This is a summary of 12 AMN articles on the following subjects: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria, Baghdadi, ISIS, Libya, US, Afrin, Turkey, Hama, Northern Hama, Hamas, Iran, Idlib, Latakia, Raqqa.

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Russian military choppers hold drills off the Syrian coast

Published 2019-07-16 16:14:21 by News Desk in Syria

Helicopter pilots and the crew of the cruise missile frigate Admiral Grigorovich have held drills in the Mediterranean Sea, the press office of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet reported on Tuesday. “The crew of the Ka-27PL helicopter performed practical flights from the deck of the frigate Admiral Grigorovich, which is currently accomplishing assignments as part of the Mediterranean permanent taskforce,” the press office said. The Black Sea Fleet’s naval aviation pilots practiced assignments in interaction with the frigate’s crew to take off from and land on the deck of the ship both on the move and in anchorage, and also sharpened… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria


ISIS leader Baghdadi now hiding in Libya: ex-Iraqi minister

Published 2019-07-16 15:38:54 by News Desk in Iraq, North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The infamous Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is allegedly hiding in Libya, former Iraqi minister Baqr Jaber Al-Zubeidi told the Baghdad Post news website this week. The Iraqi political said that the Islamic State has shifted its attention to North Africa, where they are hoping to carve out a new caliphate in countries like Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. Baghdadi has been rumored to be hiding in several regions now, including Syria’s Badiya Al-Sham, Iraq’s Rutbah District, and most recently central Libya. Some rumors claim that the terrorist leader is actually dead; however, ISIS… Read on ->

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Tags: Baghdadi, ISIS, Libya


US jet attempted to deceive Syrian, Russian air defenses over southern Syria: report

Published 2019-07-16 14:49:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:25 P.M.) – A U.S. jet attempted to deceive the Syrian and Russian air defenses while flying along the Syrian-Jordanian border recently, the Russian site Avia.Pro reported on Tuesday. According to the Avia.Pro report, a U.S. Air Force jet flew within 5 kilometers of the Syrian border while masking itself as a civilian airliner. According to the information provided by Avia.Pro, the data transmitted by the aircraft’s systems were artificially replaced, with the result being that the jet’s radars displayed it as a small civilian vessel. Despite the absence of violation of the border of the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Turkish military allegedly builds base in historical part of Afrin: report

Published 2019-07-16 13:58:42 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The Kurdish-language Hawar News Agency (ANHA) quoted local sources in Afrin as saying that the Turkish Army has turned the historical site in Jandariseh into a military base for its soldiers. The ANHA source said that they were able to gather this information after seeing the Turkish Army build three-meter-high walls near the base. The move comes after the Turkish Army troops were accused of destroying artifacts in the Afrin region of Aleppo to build a base. They would add that the Turkish Army’s forces have built two military bases between Tal Saloureh and Jandariseh city and in the town… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Syria, Turkey


Russian military equipment, tanks arrive in northwestern Syria

Published 2019-07-16 13:28:45 by News Desk in Syria

The pro-militant Smart News Agency quoted special sources as saying that the Russian military has sent a large amount of weapons and military equipment to the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate recently. According to the Smart News report, the Russian military sent heavy equipment comprising of artillery units and missile launchers as well as many tanks for the Syrian Army near the front-lines in Hama. It noted that the Russian military equipment had arrived at the Port of Tartous on two ships. At the same time, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper also reported that the Syrian Army units pounded the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Northern Hama, Syria


No relations with Syria and ties with Iran are at all time best: Hamas

Published 2019-07-16 13:00:13 by News Desk in Iran, Palestine, Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – Hamas’ chief of international relations, Moussa Abu Marzouq, sat down for an interview with the Arabic-language version of the Sputnik News Agency on Tuesday to discuss a number of topics, including the Palestinian group’s relations with Iran and Syria. When asked about Hamas’ current relationship with the Syrian government, Abu Marzouq responded that relations with Damascus are non-existent at this point. “There are no developments regarding the relationship with Syria, despite rumors in the media or whether by speakers from inside the movement or inside Syria or from those around them or followers,” Abu Marzouq… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Iran, Syria


Syrian Army spy reveals coordinates of underground militant base: video

Published 2019-07-16 11:48:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) spy recently filmed from a militant stronghold in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate. According to the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army spy was filming from the Jaysh Al-Izza stronghold of Al-Latamnah, where he later revealed the militant group’s underground base in the town. As shown in the video below, the Syrian Army spy moves freely through Al-Latamnah and to the area where the underground base is located.

Tags: Hama, Syria


Tiger Forces tank in action against jihadist rebels in northwestern Hama: video

Published 2019-07-16 11:30:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Syrian military’s Tiger Forces led the charge to retake the town of Al-Hamamiyat after losing it to the jihadist rebels last week. Since retaking Al-Hamamiyat, the Tiger Forces have remained at the front-lines in northwestern Hama, where they are still engaging the jihadist rebels.

Tags: Hama, Syria


Updated battle map of the Syrian War: Mid-July update

Published 2019-07-16 10:31:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The month of July has been filled with a great deal of violence but no significant advances by any party inside Syria. At the start of July, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels traded offensives in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate; however, neither side was able to achieve any breakthroughs. Following these small offensives by both parties, the jihadist rebels launched a surprise operation in the Turkmen Mountains of northern Latakia. This jihadist operation began with relative success, as the militants were able to capture a hilltop and several points in… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Syria


US-backed rebels want to go to Idlib to fight Syrian government: video

Published 2019-07-16 09:54:43 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The U.S.-backed Liwaa Shahada Al-Quraytayn militant faction expressed in a new video their desire to go to the Idlib Governorate to fight the Syrian government troops. This militant faction has been in control of the Tanf region since they launched an offensive in southeastern Syria in 2016. In 2016, the U.S. formed a rebel group dubbed the “New Syrian Army” in order to fight the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in southeastern Syria. The rebel group would be short-lived, but they accomplished their main objective which was giving the U.S. military a presence in southern Syria.

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russia’s S-400 is best missile system in the world: Erdogan

Published 2019-07-16 09:29:27 by News Desk in Turkey

Russia’s S-400 is the best missile defense systems in the world, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. “S-400 deliveries to Turkey have begun. What has been said about this? It was said that we will be unable to purchase them and get them delivered. By April 2020, these systems will be fully deployed on the territory of our country. We hold true to our words as Turkish people. S-400 is the best missile defense system. I hope that we will produce it together with Russia,” Erdogan said. The Turkish president has repeatedly noted Ankara’s plans to produce S-400… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey


Turkish Army removes border fence in front of northern Raqqa town

Published 2019-07-16 09:14:23 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Opposition activists reported last night that the Turkish Armed Forces had removed the border fence along the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s northern border. According to the opposition claims, the border fence was completely removed north of the Al-Raqqa Governorate town of Tal Abyad. This move by the Turkish Armed Forces comes just a week after the Turkish media reported about a new military operation east of the Euphrates. Over the last two days, northern Syria has witnessed an increase in hostilities between the Turkish Armed Forces and Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG). On Monday, the Turkish Army… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria, Turkey


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