This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Houthi, Saudi, Iran, Aramco, Yemen, Russia, Turkey, Idlib, Syria, Kabani, Latakia, Mediterranean, Damascus, Israel, Lebanon, Hmeimim, US.

Categories covered in this brief: Yemen, Gulf, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Middleeast

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Breaking: Houthis to halt missile strikes after Saudi Arabia offers peace deal

Published 2019-09-20 21:24:43 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Houthi Movement (var. Ansarallah Movement) announced on Friday that they are halting their missiles strikes on Saudi Arabia after the Gulf kingdom offered them a peace deal. According to the Houthi Movement, the Saudi Coalition offered to halt their airstrikes over Yemen in exchange for the halting of all Houthi missile strikes. This announcement from the Yemeni group comes just days after the Houthi forces bombed one of the largest Saudi Aramco oil facilities inside Saudi Arabia.

Tags: Houthi, Saudi

Pentagon to warn Trump of possible war as it prepares ‘military options’ against Iran – report

Published 2019-09-20 19:06:41 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

The US Defence Department will brief President Donald Trump on 20 September on a “broad range of military options” to respond to recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities, which Washington attributes to Iran without presenting any proof to substantiate the claim, the Associated Press reported. The options will reportedly include a list of potential airstrike targets inside the country, but also other non-military options. According to the news agency, Pentagon officials will also warn Trump that picking the military option might spark a full-fledged war between the two countries. The US president himself said that he has “many options” on the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

New video shows extent of Saudi Aramco attack

Published 2019-09-20 18:12:28 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – A new video released by Sky News Arabia showed the recent destruction of the Saudi Aramco facility in Khurais after it was hit by Houthi drones.   A Sky News reporter at the scene said the engineering teams were working around the clock to ensure the Khurais station continued to operate. The Ansarallah group, also called the Houthi forces, which is fighting a Saudi-led military alliance, has claimed responsibility for the attack on the two oil sites in Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest oil processing plant (Aramco). US and Saudi officials dismissed… Read on ->

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Tags: Aramco, Saudi

Arab coalition commander assassinated in southern Yemen

Published 2019-09-20 17:12:10 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Saudi-led Arab Coalition suffered a major loss on Friday when their commander was assassinated in southern Yemen this morning. According to reports, the commander of the Arab Coalition, Brigadier General Bandar bin Mazid Maqboul, was killed by a roadside bomb while traveling through the Shibam District of the Hadhramaut Governorate. In addition to Maqboul’s death, two of his Saudi bodyguards were also reportedly killed as a result of the roadside bomb. No group has claimed responsibility for this latest assassination. Earlier this month, the Saudi-backed Islah Party and UAE-backed Southern Movement clashed inside Aden,… Read on ->

Tags: Yemen

Turkey’s first S-400 system will deployed as early as December

Published 2019-09-20 15:58:38 by News Desk in Turkey

First Russian S-400 missile systems will be deployed in Turkey as soon as in December, Turkey’s Undersecretary for Defense Industries Ismail Demir said Friday. “S-400 systems will be deployed and activated in December,” Demir said. General Director of the Russian Kontsern Pvo Almaz-Antei Yan Novikov said in late August that training of the Turkish military to operate the S-400 is scheduled to begin on September 1, 2019 and last until January 2, 2020. The second procurement of the S-400 systems is planned for 2020. Turkey tried to negotiate a deal with the US to purchase American Patriot surface-to-air missile systems, however, Washington… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey

Jihadists use force to block civilians from fleeing to government areas in Idlib

Published 2019-09-20 15:03:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – For six straight days, the jihadist rebels from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham have blocked civilians from fleeing to the government-held areas in the Idlib Governorate. According to a new report from the neighboring Hama Governorate, several civilians were targeted with gunfire by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militants near the Abu Dhuhour Crossing. The report said at one point on Thursday, the jihadist rebels fired a missile at the Abu Dhuhour Crossing after suspecting some civilians managed to reach government lines in Idlib. Despite reopening the Abu Dhuhour Crossing last week, the Syrian and Russian armed forces have… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Syrian Army attacks jihadist fortress in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-09-20 14:03:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their attack on the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate today, targeting a number of jihadist sites around the town of Kabani. According to a field report from the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Army repeatedly struck the jihadist defenses around Kabani this afternoon, causing heavy damage to the fortifications of the Turkish Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The report said the Syrian Army heavily concentrated its artillery and surface-to-surface missiles on the jihadist bases and tunnels that have been constructed around Kabani. The recent surge in attacks… Read on ->

