This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iraq, Israel, Erdogan, Syria, Turkey, Hama, Idlib, Russia, Ansasrallah, Yemen, Kabani, Latakia, Lebanon, Palestine, IRGC.

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Iraqi parliament group calls alleged Israeli attack ‘declaration of war’

Published 2019-08-26 17:04:19 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast

The Fatah Coalition, an influential bloc in the Iraqi Parliament, has called recent airstrikes on the country, allegedly conducted by Israel, a “declaration of war” by the Jewish state and stated that it holds the US fully responsible for Tel Aviv’s actions. In light of this, the coalition has called for the withdrawal of the about 5,000 remaining American soldiers from Iraq. The parliamentary bloc also said in the statement that the country reserves the right to respond to Israel over the air raid purportedly conducted by it. Iraqi military spokesman Yehya Rasool said in a separate statement that the country… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Israel

Turkish troops to enter northern Syria safe zone: Erdogan

Published 2019-08-26 16:09:03 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish ground troops will enter a planned safe zone in northern Syria “very soon,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Ankara opened a joint operation center with the United States for the safe zone at the weekend. “We are slowly making progress in our efforts to establish a safe zone,” Erdogan said. “Just like many other issues some saw as untouchable, we are putting the east of the Euphrates issue on track,” Reuters quoted him as saying. Turkey has said that it would not tolerate any delays to the agreement by US officials, warning that it will mount a cross-border offensive on… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army uncovers militant prison in northern Hama: video

Published 2019-08-26 15:53:07 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) established full control over the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate this past week after a long battle against the militant forces. The militant forces, primarily Jaysh Al-Izza and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, had controlled several towns in northern Hama for most of the war. However, they would finally concede these towns to the Syrian Army after losing Khan Sheikhoun and facing a potential siege. During a recent combing operation in northern Hama, the Syrian Arab Army uncovered a prison that was used by the militant forces near the Jaysh Al-Izza… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Syrian Army’s capture of Khan Sheikhoun does not violate any agreement: Russia

Published 2019-08-26 14:27:26 by News Desk in Syria

A military operation of Syrian troops in the town of Khan Sheikhoun does not violate any agreement, including agreements between Russia and Turkey on the formation of the de-escalation zone in Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. “Speaking about the situation in the de-escalation zone in Idlib, particularly in Khan Sheikhoun and in the surrounding areas, the Syrian armed forces, as supported by us, are not violating any agreement,” Lavrov said. The Russian minister stressed that the ceasefire regime did not apply to terrorists from the very beginning. “The most important is that despite all measures, including the formation… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Breaking: Ansarallah forces launch first attack of year on Saudi capital

Published 2019-08-26 13:52:04 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – For the first time this year, the Ansarallah forces launched an attack on the Saudi capital city of Riyadh. According to the official media wing of the Ansarallah forces, their rocket battalion targeted Riyadh with their Samad-3 attack drone. No further details have been released since. The Saudi Ministry of Defense has also not commented on the attack.

Tags: Ansasrallah, Yemen

Syrian Army tank convoy heads to northeast Latakia to participate in Kabani battle: video

Published 2019-08-26 13:35:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – A large number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements were recently deployed to northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate, as they join the battle to capture Kabani. In a new video released by Ali Sarem, a number of tanks could be seen heading to the front-lines in Kabani, as the Syrian Army prepares to intensify their attack on the town. Over the last two weeks, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division has intensified their attack on Kabani in a bid to seize the mountaintop town from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham… Read on ->

Tags: Kabani, Latakia, Syria

Israel carries out rare attack on Palestinian forces near Syrian border: video

Published 2019-08-26 12:55:15 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine, Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Last night, the Israeli military carried out a rare attack inside of eastern Lebanon, hitting a site belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation  of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC). According to a military report: “At around 1.20 am last night an Israeli drone carried out three airstrikes in the Bekaa Valley, targeting a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC) base near Qusaya.” The report added that “According to Palestinian officials, the attack caused no casualties and only minor material damage and neither PFLP-GC nor any other Palestinian faction has made… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Palestine

