This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Latakia, Syria, Turkey, UK, Qamishli, Iran, IRGC, Germany, Hezbollah, Lebanon, China, Israel, Russia, France, Macron, Aleppo, Hasakah, US, Idlib, Homs, ISIS, Mosul, Assad, Raqqa.

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Jihadist rebels beat back Syrian Army assault on strategic town in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-11-28 21:20:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attempted to advance their positions in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Thursday after a relatively quiet week at the Kabani front. According to reports from this front, Syrian Arab Army troops took advantage of the poor weather conditions and attempted to advance at the Zuwayqat Mountains south of Kabani. However, following a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), the Syrian Arab Army was forced to halt their attack in order to avoid more casualties. The Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


British military leaves Turkish border for Syria’s oil rich region: video

Published 2019-11-28 20:38:20 by Hasan Khat in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 P.M.) – The British Armed Forces were seen departing a U.S. military base in the Al-Hasakah Governorate for nearby Deir Ezzor, journalist Mohammed Hassan reported on Thursday. https://twitter.com/MHJournalist/status/1200058096074317824?s=20 The British military convoy reportedly made their way to the Al-Omar oil fields, which is where the U.S. Armed Forces are currently headquartered inside Syria. Like the French military, the British Armed Forces are often based near the U.S. Army and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The British military’s departure from Al-Hasakah comes on the same day a report revealed that the U.K.’s ex-Prime Minister Theresa May was mulling… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey, UK


Syrian Army shoots down Turkish military drone in Qamishli

Published 2019-11-28 20:23:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has reported that their forces shot down a Turkish military drone in northeastern Syria this evening. According to the army, the SAA forces in the Al-Qamishli District of Al-Hasakah made the decision to shoot down a Turkish military drone after it was spotted circling the area. The army said the drone was specifically shot down in the southeastern countryside of Al-Qamishli, which was previously under the control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Al-Qamishli District is located in the northern region of the Al-Hasakah Governorate near the Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, Syria


IRGC commander warns Iran will ‘retaliate at any scale’ against enemy countries

Published 2019-11-28 20:14:25 by News Desk in Iran

Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) chief commander Hossein Salami has issued another warning to Iran’s ‘enemies’, vowing that the Islamic Republic would immediately retaliate against their possible unfriendly steps. “Enemies should be careful because the Iranian nation is great, strong and resistant; we tell America, England, Israel, and their allies that you would receive a response if you continue your hostile actions … the Iranian nation defeats enemies at any scale,” Salami told a gathering of the Basij militia in Hamedan province on Thursday. He also praised Iran for preventing efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic, adding that enemies are… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC


Germany to allegedly outlaw Hezbollah, add to terror list

Published 2019-11-28 20:06:07 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.)- Germany will formally outlaw Lebanon’s Hezbollah, joining the United Kingdom and the Netherlands as the most recent European nations to add the organization to the terrorist list. According to Der Spiegel, the move will be formally announced next week, as it has already been approved by the Foreign, Interior, and Justice ministries. Germany, who only recognized the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, will officially outlaw all aspects of the organization, including the political party which currently holds several seats in the Lebanese government. In addition to outlawing the group, carrying the organization’s flag… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Hezbollah, Lebanon


Iranian Navy to receive sophisticated drones: commander

Published 2019-11-28 19:49:51 by News Desk in Iran

Iran Navy’s commander says the force will soon be flying sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles from its warships, saying the new gear will be even more versatile than the Navy’s current lineup of drones in terms of range and other technologies. “Today, the Navy’s warships are equipped with drones that have a range of 200 to 1,000 kilometers, but all the flight and intelligence limits will fade away once the new drones arrive,” Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told a gathering of Navy personnel and their families on Thursday. Pointing to the force’s great strides in expanding its aerial and naval capabilities,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Chinese Navy showcases new vertical launch missile system

