This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Russia, Turkey, China, Iran, Idlib, SDF, YPG, Deir_Ezzor, UK, Erdogan, Euphrates, NATO, Latakia, ISIS.

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Lebanon arrests Syrian accused of ‘phoning’ Israel

Published 2019-10-05 22:18:35 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Lebanese security forces arrested a Syrian national on Friday that was accused of making a phone calls to Israel. According to a Lebanese Army communique, the security forces arrested the Syrian national after he was caught”contacting Israeli phone numbers and communicating with Israelis in occupied Palestine.” The Syrian, who was not named by the Lebanese Army, was later transferred to court authorities where he face trial for “collaborating with the enemy.” Israel and Lebanon have no diplomatic relations and both countries remain at a state of war, despite the absence of hostilities. Lebanon demands… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


Military commander reveals how long it would take Russia to respond to nuclear attack

Published 2019-10-05 21:57:49 by News Desk in World-News

A Russian Aerospace Forces commander has revealed that their primary goals with regard to upgrading warning systems and extending radiolocation centres is so that it will take less time to intercept a potential attack and make a well-calculated decision. In the event of a warning signal of a missile attack against Russia, the country’s authorities will have tens of minutes at their disposal to make a decision on a reciprocal measure, Anatoly Nestechuk, head of the command unit of the 15th Army of the Russian Special Purpose Aerospace Forces, told radio station Echo of Moscow. “The flying time can be… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


SDF warns of ‘all-out war’ if Turkey invades northern Syria

Published 2019-10-05 18:46:38 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have warned that they are prepared to defend their territories in northern Syria should Turkey attempt to invade. In a statement released on Saturday, the Syrian Democratic Forces warned that they will “not hesitate to turn any unprovoked [Turkish] attack into an all-out war.” The SDF statement came shortly after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to carry out an air-and-ground operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces and their allies from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley. “We have finalized preparations… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey


Chinese military introduces new Z-20 chopper in service

Published 2019-10-05 18:15:31 by News Desk in World-News

China’s domestically made utility helicopter, the Z-20, made its debut at the  National Day parade on Tuesday, a move that confirmed its active service status within the Chinese military. All equipment on display in the parade is domestically made and in service, Major General Cai Zhijun, deputy head of the office of the leading group for the military parade, said at a press conference in August. This means that the Z-20 has already entered active service with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) following a lengthy trial phase. China’s Ministry of National Defense confirmed the development of the Z-20 in December 2013… Read on ->

Tags: China


Turkish-backed militant groups merge in northern Syria

Published 2019-10-05 17:53:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed National Liberation Front and National Army have merged together in northern Syria, pro-militant media reports said this weekend. The reports said the two Turkish-backed militant groups will now be under the command of the Syrian Interim Government’s Defense Minister Salim Idris. This new militant group will take direct orders from the Turkish Armed Forces, which is who both groups worked with prior to their merger. These groups have merged together at the same time that the Turkish Armed Forces prepare to launch a large-scale military operation east of the Euphrates River. Similar to… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Israel needs ‘many billions immediately’ to fight Iranian threat: Netanyahu

Published 2019-10-05 17:24:29 by News Desk in Middleeast

Israel must inject billions of shekels into its defence budget to fight a growing threat from Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the newly sworn-in Knesset as he upped the ante in his struggle for a unity government and the future of his prime ministership. Speaking to lawmakers on Thursday, Netanyahu said that defence spending must increase by “many billions immediately and then many billions every year”. According to Netanyahu, the rationale behind this is the growing strength of Iran: “We are facing an enormous security challenge, which only intensifies from week to week. It increased profoundly in the last month… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Russian Air Force carries out strategic attack to eliminate Al-Qaeda bases in Idlib

Published 2019-10-05 17:09:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force carried out strategic strikes Saturday that targeted two bases belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras Al-Deen group in the Idlib Governorate of northern Syria. According to a military report, the Russian Air Force carried out two attacks on the Hurras Al-Deen bases in the towns of Tal Agher and Ballisa, which are both located in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Russian strikes resulted in the death of at least nine militants, including a half dozen terrorists from the Hurras… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Kurdish-led SDF deploys massive force to northern Raqqa in preparation for Turkish offensive

Published 2019-10-05 16:56:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have allegedly deployed a massive force in northern Al-Raqqa this weekend after reports about a new Turkish military operation east of the Euphrates. According to the reports, which have not been confirmed by Al-Masdar, the Syrian Democratic Forces deployed a large number of fighters to the northern Al-Raqqa town of Tal Abyad, which is located along the Turkish border. Earlier today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his accusations that the U.S. Coalition had failed to live up to their promises regarding the implementation of the safe zone area… Read on ->

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Tags: SDF, Syria, Turkey, YPG


