This is a summary of 11 AMN articles on the following subjects: Israel, Lebanon, Hama, Syria, Damascus, Saudi, SDF, US, Iraq, Raqqa, Belarus, Russia, Serbia.

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Lebanese MoD comments on possibility of war with Israel

Published 2019-06-15 23:30:16 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – Lebanon’s Minister of Defense Elias Bou Saab sat down for an interview with Sputnik Arabic on Saturday to discuss a number of topics, including the possibility of war with Israel. When asked about the possibility of war with Israel, Bou Saab said it is very unlikely that Lebanon would enter into a war with their neighbor to the south. “I do not think there is a high chance of military action by Israel against Lebanon,” Bou Saab stated. “It is not in Israel’s or Lebanon’s interest to have a war because a war like this… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Syrian Army suffers heavy casualties in failed offensive in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-06-15 22:50:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a powerful offensive in northwestern Hama on Saturday that targeted the strategic hilltop of Tal Malah and the nearby town of Jibeen. At the start of the offensive, the Syrian Arab Army was able to score a swift advance at Tal Malah after the Russian and Syrian air forces hammered the hilltop with relentless airstrikes. However, the Syria Army’s success would not last for long, as a swift counter-attack by the jihadist rebels would force the government troops to withdraw west in order to avoid suffering more casualties. According… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria


Blackwater founder seeks to invest in Israeli start-ups

Published 2019-06-15 22:29:42 by News Desk in Middleeast

Erik Prince, the founder of the notorious Blackwater private military company and chairman of the Frontier Services Group security firm, has revealed his plans to seek opportunities to invest in Israeli start-ups during his visit in July 2019 in an interview with The Jerusalem Post. During his stay in the country, Prince will meet representatives of companies working in the defence and intelligence spheres, such as BlueBird Aero Systems and Axon Vision, the media outlet reported. “I love the spirit of the Israeli people who have stepped out and followed their dream or a nagging idea to build something new. They have combined knowledge, tenacity and grit to build new entities and options”, he said. Prince has a… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


Breaking: Powerful explosion rocks western Damascus

Published 2019-06-15 18:51:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:35 P.M.) – A powerful explosion rocked the western suburbs of Damascus, today, a source from the capital told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the explosion was reported inside the Military Project in the western part of the city. A second explosion was just reported in the same area. No casualties have been reported yet. The source of the explosion is still being investigated.

Tags: Damascus, Syria


Saudi officials visit eastern Syria to meet with US, SDF delegations

Published 2019-06-15 18:38:57 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – A Saudi diplomatic delegation, led by Saudi Minister of Persian Gulf Affairs Thamer Al-Sabhan, met with the U.S. Armed Forces and members of the Syrian Democratic Council in eastern Deir Ezzor this week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) first reported, later confirmed by pro-SDF media. According to the report, the Saudi delegation met with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Levant Affairs Joel Rayburn and former U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain William Roebuck in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate. Also participating in the meeting were the co-chairs of the Deir Ezzor Civil… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, SDF, Syria, US


Syrian Army hammers northwestern Hama as they prepare to storm strategic hill

Published 2019-06-15 15:49:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is currently hammering the northwestern countryside of Hama this afternoon, following their withdrawal from the strategic hilltop of Tal Malah. According to a field source, the Syrian Arab Army is striking the area around Tal Malah with several surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells. The source added that the Syrian Arab Army is preparing to storm Tal Malah for the second time today in a bid to finally capture and secure the hilltop. Earlier in the day, the Syrian Army seized Tal Malah from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham;… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria


Military base hosting US troops comes under attack in Iraq

Published 2019-06-15 15:24:09 by News Desk in Iraq

Iraq’s military said in a statement that militants attacked the Balad Air Base north of Baghdad on Saturday, firing three mortar shells. No casualties have been reported, however, the attack caused small fires, which were extinguished immediately. According to AP, citing an anonymous security officer that American trainers are stationed at Balad air base. The assault comes just a month after the US put its facilities in the Middle Eastern country on alert, ordering all non-emergency government employees to leave Iraq. Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, where international facilities are located, also suffered a rocket attack. The United States and its allies… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US


SDF busts ISIS sleeper cell responsible for several terrorist attacks in Raqqa

Published 2019-06-15 14:50:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) busted an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cell that was operating inside Raqqa city. According to reports, the SDF’s intelligence units uncovered the Islamic State sleeper cell in Raqqa after a series of terrorist attacks that targeted their forces and locals in the city. During the operation, the SDF managed to arrest seven members of the terrorist group, while also seizing the contents inside the sleeper cell. The contents seized by the SDF included explosives and weapons that would be used for future terrorist attacks in and around Raqqa city. Since… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, SDF, Syria


Breaking: Jihadist counter-offensive reverses all Syrian Army gains in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-06-15 13:51:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) capture of Tal Malah and Jibeen in northwestern Hama was short-lived on Saturday as a swift jihadist counter-offensive managed to reverse all of their advances. According to a military source in northwestern Hama, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies from Jaysh Al-Izza were able to retake Tal Malah and Jibeen after raining down several missiles and artillery shells on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions. Unable to fortify their positions on Tal Malah, the Syrian Arab Army was forced to retreat once the jihadist rebels began storming… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria


Slavic Brotherhood 2019 military exercises begin in Serbia

Published 2019-06-15 13:21:19 by News Desk in World-News

An international tactical military exercise, Slavic Brotherhood 2019, began in the Serbian city of Pancevo on Friday, the country’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. The tactical drills, to last until June 27, involve over 1,000 servicemen from Russia, Belarus and Serbia, as well as about 50 pieces of military hardware and Il-76MD transport planes. On Friday, a parade of servicemen and military equipment and a ceremony to hoist flags of the participating countries was held. The exercises will continue at various training grounds around the country. The exercises will culminate on June 24, at the Kovin airfield some 50… Read on ->

Tags: Belarus, Russia, Serbia


Syrian Army captures strategic hilltop to reopen main road in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-06-15 12:59:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new attack in northwestern Hama this morning that targeted all of the areas recently captured by the jihadist rebels. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army began their assault by storming the strategic hilltop of Tal Malah in a bid to retake this imperative site from the jihadists of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Following a short battle for Tal Malah, the Syrian Arab Army was able to retake this hilltop and the nearby town of Jibeen after the jihadist rebels retreated further east. According to a military… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


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