This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Baghdadi, Iraq, Syria, Idlib, Russia, India, Hodeidah, Houthi, Yemen, Iran, IRGC, US, Hama, Israel, Raqqa, SAA, SDF, China, PLARF, Hmeimim, Latakia.

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ISIS leader trapped inside of Syrian desert: intel

Published 2019-04-28 16:56:28 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi reportedly attempted to cross into Iraq from neighboring Syria this month. Speaking to Russia Today, an Iraqi intelligence officer said that the Iraqi armed forces managed to block the terrorist leader’s entry into Iraq from Syria, forcing him to return to the vast desert region of the Homs Governorate. “Al-Baghdadi has been trying to enter Iraq for weeks, but he could not due to the strict security measures applied on the Iraqi-Syrian border,” the officer told Russia Today on condition of anonymity, as cited by Iraqi News…. Read on ->

Tags: Baghdadi, Iraq, Syria

Breaking: Russian Air Force launches new attack on jihadists in western Idlib

Published 2019-04-28 16:19:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has launched a new series of airstrikes over the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate, today, hitting several jihadist targets near the Turkish border. Led by their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force targeted Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in western Idlib, including several sites in and around the town of Bsheiriyeh. According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force carried out these airstrikes in response to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s attempted bombing of the Hmeimim Airbase. The Russian military was able to foil the jihadist attack on… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Founder of notorious Blackwater group registers new company in Iraq

Published 2019-04-28 14:59:01 by News Desk in Iraq

Blackwater founder Erik Prince has registered a subsidiary of his Hong-Kong based company in Iraq’s city of Basra, media reported. Frontier Logistics Consultancy DMCC, which is a subsidiary of Prince’s new company Frontier Services Group (FSG), has been registered as a foreign company with Iraq’s Ministry of Trade, Buzzfeed reported on Friday citing documents it had obtained. The report said the subsidiary’s office is based in Basra, located in Iraq’s oil-rich southern region, close to the border with Iran and Kuwait. FSG did not respond to requests for comment about the activity of its business in Iraq, according to the report. However, Prince said in an interview with Al… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq

Syrian Army eyes potential Idlib offensive this Summer: source

Published 2019-04-28 14:17:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is eyeing a potential military operation inside the Idlib and Hama governorates this Summer, a military source told Al-Masdar News on Sunday. According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army is considering an offensive that will target the parts of the demilitarized zone still under the control of the jihadist rebels. In particular, the source highlighted several towns in northern Hama and southern Idlib that still had a large presence on jihadist rebel fighters, despite the fact this is a violation of the September 17th Sochi Agreement. The source… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russia to build Indian Navy new frigates

Published 2019-04-28 13:44:43 by News Desk in World-News

Russia’s Yantar Shipyard on the Baltic coast has launched work to build two Project 11356 frigates for the Indian Navy, the press office of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport reported on Friday. “Rosoboronexport sees the Yantar Shipyard’s big potential for developing and producing hi-tech products supplied as part of military and technical cooperation. Its capacities have already produced hardware for exports worth over $1 billion and today the Shipyard has started fulfilling one of the largest contracts for India’s Navy,” the state arms exporter’s press office quoted Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev as saying. The Rosoboronexport chief executive made this statement… Read on ->

Tags: India, Russia

Breaking: Houthi forces launch important offensive in southern Hodeidah

Published 2019-04-28 13:07:08 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Houthi forces launched an imperative offensive in the southern part of the Hodeidah Governorate, today, targeting the areas controlled by the UAE-backed Giants Brigade. Backed by heavy artillery, the Houthi forces stormed the defenses of the Giants Brigade in the northern part of the Hays District; this would result in a heavy battle that is still ongoing at this time. According to a field report from the Hays District, the Houthi forces are looking to expel the Giants Brigade from this area and force the remaining UAE-backed troops to leave the southern outskirts of… Read on ->

Tags: Hodeidah, Houthi, Yemen

New video shows IRGC drone spying on US aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf

Published 2019-04-28 12:41:35 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Iran’s Tasnim News Agency has published a video allegedly shot by a drone belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps flying over an American aircraft carrier and an accompanying ship in the Persian Gulf. The video shows the carrier’s deck in detail, including the types and number of aircraft on it. The media outlet didn’t specify when the footage was shot, but said that it was released by the IRGC. The carrier in the video appears to be the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). Its last reported deployment in the Persian Gulf was in December 2016. The Pentagon hasn’t commented on the publication yet. The Iranian parliament designated CENTCOM as a… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, US

Rebels issue general mobilization call after suffering heavy losses due to Russian airstrikes

Published 2019-04-28 12:12:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh Al-Izza faction has issued a call for the general mobilization of rebel forces in northwestern Syria after suffering heavy losses as a result of the recent Russian airstrikes. According to a Syrian military source in the Hama Governorate, Jaysh Al-Izza reportedly suffered a large number of casualties in the last week after Russian jets struck their positions along the Hama-Idlib axis. The general mobilization of rebel forces in northwestern Syria is greatly needed for Jaysh Al-Izza as they are limited in the number of fighters they have available at their… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria

Israel releases two Syrians from prison after remains of IDF soldier were returned

Published 2019-04-28 11:48:39 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – Israel recently agreed to release a number of Syrian citizens after the remains of IDF sergeant Zachary Baumel were returned from Syria, Russian Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said in the Kazakh capital on Saturday, following the 12th intra-Syrian peace talks. “Israel has taken a decision, which will take some time, to release a number of the Syrian citizens who are in Israeli jails,” Lavrentiev said. On Sunday, the Israeli authorities released two Syrian citizens as part of the deal. According to the Israeli media, the two Syrian men were identified as Khamis Ahmad… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria

US is blocking Syria’s return to the Arab League: Russia

Published 2019-04-28 11:01:10 by News Desk in Syria

The Russian Special Envoy for Syria said in Nur-Sultan on Friday that the Arab League countries have not reinstated Syria because of pressure from the United States. Alexander Lavrentiev was speaking on the side-lines of the intra-Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital when he said the issue was raised during the recent summit of Arab League states in Tunisia in March. Lavrentiev said that “unfortunately under the U.S. pressure, it is not the secret anymore, it is the fait accompli. Basically, the Arab countries decided not to focus on this issue, the issue of reinstatement.” “We look at how… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

US builds nuclear shield to deliver surprise nuclear strike on Russia — General Staff claims

Published 2019-04-28 10:30:48 by News Desk in World-News

The United States is deploying missile defense systems near Russia’s borders with the goal of obtaining the potential to deliver a surprise nuclear strike on Russia, First Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Department Lt. Gen.Viktor Poznikhir said on Wednesday. “The deployment of missile defense systems near our borders creates a powerful strike potential for the US enabling it to deliver a surprise [the attacked party won’t be able to strike in response] missile and nuclear strike on Russia,” the general told the Moscow Conference on International Security. By developing the global missile defense system Washington also… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

Russian Air Force unleashes powerful attack on northwest Hama – video

Published 2019-04-28 10:00:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a large barrage of airstrikes over the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate last night, hitting several militant sites near the historical town of Qal’at Al-Madiq. According to a report from northwestern Hama, the Russian Air Force specifically targeted militant positions at Tal Hawash, Qal’at Al-Madiq, and the Al-Ghaab Plain. Below is footage from the Russian airstrikes on the militant positions in Qal’at Al-Madiq: Over the last 48 hours, the Russian Air Force has launched airstrikes across the northwestern region of Syria, mostly targeting Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions. The… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Russia, Syria

Syrian Army did not capture any territory from SDF in Raqqa: source

Published 2019-04-28 09:19:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – On Saturday, pro-government media outlets reported that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had seized territory from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the southwestern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate. The story goes: units from the Syrian Arab Army, under the cover of Russian and SyAAF airstrikes, managed to infiltrate the Syrian Democratic Forces’ positions, seizing at least three kilometers of territory near the Ja’ydin front. Al-Masdar reached out to a military source near the town of Ithriya to confirm whether or not these reports were in fact true. The source denied any advance in southwestern… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, SAA, SDF, Syria

‘A very big gap’: China’s PLARF outclasses US missiles, puts carriers at risk

Published 2019-04-28 08:30:56 by News Desk in World-News

The Chinese military is winning the conventional missile arms race, particularly for anti-ship missiles, and US commanders are frantically trying to come up with alternative strategies before US aircraft carriers become obsolete. “We know that China has the most advanced ballistic missile force in the world,” James Fanell, a retired US Navy captain and former senior intelligence officer with the US Pacific Fleet, told Reuters Thursday. “They have the capacity to overwhelm the defensive systems we are pursuing.” Robert Haddick, a former US Marine Corps officer and visiting senior fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, who is also an adviser… Read on ->

Tags: China, PLARF

Jihadists attempt to bomb Russian base in western Syria

Published 2019-04-28 07:53:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – For the second time in the last 72 hours, the jihadist rebels have attempted to bomb the Russian military’s Hmeimim Airbase in the Syrian coastal governorate of Latakia. Using their attack drones, the jihadist rebels attempted to drop unguided bombs on the Hmeimim Airbase last night, a source told Al-Masdar News this morning. According to the source, the Russian air defenses were able to foil the jihadist attack by destroying the assault drones before they could reach the vicinity of the Hmeimim Airbase. The source added that the Russian air defense sirens could be heard… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Latakia, Russia, Syria

Iranian forces at least 80km from Israeli border

Published 2019-04-28 07:18:02 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

Iranian forces in Syria remain around 80 kilometers (50 miles) away from the border with Israel despite Washington’s statement that it recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev told Sputnik in an interview. “We have reached agreement with our Iranian friends that certain units that have been there [at the Syrian border with Israel] in order to ensure security of the southern de-escalation zone will be transferred to a safe distance, from 75 to 80 kilometers. They fulfill their promises,” Lavrentyev said, when asked if Trump’s statement had triggered the approaching of Iranian forces to the border. In July 2018, Iran agreed,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria

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