This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Syria, Turkey, Idlib, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Russia, Libya, LNA, Tripoli, China, Netherlands, US, Venezuela, Damascus.

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Breaking: Turkish military choppers spotted over northern Syria

Published 2019-06-27 21:44:15 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 P.M.) – Turkish military choppers were spotted over northern Syria this evening, a source in the Hama Governorate told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Turkish military choppers were making their way to their observation post near the Hama Governorate town of Sheir Magher. The source added that they were likely transporting the three Turkish soldiers that were wounded during Thursday’s attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). The Turkish military has yet to respond to the Syrian Army’s attack on their observation post in northwestern Hama.

Tags: Hama, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army spy films from jihadist stronghold near Turkish border: video

Published 2019-06-27 20:52:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) spy filmed from a jihadist stronghold inside the Idlib Governorate, the official media wing for the Tiger Forces reported. According to the report, the Syrian Army spy filmed from the town of Darkoush, which is located just east of the Turkish border. In the video below, the Syrian Army spy can be seen driving through the streets of Darkoush, which is under the control of the jihadist rebels. ?eid=ARATE3TvHfWat6-wRobGlqgsOWEKquucZsfDdT0wafRAojKbkt4zXf7dh5NbmEIKZTvk8Y1l4fGWrk42

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


GPS disruption hits Iran, Iraq, Syria – Israeli radio blames Russian at Hmeimim Airbase

Published 2019-06-27 20:25:11 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The disruption of GPS services have reportedly hit Iraq, Iran, and Syria, Israeli Army radio reported on Thursday. This claim by Israeli radio comes just hours after Turkey, Cyprus, and the Greek islands were reported to have similar outages. An Israeli radio correspondent stated on Thursday that the Russian forces at the Hmeimim Airbase are behind the disruption, adding that an Israeli security delegation is currently working with the European Union and the U.S. about possible actions to take.  In response to the allegations, the Russian Ambassador to Israel said the claims were “fake news”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Russia, Syria


Libyan National Army launches massive offensive to capture Tripoli

Published 2019-06-27 20:04:46 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Benghazi-based Libyan National Army (LNA) launched a massive offensive on Thursday to capture the capital city of Tripoli. The Director of the Information Office for the General Command of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa al-Obeidi, said that the “Tariq bin Ziad Battalion and Battalion 128 of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces carried out a strong attack on Wadi Al-Rabe’a south of Tripoli,” noting that “the orders and instructions were issued by the military commander of the army. Now our forces are beginning to make real progress. ” On Wednesday, the Libyan National Army repulsed… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, LNA, Tripoli


Jihadist rebels suffer heavy losses in failed operation in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-06-27 19:46:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched several attacks in northwestern Hama on Thursday, striking the Syrian Armed Forces at a number of axes near the Idlib Governorate border. In their latest attack in northwestern Hama, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched an operation to capture the town of Huwayz from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). However, similar to their previous attack on Qasabiyah, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham was unable to penetrate the Syrian Army’s defenses after a fierce battle on Thursday. According to a military source in northwestern Hama, the Syrian Army killed several jihadist rebels and destroyed at least… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Russia offers to sell China new batch of Su-35 jets

Published 2019-06-27 17:29:19 by News Desk in World-News

Russia has offered to sell another batch of Su-35 fighter jets to China, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told TASS on the sidelines of the “Army-2019” forum. “We are expecting a response from China on our offer to purchase modern weapons and military equipment manufactured in Russia, including additional batches of Su-35 fighter jets,” the service said. China was the first country to purchase Russia’s Su-35 fighter jets. The contract on the purchase of 24 fighter jets worth around $2.5 bln was signed in 2015. The service informed TASS in April that all fighter jets were delivered to China… Read on ->

Tags: China, Russia


Breaking: Jihadists new operation against Syrian Army in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-06-27 16:48:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels, led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, launched a new operation against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. According to a military report from the northwestern part of Hama, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their Turkish-backed rebel allies, Jaysh Al-Izza, launched a heavy attack on the Syrian Army held town of Huwayz. The report said the Syrian Arab Army and jihadist rebels are engaged in a heavy battle at the moment, with no gains reported by either side. This is the first attempted advance by the jihadist rebels… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


US pressuring Netherlands to send troops to Syria

Published 2019-06-27 16:32:22 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The United States wants the Netherlands to deploy troops to Syria to prevent the reemergence of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) inside the country, the NL Times reported, citing Pete Hoekstra, the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands. According to Hoekstra, the U.S. wants the Netherlands to provide “military assets on the ground” after the European nation sharply criticized Washington’s move to withdraw forces from Syra. “So we are optimistic that after this rhetoric and this criticism, the Dutch will continue to contribute to what they believe is needed in Syria,” Hoekstra said, adding that “the decision… Read on ->

Tags: Netherlands, Syria, US


Jihadist special forces kill several Syrian soldiers during raid in southern Idlib

Published 2019-06-27 16:04:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels carried out a powerful raid on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in southern Idlib this week. Led by their special forces, the jihadist rebels raided the Syrian Arab Army’s positions south of Atshan on Thursday. As a result of this raid, several Syrian Arab Army soldiers were killed and seven others were captured by the jihadist rebels. The jihadist rebels claimed that 23 Syrian Arab Army soldiers were killed; however, a source from the military said these numbers were exaggerated. The jihadist rebels attempted to carry out two of these attacks… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Venezuela thwarts another coup attempt: official

