This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Albukamal, SAA, SDF, Syria, Deir_Ezzor, Iraq, Euphrates, Iran, IRGC, Saudi, Idlib, Canada, Duterte, Philippines, Mediterranean, Russia, India, Pakistan, Aleppo, Damascus, ISIS, Sri_Lanka, North_Korea, Turkey, US.

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SDF says no operation planned against Syrian Army in Albukamal, focus is ISIS

Published 2019-04-24 23:34:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have no planned operation against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Deir Ezzor Governorate town of Albukamal, the group’s press office stated on Wednesday. The SDF’s press office also denied any attacks against the Syrian Arab Army, despite claims by opposition activists; these allegations were also denied by the Syrian military. Last week, the Syrian military personnel near Albukamal reported several SDF units moving towards their positions, prompting them to question whether or not the U.S.-backed group was planning to attack. Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi forces later made the same… Read on ->

Tags: Albukamal, SAA, SDF, Syria


Syrian military denies US bombed destroyed 32 government fuel tankers along Iraqi border

Published 2019-04-24 20:03:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Syrian military has denied reports that claimed the U.S. Air Force bombed a government fuel convoy along the Iraqi border last night. Speaking to Al-Masdar from eastern Syria, a source from the Syrian military said any reports claiming the U.S. or Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attacked their troops in Deir Ezzor or anywhere else in Syria are false. The source specifically denied the claims that the U.S. destroyed 32 oil tankers that were crossing into Syria from the Iraqi border city of Al-Qa’im. He would add that most of these claims are coming from… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Iraq, SDF, Syria


Breaking: Ferry carrying fuel catches on fire while traveling on the Euphrates River

Published 2019-04-24 17:19:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – A ferry carrying fuel caught on fire while traveling down the Euphrates River this afternoon, a source told Al-Masdar News. Opposition activists spread rumors that the ferry caught on fire after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attacked the  government’s positions; however, a source near the explosion confirmed that those reports were false. As shown in the video above, it was a ferry that caught on fire while traveling along the Euphrates River in the Deir Ezzor.    

Tags: Euphrates, Syria


US has to ask IRGC to use Strait of Hormuz: Zarif

Published 2019-04-24 17:01:13 by News Desk in Iran

If the US wants to enter the Strait of Hormuz, they will have to talk to the IRGC forces protecting it, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has said. “We believe that Iran will continue to sell its oil. We will continue to find buyers for our oil and we will continue to use the Strait of Hormuz as a safe transit passage for the sale of our oil,” Zarif said, speaking in New York on Wednesday at the Asia Society. “If the United States takes the crazy measure of trying to prevent us from doing that, then it should be prepared for the consequences,” he warned. Zarif accused Washington of pursuing a “very dangerous” policy toward Tehran. According to Zarif, President Trump… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC


Iran threatens stability in Middle East by supporting ‘terrorists’ – Saudi Deputy Defense Minister

Published 2019-04-24 14:34:25 by News Desk in Gulf, Lebanon, Iran, Middleeast

Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman delivered a speech at the opening session of the 8th Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday. Commenting on the conference itself, Saudi official noted that: “it is not surprising that this initiative is coming from friendly country of Russia that we have brotherly relationship with historically.” “Our cooperation and participation of Saudi Arabia in this conference is underpinned by our interest in continuing the efforts of the world community to strengthen peace and security”, he continued. Bin Salman went on to criticise Iran, saying the country threatens the stability of the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi


Several Syrian soldiers killed in jihadist ambush near Idlib axis

Published 2019-04-24 14:14:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed on Wednesday when a group of jihadist rebels ambushed their positions in northwestern Hama. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels carried out the ambush at the outskirts of Al-Hakoura, which is a town near the front-lines in northwestern Hama. According to a military source, the Syrian Army was caught off guard by the ambush because they were changing guard at the time of the attack by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The source said at least eleven soldiers have been confirmed killed-in-action; this number could jump in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Duterte threatens war with Canada over garbage, says Philippines ‘can handle them anyway’

