This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Iraq, Russia, Syria, Daraa, Israel, Ansarallah, Yemen, China, Mediterranean, Hariri, Lebanon, Aleppo, Turkey, YPG, Putin, Saudi, ISIS, Pompeo, Soleimani, Deir_Ezzor, US, Germany, Idlib.

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Syria’s new border crossing gives Russia land route to Mediterranean: expert

Published 2019-10-02 22:34:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – With all eyes on Iran’s presence at the Albukamal crossing in eastern Syria, one could forget about the Russian military’s deployment to the area along the Iraqi border. The military expert and former high-ranking officer in the Syrian Arab Army, Major General Mohammad Abbas, revealed in an interview who benefits from the reopening of the Albukamal Crossing and why the U.S. opposes this. “The United States seeks to achieve its strategic goals of making Russia a landlocked country and not allowing it to cross the Black Sea, the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, and to prevent… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Russia, Syria


Russia denies testing S-500 system in Syria, says system could be active in 2020

Published 2019-10-02 19:39:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – The Russian military has denied testing their S-500 air defense system in Syria, despite early reports that cited the Ministry of Defense. According to the military, trying these systems in difficult climatic conditions is key to testing their effectiveness; therefore, Syria would not be ideal for them. “The S-500 is designed to combat ballistic and aerodynamic targets at long ranges. There was no need for testing the S-500 anti-aircraft missile system in the Syrian Arab Republic,” the military department said, as quoted by the Tass News Agency. The military department said the air defense systems… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Militant sleeper cell kills civilian accused of working with government in Daraa

Published 2019-10-02 19:24:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – A militant sleeper cell attacked a civilian in the Daraa Governorate on Wednesday, shooting him dead before they could be apprehended. According to a military source in the Daraa Governorate, the militants shot and killed the man in the Al-Balad District of Daraa city after he was accused of working with the government. The source said they were able to interview witnesses after the attack, who claimed the man was killed for working with the government. The Daraa Al-Balad District was previously controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham during their… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria


‘We are walking on tiptoes’ since downing of Russian plane in Syria: IDF official

Published 2019-10-02 18:41:44 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, World-News

Brigadier-General Dror Shalom, the head of the IDF Military Intelligence’s Research Division, has said that Israeli military is avoiding a clash with Russia following the crash of a Russian plane in Syria last year. “We are holding a very delicate dialogue with the Russians,” Brig. Gen. Shalom said in an interview with the Israel Hayom daily. “We don’t want to clash with them, but they also understand how much damage we can do. They know we aren’t suckers. Still, we’re being very careful and walking on tiptoe – but as far as I understand, we have some freedom of action to some degree.”… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria


UAE-backed forces score important advance in western Yemen

Published 2019-10-02 18:21:12 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The UAE-backed Southern Movement, supported by the Yemeni Army, scored an imperative advance in western Yemen on Wednesday when their forces captured several sites inside the Ta’iz Governorate. Backed by close air support, the Southern Movement troops were able to capture the Zabeh, Qadat, and Tanim areas after a fierce battle with the Ansarallah (var. Houthi forces) troops. According to reports from this front, the Southern Movement advance is part of a greater battle in the Mawiyah District of eastern Ta’iz, which has served as the main front between the UAE-backed forces and Ansarallah troops…. Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Chinese military debuts most advanced ballistic missile: video

Published 2019-10-02 17:25:29 by News Desk in World-News

China’s most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the DF-41, made its debut at the National Day parade in Beijing on Tuesday, which Chinese military experts said is a message to the world that China has sufficient and reliable strategic nuclear power to respond to any “nuclear blackmail” from any country. 16 transporter erector launchers of the DF-41 missile were inspected during the parade in Tiananmen Square on Tuesday. A DF-41 missile has an operational range of more than 14, 000 kilometers and can carry about 10 independently targetable nuclear warheads, capable of hitting anywhere on Earth, according to the US think… Read on ->

