This is a summary of 30 AMN articles on the following subjects: Palmyra, Syria, Idlib, Hama, Belarus, Iran, IRGC, Erdogan, Turkey, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Latakia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Haftar, Libya, Ansarallah, Houthi, Yemen, Hezbollah, Palestine, Raqqa, Assad, Bolivia, Jaafari, Excalibur, India, Astana, Kazakhstan, Aleppo, Hasakah.

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Syrian Army kills several ISIS terrorists during clashes east of Palmyra

Published 2019-12-10 21:14:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) clashed with a group of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists east of Palmyra on Tuesday. According to a military report from the Homs Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army managed to kill several Islamic State terrorists that were moving between the cities of Al-Sukhnah and Palmyra. Another battle between the Syrian Army and Daesh was reported near the Arwad Dam; this resulted in few casualties for both sides and the eventual withdrawal of terrorists from the area. Following these clashes, Russian and Syrian warplanes reportedly carried out airstrikes over the Islamic State’s… Read on ->

Tags: Palmyra, Syria


Jihadists allegedly ‘transfer chlorine gas’ to southern Idlib: media

Published 2019-12-10 20:21:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels from the Al-Nusra Front (likely reference to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham) have recently transported chemical weapons to the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, Sputnik Arabic reported, citing local sources. According to the Sputnik report, the Al-Nusra Front, with help from the White Helmets, transferred several cylinders of chlorine gas to the southern countryside of Idlib, specifically, the town of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. Another delivery was made to the city of Saraqib in the eastern countryside of Idlib. The report claimed this took place last Wednesday. The Sputnik report said the cylinders arrived in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkish-backed militants destroy Syrian Army post in northwest Hama

Published 2019-12-10 20:00:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants from the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA) released a video on Tuesday showing their forces destroying a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) post in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. According to the militant group, their fighter fired an anti-tank guided missile at the Syrian Army post in the village of Al-Huwayz, resulting in its destruction and the death of a couple soldiers. Based on the video released by the militant group, at least three soldiers were killed; however, the death toll could be higher. The Turkish-backed militants are currently exchanging heavy… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Belarusian T-72B hit targets non-stop: video

Published 2019-12-10 19:48:27 by News Desk in World-News

The Belarusian Armed Forces posted footage of a T-72B tank hitting multiple targets during military drills near the city of Borisov. The video shows the massive war machine driving at 10 kilometres per hour (over six mph) and firing non-stop, delivering direct hits, one after another, in just a minute. Now, that’s what we call fire efficiency! https://youtu.be/u19tR3BQGZA   Source: Sputnik

Tags: Belarus


Iran allegedly fortifying base along Syria-Iraq border with new tunnels: satellite photos

Published 2019-12-10 18:27:21 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Image Satellite International released new photos on Tuesday of the Iranian base near the Syrian border-city of Albukamal in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1204429941783384070?s=20 According to the ISI report, the Iranian IRGC forces are building a tunnel within the Imam ‘Ali Base, which was previously attacked in highly-publicized strike by the Israeli forces in September. https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1204429973018288130?s=20 While the IRGC has not commented on these claims in the past, the Iranian force does in fact have a large presence in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate, especially around the Iraqi border. The IRGC has… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Syria


Erdogan will not accept Nobel Peace Prize if awarded

Published 2019-12-10 18:11:12 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that he will not accept the Nobel Peace Prize if he was announced the winner of the award. According to the Anadolu News Agency, Erdogan made the remarks after the Austrian writer, Peter Handke, was given the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in Literature. Erdogan’s reasoning has to do with the accusation that Handke denied the 1995 Bosnian Genocide. The Turkish President said that “awarding such a killer amounts to complicity in oppression.” Erdogan, himself, has been accused of genocide denial, as he has rejected claims that 1.5… Read on ->

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Tags: Erdogan, Turkey


Russian Black Sea Fleet destroys enemy targets with cruise missiles: TASS

Published 2019-12-10 17:24:34 by News Desk in World-News

The Black Sea Fleet frigate Admiral Essen fired Kalibr cruise missiles to strike a simulated enemy’s naval and air targets in drills, the Fleet’s press office reported on Tuesday “In accordance with the combat training plan, the crew of the Black Sea Fleet frigate Admiral Essen is holding a series of shipborne drills with missile and artillery firings in the Black Sea. At the first stage of the drills involving a naval battle, the sailors conducted artillery fire against a sea target and practiced the algorithm of actions to strike a notional enemy’s surface ship by the Kalibr missile system… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Syrian Army heavily targets jihadist trenches along southern Idlib front-lines

