This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Syria, Mhardeh, Sqaylabiyeh, Armenia, Russia, Idlib, Latakia, China, Taiwan, Iran, Iraq, Bahdadi, US, Venezuela, Palmyra.

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Breaking: Syrian Army begins new offensive in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-07-30 23:23:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun a new offensive in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate in a bid to expand the buffer zone around the main road linking Mhardeh and Sqaylabiyeh. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army began their assault this evening by storming the militant-held town of Zakah, which is located near the recently captured hilltop of Tal Malah. As of now, no advances have been announced by the Tiger Forces. On Sunday evening, the Syrian Arab Army managed to retake Tal Malah from the militants of Hay’at… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Syrian Army reopens main road between gov’t strongholds in Hama: video

Published 2019-07-30 15:07:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s advance in northwestern Hama on Sunday evening paved the way for the reopening of an important road linking two government strongholds. With the capture of Tal Malah on Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army was able to open the main road linking Mhardeh and Sqaylabiyeh. Below is a video from the Sputnik News Agency that shows the Syrian Arab Army on this roadway after expelling the jihadist rebels from the area: https://youtu.be/_zsHgTuH8fU

Tags: Hama, Mhardeh, Sqaylabiyeh, Syria


Russian jets intercept ‘enemy’ targets in Armenia drills

Published 2019-07-30 14:35:28 by News Desk in World-News

MiG-29 fighter jets from the Russian Southern Military District have intercepted ‘enemy’ targets in military drills on the territory of Armenia, the district’s press service said on Tuesday. “In the framework of bilateral tactical drills at the Kakhmud and Alagyaz training ranges, pilots of MiG-29 fighter jets from the Russian military base in Erebuni stationed in Armenia, have intercepted ‘enemy’ targets in the air,” the press service said. Over 500 servicemen and over 100 units of military equipment took part in the drills.   Source: TASS

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Tags: Armenia, Russia


Aftermath from Tal Malah battle reveals several destroyed jihadist vehicles: photos

Published 2019-07-30 13:50:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to retake the large hilltop of Tal Malah on Sunday evening, ending the militant control over this imperative area in northwestern Hama. The following day, the Syrian Army began combing through the retaken areas, discovering several destroyed vehicles and many dead militants from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Izza. As shown in the images below, the jihadist forces lost a great deal of equipment as a result of this battle:  

Tags: Hama, Syria


Jihadists redeploy troops to southwestern Idlib: report

Published 2019-07-30 13:22:40 by News Desk in Syria

Reconnaissance has registered militants in Syria redeploying forces to the southwestern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone gearing up for an offensive, Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff, Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi, told reporters at a press briefing on Monday. “Reconnaissance has currently been registering covert redeployment and amassment of militants in the southwestern part of the [Idlib] de-escalation zone. At least 500 terrorists from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, both groups outlawed in Russia – TASS) have been redeployed from the northern areas of the Idlib province. Preparations for offensive operations are… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army storms strategic mountaintop town in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-07-30 12:40:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has launched a new attack this week on the strategic mountaintop town of Kabani in northeastern Latakia. Backed by the Russian and Syrian air forces, the 4th Armored Division began their attack by storming the southern axis of Kabani from their positions on the Zuwayqat Mountains. No gains have been reported by the Syrian Army. The Syrian Arab Army has attempted to advance at Kabani several times in the past; however, their attacks have been repeatedly repelled by the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Kabani’s proximity to the… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


China sends powerful message to US with new military drills near Taiwan

Published 2019-07-30 12:04:03 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – China has started military exercises in both the East and South China Seas near coastal areas, according to two navigation restriction notices released by maritime safety authorities on Sunday and Monday. The military exercises in the East China Sea started at 6 pm on Sunday, and is scheduled to conclude at 6 pm on Thursday, according to a Sunday notice released on the website of the Maritime Safety Administration of China. According to coordinates provided in the notice, the restriction zone covers a large area not far from the east coast of Zhoushan and Taizhou,… Read on ->

