This is a summary of 12 AMN articles on the following subjects: Daraa, Sweida, Syria, Mediterranean, Russia, Hasakah, Aleppo, Turkey, Iran, IRGC, US, Raqqa, Libya.

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Syrian Army repels militant attack along Sweida-Daraa axis

Published 2020-03-27 23:58:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – A group of armed militants launched an attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions along the Dara’a-Sweida axis on Friday, resulting in a fierce firefight for a few hours. According to a field report from the area, the militants attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the city of Busra Al-Sham, prompting the military to call on the National Defense Forces (NDF) from Sweida to help drive back the insurgents. The report said the Syrian Army and NDF troops were able to fend off the attack after the militants failed to infiltrate their positions… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Sweida, Syria


Russian military displays naval might off Syrian coast

Published 2020-03-27 23:08:33 by News Desk in Syria

Three frigates of the Black Sea Fleet operating within the Russian Navy’s permanent Mediterranean taskforce repelled a notional enemy’s missile attack, firing Kalibr cruise missiles during the drills, the Fleet’s press office reported on Friday. “The surface action group comprising the three frigates Admiral Grigorovich, Admiral Makarov and Admiral Essen conducted missile and artillery fire against sea and air targets. Under the drills’ scenario, the notional enemy’s naval group launched a missile attack on the Black Sea Fleet’s naval taskforce,” the press office said in a statement. The naval sailors conducted electronic launches of Shtil-1 missiles against the notional cruise… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria


Watch: US military convoy approaches Syrian Army checkpoint

Published 2020-03-27 22:39:19 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the villagers of Hamo in northeastern Syria blocked a U.S. military convoy that was attempting to bypass the SAA’s checkpoint. In a video released by Sputnik Arabic, a number of U.S. military vehicles can be seen heading down the main roadway to the Al-Qamishli District in northern Al-Hasakah. While the confrontation was not filmed, a number of sources in northeastern Syria reported that the residents of Hamo and the Syrian Army confronted the U.S. convoy after they approached the checkpoint. It was reported that the U.S. convoy was forced… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Turkish-backed fighters kill each other in northern Aleppo

Published 2020-03-27 22:08:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants in northern Aleppo have once again clashed with one another, resulting in heavy losses for all parties involved. According to opposition activists in northern Aleppo, the Turkish-backed 51st Brigade and Al-Shamiyah Front faction clashed in the city of Afrin on Friday, killing and wounding six fighters in the process. The clashes would intensify later in the day, as reports of medium weapons used began to surface after RPGs, machine gun fire, and artillery shells were heard around the city of Afrin. The reason for the clashes was unknown; however, the Al-Shamiyah Front… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


Turkey transfers US-made air defense system to Idlib: report

Published 2020-03-27 21:33:07 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – A Turkish Army convoy allegedly deployed a U.S.-made air defense system to the Idlib Governorate, Zaman Al-Wasl reported on Friday. Citing “military news sites”, the publication reported that Turkey deployed the U.S.-made MIM-23 HAWK medium-range surface-to-air system to the Idlib Governorate. This new report comes a few weeks after photos of the Turkish military sending anti-aircraft missiles to the Idlib Governorate first surfaced via social media. Turkey established a de-facto no-fly-zone over the northwestern part of the Idlib Governorate last month, as their aircraft shot down at least three Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) jets… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Tensions rise in northeast Syria as Syrian Army, residents block US military convoy

Published 2020-03-27 21:14:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – For the second time in ten days, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the residents of Hamo village have blocked a U.S. military convoy that was attempting to access the roadway near the large city of Al-Qamishli. According to a field report from the area, the residents of Hamo were seen blocking the road near the town after a U.S. convoy was approaching a Syrian Arab Army checkpoint in the area. The Syrian Army and the residents refused to allow the U.S. troops to bypass the checkpoint, forcing them to turn around and take another… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Russia demands Turkey not hide jihadists in Idlib by renaming them

Published 2020-03-27 20:53:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated on Friday that Russia hopes that Turkey will continue working to separate the militants from the opposition in Idlib, and stressed that renaming the groups is unacceptable. “We hope that the Turkish partners will continue their efforts to separate the moderates from the extremists, and take measures to neutralize them. It must be emphasized that renaming the groups, so to speak, changing the slogan does not mean a change in substance, because they are terrorist [groups],” she said. Some groups continue violating the ceasefire regime at a time… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Russian S-400 system destroys hypersonic targets

Published 2020-03-27 20:33:21 by News Desk in World-News

The personnel of the anti-aircraft missile regiment stationed in the Primorye Region struck hypersonic targets with S-400 systems during the drills at the Telemba training range in Buryatia, the press office of Russia’s Eastern Military District reported on Friday. The anti-aircraft gunners also conducted fire from Pantsyr-S2 surface-to-air missile/gun systems during the drills, the press office said. “During the live-fire exercise, over a dozen targets simulated by Armavir target missiles and Favorit smart hypersonic [target] missiles were destroyed. All the targets were hit,” the press office said in a statement. Before the start of the firings, the anti-aircraft gunners passed… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


IRGC can help US fight coronavirus, Iran doesn’t need their help: commander

Published 2020-03-27 08:54:25 by News Desk in Iran

The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the Islamic Republic has enough healthcare capacities to help American people fight the outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, but does not need any assistance from the US administration. Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks on the sidelines of Iran’s biological defense drills on Thursday while reacting to claims by various American officials, including US President Donald Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to the effect that Washington is ready to help Tehran contain the virus pandemic. “When Americans say they want to help the Iranian… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC, US


Turkish-backed forces fight each other in northern Syria

Published 2020-03-27 08:39:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 A.M.) – Two Turkish-backed factions clashed in northern Syria on Thursday, resulting in a short period of upheaval in the militant-held areas. According to reports, the militant group, Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah, attacked a rival Turkish-backed faction in the northern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate. No information was released regarding casualties between the Turkish-backed factions. The Turkish-backed factions that took part in operation “Peace Spring” have clashed on several occasions in the past few months, prompting Turkey to step in to halt the hostilities. Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah has been a major thorn in the side of the Turkish forces, as… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria


Libyan Army scores big advance around Tripoli as Turkish-backed forces suffer tremendous losses

Published 2020-03-27 08:15:20 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced this morning that their forces managed to capture several sites across northern Libya, including several towns near the capital city, Tripoli. According to a statement from the LNA’s spokesperson, Major General Ahmad Al-Mismari, their forces captured several areas in northwestern Libya, including the cities and towns of Jemayel, Riqdalin, and Zalzin. “We announce to you that the valiant Libyan National Army forces have been able, through the grace of God, to clear the areas of Al-Asa, Al-Jameel, Riqdalin and Zalatan  from the control of… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria, Turkey


Russia tests self-propelled anti-missile system

Published 2020-03-27 00:20:42 by News Desk in World-News

Russia is testing the 14P222 self-propelled launcher developed by the Design Bureau of Special Machine-Building (part of Almaz-Antey defense manufacturer) for the Nudol anti-missile and anti-satellite defense system, Design Bureau CEO Vladimir Dolbenkov said in an interview with the National Defense magazine on Thursday. “A modern mobile system has been created for the Aerospace Force as part of the Nudol R&D work. The 14P222 self-propelled launcher has been developed and is undergoing trials. For the first time in the domestic machine-building industry, the task of creating an electric hydraulic drive with the installation of a transporter and launcher container with… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


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