In front of the portraits of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, and late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, left, Iran's Sejjil, a surface-to-surface, a two-stage, solid-fuel ballistic missile is displayed by the Revolutionary Guard during a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Albukamal, Iran, Syria, US, Hama, Kabani, Oman, Idlib, Russia, Trump, Qamishli.

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Iran activated air defenses in Syria after learning of US attack: report

Published 2019-06-21 23:52:13 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The Iranian forces in Syria activated their air defenses after learning of the U.S. planned attack, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported on Friday. According to the Russian publication, the Iranian forces learned of the U.S. planned attack and prepared for their air defense systems for the confrontation. Prior to this, a source from the Syrian military in Damascus told Al-Masdar that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had placed their troops on high alert near the border city of Albukamal. The Iranian presence in the border city of Albukamal is incredibly close to the U.S…. Read on ->

Tags: Albukamal, Iran, Syria

No end in sight? US’ troubled F-35 program still struggles with myriad problems

Published 2019-06-21 23:16:56 by News Desk in World-News

Documents recently obtained by Defense News reveal that the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is troubled with more than a dozen issues that could either put the lives of pilots at risk or jeopardize a mission outright. The report reveals that as the F-35 aircraft went into operational testing in the fall of 2018, it did so with at least 13 issues that were deemed as category 1 deficiencies, which are described as possibly causing death, severe injury or illness, loss or damage to the aircraft or that critically restrict the pilot’s ability to be ready for combat, among… Read on ->

Tags: US

Where are the Iranian forces in Syria? (map)

Published 2019-06-21 14:48:13 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Iranian military, in particular, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), is one of the foreign forces invited by the Syrian government to take part in operations inside the country. However, since their entry into the Syrian War, there have been constant rumors about their whereabouts and their activities. With the help of Syrian military sources, Al-Masdar was able to pinpoint the locations where the Iranian military, both IRGC and allied forces, are present. As illustrated in the map above, the Iranian military and their allied paramilitaries currently possess a large presence in the Euphrates… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria

Iran showcases downed US drone to public: photos

Published 2019-06-21 13:39:22 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – The Islamic Republic of Iran has put on display the wreckage of the U.S. spy drone that was shot down near the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday. According to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran, the U.S. military surveillance drone was flying with its tracking equipment switched off at the time, violating international aviation regulations. “[The] U.S. drone took off from UAE in stealth mode and violated Iranian airspace,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javid Zarif wrote on Twitter on Thursday night, adding that the Global Hawk drone “was targeted near… Kouh-e Mobarak” region… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Syrian Army’s 4th Division heads to northwestern Hama after Kabani battle ends

Published 2019-06-21 13:13:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division has departed the northeastern countryside of Latakia after a 45-day-long battle at the key town of Kabani. According to a military source in Damascus, the 4th Armored Division, including most of their elite 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces), have been redeployed to the Kafr Naboudeh front in northwestern Hama. The 4th Armored Division will reportedly take part in the Syrian Arab Army’s new push to secure Kafr Naboudeh’s eastern flank, which is currently exposed because the jihadist rebels control the imperative hilltop of Tal Sakher. When asked if the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Kabani, Syria

Breaking: Trump warned Iran via Oman of imminent attack

Published 2019-06-21 12:03:59 by News Desk in Iran

Donald Trump warned Tehran about an imminent attack as retaliation for a downed US drone, also giving “limited” time to respond, Reuters says. Trump reportedly ordered the strikes, but then pulled back. The US president “gave a short period of time to get our response but Iran’s immediate response was that it is up to Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei to decide about this issue,” an Iranian official told the news agency. Trump apparently also claimed he was not eager to start a war, but wanted to talk over “various issues” with Tehran.   Source: RT

