This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Latakia, Syria, Iran, US, Russia, Khamenei, Rouhani, Hama, Idlib, Deir_Ezzor, ISIS, Aleppo, Venezuela, Iraq, Quneitra, UK, Israel.

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Russian jets pound jihadist stronghold in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-06-25 16:22:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has launched their first airstrikes over the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate this morning. Led by their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force reportedly pounded the jihadist stronghold of Kabani, which is located just west of the Idlib Governorate and Al-Ghaab Plain. Previously, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had repeatedly stormed Kabani in an attempt to capture the mountaintop town from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party. However, their attacks on Kabani were all beaten back by the jihadist rebels, who inflicted heavy casualties… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Iranian fishermen find parts of downed US drone: photo

Published 2019-06-25 16:08:51 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian fishermen have found parts of the U.S drone shot down by the Islamic Republic last week, Iran’s ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeidinejad, said on Tuesday. He posted his message on Twitter along with a picture of a man standing next to a fishing boat and what appeared to be a piece of metal marked with a U.S. air force logo. Iran has said the drone was shot down in its territorial waters while U.S. officials have said the drone was in international waters.   Source: Reuters

Tags: Iran, US

Israeli airstrikes in Syria endangers safety of Russian forces: report

Published 2019-06-25 15:46:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated on Tuesday that the Israeli airstrikes on Syria were ‘undesirable’, pointing out that they were endangering the safety of his country’s military personnel. In turn, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured Russia during a speech on Tuesday that their personnel were not in danger, adding that his country has acted over 100 times in Syria to prevent Iranian arms from reaching Hezbollah. On September 17th, 2018, a Russian reconnaissance plane was accidentally shot down by the Syrian Armed Forces along the Latakia coast. The Russian Ministry of… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria

Iranian President calls White House ‘mentally retarded’ over recent sanctions

Published 2019-06-25 15:21:16 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stated that the sanctions against Tehran show the US administration’s “despair”, calling the White House “mentally retarded”. Rouhani stressed that the sanctions against the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are futile, because he has no assets abroad. The statement comes after Iranian diplomats slammed US policy toward the Islamic Republic. “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy [Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif] is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy”, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi stated. The US sanctions targeting top Iranian statesmen come… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Khamenei, Rouhani, US

Syrian Army reinforcements pour into northwestern Hama

Published 2019-06-25 14:15:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has continued its military buildup in northwestern Hama, as more reinforcements continue to pour into this area. According to a report from this front, reinforcements from the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces (NDF) were deployed to the Kafr Naboudeh axis, where they will take part in a new assault against the jihadist rebels. While the Syrian Army has been able to secure the northern axis of Kafr Naboudeh, the eastern part of the town is still susceptible to jihadist attacks from the nearby hilltop of Tal Sakher. At the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Jihadist rebels attack Christian town near Idlib

Published 2019-06-25 13:35:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels have launched a heavy attack on the Christian town of Al-Sqaylabiyeh this afternoon, a field source told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the jihadist rebels fired several rockets and artillery shells towards Al-Sqaylabiyeh, causing material damage to several buildings inside this Christian town near the Idlib Governorate border. No casualties have been reported thus far. The Jihadist attack this afternoon marks the second time on Tuesday that they have struck Al-Sqaylabiyeh.

Tags: Idlib, Syria

US military sends large convoy to eastern Syria

Published 2019-06-25 13:05:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The U.S.-led Coalition sent a large military convoy to the Al-Hasakah countryside this week, activists in the aforementioned governorate reported on Tuesday. According to the reports, the U.S. military convoy entered Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate from neighboring Iraq. The U.S. Coalition convoy reportedly consisted of tens of vehicles that were carrying military personnel and equipment. The U.S. military convoy is likely destined for the Deir Ezzor Governorate, where their allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently carrying out operations against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cells in the area. Since the Islamic State’s defeat… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, ISIS, Syria

Roadside bombs hit militant-held areas in northern Syria

Published 2019-06-25 12:07:21 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – A number of roadside bombings hit the militant-held areas in northern Syria on Tuesday. According to opposition activists, the first roadside bomb hit Idlib city this morning, causing material damage to a number of buildings. The opposition activists accused the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cells inside of Idlib of carrying out the attack. Following the attack in Idlib city, opposition activists reported a powerful explosion inside of the Aleppo Governorate town of Akhtarin. The opposition activists said the explosion was a result of a roadside bombing. Moments after this explosion, another roadside bombing was reported… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria

