Saudi Arabia does not want a war in the region, does not seek it and will do everything in its power to prevent this war. At the same time, it confirms that if the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond with full force and determination and will defend itself and its interests,” Al Jubeir wrote on Twitter. The news comes as tensions in the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi

Jihadist rebels attempt to attack Russian airbase in western Syria

Published 2019-05-19 09:15:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate attempted to attack the Russian Hmeimim Airbase on Saturday, a Syrian military source told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the jihadist rebels attempted to attack the Hmeimim Airbase using their long-range missiles; however, they were unsuccessful. The Syrian military source added that the Russian air defenses were able to shoot down all of the missiles before they could reach the Hmeimim Airbase. This latest attack by the jihadist rebels marked the third time this past week that they have attempted to strike the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Russia and Turkey may jointly produce S-500 air defense systems

Published 2019-05-19 08:24:42 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Ankara and Moscow might launch talks on joint production of Russian-made S-500 air defence systems after the S-400 deliveries. Previously, Turkey has repeatedly expressed its interest in the joint production of S-400. In April, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov specified that “there is and can be no talk” about the two countries’ joint production of S-400 systems. He, however, did not rule out that some components would be produced jointly. “The S-400 deal is completed. Under the contract, the deliveries are to begin in July or, maybe, even earlier. Russia has offered us… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey

Syrian air defenses confront ‘hostile missiles’ above western Damascus: video

Published 2019-05-19 07:50:20 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – For the second time in two days, the Syrian air defenses claimed that they confronted “hostile missiles” that were fired from Israel. According to the Syrian Ministry of Defense, the Syrian air defenses confronted these missiles over the western countryside of the Damascus Governorate, with some of these projectiles intercepted over Al-Quneitra. A source from the Syrian military said no major explosions were reported in any part of the country, but their air defenses have been ordered to remain on high alert to prevent any more attacks. On Friday evening, a similar event was reported… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria

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