This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Saudi, US, Palmyra, Syria, Idlib, Latakia, Turkey, Hmeimim, Russia, Iraq, PKK, ISIS, Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon.

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US deploys Patriot missiles and 200 troops to Saudi Arabia after oil attacks: report

Published 2019-09-26 21:58:35 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast, Yemen

The United States is deploying to Saudi Arabia a battery of Patriot missiles, four sentinel radar systems and about 200 support personnel, Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said in a press release on Thursday. “In light of recent attacks on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and at their invitation, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper announced today that the US would deploy the following equipment to the kingdom: One Patriot Battery, Four Sentinel RADARs, approximately 200 support personnel,” Hoffman said in the release. In the early hours of 14 September, a drone attack targeted Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq and Khurais oil processing… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, US

ISIS attack kills 2 Liwaa Al-Quds fighters near Palmyra city

Published 2019-09-26 21:36:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization carried out a new attack against a group of pro-government fighters from the Palestinian-led Al-Quds Brigade, today, near the ancient city of Palmyra (var. Tadmur). According to a Syrian military source, the Islamic State detonated a roadside bomb along a road east of Palmyra, hitting a vehicle carrying fighters from the Al-Quds Brigade. The source said at least two fighters from the Al-Quds Brigade were killed and their vehicle was destroyed. Since Monday, the Islamic State has carried out at least three attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)… Read on ->

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Tags: Palmyra, Syria

Breaking: US concludes Syrian military used chemical weapons on May 19

Published 2019-09-26 20:11:01 by News Desk in Syria

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Damascus of using chemical weapons in May 2019 in Idlib. At the same time, the official declined to elaborate on how the US is going to respond in light of the accusations. “The Assad regime is responsible for innumerable atrocities some of which rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Today I am announcing that the United States has concluded that the Assad regime used chlorine as a chemical weapon on May 19”, he said. Ahead of the announcement, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unnamed US… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russian military choppers filmed along Latakia coast: video

Published 2019-09-26 19:34:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – Russian military helicopters were filmed recently flying along the Latakia coast near the city of Jableh. In the video, the Russian choppers seen flying along the coast after taking off from the nearby Hmeimim Airbase, which is their main installation in Syria.

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Syrian Army continues heavy attacks on jihadist defenses in northeast Latakia: video

Published 2019-09-26 19:11:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their attacks against the jihadist forces this week, targeting a number of hideouts and bases near the town of Kabani. Using air and ground strikes, the Syrian Army has been relentlessly hitting the militant forces in a bid to weaken the enemy defenses before they launch their offensive in northeastern Latakia. As shown in the video below, the Syrian Army continues to use artillery and missile fire against the jihadist rebels in Latakia; this has allowed them to prevent the militants from carrying out their own attacks in the… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Turkish Air Force violates Syrian airspace for 3rd time this week

Published 2019-09-26 18:45:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Turkish Air Force has repeatedly violated Syrian airspace this week, as their warplanes have been spotted several times east of the Euphrates. According to a military report, the Turkish Air Force violated Syria’s airspace on three occasions this week, the first being on Monday. The Syrian military said the Turkish Air Force’s violations did not threaten the safety of their troops, but their jets were present inside Syria for more than two hours at a time. Syria and Turkey have no diplomatic relations at this time; however, both rely on Russia to be their… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey

Russia to host more aircraft at Syrian airbase after expansion: official

Published 2019-09-26 18:18:08 by News Desk in Syria

Russia’s Hmeymim airbase in Syria currently hosts about 30 warplanes and helicopters but will be able to accommodate more aircraft after the reconstruction, a base official said. “The second runway is being reconstructed, which will increase its capabilities. New hangars have been built, in which aircraft are kept. These structures protect against possible attacks of combat drones, as well as from rain and direct sunlight”, the official said. According to the officer, there are currently about 30 aircraft at the airbase, including Su-35S fighter jets, Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-24 attack aircraft, as well as Mi-35 attack helicopters and Mi-8AMTSh assault… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria

Go-Pro footage: Kurds suffer heavy losses in failed attack in northern Iraq

Published 2019-09-26 14:36:12 by Zen Adra in Iraq

Several Kurdish fighters have been killed and wounded in a failed infiltration attempt in northern Iraq as battles flare up with the Turkish military. The assault, launched by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters in Hakurk of northern Iraq on June 11, ended up in a disaster as most assailants either killed or injured by Turkish troops. A Go-Pro head camera documents the moment a PKK fighter is killed in the clashes. Another footage released by Turkish media shows the caves used by PKK fighters before they fled the area, leaving behind weapons and ammunition. On May, the Turkish Army launched… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, PKK, Turkey

Massive US military convoy enters northeastern Syria from Iraq

Published 2019-09-26 10:33:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – A massive U.S. military convoy was recently filmed entering northeastern Syria from neighboring Iraq as they continue to provide support to their allies on the ground. The film captures several vehicles traveling along a road in northeastern Syria; their final destination is not known. However, it is very likely that they transported the supplies to one of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ fronts in northeastern and eastern Syria.

Tags: Iraq, Syria, US

Syrian Army preparing for another big operation in northeast Latakia: source

Published 2019-09-26 10:03:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing for another big operation in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate, a source told Al-Masdar while reporting airstrikes over the Kabani area last night. According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division and elements of the 25th Special Mission Forces Division are getting in position to storm the last hills under jihadist control near the key town of Kabani. The source did not give a specific date for this offensive, but pointed out that this operation would be launched soon as they will… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Syria

ISIS launches surprise attacks against Syrian, Russian troops in central Syria

Published 2019-09-26 09:41:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – Over the last 48 hours, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) has launched at least two attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah region. Using the element of surprise, the Islamic State has attacked the Syrian and Russian armed forces, twice, in the area north of Al-Sukhnah city. According to a report from this front, the Islamic State attacked the Syrian and Russian armed forces on Tuesday and Wednesday, killing and wounding a number of military personnel in the process. The terrorist attacks in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah region come just days after… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Hezbollah leader photographed in Iran with Ayatollah Khamenei and Quds Forces commander

Published 2019-09-26 09:18:56 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Secretary-General of Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah posed next to Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khameni and the Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Suleimani in an undated photo that was posted on the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader’s official website. While the photo’s date is unknown, it is believed that the Hezbollah leader visited Iran in the past three months.  

Tags: Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon

Iranian forces allegedly move base along Syria-Iraq border

Published 2019-09-26 00:10:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The Iranian military and their allies have moved one of their bases in the Deir Ezzor Governorate city of Albukamal after a string of Israeli Air Force strikes this month. Citing opposition activists in the area, Syria’s Al-Watan newspaper reported that the Iranian military and their allied groups moved their base that was recently struck by Israeli warplanes to an unknown location along the Syrian-Iraqi border. This base, which was targeted by alleged Israeli drones, was struck earlier this month and resulted in the death of several Iraqi paramilitary fighters. Hezbollah accused Israel, with support… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria

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