This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Raqqa, Syria, US, Israel, Lebanon, Dhale, Houthi, Yemen, China, France, Taiwan, Mediterranean, Russia, Haftar, Libya, Tripoli, UAE, Armenia, Erdogan, Turkey, Latakia, North_Korea, South_Korea, Idlib, ISIS, Palmyra, UK.

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US Coalition killed over 1,600 people during Raqqa operation: monitor

Published 2019-04-25 22:56:16 by News Desk in Syria

The US-backed assault to drive Islamic State from its Syrian capital Raqqa in 2017 killed more than 1,600 civilians, 10 times the toll the coalition itself has acknowledged, Amnesty International and the monitoring group Airwars said Thursday. Amnesty and Airwars, a London-based group set up in 2014 to monitor the impact of the US-led campaign against Islamic State, spent 18 months researching civilian deaths including two months on the ground in Raqqa, they said. “Our conclusive finding after all this is that the US-led coalition’s military offensive [US, UK and French forces] directly caused more than 1,600 civilian deaths in… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria, US

Developing: Israeli warplanes spotted near Syrian border

Published 2019-04-25 22:30:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 P.M.) – Israeli warplanes were tracked entering southern Lebanon this evening and moving towards the Jabal Sheikh (Mount Hermon) region near the Syrian border. According to a Syrian military source in Damascus, their air defense units are on high alert as the Israeli Air Force often takes this flight path to bomb the western governorates of Homs and Damascus. Earlier this month, the Israeli Air Force heavily bombarded the key city of Masyaf, where they struck a weapons storage and suspected Iranian military base. While the S-300 was present in the Masyaf area, the Syrian Air Force… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria

Watch Houthi operation that led to capture of strategic area

Published 2019-04-25 22:12:27 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:55 P.M.) – The Houthi forces launched an important offensive earlier this week to capture a key district in the Dhale Governorate of Yemen. Backed by heavy drone and artillery strikes, the Houthi forces stormed the strategic Husha District in a bid to expel the pro-government troops from this area of Yemen. According to the official media of the Houthi forces, their fighters managed to capture the Husha District after overrunning the pro-government troops on Tuesday. Since capturing this district, the Houthi forces have secured the area and begun clearing nearby hilltops in order to avoid any… Read on ->

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Tags: Dhale, Houthi, Yemen

Chinese Navy scares off French ship in Taiwan Strait

Published 2019-04-25 21:32:35 by News Desk in World-News

The Chinese navy warned off a French warship which entered the Taiwan Strait earlier this month, Beijing said on Thursday, adding that it had submitted an official protest to Paris over the move. According to the Chinese Defence Ministry, the French warship “illegally entered China’s territorial waters” on 7 April. Reuters has, meanwhile, cited a French Defence Ministry source as saying that the French navy “transits through the Taiwan Strait once a year on average without any incident or reaction”. Paris, has, meanwhile, stressed that it affirms right to “freedom of shipping” amid spat with China over the Taiwan Strait passages, AFP reports. This comes after Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) said earlier this month… Read on ->

Tags: China, France, Taiwan

Russia begins naval drills off Syrian coast as US aircraft carriers enter Mediterranean

Published 2019-04-25 20:08:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Several loud explosions could be heard inside the Syrian coastal governorate of Tartous, today, as the Russian Navy conducted large-scale drills in the eastern Mediterranean. According to a source in Tartous, the Russian Navy was conducting drills with the Syrian military, adding that they were not concerned with the presence of two U.S. aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean waters. Earlier this week, two U.S. aircraft carriers, with U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman onboard, entered the Mediterranean as a show of force against the Russians. “When you have 200,000 tons of diplomacy that is cruising in the… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria, US

Breaking: Haftar-led Libyan Army captures key area en route to Tripoli

Published 2019-04-25 19:38:59 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) scores an imperative advance this evening after a fierce battle with the rival Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. Backed by heavy airstrikes, the forces loyal to Benghazi-based Field Marshal General Khalifa Haftar managed to crack the GNA’s lines in the Al-Aziziyeh area, forcing the latter to retreat north towards Tripoli. The withdrawal of the GNA forces from Al-Aziziyeh ends the week-long battle for the area and puts the LNA in position to make a big push to reach the southern outskirts of Tripoli city. Earlier this week, the LNA… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Tripoli

UAE woman wakes up from 27-year-long coma

Published 2019-04-25 19:19:54 by News Desk in Gulf

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has awoken from a 27-year-long coma after suffering a serious injury in a traffic accident in 1991, the UAE-based The National newspaper reported. Mounira Abdullah, 59, suffered a severe brain injury in 1991 after a car she was traveling in collided with a bus on the way to pick-up her son from school. Her son, Omar Webair, was four-years-old at the time of the accident, but was left unscathed at the time because his mother had cradled and protected him during the moment of impact. Her brother-in-law,… Read on ->

