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This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hezbollah, Israel, Syria, NATO, Russia, Iran, China, Hariri, Lebanon, Saudi, Egypt, Iraq, Houthi, Yemen, Hmeimim, Latakia, Kowsar, ISIS, Palmyra, Sweden, Golan, Japan.

Categories covered in this brief: Middleeast, Syria, World-News, Iran, Lebanon, North-Africa, Iraq, Yemen

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IDF general vows to destroy Syrian S-300 systems if used against Israeli warplanes

Published 2019-04-18 19:43:10 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The commander of the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) Northern Command, General Yoel Strick, sat down for an interview with Ynet News this week to discuss the situations in Lebanon and Syria. The IDF commander said if Hezbollah launched any cross-border attacks in Israel that his forces would make Lebanon pay dearly. He said it would be a mistake to think that Lebanon would be spared in a war between Hezbollah and the Israeli Defense Forces. The commander of the IDF’s Northern Command was then asked about Hezbollah’s tunnels near the Israeli border. Strick said that… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Syria


Russian Navy trails NATO ships in Baltic waters

Published 2019-04-18 19:20:11 by News Desk in World-News

The Baltic Sea Fleet forces are on duty after a NATO group of 4 ships entered the Baltic Sea on Thursday, the Russian National Defense Management Center reported. The NATO group consists of the US guided missile destroyer USS Gravely, the Polish frigate ORP General Kazimierz Pulaski, the Turkish frigate Gokova and the Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon. “In order to work out a prompt response in case of potential incidents or accidents in the waters of the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea Fleet forces are tracking the NATO ships. Ship strike groups, the Bal and Bastion coastal defense… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Russia


Iranian commander claims Iran is among top 5 drone powers in the world

Published 2019-04-18 17:36:54 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – An Iranian military commander said on Thursday that the Islamic Republic is one of the top 5 drone powers in the world. “Today, thanks to the blessings of the Islamic Revolution, we enjoy indigenized production lines and technology to use drones. Actually, we have reached the peaks and a high degree in production of the UAVs,” Commander of the Army Ground Force’s Drone Unit General Shahram Hassannejad told FNA. “Based on official sources, the Islamic Iran is standing among the 5 advanced world states in production of drones,” he added. Iran has recently made major… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


Chinese radar system destroyed by Israel has been restored by the Syrian Army

Published 2019-04-18 16:48:43 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

The JY-27 ‘Wide Mat’ long-range early warning radar which was reported destroyed during the 20 January Israeli Air Force strike on the Damascus airport has been successfully restored, the Sina news portal has reported, citing fresh satellite photos of the airport and the surrounding area. According to the portal, media reportsabout the destruction of the JY-27 were premature, since the strike appeared to have destroyed only the JY-27’s antenna, not its transmitter, with Syrian air defence troops able to simply replace the antenna with a spare and turn the system back on. “Otherwise, it would be much more difficult to redeploy the radar,” Sina indicated. Sina suggested that Israel targeted the radar… Read on ->

Tags: China, Israel, Syria


Lebanese PM Saad Hariri heads to Saudi Arabia for first time since 2017 debacle

Published 2019-04-18 16:13:05 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is on the way to Riyadh this afternoon for a meeting with several Saudi officials, the premier’s office said on Thursday. Hariri will be meeting with several high ranking Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. This will be Hariri’s first official visit to Saudi Arabia since he was summoned to Riyadh in 2017. While the details from that debacle are still not clear, it was rumored that Hariri was forced to stay in Riyadh against his will and then release a statement after several world leaders expressed concern… Read on ->

Tags: Hariri, Lebanon, Saudi


Egypt not blocking Iranian oil tankers en route to Syria

Published 2019-04-18 15:47:00 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Egyptian authorities are not blocking Iranian oil tankers from transiting the Suez Canal, the naval tracking website Marine Traffic showed on Thursday. The website allows you to track almost all naval ships traveling across the world and in this case, it showed how Iranian vessels were able to cross the Suez Canal that links the Red and Mediterranean seas. As illustrated in the photo above, the Iranian oil tanker “Stark I” had successfully transited the Suez Canal and is currently en route to a Turkish port near the large coastal city of Izmir. In addition… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Iran, Syria


Iraqi Army receives new batch of Russian T-90 tanks

Published 2019-04-18 14:01:25 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces have reportedly received a new batch of T-90 tanks from the Russian military, Iraqi News reported on Wednesday. Citing the commander of the 9th Armored Division’s commander Major General Walid Khalifa’s interview with the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) on Tuesday, Iraqi News reported that the Iraqi Ministry of Defense received their fourth batch of Russian-made T-90 tanks. The Iraqi military will begin using the tanks once they complete training, the Iraqi News report added. Iraq first agreed to receive the T-90 tank in 2017 after seeing the Syrian Arab Army’s… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Houthi forces seize strategic mountain after fierce battle in central Yemen

Published 2019-04-18 13:26:23 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Houthi forces scored an imperative victory in central Yemen this morning after a three-day-long battle against the pro-government Yemeni National Army. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their troops managed to fully secure the Al-Aoud Mountain and its surrounding points after the Yemeni National Army attempted a counter-offensive to retake their lost territory. The Houthi forces said they were able to inflict heavy casualties within the ranks of the Yemeni National Army before they retreated to a neighboring area in the Ibb Governorate of central Yemen. With the defeat of… Read on ->

