This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Syria, Mhardeh, Latakia, Russia, US, Venezuela, Dhale, Houthis, Yemen, Idlib, Turkey, Houthi, Najran, Saudi, Iran, UK, Alaska, NORAD, Kabani.

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Breaking: Jihadists make new push to capture 2nd strategic town in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-22 17:11:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new wave of attacks in northwestern Hama on Wednesday, targeting the strategic town of Qal’at Al-Madiq near the Al-Ghaab Plain. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels launched a heavy attack on the towns of Kurkat and Mustariyah in a bid to reach nearby Qal’at Al-Madiq. Intense clashes are now ongoing at these two towns. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their Turkish-backed rebel allies have already managed to recapture Kafr Naboudeh from the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday. If they can retake Qal’at Al-Madiq, they will have successfully retake the two… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Christians of Mhardeh help Syrian Army in fight against jihadists: video

Published 2019-05-22 16:59:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The National Defense Forces (NDF) released a new video this week of their Mhardeh division taking part in the defense of Kafr Naboudeh in the northwestern countryside of Hama. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4rhBzH3HkM Mhardeh, one of the largest Christian towns in Syria, has long been targeted by the jihadist and Turkish-backed rebel groups (even former US-backed groups) in northern Hama; this prompted them to establish one of the most powerful NDF units in the country. Along with nearby Sqaylabiyeh, Mhardeh is known for its reliance on their local population to defend their town. For this reason, the jihadist… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Mhardeh, Syria


UK threatens to strike Syrian gov’t over HTS claims of chemical weapons use

Published 2019-05-22 16:06:03 by News Desk in Syria

The United Kingdom will “respond appropriately” if the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria is confirmed, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday. “We condemn all use of chemical weapons, we are in close contact with the United States, we are monitoring the situation closely. And if any use of chemical weapons is confirmed we’ll respond appropriately”, May told the parliament. The US Department of State claimed earlier in the day that there were “signs” that the Syrian government might be using chemical weapons. The rhetoric followed a statement by Head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation Maj…. Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Breaking: Jihadists attempt to attack Russia’s largest base in Syria

Published 2019-05-22 15:42:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels fired several missiles towards Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase in western Syria this afternoon. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the jihadist rebels fired 17 missiles towards the Hmeimim Airbase, resulting in the activation of the Russian military’s air defense sirens at the installation. The Russian Ministry of Defense said all of the jihadist missiles were either shot down by their military or they fell short of the Hmeimim Airbase. Nine missiles were intercepted by the Kheimim’s air defense, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, while eight others hit the ground before reaching the base…. Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria


Syrian Army advances inside Kafr Naboudeh as jihadist death toll rises over 80

Published 2019-05-22 15:28:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels are struggling to hold onto Kafr Naboudeh this afternoon, despite capturing the town earlier this morning. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began a major counter-offensive against the jihadist rebels to reclaim Kafr Naboudeh shortly after losing the town. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army stormed Kafr Naboudeh from two different flanks in a bid to overwhelm the jihadists. The Syrian Arab Army has managed to reenter the town after breaking through the weak jihadist lines at the western axis of Kafr… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


US not done with coup attempt in Venezuela: Russia

Published 2019-05-22 14:21:09 by News Desk in World-News

US-backed attempts to stage a coup in Venezuela will continue, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters on Wednesday. “We will continue to resist attempts to stage a coup in Venezuela that have been a failure so far. However, these attempts will continue at the US behest,” he said. Situation in Venezuela On January 23, Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been canceled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas. Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US, Venezuela


Russian Air Force launches heavy attack across northwest Syria

Published 2019-05-22 13:35:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a heavy attack across northwestern Syria on Wednesday. Led by their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force began their attack by bombing the jihadist-held areas in western Idlib. According to a source in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force hammered the Jisr Al-Shughour District, hitting Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s supply lines to central Idlib. The Russian Air Force would also bomb several jihadist targets in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. These Russian airstrikes followed the Syrian Air Force’s attack that began earlier in the day. The two air forces concentrated their… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Houthis seizes strategic city in southern Yemen amid rapid advance

Published 2019-05-22 12:57:41 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Houthi forces have seized the strategic city of Al-Qa’tbah after 72 hours of intense clashes with the UAE-backed troops in the Dhale province. According to a report from southern Yemen, the Houthi forces imposed full control over the provincial capital of Dhale (Al-Qa’tbah city) after reaching the pro-government forces’ last line of defense at the southern district of the city. Following the capture of Al-Qa’tbah city, the Houthi forces seized a dozen more towns and villages in the Dhale Governorate, forcing the UAE-backed troops to retreat further south in order to avoid being overrun…. Read on ->

Tags: Dhale, Houthis, Yemen


In pictures: Russian forces carry out operations in eastern Syria

Published 2019-05-22 12:41:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Anna News Agency has released another set of photos from eastern Syria showing the Russian Armed Forces participating in operations against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). In the photos released by Anna News, the Russian soldiers can be seen operating inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate, which still has an Islamic State presence.

