This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: CIA, Venezuela, Latakia, Syria, US, Hama, Idlib, Qatar, Aleppo, Guaido, Moscow, Russia, China, Iran, Hmeimim.

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Venezuelan FM accuses CIA of orchestrating coup attempt

Published 2019-05-06 17:36:29 by News Desk in World-News

There is a plan made by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) behind attempts to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the country’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said at a press conference in Moscow on Monday. “There is a whole plan made up by the CIA and the Venezuelan opposition to overthrow the Maduro government and take control of our country’s natural resources, which belong to the people as a result of a socialist revolution,” Arreaza said. “This is what we are trying to prevent. We don’t want the Venezuelan people to suffer,” he added. The Venezuelan top diplomat pointed out… Read on ->

Tags: CIA, Venezuela

Syrian Army’s elite forces prepare to storm important town in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-05-06 17:23:30 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to storm the strategic town of Kabani in northeastern Latakia, a source from the military told Al-Masdar News this afternoon. Led by the 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) of the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army has begun shelling Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions around Kabani as they prepare to storm the town from the southern axis. In addition to the Syrian Army’s shelling, the Russian Air Force is also participating in the attack on the jihadist stronghold. According to a source near the front-lines, the 42nd Brigade is… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

US Air Force shoots down airborne targets with new laser weapon system

Published 2019-05-06 14:57:03 by News Desk in World-News

US manufacturer Lockheed Martin is involved in the development of the laser system. The weapon is expected to be made operational in the second half of the next decade. The US Air Force has reported a successful test of a laser weapons system that effectively shot down several airborne missiles. The trial took place on 23 April at the White Sands testing area in New Mexico, where the system downed the projectiles using so-called Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD). The technology is currently operated from the ground, but the finalised version of the system is expected to be fitted onto aircraft. The weapon is supposed to ensure the safety of US… Read on ->

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Tags: US

Breaking: Syrian Army captures strategic hilltop to cutoff militant supply route along Idlib-Hama axis

Published 2019-05-06 14:21:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels launched a counter-offensive along the Idlib-Hama axis, today, after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) kicked off their operation along the demilitarized zone. Led by the National Liberation Front, the Turkish-backed rebels launched several missiles towards the government’s positions, hitting several areas around the Hama Governorate. However, their counter-offensive would be short lived, thanks in large part to the Syrian Arab Army’s artillery units and air force. Following the failed counter-offensive by the militants, the Syrian Arab Army retook the initiative to capture the key hilltop of Tal Uthman near the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Venezuela vows to respond to any US military action

Published 2019-05-06 13:26:12 by News Desk in World-News

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza stressed on Monday that Caracas prefers diplomacy to solve the ongoing political crisis, but is ready for any scenario, and will retaliate if the United States chooses to take military action against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. “We are prepared for any scenario… If [the US] prefers the military path, we are ready to resist — we have an army, police, our people, and we are ready to destroy any army, no matter how powerful it is”, he said, adding that Caracas has consistently called on Washington to resolve all issues through dialogue. The foreign minister continued on by saying that the number of Russian military experts in Venezuela may be increased…. Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela

Syria helps Qatar avoid Saudi-led blockade by opening airspace

Published 2019-05-06 12:50:55 by News Desk in Gulf, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – The governments of Qatar and Syria may not have diplomatic relations at this time, but Damascus’ move to allow Doha to use their airspace has helped the small Gulf nation immensely. Qatar, who has arguably been the biggest supporter of the Syrian opposition, cutoff ties with Syria in 2011 and began funding and arming the opponents of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. However, due to Qatar’s close ties with Iran, Doha has been granted access to Syria’s airspace for their domestic flights. Since the announcement by the Syrian Ministry of Transportation, Qatar Airways has used Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Qatar, Syria

Russian Air Force swarms northwestern Syria amid ongoing Syrian Army offensive

Published 2019-05-06 11:36:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force has unleashed a massive assault across northwestern Syria this morning, targeting several areas under the control of the militants in Hama, Aleppo, and Idlib. According to a military source in the government stronghold of Mhardeh, the Russian Air Force began their aerial bombardment of northwestern Syria just minutes before the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) made their push in northern Hama. The source said the Russian Air Force’s first airstrikes targeted Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. Following the attack on western Aleppo, Russian jets began… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Syria

Syrian Army scores first major advance along Hama-Idlib axis as militants fall back

Published 2019-05-06 11:07:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:55 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s long-awaited offensive in northwestern Syria is underway, with several units storming the militant defenses around the Hama-Idlib axis. According to a report from the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army has captured two towns from the militants after overrunning their positions in northern Hama this morning. The report says the Tiger Forces have captured the towns of Al-Bana and Al-Janabra, which are near the Kafr Naboudeh axis in northern Hama. The Syrian Arab Army is also working to secure the key hilltop of Tal Uthman, which overlooks many areas in this… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Breaking: Syrian Army begins long-awaited offensive in Idlib

