This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: Deir_Ezzor, Syria, Iran, Saudi, Yemen, Russia, Erdogan, Turkey, CIA, Edward Snowden, NSA, USA, India, Hama, ISIS, Palmyra, Houthi, US, Afrin, Aleppo, Lebanon, Albukamal, Idlib, Baghdadi, Iraq.

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Syrian Army, Liwaa Al-Quds send reinforcements to SDF front-lines in Deir Ezzor

Published 2019-09-17 21:50:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies have sent reinforcements to the Deir Ezzor Governorate this week following threats from the Iran-backed Al-Baqir Brigade to attack the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the eastern region of the Euphrates River region. According to a military report from eastern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army and the Palestinian-led Al-Quds Brigade sent reinforcements to the front-lines in Deir Ezzor, where they positioned themselves just west of the Syrian Democratic Forces. A source nearby said the Syrian Army has no plans to attack the Syrian Democratic Forces; however,… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

US official claims cruise missiles were used during attack on Saudi Aramco sites

Published 2019-09-17 19:32:48 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

Cruise missiles were used in Saturday’s attacks on Saudi oil facilities, and the attack came from Iran, a US official cited by AFP has claimed. The official, who declined to be named, told the news agency that the US was now gathering evidence about the attack to present at the UN General Assembly next week. Asked if the US was certain that the cruise missiles was launched from Iranian soil, the official curtly answered “Yes.” Asked how many missiles were fired, the official declined to answer. “I will not get into that kind of details,” the official said. Earlier, anonymous… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi, Yemen

Russia to offer Arab countries weapons to protect from drones

Published 2019-09-17 18:23:44 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

Russia’s exporter of military products Rosoboronexport will offer its Arab partners the newest Russian means of protection from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) at the Dubai Airshow 2019 on November 17-21, the company said in a news release on Tuesday. Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev said the latest events indicated the growing importance of protection of crucial facilities, such as transport junctions, infrastructures of large oil and gas enterprises and nuclear power plants from reconnaissance and attack drones. “At the Dubai Airshow we will discuss with our Arab partners progress in the implementation of effective contracts and hold talks with them on… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia

Erdogan proposes creation of ‘refugee city’ at Syria peace talks

Published 2019-09-17 17:03:05 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced after the first meeting at the Ankara peace talks that his country will not allow terrorists to appear in the area created on the border with Syria; instead, he has proposed to turn it into a refugee city. “For the refugees there (on the Syrian border), it is necessary to create a city for them to participate in agriculture. I explained to my colleagues that it is necessary to build infrastructure for them. It is necessary to prevent the formation of a terrorist corridor,” the Turkish president said after… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey

Edward Snowden: “I’d return to US if offered fair trial”

Published 2019-09-17 15:56:49 by Zen Adra in World-News

Edward Snowden, the world’s most controversial whistleblower, said he will consider returning to the United States under one condition; which is being offered a fair trial. “That is the ultimate goal, but if I’m going to spend the rest of my life in prison then my one, bottom-line demand that we all have to agree to is that at least I get a fair trial,” Snowden said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” Snowden confirmed that the U.S. government has refused to guarantee a fair trial. The former CIA operative said he was travelling to Latin America when the United States… Read on ->

Tags: CIA, Edward Snowden, NSA, Russia, USA

India successfully tests Astra air-to-air missile

Published 2019-09-17 15:53:35 by News Desk in World-News

On Tuesday, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the federal Defence Ministry successfully test-fired the missile with a range of over 70 kilometres from a Su-30MKI combat aircraft as part of user trials. DRDO said the test was carried out to ascertain and validate its performance. Astra can flay towards its target at a speed of over 5,555 kilometres per hour (4.5 Mach) with a 15-kilogram high-explosive pre-fragmented war-head. The first Astra missile was launched from the Su-30MKI in May 2014, and so far 27 tests have been carried out. “Various Radars, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS) and Sensors… Read on ->

Tags: India

Turkish Army sends armored convoy to northern Hama observation post

Published 2019-09-17 15:30:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Turkish military sent a new armored convoy to the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate this week amid their regime’s ongoing peace talks with Russia and Iran. According to a report from the Hama Governorate, the Turkish military sent an armored convoy consisting of five vehicles and several soldiers to their observation post in the town of Sheir Magher. The report added that the convoy is meant to reinforce the Turkish Army’s observation post in Sheir Magher, as hostilities between the Syrian military and militant forces could flare up in the coming days if… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Russian Navy to be first to field hypersonic cruise missiles on submarines: report

Published 2019-09-17 14:38:46 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Russian Navy is expected to be the first nation in the world to arm their submarines with hypersonic cruise missiles, the Navy Recognition website reported on Tuesday. According to the online publication, the Russians are expected to arm their submarines with the Zircon model hypersonic missiles, which are believed to give their navy an some strategic advantages in naval warfare. “The greater speed will better enable Russia to strike time-critical targets and will increase the missile’s survival rate against modern air defences,” the publication said. “Zircon can reportedly fly at Mach 8 with some… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia

Several Syrian soldiers killed in ISIS ambush southeast of Palmyra

Published 2019-09-17 13:29:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed Tuesday by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist group near the Hamimah region of the Homs Governorate, a source told Al-Masdar News. According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army troops near the Hamimah region were ambushed by a group of Islamic State terrorists as they were posted up in this desert area. As a result of the Islamic State ambush, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies from the National Defense Forces (SDF) suffered over ten casualties in the Badiya Al-Sham region southeast of Palmyra city…. Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Palmyra, Syria

