This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Sweida, Syria, Latakia, China, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen, Jordan, US, Hama, Idlib, Russia, Iran, Israel, Abha, Aleppo.

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Locals seize Syrian intel HQ in Sweida after arrest of activist

Published 2019-06-17 19:58:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The arrest of a Druze opposition leader in Al-Sweida brought about an armed conflict last night between a group of locals and the Syrian military intelligence. According to local reports, a group of locals stormed the Syrian military intelligence headquarters on Sunday evening after they accused the latter of arresting the opposition activist, Muhannad Shahebeddine, in Sweida city. The locals then seized the military intelligence building and took at least ten officers hostage. The following day, the locals agreed to release the officers and leave the area after negotiating with the Syrian government. On Monday,… Read on ->

Tags: Sweida, Syria


Jihadist ambush kills 7 Syrian soldiers behind enemy lines in northern Latakia

Published 2019-06-17 19:36:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – Several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed on Monday when a group of jihadists snuck behind enemy lines to carry out an ambush in northern Latakia. According to a source in Latakia, the jihadist rebels made their way to the hills surrounding Al-Haffa, where they later ambushed a Syrian Army unit. At least 7 Syrian Army soldiers were killed during the ambush near Al-Haffa, the source told Al-Masdar. Following the ambush, the jihadist rebels quickly retreated north in order to evade a confrontation with the Syrian Army reinforcements that arrived on the scene.  

Tags: Latakia, Syria


China’s new Type 055 destroyer among best in the world: experts

Published 2019-06-17 16:21:12 by News Desk in World-News

Accompanied by marching music and tearing waves, a huge warship with the hull number 101 sailed into view out of heavy fog during the maritime parade on April 23 in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong Province to celebrate the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s 70th anniversary. Those not lucky enough to experience this at the scene and were eagerly waiting to see it on television were disappointed when state broadcaster China Central Television was unable to provide a live feed of the parade, possibly due to the bad weather and sea conditions. But that did not stop them from enjoying… Read on ->

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Tags: China


Houthi forces make large-scale advance in southern Saudi Arabia

Published 2019-06-17 16:03:27 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Houthi forces (var. Ansarallah) have reportedly captured several areas during their large-scale offensive inside of Saudi Arabia’s Asir Province in the last 72 hours. According to the Houthi forces, their troops captured several strategic locations inside the Barakin and Sayyaf mountains after a fierce battle with the Saudi Coalition troops. The Yemeni group claimed to have killed more than 50 Saudi Coalition fighters, while also destroying three BMPs and two tanks. The Houthi forces have recently stepped up their military operations inside of southern Saudi Arabia, seizing many areas north of the Yemeni border.

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


US pressures Jordan to freeze trade with Syria and close border crossing: report

Published 2019-06-17 15:22:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The U.S. is pressuring Jordan to close their two border crossings with Syria and freeze all trade with their neighbor to the north, Russia Today reported over the weekend. According to the Arabic language version of Russia Today, the U.S. pressure on Jordan has forced the country to ban Syrian imports, which has greatly impacted trade between the neighboring Levantine countries. Furthermore, Russia Today reported that the U.S. is pressuring Jordan to close the Nassib and Jaber border crossings with Syria. The U.S. is reportedly trying to tighten its sanctions on Syria in a bid… Read on ->

Tags: Jordan, Syria, US


Complete absence of Syrian and Russian jets over northwestern Syria

Published 2019-06-17 14:52:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have not conducted a single airstrike over northwestern Syria since 12:00 A.M. (local time) last night, a military source told Al-Masdar. According to the source, the absence of Syrian and Russian jets is likely due to the resumption of ceasefire talks between Moscow and Ankara. Over the last two weeks, both the Russian and Turkish armed forces have found little common ground on the situation in northwestern Syria, as Ankara wants all military activity halted and the withdrawal of the Syrian troops from the recently captured areas. Russia, on… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Russia, Syria


Saudi, US air forces conduct joint flights over Persian Gulf in show of strength against Iran

Published 2019-06-17 14:36:26 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The U.S. and Saudi air forces conducted joint flights over the Persian Gulf region on Sunday amid their ongoing turmoil with Iran. According to the Saudi Press Agency, the two air forces deployed their F-15C Eagles to the Persian Gulf in a mission aimed at bolstering military ties and joint work. The timing of these joint flights is interesting, as it comes just days after the U.S. and Saudi Arabia accused Iran of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran has denied any role in the attack on the oil tankers, despite… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Saudi, US


