This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iraq, US, Russia, Syria, Tartous, Coronavirus, Lebanon, Idlib, UAE, Turkey, Iran, Hmeimim, Assad, Damascus, Shoigu.

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Breaking: Explosions reported at Iraqi base hosting US troops

Published 2020-03-24 21:40:34 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – It appears that an Iraqi military base has come under attack once again, as local reports claim that the installation, which hosts U.S. troops, may have been subjected to rocket fire. According to local reports, at least three explosions were heard at the Camp Taji military base north of Baghdad late Tuesday. The base houses both Iraqi and US forces. A reporter with Sky News Arabic said on Tuesday night that three explosions had been heard at Camp Taji, an Iraqi military installation that also houses a large number of US troops. US forces at Taji have come… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

Russian military losses in Syria: report

Published 2020-03-24 21:23:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Russian military’s losses between 2015 and 2018 have been revealed in a research article posted by The National Interest publication. Citing open source infromation, The National Interest reported that between 2015 and 2018, the Russian military lost at least 19 air assets, including 11 helicopters and 8 jets, resulting in the death of 23 crew members and 37 passengers. The article argues that while 60 deaths was a lot, it was unable to prevent the Russian Aerospace Forces from continuing their campaign inside Syria. “However, these losses were too small to prevent the aerospace… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

US forces have not fully left base on Syrian border: report

Published 2020-03-24 20:40:33 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – Iraq’s Al-Sumaria TV revealed on Tuesday that there has been no significant withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Habbaniyah Base near the city of Al-Qa’im. Citing a source near the Habbaniyah Base, Al-Sumaria TV reported that the U.S. forces are still at the installation and have not made any attempts to significantly reduce their troops in this part of the Al-Anbar Governorate. The source called “the media should be careful in conveying this information.” It is noteworthy that a number of reports surfaced on Monday that said the U.S. forces began withdrawing from the Habbaniyah… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Syria, US

Russia steps up transport of military equipment to Syria: photos

Published 2020-03-24 19:18:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Over the last week, the Russian Ministry of Defense has sent at least three cargo ships with military equipment to the Port of Tartous in western Syria. In the latest delivery, the Russian Ministry of Defense owned Pizhma cargo ship, which is sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department, was photographed transiting the Bosphorus Strait for the Mediterranean Sea. According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian vessel was carrying ISO container boxes of technical and military cargo. Prior to the Pizhma’s travel to Syria, the Russian Dvinitsa-50 of the Black Sea Fleet was also… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Tartous

Ex-Lebanese minister infected with coronavirus

Published 2020-03-24 18:30:25 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – Lebanese journalist and former minister, May Chidiac, announced this week that she has been infected with the coronavirus after returning from France. “After my return from the French capital, Paris, last week, I had some symptoms similar to the symptoms of infection with the coronavirus, so I immediately moved into the home for quarantine,” she said in a statement. “Last Saturday, I conducted medical examinations at Hotel Dieu Hospital to confirm the cause of the symptoms. The results appeared on Monday and were positive, so I was confirmed to have a corona. Then I went… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Lebanon

Syrian Army’s patience is running out in Idlib: governor

Published 2020-03-24 18:12:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The acting Governor of Idlib, Muhammad Fadi Al-Saadoun, told the Syria-based Al-Watan newspaper on Tuesday that the Syrian government is exercising restraint despite the continued violations of the ceasefire carried out by the militant forces. “We do not accept that the terrorist violations of the Moscow Agreement continue and their disruption of the joint Russian-Turkish patrols on the international route (M4),” Saadoun said. The governor, however, pointed out that the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) patience is running out in the Idlib Governorate. The Syrian official stressed: “Syria is still exercising restraint to the utmost dimensions… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Syria imposes night curfew to curb potential coronavirus outbreak

Published 2020-03-24 17:30:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 P.M.) – The Syrian government announced the imposition of a night curfew on the entire country beginning tomorrow, Wednesday March 25th. According to a statement from the Syrian government, the curfew will take place from 6 P.M. to 6 A.M. each night and will continue until further notice. The Syrian government has recently stepped up their efforts to curb a potential coronavirus outbreak in the country by closing its borders, halting foreign flights, and imposing this latest curfew. Syria currently has one confirmed case of a coronavirus infection, but the country only has 1,200 test kits… Read on ->