US intel shared with Saudis claims Houthi attack was carried out from Iran

Published 2019-09-17 13:04:01 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Yemen

US intelligence agencies have handed over a secret report to their Saudi counterparts which implicated Iran directly for the weekend’s attacks on two major Saudi Aramco oil facilities, the Wall Street Journal has reported, citing unnamed sources said to be familiar with the situation. According to the report, which has yet to be shared publicly, the strikes were staged from Iran, and involved some 20 drones and at least a dozen missiles. A Saudi official speaking to WSJ said the report was not conclusive, adding that the US side hadn’t provided sufficient evidence that Tehran was ‘definitely’ behind the attacks. On… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Iran, Saudi, US, Yemen

Breaking: Heavy infighting breaks out between Turkish-backed militants in Afrin

Published 2019-09-17 12:52:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 P.M.) – Heavy clashes broke out between two Turkish-backed militant factions in the Afrin region of Aleppo on Tuesday, local activists reported this afternoon. According to the reports, one militant faction from Deir Ezzor and another from the East Ghouta began clashing in Afrin for unknown reasons. This latest infighting has resulted in the death of one militant and a few injuries among the Turkish-backed factions. The Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield forces captured the Afrin region in northern Aleppo in March 2018; this came after a two-month-long operation to expel the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG). The operation… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Aleppo, Syria

Lebanese authorities begin hearing of former Israeli agent

Published 2019-09-17 12:35:13 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The hearing of Amer Elias Fakhoury, the former commander of a military battalion in the Israeli-backed South Lebanese Army (SLA), has begun this morning in Beirut, the National News Agency (NNA) reported. “Military Investigation Judge, Najat Abu Shakra, has begun questioning Amer Elias Fakhoury, the former commander of the Israeli enemy-linked al-Khiam jail,” an NNA correspondent at the courthouse reported. “Charges pressed against Fakhoury by the military prosecution are related to collaboration with the Israeli enemy, acquirement of the Israeli citizenship, residence in the occupied lands, as well as to the torture and killing of… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon

Turkish Army is ready to begin operation against Kurdish forces in 2 weeks: Erdogan

Published 2019-09-17 12:08:58 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Ankara is ready to start an operation against Kurdish militia in a safe zone in northeastern Syria within two weeks, if no specific measures are taken there jointly with the United States, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. “If no specific measures are taken there [in the safe zone] within two weeks, we can start our own operation,” Erdogan said after the Russia-Turkey-Iran summit on Syria in the Turkish capital. According to Erdogan, Kurdish militia from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are keeping local population at bay. The Turkish leader noted that as long as the YPG and the Kurdistan… Read on ->

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Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army denies reports of airstrikes on Iranian forces in Albukamal

Published 2019-09-17 11:38:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has denied reports of airstrikes on the Iranian forces in the border city of Albukamal. According to the military, there were no airstrikes or air activity over Albukamal last night, despite claims by pro-militant activists and their media channels. The source said these claims have been shared by these media outlets and activists to spread disinformation, but they have no truth. He also denied reports of increased tension between the Syrian military and Iranian-backed forces in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, adding that the situation in the area has been relatively… Read on ->

Tags: Albukamal, Syria

Putin trolls US by offering S-400 to Saudi Arabia after Houthi attack

Published 2019-09-17 11:21:13 by News Desk in Gulf, World-News

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested Saudi Arabia should buy Russian air defense systems to protect its oil facilities from drone attacks, pointing to Iran and Turkey, who operate S-300 and S-400 missiles, respectively. “Saudi Arabia needs to make a smart decision, as Iran did by buying our S-300, and as Mr. Erdogan did by deciding to buy the most advanced S-400 Triumph air defense systems from Russia,” Putin told reporters in Ankara on Monday. “These kinds of systems are capable of defending any kind of infrastructure in Saudi Arabia from any kind of attack.” Putin was answering a question about the… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, US

Syrian military finds militant base hidden inside cave in Khan Sheikhoun

Published 2019-09-17 11:10:48 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian military has found a cave near the recently liberated city of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province that was used by militants as a large military base, Big. Gen. Abdel Kerim Meikhun told reporters. “Our fighters discovered this cave after the liberation of the south of Idlib province, which took place in late August. Apart from being a powerful fortified area, it also stored scores of various weapons and combat outfit of militants: here are a helmet, uniform and gas mask; and here is a heavy machine gun belt and rocket-propelled grenade munitions,” Meikhun said. According to him, the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

ISIS chief releases audio speech as followers cherish worldwide

Published 2019-09-17 10:47:21 by Zen Adra in Syria

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:45 A.M.) – Leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS-ISIL-IS) has released a new audio message as the group suffers devastating defeats in Syria and Iraq. In the 30-minute audio recording released by the group’s media wing, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urges his fighters to spare no efforts to free ISIS detainees and women held in prisons and detention camps. “How a Muslim can enjoy life when Muslim women are held in “prisons of humiliation run by Crusaders and their Shia followers”. Tens of thousands of fighters and other members of the group are held in… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdadi, Iraq, ISIS, Syria

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