Tags: Russia, Syria


Turkish military wont withdraw from observation posts despite Syrian Army pressure

Published 2019-05-22 12:14:46 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military will not withdraw from its 12 observation posts in northwest Syria, despite ongoing pressure from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to the Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar, his nation’s armed forces will remain at their observation posts and they will not be withdrawing anytime soon. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency has said that Syrian government forces have carried out at least three attacks near a Turkish observation post in the Idlib de-escalation zone, one of 12 posts set up under an agreement between Turkey, Russia and Iran last May. “Evacuating… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Air Force carries out new airstrikes over western Idlib

Published 2019-05-22 11:11:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) launched a number of airstrikes over the western region of the Idlib Governorate this morning. According to a source in the nearby governorate of Latakia, the Syrian Air Force launched airstrikes over the Jisr Al-Shughour area of Idlib, hitting several towns and hilltops, including Ishtabraq, Halouz, and Jisr Al-Shughour city. The Syrian Air Force’s attack comes just hours after the jihadist rebels launched a massive offensive to retake the strategic town of Kafr Naboudeh in northwestern Hama. Since they launched this offensive, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Jihadists retake key town in northwestern Hama after sacrificing many fighters

Published 2019-05-22 10:49:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels thew everything they had at the key town of Kafr Naboudeh in northwestern Hama these last 12 hours. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the militants suffered heavy losses during their first major assault on Kafr Naboudeh. While they managed to enter the eastern district, they were ultimately forced to retreat after sustaining a significant number of casualties within their ranks. Following their first attack, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies regrouped to launch a second assault to capture Kafr Naboudeh. This second assault would prove successful as they were able… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Houthi forces once again bomb Najran Airport in Saudi Arabia

Published 2019-05-22 10:39:00 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – For the second time in the last 24 hours, the Houthi forces have bombed the Najran Airport in the southern part of Saudi Arabia. According to a report from the Masirah TV, the Houthi drones attacked the Najran Airport this morning, hitting a Saudi arms depot inside this installation in the southern part of the Kingdom. The report added that the Houthi forces targeted the Najran Airport because the Saudi Air Force uses its runways to launch attacks on the people of Yemen. On Tuesday, the Houthi forces announced that they bombed a number of… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Najran, Saudi, Yemen


Turkey used ceasefire to reinforce northwest Syria for massive counter-offensive: source

Published 2019-05-22 09:41:17 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Turkey proposed and implemented a 72-hour-long ceasefire in northwestern Syria over the weekend to reinforce several front-lines with their rebel proxy forces, a source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar News this morning. “This ceasefire was used by Turkey to redeploy their terrorists from occupied Afrin to Hama,” the source from the Syrian Army’s 11th Division stated, adding that “Turkey begged Russia for a ceasefire and they agreed. They do this every time their terrorists lose ground.” The ‘terrorists’ referenced in the quote are members of the Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield forces, who recently redeployed from… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


UK warns Iran of serious consequences if they attack US assets

Published 2019-05-22 08:58:34 by News Desk in Iran

Commenting on the recent verbal duel between Washington and Tehran, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that Iran should pull back from what he called “destabilizing activities” in the region. The senior official noted that US interests were attacked and Washington would retaliate, and Iran needs to think very carefully about its next move. “I would say to the Iranians: Do not underestimate the resolve on the U.S. side,” Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told reporters on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva. Earlier in the day, Zarif compared Trump with bellicose rulers of the past such as… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, UK, US


Intense footage of ongoing jihadist offensive in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-22 08:28:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels clashed at the towns of Kafr Naboudeh, al-Jayyid, Sharanaz, al- Hawija and al-Hawash in the country’s northwestern region on Monday. Several Syrian Army tanks, rockets, and snipers were seen engaging the enemy forces as they attempt to retake the areas they lost over the last two weeks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-eYrzjTiUg In recent weeks the SAA has managed to gain ground throughout the governate’s towns and villages, paving the way for their troops to reach the Idlib Governorate border. However, the jihadist rebels and their Turkish-backed allies are attempting to… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


4 Russian bombers and 2 fighters jets intercepted off US coast: NORAD

Published 2019-05-22 07:42:12 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – At least four Russian bombers and two fighters jets were intercepted by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) off the coast of Alaska. According to NORAD, the Russian planes were entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone when they were intercepted, but they remained in international airspace — never entering American or Canadian airspace, according to NORAD. “Two of the Russian bombers were intercepted by two F-22s, and a second group of bombers with Su-35 fighters was intercepted later by two additional F-22s,” NORAD said. It said an E-3 “provided overall surveillance.” “NORAD fighters… Read on ->

Tags: Alaska, NORAD, Russia, US


US threatens to take action over HTS claim that Syrian Army troops used chemical weapons

Published 2019-05-22 07:05:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 A.M.) – The U.S. State Department has threatened to take action if the claims by the jihadist group Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham are true about the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) allegedly using chemical weapons in the militant stronghold of Kabani. “We are still gathering information on this incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will respond quickly and appropriately,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. She also denounced Russia, the key ally of Damascus, for what she called a “disinformation campaign” as… Read on ->

Tags: Kabani, Latakia, Syria


Second major jihadist attack underway in northwestern Hama as fierce clashes erupt in Kafr Naboudeh

Published 2019-05-22 05:20:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 A.M.) – The second major jihadist assault is underway in northwestern Hama as the militants of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham attempt to capture the key town of Kafr Naboudeh. According to a source near the front-lines, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham is throwing everything they got at the Syrian Army’s defenses in Kafr Naboudeh. The source said the militants are trying to breach the Syrian Army’s eastern flank in a new bid to seize the town. At the same time, the jihadists are also heavily shelling nearby Tal Hawash in order to weaken the Syrian Army’s defenses around the northwestern… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Jihadists, Turkish-backed rebels suffer devastating losses in first disastrous offensive on Kafr Naboudeh

Published 2019-05-22 04:56:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 A.M.) – The jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels launched a joint counter-offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate last night. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and National Liberation Front, the militants began their assault by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the eastern axis of Kafr Naboudeh. A fierce battle would ensue between the warring parties, with the jihadists of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies briefly entering Kafr Naboudeh after overwhelming the Syrian Army’s eastern flank. However, the militant success would be short lived as the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


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