This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Syria, Afrin, Iran, Germany, ISIS, Palmyra, Hamas, Palestine, Idlib, Russia, US.

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Syrian Army kills over 150 jihadists, Turkish-backed rebels in 72 hours: report

Published 2019-06-08 22:34:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels have suffered heavy casualties over the last 72 hours, as their latest offensive in northwestern Hama has turned into a complete blood bath. According to a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) field report, their troops have killed over 150 fighters from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the National Liberation Front, and Jaysh Al-Izza. Among the 150 militants killed in northwestern Hama were three commanders from Jaysh Al-Izza. The commanders were identified by the group as the former Syrian National Team goalkeeper Abdel-Bassit Sarout, Yasser Al-Hilal, and Mohammad Khaled Al-Sabbagh. While Jaysh Al-Izza has… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Kurdish forces kill 9 Turkish soldiers, rebels in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-06-08 22:05:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Afrin Liberation Forces carried out a number of operations against the Turkish Army and their allies rebels this week, killing and wounding several soldiers in the process. According to the official statement by the Afrin Liberation Forces, their operations were carried out between June 5th and 6th; they primarily concentrated on the Afrin region, which is where the Turkish Army and their allied rebels currently control the entire area. Afrin Liberation Forces’ statement below: Our forces targeted Turkish soldiers and their affiliated jihadist groups in 4 different operations in the towns of Sherawa,… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Syria


Iran uses ‘unconventional’ methods to sell its oil: report

Published 2019-06-08 21:53:51 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has told SHANA news agency that the country is utilising unofficial channels to sell its oil, as the country’s energy sector was slapped with US sanctions in November 2018. The minister declined to specify how exactly the country is going through with the sales, citing the need to keep the method secret from Washington. “We have unofficial or unconventional sales, all of which are secret, because if they are made known America would immediately stop them”, he said. The minister also commented on previous statements made by his deputy, who said that Tehran is… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


Syrian Army moves towards militant lines in northwestern Hama: video

Published 2019-06-08 15:09:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:35 P.M.) – The official media wing of the Tiger Forces released a new video on Saturday that shows the Syrian military moving towards the jihadist lines in northwestern Syria. The soldiers in the video, which are Tiger Forces, are seen moving towards an undisclosed location in northwestern Hama. The location is likely Tal Malah, which fell to the jihadist forces on Thursday evening. ?eid=ARAiRjQ0re34YQnJcz3gB9vbMonDCLFAbj0xcIc7ETUC_tFGj26sTr5deY4tDQJH4KxORmxn27mOYN9g

Tags: Hama, Syria


US asks German military to extend mission in Syria: report

Published 2019-06-08 14:33:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The U.S. military has asked their German counterparts to extend their mission in Syria until the last remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) are eliminated, Der Spiegel reported on Friday. The Der Spiegel article said a U.S. general asked the German military to extend its reconnaissance and tank missions in Syria, as the Islamic State has not been fully defeated on the ground. The German publication cited a confidential letter they received in May from the head of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), General Kenneth McKenzie, to Germany’s Chief of Defense, General Eberhard Zorn…. Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Syria


Russian airstrikes hammer jihadist lines in NW Hama as Syrian Army attempts to advance

Published 2019-06-08 14:11:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – For the second time in the last 24 hours, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has launched a counter-offensive to reclaim the territory they lost in the northwestern countryside of Hama. Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Army began their assault by storming the large hilltop of Tal Malah. This attack resulted in a series of intense clashes that are still ongoing at this time. According to a military source in the town of Mhardeh, the Syrian and Russian air forces are peppering the militant-held towns of Al-Latamneh, Kafr Zita, Zakat, and Jibeen in an… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Former Syrian National Team member turned rebel commander reportedly dead after Hama battle

Published 2019-06-08 13:54:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The former goalkeeper for the Syrian National Team, ‘Abdel-Bassit Sarout, reportedly succumbed to his wounds on Saturday after the fierce battle that took place in northwestern Hama earlier in the week. According to opposition activists via social media, Sarout was badly wounded during the joint Jaysh Al-Izza/Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham offensive in northwestern Hama. At first, many pro-opposition activists reported that the Jaysh Al-Izza commander would recover from his wounds; however, no status update was given on Sarout until this morning. Sarout was a primary fixture in the early anti-government demonstrations in Syria, as the former… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria


