This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, US, Hama, Syria, Aleppo, Albukamal, Deir_Ezzor, Turkey, India, Idlib, Russia, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen, Hormuz.

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Iran releases alleged footage of their forces shooting down US spy drone: video

Published 2019-06-20 23:11:35 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has reportedly released a video showing the moment a US military drone in Hormuzgan province was downed, according to the Press TV state broadcaster. The footage appeared shortly after commander-in-chief of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Major General Hossein Salami said that a US drone had been downed to send a “clear message” to Washington that the country is fully prepared to defend itself. ​Earlier on Thursday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps announced they shot down the US drone over the waters of Iran’s Hormozgan province. US Air Forces Central Command Cmdr. Joseph Guastella told reporters that… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Jihadists beat back another Syrian Army attack in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-06-20 22:46:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched two attacks on the strategic hilltop of Tal Malah, Thursday, in a bid to reopen the main road from Sqaylabiyeh and Mhardeh. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army’s first attack on Tal Malah was quickly repelled by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies from the National Liberation Front. Following the first failed attack, the Syrian Arab Army regrouped to make another push to capture Tal Malah and the nearby town of Jibeen. The Syrian Arab Army was able to score an initial advance… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Syrian tribal leaders meet in Aleppo to reaffirm support to army, gov’t

Published 2019-06-20 21:29:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Several Syrian tribal leaders met in Aleppo on Thursday to discuss the ongoing situation in northern Syria and to reaffirm their support to the government and Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, the tribal leaders pledged their support to the Syrian Army in their ongoing fight against terrorists. The tribal leaders also rejected the presence of uninvited foreign troops on Syrian soil. They rejected any illegitimate foreign presence in Syria, particularly in the northern and northeastern regions, saying that all troops that entered Syria illegally are occupation forces. The tribal… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Iranian forces on high alert in eastern Syria: report

Published 2019-06-20 20:58:37 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 P.M.) – The Iranian forces and their allied paramilitary groups are on high alert in eastern Syria, a source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar News from Damascus. According to the Syrian military source, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and several allied paramilitary units have increased their security measures around the border city of Albukamal as they anticipate a potential response from the U.S. over the downing of their drone near the Strait of Hormuz. The IRGC is primarily based in two locations in Syria: Al-Safira (southern Aleppo) and Albukamal (eastern Deir Ezzor). While Iran’s downing… Read on ->

Tags: Albukamal, Deir_Ezzor, Iran, Syria

Fierce clashes break out between Turkish-backed rebel groups in eastern Aleppo

Published 2019-06-20 20:22:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – Heavy clashes broke out in the eastern Aleppo city of Al-Bab on Thursday when two Turkish-backed rebel groups exchanged hostilities. According to a report from the Aleppo countryside, several members of the Al-Hamza Divison and Sultan Murad Brigade were involved in a heavy exchange of gunfire in Al-Bab, resulting in a number of casualties within the ranks of both rebel groups. The reason for the infighting is still unknown at this time; however, the two groups have clashed in the past. The Turkish-backed rebels have been in control of Al-Bab since 2016; they captured the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey

India deploys warships to Persian Gulf amid heightened US-Iranian tensions

Published 2019-06-20 20:11:16 by News Desk in World-News

The Indian Navy has deployed warships and aircraft to the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake maritime security operations amid rising tensions between the US and Iran. The announcement came from the Indian Navy on a day when Iranian paramilitary forces claimed that a US spy drone had been shot down after entering Iran’s airspace. “Ships Chennai and Sunayna have been deployed in the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake Maritime Security operations. In addition, aerial surveillance by IN (Indian) aircraft is also being undertaken in the area,” the Indian Navy said on Thursday. ​The Indian Navy’s Chennai… Read on ->

Tags: India, Iran, US

Syrian Army advances in northwestern Hama after relaunching offensive

Published 2019-06-20 14:38:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) relaunched their offensive in northwestern Hama on Thursday after having their first assault repelled by the jihadist rebels. Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army launched their second wave of attacks on the large hilltop of Tal Malah and the nearby town of Jibeen earlier this afternoon. According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian Army has reached the town of Jibeen after a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies from Jaysh Al-Izza. The source added that intense clashes… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Russian Air Force unleashes new round of airstrikes over northwestern Syria

Published 2019-06-20 12:19:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force resumed their aerial campaign over northwestern Syria this week after taking a brief hiatus to discuss a potential ceasefire with Turkey in the Idlib Governorate. According to a field report from the Hama Governorate on Wednesday, the Russian Air Force unleashed a plethora of airstrikes over the militant positions in the towns of Jibeen and Al-Latamnah. The Russian Air Force would then continue their strikes in northwestern Hama by targeting the strategic hilltop of Tal Malah, which was captured by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies from… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Russia, Syria

