This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: ISIS, Syria, Tanf, Albukamal, Iraq, Germany, US, Hamas, Palestine, Idlib, Turkey, Golan, Palmyra, Kilis. Turkey, Russia, Iran, IRGC, Baghdadi, UK, PKK, Hama, Saudi, Latakia, Spain, Hezbollah.

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Syrian Army strikes back against ISIS, ambushes terrorist group near Tanf

Published 2019-05-30 23:12:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a deadly ambush on Thursday against a group of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists near the Al-Tanf Zone in southeastern Homs. According to a field report, a Syrian Army group ambushed several Islamic State militants near Al-Tanf, resulting in the death of some of the terrorist combatants. Several Islamic State members have been able to evade capture by taking advantage of Syria’s vast desert region that stretches across more than half the country. Due to the Syrian Desert’s large number of mountains and caves, the Islamic State is able… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria, Tanf


Iraqi forces reinforce Syrian border city amid Iranian-US turmoil

Published 2019-05-30 22:00:47 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units) forces have entered eastern Syria and reinforced the border city of Albukamal, a Syrian military source told Al-Masdar News. According to the SAA source, the Hashd Al-Sha’abi fighters are present on both sides of the Albukamal border. He added that they are working in conjunction with the Syrian military, Hezbollah, and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Hashd Al-Sha’abi currently possesses a large presence along the Syrian-Iraqi border; they have proven effective in blocking the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters from crossing back-and-forth between the two countries. The Iraqi group has… Read on ->

Tags: Albukamal, Iraq, Syria


Germany in secret talks with US on military support in Syria

Published 2019-05-30 21:25:36 by News Desk in Syria

The German government has signaled during months-long secret talks with the US that it would be prepared to take part in securing a safe zone in northern Syria, Spiegel reports. According to the outlet, Berlin has suggested that the mission of the German Armed Forces, Bundeswehr, in Jordan could be extended for this purpose. The mandate for a German deployment called “Camp Sonic” to remain at a Jordanian Air Force base in order to counter Daesh expires in October. It includes specially equipped “Tornado” jets that are assisting the US-led anti-Daesh coalition with reconnaissance and aerial refueling over Syria. However,… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Syria, US


Hamas allegedly restored ties with Syrian gov’t

Published 2019-05-30 17:54:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The head of Hamas’ political wing, Ismail Haniyeh, reportedly told Sputnik Arabic that his organization has adopted the Syrian government’s position on the Syrian opposition and their armed groups. According to Sputnik, Haniyeh said his organization has ‘good’ ties with the Syrian government, despite their 2012 rift when then leader, Khaled Mesha’al, left Damascus for Doha, Qatar. Haniyeh told Sputnik that his organization maintains the politics of the “Axis of Resistance”, which is a reference to Iran, Hezbollah, and Syria. “Syria, its people, and its regime have always stood by the Palestinian people and the… Read on ->

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Tags: Hamas, Palestine, Syria


Breaking: Russian jets swarm Idlib after ceasefire talks with Turkey fail

Published 2019-05-30 17:13:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Minutes ago, over five Russian fighter jets began launching airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate following the collapse of ceasefire talks with Turkey. According to a military source in northwestern Syria, the ceasefire talks collapsed after Turkey demanded the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) withdraw from all the areas they captured in northwestern Hama. The Russian military reportedly rejected Turkey’s demands and restarted their aerial campaign over the Idlib Governorate. The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) had already launched airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate on Thursday, but the Russian military had only carried out limited attacks due… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Israeli tanks approach Syrian town after crossing Golan Heights DMV: video

Published 2019-05-30 16:56:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) crossed the Golan Heights’ demilitarized zone on Thursday, making their way towards a Syrian border town. According to Sputnik Arabic, the Israeli tanks crossed the demiitarized zone that was established by the UN in 1974 and made their way towards the Al-Quneitra Governorate town of Jabatha Al-Khashab. A Sputnik correspondent that was near the DMZ said that IDF tanks crossing into this area was a common occurrence when the jihadist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra controlled the town of Jabatha Al-Khashab and several other towns in Al-Quneitra. Sputnik later released video… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Syria


