This is a summary of 12 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Albukamal, Iraq, Latakia, Idlib, Russia, Turkey.

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Syrian Army scores first advance in northern Hama after fierce battle

Published 2019-08-06 23:54:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has scored their first advance in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate this evening after a fierce battle with the militant forces. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Syrian Army captured the town of Arbaeen after launching two consecutive attacks on Jaysh Al-Izza’s defenses. The source said the first attack was repelled by the militant forces; however, on the second attempt, they were able to overrun Jaysh Al-Izza’s positions en route to seizing Arbaeen. With Arbaeen under their control, the Syrian Arab Army will now… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Israeli warplane spotted over southern Lebanon, moving towards Syrian border

Published 2019-08-06 23:13:40 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – An Israeli warplane was spotted over the southern region of Lebanon this evening before making its way towards the southeastern part of the Levantine country. According to local reports, the Israeli warplane was traveling from the Nabatieh Governorate towards the Syrian border. While it is not unusual for Israeli warplanes to enter Lebanese airspace or approach the Syrian border, the timing of the flight has raised suspicions of a potential attack. Typically, when the Israeli Air Force bombs military sites in southwestern Syria, they conduct their strikes at night using this flight path. The past… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria

Syrian Army begins first push to capture strategic town in northern Hama

Published 2019-08-06 22:06:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army began their first push to capture the key town of Zakah in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate. Backed by heavy artillery, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces, alongside the National Defense Forces (Mhardeh and Sqaylabiyeh units), launched a heavy assault to capture both Zakah and Arbaeen. No gains have been reported thus far. If the Syrian Arab Army is successful in taking Zakah, they will have full access to the western flank of Jaysh Al-Izza’s strongholds. These Jaysh Al-Izza strongholds, Kafr Zita and Al-Latamnah, have had a… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Breaking: Syrian Army launches heavy attack on militant strongholds in northern Hama

Published 2019-08-06 21:29:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun striking Jaysh Al-Izza’s positions at Zakah and Arbaeen in northern Hama after the collapse of the conditional ceasefire on Monday. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army began their attack by firing a large barrage of missiles and artillery shells towards the two towns of Zakah and Arbaeen near the Jaysh Al-Izza strongholds of Al-Latamnah and Kafr Zita. A source from the army said the Syrian Army said the military has not yet stormed the area, pointing that this is the preliminary strikes before the operation…. Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Syrian, Iraqi commanders meet at border as key crossing prepares to reopen: video

Published 2019-08-06 19:48:18 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – Commanders from the Syrian and Iraqi armies conducted a joint reconnaissance tour of the border region as they prepare to reopen the key crossing between the cities of Albukamal and Al-Qa’im. During a tour of the crossing, the officers from the Syrian and Iraqi armies were briefed on the situation along the border, including the previous operations against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). Major General Shawqi Yousef, head of the security and military committee in the eastern region, and Major General Akram Hawijah, head of the security and military committee in Albukamal, were present during… Read on ->

Tags: Albukamal, Iraq, Syria

Syrian Army launches attack on jihadist stronghold in northeast Latakia: video

Published 2019-08-06 19:16:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) -The Syrian military heavily attacked the jihadist stronghold of Kabani in northeastern Latakia this week, following the collapse of the conditional ceasefire. Syrian military aircraft, tanks, and artillery units could be seen attacking the jihadist positions around Kabani, as they prepare to launch a full-scale ground assault to capture this strategic mountaintop town.   The northeastern region of Latakia has been a hot zone for military activity since 2012; its large presence of foreign jihadist combatants also makes its security a high priority for the Syrian Army’s command. Currently, two major jihadist groups are active… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Syria

Russian Air Force lets loose first strikes over southern Idlib

Published 2019-08-06 17:23:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON 5:10 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has continued their aerial campaign over the northwestern region of Syria, today, expanding their attack to the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to a military report from the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force conducted several strikes over the key town of Khan Sheikhoun, hitting a number of targets belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. These strikes by the Russian Air Force mark the first time that they have targeted southern Idlib since the conditional ceasefire was put in place last Thursday. At the same time, the Syrian Air Force… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

‘Damaged’ US F-22 Raptor spotted flying over Syria

Published 2019-08-06 16:41:15 by News Desk in Syria

Several eagle-eyed Twitter users have spotted what they believed was severely eroded stealth coating in front of the canopy of a USAF F-22 seen refuelling over an “undisclosed location.” Earlier, USTRANSCOM published a video showing one of the 12 F-22s recently deployed to an airbase in Qatar being refuelled by a KC-135 Stratotanker, with no details made available about their position. However, social media users quickly compared the terrain below the fighter in the photo to satellite images of an area of northwest Syria, seemingly indicating that the planes were flying northeast of Raqqa, a Syrian city controlled by… Read on ->

Tags: Syria

Russian Air Force launches big attack over NE Latakia as Syrian troops prepare for new offensive

Published 2019-08-06 15:22:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force wasted no time attacking jihadists in rural Latakia after the ceasefire in northwestern Syria was called off by the Syrian Armed Forces. Led by attack choppers and their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force continued their heavy bombardment of northeastern Latakia this afternoon. According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force has launched several strikes over the jihadist strongholds of Sirmaniyeh and Kabani, causing significant damage  to the defenses of the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. As Russian aircraft pound the jihadist positions in… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Russia, Syria

Undeterred by US warnings, Erdogan vows to launch new operation in Syria

Published 2019-08-06 14:57:35 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Ankara will soon launch a new military operation on ensuring security of its borders in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during an address in Ankara on Tuesday broadcast live by Haberturk TV channel. “Turkey cannot feel safe until it neutralizes the mounting threat posed by the allies’ weapons near its southern borders. I hope very soon we will switch to a new stage of fulfilling a plan, under which we have already conducted two operations, Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch,” Erdogan said. If Turkey failed to act now it would later “pay a high price,” Erdogan stressed,… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Jihadists suffer heavy losses in 2 ambushes carried out by suspected Russian troops

Published 2019-08-06 13:04:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Over the last week, the jihadist rebels have suffered heavy casualties in two separate incidents along the front-lines in the demilitarized zone. These two attacks have been carried out behind the jihadist lines, with one ambush taking place just north of the Hama Governorate and the other in the Al-Ghaab Plain region. The ambushes have been precise and incredibly costly for the militant forces, as they were unable to fend off or kill any of the attackers. Both ambushes have been a mystery, but a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Hama believes… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Breaking: US warns Turkey against any unilateral action in Syria

Published 2019-08-06 12:11:27 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper told reporters on Tuesday that any unilateral Turkish operations in northern Syria would be unacceptable and averted by Washington. “What we’re going to do is prevent unilateral incursions that would upset, again, these mutual interests … the United States, Turkey and the SDF share with regard to northern Syria”, Esper said. On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would launch an operation in Syria east of the Euphrates River. The president added that the United States and Russia were notified of Turkey’s intentions. Erdogan, however, did not elaborate on the details of the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

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