This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Israel, Russia, Syria, Bolivia, Morales, Trump, Geagea, Lebanon, Iran, IRGC, SDF, China, NATO, Idlib, Istanbul, Hasakah, Damascus, Turkey, Assad, Qamishli, Armenia.

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Russian submarine was spotted inside Israel’s territorial waters

Published 2019-11-11 23:35:35 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – A Russian military submarine was spotted inside Israel’s territorial waters approximately three months ago, the Ynet news site reported on Monday. “The submarine was located by the IDF naval forces some eight nautical miles (15 kilometers), while Israeli territorial waters stretch to 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) off the shore,” the publication reported. According to Ynet, once the submarine was identified as Russian, the Israeli Navy contacted their Russian counterparts, activating the Naval Coordination Mechanism between the two countries through the Planning Directorate (a directorate in the IDF General Staff). They would add that the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria

Trump calls resignation of Bolivia’s Morales a ‘significant moment for democracy’

Published 2019-11-11 23:17:10 by News Desk in World-News

US President Donald Trump issued a statement Monday, calling the recent resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales a “significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere.” “After nearly 14 years and his recent attempt to override the Bolivian constitution and the will of the people, Morales’s departure preserves democracy and paves the way for the Bolivian people to have their voices heard,” reads the statement released by the White House. “The United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect not just a single person, but Bolivia’s constitution.” “These… Read on ->

Tags: Bolivia, Morales, Trump

Popular uprising in Lebanon is real, new gov’t needed: Geagea

Published 2019-11-11 23:07:56 by News Desk in Lebanon

“The popular uprising we are witnessing in Lebanon is real,” the Lebanese Forces Party chief, Samir Geagea, said following a meeting by the “Strong Republic” Parliamentary Bloc at the party’s headquarters in Maarab this evening. “There is no trust in the current ruling structure,” Geagea said, considering that some are taking the crisis in a different direction. “For instance, some assume that if China had invested in Lebanon, we would not have suffered this economic crisis,” he said. “Is it reasonable that that the minimum constitutional procedures have not been launched in a normal manner?” questioned Geagea, stressing that the… Read on ->

Tags: Geagea, Lebanon

IRGC ground troops to be armed with high-precision missiles and drones: commander

Published 2019-11-11 21:19:27 by News Desk in Iran

BERIUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour discussed his military units might on Thursday, highlighting that they are in possession of high-precision drones and missiles. “Today, the IRGC Ground Force is equipped with new and modern equipment,” Brigadier General Pakpour said in a speech in the central province of Isfahan on Monday. “If we do not have skilled and knowledgeable personnel, the equipment will not be effective,” he continued, as quoted by the Tasnim Agency. “Now, our equipment is not comparable to (those in the era of)… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC

Over 180 SDF fighters killed since start of US-Turkish ceasefire

Published 2019-11-11 20:51:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The media center for the Syrian Democratic Forces said this week that since the ceasefire was declared on October 17, ground and air attacks on areas of northern and eastern Syria have resulted in the death of a large number of their fighters. According to the media center, the Turkish Army and their allied militants have killed 182 SDF fighters, while wounding another 243 others. In addition to the high death toll, the SDF said the Turkish-backed forces have launched lat least 190 attacks against their troops in northern and eastern Syria. The Turkish-backed Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria

Russia’s S-500 to enter service ‘soon’ to combat US F-35

Published 2019-11-11 20:25:48 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Russia’s new S-500 air defense system will be entering military service ‘soon’, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said, as reported by Kommersant. “On time, they are completing the commissioning of a new system – the S-500 system,” Borisov told Interfax, as quoted by Kommersant. In early October, the Russian publication Izvestia reported that the Russian military tested the S-500 system in Syria. The Russian Ministry of Defense later denied these claims in an October 2nd statement, adding that “there was no need” for further testing. The Russian S-500 system, dubbed the ‘Prometheus’, is expected to… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

NATO troops could capture Russia’s Kaliningrad region in 2 days: Chinese media

Published 2019-11-11 19:51:17 by News Desk in World-News

The Chinese website has cited the country’s Major General Du Wenlong, a leading People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military strategist, as saying that in the event of a possible NATO-Russia conflict in the Baltic Sea region, the alliance would be able to seize the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad within two days. According to Du, Kaliningrad is “not a big place”; it has an area of 15,000 square kilometres, and is located 1,000 kilometres away from Moscow, but “very close to the NATO countries”. He suggested that Russia may quickly retaliate by launching strikes on several European capitals, in what Du… Read on ->

Tags: China, NATO, Russia

Syrian Army’s offensive in Idlib will be a complicated operation: expert

Published 2019-11-11 19:42:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Hisham Jaber, head of the Middle East Center for Strategic Studies, said that a military operation to take Idlib can only be done now in coordination with Turkey and Russia. According to Jaber, the reason for this coordination between Turkey and Russia is due to difficulty of the operation Jaber made the remarks in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s statements that the liberation of Idlib with military action will not take much time, but the authorities first plan to give civilians a chance to leave the area, pointing out that this is happening now…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Founder of White Helmets found dead outside his home in Istanbul

Published 2019-11-11 19:20:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The founder of the White Helmets, James Le Mesurier, was found dead in Istanbul on Monday, the Reuters News Agency reported. Citing a law enforcement source, the Reuters report said Le Mesurier was found dead outside of his home, but it remains “unclear whether he was murdered, or committed suicide.” The White Helmets’ official Twitter account has confirmed Le Mesurier’s passing, saying the group was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the news and expressing its “deepest condolences to the James family.” The group commended him for his “humanitarian efforts which Syrians will always remember.” Earlier, an… Read on ->

