This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Israel, Damascus, Algeria, HTS, Iran, Caracas, Venezuela, Latakia, Hama, Asir, Saudi, Yemen, Baghdadi, ISIS, Turkey, Golan, Hezbollah, India, Pakistan, Baghouz, SDF.

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Breaking: Russian Air Force unleashes massive assault across Idlib

Published 2019-03-13 16:03:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has unleashed a massive assault across the Idlib Governorate this afternoon, targeting several areas under the control of the jihadist rebels near the provincial capital. Led by the Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force heavily bombarded several bases and storage facilities belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham near Idlib city. In particular, a source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar that the Russian Air Force targeted a Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham base near the Idlib Central Prison. The source said the Russian Air Force managed to hit their targets in the Idlib Governorate,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

US spending $250 million to build border security force in Syria

Published 2019-03-13 15:50:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The U.S. military’s 2020 budget will see over $550 million allocated to training and developing forces inside Syria, a new report from the Department of Defense read this week. During a presentation by the Department of Defense, a reporter asked about the inaudible money that is going to be used to train a border security force inside Syria, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw most of the American forces from the country. “So as we know, this year the fight against ISIS in Syria is rolling out, and that the U.S. forces are… Read on ->

Tags: Syria

Netanyahu hints at secret relations with 6 Arab nations

Published 2019-03-13 15:31:05 by News Desk in Middleeast

Speaking at a memorial ceremony for former Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that Tel Aviv has developed ties with 6 states in the region despite their animosity towards Israel over the past decades. “We are doing this with large parts of the Arab and Muslim world through an accelerated process of normalisation […] These days Israel is making contact with half a dozen important Arab and Muslim nations, which were, until recently, hostile to Israel”, he said. The Israeli prime minister further stated that neighbouring states will only achieve peace with Israel after it convinces them “that our power and presence here are certain facts”. However, he admitted that not all countries will go… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel

Syrian Army recovers stolen artifacts from rebel bases in rural Damascus (video)

Published 2019-03-13 14:58:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:35 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered several stolen artifacts this week that were hidden inside of the abandoned rebel bases in rural Damascus. According to a report from Damascus, the Syrian Army discovered the stolen artifacts while combing through the former rebel bases inside the East Ghouta region near the capital city. The Syrian Army said the artifacts were hidden inside the town of Zamalka, which was formerly under the control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). They added that the rebels were planning on smuggling these artifacts out of Syria in order to sell… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Syria

Algeria: Students, judges continue protests despite Bouteflika’s withdrawal

Published 2019-03-13 14:37:38 by News Desk in North-Africa

Students and judges continued to protest in the Algerian capital of Algiers on Tuesday, against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to delay presidential elections. Demonstrators were happy when Bouteflika announced his intention not to seek a fifth term in office. However, protesters went back to the streets as Bouteflika also delayed the country’s presidential elections, slated for April 18. Bouteflika’s announcement came following weeks of mass demonstrations against his re-election bid and alleged plans to extend his 20-year rule. Following the announcement, some critics have expressed concerns that Bouteflika did not set a date for the delayed vote, arguing that a… Read on ->

Tags: Algeria

HTS accuses Syrian, Russian spies of targeting their leaders in Idlib

Published 2019-03-13 14:22:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham announced on Wednesday that their forces had dismantled two car bombs inside Idlib city. In a statement, the jihadist group accused the spies from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian military of planting these car bombs inside of Idlib this week. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham said these spies were receiving orders from the Russian military at the Hmeimim Airport in the southwestern part of the Latakia Governorate. The Syrian Arab Army has often released footage of their spies operating behind enemy lines in the Idlib Governorates. These spy videos have played an… Read on ->

Tags: HTS, Idlib, Syria

Iran threatens to ‘respond’ to Israeli naval blockade of their oil sales

Published 2019-03-13 13:48:34 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

If the Israeli Navy attempts to hamper Iran’s oil sales, Tehran “will firmly respond”, the Iranian Minister of Defence Amir Hatami stated Wednesday. The defence minister also noted that Israeli actions would be seen as “piracy” if the navy would act against Iran, according to the news agency IRNA. The minister’s statement follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s threats expressed last week that he would deploy the Israeli Navy to deal with Iran’s alleged attempts to smuggle out oil via maritime routes in order to skirt sanctions imposed by Washington. However, the Israeli official didn’t specify how the navy would… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel

Protesters clash with Venezuelan police in Caracas (video)

Published 2019-03-13 13:37:52 by News Desk in World-News

Police clashed with participants of a protest called by the opposition to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro near the El Guarataro neighbourhood in western Caracas on Tuesday. The protests were called by President of the National Assembly and self-proclaimed “Interim President” Juan Guaido, who recently embarked on a trip outside the country to strengthen alliances abroad.

Venezuela has been in the midst of a political crisis since January when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself “Interim-President” in a move that was rapidly recognised by the US, as well as several European and Latin American nations.    … Read on ->

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Tags: Caracas, Venezuela

Breaking: Militants launch first attack on Latakia city this year

Published 2019-03-13 12:49:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – For the first time this year, the jihadist rebels have attacked Latakia city from their positions near the Turkish border. According to a military source in Latakia city, the jihadist rebels launched several missiles towards the municipal stadium area, causing a number of explosions in the process. No casualties have been reported.