Published 2019-11-28 19:33:05 by News Desk in World-News

The Navy’s sole Type 051B destroyer has gained very powerful combat capability after the modernization, said Weihutang, a column on military affairs affiliated with China Central Television (CCTV) on Monday. The Shenzhen is now equipped with a vertical launch system, which consists of four sets of eight units, allowing it to host 32 ship-to-air missiles that can shoot down incoming hostile aircraft and missiles, Tong Zhenrong, deputy captain of the Shenzhen, said on CCTV on Sunday. Joining military service as a fleet flagship in 1998, the Shenzhen participated in many operations and visited many countries, making it a star in… Read on ->

Tags: China


Russia slams Israel over last week’s attack on Damascus

Published 2019-11-28 19:03:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Russian Ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Viktorov, told i24News on Wednesday that Israel’s attack on southern and western Damascus last week was a violation of international law and needs to be halted. “In our contacts with our Israeli colleagues,” he said, “we are trying to persuade them to get rid of such behavior because these military activities do not contribute to the stabilization of the military situation here.” The Russian Ambassador said criticized the strikes as “attacks on the territory of a sovereign state.” He would also criticize Israel’s policies against Iran in Syria, pointing… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria


Turkish FM calls France’s Macron a ‘state sponsor of terrorism over Syria

Published 2019-11-28 18:32:47 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, Turkey, World-News

French president and Turkish foreign minister have been throwing verbal punches over Ankara’s military incursion into Syria that drove a wedge between NATO members. French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey on Thursday that it is alienating allies, and should not depend on support from the multinational alliance while also carrying out widely-condemned military operations against Kurds in northern Syria as a “fait accompli.” Mevlut Cavusoglu was quick to respond, slamming Marcon for previous meetings with Kurdish representatives. “He is already the sponsor of the terrorist organization and constantly hosts them at the Elysee. If he says his ally is the… Read on ->

Tags: France, Macron, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army expands presence along strategic highway in northeast Syria

Published 2019-11-28 18:20:37 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has expanded their presence in northeastern Syria this week after establishing new points along the strategic Hasakah-Aleppo Highway. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian Arab Army has entered the villages of Tal Al-Laban and Umm Al-Khayr in the Tal Tamr District of Al-Hasakah. These two villages were under attack by the Turkish-backed militants who repeatedly tried to breach the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) positions inside the Tal Tamr District. With the Syrian Army’s deployment to these two villages, they have now beefed up the SDF’s lines… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hasakah, Syria


US accuses Russia of helping Syria conceal chemical weapons use

Published 2019-11-28 17:18:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The U.S. accused Russia on Thursday of helping Syria conceal the use of chemical weapons inside the country. According to the Reuters News Agency, the U.S. accused Russia of undermining the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the global agency attempting to identify if these weapons were used in Syria. The comments by the U.S. representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Kenneth Ward, drew a rapid denial from Moscow and came as Western powers and Russia clashed at the agency’s annual conference in The Hague…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Jihadist rebels position heavy weapons near Turkish base in Idlib: photos

Published 2019-11-28 16:56:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the Idlib Governorate have begun positioning their heavy weapons near a Turkish military base in the Idlib Governorate. In photos captured by reconnaissance aircraft, the jihadist rebels can be seen establishing their positions next to the Turkish military base, which would provide them cover in case of a retaliatory attack from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies. https://twitter.com/WithinSyriaBlog/status/1200020705666093056?s=20 This move by the jihadist rebels has been done before, especially in the Hama Governorate when the latter put their rocket launchers near the Turkish military’s observation posts in northern Hama…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russia’s 1st upgraded Tu-160 strategic missile bomber enters trials

Published 2019-11-28 16:36:08 by News Desk in World-News

Russia has assembled its first upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M strategic missile-carrying bomber and started its trials, a source in the defense industry told reporters on Thursday. “On November 28, the first heavily upgraded Tu-160M strategic missile-carrying bomber was transferred from the production workshops to the flight testing station of the Kazan Aviation Enterprise for factory ground and flight tests,” the source said. After the ground tests are over, the Tu-160M will enter the stage of flight tests, the source added. The Tu-160M has been developed under the program of the heavy upgrade of operational Tu-160 bombers. The aircraft’s new version is… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Syrian Army kills several ISIS terrorists during operation in east Homs

