This is a summary of 24 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Damascus, Syria, Daraa, Aleppo, Kobane, Russia, Turkey, Libya, Kurds, US, Armenia, Nasrallah, INF, Iran, IRGC, Israel, Palestine, Benghazi, Haftar, Tripoli, Jawf, Yemen, Idlib.

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Hezbollah leader says one-party gov’t could escalate tensions: video

Published 2019-12-13 23:10:39 by News Desk in Lebanon

Secretary-General of Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said that a one-party government could lead to the escalation of tensions in Lebanon, during a televised speech from Beirut on Friday. “If a one-colour [one-party] government is formed under the existing tensions, that [tension] will escalate, roads blocked, demonstrations, protests,” said the Hezbollah leader, before asking “how can the one-colour government deal with a crisis on the level of this danger?” “We hope that there will be consultations on Monday and we hope that those chosen by the majority of votes will be assigned to the government. But the composition process… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon

First mass held at Syrian church after being retaken by Syrian Army in 2018

Published 2019-12-13 22:57:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The first mass was held at the St. Antiochian Orthodox Church in the town of Arbeen, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Friday. According to the SANA report, the mass, which was held in a hall belonging to the church, was presided by the Patriarchal Assistant of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All East, Bishop Lucka al-Khouri. Patriarchal Assistant of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All East, Bishop John Batash, in a statement to SANA, expressed the great joy for holding the first mass in this church after liberating… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Syria

Syrian military foils militant attack in northern Daraa

Published 2019-12-13 22:44:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Syrian military managed to foil a militant attack on one of their checkpoints in northern Daraa on Friday. According to reports from northern Daraa, the Syrian military was able to foil an attack by armed militants after spotting the latter moving towards one of their checkpoints inside Al-Sinamayn. The Syrian military was able to force the militants to abandon their attack after opening fire on the later with medium weapons. The Syrian military personnel suffered minor injuries, while the casualties for the militants is unknown. No information was released about the militants; however, it… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Turkish-backed militants launch attack against SDF troops near Kobane

Published 2019-12-13 22:33:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants launched a new attack against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Kobane countryside. According to reports, the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) launched several artillery shells towards the SDF’s positions near the Qiz ‘Ali Silos, prompting an exchange of hostilities between the two parties. While neither group attempted to advance, the recent aggression by the Turkish-backed militants in Al-Raqqa and Aleppo has forced the SDF to beef up their defenses in this region of the country.

Tags: Aleppo, Kobane, Syria

US sanctions two Lebanese businessmen over alleged financing of Hezbollah

Published 2019-12-13 22:16:07 by News Desk in Lebanon

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions against two Lebanese men that were accused of financing Hezbollah. According to the U.S. Treasury statement, they sanctioned the Lebanon-based businessman Nazim Sa’id Ahmad and the Democratic Republic of Congo-based businessman Saleh Assi. The U.S. Treasury accused Ahmad of being one of Hezbollah’s top donors, while also accusing Assi of laundering money to Ahmad’s businesses. “Hezbollah continues to use seemingly legitimate businesses as front companies to raise and launder funds in countries like the DRC where it can use bribery and political connections to secure unfair market access and evade… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon

Russia and Turkey to sign agreement to produce more missiles together

Published 2019-12-13 22:07:56 by News Desk in Turkey

Ankara and Moscow plan to sign an agreement to jointly produce missiles, head of Turkey’s Defense Industry Directorate Ismail Demir said on Friday, Bloomberg reported. “We will sign a deal after agreeing over final details regarding joint production or production of some parts in Turkey, and technology sharing,” Demir stated, as cited by the media outlet. “The work to make the first [S-400] system ready for activation by April is under way,” the Turkish official added. He noted that “Russia has made a proposal to sell a certain number of its Su-35 warplanes at a certain price.” The chief of… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey

Libyan National Army shoots down Turkish drone south of Tripoli

Published 2019-12-13 20:54:03 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced this evening that their air defenses shot down a drone at the Ayn Zara axis, south of Tripoli. The Military Information Division of the LNA said in a press statement through its official page on Facebook that “the air defense systems in the armed forces targeted Turkish drones and they shot them down in the sky above our operations, specifically in the axis of Ayn Zarah.” The military media also published pictures of the plane, which confirmed their reports. The Libyan army… Read on ->

Tags: Libya

Russian Navy transports new weapons and tanks to Syria: photos

Published 2019-12-13 20:27:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – Several Russian ships are en route to Syria this week to deliver military equipment and armored vehicles to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies. According to the maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Navy has transited a number of ships through the Boshophus Strait as they make their way to the Syrian port-city of Tartous. In addition to these ships, the Russian LST Orsk was monitored transiting the Bosphorus Strait this week as it was likely carrying IVECO Rys Lynx multi-role vehicles.