Tags: China


Russian military holds large-scale naval drills off Syrian coast

Published 2019-10-02 17:03:21 by News Desk in Syria

The Russian Northern Fleet’s missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov currently on its long-distance deployment to the Mediterranean Sea held a series of shipboard exercises, including air defense drills, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday. “The ship’s crew held air defense and anti-submarine warfare exercises, and also practiced the ship’s protection and defense during a sea transit,” the press office said. The missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov replenished its shipborne supplies from the tanker Vyazma in a planned manner the other day. The crew replenished its stocks in the neutral waters in the eastern portion of the Mediterranean Sea during the anchorage…. Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria


Hariri will not resign from position as Lebanese Prime Minister: report

Published 2019-10-02 16:21:34 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – Mustafa Alloush, a member of the Future Movement’s political bureau, said that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will not resign as Prime Minister, despite the ongoing protests over the economic instability in the country. In an interview with the Sputnik News Agency’s Arabic-language version, Alloush said that Hariri has no reason to resign unless is his presence is not wanted. “I don’t think Hariri is going to resign,” Alloush said, pointing out that there is no intentional conspiracy to overthrow the government, but there is a kind of irresponsibility through the smuggling of gasoline and hard… Read on ->

Tags: Hariri, Lebanon


Turkish Army steps up attack against Kurdish forces in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-10-02 15:52:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Turkish Army stepped up their strikes in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate today, hitting a number of sites belonging to the Kurdish-led forces. According to reports from northern Aleppo, the Turkish Army intensified their shelling of Tal Rifa’at and the Mennagh Airbase, which are both under the control of the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG). No casualties have been reported. The Turkish Army’s attack on northern Aleppo began last night, when their forces heavily shelled Tal Rifa’at and its surroundings.  

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey, YPG


No proof Iran was behind Saudi Aramco attacks: Putin

Published 2019-10-02 15:24:30 by News Desk in Iran

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani that there was no evidence to blame Iran for the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. Speaking further, the Russian president said that due to US sanctions, Iran wasn’t able to realise its opportunities, adding that the sanctions were harmful to the global economy and energy industry. “Iran has an enormous potential, is a very large player on the global energy market, but, unfortunately, due to the sanctions policy of the US administration, Iran cannot fully realize its opportunities and, in my opinion, it is very harmful… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Putin, Saudi


Iraqi military eliminates 9 ISIS hideouts in strategic mountain range

Published 2019-10-02 14:39:25 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces carried out a new operation in northern Iraq this week that targeted a number of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) hideouts. According to the Iraqi military’s Special Operations Command, their troops managed to eliminate at least nine Islamic State hideouts in the Hamrin Mountains. The Hamrin Mountains, which are located in northern Iraq, stretch across the governorates of Salaheddine, Kirkuk, and Diyala. During their reign of terror, the Islamic State used the Hamrin Mountains to launch several attacks against the Iraqi security forces. The Iraqi Armed Forces launched “Operation Will of Victory” on… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


Pompeo accuses Iran of transferring oil to Syria: photo

Published 2019-10-02 14:12:44 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

The world must take action if Iran sells oil to Damascus, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated, claiming that satellite images show an Iranian tanker transferring its cargo off the coast of Syria. In a tweet posted on Wednesday, Pompeo said there was reason to believe that an Iranian tanker, temporarily detained by British authorities in July, was selling oil to Syria, despite assurances from Tehran that it would not violate sanctions placed on the country. https://twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1179252375636320268?s=20 “Despite Iran FM Zarif’s promise to the UK that the #AdrianDarya1 would not deliver oil to Syria, it is now transferring… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo, Syria


Iran’s Qassem Soleimani reveals role during 2006 Hezbollah-Israel War

Published 2019-10-02 13:31:24 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, told Iranian state TV on Wednesday that he was present in Lebanon during the 34-day-long Hezbollah-Israel War in 2006. During the 90-minute-long interview, Soleimani detailed his role in advising Hezbollah as they faced off against the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The Quds Force commander said he was entrenched with the Hezbollah military commander at the time, Imad Moughniyeh, who was later assassinated in Damascus by Israel in 2008. He would detail how he and Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah barely escaped… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Soleimani