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Turkish military sends new convoy to northwestern Syria

Published 2019-03-13 12:41:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Turkish military sent a new convoy of reinforcements into northwestern Syria this morning. According to reports from northwestern Syria, the Turkish military crossed into the Idlib Governorate from the Hatay Province before making their way to the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate. The Turkish military reportedly reached their observation post in the town of Sheikh Maghar and reinforced their troops at this site near the demilitarized zone. The reports added that the Turkish military convoy consisted of more than ten armored vehicles and dozens of soldiers.

Tags: Hama, Syria

Houthi forces claim Saudi Coalition suffered 100+ casualties in failed border offensive

Published 2019-03-13 12:23:05 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Houthi forces claimed on Tuesday that the Saudi Coalition’s offensive near the Ulab Crossing ended in disaster as a large number of soldiers were killed during the attack. According to the spokesperson, the Saudi Coalition began their attack by storming the Houthi defenses at the northern part of the Ulab Crossing in Saudi Arabia’s Asir Province. However, the offensive was allegedly derailed after the Houthi forces stood their ground and inflicted heavy casualties within the ranks of the Saudi Coalition. The Houthi spokesperson claimed that the Saudi Coalition suffered over 100… Read on ->

Tags: Asir, Saudi, Yemen

Syrian Army attacks Idlib city for first time this year

Published 2019-03-13 12:03:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targeted the provincial capital of the Idlib Governorate, yesterday, marking the first time this year that they have attacked this city. According to a report from the Hama Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army heavily bombarded Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in and around Idlib city with a plethora of missiles and artillery shells. The report said the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division used surface-to-surface missiles from their MLRS launcher. Furthermore, the Syrian Arab Army heavily bombarded the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, hitting the jihadist and Turkish-backed rebel positions… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

ISIS leader ‘photographed’ in US armored vehicle: Turkish media

Published 2019-03-13 11:40:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The leader of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was allegedly photographed inside a U.S. armored vehicle in eastern Syria, the Turkish publication Yeni Safak said on March 11th. [media-credit name="Photo credit: Yeni Safak" align="alignnone" width="640"][/media-credit] An alleged picture of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi inside a U.S. armored vehicle in an undisclosed location inside Syria. Yeni Safak did not reveal their source for the photo. There is no way to confirm whether or not Yeni Safak’s photo is actually of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi; however, they claimed the terrorist leader… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdadi, ISIS, Syria, Turkey

Russian jets stalk jihadist positions in Idlib as offensive looms

Published 2019-03-13 11:11:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force has remained active over the Idlib Governorate, today, after launching several airstrikes last night. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Russian jets have been flying over several towns inside of Idlib, including most of the areas controlled by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. In particular, the Russian Air Force has been spotted over the southern axis of Idlib, with their fighter jets repeatedly flying over the key town of Khan Sheikhoun. Last night, the Russian Air Force launched a number of airstrikes over northeastern Idlib, hitting a Hay’at Tahrir… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Israel claims new Hezbollah network along Syrian border

Published 2019-03-13 10:54:52 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:35 A.M.) –  Israel claimed on Wednesday that their military had uncovered a Hezbollah cell near the border of the occupied Golan Heights. According to a statement from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), their military uncovered the Hezbollah network inside the Syrian province of Al-Quneitra, which borders the occupied Golan Heights. “The network is new and currently focused on becoming familiarized with the Golan Heights area. It is intended to eventually control teams of Syrian operatives who will launch attacks against Israel,” the IDF said in a statement, as quoted by the Times of Israel.  The IDF says… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Hezbollah, Israel, Syria

Pakistani fighter jet test fires new ‘smart’ missile amid tensions with India

Published 2019-03-13 10:35:43 by News Desk in World-News

Pakistan’s Air Force has announced that one of its JF-17 fighter jets successfully test-fired a locally developed “smart” missile. “The weapon has been developed, integrated and qualified solely through indigenous efforts of Pakistani scientists and engineers. Successful trial has provided JF-17 Thunder a very potent and assured day and night capability to engage a variety of targets with pinpoint accuracy”, Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement. Pakistan Air Chief Mujahid Anwar Khan described the achievement as another milestone for the country, adding that if Islamabad is subjected to aggression, it would retaliate with full force. In the meantime, India’s… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan

Over 3,000 ISIS fighters and their family members surrender to SDF forces in Baghouz (video)

Published 2019-03-13 02:46:33 by News Desk in Syria

Footage filmed on Tuesday allegedly shows what Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) described as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants and their family members surrendering near the last IS stronghold in Syria, Baghouz. Scores of injured men, women and children are filmed being helped up the mountainside. Later food is distributed amongst them and they are driven off on vans and trucks.

This follows Baghouz being heavily pounded by the coalition forces overnight. Head of the SDF Press Office in northern Syria, Mustafa Bali, said on twitter that 3,000 IS fighters and their families surrendered to the… Read on ->

Tags: Baghouz, ISIS, SDF, Syria

Breaking: Russian Air Force launches major assault on jihadist explosives warehouse

Published 2019-03-13 02:11:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched a major assault this evening on an explosives warehouse that belonged to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in rural Idlib. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force heavily bombed Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s explosives warehouse, which is located near the key town of Saraqib in northeast Idlib. As a result of the Russian Air Force attack, the HTS warehouse was completely destroyed, causing a powerful explosion that could be heard several kilometers away. This attack by the Russian Air Force marked the first time this year that… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia

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