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Tags: Istanbul, Syria

Turkish-backed forces launch big attack in attempt to capture key town in northeastern Syria

Published 2019-11-11 19:05:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – For the third time in the last 72 hours, the Turkish-backed forces have attempted to advance their positions in the northeastern region of Syria. Led by the so-called “Syrian National Army”, the Turkish-backed militants stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions along the Tal Tamr front in northwestern Al-Hasakah. According to a military source in the area, the Syrian Arab Army has been able to fend off the currently militant attack; however, the SNA has been relentlessly targeting their positions with artillery and rockets, which seems to be a prelude to another big attack. Also… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Iranian forces will not leave Syria until requested by Damascus: official

Published 2019-11-11 18:36:11 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – Iran’s top aide to the foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, stressed on Monday that the Iranian military advisers will stay in Syria as long as Damascus requests it. Araghchi said in an interview with Sputnik on Monday that the reason for the presence of Iranian military advisers in Syria was because “the Iranians are advisers in Syria at the request of the Syrian government, and will stay there as long as the Syrian government asks for it.” The U.S. and its allies have repeatedly called on Iran to withdraw its forces from Syria, while actively positioning… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Iran, Syria

Russia slams US attempt to take control of Syria’s oil

Published 2019-11-11 18:21:34 by News Desk in Syria

The United States’ attempt to establish control of Syria’s oil facilities is illegal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the media on Monday. Moreover, he likened this attempt to robbery. In reply to a question at a joint news conference with his Armenian counterpart Zograb Mnatsakanyan Lavrov said that he sometimes had no time to keep track of the zigzags of US policy. “A few words about what the United States has been doing in northern Syria. Of course, its attempt to put oil fields there under control is illegal. In fact, it’s tantamount to robbery,” Lavrov said. “It spells… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Syrian Army preparations for Idlib offensive are complete: expert

Published 2019-11-11 18:09:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Hisham Jaber, head of the Middle East Center for Strategic Studies, told the Arabic-language version of the Sputnik News Agency on Monday that the conditions are right for the start of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA)Idlib offensive. In an interview with Russia Today on Monday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that “the battle for Idlib will not take long,” emphasizing that the military is ready for such an offensive. “The military preparations made by the Syrian Army forces in Khan Sheikhoun are completed and the troops have high morale to enable them to resume the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russian, Turkish forces carry out 4th joint patrol in northern Syria

Published 2019-11-11 17:56:32 by News Desk in Syria

The Russian military police and the Turkish border service have started their fourth joint patrol in a new area in Syria’s north, at the border with Turkey, and the route will make around 80 kilometers (49 miles), the Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday. “The fourth joint patrol of the Russian military police and the Turkish border service started on November 11 its operation in a new border region, located 70 kilometers to the west of the Qamishliya settlement,” the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement. The patrol will first head westward and then eastward along the border, and… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey

Russia eyes new base in northeast Syria to challenge US influence

Published 2019-11-11 17:18:51 by News Desk in Syria

Media reports say that Russia may rent an airfield in the Syrian city of Qamishli located several kilometers from the Turkish border, Nezavisimaya Gazeta wrote. The city of Qamishli and its large dual-use airfield have strategic importance in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province. Even during the most challenging years of the war against the Islamic State terror group, the city remained under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s control, and Russian warplanes along with cargo aircraft participating in the war on terror landed there on numerous occasions. Russia’s permanent presence in Qamishli could help the Assad government regain control of the region. If… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Syrian President gives rare in-depth interview in English: video

Published 2019-11-11 17:03:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – In an interview with Russia Today’s UK channel, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad discussed a number of topics regarding his country. The Syrian President said that the accusations of chemical weapons use have been unjust allegations and those who spoke about their occurrence must prove the story and provide the evidence. President Assad said that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization has two partners in stealing Syrian oil since 2014: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the U.S. In addition to his attack on the U.S., E.U. and Erdogan, the Syrian President said that the Israelis… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria

Twin car bombings kill 3 civilians in Qamishli city

Published 2019-11-11 16:51:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – Two car bombings were reported inside the densely populated city of Al-Qamishli in Syria’s northeastern region on Monday. According to local reports, the twin car bombings took place along Al-Wahda Street and the Al-Salaam Hospital in Qamishli city. As a result of these terrorist attacks, at least three civilians were killed and more than 20 others were hospitalized for injuries sustained because of these car bombings. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Tags: Qamishli, Syria

Russian Air Force launches largest attack on southern Idlib this month

Published 2019-11-11 16:41:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a big assault over the southern region of the Idlib Governorate today, as their warplanes heavily targeted sites belonging to the jihadist rebels. According to a military report from nearby Hama, the Russian Air Force began the day by launching several airstrikes between the towns and villages of Kafr Sijnah and Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. These airstrikes reportedly concentrated on the main militant supply route to the Al-Ghaab and southern Idlib fronts, which are also the locations of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) upcoming offensive. The report would add that the Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

ISIS terrorists kill 2 Armenian priests in northeast Syria

Published 2019-11-11 16:32:01 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization announced on Monday that their forces murdered two Armenian priests that were traveling in northeastern Syria. According to the reports, the Islamic State terrorists attacked the vehicle carrying Father Ibrahim Hanna Bido and Rev. Hanna Ibrahim as they were traveling through the town of Al-Zor, which is located along the Hasakah-Deir Ezzor Highway. The two priests were reportedly heading to the Deir Ezzor Governorate to oversee the restoration of the Armenian Catholic Church. This was an important step for Syria’s Armenian Catholic Church, which suffered greatly as a… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Hasakah, Syria

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