Russia, Syria, Iran hold military drills near US forces in Deir Ezzor

Published 2019-10-02 13:09:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Russian, Syrian, and Iranian armed forces in the Deir Ezzor Governorate of eastern Syria held military drills along the western bank of the Euphrates River Valley region, the Syria-based publication Al-Watan reported, citing opposition activists and media According to the reports, the joint drills were held in western Deir Ezzor, but not far from the U.S. troops and their allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The pro-opposition website Deir Ezzor 24 further reported that this is the first time that these joint military drills had been carried out between the three forces, adding… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria


Alleged satellite photo of US carrier being surrounded by Chinese warships

Published 2019-10-02 12:30:07 by News Desk in World-News

A Chinese Weibo social media user with the handle @zhezhongzhihuizhang published a satellite image allegedly showing American aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan surrounded by at least seven other, purportedly Chinese, warships on 24 September. The image, which later spread to other social media platforms, also suggested that the USS Ronald Reagan was alone when it was allegedly surrounded northeast of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, although aircraft carriers are usually accompanied by other warships. https://twitter.com/duandang/status/1178101402381570048?s=20 Spokeswoman for the US 7th Fleet refused to confirm whether the incident really took place, saying only that the carrier is “conducting routine operations”. A… Read on ->

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Tags: China, US


Turkish military attacks Kurdish forces in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-10-02 12:18:48 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces launched a new attack against the Kurdish-led troops in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Tuesday evening. According to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops near scene of the attack, the Turkish Armed Forces launched several artillery shells towards the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units’ (YPG) defenses in Tal Rifa’at, Mennagh, and Hirbal. No casualties were reported after the attack. This attack by the Turkish Armed Forces came shortly before the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced that his nation’s military would be implementing the safe zone in northern Syria… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


German radar system allegedly tracks two US F-35 jets

Published 2019-10-02 12:03:27 by News Desk in World-News

The German radar-maker Hensoldt has claimed that it managed to track two US stealth fighter jets F-35 from a pony farm for almost 100 miles (about 150 kilometres) during an air show, the website C4ISRNet reports. The fifth-generation warplanes were tracked by Hensoldt’s passive radar system TwInvis, which is equipped with sophisticated sensors and processors, following the Berlin Air Show in late 2018. The TwInvgis system is capable of circumventing the cloaking features afforded by the F-35’s stealth technology by observing electromagnetic emissions in the atmosphere, including signals from radio and TV stations, as well as cellphone towers. As far as… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, US


Jihadist group executes 2 men accused of ‘spying’ for Syrian government

Published 2019-10-02 11:31:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – A jihadist group carried out the executions this week of two Syrian men accused of ‘spying’ for the government inside the Idlib Governorate. According to the jihadist-linked Ebaa News Agency, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham executed two men, Badr Rajab Al-Salloum and Mohammad Al-Hussein for spying on behalf of the Syrian government in the Idlib Governorate. The two men were interviewed by the jihadist news agency before they were executed by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The jihadist news site alleged that Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s security forces arrested the two men during an operation inside Idlib. Syrian government spies… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkey to establish safe zone in northern Syria by itself

Published 2019-10-02 11:15:53 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Turkish military wants to establish the safe zone in northern Syria as soon as possible, the Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar told journalists in Ankara on Wednesday. “We are closely following developments in the east of the Euphrates and our army is ready in all aspects,” Akar told the journalists. According to Akar, Turkey does not want to act alone and maintain the spirit of the NATO alliance. “Our demand is purely humanitarian, there is a tragedy in Syria. We want people to return to their home in peace and security. This can… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Russian military tested new S-500 inside Syria

Published 2019-10-02 10:49:37 by News Desk in Syria

The most important elements of Russia’s S-500 Prometey air defence system have been tested in Syria, according to Izvestia, a Russian media outlet, citing sources in the Defence Ministry. According to the publication, during S-500 testing, experts identified “certain problems” in the operation of the equipment, but they were quickly eliminated. It is specified that the tests are already complete and have been recognised as successful. Former deputy head of the Air Force for the joint CIS integrated air defence system Lieutenant General Aitech Bizhev noted that during the tests prior to the supply of arms to the armed forces, special… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


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