Published 2019-04-24 13:13:38 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has threatened to “go to war” with Canada if they do not take back tons of trash a Canadian company shipped to Manila several years ago. “I’ll give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that (trash) out,” he said Tuesday, according to CNN Philippines. “We’ll declare war against them, we can handle them anyway.” According to CNN Philippines, 103 containers holding 2,450 tons of trash were shipped to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014. The containers were labeled as plastics for recycling, but inspectors… Read on ->

Tags: Canada, Duterte, Philippines


US warship enters eastern Mediterranean to send message to Russia in Syria

Published 2019-04-24 12:52:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – The U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, reportedly boarded one of two U.S. aircraft carriers that entered the Mediterranean waters on Tuesday to deliver a stern warning to the Russians, CNN reported on Wednesday. Huntsman reportedly observed the operations of 9,000 sailors and marines, 130 aircraft and ten ships aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, which is making its first trip to the Mediterranean Sea. “When you have 200,000 tons of diplomacy that is cruising in the Mediterranean,” Huntsman told CNN, “this is forward-operating diplomacy — nothing else need to be said.” According to the publication,… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria


Is Russia’s T-14 Armata the best tank in the world?

Published 2019-04-24 12:28:03 by News Desk in World-News

rom anti-slip coating to on-site lavatories, not a month goes by without news of yet another addition to the T-14 Armata tank’s burgeoning features list. As with many of their other upcoming flagship weapons, the Russian Defense Ministry often supplements these revelations with a steady trickle of in-depth manufacturer insights. One of the most recent comes courtesy of Armata Deputy Head Engineer Andrei Makhnin, who spoke with the official television channel of the Russian Defense Department, Zvezda, about Armata’s 7.62 mm machine gun: “to facilitate the use of a 7.62 mm tank-mounted machine gun outside of tank formation, we developed a remote reloading mechanism…. Read on ->

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Tags: Russia


Pakistan test fires its own anti-ship cruise missile in north Arabian Sea (video)

Published 2019-04-24 11:25:26 by News Desk in World-News

The Pakistan Navy has successfully test fired a domestically-developed anti-ship cruise missile from a fast attack craft in the North Arabian Sea on Tuesday. This was revealed by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media arm of the Pakistan Armed Forces in a press release. “The missile accurately hit its target on land, signifying the impressive capabilities of the indigenous missile system. The successful live weapon firing has once again demonstrated the credible firepower of Pakistan Navy and the impeccable level of indigenisation in high-tech weaponry achieved by Pakistan’s defence industry,” the statement read. ​The Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice-admiral Kaleem Shaukat, witnessed the live firing on board a Pakistan Navy ship. Amid tensions… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


Syrian soldiers recount being tortured by Turkish-backed rebels

Published 2019-04-24 11:05:32 by News Desk in Syria

Nine Syrian soldiers were set free in exchange for the release of nine Turkish-backed militants in the al-Tadef area of the Aleppo Governorate on Monday. The prisoner swap was conducted under the surveillance of Russian and Turkish troops, who have been monitoring this front since 2016. One freed Syrian soldiers, who returned to the government’controlled area, commented that “They [militants] tortured me a lot because I was a soldier. I was very humiliated. I was mocked like a dog. I haven’t seen my father for 12 years.” Another civilian freed from the militants said that “I still have signs of… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Breaking: Two powerful explosions hit Syrian gov’t and opposition areas

Published 2019-04-24 10:36:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – A massive blast hit the Idlib Governorate city of Jisr Al-Shughour this morning, resulting in tens of casualties. According to preliminary reports from opposition activists in Idlib, a car bomb was detonated inside a popular part of the city. Meanwhile, in Damascus, a car bomb was detonated in the Nahr Eshe District, which is located in the southern part of the city. No casualties have been reported from the explosion in southern Damascus. No group has claimed responsibility for either attack. Update (10:40 A.M): One person killed and five others wounded in the Nahr Eshe District…. Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Idlib, Syria


Sri Lanka: Church releases new footage of ISIS suicide bomber patting young girl’s head before blast