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Tags: Houthi, Yemen


New satellite images reveal deployment of Russian missile system in Syria

Published 2019-04-18 13:03:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 P.M.) – The Israel-based Image Satellite International group released new satellite images from the Russian Hmeimim Airbase in southwest Latakia this week. The ISI satellite images showed the deployment of the Russian Iskander (SS-26) missile system to the Hmeimim Airbase near the coastal city of Jableh. https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1118505688882458625?s=20 While the satellite images reveal the presence of the Iskander system at the Hmeimim Airbase, it is not clear when the Russians actually deployed it to Syria. A Syrian military source in Damascus speaking on the condition of anonymity told Al-Masdar this morning that the deployment of the Iskander missile… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Latakia, Russia, Syria


Watch the new Iranian fighter jet in action for the first time

Published 2019-04-18 12:34:34 by News Desk in Iran

The Iranian military showcased their new domestically-made Kowsar fighter jet during an air show in Tehran on Tuesday. According to the Islamic Republic News Agnecy (IRNA), the new Kowsar aircraft flew alongisde their F-5, MiG-29 and Saeqeh jets in a joint drill. A Boeing 747 supertanker also participated in the show. The air show was organized two days before Iran National Army Day, which will display the Islamic Republic’s military might. On the Army Day, only the domestically-made fighter jets will be on display, IRNA said, citing army commanders. The Kowsar fighter jet was first unveiled in last Summer and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Kowsar


Syrian Army suffers heavy casualties after ISIS carries out another ambush near Palmyra

Published 2019-04-18 11:52:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – For the third time in the last two weeks, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) has carried out a deadly ambush against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in eastern Syria. According to a military source near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), the Islamic State ambushed a Syrian Arab Army unit in the small town of Al-Kawm, which is north of Al-Sukhnah. The source said the Syrian military suffered more than ten casualties as a result of the Islamic State ambush. During the attack, ISIS managed to capture 2 vehicles and a large amount of weapons before… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Palmyra, Syria


Sweden launches new ‘top secret’ spy ship

Published 2019-04-18 11:28:41 by News Desk in World-News

A new intelligence vessel built by Saab Kockums on behalf of the Swedish military has been launched in the Baltic Sea, the daily newspaper Expressen reported. On Wednesday, the 74-metre-long, 14-metre-wide spy ship was officially named the HMS Artemis, after the ancient Greek goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the Moon, and chastity. The ship was built by Saab Kockum’s subcontractor Nauta Shipyard in Gdynia Poland, which is part of the Polish defence group PGZ. “The Swedish Armed Forces and the Navy, together with the National Defence Radio Establishment, will receive a qualified and modern signals intelligence vessel that will increase their capacities,” Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)… Read on ->

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Tags: Sweden


Israel’s air supremacy over Lebanon leaves Syria in serious trouble

Published 2019-04-18 11:03:59 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Israel’s air supremacy over Lebanon has proven difficult for the Syrian military counter, especially when the former uses this airspace to launch airstrikes on border governorates like Homs, Damascus, and Tartous. While the Syrian military frequently tracks Israeli warplanes along the Syrian-Lebanese border, they have refrained from attempting to down any enemy aircraft because such a move would trigger a powerful response the IAF. However, as the Syrian military has seen time-after-time, if they remain idle, Israel uses Lebanon to enter Syria and then bomb their installations. There is not much Syria can do in… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


US officially changes map to show Golan Heights as Israeli territory

Published 2019-04-18 10:36:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 A.M.) – The U.S. government has officially updated their maps to show the Golan Heights as part of Israel and no longer occupied. Previously, the U.S. recognized the Golan Heights as occupied by Israel since June of 1967; however, due to Donald Trump’s announcement last week, Washington has made the decision to update their maps. https://twitter.com/jdgreenblatt45/status/1118234058872512518?s=20 Despite the U.S. decision, their allies from the Arab League and European Union have both rejected this move, with the latter saying they will never recognize Israel’s sovereignty over this region. In addition to the Arab League and European Union, China… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria


US sanctions against Syria could potentially create another refugee crisis

Published 2019-04-18 09:36:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The U.S.’ economic siege of Syria is supposed to apply pressure on the Syrian government to return to the Geneva peace process, but what it’s actually doing is contributing to the continued suffering of millions of people that are attempting to go on with their lives despite the ongoing war that is crippling their country. Due to the economic blockade imposed by nations like the United States and the United Kingdom, Syria is facing its worst fuel crisis in recent memory. The U.S. and their allies continue to obstruct resources from entering the country as… Read on ->

Tags: Syria


Japanese F-35 forced to make 7 precautionary landings before disappearing

Published 2019-04-18 07:28:19 by News Desk in World-News

On Wednesday, Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said that Japan’s F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters had made seven precautionary landings before one of the fleet’s fighters disappeared from radars on April 9, 84 miles east of the Misawa Air Base in the country’s northern Aomori prefecture. A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) spokesperson also confirmed Wednesday that the search for the aircraft and its highly-experienced pilot, Major Akinori Hosomi — who has more than 3,200 hours of flight time — is still underway. US Air Force pilots, for example, currently average around 17.8 hours of flight time a month, amounting to around 213 flight hours a year, military.com reported… Read on ->

Tags: Japan


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