This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Israel, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Aleppo, China, Trump, US, Hama, Iran, Homs, Russia, Kabani, Latakia, Idlib, UK, FSA, Hmeimim.

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Israeli researchers develop multi-purpose robot drone

Published 2019-05-20 21:42:24 by News Desk in Middleeast

Israeli researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind robot drone capable of driving, flying and crawling quickly, Israel’s Ben-Gurion University (BGU) reported on Monday. The robot, called the Flying Star, was developed by the Bio-Inspired and Medical Robotics Lab at the BGU. The combination of flight and car-like driving, by controlling the angle of the motors’ hinges, allows the robot to take advantages of both modes. Thus, the robot moves from a 55-degree configuration to a full sprawl mode, allowing it to cross distances and obstacles in various ways that cannot be crossed only by flying or driving. The robot also adjusts… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


Houthi forces capture military bases in Saudi Arabia

Published 2019-05-20 21:15:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Houthi forces scored a new advance inside of Saudi Arabia this past weekend, as their troops seized a military base in the Asir Province. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their troops captured at least military bases during a powerful attack along the Yemeni-Saudi border. The Houthi forces also captured four military centers after they overran the Saudi Army’s defenses in southern Asir. In addition to their advance in the Asir Province, the Houthi forces also launched a new offensive inside Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate. The Houthi forces are attempting to… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


US military allegedly sends troops from Jordan to Iraqi-Syrian border

Published 2019-05-20 20:50:23 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The U.S. Army dispatched a new military convoy from Jordan to the Ayn Al-Assad Base in the Al-Anbar Governorate of western Iraq, the Al-Maaloumeh News Agency reported on Sunday. According to the Iraqi publication, the U.S. not only dispatched troops to the Ayn Al-Assad Base, but they also transported a large amount of weapons to the border. This report comes just a week after the U.S. sent their aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln, to the Persian Gulf region to protect their forces in the Middle East from an alleged Iranian threat. The Al-Maaloumeh news website… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Jordan, Syria


Breaking: Militants launch new attack on Aleppo city

Published 2019-05-20 20:10:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new attack on Aleppo city this evening, targeting the western and northern districts of the provincial capital. According to a report from Aleppo city, the jihadist rebels fired several missiles towards the Al-Khalidiyah and New Aleppo districts. The report said no casualties have been reported thus far. This latest attack by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham comes just days after the Russian Air Force launched a number of airstrikes over their positions inside the Aleppo Governorate.

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Trump claims China won’t become superpower with him in office

Published 2019-05-20 20:00:54 by News Desk in World-News

Speaking to Fox News, US President Donald Trump noted that he was “very happy” with the Washington-Beijing trade spat and although China wants to become the world’s top superpower, it’s “not going to happen with me”. “Our economy has been fantastic. Because they were catching us, they were going to be bigger than us. If Hillary Clinton became president, China would have been a much bigger economy than us by the end of her term. And now it’s not even going to be close”, Trump claimed. When asked about a possible end game of bilateral trade war, he said, “We’re taking in billions of dollars. China is obviously not doing well like us.” He added that the… Read on ->

Tags: China, Trump, US


Heavy losses plague Turkish-backed rebels in failed advance in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-20 19:40:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – For the second day in a row, the Turkish-backed rebels have attempted to retake the areas they previously lost to the Syrian military in northwestern Hama. Led by the National Liberation Front (NLF), the Turkish-backed rebels stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions near the town of Al-Masasnah. A fierce battle would ensue between the two warring parties, lasting just over three hours on Monday. According to a military source in Mhardeh, the Turkish-backed rebels were unable to penetrate the Syrian Army’s lines, resulting in their eventual withdrawal from this axis. The source added that… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Trump threatens to end Iran if war breaks out

Published 2019-05-20 19:10:34 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that if Iran wants a war, America will end the Persian Gulf nation. Trump tweeted: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” It appears the U.S. President is following the statements of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) very closely, as many of their commanders have openly warned the Trump administration about threatening Iran. Despite the back-and-forth jabs, both sides appear to be involved in a ‘phony’ war. The military buildup only seeks to force one… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Trump, US


In pictures: Russian forces take on ISIS in central Syria

Published 2019-05-20 18:56:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – A number of Russian soldiers were recently photographed taking part in the anti-ISIS operations in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. These Russian soldiers, who are believed to be military advisers to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), have been active at the front-lines in central Syria since the Russian Armed Forces entered the war in September 2015.