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Tags: Iran, Oman, US

Jihadists allegedly hit Syrian jet over southern Idlib: video

Published 2019-06-21 11:38:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham recently released a video claiming they hit a Syrian military jet over the southern countryside of the Idlib Governoate. Led by their Jaysh Umar bin Al-Khattab faction, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham claimed they hit the Syrian jet, but the video they released does not corroborate their claims. In the video released on June 19th, the jihadist group’s media wing alleges that the Syrian jet was hit, but the footage only shows a militant firing towards the sky. The militant forces in northwestern Syria have struck both Syrian and Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Breaking: Russian Air Force lets loose heavy attack as Syrian Army prepares for next assault in NW Hama

Published 2019-06-21 10:51:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have begun striking northwestern Hama and southwestern Idlib as they attempt to weaken the jihadist resolve before the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) begins their next assault. According to a military source, the Russian and Syrian air forces struck several jihadist targets in Idlib and Hama, including the towns of Kafr Zita, Hish, Al-Hobeit, Madaya, and Rakaya. The source added that the Syrian Arab Army is once again preparing to storm the key hilltop of Tal Malah in northwestern Hama. On Thursday, the Syrian Army launched two attacks on Tal… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Russia, Syria

Syrian Army spy films from jihadist heartland in Idlib: video

Published 2019-06-21 09:28:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The official media wing of the Tiger Forces released a video on Thursday that showed a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) traveling through the jihadist stronghold of Ma’arat Masreen in the Idlib Governorate. In the short video, the Syrian Army spy films traveling through Ma’arat Masreen, which is under the control of the jihadist rebels from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. ?eid=ARA3qjcIulfYGolVeHjIne-O_BwRoJ3rQt4_NldHw9v9z0pEdBZW0Z6ZXGbDXG-pfJNSsbd-PFvZhxp_ The Syrian Army is believed to have a large spy network in the Idlib Governorate that provides the government information on the jihadist movements throughout the region. Over the last six months, the jihadist rebels of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russia tests Mi-28 ‘night hunter’ attack helicopter in Syria

Published 2019-06-21 08:49:46 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Russian military has tested their Mi-28NM attack helicopter in a combat mission inside Syria, the Russian publication Izvestia recently reported. Dubbed the “night hunter”, the Mi-28NM completed successful trials in Syria’s mountainous and desert terrain. Such tests have confirmed that the helicopter is ready to enter service in the Russian military, Isvestia reported. The former commander of the Russian 4th Army Air Force and Air Defense Valery Gorbenko explained that the Mi-28NM has the ability to provide close support to paratroopers, motorized infantry, tanks and reconnaissance planes . The Mi-28NM differs greatly from its… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria

Iran says US drone recovered in Iranian territorial waters

Published 2019-06-21 08:20:40 by News Desk in Iran

Zarif said Thursday that Iran had retrieved “sections” of the US military drone shot down earlier that day. According to the foreign minister, the remains of the drone – which originated in the UAE – were retrieved in Iranian territorial waters. “At 00:14 US drone took off from UAE in stealth mode & violated Iranian airspace. It was targeted at 04:05 at the coordinates (25°59’43″N 57°02’25″E) near Kouh-e Mobarak,” the foreign minister tweeted. ​The tweet was accompanied by images showing the route of the drone and the point where it was taken down by an Iranian air defense missile. On… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Breaking: Trump reportedly calls off military strikes on Iran

Published 2019-06-21 07:34:05 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump has allegedly called off the strikes he apparently ordered on Thursday, the New York Times reported. The New York Times first claimed that Trump ordered strikes on Iranian missile systems after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) downed an unmanned $130-million surveillance drone. However, Trump allegedly had a change of heart late on Thursday, the NYT claimed. The strikes were set to take place just before dawn on Friday to minimize risk to the Iranian military or to civilians, it added. Planes were in the air and ships were in position,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Trump

Syrian Army troops attempt to put out fires in Al-Qamishli: video

Published 2019-06-21 07:15:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The wide-spread fires in northeastern Syria have reached the Al-Qamishli Airport, prompting the Syrian military to help suppress flames. In a video released on June 19th, the Syrian Army can be seen helping put out the massive fire around the Al-Qamishli Airport:

Tags: Qamishli, Syria

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