Breaking: Russian Air Force unleashes powerful assault on large jihadist base

Published 2019-06-25 11:10:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force, alongside their Syrian partners, unleashed a heavy attack across the Idlib Governorate this morning. According to a military source in northwestern Syria, the Russian and Syrian air forces targeted many sites under the control of the jihadist rebels, including the Taftanaz Airport. The Taftanaz Airport was seized by the jihadist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in late 2012. Since its capture, the jihadist rebels have turned the Taftanaz Airport into one of their biggest bases inside northwestern Syria. In addition to the airstrikes… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Russian military aircraft arrives in Venezuela: monitor

Published 2019-06-25 10:40:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 A.M.) – A Russian Air Force plane landed in the Venezuelan capital on Monday, the monitoring website, Flight Radar 24, displayed on their platform. According to the information from Flight Radar 24, an Ilyushin IL-62 (tail number RA-86496) arrived at the Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas on Monday. Two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela in March carrying Russian defense officials and 100 troops, leading the United States to accuse Russia of “reckless escalation” of the situation in the struggling South American nation. This is the same Russian aircraft that arrived in Caracas in March; it… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Venezuela

Hashd Al-Shaabi begins massive operation along Syrian-Iraqi border

Published 2019-06-25 10:19:38 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Hashd Al-Sha’abi (var. Population Mobilization Units) kicked of a large-scale operation on Monday that targeted the vast border region between Syria and Iraq. Led by the 19th Brigade (Anbar HQ), Hashd Al-Sha’abi attacked several hideouts belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in a bid to halt the terrorist group’s constant smuggling between Iraq and Syria. “The Anbar Command for the Popular Gathering (Brigade 19) carried out a security operation to secure the 120km long border with Syria,” the official media wing of Hashd Al-Sha’abi said on Monday. The statement added that Hashd Al-Sha’abi heavily targeted… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria

Syrian military uncovers Israeli-made weapons left behind by militants: photos

Published 2019-06-25 09:41:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 A.M.) – The Syrian military uncovered a large cache of weapons that were left behind by the militants that used to control this region of southwestern Syria. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian military uncovered the weapons cache while combing through the southwestern countryside of Damascus and nearby Al-Quneitra Governorate. The items that were found included Israeli-made grenades, landmines, IEDs, various types of ammo, anti-tank landmines, and communication devices, in addition to a pickup truck stolen from a state establishment. The source said engineering units also carried out a controlled detonation of a… Read on ->

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Tags: Quneitra, Syria

Militant corpses left along highway after battle against Syrian Army: video

Published 2019-06-25 08:30:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – Several militant corpses were left behind along the Mhardeh-Sqaylabiyeh Road after a fierce battle with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. According to the source of the video, the corpses belonged to the Jaysh Al-Izza militant group, who is one of the largest rebel factions in northwestern Hama. Jaysh Al-Izza was defending the town of Jibeen and nearby hilltop of Tal Al-Malah from the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces’ (NDF) troops that were on the offensive in northwestern Hama. In addition to launching this attack along… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

UK begins using new F-35 stealth fighters in Syria and Iraq

Published 2019-06-25 07:20:27 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The United Kingdom has deployed its F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Middle East as the Royal Air Force continues its operations against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in Syria and Iraq. Citing Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt, Britain’s ITV reported that the latter visited Royal Air Force’s base in Cyprus, where RAF pilots are training with six of their F-35 jets. “I am very proud that these are now flying in defense and in projecting the UK’s national interest,” Mordaunt began. “This is a fantastic new aircraft, it is amazing, it’s doing so well out here on… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria, UK

Israel raises alert levels over Iranian threat in Syria, Lebanon: report

Published 2019-06-25 04:44:24 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Israel’s military has stepped up its alert status amid rising tensions between the US and Iran, according to a Sunday report by Israeli TV station Channel 12. The Times of Israel noted the report cited no sources, only saying the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had “completed a series of steps in recent days to ensure that it can respond to any developments, including any attempt by Iran to hit Israel, either from Gaza, Lebanon or Syria.” Israel Bracing for ‘Provocation’ from Iran Amid US Tensions, Newspaper Claims The news comes shortly after the conclusion of massive war games by the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria

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