This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Syria, Libya, LNA, Tripoli, Latakia, Hmeimim, Russia, Iran, US, China, Maduro, Venezuela, Idlib.

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Video footage of Syrian troops advance in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-05-07 14:44:07 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian army reportedly made progress in its offensive against Jabhat al-Nusra fighters in the Hama countryside, establishing control over a crucial plateau and a village, while advancing towards Kafr Nboudeh on Monday. The intensity of the fighting around Kafr Nboudeh was caught on footage, which shows jets, helicopters, artillery and tanks, as well as smoke billowing in the distance. The Syrian army reportedly established control over the Tal Othman heights, which overlooks the Hama countryside, as well as the Al-Bana village. Earlier in the week, the Syrian Arab Army began conducting operations against Jabhat al-Nusra in the provinces… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Libyan National Army shoots down rival military plane near Tripoli

Published 2019-05-07 14:18:26 by Leith Aboufadel in North-Africa, World-News

The Libyan National Army (LNA), of Khalifa Haftar, has shot down a military plane loyal to the Tripoli Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj, Sky News Arabia reported, referencing its own source. According to reports, the plane was shot down in the area of Al-Hir, south of Tripoli. The LNA’s forces have previously destroyed GNA aircraft, as well as planes belonging to group allied to it. The incident comes a day after Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar reportedly ordered the LNA forces to chase and destroy enemy troops. ​On 4 April, the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) launched an offensive on Tripoli, which is controlled by the UN-backed Government of National Accord… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA, Tripoli

Syrian Army attacks jihadist stronghold with new missile system (video)

Published 2019-05-07 14:04:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s elite 4th Division began a powerful assault on the jihadist-held areas in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Monday. Led by the 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces), the 4th Division unleashed a large number of missiles towards Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions inside the key mountaintop town of Kabani, which is situated near the Idlib Governorate border. Using their new Golan-1000 missile system, the Syrian Arab Army pounded Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s defneses for several hours on Monday. The Syrian Arab Army has yet to storm the jihadist positions in Kabani;… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Syria

Breaking: Syrian Army storms northwestern Hama in new bid to advance towards militant stronghold

Published 2019-05-07 13:44:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has restarted their ground assault in northwestern Hama, today, targeting several areas under the control of the militant forces. Backed by heavy artillery, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces stormed the large hilltop of Tal Sakher in a bid to expand their presence in northwestern Hama. According to a military source, the Tiger Forces are currently engaged in a fierce battle with the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) and their militant allies. The source added that the Syrian Arab Army has received a major boost from their Russian allies, who… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Jihadists fired 36 rockets at Hmeimim Airbase

Published 2019-05-07 13:25:51 by News Desk in Syria

Syrian militants fired 36 rockets at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase in two attacks on Monday, but both were repelled by the air defenses with no damage dealt, the Russian military said, adding that jets launched strikes in response. The shelling came from the Idlib de-escalation zone, controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front), the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, said. The militants used a drone to direct the fire from multiple launch rocket systems, but the attacks were repelled by Hmeimim air defense systems. Russian warplanes and… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria

US increasing military presence in Middle East amid claims of Iranian threats

Published 2019-05-07 13:00:56 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

According to The Wall Street Journal, US intelligence has found out that Iran has plans to target US forces in Iraq and possibly in Syria, while it is also going to stage attacks in Ba-el-Mandeb strait near Yemen through its proxies and in the Persian Gulf with its own armed drones. Iran reportedly may seek to attack US forces in Kuwait as well. Iranian threat may be coming both from land and water, US officials told The Wall Street Journal, adding that they are surprised with the specificity of the Iranian plans to target US forces. However, it remains unclear if these plans are unavoidable, or Iranian moves depend on the further development of the US-Iranian relations. Between 5,000 and… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

Syrian military resumes assault along Idlib-Hama axis after scoring first advance

