This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Syria, Russia, Erdogan, Turkey, Iran, Oman, Trump, US, Tartous, Putin, Libya, Tripoli.

Categories covered in this brief: Syria, Turkey, Iran, Gulf, North-Africa

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Full battle report of the Syrian War: map

Published 2019-06-14 22:16:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian War has reached an important in the Summer of 2019 as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attempts to capture the last provincial stronghold of the jihadist rebels. At the start of June, the Syrian Arab Army scored an important advance that helped them establish their first presence at the Al-Zawiya Mountains since 2014. In response to this offensive, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a surprise offensive to cut the Syrian Arab Army’s main supply line between the two Christian towns of Mhardeh and Sqaylabiyeh. Since the jihadist rebels cut the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Syria

Russian Air Force bombs jihadist high command meeting in Idlib

Published 2019-06-14 21:40:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force bombed a jihadist high command meeting in the Idlib Governorate this week, the Arabic language service of the Sputnik News Agency reported. According to the Sputnik report, the Russian Air Force, along with their Syrian partners, bombed Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s high command as they were meeting in the Idlib Governorate town of Taftanaz. In particular, the Russian Air Force bombed the jihadist commanders inside the Taftanaz Airport, which was captured by the jihadist rebels in 2013.   On Thursday, a military source in the Hama Governorate said the Russian Air Force… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Erdogan vows to respond to Syrian Army attacks on Turkish troops in Idlib

Published 2019-06-14 19:18:34 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – During a press conference at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip stated that his armed forces will retaliate if the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues its attacks on the Turkish observation posts in Idlib. “Turkey will not remain silent if the Syrian regime continues to attack observation points in Idlib,” Erdogan said. The Turkish military currently has 12 observation points in northwestern Syria. The Syrian Arab Army has accused the Turkish military of using these observation posts to block their advance in northwestern Syria. In regards to the situation in Manbij, Erdogan… Read on ->

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Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Special Fores deploy to northwestern Hama for next operation

Published 2019-06-14 18:57:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Special Forces have sent another division to the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate for the next operation. According to a military report from northwestern Syria, the Syrian Army’s 14th Special Forces Division deployed to the Hama Governorate earlier this week. The Special Forces will join several other Syrian Army divisions that have been recently deployed to northwestern Hama, including the 9th Division’s shock troops and 7th Armored Division. The 9th Division’s shock troops played an imperative role in the Syrian Army’s offensives in southern Syria. In particular, the shock troops helped clear… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Trump accuses Iran of oil tanker attack in Gulf of Oman

Published 2019-06-14 16:58:16 by News Desk in Iran

US President Donald Trump claimed in an interview with Fox News that Iran was responsible for explosions that damaged two oil tankers sailing through the Gulf of Oman on 13 June. Trump alleged that the video, previously released by CENTCOM, proves Tehran’s guilt. The US claims that the video shows an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boat approaching one of the tankers and removing an unexploded mine from its hull. “Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat. You saw the boat at night, successfully trying to take the mine off and that was exposed. I… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Oman, Trump, US

Two Russian warships, large transport aircraft head to Syria amid Idlib operation

Published 2019-06-14 16:28:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Two large Russian warships are making their way to the Port of Tartous in western Syria, Turkish maritime observer Yoruk Isik reported this week. According to Isik, the Russian warships, Ropucha class LSTM Tsezar Kunikov and the Ropucha class landing ship Azov 151, transited the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Port of Tartous. In addition to the arrival of these warships, two Russian heavy transport aircraft have also begun transporting equipment to Syria’s Hmeimim Airport. According to a report, the Russian heavy transport aircraft, the IL-76 and AN-124, have reportedly made 14 flights… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Tartous

Iran says US, Mossad possibly behind oil tanker attack in Gulf of Oman

Published 2019-06-14 15:04:30 by News Desk in Gulf

US security services and Israeli intelligence agency Mossad may be behind the recent destabilization in the Persian and Oman gulfs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a senior foreign policy adviser to the Iranian parliament speaker, said amid the oil tanker incident in these waters. “US security services&Mossad main suspects for insecuring #PersianGulf/#OmanSea oil export. KSA,UAE,Bahrain stupidity fan the flame of violence in region. #Iran powerfully protects national interests&regional stability, disappoint regional security’s enemies & retreat #WhiteHouse,” Amir-Abdollahian tweeted late Thursday. Earlier on Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the United States was taking steps to undermine stability in the Middle East and… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Oman

