This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Syria, Russia, Tartous, Turkey, US, Hama, Ansarallah, Jawf, Yemen, Latakia, India, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Kabani, Hmeimim.

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Large Syrian Army convoy heads to southern Idlib for offensive: video

Published 2019-08-12 21:03:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – A large Syrian Arab Army (SAA) convoy was filmed heading to the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this week as they prepare to join the Tiger Forces in their ongoing offensive. According to a report from northern Hama, the 11th Division sent a large number of reinforcements to the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, where they are expected to take part in the operations near Sukayk. https://youtu.be/JjtS8qvsgfM Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army captured the town of Sukayk and its corresponding hilltop after a fierce battle with the militant forces in southern Idlib…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian ship likely carrying large supply of tanks is en route to Syria: photos

Published 2019-08-12 19:50:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – A Russian ship that is likely carrying a large supply of tanks and APCs is currently on the way to Syria’s port-city of Tartous, maritime naval observer Yoruk Isik reported on Monday. According to Isik, the Russian ship, Ropucha class landing ship Azoz 151, has transited the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Port of Tartous in western Syria. https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1160900172441890816 This latest delivery by the Russian Navy comes at the same time the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is advancing through the southern region of the Idlib Governorate. Russia has recently increased their weapons supply deliveries… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Tartous


Six US servicemen arrive in Turkey for creation of ‘safe zone’ in Syria: Turkish DM

Published 2019-08-12 19:26:41 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The Turkish Defense Ministry has confirmed the arrival of six US military personnel who will be involved in the work of the coordination centre for joint operations and the planned security zone in northern Syria. Washington and Ankara announced a deal last week on a buffer zone between Turkey and US-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria. Turkish authorities consider them to be an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is banned in the country. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had previously threatened to invade the territory east of the Euphrates River to secure the border from Kurdish forces. The… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey, US


Turkey not backing down in northern Hama, new military convoy arrives

Published 2019-08-12 18:53:04 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – Turkey is not planning to abandon their observation posts in northern Syria, despite the fact their allied militant forces have lost a great deal of territory over the last two weeks. On Monday morning, opposition activists reported that a large Turkish military convoy was traveling through the town of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man and making their way to the observation post in the northern Hama town of Morek. While Turkey has remained relatively silent since the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) restarted their offensive in northwestern Hama, they have continued to reinforce their observation posts in the towns… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria, Turkey


Upgraded Russian Mi-28NM chopper now capable of striking two targets at a time

Published 2019-08-12 18:24:56 by News Desk in World-News

Russia’s latest Mi-28NM attack helicopter has received the capability to strike two targets at a time with missiles, Air Force Commander, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Russia’s Aerospace Force Sergei Dronov said in an interview with the Defense Ministry’s newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda on Monday. The interview comes as Russia is celebrating Air Force Day on August 12. “The Mi-28NM combat helicopter features the all-weather capability and the possibility of firing two missiles against two different targets at a time. Moreover, it allows using missile armament based on the ‘fire-and-forget’ principle and features the enhanced capability of promptly searching for ground and air… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Ansarallah forces score massive advance in northern Yemen: video

Published 2019-08-12 13:21:30 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces scored a massive advance in northern Yemen this past week, seizing a large number of sites from the Saudi-backed Yemeni troops. The operation, which began early last week, was conducted in the Jawf Governorate and targeted the contested Astur axis. According to the official media wing of the Ansarallah forces, their troops managed to capture 37 sites from the Saudi-backed fighters, including seven strategic hills and mountains. Furthermore, the Ansarallah forces said their attack, which lasted for 72 hours, killed as many as 30 Saudi and Yemeni fighters, while wounding many more…. Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Jawf, Yemen


Russian choppers strike jihadist forces as Syrian troops advance in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-08-12 12:45:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has played a crucial role in the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) ongoing offensive in northeastern Latakia, as both their attack choppers and fighter jets hammer the jihadist defenses. On Monday morning, the Russian Air Force resumed their attacks on the jihadist defenses at Kabani, paving the way for the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division to advance around the Zuwayqat Mountain axis. According to a military source in the Latakia countryside, the Russian Air Force has managed to inflict heavy losses in the ranks of the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Pakistan mobilizes forces along border with India

Published 2019-08-12 12:07:43 by News Desk in World-News

The Pakistani military has begun moving military equipment to the country’s Skardu Air Base near the Union Territory of Ladakh on the Indian-Pakistani border, the news agency ANI reported citing Indian government sources. According to the sources, the military gear transported to the base could support equipment for aircraft operations. The sources believe that the next step Islamabad will undertake is likely to be deployment of their JF-17 fighter jets to the Skardu airfields. The reports say the deployment of planes may indicate that the Pakistani military intends to carry out an exercise including the country’s Air Force and Army. Neither Islamabad, nor… Read on ->

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Tags: India, Pakistan


Iraq denies Pentagon report about 14,000 ISIS fighters along Syrian border

Published 2019-08-12 11:46:27 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Iraq has denied a Pentagon report that alleged approximately 14,000 Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters were present along the Iraqi-Syrian border. “The figure announced by the Pentagon is extremely exaggerated,” the spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, said in a press statement, as quoted by Iraqi News. Rasool added that the Iraqi military had recently launched their third phase of “Operation Will of Victory”, which is meant to rid Iraq of the last Islamic State sleeper cells. The third phase began last week and is currently being conducted inside the Diyala Governorate.

