This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Houthi, Yemen, Oman, Syria, Iran, Israel, Netanyahu, Hama, Damascus, Aleppo, Idlib, Iraq, ISIS, Russia, Latakia, Germany, US.

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Meet the new cruise missile and drones in the Houthi arsenal: video

Published 2019-07-07 22:06:57 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Houthi forces unveiled their new cruise missile and drones at a presentation in Sana’a this past weekend. The cruise missile, dubbed ‘Quds’, was showcased during the presentation, along with their new Sammad-1 and Sammad-3 spy drones.

Tags: Houthi, Yemen

Syria and Oman to boost bilateral relations after Damascus meeting

Published 2019-07-07 21:33:38 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received the Sultanate of Oman’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, in Damascus on Sunday. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the talks focused on the latest developments inside Syria and the Middle East region. President Assad also discussed with Minister bin Alawi the challenges imposed on the whole region, politically and economically, and the means to confront them in different domains. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Muallem. In the same context, Muallem discussed with bin Alawi… Read on ->

Tags: Oman, Syria

Netanyahu compares Iran’s uranium enrichment to Nazi march into Rhineland in 1936

Published 2019-07-07 21:11:06 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blasted Iran’s decision to raise uranium enrichment levels beyond the 3.67 percent limit outlined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying the only possible reason for such an action is the creation of a nuclear bomb, The Jerusalem Post has reported. Commenting on a report in US media about Iran’s uranium enrichment decision on Sunday, Netanyahu said the report seemed to suggest that the move was “not terrible, because it is just a ‘small step’.” This sort of thinking is a “mistake,” Netanyahu said, noting that the Second World War began “when… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel, Netanyahu

Foreign jihadists highest among the casualties during Hama offensive

Published 2019-07-07 20:46:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:25 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a powerful attack in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate last week in a bid retake territory they lost to the Syrian military. The Syrian military was able to repel the jihadist attempt to capture the towns of Al-Hamamiyat and Kafr Houd in northwestern Hama. According to a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) source near the front-lines in northwestern Hama, most of the jihadists killed during their push to capture Al-Hamamiyat and Kafr Houd were foreigners from the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP). The Turkestan Islamic Party is a foreign terrorist organization… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Sneak peak photos of new Houthi cruise missile, spy drones

Published 2019-07-07 18:24:05 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Houthi forces released several teaser photos of their new cruise missile and spy drones. Dubbed the “Quds”, the new Houthi cruise missile is expected to give the group a more sophisticated missile arsenal to challenge the Saudi Coalition. In addition to their cruise missile, the Houthi forces also unveiled two new spy drones that are dubbed “Sammad-1” and Sammad-3.  

Tags: Houthi, Yemen

Syrian authorities seize large stockpile of narcotics in southern Damascus

Published 2019-07-07 18:03:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 P.M.) – The Syrian authorities seized a large stockpile of narcotics in the southern countryside of Damascus. The Syrian Arab News Agency released footage from the seized drug cache, showing the narcotics spread across the ground.

Tags: Damascus, Syria

Syrian Army destroys jihadist ammo depot in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-07-07 17:43:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently carried out a powerful attack on a jihadist ammunition depot in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. The Syrian Army’s attack resulted in the destruction of the jihadist ammunition depot near the large hilltop of Tal Sakher in northwestern Hama. As shown in the short video below, the Syrian Army’s attack was carried out at night and likely from their positions in nearby Kafr Naboudeh.

Tags: Hama, Syria

Assad replaces high-ranking Intel chief

Published 2019-07-07 17:04:11 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad made a bold move this past weekend as he replaced long-time intelligence chief Jamil Al-Hassan. According to a source in Damascus, Al-Hassan has been replaced by General Ghassan Ismael of Tartous. In addition to sacking Al-Hassan, the Syrian President has also ordered the military intelligence forces to replace the Air Force Intelligence forces in rural Damascus. They will be tasked with removing the AFI checkpoints and relieving their forces in the West Ghouta and East Ghouta. The source in Damascus added that this move likely comes at the request of Saudi… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria

Syrian Army vows to capture militant stronghold along Idlib-Aleppo Highway: video

Published 2019-07-07 16:47:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – A new video that was released Tiger Forces wing of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) showed two soldiers standing near a sign reading the names of three cities: Saraqib, Aleppo, Idlib. In the video, the soldiers vow to capture the key city of Saraqib, which is strategically located along the Idlib-Aleppo Highway. A source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar last week that they have entered talks with their Russian counterparts to begin a new attack in northwestern Syria. The source said the attack will likely concentrate on the territory east of Kafr Naboudeh; however,… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria

Iraqi forces kick off large-scale military operation along Syrian border

Published 2019-07-07 14:26:30 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces kicked off a large-scale military operation along the Syrian border on Sunday morning. Backed by Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units), the Iraqi Armed Forces attacked the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist hideouts in the Salaheddine, Al-Anbar, and Ninawa (var. Nineveh) governorates. Dubbed the “Will of Victory”, the operation will concentrate on clearing these terrorist hideouts using both ground and air forces. Previously, Hashd Al-Sha’abi launched a successful border operation against the Islamic State, eliminating several terrorists and their hideouts. However, due to the vast desert region between Syria and Iraq, the Islamic… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Russian Air Force steps up attack against jihadists in northwestern Syria

Published 2019-07-07 14:02:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has recently intensified their strikes against the jihadist groups in northwestern Syria, targeting their positions across the Hama-Idlib axis. On Sunday, the Russian Air Force carried out a number of strikes in northwestern Hama against the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies from Jaysh Al-Izza. According to a field report from the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force began their assault by heavily targeting Jaysh Al-Izza’s positions around the town of Kafr Zita. The Russian Air Force would then expand their assault to the southwestern countryside of the… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Russia, Syria

Leader of Syrian pro-gov’t militia badly wounded in northern Latakia

Published 2019-07-07 13:43:15 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The leader of the Syrian pro-government militia “Syrian Resistance” was reportedly wounded while traveling through the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Saturday. According to reports, Ali Kayali (AKA “Mihrac Ural”) was badly wounded on Saturday when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb along the Latakia-Slunfeh Road in the northern part of the Governorate. A rebel group calling themselves the “Abu Amarra Brigade” has claimed responsibility for the attack. Kayali is currently wanted by the Turkish authorities for terror-related charges.

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Iran denies seized tanker was transporting oil to Syria

Published 2019-07-07 13:23:58 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sayyed Abbas Araqchi has rejected the United Kingdom’s claims that their oil tanker, the Grace 1, was destined for Syria, the Fars News Agency reported “Unlike Britain’s announcement, the tanker was not bound for Syria, and the port mentioned is not capable of receiving such a tanker,” Araqchi said, speaking at a news conference this morning. The seized tanker is a 2-million-barrel capacity very large crude carrier (VLCC), Araqchi said, adding it could not pass through the Suez Canal and that was why it had to go the extra mile through… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria

US pressuring Germany to send ground troops to replace their forces in Syria

Published 2019-07-07 13:06:53 by News Desk in Syria

US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey was in Berlin on 5 July seeking to draw pledges of military and financial support from the German government as Washington ramps up its pressure on Berlin with the aim of expanding its mission in Syria. US diplomat James Jeffrey has formally asked Germany to send troops to Syria to help fight the Daesh* terrorist group, claiming allies need to provide technical support to the Kurdish-led opposition. In an interview with the German DPA news agency and weekly Welt am Sonntag newspaper, the US Special Representative for Syria Engagement urged Germany to send… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Syria, US

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