This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Russia, Syria, Hariri, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi, Yemen, Israel, Iran, China, Latakia, Idlib.

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New photos of Russian military forces inside Syria

Published 2019-10-01 16:46:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Anna News Agency released several photos this week showing the Russian Armed Forces across several governorates inside Syria. The photos posted by the Anna News Agency showed Russian military police aiding civilians in governorates like Hama and Idlib, Russian special forces at the front-lines, and the Russian Air Force in an undisclosed location.

Tags: Russia, Syria


Lebanese PM Hariri speaks out after NYT article

Published 2019-10-01 16:20:03 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has issued a statement after a New York Times article revealed that the Future Movement leader sent nearly $16 million to a South African model. “What ever they are campaigning against me and whatever they say or write, I will continue to work and I will not stop,” the Lebanese premier said on Tuesday.  Hariri chose not to discuss the topic any further and shifted his attention to the ongoing economic crisis inside Lebanon. The Lebanese Prime Minister reiterated his stance “to achieve the desired reforms to advance the country… Read on ->

Tags: Hariri, Lebanon


US attempting to block new Syrian-Iraqi crossing from opening: Russian media

Published 2019-10-01 15:11:02 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The U.S. is using different methods to prevent the new Syrian-Iraqi crossing at Albukamal/Al-Qa’im from opening to the public, a new report from the Arabic-language version of the Sputnik News Agency reported this week. According to the publication, the U.S. is directly or indirectly using the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) to attack the border region in an attempt to block the opening of this crossing. “Daesh’s attempts to launch attacks came from the American military’s orders because the U.S. has kept Daesh units in the region; they also support them and use them for special plots,”… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Syria


Saudi Coalition launches major offensive along Yemeni border

Published 2019-10-01 14:37:46 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Saudi-led Coalition and its allied Yemeni forces launched a big operation along the Yemeni border Tuesday, targeting the positions of the Houthi (var. Ansarallah) troops in the Asir province. Backed by close air cover from their attack choppers, the Saudi-led Coalition’s offensive began this morning in the Abwab Al-Hadid area of the Asir province. According to reports from northern Yemen, the Saudi-led Coalition was able to score a small advance in the Abwab Al-Hadid area after a fierce battle with the Houthi troops. At the same time, the Saudi-led Coalition has launched several airstrikes… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen


Syrian military remains on high alert near new border crossing amid concerns of Israeli strikes

Published 2019-10-01 13:27:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Armed Forces are taking several precautionary measures near the new border crossing in the city of Albukamal, a military source told Al-Masdar News this morning. Speaking to Al-Masdar from Damascus, the military source said there are grave concerns about a potential Israeli Air Force attack at this new border crossing with Iraq. The source told Al-Masdar yesterday that the Syrian military had raised their alert status once their final preparations were completed; however, it appears that the armed forces have no plans to lower this alert level any time soon. The Syrian military… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Israel, Syria


Iran issues several death and prison sentences for people accused of spying for the US

Published 2019-10-01 13:06:45 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Islamic Republic of Iran announced on Tuesday that several people working for the U.S. have been sentenced to death and prison terms for espionage charges. The spokesperson for Iran’s judiciary system, Gholamhossein Esmayeeli announced on Tuesday that “Ali Nafariyeh has been sentenced to ten years of prison and fined with the payment of $55,000 for spying for the CIA.” He also added that a similar verdict has been issued for Mohammad Babapour for spying for the U.S.. “Another individual, namely Amir Nasab, has also been sentenced to ten years in prison for spying for… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


China showcases new nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile JL-2

Published 2019-10-01 12:14:01 by News Desk in World-News

China showcased its JL-2 nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) for the first time during the National Day parade in Beijing on Tuesday. The JL-2 is a mature SLBM, and is actually the submarine-launched type of DF-31, and the next generation JL-3 is undergoing research and development, a Chinese missile expert said. Twelve JL-2 missiles were carried by trucks and reviewed at Tiananmen Square along with the other advanced weapons and equipment of China in active service. Yang Chengjun, a Chinese expert on missile technology and nuclear strategy and chief scientist of quantum defense, told the Global Times that the JL-2… Read on ->

