This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: ISIS, Syria, US, Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, China, Russia, Tanf, Houthis, Saudi, Yemen, Deir_Ezzor, Homs, Iran, UK, Turkey, India.

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Russia accuses US of hijacking ISIS oil trade in Syria

Published 2019-07-29 23:55:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 P.M.) – US-affiliated forces in Syria have ‘hijacked’ the illegal oil trade from Daesh (ISIS),* Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, announced in a Monday briefing. According to the senior officer, in addition to their criminal enterprises, US-trained militants have been training to destroy oil and gas infrastructure and to organise attacks against Syrian government forces. Col. Gen. Rudskoy accused the US of providing various Arab and Kurdish militias with arms in exchange for assistance in the illegal trafficking of Syrian oil to the East of the Euphrates…. Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria, US


More offensives are coming in northwestern Syria in next few weeks: Syrian military

Published 2019-07-29 23:24:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is not done in the northwestern region of Syria, despite reversing all of the militant gains in the Hama Governorate. Speaking to Al-Masdar from the Hama Governorate, an source from the Syrian Republican Guard said the military is preparing to launch more offensives inside northwestern Syria in the near future. In particular, the source said the Syrian Army is looking to open up new fronts in the Hama and Aleppo governorates, while also concentrating on previous battles that were put on hold due to the militant capture of Tal Malah… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, Syria


China will be first nation to acquire Russia’s S-500 missile system: media

Published 2019-07-29 22:05:42 by News Desk in World-News

China may become the first and main foreign buyer of the S-500 Prometey (Prometheus) air defence system once sales abroad begin, independent defence publication Military Watch Magazine believes. “While China has made significant progress in developing its own indigenous air defence systems with platforms such as the HQ-9B, their capabilities remain limited relative to the latest Russian platforms such as the S-400 and S-300V4, meaning for the foreseeable future the PLA will continue to rely on Russian platforms,” the publication noted. Pointing to the popularity of previous generations of advanced Russian military hardware among the Chinese, and the recent start of deliveries of… Read on ->

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Tags: China, Russia


US-trained ‘saboteurs’ sent from Al-Tanf to destabilize situation in other parts of Syria: Russia

Published 2019-07-29 14:36:03 by News Desk in Syria

US-trained saboteurs are being sent from Al-Tanf to other parts of Syria to try to destabilize the situation, Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, said on Monday. A ‘major armed unit’ of Jaish Magawir al-Saura militants is being trained in the 55km zone surrounding the Al-Tanf base, he said. Almost 2,700 militants are being trained in the US-controlled Al-Tanf zone for activities including the destruction of the oil and gas infrastructure and conducting terrorist attacks against Syrian government forces, RIA Novosti quoted Rudskoy as saying at the Defense Ministry. He said… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Tanf


Houthis launches new missile at Saudi Coalition gathering near Yemeni border

Published 2019-07-29 14:01:36 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The Houthis announced on Monday afternoon that their forces had targeted a Saudi Coalition gathering inside the southern region of Saudi Arabia. According to the official media wing of the Houthis, their rocket battalion fired their new Badr-F ballistic missile at the Saudi Coalition gather in the Al-Da’ir area of the Asir region. The group did not clarify whether or not the missile hit its intended target. Prior to this attack, the Houthis announced that they launched an attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport using their Qassef-2k drones. They said the attack on the Abha… Read on ->

Tags: Houthis, Saudi, Yemen


ISIS regrouping in eastern Syria, increasing attacks against Syrian Army: source

Published 2019-07-29 13:27:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) appears far from defeated following their recent attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in eastern Syria. Over the last two weeks, the Islamic State has increased their attacks against the Syrian Arab Army, launching big assaults on the latter’s positions around the key city of Al-Mayadeen in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. On Saturday, the Islamic State launched a big assault on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the Badiya area of Al-Mayadeen; this resulted in several casualties for the military. According to a security source in Damascus, these latest Islamic… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Homs, ISIS, Syria


Iran releases footage of British Navy, IRGC confrontation in Persian Gulf: video

Published 2019-07-29 12:49:51 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has released a video showing them issuing a warning to a British warship during the IRGC’s seizure of the UK-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero earlier this month. “This is the IRGC Navy patrol boat, don’t put your life to danger. The tanker […] is under my control. You are ordered to not interfere in my operation”, an Iranian operator is heard in the video published by the Iranian news agency Tasnim on its Twitter page. https://twitter.com/Tasnimnews_Fa/status/1155729870401540097 A voice with a British accent is heard replying that “this is British warship F236” and that the warship is… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, UK


Breaking: Syrian Army strikes Turkish military’s observation post area in Hama

Published 2019-07-29 12:18:22 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army began targeting the Turkish military’s observation post area in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army fired several rounds from their 57mm guns, along with mortar shells, on the Turkish military’s observation post in the town of Sheir Magher. No casualties have been reported by either side. Today’s attack on Sheir Magher marks the first time since early July that the Syrian Army has targeted the Turkish military’s observation post area.

