This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Douma, Syria, Hama, Aleppo, Idlib, Turkey, Palmyra, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen, Iran, US, Russia.

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OPCW rejects Russia’s request to hold briefing on Douma: Lavrov

Published 2019-06-10 15:39:24 by News Desk in Syria

The Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has rejected Moscow’s request on holding a briefing with experts on the April 2018 events in Syria’s Douma, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Monday. According to Lavrov, some people among the group of the OPCW’s Western experts wrote the truth about what has happened in Douma. “For example, no one dropped the canisters of chlorine from the air, they were brought to a house and put on the bed.” “The Technical Secretariat’s leadership is trying to sweep this evident fact under the carpet,” Lavrov… Read on ->

Tags: Douma, Syria

New video shows Syrian Army attempting to halt jihadist advance in NW Hama

Published 2019-06-10 15:05:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A new video released by the Anna News Agency on Sunday showed the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attempting to halt the jihadist advance in northwestern Hama. The video, which begins on June 7th, shows the Syrian Arab Army engaged in fierce combat with the jihadist rebels who launched a heavy assault to capture several areas between Al-Sqaylabiyeh and Mhardeh.

Tags: Hama, Syria

Turkish military sends convoy to NW Syria amid Syrian Army buildup in southern Aleppo

Published 2019-06-10 14:20:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military sent a new convoy to the northeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, opposition activists reported on Monday afternoon. According to the opposition activists, the Turkish military convoy made their way from the Hatay Province in Turkey to the Idlib Governorate town of Saraqib near the Aleppo border. The Turkish military’s reinforcements to their observation post in Saraqib comes just days after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began building up their troops in the southern countryside of Aleppo. The reason for the Syrian Arab Army buildup in southern Aleppo is not fully known;… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Turkey

Displaced families return to Palmyra for first time in 2 years

Published 2019-06-10 13:29:34 by News Desk in Syria

Footage filmed on Saturday shows displaced families returning to their homes in the Syrian city of Palmyra, two years after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) gained control of the city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, fell to IS in 2015. The Syrian government captured the city from IS in 2016 and then once again in 2017. Since then, authorities have carried out reconstruction efforts, aimed at providing basic services to the returning locals, including electricity, water resources, and facilities that were destroyed by IS. Head of the Palmyra City Council… Read on ->

Tags: Palmyra, Syria

Breaking: Syrian Army makes another attempt to capture key hilltop in NW Hama

Published 2019-06-10 13:02:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – For the second time in the last 24 hours, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has made an attempt to capture the key hilltop of Tal Malah in northwestern Hama. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army reportedly stormed the western and southern axes of Tal Malah in a bid to expel the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham from the hilltop. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) is heavily targeting the militant supply lines in northern Hama to ensure that they are unable to reinforce their troops at Tal… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Houthi forces destroy 3 Saudi Army vehicles along Yemeni border

Published 2019-06-10 12:15:48 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Saudi Coalition launched another offensive along the Yemeni border, targeting the Houthi defenses inside the Al-Ajasher Desert of the Najran Province. The Houthi forces reported that they were able to repel the Saudi Coalition’s attack after a short battle this morning. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their troops managed to destroy at least three armored vehicles during the battle, while also killing more than 10 coalition fighters. At the same time, the Houthi forces carried out a hit-and-run attack at the Al-Nar Mountain in northern Yemen. According to the… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen

Russian Air Force lets loose heavy attack over northwestern Syria

Published 2019-06-10 11:39:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force has unleashed a heavy assault across northwestern Syria on Monday, targeting several areas under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party. Russian jets flying out of the Hmeimim Airbase in southwest Latakia reportedly took off this morning towards the Idlib and Hama governorates, where they later launched several airstrikes over the militant defenses. Among the targets for the Russian Air Force were last towns under the control of the militants in northern Hama and the Al-Ghaab Plain. The Russian Air Force has recently intensified their airstrikes over… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

US commander considers expanding US military presence in Middle East amid Iranian ‘threat’

