This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Israel, Russia, Syria, Aleppo, US, Hasakah, Turkey, Pompeo, Trump, SAA, SDF, Assad, Epstein, Dubai, India, Gaza, Palestine.

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Patriot missile system disguised as S-400 used in Israeli Air Force drills

Published 2019-11-16 21:43:35 by News Desk in Middleeast

Pilots in modified Israeli F-35I “Adir” jets, participating in Blue Flag war games, have tested their skills to conduct operations in areas covered by modern air defence systems, such as Russia’s S-400s, which were delivered to Turkey this year. Due to the absence of actual S-400s, Israel and other participants in the war games from the US, Germany, Italy, and Greece used US-made Patriot missile batteries modified to emulate S-400s, the media outlet Breaking Defence reported. It’s unclear though exactly how the Patriots were modified to match the S-400, which has two times the effective range than the American “analogue”… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


Rare look into Russian military movements in Syria: video

Published 2019-11-16 13:20:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.M.) – The ANNA News Agency released a new video on Friday showing the Russian military carrying out patrols and movements across northern Syria. In the four-minute-long video, the Russian military is seen entering different parts of northern Syria after they secured a deal with their Turkish counterparts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAY5Na1C-hc

Tags: Russia, Syria


Massive blast rocks militant-held town in northern Syria, 13 killed

Published 2019-11-16 13:05:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – A massive blast rocked the militant-held town of Al-Bab in eastern Aleppo today, local activists reported via social media. According to the reports, as many as 13 civilians were killed and more than 20 others were wounded as a result of what is believed to be a car bombing. No group has claimed responsibility for this latest attack. Al-Bab was captured by the Turkish-backed forces during their 2016 offensive in northern Syria; it has served as a front-line town for their troops and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in east Aleppo.

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


US military tests Russian-made T-80 tank: video

Published 2019-11-16 12:48:57 by News Desk in World-News

American tank crews managed to lay their hands on a number of Russian-made war machines, testing the T-80U tank during military drills in South Korea. Servicemen from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (also known as the Greywolf Brigade) tried the vehicle. According to the latest data, in 2017, at least 80 tanks of this model were in operation with the South Korean military. https://twitter.com/3rd8cav/status/1195152842157244416?s=20 Videos of the servicemen trying the vehicles were posted by the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, and 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team. https://twitter.com/3rd8cav/status/1195318198129741825?s=20   Source: Sputnik

Tags: Russia, US


Russian military choppers fly over militant positions for first time in northeast Syria

Published 2019-11-16 12:27:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Russian military choppers were seen flying over the militant positions in the Tal Tamr District of Al-Hasakah on Saturday, marking the first time that they have done so since they have deployed to this area of Syria. According to reports from Tal Tamr, the Russian military choppers circled the militant positions inside this district and nearby border city of Ras Al-‘Ayn. The Russian military was reportedly conducting their patrol in the Tal Tamr District, despite the ongoing clashes between the Turkish-backed militants and Syrian Arab Army (SAA). These patrols have been carried out by the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Turkey purchased S-400s to use them, not put them aside: official

Published 2019-11-16 11:38:14 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkey purchased S-400 missile defense systems from Russia to make use of them, not just store them away, Head of the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate Ismail Demir told CNN Turk on Saturday, a few days after talks between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump. Demir pointed out it would not make sense for any country to purchase such systems only to store them, but added that Turkish and US officials would attempt to tackle the issue. He also noted that no Russian personnel is supposed to come to Turkey to operate the S-400s. On Wednesday, Erdogan and… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey


Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria was right: Pompeo

Published 2019-11-16 11:23:11 by News Desk in Syria

The decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw troops from Syria was right, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told KPRC radio station on Friday. “We provided the air power. That was a significant element of the success that was had. America should be proud of what we achieved there,” Pompeo said. He added that despite the withdrawal, if circumstances required it, America would be safe without those troops in Northern Syria. “We’ve got big forces in Iraq. We still have significant forces in Syria. I am confident that President Trump’s admonition to us remains,” Pompeo stated.   Source:… Read on ->

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Tags: Pompeo, Syria, Trump


Syrian Army, SDF troops hold strong to prevent Turkish-backed forces from reaching key town