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army reverses all militant advances from June offensive: map

Published 2019-07-29 11:47:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has reversed all of the militant gains from the joint Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham-Jaysh Al-Izza June offensive in northwestern Hama. Led by the elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army began their counter-offensive by retaking the key hilltop of Tal Malah, which overlooks the main road between Mhardeh and Sqaylabiyeh. According to a military source in northwestern Hama, the militants from Jaysh Al-Izza withdrew from the nearby town of Jibeen shortly after the Syrian Arab Army captured Tal Malah last night. The source added that the Syrian Arab Army entered Tal Malah… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


India reconsiders purchasing US drones after Iran’s downing of UAV: report

Published 2019-07-29 10:59:16 by News Desk in Iran

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is rethinking the purchase of 30 American-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) worth $6 billion after Iran’s downing of a US Global Hawk drone in the Persian Gulf region last month, the Hindustan Times cited unnamed military sources as saying. The sources said that the IAF are now especially concerned about the US drones’ effectiveness and survivability in volatile airspace along India’s border with Pakistan and Chinabwhich New Delhi claims can be equipped with advanced surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems. In this context, one of the sources pointed to the fact that the US military successfully used its… Read on ->

Tags: India, Iran, US


Watch: Syrian Army’s massive attack before capturing strategic hilltop in Hama

Published 2019-07-29 10:28:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army launched an important offensive last night to retake the large hilltop of Tal Malah in northeastern Hama. Prior to storming Tal Malah, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces unleashed a massive attack on the jihadist defenses before they captured the key hilltop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbGsiyTuYsY

Tags: Hama, Syria


Second British warship enters Persian Gulf amid increased tensions with Iran

Published 2019-07-29 10:00:22 by News Desk in Iran

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The HMS Duncan, a Type 45 air-defence destroyer, has arrived in the Persian Gulf to escort British vessels, a week after Iranian forces seized a UK-flagged oil tanker, the British government said in a statement on Sunday. Earlier this month, the HMS Duncan was deployed in the Black Sea for Exercise Sea Breeze 2019, involving major naval drills with NATO and partner nations. “We have relocated from an intense deployment in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, which included support to the French carrier strike group with live operations in Syria,” said Tom Trent, the ship’s… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, UK


Syrian Army attempts to capture key mountaintop town in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-07-29 09:36:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy attack on the key mountaintop town of Kabani in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate last night. Led by the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army began the attack on Kabani by launching a plethora of missiles and artillery shells towards the defenses of the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Following the missile and artillery barrage, the Syrian Arab Army began storming Kabani from the southern slope of the Zuwayqat Mountains. However, despite the intensity of their attack, the Syrian Arab Army was… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


China’s new J-20 stealth fighter makes combat debut

Published 2019-07-29 08:15:34 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force for the first time released a photo of a J-20 stealth fighter jet showing the serial number of a combat unit, indicating that the warplane has ended trials and become a potent warplane protecting the country. A photo with the caption “An Air Force J-20 fighter conducts real combat training” was released by the PLA Air Force on Wednesday, along with a statement introducing its increasing strategic capability. Although the warplane has been seen in previously published photos and videos, Wednesday’s photo attracted attention as it showed… Read on ->

Tags: China


Syrian Army scores important advance after launching new offensive in northwestern Hama

Published 2019-07-29 06:27:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new offensive on Sunday that targeted the jihadist positions at the key hilltop of Tal Malah in northwestern Hama. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army began their offensive last night when their troops stormed Tal Malah from its western axis. Following a fierce battle, the Syrian Arab Army was able to seize Tal Malah from the jihadists before making their way to the nearby town of Jibeen. With Jibeen and Tal Malah recaptured, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to reopen the key road linking… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


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