This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Syria, Turkey, Libya, Tunisia, Qurdaha, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Russia, Benghazi, Haftar, Bassil, Hariri, Lebanon, Damascus.

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Militants refuse ceasefire agreement, will not hand over Maarat Al-Numan: report

Published 2019-12-25 16:18:49 by News Desk in Syria

The militants controlling the Syrian city of Maarat al-Numan in the Idlib province have refused to give it up peacefully during negotiations with the Syrian government, Omar Rahmon, a member of the National Reconciliation Committee, said on Wednesday. “The terrorist groups that are active in Maarat al-Numan have refused to initiate any reconciliation [process], despite the civilians’ strong desire to rejoin the government”, Rahmon said in an interview with the newspaper. According to him, the militants hope for Turkish support and to take advantage of the worsened weather conditions. “In light of the virtual impossibility of a truce, the fighting… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army is on the verge of encircling another Turkish military post

Published 2019-12-25 16:02:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is on the verge of encircling another Turkish observation post in the Idlib Governorate after scoring a new advance on Tuesday. According to the latest reports from the Idlib front, the Syrian Arab Army is quickly approaching the Turkish observation post that is located near the town of Ma’ar Hattat. Similar to the encirclement in Al-Sarman and Khan Sheikhoun, the Syrian Army will likely be replaced by the Russian military police, who will later coordinate with the Turkish forces at these observation posts. The Syrian Arab Army is also advancing… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Erdogan makes unofficial visit to Tunisia to push for ceasefire in Libya

Published 2019-12-25 15:34:48 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed during his visit to Tunisia, today, the need for a ceasefire in Libya “as soon as possible.” Erdogan said, during a press conference with his Tunisian counterpart, Qais Saeed, that “negative developments in Libya are not confined to them, but rather extend to neighboring countries, led by Tunisia, and they are very disturbed by that”, stressing that Tunisia will have very valuable and constructive contributions to efforts to achieve stability in Libya.” The Turkish President pointed out that he discussed with the Tunisian side the steps that he could… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Tunisia, Turkey


Militants attack Syrian President’s hometown in Latakia

Published 2019-12-25 15:17:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The jihadist forces in northwestern Syria have fired several missiles towards the Latakia Governorate on Wednesday, as they attempt to retaliate against the Syrian government for their latest offensive in southeast Idlib. According to a source in the Latakia Governorate, the jihadist forces fired several missiles towards Qurdaha, which is the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s hometown. No casualties have been reported at this time.

Tags: Qurdaha, Syria


Jihadists attempt to advance in southern Idlib after major setbacks

Published 2019-12-25 14:42:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels followed suit this morning, as their forces launched an attack a new axis in southern Idlib, despite a string of defeats at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to reports from this front, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies launched a new attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions northeast of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib. The reports said the jihadist rebels were attempting to break through the Syrian Army’s lines at the town of ‘Abdin, which is located directly north of Hobeit and… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Israel will not allow Iranian forces to station in Iraq: IDF chief

Published 2019-12-25 14:03:56 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Chief-of-Staff for the Israeli Armed Forces, Aviv Kochavi, said on Wednesday that Israel cannot allow Iran to station militarily in Iraq. According to Ynet News, Kochavi stated on the seventh anniversary of the death of the former Chief-of-Staff, Amnon Lipkin Shahak, that the Israeli army would not allow Iran to be stationed in Iraq “The Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iraq … transfer advanced weapons there monthly. We cannot leave this situation without interference.” Furthermore Kochavi said that “there is an opportunity in the Gaza Strip, after the results of the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Israel


Turkey calls on Russia to push for new ceasefire in Idlib

Published 2019-12-25 13:51:45 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Turkish presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said on Tuesday that Ankara has asked Moscow to push for a ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib. Kalin indicated that Russia has assured the Turkish delegation, which visited Moscow recently, that it will make an effort to stop the attacks in Idlib . “Turkey has asked Russia for a ceasefire in Idlib,” Kalin said during a press conference on Tuesday, adding that “Russia has assured the Turkish delegation that it will make an effort to stop the attacks in Idlib within 24 hours.” In a related context, Ankara called on… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Russian Su-57 stealth fighter launched new strikes in Syria

Published 2019-12-25 13:37:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu said this week that the Russian Air Force used their Su-57 stealth fighter to attack terrorists inside Syria. According to Shoigu, Su-57 carried out the attacks against the terrorists, displaying phenomenal capabilities in the process. “The crew of the fifth-generation Russian aircraft Su-57, while in Syria, tested the latest models of missile and bomb weapons. This was stated by the head of the military department of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu, who was speaking at the final meeting of the Ministry of Defense with the participation of Russian… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria


Syrian Army reaches strategic highway in southern Idlib after new advance

Published 2019-12-25 13:12:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a powerful attack from a new axis in southeastern Idlib on Wednesday, targeting several towns and villages located along the strategic Hama-Idlib Highway (M-5 Highway). According to a military source at the southeast Idlib front, the Syrian Arab Army was able to capture five towns and villages west of the Abu Dhuhour Airport, including the Jisr Hish and Baboulin. As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army managed to reach the Hama-Idlib Highway just a few kilometers south of the key city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. This is… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


All Russian troops now armed with Iskander missile systems

Published 2019-12-25 12:40:26 by News Desk in World-News

All missile brigades of the Russian land troops have been rearmed with Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. “Large-scale work on rearming all missile brigades of the land troops with Iskander systems is over,” Shoigu reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Russian defense ministry board meeting. In all, according to the Russian defense minister, Russia’s Armed Forces have received 624 tanks and armored combat vehicles, 143 new warplanes and helicopters, 13 spacecraft. One submarine, eight warships, 17 boats and auxiliary vessels, four Bal and Bastion coastal defense systems, as well as… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Turkey threatens to send troops to Libya if Haftar-led forces continue Tripoli offensive

Published 2019-12-25 12:26:26 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Turkish presidency stated on Tuesday that the Beghazi-based Libyan National Army (LNA) should stop their attacks (on Tripoli), otherwise the situation will escalate in different regions in Libya. Turkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in a press conference on Tuesday,”Hafter must stop his attacks, otherwise the situation will escalate in different regions in Libya.” Ankara has demanded the Libyan National Army, led by their commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, to stop its attacks on the capital, Tripoli, pointing to the possibility of issuing a memorandum from parliament to send Turkish forces… Read on ->

Tags: Benghazi, Haftar, Libya, Turkey


Hariri says he will not head any gov’t Gebran Bassil is part of

Published 2019-12-25 11:25:38 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he refuses to head any government that the current Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is part of. “I will not preside over any government in which Bassil is part of,” Hariri said, as quoted by Lebanon’s MTV. “I cannot work with those who always attack me,” he continued. “I did not meet the designated prime minister the day before his appointment, as was rumored, but a week ago in the framework of the consultations that I was conducting.” “Speaker Nabih Berri knows that I am not playing with fire,… Read on ->

Tags: Bassil, Hariri, Lebanon


Jihadists suffer heavy losses in failed attempt to retake strategic southeast Idlib town

Published 2019-12-25 11:08:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) thwarted an attack by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) at the town of Jarjanaz in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday. According to reports from the Idlib front, the jihadist rebels began their attack by attempting to break through the Syrian Army’s lines using suicide attacks at the northern flank of Jarjanaz. The first suicide attacker was blown up by the Syrian Arab Army some 50 meters away from their checkpoint. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies attempted another two car bombings before they… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iran is ready to help force the US withdrawal from Syria if Damascus asks: Khamenei

Published 2019-12-25 10:43:15 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

Iran is ready to help Syria with the withdrawal of the US forces that are in the country illegally if Damascus asks for help, Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, told RT Arabic. He remarked that the US was stealing Syrian oil and expressed hope that the Syrians would respond and put an end to the US control over some of Syria’s regions. “We are ready to help with the withdrawal of US forces from Syria if the Syrian authorities ask and to the best of our abilities,” Velayati said. Previously, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad explained in… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Iran, Syria


Video footage of the Syrian Army besieging Turkish troops in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-25 10:30:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently scored a big advance in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, marking the first time in two months that they have captured several sites in northwestern Syria. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division and 5th Corps, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to capture more than 40 towns and villages over the week, putting them at the outskirts of the strategic city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in southern Idlib. As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to besiege the Turkish Armed Forces… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Israel is using ‘weak’ excuses to bomb Syria: FM

Published 2019-12-25 10:14:17 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Overnight into Monday, Syrian media reported that explosions had been heard in Damascus and that the air defense forces had repelled an attack on the capital. The rockets had reportedly been launched from the occupied Golan Heights and Lebanon. A source from Beirut International Airport said that Israeli warplanes were in Lebanon’s airspace during the attack. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), which regularly conduct attacks on Syrian territory under the pretext of countering Iran’s military presence there, declined to comment on the reports. “Iran is present in Syria, namely its military experts, as well as Hezbollah. Damascus opposes Israel’s use of… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Syrian Army advances at new axis in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-25 10:00:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched an attack at a new axis in southeastern Idlib last night, targeting several sites near the Abu Dhuhour Military Airport. Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army began the attack by storming the jihadist defenses at Kafr Basin and Jisr Hish; this resulted in a fierce firefight between the two parties. According to reports from this front, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture Jisr Hish, Kafr Basin, and Baboulin from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies. Following the capture of these towns,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


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