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Tags: Coronavirus, Syria

Russia showcases new Buk-M3 air defense system

Published 2020-03-24 16:49:54 by News Desk in World-News

The teams of Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile systems struck air targets during drills at the Kapustin Yar practice range in the Astrakhan Region, the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District reported on Tuesday. “The anti-aircraft gunners conducted launches from Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile systems against high-altitude fast-moving targets that simulated the flight of the notional enemy’s tactical aircraft. Overall, about 10 targets were hit,” the press office said in a statement. Saman high-altitude missiles launched at a distance of over 100 km were used as the targets during the drills. The live-fire exercise was held in the normal mode and the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

US carries out large-scale military exercises in UAE: videos

Published 2020-03-24 16:32:33 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – The Al-Hamra Military Base in the United Arab Emirates witnessed large-scale joint military exercises between the armed forces of the United States and UAE on Monday, March 23. The two armies displayed their military might during the exercise, including their naval and air force capabilities. These large-scale military exercises were carried out during a time when tensions between the U.S. and Iran are at an all-time highway. The United Arab Emirates, which is located in the same Gulf region as Iran, is an imperative ally to the U.S. in the Middle East, especially given… Read on ->

Tags: UAE, US

Turkish forces come under attack in southern Idlib

Published 2020-03-24 16:20:14 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – For the second time in two weeks, the Turkish Armed Forces have come under attack in the Idlib Governorate. According to preliminary reports, a Turkish military vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in the southern Idlib town of Sufahan. No casualties have been reported as of yet. The town of Sufahan is under the control of the Turkish-backed militants and their allied jihadist forces. Last week, a similar attack was carried out against the Turkish forces as they were conducting a patrol along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway). At least two soldiers were killed… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

US displays military might in Persian Gulf after Iran nearly attacks F-18 jets: photo

Published 2020-03-24 16:05:04 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The U.S. sent a message to Iran via its military activity in the Persian Gulf this week, as the two foes almost came to blows last week. According to Fox News correspondent Lucas Tomlinson, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have been together in the Persian Gulf since last week, with F-18 Super Hornets escorting them through the Arabian Sea. This U.S. aircraft carrier grouping seems to have come around the time that the Iranian military almost attacked F-18 Super Hornet that was flying near its border. In a special report from the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

Turkey vows to neutralize extremist groups blocking M-4 Highway

Published 2020-03-24 15:46:19 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

A senior Turkish officer has assured the Russian military that the area of Syria’s M4 highway covered by their joint patrol will expand gradually. “We will gradually expand the route, like we did it together in the area of Qamishli. We started small and gradually increased the length of the route. The main thing for us is to ensure security, that is why we will continue to cooperate. Our main goal is to bring peace to this land, ” Turkish Col. Ukay Sagir Oglu told Russian military police officers after the second patrol. On Monday, Russia and Turkey conducted the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Breaking: Russian air defenses confront hostile missiles at Hmeimim Airbase in Syria

Published 2020-03-24 00:16:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the Russian military activated their air defense systems at the Hmeimim Airbase, following an attempted attack on the installation. According to preliminary reports, the Russian air defenses intercepted the hostile projectiles before they could hit the airbase. No further details were released. In the past, attacks on the Hmeimim Airbase were carried out from the Idlib-Latakia axis in the Jabal Al-Akrad region, which is under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP). Update (12:20 A.M.): Russian air defenses intercepted missiles around the Hmeimim Airbase and coastal city… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria

Russian Defense Minister meets with Syrian President in Damascus: video

Published 2020-03-24 00:05:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – During a visit to Damascus, Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the implementation of the ceasefire in the Idlib region and military cooperation between the two countries to combat terrorism. In addition to President Assad, the meeting was attended by the Director of National Security ‘Ali Mamlouk and Minister of Defense ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Ayoub. The meeting marked the second time this year that a high-ranking Russian official has visited the Syrian capital. Prior to Shoigu’s visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise trip to Damascus… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Damascus, Shoigu, Syria

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