Massive convoy of Syrian military reinforcements head to Al-Ghaab for 2nd phase of offensive

Published 2019-08-26 12:27:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – A large number of reinforcements from the Syrian military were deployed to the Al-Ghaab Plain this week as they prepare to launch the second phase of their Idlib offensive. According to an army source in the Hama Governorate, the 4th Armored Division and Republican Guard sent several units of reinforcements to the Al-Zawiyah Mountain and Al-Ghaab Plain axes to begin the next phase of their operation. The source said the Syrian military will work to capture the remaining sites under militant control inside the Hama Governorate. Last week, the Syrian Arab Army announced the capture… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Jihadists unwilling to concede strategic town in northeastern Latakia

Published 2019-08-26 10:32:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The jihadist factions in the northeastern region of Latakia have refused to give up their last positions near the town of Kabani, despite facing nonstop attacks from the Syrian and Russian armed forces. Unlike the previous battles in southern Idlib and northern Hama, the town of Kabani is solely defended by the jihadist factions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party. These two factions are arguably the most powerful of the jihadist rebels in northern Syria and perhaps the most powerful militant groups in Syria altogether. This takes us to Sunday, when the… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Israel allegedly bombed Lebanese-Syrian border: report

Published 2019-08-26 09:41:38 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

Three Israeli airstrikes allegedly targeted the Lebanese-Syria border area early on Sunday, local broadcaster reported. Israeli airstrikes hit Lebanon’s border with Syria east of the city of Zahle, Lebanese An-Nahar TV reported. There was no immediate statement from Israel on the matter. Yesterday, Syrian state television reported that the country’s air defence intercepted several Israeli missiles over Damascus before they reached their targets. Israeli military later claimed that Israeli aircraft struck Iranian forces near Damascus to prevent a drone attack on Israel. Israel has previously admitted to carrying out “hundreds” of air attacks against Syria in recent years, saying that the strikes were aimed… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria

Russian military deploys to Turkish observation post area in Hama: photos

Published 2019-08-26 09:10:53 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – The Russian military police have deployed to their forces to the Turkish observation post area in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate. According to a military report from the Hama Governorate, the Russian police deployed their forces to the Turkish observation post area to alleviate any tensions between the Turkish and Syrian armed forces. The Russian military police were photographed by local reporters on Sunday as they were establishing their positions around the Turkish observation post. Despite the Syrian government’s demand that the Turkish military withdraw from this observation post and all other posts,… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army traps and destroys militant tunnel in northern Hama: video

Published 2019-08-26 08:31:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized the entire militant-held northern Hama pocket last week, putting an end to Jaysh Al-Izza’s long presence in the governorate. Once the last militants fled the area, the Syrian Arab Army quickly moved into the towns of Kafr Zita, Al-Latamnah, Latmeen, Lahaya, and Morek. During their combing operations, the Syrian Arab Army uncovered a number of tunnels and caves that were used by the militants to seek cover from airstrikes and carry out attacks against the military. As shown in the video below, the Syrian Army trapped and destroyed a… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

‘Insane operations’ are Israel’s ‘last step’: IRGC’s Soleimani

Published 2019-08-26 07:53:54 by News Desk in Lebanon, Iran, Middleeast, Syria

In a Twitter post with pictures of Soleimani he says: “These insane operations are absolutely last struggles of the Zionist Regime” in three languages. The tweet came after two Israeli drones crashed near Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, before dawn on Sunday, 25 August. One of them reportedly damaged the Hezbollah media centre in the Dahyeh suburbs of the city. The incident came soon after Israel launched airstrikes in neighbouring Syria. Tel Aviv hasn’t commented on the incident in Beirut, however, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed on 25 August that the airstrike in Syria had thwarted a planned attack on the Jewish state… Read on ->

Tags: IRGC, Israel, Lebanon, Syria

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