This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen, Iran, UK, Hasakah, Qamishli, IRGC, China, Raqqa, Gibraltar, Iraq, Mediterranean, Deir_Ezzor, ISIS.

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Syrian and Russian forces holding talks about new offensive in Idlib: report

Published 2019-07-04 23:37:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian military command are in talks about a new offensive in northwestern Syria, an army source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News this evening. According to the source, the Russian-Turkish peace talks have completely collapsed in northern Syria, with Moscow resuming their heavy airstrikes on the militant forces in the Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo, and Hama governorates. The source said the Russian Air Force sent a powerful message to the Turkish military on Wednesday when their jets destroyed an underground base belonging to the Ankara-backed National Liberation Front inside the town… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Breaking: Houthi forces bomb Saudi Arabia’s Jizan Airport

Published 2019-07-04 23:13:43 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Houthi forces have just launched another attack on a Saudi airport, marking the second time this week that they have targeted one of these installations. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their rocket battalion bombed the Jizan Airport in southern Saudi Arabia using their Qasef-2k attack drone. The Houthi forces said their drone managed to hit the Jizan Airport; however, no video footage of images have been released to corroborate these claims by the Yemeni group.

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Jihadist missile attack takes disastrous turn as they almost hit own forces: video

Published 2019-07-04 22:41:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels attempted to fire a missile towards the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in northern Syria; however, the attack would take a disastrous turn as the missile nearly hit a fellow militant on a motorcycle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgQa6qH2TEo

Tags: Syria


British Royal Marines seize Iranian oil tanker en route to Syria: video

Published 2019-07-04 21:17:09 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

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British Royal Marines stormed a supertanker, Grace 1, in Gibraltar on Thursday, on suspicion of carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria in contravention of EU and US sanctions. The tanker was reported to have sailed from Iran, a close ally of the Syrian government and was suspected to be delivered to Syria’s Baniyas Refinery, in a violation of EU backed sanctions against the Baniyas refinery and US-backed sanctions against international sales of Iranian oil, following tensions between Washington and Tehran after the US withdrew from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal earlier this year. According to Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria, UK


Tensions rise in northeast Syria after Kurdish forces arrest Syrian military personnel

Published 2019-07-04 20:23:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Tensions are rising in northeastern Syria following the arrest of several Syrian military personnel by the Asayish forces (Kurdish police) inside the Al-Hasakah Governorate. According to reports from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Asayish forces arrested several members of the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) inside the large city of Al-Qamishli. In response to these arrests, the National Defense Forces arrested four members of the Asayish police, prompting the closure of several roads inside and outside of Al-Qamishli. The pro-government Al-Watan publication reported that several roads have been closed and snipers have been deployed in the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Qamishli, Syria


Breaking: Houthi forces claim strikes on US-made missile system

Published 2019-07-04 19:20:53 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Houthi forces announced that their troops targeted a U.S.-made missile system inside northern Yemen. According to the Houthi forces, their rocket battalion targeted the Saudi military’s U.S.-made Patriot missile system in the Marib Governorate on Thursday evening. The Houthi forces said they targeted the Patriot missile system with their armed drones, adding that they also hit the Saudi Coalition forces with a Badr-P1 ballistic missile in the same area. They would add that their missile strike managed to inflict heavy losses within the ranks of the Saudi Coalition. The Saudi Coalition has… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen


Russian Air Force lets loose large attack across southern Idlib

Published 2019-07-04 19:00:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a heavy assault across the Idlib-Hama axis this afternoon, hitting several targets belonging to the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies from Jaysh Al-Izza. Backed by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF), the Russian jets began their attack by heavily bombing the area between Khan Sheikhoun and Al-Hobeit in southwestern Idlib. Following their attack on this area, the Russian Air Force expanded their strikes to the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate, where they reportedly hit Jaysh Al-Izza’s positions near their strongholds of Kafr Zita and Al-Latamnah… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Iran summons UK ambassador after Royal Marines seize Iranian oil destined for Syria

Published 2019-07-04 18:32:28 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned UK Ambassador to Iran Nicolas Hopton over what it described as the “illegal seizure” of an oil tanker carrying Iranian oil to Syria, Iranian state television has reported, citing Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi. Earlier, Spanish officials said that the Grace 1, a Panamanian-flagged supertanker carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria and seized by British patrol ships off Gibraltar, was detained at Washington’s behest. Royal Marines boarded the ship, which has a 300,000 tonne carrying capacity, early Thursday morning. Prime Minister Theresa May later praised the seizure, with a Number 10 spokesperson saying Gibraltar had sent… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Syria


