This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Iran, US, India, Pakistan, Assad, Daraa, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Hama, Iraq, Saudi, Yemen, Deir_Ezzor, Beirut, Lebanon, IRGC, Aleppo, Egypt, Sisi.

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Russian forces allegedly amassing in southern Idlib for new offensive

Published 2019-09-15 16:37:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Russian ground forces are amassing in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, the Turkish-backed militants told the Reuters News Agency this past week. According to the spokesperson for the Turkish-backed National Army, Major Yousef Hammoud, the Russian ground forces and “Iranian militias” are preparing for a new offensive in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate; he did not provide any more details. “The amassing of Iranian militias and Russian ground troops are all signals that something is being prepared for a new offensive,” he said. However, despite these claims by the Turkish-backed… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


US Senator calls on Trump to bomb Iran to ‘break the regime’s back’

Published 2019-09-15 16:19:26 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has called on the U.S. administration to send a message to Iran by bombing the Islamic Republic’s oil refineries. “Iranian supported Houthi rebels who attacked Saudi oil refineries is yet another example of how Iran is wreaking havoc in the Middle East. The Iranian regime is not interested in peace – they’re pursuing nuclear weapons and regional dominance,” Graham tweeted on Saturday. “It is now time for the U.S. to put on the table an attack on Iranian oil refineries if they continue their provocations or increase nuclear… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Imran Khan doesn’t rule out potential Pakistan-India war going nuclear

Published 2019-09-15 16:08:45 by News Desk in World-News

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned of “consequences” if his nuclear-armed country were to end up losing a conventional war to its similarly nuclear-armed neighbour India. Pakistan’s prime minister discussed his government’s foreign and domestic policies in an interview with Al Jazeera on 14 September. When asked if Pakistan would hit India with nuclear weapons in case of a large-scale conflict, Khan first ruled out his country initiating the attack. “Pakistan would never start a war, and I am clear: I am a pacifist. I am anti-war,” he said. However, Khan added that when two nuclear-armed states “fight a… Read on ->

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Tags: India, Pakistan


Breaking: Syrian President issues nationwide amnesty for all crimes

Published 2019-09-15 15:08:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad issued a decree on Saturday, September 14 that offered general amnesty to all Syrian citizens for crimes committed before this date. According to the articles in the decree, the amnesty will lower all prison sentences and commute death sentences to life in prison. This move by the Syrian President marks the first time during the Syrian War that an amnesty of this nature has been issued by the government. Previously, a general amnesty was given to military defectors and draft dodgers; this allowed them to fulfill their service and avoid prison… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria


Syrian military seizes large cache of weapons in southern Syria: photos

Published 2019-09-15 14:54:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian military seized a large cache of weapons left behind by the militants in the western countryside of the Daraa Governorate. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military seized the weapons cache inside the formerly militant-held town of Jassim. In the weapons cache were a large amount of ammunition boxes, assault rifles, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), and communication devices, the SANA report added.

Tags: Daraa, Syria


Russian Su-35 arrives in Turkey amid potential purchase: photos

Published 2019-09-15 14:31:27 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

A Russian Su-35 fighter jet has arrived in Istanbul, Turkey to take part in the upcoming Teknofest Istanbul Aerospace and Technology Festival, set to begin on Tuesday and run for a week, a source from Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation has confirmed. According to Russian media, the fighter jet made its way to Turkey independently, landing at Ataturk Airport, where the airshow will be held. In addition to the Su-35, Russian aircraft manufacturers plan to show off other planes, including the MC-21 medium-range airliner (a plane which Turkey has already expressed interest in), as well as the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the Beriev Be-200… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey


Israeli politician posts alleged map of Trump’s ‘deal of the century’

Published 2019-09-15 13:34:01 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – Israeli politician Naftali Bennett released a map of the U.S. administration’s “deal of the century”, which shows the alleged future border boundaries in the West Bank. Bennett tweeted the map on Sunday morning, alleging that the territory highlighted in black represents Palestine and the white Israel. https://twitter.com/naftalibennett/status/1173137702050570241?s=20 The leader of the “New Right” and former Israeli Minister of Education called out Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the deal, asking him why the peace plan is being released after the Knesset elections, which begin next Tuesday. Bennett stated that this map, if true, is a disaster… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Palestine


Thousands of displaced Syrians return home in Hama, Idlib after Syrian Army operation