Tags: Kabani, Latakia, Syria

Iran to ‘respond’ to any US attacks from Mediterranean to Indian Ocean

Published 2019-09-20 13:49:48 by News Desk in Iran

Any US plot against Iran will be met with retaliation, a top Revolutionary Guards commander Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi stated on Friday as quoted by local media. “If the Americans think of any plots, the Iranian nation will respond from the Mediterranean, to the Red Sea and to the Indian Ocean”, according to Safavi. According to the commander, any anti-Iranian move would transform the region, underlining that Tehran’s policy is aimed at creating lasting peace and security in the region. Last Saturday, two of Saudi Aramco’s factories were targeted by drones, resulting in fires at the facilities and crippling the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Mediterranean

Russian Air Force blocks Israeli airstrikes in Syria: media

Published 2019-09-20 13:31:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force allegedly blocked the Israeli military from carrying out strikes over Syria last night, the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported this morning. “Last night, while delivering another series of attacks on the suburbs of Damascus, Russian combat aircraft took off from the Russian military’s Khmeimim Airbase, located in the Latakia province, to the the southern part of the Arab Republic, which resulted in the disruption of the Israeli attacks on the Syrian capital and its surroundings,” Avia.Pro reported. According to Avia.Pro, the Russian military also provided the Syrian Armed Forces with information… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Russia, Syria

Moment the Syrian military shot down suspected Israeli drone over Damascus: video

Published 2019-09-20 13:06:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Armed Forces shot down an enemy drone that was seen flying over the southeastern suburbs of Damascus last night. The drone, which some in Damascus believe belonged to the Israeli military, was reportedly shot down over the Aqraba area near the Jaramana District by the Syrian air defenses. As shown in the video below, the drone exploded over the Aqraba area, which was heard throughout the city of Damascus last night.  

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Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria

Large Turkish military convoy heads to southern Idlib front-lines

Published 2019-09-20 12:41:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – A large Turkish military convoy has entered Syria and has begun heading towards their observation post near the front-lines in southern Idlib, a new Syrian Arab Army (SAA) report from northwestern Syria read. According to the report, the Turkish military convoy entered the Idlib Governorate from the nearby Hatay Province before making its way toward the so-called “demilitarized zone” near the Syrian Arab Army’s front-lines. The Turkish Army has recently increased their military presence in the Idlib and Hama governorates after an uneasy ceasefire was established following the Syrian Arab Army’s capture of Jaysh Al-Izza’s… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Lebanon|+18 Graphic Video: Man shoots dead sister over inheritance dispute

Published 2019-09-20 12:37:52 by Zen Adra in Lebanon, Middleeast

A woman was killed, her daughter severely wounded when dispute over inheritance raged with other family members in Aramoun village, Lebanon. According to local sources, Ayoub al-Jawhari used a shotgun to blow up his sister’s head (her name is Sadiqah) when the two disagreed over who shall take a real estate left by their deceased father as an inheritance. Having killed his sister, the extremely-infuriated Ayoub attacked his niece, shooting her in the legs. The tragic incident was caught in camera. Aramoun, is a village in Aley District in the Mount Lebanon Governorate of Lebanon lying to the east of… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon

US spy plane operated drones that attacked Hmeymim Base in Syria: Russia

Published 2019-09-20 12:14:41 by News Desk in Syria

The drones that attacked Russia’s Hmeymim airbase in Syria were operated from the US Poseidon-8 reconnaissance plane, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin said at a plenary session of the Beijing Xiangshan Forum on security on Thursday. “Thirteen drones moved according to common combat battle deployment, operated by a single crew. During all this time the American Poseidon-8 reconnaissance plane patrolled the Mediterranean Sea area for eight hours,” he noted. When the drones met with the electronic countermeasures of the Russian systems, they switched to a manual guidance mode, he said. “Manual guidance is carried out not by… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria, US

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