This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, UK, Deir_Ezzor, Syria, Iraq, Salaheddine, IRGC, US, Hama, Idlib, Russia, PKK, Turkey, Hmeimim, ISIS, Mhardeh.

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UK infuriated after Iran seizes 2 oil tankers in Persian Gulf

Published 2019-07-19 23:28:20 by News Desk in Iran

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that two naval vessels have been seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz. The foreign secretary said:”I’m extremely concerned by the seizure of two naval vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz. “I will shortly attend a COBRA meeting to review what we know and what we can do to swiftly secure the release of the two vessels – a British-flagged vessel and a Liberian-flagged vessel. “Their crews comprise a range of nationalities, but we understand there are no British citizens on board either ship. “Our Ambassador in Tehran… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, UK


Syrian boy risks life to rescue dog trapped in irrigation ditch: video

Published 2019-07-19 23:11:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – A Syrian boy risked his own life to rescue a dog that was trapped in an irrigation ditch in rural Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals (SARA) reported. The boy, who is not identified, found a dog that was trapped in an irrigation ditch inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate town of Al-Shahil. After jumping into the water, the boy and a friend tie a rope around the dog to help lift the animal out of the water. This rescue would prove successful as the boy and his friend were able to carry the… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria


Iraq’s Hashd Al-Shaabi forces come under mysterious drone attack

Published 2019-07-19 21:47:43 by News Desk in Iraq

Unidentified drones reportedly attacked a base belonging to Hashd Al-Sha’abi (var. Popular Mobilization Units) in the Salaheddine Governorate of central Iraq on Thursday. According to Al-Ahed TV, unidentified drone attack resulted in the death of one Hashd Al-Sha’abi member, while four others were hospitalized for wounds sustained during the strikes. Footage later released by Iraqi media from the assault’s aftermath showed a large flame in what was reportedly a PMU base near the town of Amerli. It is yet unclear who orchestrated the operation. Meanwhile, the Iraqi al-Etejah television network reported that an American B350 reconnaissance plane had flown over the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Salaheddine


Breaking: Iran seizes siezes British oil tanker in tit-for-tat move

Published 2019-07-19 21:22:04 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has seized a British oil tanker that was making its way through the Strait of Hormuz this evening. According to the IRGC report, the British oil tanker was traveling towards Saudi Arabia when their naval forces seized the ship in a tit-for-tat response to the July 5th seizure of the Iranian Grace 1. The Iranian Ministry of Defense had warned London that their oil tankers would be seized in the Persian Gulf if the Grace 1 was not immediately released. Following a meeting British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt last… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC


Iran claims US shot down their own drone

Published 2019-07-19 20:32:19 by News Desk in Iran

The statement comes after US President Donald Trump on Thursday claimed an American ship had destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz that ignored its warnings. At the same time, Tehran has stated that the Iranian military has no information about losing an aircraft. “We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else. I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS [Unmanned Aerial System] by mistake!”, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Twitter, referring to the recent incident. In the meantime, the Iranian military has announced that all… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Syrian military spies providing militant coordinates to Russian forces

Published 2019-07-19 20:03:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:35 P.M.) – The Syrian and Russian forces are using intel gathered by spies within the ranks of the jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels in northwestern Syria, an officer from the 4th Armored Division told Al-Masdar News from the Hama Governorate. According to the officer, the government spies reveal the movements and locations of militant sites throughout the Hama, Idlib, Aleppo, and Latakia governorates. Most recently, the Russian Air Force has destroyed over ten militant sites in the Hama and Idlib governorates alone. Of the more than ten militant sites destroyed by the Russian Air Force, at least a half dozen of them were destroyed in the Hama Governorate on Thursday. Earlier… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Russia, Syria


Russian ground troops not taking part in Idlib operation: Syrian military

Published 2019-07-19 19:27:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Russian ground troops are not participating in the upcoming Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attack along the Hama-Latakia axis, nor are they planning to launch an operation in the Idlib Governorate, an officer from the SAA’s 4th Armored Division told Al-Masdar News. According to the officer, all reports claiming Russian ground troops are taking part in the Syrian Army’s operations are ‘lies’. The officer said the Russian Armed Forces sent military police to their posts in northern Hama, adding that this is a common occurance and has nothing to do with any operation. The rumors… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Breaking: Iran releases alleged video disproving US downed drone claim

Published 2019-07-19 18:52:27 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – Iran has released footage of an IRGC drone monitoring the USS Boxer before and after it sailed through the Strait of Hormuz. The drone allegedly trails the USS Boxer as it enters and exits the Strait of Hormuz on July 18th.

Tags: Iran, IRGC


Iran to release images taken from US ship by IRGC

Published 2019-07-19 17:02:55 by News Desk in Iran

The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), in a statement on Friday, described U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim about downing an Iranian drone as “ridiculous”, and declared that it will release the footage and images taken by its drone from the U.S. warship to prove the falsity of Washington’s claims. “We will soon release the images and footage recorded by the IRGC Aerospace Force drone from the USS Boxer to expose Americans’ baseless claims to the public opinion of the world,” the public relations department of the IRGC announced today. “The images will show that the drone of the IRGC’s Aerospace… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US


Spectacular footage of the Russian Air Force spoiling a jihadist offensive in Hama