Tags: Iraq, Syria


New Iranian air defense system is superior to the S-300: report

Published 2019-08-12 11:06:21 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – In the next two weeks, the Iranian military will introduce their upgraded version of their Bavar-373 air defense system.  According to the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro, this upgraded air defense system will not only replace the Russian-supplied S-300, but also surpass the latter. “According to the data presented, the Iranian Bavar-373 radars can detect air targets at distances of up to 300 kilometers, and, in addition to aircraft, the radar is able to detect cruise and ballistic missiles, as well as small drones. According to unconfirmed data, the radar is also capable of detecting stealth… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Syrian Army captures 2 strategic towns inside Idlib: map and video

Published 2019-08-12 10:17:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had a successful weekend in the Idlib Governorate as their troops managed to capture several sites, including two major towns. Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian military’s Tiger Forces were able to score the first major advance of the weekend by seizing the town of Al-Hobeit, which is located at the southwestern corridor of the Idlib Governorate. Following the capture of Al-Hobeit, the Tiger Forces managed to capture the key town of Sukayk in southern Idlib after seizing its corresponding hilltop the day prior. With both Sukayk and Al-Hobeit under… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


IRGC commander warns Israel against naval presence in Persian Gulf

Published 2019-08-12 09:51:26 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri has warned that any illegitimate Israeli presence in the Persian Gulf could spark a confrontation in the region, and that the responsibility for the consequences lies with the United States and the UK. “The United States and the United Kingdom must assume responsibility for the Zionist regime’s illegal presence in the Persian Gulf waters. Any presence of the Zionist regime in the Persian Gulf waters is illegal, as it may result in war and confrontation in the region”, he told the Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen on Sunday. Tangsiri,… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel


Syrian Army achieves major breakthrough at jihadist mountain stronghold in Latakia

Published 2019-08-12 09:25:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has scored a major advance in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Sunday as their troops seized an important site near the key town of Kabani. Led by the 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) of the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture the last two hills on Zuwayqat Mountain, giving them full control of this site located just south of the jihadist stronghold in northeast Latakia. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army launched a heavy attack on Kabani shortly… Read on ->

Tags: Kabani, Latakia, Syria


Three high-ranking jihadist commanders killed by Syrian Army in Idlib

Published 2019-08-12 08:50:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 A.M.) – Three high-ranking jihadist commanders from Jaysh Al-Ahrar were killed during the heavy clashes in southern Idlib this past weekend, opposition activists reported on Sunday. According to opposition social media pages, the commanders of Jaysh Al-Ahrar were killed during the battle for Sukayk in southern Idlib on Saturday. The three commanders of Jaysh Al-Ahrar were identified as Abu Musa’ab Al-Tunisi (Tunisian national), Abu Sateef Al-Binishi, and Abu Qatadah Al-Homsi. The jihadist rebels attempted to regain the strategic hilltop of Tal Sukayk on Saturday, but they were unable to break through the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) lines… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian military foils militant attack on important installation in western Syria: video

Published 2019-08-12 07:25:42 by News Desk in Syria

The Russian air defense systems at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria have brought down six maneuvering UAVs launched by terrorists, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a report on Sunday. According to the ministry, “six maneuvering UAVs, approaching to the airfield from the north-western direction were spotted” by the airbase’s defense systems at about 20:10 Moscow time. “Anti-aircraft weapons of the Russian airbase destroyed all six terrorists’ combat UAVs at safe distances,” the report said. Nobody was injured and no damage was done to the airbase, it continues functioning in a routine mode, the ministry specified. https://youtu.be/SZXToOzHVdE Terrorists are assembling… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria


Syrian Army captures new town inside southern Idlib

Published 2019-08-12 06:41:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured a new town in the Idlib Governorate on Sunday after repelling a heavy assault by the jihadist rebels at a nearby hilltop. Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army resumed their attack on the town of Sukayk on Sunday morning after they repelled a fierce attack by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham on the hilltop of Tal Sukayk the night prior. The Syrian Arab Army entered Sukayk on Sunday morning after little resistance from the jihadist rebels that attacked their positions the night before. They would quickly secure Sukayk… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


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