This is a summary of 12 AMN articles on the following subjects: Venezuela, Idlib, Syria, Turkey, Colombia, Hama, Gaza, Israeli Snipers, Palestinians Killed, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Latakia, Maduro, US.

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Military intervention in Venezuela is allegedly ‘imminent’: reports

Published 2019-05-03 23:46:18 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – A Venezuelan media group alleged on Friday that military intervention in Venezuela is ‘imminent’. Citing “reliable sources”, Noticias Venezuela claimed that military intervention was imminent in Venezuela, adding that the operation will last as long as their is resistance. https://twitter.com/noticiasvenezue/status/1124400398230589440?s=21 The Venezuelan media group did not specify who their sources are, nor did they specify which foreign forces would be carrying out the alleged intervention. However, over the last 72 hours, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump have repeatedly said they have not ruled out military intervention in Venezuela. On Friday, Trump held a… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


New map of upcoming Idlib offensive

Published 2019-05-03 23:05:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The long-awaited battle for the demilitarized zone in northwestern Syria is set to begin in the coming days as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies attempt to capture this area from the militant forces. According to a military source from the government stronghold of Mhardeh, the Syrian Army offensive will be led by their elite Tiger Forces, 4th Armored Division, and Republican Guard. In addition to these Syrian Army divisions, the 5th Corps, National Defense Forces (NDF), Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and 11th Tank Division will also be participating in this offensive…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syria will not allow Turkey to occupy its land: Mikdad

Published 2019-05-03 22:32:27 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad says Damascus  “will not allow Turkey to control even one centimeter of the Syrian territory,” stressing that Ankara should know that “Damascus will not accept the survival of militant groups” in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib. “The Damascus government’s resolution is to liberate every inch of the Syrian territory, and Idlib is no exception,” Mikdad said in an exclusive interview with the Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network. He added, “The Turks and others should know that the Syrian government is determined to recover all of Syrian soil. Turkey must also understand… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Fierce clashes breakout along Colombian-Venezuelan border as tensions rise between opposition, gov’t

Published 2019-05-03 22:11:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – Fierce clashes reportedly broke out along the Colombian-Venezuelan border today, as opposition and government groups confronted one another on the Simon Bolivar Bridge. https://twitter.com/conflictsw/status/1124383509987115015?s=21 The situation is still not clear, pro-opposition accounts claim that pro-government collectivos and pro-Guaido supporters engaged in an intense shootout at the Simon Bolivar Bridge. This shootout comes just two days after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido announced the last phase of his attempt to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro. The Venezuelan government has responded to Guaido’s announcement by calling on their supporters to take to the streets and protest… Read on ->

Tags: Colombia, Venezuela


[Graphic 18+] Turkish-backed rebels drag bodies of dead Syrian soldiers with vehicle in northern Hama

Published 2019-05-03 21:54:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:35 P.M.) – The militants in northern Hama tied the bodies of two dead Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers to the back of a vehicle and dragged them along a road in an undisclosed part of the governorate. https://twitter.com/rojavacudi/status/1124384484449767424?s=21 The two soldiers were not identified. The military personnel were likely killed early on Friday when the jihadist rebels or Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham attacked the Syrian Arab Army south of Qal’at Al-Madiq. Currently, two major rebel groups are active in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate: the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Both of these… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army attempts first advance in northwest Hama

Published 2019-05-03 21:36:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 P.M.) – Fierce clashes broke out this evening in northwestern Hama after the Syrian Arab Army attempted to advance at the Qal’at Al-Madiq axis. According to a military source in the town of Mhardeh, the Syrian Arab Army attempted to bypass the militant positions and score an advance at this front near the Idlib Governorate axis. No advance has been reported as of yet; however, a source told Al-Masdar that this is likely just a preliminary offensive to test the defenses of the militant forces. Prior to this attack, the militants infiltrated the Syrian military’s positions south… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria


Israel Airstrikes Gaza and Shoots Protesters- 3 Dead, 60+ Injured

Published 2019-05-03 21:26:44 by Robert Inlakesh in Middleeast, Palestine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:15 P.M)- Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli drone strikes and another by sniper fire, as Palestinian resistance returns fire in Gaza. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least 50 protesters were injured and one killed today during Gaza’s ‘Great Return March’ protests. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, announced tonight that 19 year old, Raed Khalil Abu Tair, had been killed by Israeli sniper fire, which had hit him in the abdomen. Towards the end of this Fridays demonstrations, Palestinian snipers returned fire at the Israeli snipers for shooting unarmed civilians, resulting… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israeli Snipers, Palestinians Killed


Syria, Iran, Iraq to form joint bank as construction of international railway begins

Published 2019-05-03 20:29:59 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

During a press conference on the sidelines of 24th Iran International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition dubbed “Iran Oil Show 2019”, Iranian official Saeed Mohammad said, “Planning is underway for setting up a joint bank between Iran, Iraq, and Syria for restoration of banking and financial relationship in central banks of the three countries.” Since the implementation of the Trump administration’s sanctions, the private sector has promised to cooperate and collaborate with the Khatam al-Anbiya construction headquarters in order to fill the vacant place of foreign companies in the Iranian oil industry, he added. Turning to the Persian Gulf… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria


Several Syrian soldiers killed by jihadist rebels along Idlib-Hama axis

Published 2019-05-03 20:12:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed on Friday when the jihadist rebels carried out two powerful missile strikes on their positions along the Hama-Idlib axis. According to a report from northwest Syria, the jihadist rebels scored two direct hits on two Syrian Arab Army vehicles that were traveling south of the key town of Qal’at Al-Madiq. The Syrian Arab Army has since responded to these missile strikes by launching a number of airstrikes over the area between Qal’at Al-Madiq and Kafr Nabl. A source from the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar earlier this… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Israel had nukes during 1967 War, was ready to use them: report

Published 2019-05-03 17:20:15 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Israel neither confirms nor denies that it has a nuclear arsenal, although experts estimate that the country has between 80 and 400 nuclear warheads. What has not been previously confirmed, until now, is that the country had access to such weapons during the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, and was ready to deploy them if threatened with defeat. Israel had amassed enough plutonium for between two and three nuclear bombs during the Six-Day War, Elie Geisler, a former radiation-safety officer tasked with guarding one of the radioactive “packages,” has revealed in testimony for Israeli-American nuclear history specialist Dr Avner Cohen. “I would stand in this small room and… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria


Jihadist rebels launch new attack in northeastern Latakia

Published 2019-05-03 16:57:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new attack on Friday that targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions inside the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels attempted to infiltrate the Syrian Army’s positions near the town of Nibh Almur; this attack was partially successful as they managed to kill a few soldiers. Following the infiltration attempt, a fierce battle broke out between the two warring parties, resulting in heavy casualties for all involved. The clashes have since died down after many of the jihadist rebels retreated back to… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


US, Venezuelan military had secret deal to arrest Maduro: reports

Published 2019-05-03 16:19:24 by News Desk in World-News

One of the negotiators on the Venezuelan side was allegedly Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, who is thought to have had a last-minute change of heart. The Trump administration had an agreement in place with Venezuela’s military that President Nicolas Maduro would be arrested during this week’s attempted coup, the Spanish newspaper ABC reports, citing a source in the US National Security Council. Washington apparently reached the deal with Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez via phone talks conducted over the past few months. Padrino, alongside other ministers and generals, is said to have accepted the agreements drafted by the self-proclaimed acting president, Juan Guaido. This roadmap would include a call… Read on ->

Tags: Maduro, US, Venezuela


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