Published 2019-11-16 11:09:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were able to beat back an attack by the Turkish-backed militants north of Tal Tamr this weekend. According to reports from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the joint SAA and SDF troops engaged the Turkish-backed militants at the towns of Dawoudiyah and Arishah on Friday. The Syrian Army and Syrian Democratic Forces were able to drive back the Turkish-backed “Syrian National Army” (SNA) north after a fierce battle that lasted for several hours at Dawoudiyah and Arishah. While the Turkish-backed forces previously captured Arishah, they were unable… Read on ->

Tags: SAA, SDF, Syria


Bashar Al-Assad Says Jeffery Epstein did commit suicide, he killed himself: video

Published 2019-11-16 10:46:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told Rossiya this week that the American financier Jeffrey Epstein was killed in his prison cell. https://youtu.be/ocvC4-88rlE The Syrian president said he saw links between the death of Le Mesurier and the deaths of US financier Jeffry Epstein, Al Qaeda chieftain Osama bin Laden and Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was killed several weeks ago, they said he had committed suicide in jail. However, he was killed because he knew a lot of vital secrets connected with very important people in the British… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Epstein, Syria


Russia presents advanced air defense systems and aircraft at Dubai Airshow

Published 2019-11-16 09:50:46 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

Rosoboronexport JSC (part of Rostec State Corporation) presents the latest Russian-made Air Force, Air Defense and electronic warfare equipment at Dubai Airshow 2019, which will be held from November 17 to 21 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “The Middle East is a key region for Rostec. Traditionally, the demand for Russian-made military equipment is strong here and interest in high-tech civilian and dual-use products has markedly increased in recent years. At Dubai Airshow 2019, Rostec holdings, in addition to new aircraft and helicopters, will showcase the latest Russian systems for countering drones and other air attack weapons. In particular, along… Read on ->

Tags: Dubai, Russia


S-500’s capabilities will ‘exceed those of any air defense system in world’: Chinese media

Published 2019-11-16 09:32:56 by News Desk in World-News

The operational effectiveness of Russia’s S-500 air and missile defence system “greatly exceeds any active air defence system in the world,” China’s Sina news portal has suggested. In an analysis of the air defence system system, and citing its unconfirmed reported specifications, including a maximum range of over 500 km and the ability to track and target up to 10 ballistic targets moving at speeds of up to Mach 20, Sina pointed out that the new missile system “covers defence against virtually every type of plane, including small unmanned drones and low-flying cruise missiles.” “Compared with the S-400, the S-500… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia


Breaking: MiG-29K fighter jet crashes in India

Published 2019-11-16 09:17:32 by Leith Aboufadel in World-News

A MiG-29K fighter aircraft crashed in Goa, India on Saturday, local authorities reported. The jet crashed in an open place near a church in Verna. https://twitter.com/NewtonSTOI/status/1195596771466104832?s=20 The Indian Navy said in a statement, the MiG-29K aircraft suffered an engine fire during a training mission, after take-off from the INS HANSA naval air station at Dabolim. The pilots, Capt M Sheokhand and Lt Cdr Deepak Yadav, ejected safely, the statement added.   Source: Sputnik

Tags: India


Syria’s electronic warfare systems causing problems for Israeli air defenses: report

Published 2019-11-16 09:06:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – Syria’s electronic warfare systems are allegedly causing problems for Israel’s air defenses, the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported on Saturday. “The unsuccessful defense against the Palestinian rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Iron Dome missile defense systems received a logical explanation. As it turned out, from the territory of Syria the unknown electronic warfare systems, which, by the way, are available only in the armament of Russia and Iran, affected the areas where Israeli missile defense systems were located, and this fact is perfectly confirmed by satellite data,” the publication said. According… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Israeli Air Force carries out new strikes over Gaza

Published 2019-11-16 08:19:43 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

Israel has stated that it is carrying out new strikes against Gaza following the intercept by the IDF of several rockets fired from the enclave. “We are currently striking Hamas terror targets in Gaza”, the military tweeted. Tensions rose after the elimination of Baha Abu al-Ata, a top commander from the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, by Israel. According to the IDF, over 450 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel. The Palestinian Health Ministry reported at least 34 dead and many more injured following the air raids, urging the UN to stop the… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine


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