This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Syria, Turkey, China, Xinjiang, Latakia, ISIS, Russia, Hama.

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Syrian Army uncovers caves used by militants in southern Idlib: video

Published 2019-08-20 20:23:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a number of caves used by the militant forces during the brief battle for southern Idlib this month. In a short video released on Monday, the Sputnik News Agency filmed the Syrian Arab Army as they entered these tunnels near the city of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpqCzLZR21k

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkey has no plans to withdraw from observation posts

Published 2019-08-20 18:48:03 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Turkish military has no plans to withdraw from their observation posts in northern Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference in Ankara on Tuesday. “Right now, we don’t have an intention such as moving this elsewhere,” Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara. “It will carry on with its mission,” he said, adding that necessary security and military measures were being taken. The Turkish military is not besieged at this point; however, if their allied militants lose Ta’manah near Khan Sheikhoun, they will be surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army. The Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


China establishes new counter-terror force in Xinjiang

Published 2019-08-20 17:47:35 by News Desk in World-News

The Chinese People’s Armed Police have established a new counter-terror special operations unit in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to adapt to the needs of counter-terrorism missions there, media reported on Tuesday. The unit, called Mountain Eagle Commando, was revealed to the public for the first time, Chinese newspaper Cankao Xiaoxi reported on Tuesday. It was formed under the military reform and aims to deal with counter-terror missions in Xinjiang and other places in China. The name “Mountain Eagle” came from the unit’s designated battlefield: mountains and plateaus. The unit’s insignia is a flying mountain eagle with its beak pointed to… Read on ->

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Tags: China, Xinjiang


China warns of next jihadist wave in Syria

Published 2019-08-20 16:23:59 by News Desk in Syria

China has warned of “terrorist organisations” including remnants of Daesh* rising again in Syria if the international community ignores the “early warning” signs. Xie Xiaoyan, Beijing’s envoy in Syrian, said: “There is now a danger of terrorist organisations like ISIS (Daesh) being revived. The international community should pay attention.” He was meeting in Geneva with the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen.​After the so-called Arab Spring, rebels challenged the government of President Assad in 2011 and three years later Daesh, an extremist Sunni Muslim militia, overran a huge chunk of eastern Syria and northern Iraq and proclaimed a… Read on ->

Tags: China, Syria


Turkey was notified that attacks by jihadists would be crushed: Lavrov

Published 2019-08-20 15:02:02 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Attacks by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham militants in Idlib will be crushed, Turkey has been notified about that, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. “Jointly with our Turkish colleagues, in order to stop regular violations by these terrorists of the cessation of hostilities regime, although it does not extend to them, we have made it clear that if they carry out attacks from this zone, they will be severely suppressed. Throughout this year, these provocations have not stopped”, Lavrov stated. He added that in all cases, Turkish colleagues were warned that “we would respond, and this practice can’t stop, because the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army’s 4th Division resumes offensive to capture jihadist mountain stronghold

Published 2019-08-20 14:18:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive in the northeastern countryside of Latakia this week after taking a brief hiatus to reinforce their lines. Led by the 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) of the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Army restarted their attack on Monday by storming the points under the control of the jihadist forces south of Kabani. While no gains have been reported thus far, the Syrian Arab Army is involved in a fierce firefight with the Turkestan Islamic Party along the southern axis of Kabani. The Syrian Army is looking to secure… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Russian Air Force unleashes large attack on ISIS in eastern Syria

Published 2019-08-20 13:43:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has unleashed a heavy assault on a number of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) hideouts and gathering points in Syria’s Deir Ezzor Governorate this afternoon. According to a military source in the Homs Governorate, the Russian Air Force launched several strikes in southwestern Deir Ezzor, killing and wounding many Islamic State terrorists in the process. The source added that the Russian airstrikes primarily targeted the Islamic State sleeper cells that were launching constant ambushes against the Syrian Arab Army between the cities of Palmyra and Deir Ezzor. At the same time, the Syrian… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Russia, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army enters Khan Sheikhoun to secure city

