This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Qatar, Syria, Euphrates, ISIS, Iran, Albukamal, Iraq, Japan, US, Venezuela, China, Russia, Aleppo, Pakistan, Idlib, Libya, Tripoli, Hezbollah, Deir_Ezzor, Pompeo.

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In rare move, Syrian gov’t allows Qatari aircraft to use airspace

Published 2019-04-22 23:47:01 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Syrian government has allegedly allowed Qatar Airways to use their airspace this evening, Al-Arabia TV reported, as well as pro-government social media activists. According to the reports, Qatar Airways was granted a rare pass to use Syria’s airspace despite the fact the country has no diplomatic relations with Damascus. The small Gulf nation has arguably been one of the biggest backers of the Syrian opposition, as they have not only provided them political support, but also weapons to fight the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Qatar was one of the first countries to cut off… Read on ->

Tags: Qatar, Syria


Breaking: Fierce clashes breakout in eastern Deir Ezzor as large group of ISIS terrorists cross the Euphrates

Published 2019-04-22 22:46:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist group managed to sneak out of the Baghouz Mountain region in eastern Deir Ezzor and cross the Euphrates River this evening. According to a military source in nearby Homs, the Islamic State terrorists reached the town of Al-Sayyal in eastern Deir Ezzor, where they were eventually spotted by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Once the Syrian Army spotted the ISIS terrorists in Al-Sayyal, a fierce battle would ensue between the two parties. Intense clashes are still ongoing at this moment, as the Syrian Arab Army looks to eliminate all of… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, ISIS, Syria


Iran responds to Trump by threatening to block US from important shipping route

Published 2019-04-22 18:43:51 by News Desk in Iran

The Strait of Hormuz is a key strategic waterway situated between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, with about 20 percent of the world’s oil and about a third of all petroleum shipped by sea passing through it. Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri stated on Monday that if Iran is not allowed to export oil through the Hormuz Strait, it would react immediately. “The Hormuz Strait, based on law is an international shipping route and if we are banned from using it, we will close it”, he told TV channel Al-Alam. The statement comes amid growing tensions between Tehran and Washington, as earlier in April, the US blacklisted… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


US plotting to expel Syrian Army, IRGC from key border town: Al-Watan

Published 2019-04-22 17:18:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper claimed on Monday that the U.S.-backed Jaysh Mughawar Al-Thura is forcing tens of youth from the al-Rukban Camp to join their ranks in the al-Tanf region near the Iraqi border. Citing sources from the U.S.-backed group, Al-Watan said these new personnel are going through intensive military training for a major battle in the near future. The newspaper said these forces will  attempt to expel the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the key border town of Albukamal and large town of Al-Maydeen in rural Deir Ezzor…. Read on ->

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Tags: Albukamal, Syria


Iraqi special forces conduct airborne operation to kill 7 ISIS leaders

Published 2019-04-22 15:25:12 by News Desk in Iraq

Iraqi security forces on Sunday killed seven leaders of the Islamic State (IS) militant group in the eastern province of Diyala, a security source said. A joint force of the Iraqi intelligence service and Counter-Terrorism Service conducted airdrop operations on IS hideouts in Himreen mountain range, some 65 km east of the provincial capital Baquba, Sadiq al-Husseini, head of the security committee in Diyala’s provincial council, told Xinhua. The operations resulted in the killing of seven IS leaders in Diyala, including Abu Idris, dealing the latest major blow to the extremist group in the province, al-Husseini said. The killed leaders… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


Japan’s F-35 fighter jet crash blow to US marketing plan: experts

Published 2019-04-22 14:35:47 by News Desk in World-News

The US’ plan to market its advanced F-35 stealth fighter jet in the Asia-Pacific region and even around the world could suffer a blow after Japan’s Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that a Japanese F-35A crashed, said military experts. A Lockheed Martin F-35A of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) disappeared off the radar in northern Japan during a Tuesday evening drill. Parts from the warplane’s tail fins were later discovered at sea before Japan’s Defense Ministry confirmed the crash on Wednesday morning, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported Wednesday. The pilot is still missing. This is the first time an F-35A,… Read on ->