Published 2019-12-10 17:14:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – For the second time in two days, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has not used their warplanes to strike the Idlib Governorate. To pick up the slack for the absence of airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has carried out several artillery and missile strikes across the southern countryside of Idlib, hitting a number of areas under the control of both Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF). According to a field report from the nearby Hama Governorate, the Syrian Army’s missile teams heavily targeted the jihadist trenches that were… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iran built up air defenses around key Syrian base months ago: source

Published 2019-12-10 16:41:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Iranian air defense system has been deployed in for several months now, a source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar News from Damascus. According to the source, the Iranian Armed Forces deployed one of their air defense systems to the T-4 Airbase in eastern Homs after a big attack by the Israeli military killed several IRGC personnel at the installation. The source said that in addition to the Iranian air defense system at the T-4 Airbase, the Russian military also has their own weapons at the installation to protect their forces in case of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Bou Saab says IRGC official’s comments about using Lebanon to attack Israel is ‘unacceptable’

Published 2019-12-10 16:20:47 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Lebanese Minister of Defense, Elias Bou Saab, responded to the recent comments from the adviser to the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), saying that if the statement was said, then it was ‘unacceptable.’ Bou Saab, through his official account on Twitter, tweeted: “If what is attributed to the adviser to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard head is true, then it is unfortunate and unacceptable, and it violates the sovereignty of Lebanon, which has ties to the Islamic Republic of Iran, a friendship that cannot affect the independence of Lebanon in any way. The… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Israel, Lebanon


Syrian Army uses advanced Russian equipment in northeast Latakia: video

Published 2019-12-10 16:03:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Engineering units from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are working to dismantle the explosives left behind by the jihadist rebels in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. According to a Sputnik Arabic correspondent, engineering units of the Syrian Army are working to clear the liberated areas in northeast Latakia, as they concentrate on three main fronts in this governorate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NKoGXqsqFU The reporter quoted a military source as confirming that the current combing operation is targeting some of the more rugged locations that the armed terrorist factions used before their defeat. The source pointed out… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Russia, Syria


Explosive classified documents reveal Afghan war mass deception

Published 2019-12-10 15:51:08 by News Desk in World-News

In what’s already being hailed as a defining and explosive “Pentagon papers” moment, a cache of previously classified documents obtained by The Washington Post show top Pentagon leaders continuously lied to the public about the “progress” of the now eighteen-year long Afghan war. The some 2,000 pages of notes from interviews of senior officials who have shaped US strategy in Afghanistan confirm that “senior US officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false… hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable,” according to the bombshell… Read on ->

Tags: Afghanistan


US suspects Iran is behind attacks on their bases in Iraq

Published 2019-12-10 15:14:56 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The U.S. suspects that Iran is behind the latest attacks on their installations inside Iraq, CNN reported on Tuesday. According to the CNN report, the U.S. government believes that Iran is behind these rocket attacks on their bases because of the sophisticated projectiles that have been used. In particular, the CNN report said that the Iranian-backed groups have launched at least nine rockets towards three of their installations inside the country. “We take these incidents seriously as do our Iraqi Security Forces partners, who are investigating these events. We have made clear that attacks on… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq


Russia, Turkey agree to not expand Syria’s safe zone

Published 2019-12-10 14:42:46 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Moscow and Ankara will not expand the safe zone in northeastern Syria, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev told reporters on Tuesday. “The memorandum signed by Presidents Putin and Erdogan clearly defines the safe zone. It needs to be maintained in its current form. This is the only way. Expanding the zone will do nothing good,” he said in response to a question. According to Lavrentyev, the situation in the safe zone is more or less stable. “Various forces continue to stage provocations but on the whole, I think that we have succeeded in stabilizing the situation there…. Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Turkey is ready to deploy troops to fight Haftar in Libya: Erdogan

Published 2019-12-10 13:48:40 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

Turkey and Libya have signed an expanded maritime, security and military cooperation agreement which gives Turkey the right to deploy troops there if requested by authorities in Tripoli, President Erdogan has told state-run TRT television in an interview on Monday. “In the event of such a call coming, it is Turkey’s decision what kind of initiative it will take here.” Erdogan said, as reported by Reuters. “We will not seek the permission of anyone on this,” he underscored. This at a moment the country is still divided between Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s advancing LNA forces and the UN-backed Government of National… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Haftar, Libya


