This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Assad, Iran, Rouhani, Zarif, Syria, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Houthi, Yemen, Aleppo, Deir_Ezzor, Netanyahu, Putin, Quneitra, Hama, Mhardeh, Kashmir, Baghouz, SDF.

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Assad refuses US offer to back his presidency in exchange for breaking ties with Iran: official

Published 2019-02-27 17:50:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad refused the U.S.’ offer to back his presidency in exchange for breaking ties with Iran, the Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian said this week. “The Syrian President’s visit to Tehran bore a hidden yet great message. The visit of Bashar Al-Assad with the Leader and the president of our country at this time was carried out with several goals,” he said, as quoted by the Fars News Agency. According to Abdollahian, Assad’s visit to Tehran and his refusal to accept the U.S.’ offer reaffirmed his commitment to… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Iran


Zarif meets Rouhani following rejected resignation

Published 2019-02-27 17:33:27 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif returned to work in Tehran on Wednesday after the country’s president Hassan Rouhani rejected his offer to resign. Footage shows Zarif meeting Rouhani ahead of the talks with visiting an Armenian delegation led by the Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Zarif announced his departure in a statement on Instagram on Monday, apologising for his “shortcomings” and “inability to continue serving.” In an official statement published by Iranian media on Wednesday, Rouhani answered: “I believe accepting your resignation would be against the benefit of the country, so I reject it.”

Tags: Iran, Rouhani, Zarif


Turkey acquits Syrian pilot over espionage charges

Published 2019-02-27 17:18:48 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – A Turkish acquitted a Syrian military pilot of espionage charges on Tuesday after his plane was shot down along the Syria-Turkey border in 2017. According to the Demiroren News Agency, the 58-year-old pilot was tried in absentia and acquitted by a Turkish court in the southern part of the Hatay Province. The pilot was reportedly facing up to twelve years in prison for ‘spying’ and “attempting to destroy military installations”. However, despite facing these espionage charges, the Turkish authorities agreed to release the Syrian pilot in October 2017; he would be subsequently returned to Syria… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey


Pakistani PM offers to sit down with India’s Modi to avoid escalation

Published 2019-02-27 16:53:20 by News Desk in World-News

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan extended an offer of talks to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to avoid escalation of the Kashmir crisis during a televised address from Islamabad on Wednesday. The prime minister said the two countries “should sit down and sort out our issues with dialogue” rather than letting tensions escalate, adding that both sides should show restraint, in consideration of both countries’ nuclear arsenals. “Can we afford miscalculation with the kind of weapons you and we have? Shouldn’t we be thinking where this will go from here if things were to escalate? It won’t even be in… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


Houthi forces launch new offensive in central Yemen

Published 2019-02-27 16:36:16 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a new offensive in central Yemen on Wednesday, targeting the pro-Saudi Yemeni Army’s positions inside the Qaniyah District of Al-Bayda. Backed by heavy artillery and missiles, the Houthi forces began their attack by storming the Yemeni Army’s positions at the hills in the Qaniyah District. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their troops managed to capture at least two hilltops in Qaniyah, while also inflicting heavy losses within the ranks of the Yemeni Army. The Houthi forces are now trying to push deeper into Qaniyah to capture… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Yemen


Complete map update of Syrian War – End of February 2019

Published 2019-02-27 16:10:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The month of February saw little movement on the field battle, but an increase in violence across the northwestern region of Syria. With increased tensions around the Idlib front, both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Islamist rebels have stepped up their attacks near the demilitarized zone that was established on September 17th in Sochi, Russia. Northwest Syria: As mentioned above, northwestern Syria has experienced an increase in violence in the month of February, as the situation continues to fall apart along the Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Idlib fronts. Most of the violence in northwestern… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Deir_Ezzor, Syria


Israeli missiles used in Indian Air Force’s Pakistan strike – reports

Published 2019-02-27 15:28:49 by News Desk in Iran

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On Tuesday, India carried out an airstrike on the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, reportedly targeting a camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist group. The organisation earlier claimed responsibility for the deadly attack against an Indian security convoy in Kashmir on February 14. Mirage warplanes of the Indian Air Force (IAF) used Israeli-made “Spice 200” missiles during the recent airstrike on a terrorist camp in neighbouring Pakistan, Indian security sources were quoted by news outlets as saying on Wednesday. The sources claimed that each missile weighs 1,000 kilograms, is fitted with pre-fed GPS coordinates, and is also equipped with anti-jamming and… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