Published 2019-05-07 11:51:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their wide-scale assault across the Hama-Idlib axis, today, launching both ground and air strikes on the militant forces. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army began the day by launching several surface-to-surface missiles towards the militant-held positions in the towns of Shahranaz, Kafr Naboudeh, and Qal’at Al-Madiq. Following the ground assault, the Syrian Air Force began pounding the militant defenses in the Aleppo Governorate towns of Kafr Naha, Khan Al-Assal, and Rashideen. The Syrian Air Force would then shift their attention to the Hama-Idlib axis, where they… Read on ->

Tags: Syria

China has expanded its largest aircraft carrier

Published 2019-05-07 10:42:30 by News Desk in World-News

Construction of China’s first full-sized aircraft carrier is well under way, according to satellite images obtained and analyzed by a U.S. think tank. The images from April, provided to Reuters by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, reveal considerable recent activity during the last six months on a large vessel at the Jiangnan shipyard outside Shanghai. China has not formally confirmed it is building a third carrier, despite recent hints in state media, and the timing and extent of its carrier program remain state secrets. The Pentagon said last week that work had begun, but no… Read on ->

Tags: China

Joint Russian-Syrian attack devastates jihadist forces in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-05-07 09:57:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 A.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s attempted bombardment of the Hmeimim Airbase on Monday did not go as planned for the jihadist group as the Russian air defenses managed to destroy all of the attack drones. Following the attempted jihadist drone attack on the Hmeimim Airbase near the coastal city of Jableh, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Russian allies unleashed a powerful assault that devastated Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in northeastern Latakia. According to a military source near the town of Salma, the Syrian Arab Army’s 42nd Brigade of the 4th Armored Division began the assault… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

US may attempt to assassinate Venezuela’s Maduro: ex-UN rapporteur

Published 2019-05-07 09:15:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The attempted coup to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is not going well, as opposition leader Juan Guaido has been unable to convince high-ranking officials and military personnel to abandon the leader of the Bolivarian Republic. In a new interview with Russia’s Sputnik News Agency, Alfred de Zayas, an American lawyer, and Professor Julia Buxton shared their views on Washington’s failed efforts to oust Maduro. According to Alfred de Zayas, an American lawyer, writer, historian, and former UN rapporteur to Venezuela, Washington’s failure to replace Maduro with Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president, may prompt… Read on ->

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Tags: Maduro, US, Venezuela

Russian Air Force launches massive assault across western Idlib

Published 2019-05-07 08:32:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched a massive assault across western Idlib last night, targeting several areas controlled by the jihadist rebels near the Turkish border. Led by their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force began their assault shortly after 9:00 P.M. (local time). The Russian Air Force would then unleash a powerful assault over the Jisr Al-Shughour District and Jabal Al-Zawiya region. The Russian Air Force would launch over 25 airstrikes across western Idlib last night, result in the destruction of several installations belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their jihadist allies. Multiple Russian airstrikes… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Russia, Syria

Chinese military placed on high alert, warns US to leave South China Sea

Published 2019-05-07 07:48:57 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Chinese military was ordered to stay on high alert and to take all necessary measures to protect national sovereignty after U.S. warships entered the South China Sea waters on Monday. According to Colonel Li Huamin, a spokesperson of the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, their forces warned the two U.S. naval destroyers to leave the South China Sea. Geng Shuang, a spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, expressed China’s strong discontent and firm opposition to the US destroyers’ behavior at a routine press conference on Monday. The behavior violated China’s sovereignty,… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

Jihadists suffer heavy losses in failed counter-offensive in northern Hama

Published 2019-05-07 01:21:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies launched a heavy counter-assault in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Monday evening. The goal of this counter-assault was to retake all the points they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) during the day on Monday. According to a military source near the battlefield, the jihadist rebels were able to retake the key hilltop of Tal Uthman for a short while after they overwhelmed the Syrian Army troops there; however, the HTS fighters would ultimately fall back after a swift attack by… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

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