Syrian Army foils ISIS ambush near Palmyra city

Published 2019-05-30 16:27:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The recent Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements that arrived in the Palmyra countryside have proven important as they managed to foil a new Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) ambush near the ancient city. According to a field report from Palmyra, the Islamic State attempted to ambush a Syrian Arab Army convoy east of the ancient city on Thursday morning. However, the Syrian Army scouts spotted the terrorists before they could carry out the ambush. The Syrian Arab Army managed to kill several of the Islamic State attackers before the terrorists retreated to an unknown location in the… Read on ->

Tags: Palmyra, Syria


Turkey pushing Russia for ceasefire in Idlib: source

Published 2019-05-30 16:05:26 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Turkish regime is pushing for a new ceasefire deal around the Idlib deescalation zone after their rebel allies lost a great deal of territory in northwestern Hama. Speaking to Al-Masdar from Damascus, a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) officer said that Ankara is pushing Moscow for an open-ended ceasefire in northwestern Syria. The officer said Turkey wants to prevent any more Syrian Army advances in northwestern Syria, while also demanding that the latter withdraw from the areas they recently captured. He would add that Russia is resisting Turkey’s pleas because they have made similar requests… Read on ->

Tags: Kilis. Turkey, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Top IRGC commander boasts Iranian missiles can hit aircraft carriers

Published 2019-05-30 15:47:40 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The new commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Hossein Salami, boasted this week that Iran possesses the ability to strike aircraft carriers with their ballistic missiles. “A guidance and control system capable of steering a ballistic missile to hit a mobile target is a miracle of technology which is possessed by maybe one or two countries (in the world),” Major General Salami said on Tuesday, as quoted by Fars News. “Twelve years ago it happened,” he added, reminding that Iran test-fired a ballistic missile in 2007 which hit a target three… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC


UK Special Forces dispatched to ‘capture’ ISIS leader Baghdadi: report

Published 2019-05-30 14:17:09 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, Syria

The world’s most wanted man – Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – has on numerous occasions been reported to have been killed or seriously wounded, but is believed to be alive and on the run. The British Army’s Special Air Service (SAS) forces have been deployed to Iraq for a “kill or capture” mission to track down the location of the self-proclaimed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Mirror reported. Around 30 SAS and Special Boat Service troopers have reportedly teamed up with American Special Forces following Easter bombings on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, which left 253 killed, including… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdadi, Iraq, Syria, UK


Turkey seeking to ‘block’ US support to PKK in Iraq and Syria: Turkish media

Published 2019-05-30 13:51:55 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Turkey’s new military operation in northern Iraq is allegedly meant to ‘block’ the U.S.’ support to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Yeni Safak publication reported. Dubbed “Operation Claw”, Yeni Safak said a 2,500-strong force is looking to cut off the PKK from their alleged Syria supply line. Furthermore, the publication claimed the Turkish Army is planning to destroy their bases and arms depots in northern Iraq. The Turkish military operation is looking to secure the Hakurk-Duhok-Zap line near the Syrian border, which has been allegedly used to supply the PKK with weapons, food, and… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, PKK, Syria, Turkey


Russia’s Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to get advanced anti-ship missile

Published 2019-05-30 13:18:39 by News Desk in World-News

Russia is developing an advanced anti-ship missile that will also be used in the ammunition load of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on Thursday. The defense official made this statement as he visited the Urals-based Detal Design Bureau engaged in the project. “Today the enterprise is working on developing an active homing warhead for the promising anti-ship missile that is planned to be carried by the Su-57 fighter as well,” Krivoruchko said. A working meeting was held on the premises of the Detal Design Bureau to discuss the issue of signing a contract with… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Turkish military sends large convoy to Idlib-Hama border