Published 2019-06-10 11:10:44 by News Desk in Iran

Head of US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie had requested in early May that an aircraft strike force, B-52 bombers, troops and an anti-missile system be sent to the region, referring to “specific” threats to the US and allied forces as well as interests in Iraq and elsewhere. Speaking aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the North Arabian Sea, Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command, has said he may recommend boosting US forces in the Middle East to further act as a “stabilising” factor against Iran, writes The Wall Street Journal. The commander justified this expansion upon concluding… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Syrian Army fails to retake strategic hilltop in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-06-10 10:21:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.)  – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a big counter-offensive in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Sunday, targeting the areas they lost to the jihadist rebels earlier in the week. Backed by heavy airstrikes from their Russian partners, the Syrian Arab Army began their offensive by storming the jihadist defenses at the western axis of Tal Malah. Following a series of intense clashes on Sunday morning, the Syrian Arab Army was forced to withdraw from the western axis of Tal Malah after sustaining a number of casualties. Once the Syrian Arab Army withdrew… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Houthi guerilla warfare tactics foil Saudi Coalition offensive along Yemeni border

Published 2019-06-10 09:49:22 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched an offensive on Sunday to capture the Sudais border region inside the Najran Province of southern Saudi Arabia. Backed by heavy airstrikes, the Saudi Coalition attempted to retake the sites they recently lost to the Houthi (var. Ansarallah) forces at the Sudais border region. Despite the air supremacy and technologically advanced weapons, the Saudi-led Coalition was unable to crack the Houthi lines in Sudais. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their troops were able to inflict heavy losses in the ranks of the Saudi-led Coalition while… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen

Jihadist offensive to dislodge Syrian Army from southwest Idlib ends in heavy losses

Published 2019-06-10 09:13:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a powerful attack on Sunday to expel the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from the southwestern region of the Idlib Governorate. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels began their assault by storming the northern axis of Qasabiyah. This town is located at the southwestern slope of Idlib’s Jabal Al-Zawiya region. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their jihadist allies repeatedly stormed the Syrian Army’s positions at Qasabiyah in a bid to break through the government’s main line of defense. Despite a brief infiltration into Qasabiyah, the jihadist rebels were unable to score… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Houthi forces rain missiles on Saudi airport near Yemeni border

Published 2019-06-10 08:05:15 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Houthi forces rained a number of missiles on the Najran Airport last night after the Saudi Coalition launched heavy airstrikes over the northern region of Yemen. Led by their rocket battalion, the Houthi forces fired several missiles from their attack drones on the Najran Airport; this resulted in a number of explosions at this Saudi installation. The Houthi forces claim the Najran Airport is used by the Saudi Coalition to not only store weapons, but also to launch airstrikes on neighboring Yemen. The Houthi forces have now struck the Najran Airport on three separate… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Yemen

Turkey rejects Idlib ceasefire terms after Russia asks Ankara to handover Jabal Shashabo: report

Published 2019-06-10 07:21:49 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – Turkey and Russia have failed to reach an agreement on a ceasefire inside the Idlib Governorate of northwestern Syria, the Syria-based Al-Watan newspaper reported on Monday morning. Citing opposition sources, Al-Watan said the negotiations stalled between Turkey and Russia after the latter asked Ankara to hand over the Jabal Shashabo region in northwestern Hama. In addition to handing over Jabal Shashabo, Turkey would have to withdraw from its observation post in Sher Magher, which was allegedly a major issue for Ankara during the negotiations. The publication said the goal of the negotiations was to secure… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey

Iran unveils new air defense system capable of intercepting 6 targets at once

Published 2019-06-10 02:04:42 by News Desk in Iran

The Iranian Defence Ministry has presented its new domestically-designed air defence system Khordad 15 capable of shooting down six targets at the same time, the Tasnim news agency reported, citing Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami. The new air defence system, equipped with phased array radar and independent launch pads, can detect both warplanes and intruding drones within a range of 150 kilometres (93 miles) and track them at a range of 120 kilometres, according to the Tasnim news agency. The Iranian defence minister also stated that the Khordad 15 system paired with Sayyad-3 long-range missiles, was capable… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

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