This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Syria, Russia, SDF, Idlib, Libya, Hasakah, Israel, Iraq, Najaf, US, Houthi, Yemen, Lebanon.

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Syrian military uses Russian air defense system to foil jihadist drone attack: video

Published 2019-12-01 23:31:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to foil a jihadist drone attack on the Hama Military Airport this evening, a military report from the Hama Governorate read. According to reports from the Hama Airport, the Syrian military activated its Russian-made Pantsir air defense system to quickly shoot down the enemy drones that were approaching this installation this evening. In the video below, the Syrian military’s Pantsir system can be seen intercepting the jihadist drones before they could do any damage to the Hama Airport.

Tags: Hama, Syria

SDF agrees to allow Russian troops to enter several areas in Raqqa, Hasakah

Published 2019-12-01 23:22:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have agreed to allow Russian forces operating in Syria to deploy their troops in more areas in the Al-Hasakah and Al-Raqqa governorates, weeks after a Russian agreement with the SDF on the deployment of their troops along the border with Turkey. The commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, published on Twitter, “We were honored today to host the commander of the Russian forces operating in Syria, General Alexander Tshaiko. It was a very productive meeting, and we agreed to the deployment of Russian forces in both Amuda and… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, SDF, Syria

Breaking: Jihadist drones attack joint Syrian-Russian base in Idlib

Published 2019-12-01 23:05:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – For the second time tonight, the jihadist rebels attempted to attack a base belonging to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northwestern Syria. According to a military report in the Hama Governorate, a jihadist drone attempted to attack the Abu Dhuhour Military Airport, which is currently under the control of the Syrian and Russian forces. The military report said the assault drone, which attacked the airport’s northeastern perimeter, was eventually shot down by the joint Russian-Syrian air defenses at this installation in southeastern Idlib. No casualties were reported by the Syrian military. The Abu Dhuhour… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Libya willing to normalize relations with Israel once Palestinian issue is resolved: FM

Published 2019-12-01 22:53:37 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Hebrew-language newspaper Maariv interviewed the Benghazi-based Libyan Foreign Minister ‘Abdul-Hadi Al-Huweij on Sunday to discuss a number of topics, including his country’s future relationship with Israel. Al-Huweij told the newspaper that Libya hopes to normalize relations with Israel, if the Palestinian issue is resolved. Furthermore, Al-Huweij said that General Khalifa Haftar had confirmed to him in Paris that his country hopes to establish relations with Israel in the near future. Al-Huwaij made it clear that his country is an Arab country and they are a member of the Arab League. He said Libya is… Read on ->

Tags: Libya

Syrian Army takes control of more points to overlook large parts of key highway

Published 2019-12-01 21:13:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has taken control of several new points along the strategic Hasakah-Aleppo Highway this week, the Syrian Arab Newsw Agency (SANA) reported on Sunday. “Units of the Syrian Arab Army on Sunday expanded deployment on Hasaka-Aleppo international highway, and entered Al Aaliah grain silos in Hasaka northwestern countryside,” the SANA report said. SANA’s reporter said that army units boosted deployment along the Hasakah-Aleppo International Highway, entering Al-Aaliah grain silos which is a strategic point as it overlooks large parts of the highway. The Syrian Arab Army has also reinforced their positions… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Israel’s new Defense Minister pushed for large-scale attack in Syria: report

Published 2019-12-01 21:01:36 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – Israel’s new Defense Minister Naftali Bennett allegedly pushed for a large-scale attack inside Syria, following rocket fire that entered the occupied Golan Heights region from western Syria, journalist Neri Zilber reported, citing Israeli Army Radio. Israel ultimately issued a fierce response to the rocket fire as they launched a heavy attack on the western and southern countrysides of Damascus. This attack resulted in the destruction of several sites, including a Syrian military warehouse that stored air defense equipment and missiles. Bennett, who was one of the founders of the New Right, has been a… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria

Iraqi protesters set fire to Iranian consulate in Najaf

Published 2019-12-01 20:41:44 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 P.M.) – Iraqi protesters have set fire to the Iranian consulate in the city of Najaf, marking the second time in a week that this has happened at this diplomatic mission. The Directorate of Civil Defense in the province of Najaf confirmed in a statement on Sunday that the consulate was on fire and that firefighting units were attempting to extinguish the flames. First reports about this incident were spread on social networking sites, as they circulated photos and videos showing a group of protesters set alight the consulate for the second time in a week. The… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Najaf

Breaking: Militant drones attack Hama Military Airport

Published 2019-12-01 20:15:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Minutes ago, local journalists reported a new attack on the Hama Military Airport by enemy assault drones. According to the report, the militant drones attempted to bomb the Hama Military Airport from its northern flank, prompting the Syrian military to activate their air defenses. No casualties have been reported. This latest attack by the militant forces comes just hours after they lost all the territories they captured over past 24 hours from the Syrian Arab Army.

Tags: Hama, Syria

Syria accuses US of sabotaging constitutional committee

Published 2019-12-01 20:05:56 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian Arab Republic has accused the United States of interfering in the constitutional committee’s work and attempting to impose its own agenda, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to SANA news agency. “The US State Department’s statement on the Geneva meetings of the constitutional committee definitely confirms Washington’s attempts to meddle in other states’ affairs and impose its own agenda on the constitutional committee,” the document reads. The Syrian Foreign Ministry emphasizes that the dialogue in Geneva is “inter-Syrian and no one has any right to meddle in it or back any side under any pretext.” The… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Over 20 US military vehicles enter Syria from Iraq

Published 2019-12-01 19:52:59 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Syrian state television reported on Saturday that several U.S. military vehicles had entered northeastern Syria from Iraq’s northwestern border. According to Syrian TV, the U.S. military convoy consisted of more than 20 trucks that first entered Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate from Iraq’s Nineveh (var. Ninawa) Governorate. They pointed out that the U.S. military convoy was transporting new equipment to the coalition troops that were deployed to the oil rich region of Syria’s Deir Ezzor Governorate. Earlier in the week, some 60 military vehicles belonging to U.S. forces arrived at the ​​Rmeilan Oil Fields in the Al-Hasakah… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria

Syrian Army retakes all lost areas after launching big counter-offensive in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-01 19:38:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a big counter-offensive to retake the areas they lost to the jihadist rebels over the last 24 hours in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army began the counter-offensive by storming the areas they recently lost to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies at two axes. Following a fierce confrontation on Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army managed to retake all of the areas they lost to the jihadists, including the key town of ‘Aajaz, which… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Syrian Army launches big counter-offensive to retake lost areas in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-01 07:42:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a big counter-offensive in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate last night in order to retake the areas they lost to the jihadist rebels on Saturday. According to a field report from southeastern Idlib, the Syrian Arab Army’s first attack to retake the town of ‘Aajaz was repelled by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the so-called “National Liberation Army”. The field report said the Syrian Arab Army is engaged in fierce combat with the jihadist rebels as they attempt to recover the four towns, including… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Houthi forces shoot down 2nd Saudi military aircraft

Published 2019-12-01 07:23:54 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Houthi forces announced on Saturday that they have shot down an unmanned drone over northern Yemen just a day after claiming to bring down a Saudi Apache helicopter, Yahya Sarea, the group’s military spokesman, said on Saturday. “Yemeni air defenses were able to shoot down a Chinese-made Wing Loong fighter reconnaissance aircraft in the Hiran district of Hajjah province this evening during hostilities”, Sarea said in a post in Twitter. Sarea added that the operation was caught on tape and that footage will be published shortly. Earlier in the day, Yemeni news outlet Almasirah… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Yemen

Unidentified drone enters northern Israel from Lebanon

Published 2019-12-01 07:11:17 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 A.M.) – An unidentified drone briefly entered the Upper Galilee region from southern Lebanon on Saturday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said. According to the IDF statement, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) entered northern Israel for a brief time before making its way back to Lebanon. The IDF statement did not state who the drone belonged to, nor did they specify if the UAV was a military or civilian aircraft. The Lebanese Ministry of Defense has not commented on these claims from the Israeli Defense Forces. While Lebanese aircrafts rarely enter Israeli territory, the IDF warplanes enter… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon

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