Syrian Air Force begins striking northeastern Idlib

Published 2019-06-14 14:38:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has begun striking the northeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this afternoon, a military source in the Aleppo Governorate reported. According to the source, the Syrian Air Force heavily targeted the militant positions along the Idlib-Aleppo Highway, with a large concentration of strikes near the large town of Saraqib. The Syrian Air Force later targeted the towns of Ariha and Kafr Laha, as they made their way west along the Idlib-Aleppo Highway. These airstrikes come just hours after the Russian Air Force began heavily targeting the jihadist positions in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Video footage of the Syrian Army foiling the jihadist offensive in southwestern Idlib

Published 2019-06-14 13:45:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham recently launched an offensive to capture the town of Qasabiyah in southwestern Idlib. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was able to repel the jihadist offensive after a short battle this week. In a short video released on Friday, the Fars News Agency showed the Syrian Army repelling the jihadist offensive in southwestern Idlib.

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Turkey to retaliate if US imposes sanctions over S-400 deal

Published 2019-06-14 12:52:58 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday Ankara would take retaliatory moves against Washington should it introduce sanctions over the acquisition of Russian air defense systems S-400. “If the United States begins to take negative steps, we have retaliatory moves. America has made a number of decisions, but we are not going to stay silent. If we see a negative attitude to us, we will respond proportionately,” Cavusoglu said at a meeting with editors of the Anadolu news agency. He added that Ankara was strongly minded on the issue of acquiring S-400 and had no intention to backtrack. The… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey, US

Total elimination of terrorist centers in Idlib is Russian priority: Putin

Published 2019-06-14 12:28:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the capital of Kyrgyzstan on Friday to attend the SCO Summit. In Putin’s speech at the summit, the Russian leader highlighted his country’s success  in fighting terrorist inside of Syria. “We have achieved real results in the war against international terrorism in Syria, and the terrorists have been defeated thanks to the comprehensive Russian assistance to the legitimate Syrian government,” Putin began. “The process of political settlement is progressing and the constitutional committee is in the process of forming a committee,” Putin said, adding that the priority now is to… Read on ->

Tags: Putin, Russia, Syria

Syrian Army reinforces northwestern Hama after several failed jihadist attacks

Published 2019-06-14 12:04:53 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has recently sent more reinforcements to the front-lines in northwestern Hama following a string of jihadist attacks on the towns north of Kafr Naboudeh. According to a field source in the government stronghold of Mhardeh, the Syrian Army has heavily reinforced the front-lines around the town of Qasabiyah. Over the last 72 hours, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their Turkish-backed allies have made two attempts to retake Qasabiyah; however, all of their attacks have been repelled by the Syrian Armed Forces. The jihadist rebels have suffered heavy… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Libyan National Army resumes push to capture Tripoli: video

Published 2019-06-14 11:38:54 by News Desk in North-Africa

Renewed clashes were reported between forces loyal to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and forces loyal to Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar, on Tripoli’s southern district on Thursday. Misrata forces, who are loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA), were filmed fighting south of the capital. The two parties reportedly clashed at Tripoli‘s airport and al-Khula area, with multiple explosions heard in different areas. Last week, pro-Haftar forces also announced they had shot down a GNA warplane near Misrata, killing the pilot. Libya’s Haftar campaign to capture Tripoli from the UN-backed GNA, launched in April,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Russian Air Force unleashes devastating strikes near Idlib front-lines

Published 2019-06-14 10:43:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force continued their aerial campaign against the jihadist rebels in northwestern Syria on Friday, targeting the supply lines of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham near their front-lines in northwestern Hama and southwestern Idlib. According to a field source in Hama, the Russian Air Force let loose several devastating airstrikes along the Hama-Idlib axis, causing heavy damage to the jihadist defenses in this region. The source added that the airstrikes primarily targeted the towns of Al-Hobeit, Al-Latamnah, and Abedin, which are all located near the Hama-Idlib axis in northwestern Syria. In addition to the Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Russia

US Defense Dept. releases video of Iran allegedly removing mine from oil tanker

Published 2019-06-14 08:06:11 by News Desk in Iran

US Central Command said that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) approached one of the tankers hit with explosion earlier Kokuka Courageous and removed an unexploded limpet mine, attaching a video that what it says shows it, Reuters reported. The low-quality footage, released by the US Central Command late on Thursday, showed a group of people in a boat next to some vessel. However, no flags or vessel names can be clearly seen in the video. In a statement, released together with the footage, the military says the US forces had received two distress calls from Altair and Kokuka Courageous at 6:12 a.m…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Oman

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