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This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Syria, Haftar, Libya, Tripoli, Iran, IRGC, Turkey, US, Russia, Morek, Israel, Lebanon.

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Russian Air Force launches massive attack over northwestern Syria

Published 2019-07-18 20:53:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has launched their biggest attack of the month in Syria this week, targeting several areas across the Latakia, Idlib, and Hama governorates. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force has been launching hourly strikes over the northwestern region of Syria, inflicting heavy damage on the jihadist defenses. Among the targets for the Russian Air Force are the Idlib Governorate cities of Jisr Al-Shughour and Khan Sheikhoun. These aforementioned cities have a large presence of jihadist rebels from factions like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Syria

Battle For Tripoli: Khalifa Haftar’s Army and Government of National Accord’s Forces Show Off Their Decisiveness to Fight Till Death

Published 2019-07-18 19:42:53 by Al-Masdar News in North-Africa, Opinion

It has been more than three months since Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive on Tripoli to “purge the capital of armed militias and militant groups”. On 4 April, when his forces made their first steps in western Libya it seemed unlikely that the Government of National Accord would be able to give a proportionate response to the lightning-fast push forward made by the LNA that just had completed a large-scale military campaign to secure the oil fields in the country’s South. However, the threat emanating from the advancing LNA troops actually pressured disparate and rival armed… Read on ->

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Tags: Haftar, Libya, Tripoli

Iran releases footage of seized oil tanker in Persian Gulf

Published 2019-07-18 19:29:21 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s state TV English-language channel has posted a video of a seized tanker that reportedly “smuggled” fuel out of the country, in the Persian Gulf. ​The Press TV report showed the ship’s registration number on its bridge, matching that of the MT Riah, a UAE-based vessel, which, according to vessel location tracking websites, stopped transmitting signals on its location in the early hours of 14 July. Iranian media reported earlier in the day that a tanker was seized with a crew of 12 aboard for smuggling fuel from the Iranian side to foreign customers and was intercepted south of Iran’s… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

Turkey demands US rectify ‘mistake’ of booting them from F-35 program

Published 2019-07-18 14:29:15 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkey has blasted the US decision to kick it out of the F-35 fighter jet program, in response to Ankara buying Russian S-400 air defense systems, as a mistake that will cause permanent damage to the US-Turkish relations. “This unilateral step is incompatible with the spirit of alliance and does not rely on any legitimate justification,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a strong-worded statement Wednesday, shortly after the White House officially banished Turkey from the fifth-generation stealth jet program. “We call on the United States to come back from this mistake that will cause irreparable wounds in our strategic… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey, US

Russian ground forces not involved in Syrian Army offensive: report

Published 2019-07-18 14:12:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Russian ground forces are not involved in the ongoing Syrian Arab Army (SAA) operations in northwestern Syria, the RIA news agency reported on Thursday. According to the RIA report, the Russian Ministry of Defense denied claims by the militant commanders in Idlib that their special forces and ground troops were participating in the ongoing Syrian Army operations. “Russia has had no and has no ground forces in Syria,” the defense ministry was cited as saying. While the Russian Air Force is active over northwestern Syria, their ground troops are only involved in advisory roles… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Iran seizes ‘foreign vessel carrying smuggled fuel’ in Persian Gulf – TV

Published 2019-07-18 13:26:55 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran has seized a foreign vessel that was carrying smuggled fuel in the Persian Gulf this afternoon, Iranian state TV reported. The tanker was intercepted by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) near Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz off Iran’s coast, the bottleneck point for maritime traffic from the Persian Gulf. According to a statement aired by Iranian state TV, the ship was seized on July 14. The IRGC would not provide details about the ownership of the vessel.

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Tags: Iran

Turkish military convoy enters northern Hama

Published 2019-07-18 12:06:34 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – A Turkish military convoy has reportedly entered the northwestern region of Syria this morning, opposition activists reported via social media. According to the reports, the Turkish military convoy first entered Syria from the neighboring Hatay Province before making its way through the Idlib Governorate to the town of Morek. In the town of Morek is one of the Turkish military’s largest observation posts inside the Hama Governorate.  

Tags: Morek, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army strengthens presence along Turkish border after jihadist offensives: video

Published 2019-07-18 11:37:16 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has taken strict security measures near the Turkish border with the Latakia Governorate following a series of jihadist attacks on their positions in the Turkmen Mountains. According to the Sputnik News Agency, the Syrian Army’s recent measures around the Turkish border has proven effective in defending several towns in the Latakia Governorate, including Atirah, Al-Durra, and Sarraf. “The new measures came after the Turkish-backed attack, which was aimed at creating a strategic breach that would reshuffle the cards,” a military source told the Arabic-language version of Sputnik. According to the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

US, Israel demand Iran withdraw from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon before any future deal: report

Published 2019-07-18 10:52:27 by News Desk in Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The U.S. and Israel require that Iran fully withdraw from Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon before any future agreement on Syria can be put in place, Israel-based Channel 13 revealed late on Wednesday. Citing an unnamed U.S. official, Channel 13 said that during the tripartite meeting between the U.S., Israel, and Russia on June 24th, the delegates from Washington and Tel Aviv demanded that Moscow force the Iranians to withdraw from Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.  “. “The Trump administration and Israel are concerned about any future deal in Syria that could lead to more Iranian problems… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Lebanon, US

Map of Syrian Army’s new offensive in northwestern Syria

Published 2019-07-18 10:32:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun a new operation in northwestern Syria that is targeting the imperative Zuwayqat Mountain that overlooks the northern part of the Al-Ghaab Plain. According to a military source on Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army sent a massive military convoy to the town of Joureen, which is located along the Latakia-Hama axis. Not long after these troops arrived, the Syrian Arab Army began heavily bombarding the nearby towns of Sirmaniyeh and Kabani in a bid to weaken the jihadist forces in the area. The Russian Air Force then launched a… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Syria

Russian, Syrian jets destroy 7 jihadist bases, warehouses in Idlib

Published 2019-07-18 10:04:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:35 A.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces carried out several airstrikes over the Idlib and Hama governorates this week, targeting a number of bases belonging to the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. According to a new report from the Arabic-language version of the Sputnik News Agency, the Syrian and Russian air forces targeted several areas belonging to these jihadist groups, including the towns of Khan Sheikhoun, Termala, Kafr ‘Ayn, and Jisr Al-Shughour. In addition to the Idlib Governorate towns mentioned, the Russian and Syrian air forces also targeted Tal Hawash and Hawijah in northern… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russian warships destroy target with supersonic Moskit missiles (video)

Published 2019-07-18 09:15:55 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Ministry of Defence has issued a video of naval drills in the Sea of Japan, showing two vessels of the Pacific Fleet – a missile boat and a destroyer – obliterating target using P-270 Moskit missiles (NATO reporting name SS-N-22 Sunburn). These supersonic ramjet-powered anti-ship missiles can easily hit a target that located about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the warships, which is not the weapon’s limit. The video shows the firing in full – with the projectile launching from the vessel to its destination.   Source: Sputnik

Tags: Russia

Syrian Army begins 2nd phase of northwestern Syria offensive

Published 2019-07-18 08:36:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun the second phase of their northwestern Syria offensive after taking a month-long hiatus between mid-June and mid-July. Led by the Tiger Forces and 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army began their offensive last night by launching a massive attack via their air force. The Russian Air Force was also involved in the attack, bombing several sites inside the Al-Ghaab Plain region of both Idlib and Hama. Following the airstrikes, the Tiger Forces and their allies began hammering the southern flank of Al-Sirmaniyeh with a plethora of missiles… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Syria

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