This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aleppo, Syria, Hama, Idlib, Iran, IRGC, US, Iraq, Saddam, Pompeo, Suleimani, Libya, Tripoli, Israel, Russia, Japan.

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Syrian Army attacks jihadist HQ in northwestern Aleppo

Published 2019-04-09 23:58:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a powerful assault against the jihadist rebels in the northwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this evening. Led by their 4th Division, the Syrian Arab Army pounded the headquarters of the jihadist rebels inside the Dahrat Abd Rubbah area this evening. The Syrian Arab Army reportedly fired several artillery shells and surface-to-surface missiles towards the jihadist headquarters in an attempt to destroy the building and force the militants to abandon their posts. This latest attack by the Syrian Arab Army comes just a week after they attempted to… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Syrian Army launches massive assault across northwest Syria after jihadist ambush

Published 2019-04-09 22:19:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA unleashed a massive assault across the northwestern region of Syria on Tuesday. Using surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells, the Syrian Arab Army heavily targeted the positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party in the governorates of Idlib and Hama. The Syrian Arab Army was specifically targeting the jihadist rebels in response for their late night ambush, which was carried out at the key town of Taybat Al-Imam in northern Hama. As a result of this attack, the jihadist rebels managed to kill at least a half dozen… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Iranian commander issues stern warning to US about staying away from IRGC Navy

Published 2019-04-09 21:56:18 by News Desk in Iran

Mohsen Rezaei, a senior commander in Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), has warned the US Navy to keep its vessels, including an aircraft carrier, at a distance from IRGC speed boats in Gulf waters. “Mr Trump, tell your warships not to pass near the Revolutionary Guards boats”, the ISNA news agency cited Rezaei as saying on Tuesday. The remarks came a day after Washington designated the IRGC as a terrorist organisation, in what Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described as a move rooted in America’s “rancour” against the IRGC. “The IRGC is the vanguard both on the field confronting the enemy on [Iranian] borders and even several thousand kilometres away [in Syria] as well as on the political… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC, US


Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter says he was ‘wrong’ to rely on family (interview)

Published 2019-04-09 20:38:52 by News Desk in Iraq

Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter Hareer Hussein Kamel spoke about her new book on her home country, in an interview filmed at an undisclosed location and released on Monday. She revealed she felt Hussein had made some errors of judgement during his tenure, particularly with his family. “My conscience makes me admit that relying on family members only was one of the key mistakes that led to all these things. I was not the only one to suffer from that. Iraqi nationals should know we, family members, have suffered from this. The decision to empower the whole family, bound… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Saddam


Iran’s Suleimani will be viewed the same way as Al-Baghdadi: Pompeo

Published 2019-04-09 19:28:43 by News Desk in Iran, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – In light of the U.S. designating the Islamic Revoluationary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a “terrorist organization”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that Iran’s commander of its Quds Force (IRGC unit), Major General Qassem Suleimani, will be viewed the same way as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. “He’s a terrorist. Qassem Suleimani has the blood of Americans on his hands, as do the forces he leads,” Pompeo told Fox News. “America is determined each time we find an organisation, institution or an individual that has taken the lives of individuals, it… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Pompeo, Suleimani


Video emerges of US allegedly abandoning Libyan coast as Haftar advances on Tripoli

Published 2019-04-09 18:48:43 by News Desk in North-Africa

Video footage of a US Navy and Marine Corps vessel abandoning the Libyan coast not far from Tripoli emerged online on Sunday, raising speculation of escalated security concerns after Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops to move towards Tripoli. The vessel resembles an LCAC hovercraft that is normally used by US forces to transport troops, vehicles and cargo from ship to shore. Prior to this move, head of US Africa Command Marine Corps General Thomas Waldhauser said that the United States was temporarily withdrawing some of its forces from Libya due to the “increasingly complex and unpredictable” security situation.   Source: Sputnik

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Iranian cargo plane delivers military equipment to Syria as Israel watches from afar

Published 2019-04-09 18:32:22 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – An Iranian cargo plane was tracked on Tuesday flying to Syria’s T-4 Airbase in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. According to reports, the Iranian cargo plane traveled from Tehran to the T-4 Airbase, marking the 4th time in the last four days that this aircraft has made the journey. The Iranian cargo plane was likely delivering military equipment to Syria as their previous attempts to do so were often targeted by the Israeli Air Force. The T-4 Airbase is strategically located between the provincial capital of Homs and the ancient city of Palmyra… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria


Russia denies redeploying Su-57 to Syria

Published 2019-04-09 17:51:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) The Russian Ministry of Defense denied that their Su-57 stealth fighters have returned to Syria, despite alleged satellite photos posted by social media users of the warplane at the Hmeimim Airbase. Citing the Russian Ministry of Defense, TV Zvedza reported  that these reports are untrue and that the pictures posted are from an old Google Maps screentshot from 2018. “The photos of Russia’s fifth generation fighter jet at the Hmeimim air base were made back in 2018 during its tests in real combat conditions, and the Russian Defense Ministry officially reported about this,” the TASS News… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Jihadists infiltrate Syrian Army lines to kill several soldiers in northern Hama

Published 2019-04-09 17:36:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) The jihadist rebels launched a surprise attack in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate last night. Led by Ansar Al-Tawhid, the jihadist rebels stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the key town of Taybat Al-Imam in the northern countryside of Hama. The jihadist rebels were able to infiltrate the Syrian Army’s positions and kill at least a half dozen soldiers before retreating back to their own lines. A source from the Syrian military confirmed that there was at least three suicide bombers who detonated their explosive vests after running out of ammunition. Opposition activists… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Japanese F-35 fighter jet reportedly disappears from radar, search underway

Published 2019-04-09 15:21:51 by News Desk in World-News

Japan has 12 operational F-35s, with nearly 150 more on order. The planes are based with the 302nd Squadron at the Misawa Air Base in Aomori, northern Japan. A Japan Air Self-Defence Force F-35 has disappeared from radar screens during a routine training flight, Japanese national broadcaster NHK has reported, citing Defence Ministry sources. According to the military, ground control lost contact with the plane at around 7:27 pm on Tuesday, about 135 km northeast of Misawa city, during training. The plane is believed to have one pilot onboard. Maritime Self-Defence Force patrol aircraft and escort vessels are engaged in… Read on ->

Tags: Japan


Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter speaks out about Iraq’s ‘distorted history’

Published 2019-04-09 01:53:58 by News Desk in Iraq

People have misconceptions of what happened in Iraq, former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter, Hareer Hussein Kamel, told RT. She hopes her new book will set the record straight on of her family. “I chose to write the book to tell the truth. The history of my country has been largely misrepresented,” Kamel said, explaining how she felt “the responsibly to clarify” the way Iraq has been portrayed, as well as addressing the attacks on her own family. Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq for nearly 25 years until he was toppled during a US-led invasion in 2003, and later executed. He was accused… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq


F-35 can’t do this: Russia’s Su-57 stealth fighter has new weapon

Published 2019-04-09 00:46:44 by News Desk in World-News

“In accordance with Russia’s State Armament Program for 2018-2027, Su-57 jet fighters will be equipped with hypersonic missiles. The jet fighters will receive missiles with characteristics similar to that of the Kinzhal missiles, but with inter-body placement and smaller size,” says a defense industry insider. Can this be true? In the prior months, The National Interest discussed the possibility of Russia’s fifth-generation stealth fighter being outfitted with hypersonic Kinzhal missiles. Russian state news reported Kinzhal integration on the Su-57 earlier this week: “In accordance with Russia’s State Armament Program for 2018-2027, Su-57 jet fighters will be equipped with hypersonic missiles…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


Libya: Video emerges of US ship leaving Tripoli amid security concerns

Published 2019-04-09 00:24:27 by News Desk in North-Africa

Footage emerged on social media on Sunday, showing the US vessel leaving the Libyan coast at Palm City in Janzur, in a possible move due to growing security concerns in the country. According to an official statement released by US Africa Command (AFRICOM), the US troops were relocated following the deteriorating security situation, which was reportedly as complex and unpredictable. The move takes place as tensions are rising around Tripoli, with Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) leading to military assault on the capital, which is controlled by the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). It is not… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Iran’s Supreme Council designates US military as ‘terrorist organization’

Published 2019-04-09 00:09:49 by News Desk in Iran

In response to Washington’s decision to put Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on the terrorist list, the Iranian Supreme Security Council declared the US a “terrorist government” while calling the US CENTCOM a terrorist group as well. Following what it called an “unlawful and unreasonable action” of the US, Tehran officially declared the US “a terrorist government and the US Central Command known as CENTCOM as well as all its affiliates a terrorist group,” a statement of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme National Security Council headed by President Hassan Rouhani said. The statement blamed CENTCOM for harming Iran’s national security as well as… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


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