Houthi forces score new advance inside southern Saudi Arabia

Published 2019-06-17 11:30:07 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Houthi forces (var. Ansarallah Movement) scored a new advance in southern Saudi Arabia on Monday after launching a big assault in the Najran Province. Backed by their rocket battalion, the Houthi forces began their assault on Monday by storming the Muraba Al-Shabke region that is located north of the Yemeni border. Following an intense battle, the Houthi forces were able to take control of several hills in the Muraba Al-Shabke area, forcing the Saudi Coalition troops to retreat from a number of posts in order to avoid being overrun. This new advance by the… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Russian Air Force receives 2 modern MiG-35 fighters

Published 2019-06-17 10:49:25 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Aerospace Forces have received two modern MiG-35 fighters and will receive four more before the end of the year, Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Director General Ilya Tarasenko said. “We have made a significant breakthrough in the MiG-35 program over the past three years. We have launched the construction of this aircraft rapidly. Over two and a half years we have moved from development activities to a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry, and, under this contract, we have already delivered two first aircraft to the Aerospace Forces for tests. We plan to deliver the remaining four aircraft by… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Up-close footage of Syrian Army tank at Idlib-Hama front-lines

Published 2019-06-17 09:44:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is currently involved in a fierce battle with a number of jihadist and Turkish-backed rebel groups in northwestern Syria. The battle for northwestern Syria has been incredibly costly for all parties involved, as the loss of military personnel and equipment has reached numbers not seen since the battle of Aleppo city in 2016. With all eyes on the battle in Hama and Idlib, a lot of video footage has come from the ongoing fight for these governorates. In a rare video released on Sunday, Tiger Forces personnel released up-close footage… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Israel jamming Syrian air defenses due to poor missile success rate: Russian media

Published 2019-06-17 09:10:50 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 A.M.) – Israel has begun jamming the Syrian air defenses due to their alleged poor missile success rate in Syria, the Russian website Aria Pro claimed on Sunday.  According to the Russian publication, only 30-40 percent of the Israeli missiles have managed to hit their recent targets in Syria. The Israeli military’s decision to jam the Syrian air defenses is nothing new; they have done this on a number of occasions in the past. Furthermore, despite these claims, the satellite images that were released after the recent Israeli attacks on Tal Al-Harra in Daraa and the T-4… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Syria


Israel unveils new Trump settlement in occupied Golan Heights

Published 2019-06-17 04:21:41 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

A special cabinet meeting was held to honour Trump’s announcement in May that the United States recognised Israeli sovereignty over it. “We are proud to set up a settlement that will pay tribute to our great friend. We will continue developing the Golan Heights for the benefit of its Jewish and non-Jewish population,” Netanyahu said. https://twitter.com/netanyahu/status/1140301007840337921 ​The community will be named Ramat Trump, or Trump Heights. Previously, it was reported that Ramat Trump will be home to 120 families, both secular and religious. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended the sign unveiling ceremony. Israel took control of the Golan… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Houthi forces fire ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport

Published 2019-06-17 02:38:56 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 A.M.) – The Houthi forces (var. Ansarallah Movement) have launched a new attack on a Saudi Arabian airport, the Yemeni group’s official media wing announced shortly after 1:30 A.M. (Sanaa Time). According to the Houthi forces’ media wing, their rocket battalion fired a Qasef-K2 ballistic missile at the Abha Regional Airport. The Houthi forces did not state whether or not their missile hit the Abha Airport. The Saudi Coalition has also not commented on this latest attack. This latest attack by the Houthi forces comes just hours after one of their officials warned that they were going… Read on ->

Tags: Abha, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen


Breaking: Jihadist rebels launch deadly attack on southern Aleppo – several casualties

Published 2019-06-17 02:16:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new and unprovoked attack on the southern part of Aleppo tonight, killing and wounding several people in the process. According to a report from Aleppo city, the jihadist rebels rained several missiles on the town of Al-Wadihi, killing at least a dozen civilians and wounding fourteen others. The jihadist rebels also targeted the western districts of Aleppo city, where they caused material damage to a number of buildings. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has yet to respond to this latest attack by the jihadist rebels; however, they will likely launch… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Video footage of the jihadist offensive that cutoff key government supply line

Published 2019-06-17 00:49:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Anna News Agency released a new video this past week that showed Syrian Arab Army’s perspective during the jihadist offensive to cutoff the main road from Mhardeh to Sqaylabiyeh. In the Anna News video, the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces can be seen taking on the jihadist rebels as the latter pushes towards the government strongholds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MGTQztoaxM

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


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