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Tags: UAE

Erdogan calls ‘relocation’ of Armenians in 1915 as ‘most reasonable action’ by Turkey

Published 2019-04-25 19:07:44 by News Desk in Middleeast, Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:35 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued this week his annual denial of atrocities committed against the Armenian people during the start of World War I. However, the Turkish President took it one step further this year by justifying the deportation of the Armenian people and their subsequent genocide along the road to the Syrian Desert. Erdogan said, “the relocation of the Armenian gangs and their supporters, who massacred the Muslim people, including women and children, in eastern Anatolia, was the most reasonable action that could be taken in such a period.” He added that “the doors… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Erdogan, Turkey

Jihadist attack spreads to town with large Russian presence in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-04-25 18:37:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels have expanded their assault in Latakia, today, to the town of Slunfeh in the northeastern part of the governorate. According to a local source, several grad missiles struck Slunfeh around 5:45 P.M. (local time), causing a number of explosions inside the mountainous town. No casualties have been reported as of yet. The Russian military currently has a large presence in the area, as Slunfeh overlooks the Al-Ghaab Plain from its western flank. Furthrermore, Slunfeh sits atop of the mountains that overlook much of northeastern Latakia; it has provided the Russian military an… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

North Korea vows military response to US-South Korea drills

Published 2019-04-25 18:13:54 by News Desk in World-News

The North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country condemned South Korea on Thursday for conducting joint air force drills with the United States on the Korean Peninsula and promised a reciprocal response from the country’s own armed forces. “South Korean authorities run against the reconciliation process on the Korean Peninsula and such perfidy greatly disappoints us… Wind naturally brings waves. Since the South Korean authorities together with the United States became overt in their military provocations against our republic, there will be a corresponding response from our military,” the committee’s statement said. The two-week exercise started on Monday, and are a scaled-back version of the… Read on ->

Tags: North_Korea, South_Korea, US

New Russian attacks in Idlib are a prelude to the Syrian Army’s offensive: expert

Published 2019-04-25 17:42:05 by News Desk in Syria

A well-known Syrian military expert stated that the recent airstrikes launched by the Russian Air Force against the jihadist rebels in the Idlib Governorate are a prelude to the upcoming Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive along the Hama-Idlib axis. Syrian military expert, Ali Maqsoud, told the Arabic-language version of the Sputnik News Agency on Thursday that a jihadist chemical weapons factory had been destroyed, thus foiling Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s plot to carry out an attack before he next round of the Astana Peace Talks in the Kazakh capital. He said that the leader of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and founder of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Breaking: Jihadists launch powerful attack on Latakia city

Published 2019-04-25 17:23:25 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the Jabal Al-Akrad region near the Turkish border have unleashed a plethora of missiles towards the southern part of Latakia city. According to a source inside Latakia, the jihadist rebels fired a number grad missiles towards the Ramel Jnoubi District in the provincial capital. This missile attack resulted in heavy damage to a number of buildings, but the total number of casualties is still unknown at this time, the source added. The last time the jihadist rebels attacked Latakia city, both the Russian and Syrian air forces retaliated by launching airstrikes… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

ISIS has plans to retake Palmyra from Syrian Army

Published 2019-04-25 15:37:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist group is allegedly planning an offensive to retake the ancient city of Palmyra in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. A source from the Syrian Army in eastern Homs said they have discovered an Islamic State plot to not only retake land in central Syria, but also recapture the key city of Palmyra in the process. The source said the Islamic State knows capturing Palmyra would be a great benefit to them because the Syrian and Russian air forces can only carry out limited airstrikes in the area because… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Palmyra, Syria

FBI files reveal how Hitler allegedly lost his mustache, fled to Argentina

Published 2019-04-25 15:17:46 by News Desk in World-News

A declassified trove of heavily redacted documents belonging to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has revealed that in 1945, the agency was tipped off about Nazi German leader Adolf Hitler allegedly escaping from the victorious Allied troops in a submarine and hiding in Argentina. According to the information, which the FBI then forwarded to the military intelligence, Hitler arrived in the South American country along with about 50 other people – possibly Nazi officials and their family members — and went into hiding “in foothills of the southern Andes”. The FBI’s sources also claimed that by the time of his arrival to Argentina, Hitler had been suffering from ulcers and asthma, and had shaved off his famous moustache. The sources… Read on ->


Syria demands immediate withdrawal of US, French, British, and Turkish forces

Published 2019-04-25 00:17:29 by News Desk in Syria

The withdrawal of British, US, Turkish and French troops, which are in Syria illegally, guarantees the end of war crimes in the country, Syrian Deputy Defense Minister Mahmoud al-Shawa said at the Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday. “We demand that the illegal presence of foreign troops of the US, France, Britain and Turkey on our soil should be stopped and the international alliance disbanded. That guarantees the end of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by them,” he stressed. Al-Shawa stressed that the political process is “the Syrian people’s property.” “All political issues should be tackled by… Read on ->

Tags: France, Syria, Turkey, UK, US

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