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Tags: China, Taiwan


Israeli attacks against Iran no longer limited to Syria: report

Published 2019-07-30 11:17:32 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – Israel has no longer limited their attacks against Iran to just Syria, a new report from Asharq Al-Aswat claimed on Tuesday. Citing western diplomatic source, the Saudi-based publication alleged that Israeli warplanes attacked Hashd Al-Shaabi’s (Popular Mobilization Units) base in the Salaheddine Governorate of Iraq on July 19. According to the diplomatic source, the Israeli Air Force used their new F-35 stealth fighter jets to carry out the attack. Asharq Al-Aswat then referenced an alleged attack by the Israeli Air Force on Hashd Al-Shaabi’s Ashraf base, which was previously used by the dissident People’s Mujahedin… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria


Remarkable footage showing the Syrian Army’s offensive in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-07-30 10:47:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Anna News Agency released a new video this week showing the Syrian Arab Army’s operation to retake the key hilltop of Tal Malah and nearby town of Jibeen. “According to the special correspondents of the ANNA-News Agency in Syria, on the night of July 29, the Tiger Forces from the SAA, after several air and artillery strikes, launched an offensive on the militant positions belonging to HTS, a group banned in Russia. The main goal of the attacks was the hill of Tel Mallah and the village of the same name near it. By… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Syrian military hammers foreign jihadists in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-07-30 09:58:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Syrian military has launched another heavy attack on the jihadist stronghold of Kabani this week, hitting several points under the control of the jihadist rebels. According to a military source in Latakia city, the Syrian military launched a heavy barrage of missiles and airstrikes on the jihadist positions, inflicting heavy damage on the militant defenses. The source said the airstrikes primarily targeted the positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the foreign jihadists from the Turkestan Islamic Party. The Turkestan Islamic Party is one of the most powerful jihadist groups in northwestern Syria; they have… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Jihadist gathering for counter-offensive in Hama was wiped out by joint Syrian-Russian attack

Published 2019-07-30 09:10:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Shortly after losing the key hilltop of Tal Malah in northwestern Hama, the jihadist rebels from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies from Jaysh Al-Izza were gathering for a counter-offensive to retake this site from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). However, as the jihadist forces began to gather near the town of Jibeen, Russian reconnaissance planes spotted the militants and provided the coordinates to their air fleet. According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian and Russian air forces then bombed the militant gathering, forcing them to disperse before they could launch their counter-attack… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria


ISIS leader Baghdadi hiding inside of Syria: Iraqi intel

Published 2019-07-30 08:57:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The head of the Iraqi intelligence wing known as the “Hawk’s Cell” stated on Monday that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is currently hiding inside Syria and maintains a strong influence within the terrorist organization. Speaking to the Iraqi newspaper Al-Sabaah, the Hawk’s Cell head Abu ‘Ali Al-Basri said that his intelligence wing discovered that Baghdadi was hiding inside Syria, where he is giving orders to his terrorists in the region. “After Daesh’s military setbacks inside Iraq and Syria, there is a permanent threat to the criminal Ibrahim Al-Samarai (Baghdadi’s real name)… Read on ->

Tags: Bahdadi, Iraq, Syria


Venezuela is prepared to wage ‘absolute war’ against US: Maduro ally

Published 2019-07-30 08:31:44 by News Desk in World-News

Venezuela is prepared to wage “absolute war” with the US if Washington makes a decision to attack it, Diosdado Cabello, president of the Constituent Assembly and vice president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, has warned. “We are few, a small country, we are very humble, and here it is likely that the US marines enter. It is likely that they enter,” Cabello said, speaking at a forum in Sao Paulo on Saturday. “Their problem will be getting out of Venezuela [alive],” he added. “We are prepared [for war] today, and can say this without any hubris,” the… Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela


Three Russian servicemen allegedly killed in Syria: report

Published 2019-07-30 07:45:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – A new report by Russian publication claimed this week that three Russian servicemen were killed in central Syria last month. Citing the Novaya Gazeta publication, Russia’s Avia.Pro reported that three Russian servicemen were killed on June 15, 2019 near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in central Syria. “According to information provided by the Russian media, as a result of an attack by Syrian terrorists, at least three Russian servicemen were killed. All of them were members of the Shield unit, and, according to the relatives of the victims, they died in the middle of… Read on ->

Tags: Palmyra, Russia, Syria


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