Iran in possession of ‘secret weapons’: commander

Published 2019-07-04 13:13:34 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The commander of the Iranian Army’s Khatam ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi Fard pledged to hand the enemies of Iran the harshest response in case of any hostile moves against the country, adding that Iran is in possession of secret weapons to be used in ‘rainy days’. “Our deterrence and secret weapons have stopped the filthy enemy 200 miles away (from the Iranian borders) in the Strait of Hormuz,” General Sabahi Fard said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Wednesday. “The enemy knows very well that it should not go for testing… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


Syrian Army spy films from jihadist stronghold in Idlib: video

Published 2019-07-04 12:52:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 P.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) spy filmed from inside a jihadist stronghold in the Idlib Governorate, the official media wing of the Tiger Forces reported on Thursday. According to the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army spy filmed from the town of Al-Shababi in the Idlib Governorate. As shown in the video below, the Syrian Army traveled through Al-Shababi undetected by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham: ?eid=ARDlIv2GtQeGpLRWuWFvoBYclJXg8e-rfraGwMP9cHfq2Vt4x8iE1C2FJ-jUk9NqFvZavsXdQXidfUB4

Tags: Idlib, Syria


China’s new ship-borne chopper to raise military’s ability to new level: report

Published 2019-07-04 12:28:40 by News Desk in World-News

Chinese soldiers train on the Binzhou frigate, the commanding ship of China’s 29th naval escort fleet for anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters. The training included shooting practice and abseiling from a helicopter. File photo: China News Service China’s latest vessel-borne helicopter will take the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s combat capability to a new level, Chinese military experts said on Tuesday after a full-sized model of the navy variant of the Z-20 utility helicopter was allegedly spotted testing on a warship for the first time. Citing a photo that surfaced on Chinese social media, Weapon… Read on ->

Tags: China


Mass grave with nearly 200 bodies found in Raqqa

Published 2019-07-04 11:55:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – A mass grave was uncovered by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) inside Raqqa city on Wednesday, the group’s media wing announced. According to the SDF, nearly 200 bodies were found inside the unearthed mass grave in the Vanguard Camp of Raqqa city. The corpses found inside of the mass grave are believed to be the remains of those murdered by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) during their occupation of Raqqa city. In a press statement released by the Syrian Arab News Agency, the Director of Health Department in Raqqa, Jamal Issa, said that the mass grave… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria


British Royal Marines seize oil taker destined for Syria

Published 2019-07-04 11:32:17 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Royal Marines have stopped and boarded an oil tanker believed to be en route to the Syrian port city of Tartous, the government of Gibraltar announced this morning. According to the government of Gibraltar, the Royal Marines detained the Grace 1, a Panamanian tanker that was allegedly carrying crude oil to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria’s Tartous Governorate. “We have reason to believe that the ‘Grace 1’ was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria,” President of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo stated on Thursday morning. The Baniyas Refinery is currently… Read on ->

Tags: Gibraltar, Syria, UK


Syria and Iran to defy sanctions by building railway from Tehran to Mediterranean

Published 2019-07-04 11:21:16 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Iran is preparing to begin construction on a large railway that links their capital city of Tehran to the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, the Director of Syrian Railways Najib Al-Fares said on Wednesday. According to Fares, the new railway will promote regional trade between Syria, Iraq, and Iran. The new project is expected to be funded by the Iranian government, with support from both Syria and Iraq. The Director of the Iraqi Railway Company, Jawad Kazim, said that Iraq had previously signed contracts to implement projects with Iranian companies, but most were delayed. For… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Mediterranean, Syria


ISIS ambush kills several Syrian soldiers in eastern Syria

Published 2019-07-04 09:30:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) continued their hit-and-run attacks this week, targeting Syrian Arab Army (SAA) checkpoint in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate. According to a report from Deir Ezzor, the Islamic State terrorist group ambushed the Syrian Army checkpoint in the Badiyah Al-Quriyah area, killing and wounding several soldiers in this part of eastern Syria on Wednesday. The Islamic State militants then fled the site to an unknown location in eastern Syria, the report added. The terrorist group continues to carry out these deadly attacks across central and eastern Syria, prompting the… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, ISIS, Syria


Russia’s Ka-52 attack chopper to get new long-range missiles

Published 2019-07-04 01:30:45 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

Russia’s Ka-52 attack helicopter may receive a new long-range missile developed for the Mi-28NM gunship, CEO of Russian Helicopters rotorcraft manufacturer (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) Andrei Boginsky told TASS on Tuesday. “Now that this has been implemented for the Mi-28, this is an issue of standardization. Technically, this is possible. If such a task is set, we will be working on that in cooperation with Rostec enterprises,” Boginsky said, replying to a question of whether there were plans to arm the Ka-52 with the new missile that was undergoing trials aboard the Mi-28NM. Russian Helicopters Group is… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


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