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Tags: China


Newly upgraded T-90M may become Russian military’s main tank

Published 2019-10-01 11:57:13 by News Desk in World-News

The upgraded T-90M may become the main battle tank for the Russian Army, Uralvagonzavod Special Representative for Military and Technical Cooperation, Army General Alexei Maslov told TASS on Tuesday. “We have already prepared the T-90MS [the export version of the T-90M] for a foreign customer and tested it and by decision of Russia’s Defense Ministry we have held R&D work, as a result of which we have developed a good T-90M. And now, as far as I understand, the T-90M ‘Proryv’ [Breakthrough] will be the main battle tank in the army,” the general said as Russia was celebrating Land Forces… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Russia, Syria call on US to immediately withdraw from all Syrian territories

Published 2019-10-01 11:45:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Syrian and Russian governments issued a joint statement on Monday that called on the U.S. to end their occupation of Al-Tanf and all other Syrian territories. “As the U.S. military command in the al-Tanf area demonstrates its inability to ensure the commitments made by the United States to implement the U.N. operational plan, we call on the U.S. to leave the occupied Syrian territories immediately and allow the legitimate Syrian government to access to the areas,” the statement said. “We believe that the only way to restore Syria is through the ultimate destruction of… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Syrian choppers hammer jihadist stronghold in Latakia as reinforcements pour in

Published 2019-10-01 11:32:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 A.M.) – For the sixth day in a row, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) launched heavy strikes on the jihadist stronghold of Kabani in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. Using their attack choppers and jets, the Syrian Air Force repeatedly struck Kabani and its surroundings this morning. According to a military source near the front-lines in Kabani, the Syrian Air Force has been concentrating their strikes on an area along the southern axis of Kabani where there is believed to be a network of tunnels. At the same time, reinforcements from the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


China showcases new DF-100 hypersonic cruise missile at national day military parade

Published 2019-10-01 11:17:45 by News Desk in World-News

China’s People’s Liberation Army showcased 580 units of military equipment and 160 aircraft during the parade, which passed through Tiananmen Square in Beijing and included 15,000 marching soldiers. The hypersonic DF-100 was shown alongside the CJ-100 and DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The DF-41 is reportedly capable of reaching the United States in 30 minutes and has a range of up to 9,320 miles, the longest in the world. https://twitter.com/sweatyinbkk/status/1178871960924672005?s=20 ​The parade was a demonstration of China’s growing military might. In 2018, China increased its military budget by 5 percent to $250 billion and ranked second in the world in defense… Read on ->

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Saudi Air Force unleashes massive attack on northern Yemen after Houthi offensive

Published 2019-10-01 10:17:31 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Saudi Coalition unleashed a massive attack over northern Yemen in the past 12 hours, a spokesperson for the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Army said this morning. According to the spokesperson for the Yemeni Army, Brigadier General Yahya Serai’, the Saudi Coalition launched 39 airstrikes over the northern region of Yemen, with 34 of them targeting the Sa’ada Governorate. This large-scale aerial bombardment has come in response to the devastating offensive that was launched by the Ansarallah (var. Houthi) forces on Saudi Arabia’s Najran province over the weekend. Last Wednesday, the Ansarallah forces announced the resumption of… Read on ->

Tags: Yemen


Syrian Army is mulling a new offensive in Idlib: source

Published 2019-10-01 09:45:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is seriously considering a new offensive in the Idlib Governorate after several days of trading hostilities with the jihadist forces near the demilitarized zone, a source from the military told Al-Masdar News this morning. According to the military source, the Syrian Army’s patience is wearing thin in southern Idlib and western Aleppo after several ceasefire violations by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in these governorates. The source said the army has responded to the ceasefire violations, but they have yet to launch any storming operation against Hay’at Tahrir… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian operation in Syria four years on: key facts

Published 2019-10-01 09:03:52 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian conflict, which began in March 2011, continues to this day. The Daesh* and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as the Nusra Front), have been the most active extremist groups during the conflict. Since September 2014, an international coalition led by the United States has been attacking Daesh positions in Syria. However, the operation is being conducted without the approval of the UN Security Council or Damascus. By the fall of 2015, the situation in Syria was critical. As of September 30, 2015, only 8 percent of the country’s territory was under government control. On September 30, 2015, then-Chief… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


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