Published 2019-11-28 16:22:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out an operation against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization on Wednesday, resulting in the death of a number of militants in eastern Homs. According to a field report, the Syrian Army, alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF), clashed with a group of Islamic State fighters in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah area of eastern Homs during the day on Wednesday. The field report from the Homs Governorate said the Syrian Arab Army and NDF troops managed to overwhelm the Islamic State fighters, resulting in the death of most of the… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Syria


Israel calls on UN to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

Published 2019-11-28 16:10:41 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz has called on the United Nations to declare Lebanon’s Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Katz welcomed U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’ report against Hezbollah in which he called on the Lebanese government to disarm all armed groups, Channel 7 television reported Wednesday . The Channel 7 report quoted Katz as welcoming Guterres report on the disarmament of Hezbollah, and that the Israeli foreign minister believes that the party is equipped with advanced missiles. “Hezbollah and Iran have used Lebanon as a hostage. Their actions threaten stability and peace. Israel is determined to… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


ISIS terrorists break out of prison in Mosul

Published 2019-11-28 16:03:19 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Several Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists managed to break out of a prison in Mosul on Wednesday after killing two Iraqi police officers. A number of prisoners escaped from al-Tasfirat prison in al-Faisaliah area in Mosul, the capital city of the Nineveh Governorate. According to reports, the ISIS terrorists and some other inmates reportedly escaped the Federal Police Intelligence Prison in the Al-Faisaliah area of Mosul. A security source in the Nineveh Governorate told Sputnik Arabic that the number of prisoners who escaped is not yet known, noting that the majority of detainees are terrorists and… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Mosul


Syrian President gives in-depth interview with French newspaper: full text

Published 2019-11-28 15:48:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad sat down for an interview with the French publication Paris Match this week to discuss a number topics, including the future of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters in SDF prisons. During the interview, the Syrian President said that the presence of French troops in Syria without the acceptance of the Syrian Government is considered an occupation, and a form of terrorism and what is required from the French government is to return to the international law and to stop everything that could increase the bloodshed, killing and suffering in Syria. The… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria


Two Turkish soldiers killed in attack on Syrian border

Published 2019-11-28 15:35:05 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that two soldiers were killed along the border with Syria after a mortar attack near a military base. The Turkish Defense Ministry said the two soldiers were killed in the southern part of the country in an attack near a military base in the town of Agca Castle on the border with Syria. The ministry said in a statement: “The attack took place on Wednesday and targeted a base on the other side of the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, which was seized by Turkey and its Syrian opposition… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria, Turkey


Battle footage of Syrian troops advancing in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-11-28 15:23:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A new video was released on Thursday that showed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) advance in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. In the video released by Russia Today Arabic, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces and 5th Corps can be seen in close combat against the jihadist rebels at the Zarzour and Umm Al-Khalakhil front. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bYVkzSjvg4 The Syrian Arab Army would ultimately take control of both Zarzour and Umm Khalakhil following a short battle against the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Following this advance, the Syrian Arab Army quickly moved… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


France and UK wanted to replace US troops in northern Syria

Published 2019-11-28 14:40:25 by News Desk in Syria

The UK and France had discussed replacing American forces in Syria with an equal number of troops after Donald Trump’s surprise pull-out announcement last December, The Telegraph reports. A UK defence official familiar with the matter told the newspaper that the move was supposed to be a “like-for-like replacement”. Last December, Donald Trump declared that Daesh had been defeated, and the US would recall its nearly 2,000-person military presence in Syria. Thousands of terrorists are still holding out, and the withdrawal has been going down slowly so far, with 1,000 troops remaining in the country to help ‘secure’ its oil,… Read on ->

Tags: France, Syria, UK


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