Breaking: Houthi forces announce the downing of an enemy aircraft

Published 2019-12-10 13:37:56 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Ansarallah Movement (Houthis) announced this afternoon that their forces had shot down an enemy aircraft over the northern region of Yemen. According to Al-Masirah TV, the Ansarallah forces said that “their air defenses shot down a coalition reconnaissance plane while it was flying over the Kassara area of ​​the Qatf District, east of Sa’ada and adjacent to the Najran sector in southwestern Saudi Arabia.” The channel did not give details about the operation. This is the third enemy aircraft that has been shot down by Ansarallah forces in the past week. The Ansarallah forces… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Houthi, Yemen


Palestinian Archbishop: Hezbollah had a role in defending Syria’s Christians

Published 2019-12-10 12:34:58 by News Desk in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Archbishop of Sebastia Hanna ‘Atallah responded to the recent criticism of Hezbollah by Lebanese Bishop Elias ‘Aude on Monday, saying that the Lebanese group played a role in defending Syria’s Christians. “They had a role in defending Syria’s Christians,” Archbishop ‘Atallah said, adding that he refuses to criticize them. “If there are reservations, the church’s platform is not the appropriate place to express this standing,” he continued. He would add that Bishop ‘Aude’s comments do represent Christians or Orthodox. During a church sermon in Beirut on the 14th anniversary of Gebran Tueni’s assassination, Bishop… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria


Russian military enters Raqqa city for first time ever: video

Published 2019-12-10 12:17:34 by News Desk in Syria

Russian military forces have delivered food and provided medical assistance to the residents of Raqqa in the first such humanitarian mission aimed at helping civilians who are struggling to survive in the city scarred by war. The first column of Russian military trucks loaded with food and medical supplies entered the capital of Syria’s northern province on Monday. https://youtu.be/BadONHA_pak Once designated as the unofficial capital of the notorious Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), the city was recaptured by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in 2017 after spending three years under extremist rule. However, what was hailed as “liberation” in… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Russia, Syria


Syrian President says Europe faces refugee crisis because of supporting terrorists in Syria

Published 2019-12-10 12:08:00 by News Desk in Syria

Europe has to deal with the issue of refugees because of its prior support of terrorists in Syria, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said in an exclusive interview with Italian Rai24 TV channel, broadcast by Syrian channels on Monday. “We have to start with a simple question: who created this problem? Why do you have refugees in Europe? It’s a simple question: because of terrorism that’s being supported by Europe – and of course the United States and Turkey and others – but Europe was the main player in creating chaos in Syria. So, what goes around comes around”, Assad said… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria


Syrian Army spy films close to one of largest jihadist bases in Idlib: video

Published 2019-12-10 11:54:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) spy recently filmed from behind enemy lines in the jihadist controlled territories in the Idlib Governorate. In the video that was released by the official Facebook account of the 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Army spy films from the town of Taftanaz, which is home to the large airbase that has since turned into one of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s main bases in the Idlib Governorate. https://www.facebook.com/syriansarmy.sy/videos/1465242573638896/?__tn__=%2Cd-k-R&eid=ARBgGitcptph3_ujoNHPeFly0WSEN0MxOiunpcPjpr1FLdQXOFTRe-3RDH-UvgDc6Nk4Bpwlr4kLWtip

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian choppers launch heavy strikes on jihadist stronghold in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-12-10 11:34:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Air Force launched fresh strikes over the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate this morning. Led by their attack choppers, the Syrian Air Force reportedly targeted the hideouts and tunnels used by the jihadist rebels in and around the key mountaintop town of Kabani. According to a military report from the Latakia front, while the Syrian Air Force has resumed their attack on Kabani, they have yet to use any of their warplanes. A source in Damascus told Al-Masdar that the poor weather in northern Syria has limited the Syrian and Russian air… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Bolivia’s interim gov’t requests support from Israel to fight leftists

Published 2019-12-10 11:08:04 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – Bolivia’s interim government, led by self-appointed president Jeanine Áñez, has requested help from Israel in their fight against leftists, the Reuters News Agency reported on Friday. The Bolivian Interior Minister, Arturo Murillo, told Reuters on Friday that his government was seeking Israeli assistance in his country’s fight against ‘terrorists’. He said the Bolivian police were investigating leftists allegedly linked to Venezuelan Presient Nicolas Maduro and drug traffickers. “We’ve invited them to help us,” Murillo told Reuters. “They’re used to dealing with terrorists. They know how to handle them,” he said of the Israelis. “The only… Read on ->

