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This is a summary of 10 AMN articles on the following subjects: Russia, Maduro, US, Venezuela, Erdogan, NATO, Turkey, Aleppo, Syria, Haftar, Libya, Tripoli, Dutch, ISIS, Iraq, IRGC, Israel, Idlib.

Categories covered in this brief: World-News, Middleeast, Opinion, Turkey, Syria, North-Africa, Iran

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Russian military tests new Pantsir-SM anti-aircraft system

Published 2019-04-06 21:56:31 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Aerospace Forces have tested the newest Pantsir-SM anti-aircraft missile system, it showed itself well against quadcopters, the forces’ deputy commander Lt. Gen. Yuri Grekhov, said Saturday. “During the air training, 54 combat and theoretical classes were held. We gathered everyone in one place and held classes for three days, which ended in firing practice. In particular, the Pantsir-SM system, the latest version of the Pantsir air defence system, showed its high performance on ultra-small goals such as quadcopters,” Grekhov said on air of the Ekho Moskvy broadcaster. A distinctive feature of the Pantsir-SM is a new multifunctional sighting… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Russian cruise missile frigate repels air attack in Black Sea drills

Published 2019-04-06 19:08:08 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Project 11356 frigate Admiral Grigorovich armed with Kalibr cruise missiles destroyed a notional enemy’s bomber in the Black Sea drills, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday. The Black Sea Fleet’s Su-24M frontline bomber simulated an enemy aircraft in the drills, the press office specified. “Under the drills’ scenario, a notional enemy’s aircraft approached to deliver a bomb strike against the ship. The Admiral Grigorovich’s crew got reconnaissance data on the plane, detected and locked on the air target,” the press office said in a statement. The frigate’s air defense teams fired the Shtil-1 surface-to-air… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia

US ‘seriously considering’ military intervention in Venezuela: official

Published 2019-04-06 10:06:46 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The U.S. is seriously considering military intervention in Venezuela to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, a senior Trump administration official told reporters on Friday, as reported by Sputnik. “Frankly, and also a military option, which is, President Trump has said, on the table, and remains on the table. It’s a very serious option, obviously … none would like to see, but clearly, one that is seriously considered as events unfold”, the official said on Friday. A senior Trump administration official told reporters that the United States on Friday imposed a new round of sanctions against vessels… Read on ->

Tags: Maduro, US, Venezuela

How important is Turkey to NATO?

Published 2019-04-06 09:36:26 by News Desk in Middleeast, Opinion, Turkey

US Vice President Mike Pence issued an ultimatum to Turkey earlier this week: either Ankara remains a critical NATO partner or it jeopardizes the alliance by going ahead with the purchase of Russia-built S-400 air defense systems. Mike Pence’s warning against the acquisition of S-400 missile defenses from Russia prompted Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay to come up with a counter-warning to show that his country, a generous NATO ally, would not be pressured into abandoning the deal. In light of the growing rift between the two countries, here are some reasons why Turkey is strategically important for the United States and NATO…. Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, NATO, Turkey

Syrian Army’s first attempted advance in western Aleppo fails to yield any gains

Published 2019-04-06 09:16:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a surprise assault against the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in the western part of Aleppo city last night. Led by the 4th Division and Republican Guard, the Syrian military began the assault by attempting to bypass Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions at the eastern axis of the strategic Aleppo Scientific Research Center. A fierce battle would ensue between the two warring parties at the Scientific Research Center; this would result in some casualties for the Syrian Arab Army and the militant forces. However, the Syrian Arab Army was… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Major showdown brewing in Tripoli as rival Libyan forces clash near capital city (MAP)

Published 2019-04-06 08:41:22 by News Desk in North-Africa

BERIUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – An important battle is brewing in northwestern Libya as the Turkish-backed forces from the Government of General Accords and Egyptian-backed Libyan National Army (LNA) prepare to square off in the capital city of Tripoli. Using his battle-tested forces, General Khalifah Haftar has managed to seize much of the country from terrorist groups like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) and Al-Qaeda, along with the Turkish-backed Government of General Accords. With the recent capture Gariyan in northwestern Libya, the Haftar-led forces have besieged the Government of General Accords south of Tripoli city. Furthermore, the Haftar-led Libyan National Army… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Tripoli

Dutch ISIS member wants his ‘normal life back’ after leaving ‘caliphate’ (INTERVIEW)

Published 2019-04-06 08:00:44 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Dutch citizen Yakhoci Riedijk of Arnhem had been working as a blacksmith when he made the decision to leave his home and join the so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS), a decision he would later come to “regret.” In an exclusive interview filmed for Ruptly at an SDF camp for IS members near Qamishli in Syria’s Jazira region on Monday, Riedijk recounted how he stumbled upon IS ideology on the internet and reached out to militants through Twitter. “I said I wanted to go to Syria.” He wrote to someone called Abu Yousef Al-Holandi, who then gave him the number… Read on ->

Tags: Dutch, ISIS, Syria

US may declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a ‘terrorist’ group ahead of Israeli elections

Published 2019-04-06 07:35:56 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, the first such designation of another country’s military, as early as next Monday. The designation might come as early as Monday, three US officials told Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity. Such a move would be a major escalation of the Trump administration’s policy of pressure on Iran, which began with the pullout from the nuclear deal last May and continued with the reimposition of sanctions suspended under the 2015 agreement. The IRGC was founded after Iran’s… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, IRGC, Israel, US

Developing: Russian Air Force swarms jihadist-held areas in Idlib

Published 2019-04-06 01:10:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force is currently flying over much of the western and southern countrysides of the Idlib Governorate this evening. Speaking from the northern countryside of Hama, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar that the Russian jets are mostly flying over the Al-Ghaab Plain and Jabal Al-Zawiya region. These two areas have a very large presence of jihadist rebels from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party. Both of these aforementioned jihadist forces are considered by Moscow and Damascus to be terrorist groups that are not part of the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Breaking: Syrian Army launches new ground attack to advance in west Aleppo

Published 2019-04-06 00:45:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new ground assault in the western part of Aleppo this evening, a military source in the provincial capital told Al-Masdar. According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division and Republican Guard stormed the jihadist positions at the eastern axis of the Aleppo Research Center. The military source said the Syrian Arab Army is attempting to advance to the Aleppo Research Center in a bit to retake the entire provincial capital from the militant groups. At the same time, a Syrian Army unit has unleashed a… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

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