Tags: Japan, US


Russian diplomat warns US military invasion of Venezuela may become reality

Published 2019-04-22 14:14:30 by News Desk in World-News

Washington’s use of military force against Caracas may be a real scenario rather than just an abstraction, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday. “The United States has been making statements about a military scenario against Venezuela more frequently,” Zakharova said. In this regard, she criticized a Foreign Policy magazine interview of head of US Southern Command Admiral Craig Faller. “His tough and aggressive tone once again confirms our fears that the US military operation in Venezuela is not just an abstraction but a possible reality,” the Russian diplomat noted. According to Foreign Policy, when… Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela


In video: Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov arrives in Qingdao for Chinese Navy anniversary celebration

Published 2019-04-22 13:57:07 by News Desk in World-News

Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov arrived at China’s port city of Qingdao on Sunday, to take part in celebration of 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. The warship was welcomed by the Russian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Andrei Denisov and marines belonging to the PLA Navy. The naval parade will take place on April 23 with more than 60 countries expected to send their naval delegations.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: China, Russia


Breaking: Russian Air Force unleashes massive attack in western Aleppo

Published 2019-04-22 13:27:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has unleashed a massive attack over the western countryside of Aleppo this afternoon. According to a military source in Aleppo city, the Russian Air Force has joined the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in heavily bombarding Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham’s positions in the western part of the governorate. The source said the Russian airstrikes have hit Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in Kafr Hamra, Ma’arat Al-Artik, and several other sites along the western and northwestern axes of the Aleppo Governorate. Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army kicked off the attack by launching several surface-to-surface… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Syrian Army lets loose massive attack on western Aleppo

Published 2019-04-22 12:43:19 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a heavy assault across the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this morning, hitting several areas under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Using surface-to-surface missiles and heavy artillery, the Syrian Arab Army hammered Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in the Anadan Plain, Rashideen suburb, and Khan Al-Assal. The Syrian Arab Army is still pounding Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions as they retaliate for the jihadist group’s recent attacks. In response to the Syrian Army’s attack this morning, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham fired several rockets and artillery shells towards the western districts… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Breaking: Iran, Pakistan announce joint border force

Published 2019-04-22 12:25:35 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Iran on 21 April on a state visit to discuss security and regional issues, according to Iranian state TV. Iran and Pakistan will form a joint “reaction force” on the border between the two countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stated as cited by AFP. “We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combatting terrorism”, Rouhani was quoted as saying, following months of intensified relations between the two countries over attacks on both sides of the border. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is on an official working visit to Iran on 21-22 April at Rouhani’s invitation. Khan is also scheduled to hold talks with members of the Iranian and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pakistan


Syrian Army kills jihadist named ‘Bin Laden’ and 2 associates in west Aleppo

Published 2019-04-22 11:50:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:35 A.M.) – Over the weekend, the special forces branch of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham carried out an operation behind the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) lines in the western part of Aleppo city. The attack would prove successful as the jihadist rebels killed 19 Syrian soldiers that were entrenched in the Aqrab area of western Aleppo. During the attack, however, the jihadist rebels also lost a number of fighters, including a Yemeni militant. Three of the jihadist rebels that were killed by the Syrian Arab Army were identified as the following: Saiyaf Al-Sanaani (Yemeni national) Bin Laden Al-Baniyasi (Syrian)… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Russian aircraft to carry out ‘observation flight’ over US

Published 2019-04-22 11:32:16 by News Desk in World-News

A group of Russian inspectors will conduct an observation flight over the United States’ territory on April 22-27, Head of the National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergey Ryzhkov said, according to Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. “In the framework of implementing the international Treaty on Open Skies a Russian group of inspectors plans to perform an observation flight on a Russian aircraft Tu-214ON over the United States’ territory,” the newspaper writes on Monday. US specialists onboard the Russian aircraft will ensure control over the compliance with the rules on using surveillance equipment and provisions envisaged by the treaty. Besides, on April 23-27… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