Tags: Bolivia, Israel


No truth to news of ceasefire agreement in Idlib: Jaafari

Published 2019-12-10 10:51:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBAON (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian opposition and government delegations at the Astana Peace Conference have not reached any agreement on a ceasefire in the Idlib Governorate, Syria’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar Al-Ja’afari, told reporters this morning. Dr. Al-Ja’afari told the reporters on the sidelines of the conference that “there is no calm at all in the fight against terrorism, pointing out that there is no deals on the future of the Idlib Governorate. Meetings at the 14th round the Astana Peace Conference on Syria will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. The delegations of the… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Jaafari, Syria


Israel will not be able to transport gas across the Mediterranean without our approval: Erdogan

Published 2019-12-10 10:01:42 by News Desk in Middleeast, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that Israel will not be able to transport gas across the Mediterranean without his country’s approval. Erdogan said in an interview with the state-owned TRT network that Ankara would not allow any unilateral steps in the Mediterranean, pointing out that “Israel will not be able to transport gas across the Mediterranean without our approval, and Greece, Egypt, Israel and Cyprus cannot take any step without our agreement.” Erdogan recently announced the construction of a “marvelous sea line” between Turkey and Libya. The Turkish President added that his country will acquire… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Israel, Turkey


IRGC official threatens to destroy Tel Aviv from Lebanon

Published 2019-12-10 09:30:36 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 A.M.) – On Monday, the adviser to the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Murteza Qurbani, told the Mizan News Agency that if Israel launches any attack against Iran, the Islamic Republic will destroy Tel Aviv from Lebanon. “If the Zionist regime makes the slightest mistake against Iran, we will destroy Tel Aviv from Lebanon, and there is no need for Iran to lift missiles and equipment,” he told the Mizan publication. The IRGC official said, “Iran is not seeking to acquire nuclear weapons and Israel is too small to make any mistake… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Indian forces test Excalibur guided missiles for first time ever

Published 2019-12-10 09:14:06 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Indian Military Command announced on Tuesday that their first have tested their 155 mm “Excalibur” guided missiles (M982 Excalibur) for the first time. The missiles are currently in used by the U.S. military, as well as the armies of Canada and Sweden. Meanwhile, the first report on the use of the M982 Excalibur by the Indian Army appeared on Twitter. The report notes that Indian forces used active guided missiles during the test at the Bukhran training field. The Top War website quoted the Indian military command as saying: “A precise body-oriented steering group… Read on ->

Tags: Excalibur, India


Syrian peace talks begin in Astana

Published 2019-12-10 08:50:59 by News Desk in Syria

The delegations of Russia and Iran are holding bilateral consultations on the sidelines of the 14th round of talks on Syria in Kazakhstan’s capital of Nur-Sultan. The Russian delegation is led by Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin, and the Iranian delegation is headed by Senior Assistant to the Foreign Minister Ali Asghar Khaji. The consultations are taking place behind closed doors. On December 10-11, the Kazakh capital is hosting the 14th round of talks on Syria involving the guarantors of the Astana process (Russia, Iran and Turkey), the Syrian government and the… Read on ->

Tags: Astana, Kazakhstan, Syria


Syrian Army preparing to establish full control over strategic highway in northern Syria

Published 2019-12-10 08:19:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to establish full control over a strategic highway in the northern region of Syria. According to a military source in northern Syria, the Syrian Army is nearly in full control of the strategic Aleppo-Hasakah Highway after taking control of another important town along this roadway. The source said the Russian military are working with their Turkish partners to ensure the area around the Aleppo-Hasakah Highway is safe and absent of any potential conflicts, especially among the opposing parties. The reopening of the Aleppo-Hasakah Highway is very important to… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hasakah, Syria


Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring has not obtained desired results as of yet: Erdogan

Published 2019-12-10 07:43:36 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:25 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that his country has not yet obtained the desired results from conducting joint patrols in northern Syria, indicating that its primary goal is to return refugees to their areas after they have been cleared of ‘terrorists’. “I cannot say that we have obtained the desired results by conducting patrols in northeastern Syria,” Erdogan said in an interview with the Turkish channel TRT, pointing out that “the main goal for Turkey is to clear the northern region of Syria from terrorists, and we focused on our right to do so…. Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s full interview with Italian TV: video

Published 2019-12-10 07:25:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sat down for an interview with the Italian news channel Rai 24 TV on November 26th; however, due an unknown reason, the latter was not going to release the broadcast. During the interview, the Syrian President stressed that since the beginning of the narrative regarding the chemical weapons, Syria has affirmed it didn’t use them. The President affirmed that what the OPCW organization did was to fake and falsify the report about using chemical weapons, just because the Americans wanted them to do so. So, fortunately, this report proved that everything… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria


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