This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Latakia, Syria, Hama, Iran, UK, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Mediterranean, Russia, Iraq, IRGC, Kurdistan, Euphrates, Idlib, ISIS, North Korea.

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Breaking: Loud explosions heard in southwest Latakia as militants attack Russian airbase

Published 2019-07-12 23:41:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – Several loud explosions were heard around the coastal city of Jableh this evening as the militants in northeastern Latakia attempted to attack the Hmeimim Airbase. According to a military source near the Hmeimim Airbase, the militants used attack drones to bomb the military installation. The source said the Russian air defenses were immediately activated when the militant drones reached the northeastern perimeter of the Hmeimim Airbase. No bombs were reported to have hit the Hmeimim Airbase; however, some of the militant projectiles hit the nearby areas. Tonight’s attack by the militant forces marks the first… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Syrian Army soldiers, tanks gather in northwestern Hama: video

Published 2019-07-12 23:14:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently carried out a counter-offensive against the jihadist rebels in northwestern Hama, seizing the town of Hamamiyat after a fierce battle with the militants. Hamamiyat was initially captured by the jihadist rebels on Wednesday, but the Syrian Army’s counter-offensive on Thursday would put an end to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s progress in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. Following the capture of Hamamiyat, the Syrian Arab Army was filmed gathering inside the town. The reason for the gathering is not necessarily known; however, there have been rumors of an imminent… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

UK reportedly sends warship to Persian Gulf amid tensions with Iran

Published 2019-07-12 22:05:38 by News Desk in Iran

The UK has vowed to increase is military presence in the Persian Gulf by sending a second warship to the tense region, Sky news reported on Friday. The HMS Duncan, a Type 45 destroyer, will work alsongside the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose and US Gulf allies, but will not take part in Washington’s proposed global maritime coalition. The news comes after outgoing UK prime minister Theresa May began talks with US authorities on beefing up a transatlantic presence in the Persian Gulf following alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. But the Ministry of Defence… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, UK

Turkey using proxy forces to take complete control over Hama and Idlib: expert

Published 2019-07-12 19:49:09 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkey is attempting to turn Hama and Idlib into a neverending war zone as the latest militant offensives have tried to change the front-lines in these governorates, Syrian military expert Haytham Hassoun told the Arabic-language version of ​​​​​​​Sputnik News on Friday. “During the past weeks, armed groups have been carrying out successive attacks in order to change the lines of contact and control over its geography.” “But after these groups were able to achieve several gains, the Syrian Arab Army contained these attacks and turned them into a battle of attrition against these terrorist groups. The Syrian Army managed to inflict heavy losses among these terrorists,” he told Radio Sputnik . Hassoun said that “overthe past… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Israel is attempting to create Shebaa Farms-like scenario in eastern Mediterranean: Berri

Published 2019-07-12 19:29:45 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Israel is attempting to create a new Sheba’a Farms-like scenario in the eastern Mediterranean, Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, said on Friday. The veteran politician and leader of the Amal Movement stressed stressed that the resistance constituted a deterrent force and was an auxiliary factor in the political battle that Lebanon was waging on the axis of establishing sovereign land and sea borders. “Israel wants to create new Shebaa Farms, but this time at sea. For the last five years, Lebanon has been engaged in tough negotiations and the Lebanese position remains the same. Political battles are… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Mediterranean, Syria

First shipment of Russian S-400 missile systems arrive in Turkey

Published 2019-07-12 17:07:49 by News Desk in Turkey

The Turkish Defence Ministry reported on Friday that the first batch of Russian S-400 missile defence system components was effectively delivered to Turkey. “Turkey received the first batch of S-400 air defence systems components. The deliveries are sent to the Murted air base in Ankara province”, the Turkish Defence Ministry said. Meanwhile, Turkish state TV reported that two more planes transporting S-400 components landed in Turkey at an airbase in the Ankara Province. Reacting to the latest developments, NATO voiced its concerns over the acquisition of S-400 systems by Ankara. In 2017, Moscow and Ankara inked an agreement for the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey

Jihadist losses estimated at 100 after failed offensive in northwestern Hama: report