ISIS ambush kills 3 Syrian Army soldiers in southern Palmyra

Published 2019-06-08 11:51:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) carried out another ambush in the Palmyra countryside this week, killing a number of soldiers in the process. According to a field report from Palmyra, the Islamic State ambushed a Syrian Army vehicle as it was traveling south of the ancient city. The report said the Islamic State ambush resulted in the death of at least three soldiers, including one officer. The Islamic State has recently stepped up their attacks against the Syrian Arab Army and their allies in eastern Syria, killing more than 100 soldiers in the month of May… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Palmyra, Syria


Syrian Army, jihadists engaged in deadliest battle in northwest Hama: map

Published 2019-06-08 10:09:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham are involved in the deadliest battle of the month in northwestern Hama. What began as a successful month for the Syrian Arab Army has since turned in a blood bath with all warring parties trading heavy offensives along the Hama-Idlib axis. The death from this week’s battles has already exceeded over 100 dead, as a surprise Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham offensive has resulted in little map changes and heavy losses. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the jihadist rebels suffered over 120… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Syrian media denies relations with Hamas, claims Muslim Brotherhood links

Published 2019-06-08 09:41:38 by News Desk in Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – A media source told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Friday that Syria has not restored relations with Hamas, despite the claims by the Palestinian group’s leader, Ismail Haniyah, earlier this month. “The stance of Syria on this issue is principled,” the SANA source said, adding “this stance, in the past, was built on the fact that Hamas was a resistance movement against ‘Israel’, but, later it became clear that it is the blood of Muslim Brotherhood that dominates this movement when it supported the terrorists in Syria and engaged in the scheme that… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Palestine, Syria


Turkish-backed rebels hit Syrian jet with anti-aircraft missile in Idlib

Published 2019-06-08 02:26:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) struck a Syrian fighter jet with an anti-aircraft missile (i.e. MANPADS) while it was flying a sortie over the Idlib Governorate on Friday. According to a military report, the Turkish-backed rebels clipped a Syrian Air Force Su-22 jet in southwest Idlib, but the fighter pilot was able to maintain control of the warplane and return the aircraft to its home base. The Turkish-backed rebels, specifically the Free Syrian Army (FSA), have used MANPADS in the past to shoot down Syrian Air Force jets and helicopters. While it is not… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


[Graphic 18+] Jihadist corpses fill the battlefield after failed offensive in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-06-08 01:42:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 A.M.) – A number of jihadists were killed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on Friday as they attempted to capture the key town of Kernaz in northwestern Hama. According to a field report from the Hama Governorate, the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militants attempted to replicate their success on Thursday by storming a key army point. However, the jihadist offensive would end in disaster as several Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham fighters were killed during the first hours of their offensive at Kernaz. In a short video released by the Syrian military, many jihadist corpses can be seen at… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Syrian Army killed 120 militants during HTS offensive in NW Hama: Russia

Published 2019-06-08 00:33:07 by News Desk in Syria

Militants from the *Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terror group launched an offensive late on Thursday. At least 500 terrorists with the support of armored vehicles and tanks, attacked Syrian army positions near the towns of Jabin and Tal Melh, according to Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, commander of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation. “While repelling the attack, Syrian government forces killed over 120 terrorists and destroyed five tanks, three IFV, nine off-road vehicles, a multiple-launch rocket system and two mortars”, Kupchishin said at a daily briefing. The Russian general also said that on 7 June armed opposition groups from the Idlib… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Russia, Syria


Close call: Russian and US warships nearly collide in East China Sea – video

Published 2019-06-08 00:14:43 by News Desk in World-News

A US and a Russian warship nearly collided in the East China Sea as seen in footage filmed on Friday, with each side pointing the finger at the other. Footage shows the two ships passing each other at a dangerously close proximity.   The US Navy claimed the Russian destroyer, Admiral Vinogradov, conducted an ‘unsafe maneuver’ 50-100 feet (15- 30 meters) away from the USS Chancellorsville. Russia’s Pacific Fleet alleged that the US warship suddenly changed direction, forcing the Russian crew to perform an ’emergency maneuver.’ The US said it would lodge a formal complaint with Russia over the incident…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


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