This is a summary of 22 AMN articles on the following subjects: Assad, Kurds, Syria, Israel, Netanyahu, Trump, Latakia, SDF, Baghdad, Iraq, Hasakah, China, Assyrians, Qamishli, US, Russia, Saudi, Iran, UAE, Aleppo, Japan, Taiwan, UK, Hmeimim, Hama, ISIS.

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Syrian Kurds call on Assad to enter new peace talks

Published 2019-11-17 22:04:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The multi-ethnic Self-Administration of North and East Syria organization has called on the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to accept their proposal for a new round of peace talks in order to end the current stalemate preventing a political solution in northeast Syria, Kurdistan 24 reported on Sunday. According to a member of the Self-Administration of North and East Syria, the organization is not seeking to divide Syria, despite President Assad’s accusations during his interviews last week. The co-chair of the Executive Council of the Administration, Abdul Hamid Al-Mehbash, reportedly told Kurdistan 24 that his organization… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Kurds, Syria

Trump is ‘frustrated’ and ‘disappointed’ with Netanyahu: Israeli media

Published 2019-11-17 21:31:58 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The U.S. administration under President Donald Trump is allegedly ‘frustrated’ and ‘disappointed’ with Israeli politics, in particular, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Ynet news site reported on Sunday. Citing senior White House officials who spoke with their Israeli counterparts on condition of anonymity, Ynet reported that the frustration and disappointment is a result of the ongoing political crisis that has prevented the U.S. from unveiling the last part of Trump’s “deal of the century.” “Americans are discouraged and frustrated by Israeli politics and the current political crisis, which has prevented the White House from unveiling… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, Trump

Jihadist rebels launch counter-offensive to retake strategic mountain in Latakia

Published 2019-11-17 20:30:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels have launched a counter-offensive this evening to retake a strategic mountain located in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. The jihadist rebels began their counter-offensive south of Kabani this evening when they successfully foiled the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) advance to the southern entrance of Kabani. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels are currently attacking the Syrian Army’s defenses at the northern slope of the Zuwayqat Mountains in a bid to reverse all of the 4th Armored Division’s gains. Since the Syrian Army was unable to fortify their positions… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

SDF denies agreement to cede control of Assyrian town to Syrian Army, Russian military

Published 2019-11-17 20:16:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied on Sunday that an agreement is in place to allow the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian military to control the Assyrian town of Tal Tamr in the Al-Hasakah countryside. “To public opinion. Some media outlets published reports about a so called agreement between Russia, Turkey, and SDF. We at the Syrian Democratic Forces deny this news. The invading Turkish army continues its fiercest attacks on the villages of Tal Tamer,” the spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces, Kino Gabriel, said via his official Twitter. Al-Masdar reached out to… Read on ->

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Tags: SDF, Syria

Breaking: Rocket attack reported on Baghdad’s Green Zone

Published 2019-11-17 19:42:50 by News Desk in Iraq

On Sunday, Baghdad’s Green Zone, which is home to foreign embassies and government facilities, was targeted in a rocket attack, according to Reuters. Two police sources told the news agency the attack resulted in no serious damage or casualties. Other sources pointed out that aerial bombardment sirens went off once the rockets hit the area. The green zone was recently targeted in an attack on 30 October, when two rockets struck a mere 50 meters from the US Embassy’s gates. According to media reports, the attack resulted in the death of an Iraqi security officer. Another attack occurred a few… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq

Russian military convoy filmed heading to Assyrian town in northeast Syria: video

Published 2019-11-17 17:52:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – A Russian military convoy was recently filmed heading to the Assyrian town of Tal Tamr in northeastern Syria. According to the reports, the Russian military convoy traveled from the Al-Raqqa Governorate town of ‘Ayn ‘Issa to Tal Tamr in the Al-Hasakah Governorate.