Published 2019-04-24 10:18:17 by News Desk in World-News

On Sunday, Sri Lanka was hit by a series of coordinated bombings in churches and hotels in the capital of Colombo and other cities, killing over 300 people and wounding at least 500 others. In recently revealed CCTV footage, one of the seven suspected suicide bombers is seen stopping to pat a girl on the head minutes before detonating a bomb. The footage, released by St. Sebastian Church, shows a man wearing a backpack, approaching the altar in the crowded church. At least 321 people were killed and a further 450 were injured on Sunday, during Easter weekend, in eight… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Sri_Lanka


North Korean leader makes historic visit to Russia

Published 2019-04-24 09:53:25 by News Desk in World-News

The armored train carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has left the border station of Hasan and is heading toward Ussuriysk, member of the Hasansky district’s Duma Natalya Karpova told TASS on Wednesday. “The train has left for Ussuriysk. Koreans took several balloons with them which they got in Hasan,” Karpova said. In Hasan, Kim Jong Un was met by Russian Minister for the Far East and the Arctic Alexander Kozlov, Primorsky region Governor Oleg Kozhemyako, Russian Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora. The North Korean leader visited the House of Russian-Korean Friendship, also known as “The House of… Read on ->

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Tags: North_Korea, Russia


Syrian Army reinforcements head to central Syria to stop ongoing ISIS expansion

Published 2019-04-24 09:27:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:05 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has deployed a number of units to the central Syria front as the recent string of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) has threatened the security of the region. According to a report from Palmyra, the Syrian Arab Army sent these reinforcements to the Al-Sukhnah area in order to clear the mountains in the northeastern part of the Homs Governorate. Most recently, the Islamic State managed to capture some territory near the small town of Al-Kawm; this prompted the Syrian military and their allies from Liwaa Al-Quds to step up their operations along… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Russia rolls out new killer nuclear submarine with underwater drones

Published 2019-04-24 08:44:27 by News Desk in World-News

The Project 09852 special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine Belgorod that will be the first carrier of Poseidon strategic underwater drones was floated out at the Sevmash Shipyard in north Russia on Tuesday, TASS reports from the scene. Russian President Vladimir Putin watched the submarine’s launch ceremony via a TV link-up. As Sevmash Head Mikhail Budnichenko said during the ceremony of floating out the submarine from the slipway, “the enterprise’s shipbuilders will fulfill all the tasks of building ships within the established timeframe and with high quality.” After that, Ship Commander Captain First Rank Anton Alyokhin traditionally smashed a bottle of champagne against… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Jihadist rebels launch new attack on western Aleppo

Published 2019-04-24 08:11:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a fresh attack on the western part of Aleppo city last night, hitting a number of densely populated areas. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham reportedly began their assault by launching several artillery shells and rockets towards the New Aleppo District; this would cause significant damage to a few buildings in the residential zones. Following the attack on New Aleppo, the jihadist rebels shifted their attention to the Al-Khaldiyeh District and Nile Street, where they would launch a barrage of artillery shells towards these areas. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA)… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkey not giving up S-400 sale in exchange for F-35: FM

Published 2019-04-24 07:35:50 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkish media earlier carried reports about possible purchase by Turkey of Russian Su-57 fighters in the event the United States refuses to supply Turkey with F-35 fighters. “Why do we buy S-400 [air defense systems]? Because we have an urgent need for an air defense system. We are already partners in the F-35 manufacturing program, we participate in this project, we have paid the necessary amount. There are currently no problems with this. But in the worst case scenario, we will have to satisfy our need in another place, where the best technologies will be offered,” Cavusoglu said. Mevlut Cavusoglu has also noted that Ankara had no intention to hand over S-400 air defense missile systems… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey, US


Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone has only strengthened the jihadists

Published 2019-04-24 00:41:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Russian and Turkish presidents reached an agreement on September 17th, 2018 to implement a 20km-deep “demilitarized zone” along the Syrian Arab Army-jihadist front-lines in the Idlib, Hama, Latakia, and Aleppo governorates. However, despite claims of successfully implementing the Sochi Agreement by both Russia and and Turkey, the reality is that there is no demilitarized zone and there is no ceasefire. In fact, the Sochi Agreement has done little to end the violence that is plaguing northwestern Syria. The agreement itself is nothing more than Turkey protecting their interests in Idlib while they send their… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey


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