Netanyahu arrives in Russia to meet with Putin on Syria

Published 2019-02-27 14:06:40 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Moscow on Wednesday morning ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The pair are expected to discuss the Syrian conflict, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dimitry Peskov. Netanyahu was originally scheduled to meet Putin last Thursday, but the meeting was postponed due to internal political developments in Israel.     Source: Ruptly

Tags: Netanyahu, Putin, Syria


Syrian Army seizes largest cache of explosives to date in southern Syria

Published 2019-02-27 13:39:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized the largest cache of militant explosives to date inside the southwestern region of Syria this week. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military seized over eight tonnes of C-4 explosives that were left behind by the rebels inside the Al-Quneitra Governorate of southwest Syria. The SANA report said the Syrian Army uncovered the C-4 explosives while combing through the Al-Quneitra countryside. These combing operations by the Syrian Arab Army have uncovered a multitude of caches that were left behind by the jihadists and rebels in the… Read on ->

Tags: Quneitra, Syria


Breaking: India shoots down Pakistani warplane

Published 2019-02-27 13:18:48 by News Desk in World-News

India shot down a Pakistani warplane and lost its own MiG-21 fighter, with the pilot missing in action, New Delhi said. Pakistan earlier claimed it had successfully taken out two Indian aircraft amid a spiraling border crisis. In an “aerial engagement Pakistani Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force” and fell on the Pakistani territory, the spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, told reporters on Wednesday. India took a beating too, he announced, having lost “one MiG 21” in the same encounter. The pilot is still considered… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


Turkish-backed rebels attack Syrian Christian city in Hama (video)

Published 2019-02-27 13:09:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels launched a heavy attack on the Syrian Christian city of Mhardeh, yesterday, targeting several neighborhoods and civil installations. According to reports from Mhardeh, the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) fired several Grad missiles and artillery shells indiscriminately into the city, causing material damage to many homes. As a result of the attack, at least five people were hospitalized for wounds sustained from the militant Grad missiles and artillery shells. Below is a video from the pro-rebel STEP News Agency that shows the militant attack on Mhardeh yesterday:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5EQpEAVkGQ

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Tags: Hama, Mhardeh, Syria


Footage shows wreckage of Indian aircraft in central Kashmir (video)

Published 2019-02-27 12:39:43 by News Desk in World-News

Footage filmed on a field in the Budgam district in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir shows what appears to be the crash site of an aircraft. According to Indian officials, the aircraft was an Indian Air Force Mi-17 transport chopper, which crashed due to a technical failure and bad weather conditions on Wednesday. Two people were reportedly killed.

At the same time, Pakistan claimed responsibility for shooting down two Indian aircraft, with one of them reportedly falling on the Indian side of Kashmir and the other coming down inside the Pakistani-held territory. The incident happened amid… Read on ->

Tags: India, Kashmir


SDF commander assassinated by unknown assailants near Baghouz

Published 2019-02-27 12:17:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – A commander from the SDF-affiliated Jaysh Al-Thuwar was assassinated on Wednesday near the contested town of Baghouz. According to reports from Deir Ezzor, the Jaysh Al-Thuwar commander Abu Ali Barad was assassinated near the town of Baghouz when unknown assailants opened fire and killed him. The reports said the men responsible for killing Abu Ali Barad were masked during the attack; they are believed to belong to an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cell. With the Islamic State nearing defeat in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley, the terrorist group has taken new measures… Read on ->

Tags: Baghouz, SDF, Syria


Breaking: Pakistan downs 2 Indian aircraft inside its airspace, pilots captured

Published 2019-02-27 12:01:27 by News Desk in World-News

Pakistan shot down two Indian Air Force aircraft after they crossed into its airspace, the army said. The incident comes amid an ongoing border crisis between the two nuclear powers. The Pakistani Air Force downed “two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace” after they crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, the army’s spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, tweeted. “One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area,” he wrote. According to the spokesperson, one aircraft fell inside the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, while the other went down inside the territory controlled by India. Ghafoor later stated… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


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