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Tags: Homs, Russia, Syria


Syrian Foreign Ministry denies use of chemical weapons in HTS-held Kabani

Published 2019-05-20 18:25:03 by News Desk in Syria

Media reports about the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army in the Kabani settlement in northern Latakia are fake, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry reaffirms the statement of the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces which denied these claims and affirmed that they are completely baseless, noting that Syria had cooperated fully with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which declared Syria free of chemical weapons,” the statement said, as cited by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). According to the document, “Syria has… Read on ->

Tags: Kabani, Latakia, Syria


Russian Air Force unleashes heavy attack in northwestern Syria

Published 2019-05-20 14:55:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force let loose a large-scale attack across northwestern Syria recently, targeting several areas under the control of the militant forces. According to a military report from the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force heavily targeted the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate, hitting Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions inside the towns of Khan Sheikhoun, Jisr Al-Shughour, and Kafr Nabl. The Russian airstrikes were reportedly carried out in retaliation for the militant attacks on the Hmeimim Airbase in the southwestern region of Latakia. These militant attacks on the Hmeimim Airbase have been carried out… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


British special forces join US strike group against Iran

Published 2019-05-20 12:31:00 by News Desk in Iran

British Special Forces have flown to the Middle East in the framework of a top-secret mission to rebuff possible Iranian attacks on merchant ships, according to The Sun. Members of the elite Special Boat Service are reported to have joined UK registered oil tankers heading towards the Persian Gulf, subsequently to be tasked with monitoring Iranian military activity in the vicinity of Qesham Island, home to the country’s naval gunboats, the paper reports. Once the two SBS crews have passed through the Strait of Hormuz, reports claim Royal Navy Merlin helicopters operating out of Oman will airlift them off the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, UK


Breaking: Turkish-backed rebels launch major counter-offensive to reclaim lost territory in Hama

Published 2019-05-20 11:50:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – For the second time in the last 24 hours, the Turkish-backed rebels have launched a major counter-offensive to retake the areas they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northwestern Hama. Led by the National Liberation Front, the Turkish-backed rebels began the assault by storming the Syrian Army’s defenses at the small towns of Al-Masasneh and Hamamiyat. A fierce battle would ensue as the Turkish-backed rebels send hundreds of soldiers towards the Syrian Army’s defenses. Thus far, no advances have been reported by either side. The Syrian Air Force is now active over the… Read on ->

Tags: FSA, Hama, Syria

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Turkish-backed rebels suffer big losses in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-20 09:48:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield forces sent a large number of reinforcements to the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate this past weekend. The primary reason for their redeployment was to help retake the areas their rebel allies lost earlier this month. Upon their arrival, the Turkish-backed rebels attempted to reclaim these lost areas near the key town of Kafr Naboudeh. During their attack on Sunday, the Euphrates Shield forces and their allies attempted to crack the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) lines at the Kafr Naboudeh front. Despite their best efforts to advance in northwestern Hama,… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Powerful Iraqi group says they will remain part of ‘axis of resistance’ despite foreign pressure

Published 2019-05-20 08:53:06 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Secretary-General of Harakat Al-Nujaba, Akram al-Kaabi, said last week that Iraq will remain part of the “axis of resistance” despite foreign-led initiatives to detach the Iraqi society from the regional developments. “Our enemies want Iraq to be an apathetic society and not react to what is happening in our region. This goes against our beliefs,” al-Kaabi stated, as Press TV reported. Al-Kaabi stressed that based on Islamic beliefs, Iraq cannot be separated from the greater Muslim world and the regional “resistance axis”. “Major organizations affiliated with the Zionists, the United States and the Saudis… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq


Developing: US warship enters South China Sea amid ongoing turmoil with Beijing

Published 2019-05-20 07:51:05 by News Desk in World-News

The U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies. The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and Taiwan. China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States on Friday. The tough talk capped a week that saw Beijing unveil fresh retaliatory tariffs. The U.S. destroyer Preble… Read on ->

Tags: China, US


Militants attempt to attack Russia’s largest base in Syria

Published 2019-05-20 07:28:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – Last night, the jihadist rebels launched a heavy attack on the Hmeimim Airbase in the southwestern region of the Latakia Governorate. According to a military source in Latakia, the jihadist rebels launched several missiles towards the Russian installation from their positions in the neighboring Idlib Governorate. The source said the Russian military quickly activated their air defense sirens and began shooting down the militant missiles before they could reach the installation. He would add that the entire jihadist attack was repelled, with no missiles managing to hit any part of the Hmeimim Airbase. Sunday’s attack… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Latakia, Syria


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