Published 2019-07-12 16:26:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The jihadist offensive in northwestern Hama has proven incredibly costly for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies, as their losses continue to grow in numbers. According to Aleksandr Kharchenko of Anna News, who is at the front-lines with the Tiger Forces, the jihadist personnel losses are estimated to be about 100; this includes two emirs from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. “During a quick inspection, our film crew managed to find three destroyed tanks, from which the weapons were removed (they were used as heavy infantry fighting vehicles). Extremists also lost about 7 pickups. It’s hard to… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria

Iran’s IRGC forces launch attack on Iraqi Kurdistan

Published 2019-07-12 15:25:38 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

The autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq has seen several rounds of clashes between Iranian forces and militants who are allegedly being trained to undermine security in the Islamic Republic. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have attacked targets of Iranian opposition forces in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region with missiles and drones, the Fars news agency has reported, quoting a statement by the IRGC. “During this operation, which involved missiles, artillery strikes and drone units of the IRGC, terrorist strongholds, also known as centres for anti-revolutionary training, were destroyed, and rebels were killed”, the statement reads. The coordinated attack is reported to be… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, IRGC, Kurdistan

Turkey preparing for massive operation east of Euphrates: media

Published 2019-07-12 11:52:00 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces are preparing for a massive operation east of the Euphrates, the Daily Sabah reported on Friday, citing different media and military reports. According to Daily Sabah, the Turkish military has deployed more than 50 tanks inside the Akcakale District, whih is near the SDF-held border town of Tal Abyad in northern Al-Raqqa. The publicaation said the recent meetings between the U.S., Gulf nations (Saudi Arabia and UAE), and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are pushing Turkey to launch this extensive military offensive against the “YPG terrorists”. “The latest deployments and tactical… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, Syria, Turkey

Russian jets let loose big attack against foreign jihadists in western Idlib

Published 2019-07-12 11:39:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched a heavy attack against the foreign jihadists across the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to a report from the nearby Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force launched several strikes over the Turkestan Islamic Party’s positions in the Jisr Al-Shughour District, targeting a number of their hideouts and bases near the Turkish border. The source said the Russian Air Force also targeted several areas under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, including the cities of Ariha and Idlib. The Russian Air Force has been heavily targeting the jihadists in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Stunning footage of the Syrian Army’s counter-offensive in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-07-12 11:00:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a decisive counter-offensive against the jihadist rebels in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Thursday morning. What began as heavy shelling on the town of Al-Hamamiyat would later turn into a powerful storming operation that was led by the elite Tiger Forces. The Tiger Forces would not only overpower the jihadist rebels, but they would also kill scores of these militants en route to retaking Al-Hamamiyat on Thursday. The Syrian Army’s operation was chronicled by the Anna News Agency and released earlier this morning.  

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Tags: Hama, Syria

Iraqi choppers hunt down ISIS terrorists along Syrian border: video

Published 2019-07-12 10:36:42 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 A.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces began a large-scale military operation along the Syrian border this week as part of their efforts to eliminate last remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist group. Backed by Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units), the Iraqi Armed Forces began the operation by attacking several areas with an Islamic State presence in the Al-Anbar, Nineveh, and Salaheddine governorates. The Iraqi military is using both their ground and air forces to attack these Islamic State hideouts near the Syrian border. In the video below, the Iraqi Air Force’s helicopters can be seen hunting… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

North Korea fires off lethal threats over South Korea’s F-35 acquisition

Published 2019-07-12 01:05:58 by News Desk in World-News

On Thursday, North Korea claimed it would develop and test unspecified “special armaments” to destroy US F-35 fighter jets if South Korea continues to deploy them. In a statement released by state news agency KCNA, an unidentified policy research director at the Institute for American Studies of North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called South Korean authorities “impudent and pitiful” for “talking loudly about reconciliation and cooperation between the north and the south” while still purchasing US weapons. “We, on our part, have no other choice but to develop and test the special armaments to completely destroy the lethal weapons… Read on ->

Tags: North Korea

Syrian Army reverses all jihadist gains after killing scores of militants

Published 2019-07-12 00:09:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The jihadist offensive to capture the town of Hamamiyat and its corresponding hilltop has proven incredibly costly for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies. While they were able to capture Hamamiyat and its corresponding hilltop at first, they would ultimately give up these sites after an intense bombardment, followed by a ground attack from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to a military source in northwestern Hama, the jihadist losses from this failed offensive is estimated to be between 40-50 killed and many more wounded. For the Syrian Army, the recapture of Hamamiyat was an… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

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