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

China allegedly develops deflectors that will render top US technology useless

Published 2019-11-17 16:51:43 by News Desk in World-News

Although Chinese Navy Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong was reportedly simply goofing around when he said that the thick smog haunting Chinese cities is the best defence against military grade lasers, Beijing has in fact invested in more applicable ways to counter the cutting edge technology, which specifically the US is currently seeking to obtain, the South China Morning Post reported, citing the country’s scientists and obtained documents. According to the media outlet, China has initiated several research projects to develop a special coating for weapons that could be vulnerable to lasers, such as missiles or drones. The coating is reportedly… Read on ->

Tags: China

Syrian-Assyrian town to be under Russian protection after new agreement

Published 2019-11-17 15:58:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:35 P.M.) – A new agreement was established in northeastern Syria this week that will see the Syrian-Assyrian town of Tal Tamr under the protection of the Russian Armed Forces. According to reports, the Russian military will be deployed inside of Tal Tamr to prevent a potential militant take over this strategic town in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. The arrival of the Russian Armed Forces to Tal Tamr have all but halted the militant-led attack on the town; this is an important development because the Turkish-backed forces have been trying to capture this area for a month. A source… Read on ->

Tags: Assyrians, Syria

US military convoy passes through Qamishli city en route to oil fields: video

Published 2019-11-17 15:44:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – A U.S. military convoy entered the northeastern city of Qamishli on Sunday and was seen heading east for a regular patrol. The U.S. military convoy was reportedly heading towards the oil fields that are under their control in the eastern part of the Al-Hasakah Governorate. Washington announced last week that it was not seeking to deprive its allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of control of oil fields in northeastern Syria, despite withdrawing its troops from the Turkish border region. The U.S. media revealed last week that President Donald Trump had agreed to… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, Syria, US

Russia and Saudi Arabia in talks over supply of S-400 system

Published 2019-11-17 14:52:57 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – Russia and Saudi Arabia are discussing the terms of implementing their agreement signed in 2017 on the delivery of S-400 air defense systems to the Kingdom, the Sputnik News Agency reported on Sunday. “A contract was signed with Saudi Arabia to supply the Triumph S-400 air defense systems in 2017. We are currently discussing terms that satisfy both parties with our partners to start implementing this contract, ” the Sputnik Agency reported, citing a statement from the military-technical cooperation’s press service. In addition, the statement noted, the possibility of making a national air defense system… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Saudi

Intense clashes rage south of Kabani as Syrian troops attempt to reach town

Published 2019-11-17 14:34:01 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy attack on the jihadist defenses in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia last night. Led by their 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army began their attack last night by storming the defenses of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party in the northern part of the Zuwayqat Mountains. Following an intense battle that lasted for several hours, the Syrian Arab Army was able to take hold of the Zuwayqat Mountains. Since the capture of the Zuwayqat Mountains, however, the Syrian Arab Army has been unable… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

UAE and Russia enter talks over supply of Su-35 jets

Published 2019-11-17 14:02:30 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

Dmitry Shogayev, head of the Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation, said at the Dubai Airshow 2019 that negotiations are still under way on supplying the UAE with Russian Su-35 fighter jets. “Negotiations are underway to supply the Su-35 to the UAE and develop the fifth generation of light combat aircraft,” Shogayev said. The Su-35S belongs to the fourth generation ++ fighter jet and is the best of its kind. The fighter jet is able to fly at supersonic speeds without resorting to the use of a subsequent incendiary, which distinguishes the fifth generation of fighters. The Su-35 also retains… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, UAE

Iranian military mass producing air defense laser cannons: MoD

Published 2019-11-17 12:31:16 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Iran has begun mass producing laser cannons in order to improve their air defenses, the Iranian Ministry of Defense announced this week. According to the Tansim News Agency, General Qassem Taqizadeh said Iran has obtained the technical know-how to manufacture laser air defense cannons for bringing down hostile quadcopters and small aircraft. General Taqizadeh said that the weapons passed the initial laboratory tests and were now being manufactured in their assembly lines. “Efforts are underway to manufacture all ground-to-ground ballistic missiles with pinpoint accuracy, the general further said, adding that Iran is now among the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Russian-made T-90 tank spotted near front-lines in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-11-17 12:16:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – A Russian-made T-90 tank was spotted near the front-lines in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this past week. The T-90 tank was reportedly shown around Manbij’s front-lines, which the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shares with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. The Syrian Arab Army first received the Russian-made T-90 tanks in 2016 when they launched several large-scale offensives against the jihadist rebels and Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). These tanks have proven incredibly beneficial for the Syrian Army, especially in battles where heavy armory is needed.