Published 2019-05-30 12:55:26 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Turkish Army sent a large military convoy to the Idlib-Hama border today in order to reinforce their observation post near the front-lines. According to reports from northwestern Syria, the Turkish Army sent a large military convoy to their observation post near the front-line town of Morek. This move by the Turkish Army comes just 24 hours after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Armed Forces reopened the Morek humanitarian crossing between the Idlib and Hama governorates. Turkey’s observation posts have proven to be an obstacle for the Syrian military in the past,… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Saudi Arabia calls for ‘all means of force’ to confront attacks blamed on Iran

Published 2019-05-30 12:32:33 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

During a meeting of foreign ministers for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Thursday, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf called on Muslim nations to “confront” vessel attacks off the UAE coast that the United States has blamed on Iran with “all means of force and firmness”. The minister said the alleged sabotage of ships and a recent drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline require “more efforts to counter the terrorist acts of extremist and terrorist groups”. Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has claimed in a tweet that the drone strike was “ordered by the regime in… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi

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Syrian Army offensive in northwestern Hama has been halted

Published 2019-05-30 12:05:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) offensive in northwestern Hama has been halted until further notice, a source from the military told Al-Masdar News this morning. According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army has not received any orders to advance from either Kafr Naboudeh or Qal’at Al-Madiq in northwestern Hama. The source did confirm that a large number of reinforcements had arrived in northwestern Hama recently but added that they have not received any further orders. Another source from the army said that the Syrian military is awaiting the green light from the Russian Armed… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Syrian, Russian jets attack militant strongholds in southwest Idlib

Published 2019-05-30 10:39:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian and Russian air forces resumed their airstrikes over the Hama-Idlib axis, targeting several areas under the control of the militant forces in northwestern Syria. According to a field report from nearby Hama, the Syrian and Russian air forces heavily targeted the Jabal Shashabo region of southwest Idlib, hitting several sites belonging to the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The Syrian and Russian air forces have been heavily targeting Jabal Shahabo in order to weaken the militant resolve just north of the recently captured town of Qal’at Al-Madiq. For the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Jihadist forces kill several Syrian Army soldiers in ambush attack in northern Latakia

Published 2019-05-30 09:54:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:35 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels carried out a deadly ambush in northern Latakia on Wednesday, killing and wounding several soldiers in the process. According to a military report, several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed when a jihadist group loyal to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham ambushed their positions in the Al-Qal’at Mountains. The report said the jihadist rebels quickly withdrew from the area shortly after they carried out the ambush. These jihadist ambushes have become prevalent in the Latakia Governorate as Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies attempt to inflict as much damage as possible on the… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Spanish jet intercepts Russian warplane over Black Sea

Published 2019-05-30 08:33:04 by News Desk in World-News

Spanish EF-18 fighter jets “intercepted” a Russian An-12 military aircraft in international airspace “controlled by one of the Baltic states,” the General Staff of the Spanish Defence Ministry said. “The interception was made on May 24 over the [Baltic] sea,” the statement said, adding that “the plane did not meet the necessary requirements for flying in this airspace.” US Fighters Intercept Russian Bombers During Scheduled Flight Along Alaska – NORAD The military added that the Spanish aircraft escorted the Russian jet “in accordance with the established protocol.” “The type of the aircraft was established” and it was escorted by the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Spain


Hezbollah allegedly withdrawing forces from Syria: US

Published 2019-05-30 08:01:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – Hezbollah is allegedly withdrawing their forces from Syria after more than six years inside the country, the U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus. According to Ortagus, Hezbollah is withdrawing from Syria due to the ongoing U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah does not issue military statements, so it is very difficult to verify the authenticity of these claims by the U.S. State Department. Despite these claims by the State Department, there have been no reports from any Syrian channels about this alleged withdrawal of Hezbollah forces. Furthermore, Hezbollah is embedded with Iran’s… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Syria


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