Published 2019-09-15 13:11:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Thousands of citizens on Sunday returned to the villages and towns that were retaken by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northern Hama and southern Idlib regions, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. A SANA reporter said that thousands of citizens have returned to their villages and towns through Souran corridor, which is located in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate The return of the displaced came due to the efforts exerted by the Syrian Arab Army for the return of all displaced to their villages and towns. This comes just weeks… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Iraq denies Houthi drones attacked Saudi Arabia from their territory

Published 2019-09-15 12:58:17 by News Desk in Iraq, Yemen

Iraq has denied media reports claiming that its territory was used to launch the drones that attacked Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities on Saturday night, a statement from the Iraqi Prime Minister’s press-service released on Twitter says. “​Iraq denies reports in the press and on social media that its territory was used to attack oil facilities in Saudi Arabia with drones”, the statement reads. It also says that the constitution of Iraq does not allow the use of its territory for aggressive actions towards its neighbours. The Iraqi authorities have set up a committee to monitor reports and the latest events… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Saudi, Yemen


Powerful pro-gov’t force vows to capture SDF-held areas in Deir Ezzor: video

Published 2019-09-15 12:27:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The powerful pro-government paramilitary unit, Al-Baqir Brigade, has vowed to capture the territories controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Deir Ezzor. In the video, one of the commanders of the Al-Baqir Brigade, Fadi Al-‘Afays, says in the presence of a Russian soldier that his forces are ready to attack and capture these territories from the SDF. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjHAh75TZ3U The Syria-based Al-Watan publication released a similar report on Sunday that reiterated the claim about the supreme commander of the Al-Baqir Brigade, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Bashir, heading to Deir Ezzor from Damascus in the coming… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria


US warship makes rare appearance in Beirut port after joint drills with Lebanese military

Published 2019-09-15 11:41:27 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A>M.) – A U.S. warship belonging to the Fifth Fleet of the U.S. Navy is anchored at the Port of Beirut, Lebanese media reported on Saturday evening. The website “Lebanon Debate” said that the battleship is “USS Ramage” is docked at the port of Beirut and has been met with representatives of various parliamentary blocs. The admiral in charge of the ship said it was docked in Lebanon after completing joint maneuvers with the Lebanese Army. In particular, the joint maneuvers concentrated on securing maritime trade and protecting infrastructure. U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Holzhall Richard said… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon, US


Iran is ‘ready for war’, US bases within missile range: IRGC

Published 2019-09-15 11:06:35 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

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Tehran has always been prepared for a full-fledged war, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force Chief Amirali Hajizadeh said in a statement on Sunday, just a day after two drone attacks on oilfields in Saudi Arabia, which were claimed by Houthis and blamed by the US and Saudi Arabia on Tehran. “Everybody should know that all American bases and their aircraft carriers, at a distance of up to 2,000 kilometres around Iran, are within the range of our missiles,” Hajizadeh said. According to Hajizadeh, the Iranian military are ready to target two US bases and one carrier in the event of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


Russia delivers 3 tonnes of humanitarian to Aleppo

Published 2019-09-15 10:41:45 by News Desk in Syria

Officers of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Parties in Syria delivered over three tonnes of food and clothing to the settlement of Maaret Um Haush in the Aleppo province, Denis Shatailo, a spokesman for the center, informed reporters. “This settlement 30 kilometers north of the city of Aleppo was severely damaged in the armed conflict; it is located in the fifth (last and northernmost – TASS) zone of de-escalation. We have delivered 500 food packaged and 500 clothing packages amounting to over 3 tonnes. Each package contains flour, rice, sugar, tea and condensed milk,” Shatailo said. According to… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Russia


Iran is behind attack on Saudi Aramco oil site: Pompeo

Published 2019-09-15 10:26:57 by News Desk in Iran, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Iran of being behind the attack on the Saudi Aramco oil site on Saturday morning. Using his Twitter, Pompeo tweeted that Iran is behind many attacks on Saudi Arabia, including the most recent drone strikes that were launched by the Ansarallah forces. “Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy. Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen,”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi, Yemen


What happened in Syria was planned by terrorist organizations: Egypt’s Sisi

Published 2019-09-15 09:07:03 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – Egyptian President ‘Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Saturday at a conference in Cairo that the events which led to the war in Syria were planned by terrorist organizations that sought to destroy the country, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. According to SANA, Sisi made these comments during the National Youth Conference, dubbed “Evaluating the Local and Regional Counter-Terrorism Experience”. The Egyptian President allegedly told the audience that terrorism was used to achieve political goals away from international legitimacy. In particular, Sisi pointed out how terrorism was used to target and destroy the countries of… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Sisi, Syria


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