Published 2019-08-20 12:21:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has entered Khan Sheikhoun after the militants withdrew from the northern sector of the city this morning. According to a military source in nearby Hama, the Syrian Arab Army entered the northern sector of the city after receiving the green light from their high command. The Syrian Army is now combing through the empty neighborhoods to secure the city and clear any explosives left behind by the jihadist rebels before they withdrew from Khan Sheikhoun. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s spokesperson said earlier today that their forces had withdrawn to the southern… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Frustrated jihadists attack largest Russian airbase in Syria

Published 2019-08-20 11:26:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The recent battlefield woes have begun to add up for the jihadist rebels as their forces are on the verge of losing one of their main strongholds in southern Idlib. In response to their losses, the jihadist rebels have stepped up their attacks on the Russian Hmeimim Airbase, firing several grad missiles towards this installation in Syria’s Latakia Governorate. On Monday night, the jihadist rebels fired several grad missiles towards the base, marking the fourth time in the last ten days that they have targeted this installation near the coastal city of Jableh. According to… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Russia, Syria


Aerial footage of Khan Sheikhoun after militants withdraw south

Published 2019-08-20 11:05:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – Anna News’ Oleg Blokhin released a new video on Tuesday that showed aerial footage of Khan Sheikhoun after the militants withdrew to the southern part of the city. As seen in the footage below, the northern part of Khan Sheikhoun is ultimately a ghost town after the militants withdrew from this sector of the city. https://youtu.be/3aoX_It1Lss Despite claims of the Syrian Army entering Khan Sheikhoun, a source from the military has denied these claims, adding that their troops are still outside the city. Furthermore, HTS has denied fully withdrawing from the city; instead, their spokesperson… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army denies control of Khan Sheikhoun

Published 2019-08-20 10:32:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has denied entering Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib, despite some claims by both pro-opposition and pro-government activists. According to a source in nearby Hama, there is truth to several militants withdrawing from Khan Sheikhoun; however, the hardline militants like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham still remain inside the city. The military spokesperson for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, Abu Khaled Al-Shami, said in a voice memo on the jihadist group’s official Telegram channel that their forces withdrew to the southern part of Khan Sheikhoun because the Syrian Arab Army captured Talat Al-Nimr, which allowed… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Breaking: Early reports of militants withdrawing from Khan Sheikhoun, northern Hama

Published 2019-08-20 09:35:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – A source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar News on Tuesday morning that the militants have begun withdrawing from the city of Khan Sheikhoun and several towns in northern Hama. According to the source, the militants have begun withdrawing from Khan Sheikhoun, Al-Latamnah, Kafr Zita, Morek, Latmeen, and several other areas. The source added that the Syrian Arab Army has not entered any of these towns, nor is there an agreement for such a withdrawal. This latest report comes just a day after the jihadist rebels lost a great deal of territory to… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Russian Su-35 jets allegedly intercepted Turkish warplanes over Idlib

Published 2019-08-20 08:05:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – The Turkish Air Force allegedly deployed some of their warplanes to the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a series of gains near the city of Khan Sheikhoun. According to the aviation publication Avia.Pro, two Russian Su-35 jets intercepted the Turkish warplanes and forced them to leave Syria’s airspace. “Any details on this subject were not disclosed; however, according to unconfirmed reports, the Turkish fighters were forced to leave Syrian airspace after covering a distance of 30-40 kilometers, which obviously indicates either the receipt of a warning from… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Latest map and field update from Khan Sheikhoun battle

Published 2019-08-20 07:20:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched their offensive on Sunday evening to capture the key city of Khan Sheikhoun from the jihadist rebel forces in southern Idlib. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to score several advances around Khan Sheikhoun’s western and northern axes, forcing the militants to abandon a number of points in the process. In particular, the Syrian Arab Army was able to capture the strategic hilltop of Talat Al-Nimr, which gave them complete fire control over the Khan Sheikhoun part of the Hama-Idlib Highway. As shown in… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria, Turkey


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