Four jihadists mysteriously gunned down in southern Idlib

Published 2019-04-22 11:10:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Four jihadist rebels were gunned down mysteriously on Sunday after a group of unknown assailants opened fire on them in the southern countryside of the Idlib governorate. According to pro-militant media, four memebrs of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham were killed while they were traveling near the town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. In the past, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) sleeper cells have carried out similar attacks like this, prompting Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham to launch a security operation to crack down on these strikes. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Latest map update of Tripoli battle

Published 2019-04-22 10:53:05 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) continued their offensive at the outskirts of Tripoli this past weekend, scoring new advances against their rival forces from the Government of National Accord (GNA). According to reports, the Libyan National Army captured the power station that is located north of the small town of Al-Hirah. Following the capture of the power station, the Libyan National Army moved to the key town of Aziziyah, which was lost by their forces during the GNA’s counter-offensive. The Libyan National Army is now heavily bombarding the capital city and its surroundings as they… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Flashback: Hezbollah enters Syrian War in April 2013

Published 2019-04-22 10:14:20 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – Hezbollah’s entry in the Syrian War began six-years-ago when they led the offensive to help the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) retake the strategic border crossing at Al-Qusayr. Prior to Hezbollah’s intervention, the Syrian Arab Army had been bogged down at several fronts, including rural Homs, Aleppo, Damascus, and Deir Ezzor. At the time of the Al-Qusayr offensive in the Spring of 2013, the Lebanese border with Syria’s Qalamoun Mountain region had been fully under the control of the rebels, making it nearly impossible for the Syrian government to stop the arms flow to the militants… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Syria


Syrian Army eliminates fleeing ISIS terrorists in eastern Deir Ezzor

Published 2019-04-22 09:19:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – A group of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists were caught by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attempting to flee the Baghouz Mountain region in eastern Deir Ezzor over the weekend. According to a report from Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Arab Army opened fire on the fleeing Islamic State fighters, killing and wounding most of them before they could reach a safe area along the western bank of the Euphrates River. The report said the Islamic State terrorists that holed up in the Baghouz Mountain are becoming desperate as they are cutoff from all supply lines and… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, ISIS, Syria


Iraq sentences first repatriated ISIS terrorists from Syria to death

Published 2019-04-22 08:50:49 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) Iraq has sentenced four Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists that were recently repatriated from Syria to death for their crimes, the AFP News Agency reported on Monday. This is the first known sentence for hundreds of Iraqi jihadists that were repatriated from Syria over the last few months. In early April, Iraq’s specialized terrorism courts began preparing cases against nearly 900 Iraqis accused of joining IS. They had been caught in Syria by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, and transferred to Iraqi authorities. On Sunday, the judiciary said it… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria


Syrian Army says claims of infighting between Russian, Iranian forces are ‘lies’

Published 2019-04-22 08:33:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – An officer from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar on Sunday evening that all claims of infighting between the Russian and Iranian armed forces are ‘lies’. “These lies are spread by terrorist supporters,” the officer said, adding “we are in Deir Ezzor, there are no problems between any of us.” The “terrorist supporters” is a reference to opposition activists and media who began spreading these reports last week. According to their claims, the Iranian and Russian forces clashed near the Deir Ezzor Governorate town of Al-Mayadeen; this allegedly resulted in two Russian soldiers being… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Iran, Russia, Syria


Pompeo says US not seeking military intervention in Iran

Published 2019-04-22 07:21:40 by News Desk in Iran

In a closed-door meeting with 15 Iranian-American community leaders at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel last Monday, Pompeo said the Trump administration is “not going to do a military exercise inside Iran”,  the news portal Axios reported, citing three sources that were in the room, including one who took detailed contemporaneous notes. During the meeting, Pompeo reportedly was asked, “If regime change does not occur internally what is the endgame?” the US Secretary of State responded that the administration is “careful not to use the language of regime change” and has no plans to intervene in Iran with military forces. When asked if the administration had considered the possibility of a coup, Pompeo… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo, US


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