Published 2019-06-27 14:52:15 by News Desk in World-News

The Venezuelan authorities have thwarted another attempt to stage a coup, Minister of Communications and Information Jorge Rodriguez said on Wednesday. “We have video recordings that serve as evidence that weapons and money were transferred [for the aim of staging a coup],” Rodriguez told a press conference broadcast by the Telesur TV channel. Rodriguez said that conspirators planned to seize ammunition depots and a military airport in Caracas, then release former Defense Minister Raul Baduel from prison. In 2009, Baduel was sentenced to a lengthy term in prison for corruption. Conspirators planned to proclaim Baduel as Venezuela’s president. On January… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Jihadist hit and run attack takes disastrous turn in southwest Idlib

Published 2019-06-27 14:14:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels attempted a hit and run attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces in southwestern Idlib this morning. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels attempted to attack the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the northeastern outskirts of Qasabiyah. The Syrian Army reportedly spotted the jihadist rebels before they could attack their positions, resulting in the death of a number of HTS militants. Following their losses, the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham jihadists withdrew from the outskirts of Qasabiyah to friendly lines in the Zawiya Mountains. A source from the Syrian military said… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian infantry fighting vehicle to get extra armor after Syria combat experience

Published 2019-06-27 13:47:41 by News Desk in Syria

Russia’s BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles will get extra protection with slat armor and steel screens to shield them against rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Chief Designer of the Special Machine-Building Design Bureau (part of Precision Systems Company) Sergei Abdulov told TASS at the Army-2019 forum on Thursday. There are plans to sign the relevant contract for the delivery of such armor sets for the Russian troops, the chief designer said. The Russian military emphasized the need to provide enhanced armor protection for BMP-3 IFVs following the results of Russia’s Syria counter-terror operation, Abdulov explained. “Inter-agency trials have been held and a contract… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Iran to accelerate uranium enrichment and stockpile its reserves

Published 2019-06-27 13:13:53 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – Iran’s atomic energy organization said on Thursday that they would increase the speed of their uranium enrichment at the Natanz nuclear reactor. “We will increase the speed of uranium enrichment at the Natanz reactor,” spokesman Abbas Kamalundi said, adding that “Iran’s depleted uranium reserves will exceed the 300 kg barrier tomorrow.” “The implementation of the second step, which includes raising the level of uranium enrichment to more than 3.7 percent, does not take more than two days,” he continued. “The Europeans still have a chance to salvage the nuclear deal and if they want to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Russian forces in Syria behind Israeli GPS disruption: report

Published 2019-06-27 12:44:01 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Russian forces inside Syria are responsible for the unexplained GPS disruptions over Israeli airspace this past month, Israeli security officials told the Haaretz publication. Citing the Israeli security establishment’s assessment, Haaretz said the disruptions were a result of electronic warfare waged by the Russian military in defense of their planes at the Hmeimim Airbase (var. Khemimim Airbase). The Israel Airports Authority confirmed the reports, stating that the GPS disruptions have lasted for approximately three weeks and only occur during the daytime hours. The IAA said ‘many’ pilots had reported that they lost satellite signal… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria


Syrian Army allegedly attacked Turkish military convoy in northwestern Hama: photo

Published 2019-06-27 12:17:36 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) allegedly attacked a Turkish military convoy as it was leaving northwestern Hama, the pro-militant Hama Media Office reported. The media group released a picture showing smoke in front of a Turkish military vehicle near their observation post in the town of Sheir Magher. Previously, it was reported that the Syrian Arab Army had shelled the Turkish observation post area, but no was harmed. Two weeks ago, the Syrian Army hit a Turkish observation post near the town of Morek; this resulted in the hospitalization of three Turkish Army soldiers. Turkey… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria, Turkey


Turkey or US behind attack on Syrian oil pipelines in Mediterranean: Russian media

Published 2019-06-27 11:34:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – Syria’s oil pipelines off the coast of Tartous recently came under attack by an unknown entity in the eastern Mediterranean. While no group or country has claimed responsibility for the attack, Syria’s Al-Watan publication, citing Russian Today and Eurasia Daily, reported that the explosions at the oil pipelines were not an accident. The report said the pictures showing the aftermath of the explosion indicates that they were detonated. “The pictures show that the pipelines were not accidentally damaged, but rather, were detonated. The importance of these lines is that they supply the Banias oil refinery… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey, US


Syrian Army attacks Turkish observation post area in Hama: video

Published 2019-06-27 10:52:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new attack in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate this morning that targeted the whereabouts of Jaysh Al-Izza and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. According to a report from the Hama Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army heavily shelled the Turkish observation post are near the small town of Sheir Magher. The Syrian Army did not hit the actual Turkish military; however, in the short video released by the militant groups below, the shells can be seen landing close to this observation post. Two weeks ago, the Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria, Turkey


Powerful explosion hits major highway in Damascus

Published 2019-06-27 10:25:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – A powerful explosion was reported along one of the major roadways inside Damascus city this morning. According to a source in Damascus city, a roadside bomb was detonated along the Mezzeh Highway, temporarily closing this roadway as a result of the explosion. The source said one woman and her child were injured during the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the roadside bombing in Damascus.

Tags: Damascus, Syria


Israeli planes mysteriously lose GPS signal over Tel Aviv Airport

Published 2019-06-27 10:04:11 by News Desk in Middleeast

The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) confirmed reports that “many” pilots had been losing their Global Positioning System (GPS) signals mid-air, and that the problem has been occurring for the last three weeks. The issue affected airplanes in-flight near the airport, however, the ground systems had been totally unaffected. An aviation source told Haaretz newspaper that the interruptions occur only during daytime, but “do not put pilots and passengers at risk.” The IAA also assured that “at no stage has there been a safety incident stemming from the GPS disruption in the context of the precision of navigation and flight corridors.”… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


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