This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Latakia, Syria, Chechnya, Hama, Russia, Iran, IRGC, UAE, Iraq, ISIS, Daraa, Britain, Idlib, Turkey.

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New video shows how jihadists are infiltrating Syrian Army lines in Latakia

Published 2019-07-17 18:10:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 P.M.) – A new video released by a pro-jihadist Telegram channel showed how groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party are infiltrating the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) in northern Latakia. As shown in the video below, the jihadist rebels are using tunnels to slip behind the Syrian Army’s lines and carry out ambushes and raids against their forces in the Jabal Turkmen and Jabal Al-Akrad regions of Latakia.

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Chechen military completes combat mission in Syria

Published 2019-07-17 14:29:02 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Military police personnel of Russia’s Southern Military District has returned to the North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya after their combat mission in Syria, the District’s press office reported on Wednesday. “A special ceremony was held on the territory of a motorized infantry unit stationed in the Chechen Republic to welcome back military police personnel from the Syrian Arab Republic,” the press office said in a statement. The personnel of the military police battalion received departmental and state awards. Overall, about 300 service members of the Southern Military District have returned home after successfully accomplishing special assignments in Syria. They were… Read on ->

Tags: Chechnya, Syria


Syrian Republican Guard deploys to Hama to partake in next offensive

Published 2019-07-17 14:06:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – The Syrian High Command has reached a decision to launch a new offensive in northwestern Syria after a relatively quiet few weeks that saw the army remain idle in Hama, Latakia, and Idlib. According to a military source in northwestern Syria, the Syrian Republican Guard has deployed to the northwestern region of the Hama Governorate after receiving orders to lead part of the next offensive. The source told Al-Masdar News that the Republican Guard reinforcements are made up of units from the 104th (Airborne), 105th, and 106th brigades. In particular, the 105th and 106th brigades… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria


Russian cargo planes arrive in Syria with new military equipment: photos

Published 2019-07-17 13:24:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – Two Russian cargo planes were tracked en route to the Syrian province of Latakia, where they will deliver new equipment to the Hmeimim Airbase. According to the website Flight Radar 24, one Russian IL-76 strategic airlifter and Tu-154M were en route to Syria from Russia this week. The arrival of these heavy cargo planes to Syria comes at the same time that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to launch a large-scale offensive in the northwestern part of the country. Typically, when the Syrian military is about to launch an offensive, the Russian Armed… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Russia, Syria


Large number of Syrian soldiers deployed to Al-Ghaab Plain, offensive to begin soon

Published 2019-07-17 13:04:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – A large number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers have been deployed to the northwestern part of the Al-Ghaab Plain this afternoon, a military source told Al-Masdar. The source revealed that the reinforcements were deployed to the government stronghold of Joureen, which is located just east of the Latakia Governorate axis. He added that the reinforcements deployed to the Al-Ghaab Plain were from several different units, including the Syrian Army’s 4th Armored Division and Tiger Forces. All signs are now pointing to the Al-Ghaab Plain as the next target for the Syrian Arab Army’s next… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Iran claims navy rescued UAE oil tanker after distress call, Abu Dhabi denies

Published 2019-07-17 12:27:07 by News Desk in Iran

A foreign tanker which made a distress call after experiencing a technical malfunction in the Persian Gulf was towed by the Iranian navy to the country’s territorial waters, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday. “Iranian sailors acted in strict compliance with international rules,” Al-Mayadeen TV quoted the Iranian diplomat as saying. According to him, the ship will stay on the territory of Iran until the technical issue onboard is fixed. A Pentagon source earlier suggested that Iran seized a UAE oil tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz, separating the Persian Gulf from the Gulf of Oman…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, UAE


ISIS launches heavy attack on largest oil field and nearby airport in eastern Syria: report

Published 2019-07-17 11:53:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cells carried out their heaviest attack of the year on the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) positions at the Al-Umar Oil Field. Citing local sources, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that intense clashes took place near the Al-Umar Oil Field and nearby Coalition airport, resulting in several casualties for all parties involved. The SOHR report said that the Deir Ezzor Military Council branch of the Syrian Democratic Forces suffered four dead and several more injured during the overnight battle. In addition to the battle at the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria


Breaking: Bus carrying several Syrian soldiers blown up in Daraa

Published 2019-07-17 11:23:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – A bus carrying several Syrian Army soldiers was targeted by a roadside bomb in the western part of Daraa city this morning, a source from the military told Al-Masdar. According to the military source, the roadside bomb targeted the bus as it was traveling through the Al-Dahiyah District of Daraa city. The military source added that at least three Syrian Army soldiers have been confirmed dead and more than five are critically wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for this attack; however, in the past few months, Free Syrian Army (FSA) sleeper cells have carried… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria


Syrian and Iraqi armies carry out joint border operations against ISIS, new post setup

Published 2019-07-17 11:06:55 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The armed forces of both Iraq and Syria are conducting joint military operations along the vast border separating the two historical nations. According to a new report from the Deir Ezzor Governorate, the Syrian and Iraqi armed forces conducted joint combing operations around the border cities of Al-Qa’im (Iraq) and Albukamal (Syria). At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army announced the establishment of a new border post near the border city of Albukamal in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. Later in the day, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) clashed with the Islamic State… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria


Britain to send third warship to Persian Gulf amid ongoing turmoil with Iran

Published 2019-07-17 09:50:23 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The British Navy is sending a third warship to the Persian Gulf amid increased tensions with Iran following the seizure of the latter’s Grace oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar. In an exclusive report, The Times journalist Lucy Fisher revealed that Great Britain is sending a third warship and tanker to the Persian Gulf. https://twitter.com/LOS_Fisher/status/1151138875475030017 Citing defense sources, Fisher said that this move by the British Navy has nothing to do with the increased tensions with the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf. The British Ministry of Defense reportedly declined to comment… Read on ->

Tags: Britain, Iran


Jihadists destroy important bridge to prevent Syrian Army advance into western Idlib

Published 2019-07-17 09:19:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels have destroyed an important bridge in northwestern Syria to prevent a future Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advance into the Idlib Governorate. According to a report from the Hama Governorate, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham destroyed the Beit Al-Ras Bridge in the Al-Ghaab Plain. The Beit Al-Ras Bridge connected the government-held part of the Al-Ghaab Plain with the jihadist-held areas. This move by the jihadist rebels came at the same time that the Syrian Arab Army sent a large convoy of reinforcements to the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. These… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Large Turkish Army convoy deploys to Syria’s northern border amid reports of new operation: video

Published 2019-07-17 08:45:35 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – A large convoy of Turkish military vehicles was seen moving inside the northern region of Syrian close to the militant-held town of Azaz late on Monday. According to recent media reports, the reinforcements have been sent to the Syrian border area by the Turkish military. This move by the Turkish military comes just days after several reports surfaced about a new operation east of the Euphrates. In 2018, Turkey conducted an operation in and around the nearby Afrin as part of the Turkish-led ‘Olive Branch’ military operation against Syrian Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Massive number of Syrian Army reinforcements head to northwest Hama for next offensive

Published 2019-07-17 08:07:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – A large number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements reportedly made their way to the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Tuesday. According to reports from the Hama Governorate, the Syrian Army reinforcements were made up of several units from different parts of the country. These reinforcements were deployed to the front-lines in northwestern Hama, where they will join forces with the other units from the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces (NDF) that preparing to begin a new operation. The location of the new operation has not been announced; however, it is very… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Armenian woman tortured and stoned to death by jihadist rebels in Idlib

Published 2019-07-17 07:25:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – An Armenian woman was repeatedly tortured and then executed by the jihadist rebels in the Jisr Al-Shughour District of the Idlib Governorate. The death of the Armenian woman, Suzanne Der Karkour, was first reported by the humanitarian organization SOS Chretiens d’Orient on July 13th. https://twitter.com/iraqschristians/status/1150143330950483968 According to the humanitarian group, Der Karkour went missing on July 9th inside her hometown of Al-Yaqoubiyeh, which is located just north of the jihadist stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour. A local priest sent parishioners to search for Der Karkour on July 9th; they found the Armenian woman dead in a… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


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