Tags: Russia, Syria

US never promised Kurds an autonomous state in Syria: Esper

Published 2019-12-13 20:14:42 by News Desk in Syria

The United States has never pledged to the Syrian Kurds that it will help them create an autonomous Kurdish state in Syria, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Friday. “We live up to our obligations, and our obligation, our agreement, our understanding with the Kurds was this, that we would work together to fight in Syria to defeat ISIS,” Esper said. “But nowhere, at no point in time did we tell the Kurds, we will assist you in establishing an autonomous Kurdish state in Syria nor would we fight against the longstanding ally Turkey on your behalf.” On… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, Syria, US

Turkish Foreign Ministry summons US ambassador over recognition of Armenian genocide

Published 2019-12-13 19:07:13 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned US Ambassador David Satterfield over a US Senate resolution recognizing the 1915 Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire, a ministry source told TASS on Friday. “Our ministry has summoned US Ambassador David Satterfield over a resolution on the 1915 events. Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal informed him of our reaction to this move,” the source said. On Thursday, the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution to recognize the genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Ankara does not accept the term “genocide” in relation to the 1915 events, pointing out that the… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Turkey

Turkish military uncovers large tunnel network in northern Syria: video

Published 2019-12-13 18:59:46 by News Desk in Syria

The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced on Friday that its forces have discovered new tunnels for “terrorists” in the area of ​​Operation “Peace Spring” in northern Syria. The ministry, through its account on Twitter, published scenes the operation led by the Turkish forces as they bridged tunnels dug by the fighters of the SDF and YPG. They added that these tunnels impede the lives of Syrian citizens in the region.

Tags: Syria, Turkey

US and Israel are trying to take advantage of Lebanese protests: Nasrallah

Published 2019-12-13 18:26:49 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that the United States and Israel are trying to take advantage of the demonstrations in Lebanon after they were unable to end the Resistance’s threat to Israel. In a televised speech, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that the Americans are interfering with any movement taking place in the world, and they are quick to try to exploit the popular movements to serve their interests and not to serve the interests of the protesters. “Americans ride the wave of demonstrations in the world and photograph the world and announce… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Nasrallah

Large transfer of jihadists to southern Aleppo raises fears of new offensive

Published 2019-12-13 18:12:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – According to the Russian military, a large number of jihadists have been transferred to the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate recently, raising fears that a new offensive may be launched. The Russian military’s reconciliation center for warring parties reported that the jihadist rebels sent a large number of fighters, mostly from the Al-Qaeda aligned groups, to southern Aleppo for a possible operation against the Syrian Army. On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) came under attack near the town of Harishah when the jihadist rebels from the Al-Qaeda linked Rouse the Believers group surprised… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Watch: US tests new ballistic missile banned by INF treaty

Published 2019-12-13 17:53:28 by News Desk in World-News

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has posted a video of a recent test of the INF Treaty-banned US ground-based missile on his Twitter page where he also noted that it had taken less than nine months, instead of the usual two years, to go from concept to launch of the projectile. Esper claimed that work on the missile’s test-launch began after Washington withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty earlier this year. His remarks came as the Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov pointed out that the test proves that the US has long aimed at destroying the IMF Treaty.… Read on ->

Tags: INF, US

IRGC commander warns US, Israeli interests will be ‘set on fire’ if they keep meddling in Iran

Published 2019-12-13 17:47:45 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami warned the US, UK, Israel, and other regional countries about the consequences of their meddlesome policies against Tehran, adding that they will see their interests on fire if they continue stirring sedition in Iran. “I tell you – the leaders of America, Israel, Britain, and the regional enemies who instigate sedition – if you don’t stop sedition, we will set fire to your interests, and this is our last word,” Major General Hossein Salami told a gathering in Rey, south of Tehran…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Israel, US

US military asks Pentagon for instructions on how to deal with potential attack from Syrian, Turkish, Iranian, Russian troops

Published 2019-12-13 17:24:27 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The U.S. military reportedly asked the Pentagon for instructions on how to deal with potential attacks from the Syrian, Russian, Turkish, and Iranian troops in Syria. “The command of the U.S. military in Syria requested instructions from the Pentagon on how to deal with an attack by regular troops from Russia, Turkey, Iran or Syria, as well as their possible allies,” Military Review reported. The question by the U.S. military comes after the arrival of the armed forces from Turkey, Russia, and Syria in the Al-Hasakah and Al-Raqqa governorates. At the same time, the military… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, Syria, Turkey, US