Published 2019-07-19 16:34:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Anna News Agency released a new video on Friday that showed the Russian Air Force spoiling a jihadist offensive in the Hama Governorate. “On July 18, terrorist groups were preparing a powerful offensive against the positions of government troops located in the village of Kessabiya (northern Hama). Militants threw ammunition and reinforcements to the front line. They wanted to start attack with powerful shelling of makeshift missiles “Elephant”. But the preparations of the terrorists were observed from the air, and airstrikes were launched against them,” the Anna News report said. Below is the video… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Russia, Syria


Turkish warplanes kill 20+ PKK fighters in devastating attack over northern Iraq

Published 2019-07-19 15:59:23 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The Turkish Air Force carried out a devastating attack against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq this morning. According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, their warplanes launched a heavy attack over the Karacak region of Iraq, destroying a large number of PKK sites near the border. The Turkish Ministry of Defense said that more than 20 PKK fighters were killed during the attack, which was backed by armed and unarmed drones, early warning and control aircraft and tanker aircraft. They would add that their airstrikes also targeted Metina and Gara regions in… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, PKK, Turkey


Russian Air Force wipes out jihadist convoy in southwestern Idlib

Published 2019-07-19 14:42:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force carried out an imperative airstrike on a jihadist convoy that was traveling through the southwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Thursday. According to a military source in Hama, the Russian Air Force tracked a military convoy belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham as it was traveling through the southwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Once the convoy reportedly reached the key town of Khan Sheikhoun, the Russian Air Force wiped out the entire jihadist convoy with a powerful airstrike. In addition to the airstrike on the jihadist convoy, the Russian and… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


US-made missiles fired at Russian airbase in Syria: media

Published 2019-07-19 13:45:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels that attacked the Hmeimim Airbase in southwestern Latakia had allegedly used U.S.-made missiles, the Russian publication Avia.Pro posted on Friday, citing officials and social media reports. “Sources reported that the attack was carried out at night, while one of the missiles even falling in the vicinity of the Russian military facility, but at the moment neither the information nor the fact of the attack on the Russian military airbase “Khmeymim” was commented by the Russian side,” Avia.Pro reported.  “On the other hand, taking into account the fact that if American-made surface-to-surface missiles… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia


Russian warships hit Utes system missiles during naval drills: video

Published 2019-07-19 13:11:42 by News Desk in World-News

The spectacular moment of the launch can be seen in the video from different positions, and it is really impressive: picturesque views of the Black Sea, fire and smoke from the projectiles, mastery of the troops and precise functioning of the war machines makes this exercise perfect. A video published by Zvezda, the official TV channel of the Russian Ministry of Defence, shows the frigate “Admiral Makarov” and Coastal anti-ship missile system Utes, also known as Sotka, engaged in recent naval drills in the Black Sea. Utes fired a missile, while the ship got a fix on its location, and… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia


Surprise ISIS attack results in several Syrian soldiers killed

Published 2019-07-19 12:49:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) carried out a surprise attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in rural Deir Ezzor this morning. ISIS began their assault by ambushing a number of Syrian Army soldiers along a road in the Badiyah region of the Al-Mayadeen District. This ambush by the Islamic State in the Badiyah region of Al-Mayadeen resulted in several Syrian soldiers being killed and wounded, a source told Al-Masdar News. Shortly after the Islamic State ambush, the Syrian Army sent reinforcements into the area to combat the remaining terrorists in the area. The Syrian Army… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Syrian Army lets loose heavy barrage of missiles towards militant defenses: video

Published 2019-07-19 12:30:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been pounding the jihadist defenses in northwestern Hama and southwestern Idlib for several days now. Often using artillery and missiles to hit the militant defenses, the Syrian Arab Army has been working to weaken the jihadist resolve in northwestern Syria. Below is a video showing the Syrian Army attacking the jihadist positions in the Idlib and Hama governorates. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-nYUl8kwng

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Russia won’t carry out large-scale offensive in Idlib: expert

Published 2019-07-19 11:44:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – Syrian military expert Ra’ed Jaber told Sputnik Radio on Friday that Russia will likely avoid a large-scale offensive in the Idlib Governorate. “The situation there is very turbulent, with the continuation of the military operations for two and a half months, while Turkey has not yet fulfilled its obligations under the Sochi Agreement on Idlib,” Jaber told Sputnik Radio. Jaber told Sputnik Radio that Russians do not want a large-scale military operation in Idlib; instead, he said, Moscow prefers a diplomatic approach with Ankara that would see the Turkish Armed Forces replace the militants in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


US Navy allegedly takes down Iranian drone

Published 2019-07-19 11:25:43 by News Desk in Iran

The new Marine anti-drone electronic warfare system was allegedly used to takedown an Iranian drone on Thursday, Military.com learned from an anonymous defense official. According to the report, the system is called Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System, or LMADIS, and is portable enough to be installed on large all-terrain vehicles (ATV), such as the Polaris Defense MRZR buggy. The LMADIS is an array of several round devices that resemble cellular antennas in a circular arrangement to provide 360-degree coverage, topped with a video camera. ​The report says LMADIS typically consists of two buggies: a command vehicle and an electronic… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Jihadists attack Christian town with large Russian presence near Idlib front-lines

Published 2019-07-19 11:02:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – For the second day in a row, the jihadist rebels have attacked a Christian town near the front-lines in the Idlib Governorate. According to a military source in the northern Hama, the jihadist rebels and their allies from Jaysh Al-Izza launched several artillery shells and missiles towards the Christian town of Mhardeh, prompting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to respond with a barrage of their own projectiles towards the militant defenses. Mhardeh, which is predominately populated Antiochian Orthodox Christians, has a large presence of Russian military personnel, who are actively advising the Syrian Army units… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Mhardeh, Syria


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