Published 2019-05-06 10:48:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began their long-awaited offensive in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army stormed several points under the control of Jaysh Al-Izza and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham near the Abu Dhuhour Crossing in southern Idlib. Despite claims of new advances inside the Hama Governorate, a military source near the front-lines told Al-Masdar that no significant ground has been captured by the Syrian Arab Army. The Syrian military is currently pounding the jihadist defenses near Qal’at Al-Madiq and Kafr Naboudeh. In addition… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Guaido considers foreign military intervention in Venezuela

Published 2019-05-06 09:52:31 by News Desk in World-News

In an interview with the BBC, self-proclaimed Venezuelan leader Juan Guaido stated that it is “responsible to evaluate” the possibility of international intervention when he was asked if he would welcome US military intervention. “I, as the president in charge of the national parliament, will evaluate all options if necessary”, he told the British broadcaster. He also welcomed US support, branding it “decisive”. “I think President [Donald] Trump’s position is very firm, which we appreciate, as does the entire world”, he said. Speaking to ABC, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently stated that Donald Trump “has his full range of Article 2 authorities”, when asked if the US president believes he could… Read on ->

Tags: Guaido, Venezuela

41 people killed in plane crash at Moscow Airport

Published 2019-05-06 09:17:36 by News Desk in World-News

Forty-one people died in the Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane crash at Sheremetyevo Airport, Yelena Markovskaya, spokesperson for the Moscow interregional transport investigation department of the Russian Investigative Committee, told reporters. “Forty-one people died,” she said. In total 78 people were onboard, 37 of them survived, including four crew members. According to Markovskaya, 28 passengers are now in the airport terminal, five have been taken to hospital. In place of emergency, investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee are working at the scene of the accident. “At the moment, a state commission on investigation of the emergency situation, headed by the Transport… Read on ->

Tags: Moscow, Russia

US guided-missle destroyers enter disputed South China Sea in clear warning to Chinese gov’t

Published 2019-05-06 08:17:57 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Trump administration upped the ante in the South China Sea on Monday morning as two U.S. destroyers reportedly entered the disputed territorial waters in a bid to send a message to the government in Beijing. The South China Sea is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and Taiwan. The U.S. guided-missile destroyers Preble and Chung Hoon traveled within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands, a U.S. military spokesman told Reuters. Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman… Read on ->

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Tags: China, US

Iran was preparing to attack US forces in the Middle East: official

Published 2019-05-06 07:55:12 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The U.S. made the decision to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf on Monday morning to protect their forces from a potential Iranian attack, a defense official told the Associated Press. According to the AP report, the reason for the deployment of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln to the Persian Gulf was due to “clear indications” that Iranian forces were preparing an assault on the U.S. forces in the Middle East region. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information, said the Pentagon approved the deployments and that U.S. forces… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Zero hour approaches as Syrian Army troops prepare to launch first offensive of the year

Published 2019-05-06 07:23:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – Zero hour is approaching the northwestern region of Syria as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies prepare to storm several areas along the southern part of the demilitarized zone. Speaking from the front-lines in northern Hama, a Syrian Army source told Al-Masdar last night that the military has made their final preparations and should be launching the operation within the next few days. Some of the factors that might influence the Syrian Army’s high command to postpone the offensive, however, are the weather and the ongoing Russian-Turkish talks in northern Aleppo. According to… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

Breaking: Jihadist rebels attempt to attack Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase in western Syria

Published 2019-05-06 06:07:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 A.M.) – The Russian military activated their air defense sirens at the Hmeimim Airbase this morning after several militant attack drones approached the installation’s northeastern perimeter. According to a report from the coastal governorate of Tartous, the militant drones were successfully intercepted by the Russian air defenses before they could drop any bombs on the Hmeimim Airbase this morning. The jihadist rebels in western Idlib have repeatedly attempted to bomb the Hmeimim Airbase in response to the Russian bombardment of northwestern Syria; however, they have been unable to score any direct hits. So far this month, the… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria

War drums: US deploys warship near Iranian waters to send message

Published 2019-05-06 05:17:58 by Leith Aboufadel in Iran

US national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that  the United States is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle Eastern region to send a clear message to Iran that any attack on Washington’s interests or its allies will be met with an “unrelenting force”. John Bolton also stressed that Washington is not seeking war with Iran but ready to respond to any attack from Tehran. “In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

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