Israel will never achieve its dreams in Palestine: Turkish FM

Published 2019-12-13 15:32:51 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Thursday in Rabat, Morocco that “Israel will never achieve its dreams in Palestine,” the Middle East Monitor reported. “Israel will never achieve its dream of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian homeland and the creation of a racist regime,” Cavusoglu said at the 50th commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as quoted by MEM. “The occupation of the Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem, is still ongoing. The unity of Muslims is the only hope for achieving the rights of the Palestinian people, despite the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Turkey

Benghazi-based Libyan gov’t to work with Greece to block Turkish ships

Published 2019-12-13 15:19:12 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Libyan Army’s Chief-of-Staff, Major-General Faraj al-Mahdawi, has revealed an agreement with Greece to block the sea lane linking Crete and the eastern sea borders of Libya to Turkish ships. Major-General Faraj al-Mahdawi said in a statement to Al-Arabiya that “ there is great coordination between Greece and Libya in order to monitor the movement of Turkish ships for oil or access to the western Libyan ports to deliver weapons to the militias, especially the Misurata port. ” The Libyan military official also spoke of “the presence of surveillance around the clock and today on… Read on ->

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Tags: Benghazi, Haftar, Libya, Tripoli, Turkey

Al-Qaeda linked terrorist coalition cuts off Syrian Army supply route in southern Aleppo

Published 2019-12-13 15:02:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Al-Qaeda linked terrorist coalition, Rouse the Believers, carried out an attack against the troops of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) in southern Aleppo on Friday. The terrorist attack managed to force the Syrian military forces to withdraw from some of their positions near the town of Harishah. As a result of this attack, one of the Syrian Army’s supply routes to the town of Al-Hader in southern Aleppo has been cutoff by the terrorist coalition. Rouse the Believers, which is comprised of Al-Qaeda linked factions like Ansar Al-Tawheed, have… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Haftar-led Libyan Army claims new advance near Tripoli

Published 2019-12-13 14:42:21 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Military Media Division of the Libyan National Army said in a statement on its official Facebook page, Thursday, that “the military units of the armed forces are controlling most of the main road that goes through the Sa’diyya area and reaches the Toggar area,” in addition to “extending their control over the headquarters of the Police Officers College in the area Salahuddin.” Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army, announced on Thursday, the start of a decisive operation to take control of the capital, Tripoli, where he gave orders to the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Russian military says terrorists are preparing to stage chemical weapons attack

Published 2019-12-13 14:22:55 by News Desk in Syria

Terrorists are preparing to stage chemical attacks and the destruction of infrastructure in the south of the Idlib de-escalation zone, Maj. Gen. Yuri Borenkov, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry’s Center for Reconciliation in Syria, said on Thursday. “The Russian center for the reconciliation of the warring parties received information that the leaders of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group (formerly known as the Al-Nusra Front*), together with members of the pseudo-humanitarian organisation White Helmets, were plotting to stage the use of toxic substances and the destruction of civilian infrastructure in the settlements of the southern part of the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Pro-gov’t Yemeni Army captures strategic mountain in Al-Jawf

Published 2019-12-13 14:11:31 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – On Thursday evening, the pro-government Yemeni Army announced the restoration of a strategic mountain range in the Al-Jawf Governorate. The 1st Brigade of the Yemeni Border Guards said on their official Facebook page last night, “the forces launched a massive attack on the Qash’an mountain range overlooking Wadi Salba in the Khub and Al Sha’af District (east of al-Jawf).” They continued, “The violent battles that took place with the Houthis following the surprisingly qualitative process culminated in tight control over the entire Mount Qash’an region and large parts of Wadi Silba.” According to the brigade,… Read on ->

Tags: Jawf, Yemen

Jihadist rebels foil Syrian military attempt to retake east Idlib base

Published 2019-12-13 13:28:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Syrian military  launched a new attack on Thursday to retake the abandoned battalion base in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Led by the Republican Guard and Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary), the Syrian military stormed the abandoned battalion base’s eastern perimeter in a bid to overwhelm the jihadist forces from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Following a fierce battle between the warring parties, the Syrian military was forced to withdraw from the eastern perimeter of the abandoned battalion base. According to an army source in the area, the Syrian military and Liwaaa Al-Quds were unable… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russian military tests Iskander tactical missile system

Published 2019-12-13 13:18:53 by News Desk in World-News

Troops test-fired a ballistic missile from the Iskander tactical missile system at the Kapustin Yar proving ground in the southern Astrakhan Region, the press office of the Western Military District reported on Thursday. “A pinpoint missile strike struck the target that simulated a fortified command post of an illegal armed formation at a distance of about 60 kilometers. Recording equipment showed that the missile hit the target without any deviations. After the test-launch, the teams practiced promptly changing the positioning area,” the press office said in a statement. The test-fire was held as part of the drills to learn to… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

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