In front of the portraits of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, and late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, left, Iran's Sejjil, a surface-to-surface, a two-stage, solid-fuel ballistic missile is displayed by the Revolutionary Guard during a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

This is a summary of 10 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, US, Idlib, Syria, Lebanon, Tehran, Hama, Russia, ISIS, Palmyra, Bolton, Aleppo.

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Iran can sink US warships with ‘secret weapon’: Iranian commander

Published 2019-05-25 13:10:18 by News Desk in Iran

Iran has signaled its readiness to use its “secret” weaponry in order to sink US warships which were earlier delivered to the Persian Gulf region. “America […] is sending two warships to the region. If they commit the slightest stupidity, we will send these ships to the bottom of the sea along with their crew and planes using two missiles or two new secret weapons,” General Morteza Qorbani, an adviser to Iran’s military command, told the semi-official Iranian news agency Mizan. The statement comes amid mounting US-Iran tensions which exacerbated earlier this month, when the US imposed more anti-Iran sanctions… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Syrian choppers destroy 2 jihadist bases in western Idlib: video

Published 2019-05-25 12:43:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – The Syrian Air Force reportedly destroyed two jihadist bases in the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Friday. Using their attack choppers, the Syrian Air Force targeted two bases belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in the Al-Arabaeen Mountains of western Idlib. According to the Muraselon News Agency, the Syrian Air Force dropped 4 Russian FAB bombs on the two HTS bases, destroying both of them and killing several of the jihadist fighters. The wounded HTS fighters were reportedly transferred to a local field hospital. A similar bombing took place later in the day when… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Satellite image reveals new land bridge connecting international highway from Tehran to Beirut

Published 2019-05-25 12:04:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Israel-based Image Satellite International company released a new satellite image showing the construction of a land bridge between Syria and Iraq. Based on the image, the construction is taking place between the Syrian border city of Albukamal and the Iraqi border city of Al-Qa’im. This border is controlled by Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units) on the Iraqi side, and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the Syrian side. As reported by Al-Masdar last month, Iran is preparing to link Tehran to the Mediterranean via an international highway… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Tehran

Syrian Army killed nearly 350 jihadists, Turkish-backed rebels in northwestern Syria: Russia

Published 2019-05-25 11:16:07 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian Army has faced several attacks from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in the northwestern countryside of the  Hama Governorate, killing up to 350 terrorists and destroying six tanks and armored infantry carriers, Major General Viktor Kupchishin, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, said on Friday. “Throughout the day, government forces repelled attacks by illegal armed groups near the settlements of Kafr Naboudeh and Huayz in the Hama governorate. Since May 21, while rebuffing militant’s attacks the Syrian government army has destroyed up to 350 terrorists, five tanks, one armored infantry carries, 27 pickup… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Russia, Syria

ISIS ambush kills several Syrian soldiers in eastern Syria

Published 2019-05-25 10:58:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – For the second time this week, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization has carried out an ambush against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the vast Badiya Al-Sham region. According to a military source near the ancient city of Palmyra, the Islamic State ambushed a group of Syrian Army soldiers near the T-3 Pumping Station. This ambush resulted in the death of several Syrian Arab Army soldiers and the hospitalization of many others. The source added that the Islamic State fighters quickly retreated to an unknown location shortly after they carried out this ambush. Over… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Palmyra, Syria

Bolton alleges US has ‘deep, serious’ intel on ‘Iranian threat’

Published 2019-05-25 09:30:56 by News Desk in Iran

Bolton claimed that Washington has “deep and serious” intelligence on the threat posed by Iran but declined to provide any details. On 12 May, four oil tankers, including two Saudi vessels and a UAE-flagged ship, were targeted by a mysterious attack near the UAE’s exclusive economic zone. Although no one has claimed responsibility for the sabotage, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed on Tuesday that it was “quite possible” that Tehran was behind it. The attack comes as tensions have further escalated between the United States and sanctions-battered Iran after the former boosted military presence in the Gulf region… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, Iran, US

Jihadist capture of Kafr Naboudeh proves incredibly costly as death toll is estimated over 120

Published 2019-05-25 09:02:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels scored an important advance in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate this week, as their forces managed to retake the key town of Kafr Naboudeh from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). However, this advance by the jihadists of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkish-backed rebels would prove incredibly costly as their forces lost well over 100 fighters in 72 hours. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the jihadists and their Turkish-backed rebel allies lost an estimated 120-150 fighters, with the majority of them being Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militants…. Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Trump allegedly approves deployment of 1,500 US troops to Middle East amid rising tensions

Published 2019-05-25 08:30:24 by News Desk in Iran

US President Donald Trump confirmed that the Pentagon will deploy 1,500 more troops to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran, Reuters reported, citing sources. According to Mr. Trump, the troops’ deployment is mostly protective. The Pentagon said on Friday that the US is sending more troops to the Middle East due to “credible intelligence” that Iran continues to plan attacks against US and its allies in the region. According to acting Assistant Secretary of Defence for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger, the troops would not be deployed to Iraq or Syria. However, she declined to specify where exactly the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

Syrian Army begins amassing troops in southern Aleppo for new offensive

Published 2019-05-25 01:17:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun amassing troops in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate as they prepare to launch a new offensive at this axis near the Idlib Governorate. According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) sent reinforcements from the provincial capital, Damascus, and Homs to the southern countryside of the province. The reinforcements have reportedly arrived at the key town of Al-Hadher. The source told Al-Masdar that the Syrian Arab Army is preparing to launch an offensive around the key town of Tal Al-‘Eis, which they… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hama, Syria

Complete Syrian war map and field report – May update

Published 2019-05-25 00:02:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The month of May has seen the most violence in Syria this year, with much of the hostilities taking place in the northwestern part of the country. Northwestern Hama The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began an important offensive in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate in early May, targeting the last areas under the control of the jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels in this region. At the start of the offensive, the Syrian Arab Army scored several advances in northwestern Hama, seizing a number of towns and villages, including the militant strongholds of Qal’at Al-Madiq… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Syria

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