Breaking: Houthi forces launch ballistic missile at Saudi Coalition camp

Published 2019-06-20 11:44:43 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Houthi forces have launched another ballistic missile into southern Saudi Arabia this week, targeting a Coalition camp in the Najran Province. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their rocket battalion fired a Badr-F ballistic missile at Saudi Coalition camp in the Al-Souh area near the Yemeni border. The group did not say whether or not the missile hit the Saudi Coalition camp. Since Monday, the Houthi forces have launched ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia on at least three occasions  

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen

Turkey unveils new 5th generation fighter jet: video

Published 2019-06-20 11:08:00 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkey’s primary aircraft design bureau put forward at the air show Ankara’s answer to the loss of the F-35, a plane Turkey had once hoped to buy 100 of from the US. Washington recently put that deal on hold over its continued objection to Ankara’s purchasing of S-400 air defense systems from Russia. On the tarmac at Paris-Le Bourget Airport, the dramatic unveiling showed the world a twin-engine, canted-vertical-tail fighter that looks a bit like an F-35, but with a narrower ​The resemblance should come as little surprise. “On the F-35, actually, my company is building the center fuselage,” TAI… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey

Syrian Army fails to retake strategic hilltop in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-06-20 10:36:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new attack in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate this morning. Backed by heavy airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army stormed the western axis of Tal Malah this morning in a bid to retake this hilltop and reopen the main road between Mhardeh and Sqaylabiyeh. However, the Syrian Army was once again unable to penetrate the jihadist defenses at Tal Malah, forcing them to withdraw after a short battle. According to a military report from northwestern Hama, the Syrian Army suffered over 15 casualties during the failed attack… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

US to deploy Patriot missiles to Middle East

Published 2019-06-20 09:32:03 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

The Pentagon will send Patriot missile systems, drones and surveillance planes in the Middle East as part of its planned deployment of additional 1,000 servicemen in the region amid tensions with Iran, the US Department of Defense said. The Pentagon said in a statement that following a request from US CENTCOM, it will send a Patriot missile regiment, manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft and “other deterrence capabilities.” “The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region,” the statement reads. Two tankers caught fire in the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

Jihadists allegedly hit Syrian military jet with anti-aircraft missile

Published 2019-06-20 08:52:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham alleged on Wednesday that their group hit a Syrian military jet with an anti-aircraft missile (i.e. MANPADS) in the Hama countryside. According to the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham claim, they hit the Syrian jet as it was flying back to its home base in the Hama Governorate. After the missile hit the jet, the Syrian Air Force pilot was forced to make an emergency landing at the nearby Hama Military Airport. Al-Masdar has reached out to the Syrian military this morning to confirm this claim by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham;… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

New map of important battle along Saudi-Yemeni border

Published 2019-06-20 08:26:35 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The battle for the Saudi-Yemeni border has recently intensified over the last two weeks, as the Houthi forces (var. Ansarallah Movement) continue to advance in the Najran and Asir provinces. Earlier this week, the Houthi forces scored a massive advance along the border when their troops captured several areas inside the Barakin and Sayyaf Mountains. The Houthi forces claimed that this operation in the Asir Province led to the death of over 50 Saudi Coalition fighters and the destruction of three BMP vehicles and two tanks. At the same time, the Saudi Coalition has increased… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen

Breaking: Iran allegedly downs US spy drone near Strait of Hormuz

Published 2019-06-20 06:36:07 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – The Iranian military has allegedly shot down a U.S. drone that was flying near the Strait of Hormuz this morning. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps air force shot down an “American espionage drone” that was invading Iranian territory, the IRGC’s public relations arm said in a statement released on Thursday. The drone was flying above Kuh Mubarak in Hormozgan province. RQ-4s typically fly at high altitude to conduct reconnaissance missions. The US has not yet responded to the allegations, though the Pentagon accused Iran on Sunday of a failed attempt to shoot down a US Reaper drone… Read on ->

Tags: Hormuz, Iran, US

[Graphic 18+] Jihadist corpses litter battlefield after failed assault in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-06-20 06:16:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched an assault on several towns in northwestern Hama on Tuesday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions near the Idlib Governorate’s border. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Izza, the militants began their attack by storming the Syrian Army’s positions at Qasabiyah, Jamleh, and Kafr Houd in the Hama and Idlib countrysides. These attacks in northwestern Syria would ultimately fail after the jihadist rebels suffered a large number of casualties. and heavy losses to their military equipment. According to a military source in northwestern Hama, the Syrian Army killed an… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

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