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Syrian Army seizes large cache of weapons near Israeli border: photos

Published 2019-11-17 11:49:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized a large cache of weapons this week that were left behind by the jihadist rebels near the Israeli border. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the cache had a wide-variety of weapons that were left behind inside the town of Beit Jinn near the Israeli border in the occupied Golan Heights region.

Tags: Syria

US, Japanese naval ships trail Chinese carrier group in Taiwan Strait

Published 2019-11-17 11:23:54 by News Desk in World-News

A Chinese carrier group has sailed through the Taiwan Strait, where it was trailed by US and Japanese vessels, the Taiwan Defence Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The ministry did not specify when the ships sailed through the strait. The ministry added it had dispatched aircraft and vessels to the strait to monitor the carrier group. The 180 km-wide Taiwan Strait separates the island of Taiwan from mainland China. De facto autonomous Taiwan broke away from the mainland during the civil war in 1949. Beijing claims sovereignty over both the island and the strait.   Source: Sputnik

Tags: China, Japan, Taiwan, US

Saudi Arabia, US slam Syria at UN over elections and human rights

Published 2019-11-17 10:53:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Last week, Saudi Arabia and the United States slammed the Syrian Arab Republic over several issues, including human rights abuses and election, during the Third Committee session at the U.N. General Assembly. In particular, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. representatives criticized the Syrian government over their attacks on the Idlib Governorate, while condemning in their text, “the indiscriminate use of force by the Syrian regime against civilians, which has caused immense human suffering and fomented the spread of extremism and extremist groups and which demonstrates the continuing failure of the Syrian regime to protect its… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria

Breaking: Syrian Army captures strategic mountain in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-11-17 10:32:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new attack in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate today, as their troops targeted the mountain and hilltops south of Kabani. Led by the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army began their attack last night when their troops stormed the northern slope of the Zuwayqat Mountains. Following an intense battle into the morning hours, the Syrian Arab Army was able to establish full control over the Zuwayqat Mountains, which ultimately forced the jihadist rebels to fall back to their main line of defense south of Kabani…. Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

UK gov’t, military accused of covering up war crimes in Iraq: BBC

Published 2019-11-17 09:39:56 by News Desk in Iraq

An investigation by the BBC’s Panorama programme and the Sunday Times has revealed that the government and the armed forces of the UK were involved in covering up torture and the illegal killing of civilians by UK troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The probe quoted at least 11 British detectives as saying that they found “credible evidence” of war crimes, with insiders insisting that the UK soldiers should have been prosecuted for the killings. The detectives were part of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) and Operation Northmoor, which investigated alleged war crimes committed by UK forces in Iraq and… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, UK

Russian military reinforcements arrive at Qamishli Airport

Published 2019-11-17 09:27:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – The Russian military has sent reinforcements to the Qamishli Airport in northeast Syria, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar News this morning. According to the source in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Russian military sent reinforcements to the Qamishli Airport after installing their Pantsir air defense systems to this base in the northeastern region of Syria. The source added that more troops will be sent to this airport in the coming day as the Russian military increases their presence in northeastern Syria. This move by the Russian military comes just days after… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, Russia, Syria

US military aircraft spotted near Russian base in Syria

Published 2019-11-17 09:07:10 by News Desk in Syria

According to the monitoring data from, the drone made a series of flights near Russian bases, at times approaching them at a distance of 35–45 km. Further data showed the aircraft along the coast of Israel and Lebanon, from where it could technically observe the area of the Syrian capital of Damascus. The flight was carried out at an altitude of about 16 thousand metres above the international waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. The American drone did not violate the sea border of Syria. Global Hawk is designed to conduct strategic aerial reconnaissance at a great depth of enemy… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria

ISIS reemerges in east Hama after 2017 defeat by Syrian Army

Published 2019-11-17 08:14:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) has reemerged in eastern Hama after their defeat at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies. According to reports from the Hama Governorate, a fierce battle broke out on Sunday morning when a group of Islamic State terrorists opened fire on a Syrian military patrol inside the village of Al-‘Ayyour. The reports said the Syrian military patrol was acting on information about an Islamic State security cell in Al-‘Ayyour when the terrorists attacked their convoy. “When the patrol arrived at the outskirts of the village, we came… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, ISIS, Syria

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