ISIS carries out attack against Syrian troops in Deir Ezzor

Published 2019-10-05 16:38:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) carried out a new attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the Deir Ezzor Governorate this weekend. According to a statement released by the terrorist group, the Islamic State planted a roadside bomb along the Syrian Army’s supply route in the Badiyah Al-Mayadeen area of western Deir Ezzor. The terrorist attack in the Badiyah Al-Mayadeen region resulted in the death of one Syrian Arab Army officer. This latest attack by the Islamic State comes just a month after the Syrian Arab Army carried out a large-scale operation in this… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria


UK ditches ‘Assad must go stance’ after failed regime change

Published 2019-10-05 16:16:26 by News Desk in Syria

The UK has stopped insisting on regime change in Damascus and the departure of President Bashar al-Assad, Izvestia’s sources in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said. They stressed that the UK approved efforts to release political prisoners and create a safe and neutral environment that would allow Syrians to hold a free, honest, and credible election under UN supervision. An informed source in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office noted that London did not rule out that the current leadership could stay in office. At the same time, he highlighted the need for real changes in Syria, calling for an end… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, UK


Turkey will carry out military operation east of Euphrates: Erdogan

Published 2019-10-05 16:04:29 by News Desk in Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that his country would carry out a military air and ground operation east of the Euphrates river in Syria. “We’ve made our preparations, we’ve made our operation plans, given the necessary instructions”, the politician said, adding that Turkey would launch the ops “as soon as today or tomorrow”. The news comes as Washington and Ankara are working together to establish a so-called safe zone in Syrian territories they control; however, Turkey repeatedly complained that the American side is stalling the process. Erdogan announced the operation against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in January but… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Euphrates, Syria


NATO publishes photos of ‘intercepted’ Russian Su-34 and Su-24 planes

Published 2019-10-05 07:46:22 by News Desk in World-News

The NATO military alliance represented by the Belgian Air Force published two photos of Russian Su-34 and Su-24 supersonic fighters  on its official Twitter account, followed by a caption that during its one month of patrolling Baltic airspace the alliance conducted 109 flights and performed 8 interceptions, including the encounter with the Russian fighter jets. The black and white photos of the Su-34 and Su-24 were apparently taken from the lens of a thermal imager, however, the purpose of the detection of the planes from a bordering country was not explained by the alliance. https://twitter.com/BeAirForce/status/1180084396986114048?s=20 The Ministry of Defence of the Russian… Read on ->

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Tags: NATO, Russia


Foreign jihadists send reinforcements to Syrian Army fronts as offensive nears

Published 2019-10-05 07:30:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – A foreign jihadist group has sent a large number of reinforcements to several fronts where the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is expected to launch an offensive, the Arabic-language version of the Sputnik News Agency reported, citing a field correspondent in northern Syria. According to the Sputnik correspondent, reinforcements from the Turkestan Islamic Party were pouring into northeastern Latakia and Al-Ghaab Plain region amid reports of upcoming Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive at these fronts. The reinforcements reportedly arrived at these fronts with a large supply of missiles, artillery shells, 200+ drones and other weapons. The… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Russia helping China produce new missile system

Published 2019-10-05 06:33:19 by News Desk in World-News

Russia is helping China to create a missile warning system, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a yearly session of the Valdai Discussion Club on Thursday. “I don’t think I will reveal a big secret, this will become evident after all,” Putin said. “We are now helping our Chinese partners to create a missile warning system. This is a very serious thing, that will drastically enhance the defensive capacity of the People’s Republic of China. As currently, only the US and Russia have such systems,” he added. He also said that Russia and China were actively cooperating along different trajectories -… Read on ->

Tags: China, Russia


US increasingly worried Turkey will launch major offensive in Syria: reports

Published 2019-10-05 06:21:47 by News Desk in Syria

US officials are becoming increasingly concerned that Turkey will conduct a major offensive into Syria and spark battles with Kurdish fighters, the Wall Street Journal reported. On Thursday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said Ankara is committed to working with Washington to establish a safe zone to the east of the Euphrates River in Syria, but warned that it will end the bilateral partnership if Washington stalls on the issue. Turkey said it seeks to fully end the presence of members of Daesh* as well as Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and other Kurdish groups operating in the north of Syria. Moreover,… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army kills over 15 ISIS terrorists in fierce battle west of Deir Ezzor city

Published 2019-10-05 06:07:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to foil another Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) attack along the key highway that links the towns of Al-Shoula and Al-Sukhnah in eastern Syria. For the second time this week, the Islamic State used the cover of night to storm the Syrian Arab Army checkpoints along this major roadway western Deir Ezzor. The clashes between the Syrian Army and Islamic State would last for a short period of time and would eventually end with the terrorist group withdrawing into the Al-Sukhnah desert. A source from the Syrian Arab Army said the… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, ISIS, Syria


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