This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Syria, Libya, Turkey, Tripoli, US, Douma, OPCW, Russia, Armenia, Iraq, Lebanon, Ansarallah, Yemen.

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Never before seen battle footage from Syrian Army offensive in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-27 18:42:37 by News Desk in Syria

.BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The ANNA News Agency released a new, in-depth video of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) operation in southeastern Idlib. In the 35-minute-long video, the Syrian Arab Army and Russian Armed Forces can be seen targeting the jihadist rebels in southeast Idlib, while also advancing at several axes in the governorate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng_Eqyiqz-M&t=185s

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkey is fully ready to deploy troops to Libya: DM

Published 2019-12-27 18:26:10 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

The Turkish Armed Forces are ready to be deployed to Libya if necessary, media reported on Friday, citing National Defence Ministry Spokeswoman Nadide Sebnem Aktop. The Turkish military is able to conduct operations in and outside Turkey, as required, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing the spokeswoman. In late November, Turkey and the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli signed an agreement on military cooperation. Both sides have already ratified the deal, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Ankara would support the GNA in the fight against the Libyan National Army (LNA). Libya… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Haftar-led Libyan Army captures road leading Tripoli Airport

Published 2019-12-27 17:48:59 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army’s Military Media Division announced on Friday that their forces have taken control of the airport road in Tripoli. According to the report, the Libyan National Army managed to take control of the road after a fierce battle with the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. In a related context, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Libyan Parliament, Yusef Al-Aqouri, announced that the decision to restore the Libyan capital, Tripoli, is the sovereign decision of the House of Representatives and the general command of the Libyan National Army…. Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Moment US and Syrian troops come face to face in northeast Syria: video

Published 2019-12-27 17:36:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – A new video that was released on Friday showed U.S. military personnel and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops coming face-to-face in northeastern Syria. The video shows a Syrian soldier (some pages said he was an officer), as he faces an American patrol in the eastern Euphrates. The Syrian Army soldier tells the U.S. patrol: “You are occupiers, and you will leave Syria either today or tomorrow.” https://www.facebook.com/118580852883040/videos/452022689026515/?v=452022689026515

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Tags: Syria, US


Wikileaks reveals new OPCW Douma leaks

Published 2019-12-27 17:11:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Wikileaks has released their fourth set of leaks from the OPCW’s Douma investigation, revealing new details about the alleged deletion of important information regarding the fact-finding mission. “One of the documents is an e-mail exchange dated 27 and 28 February between members of the fact finding mission (FFM) deployed to Douma and the senior officials of the OPCW. It includes an e-mail from Sebastien Braha, Chief of Cabinet at the OPCW, where he instructs that an engineering report from Ian Henderson should be removed from the secure registry of the organisation: ‘Please get this document… Read on ->

Tags: Douma, OPCW, Syria


Russian new hypersonic missile system enters military service

Published 2019-12-27 16:59:21 by News Desk in World-News

The first Strategic Missile Forces regiment to be armed with the nuclear-capable Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle has entered combat duty, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has confirmed. “I would like to congratulate every one of us and especially the Strategic Missile Forces. Today, at 10:00 am, the Avangard strategic missile has been put on combat duty. On behalf of all of us, I congratulate everyone with this significant event for our country and for its armed forces,” Shoigu said, speaking in a conference call with President Vladimir Putin on Friday. Russian Strategic Missile Forces commander Col-Gen Sergei Karakaev confirmed that… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


New map of Syrian Army offensive in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-27 15:12:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive in southeastern Idlib has lasted a week now and their troops have captured dozens of towns and villages that were previously under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies. Led by the 5th Corps and 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Army kicked off their offensive on Thursday, December 19th, after mobilizing thousands of soldiers a few days prior to the start of the operation. The Syrian Army did not waste much time after beginning the offensive, as their troops had advanced… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian, Syrian air forces grounded due to weather conditions

Published 2019-12-27 14:50:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have not carried many airstrikes over the last 24 hours in northwestern Syria, a field source in the Hama Governorate told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the poor weather conditions in northwestern Syria have resulted in the grounding of the Russian and Syrian air forces. The source said artillery strikes are still being carried out along the Idlib front-lines; however, the airstrikes have been suspended for now. Previously, a military source told Al-Masdar that the Syrian Army’s operations in southeastern Idlib were most likely going to be halted… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Armenia boosts air force with new Russian-made Su-30 jets

Published 2019-12-27 14:32:53 by News Desk in World-News

The first pair of Russian-made Su-30SM multirole fighters purchased by Armenia at the beginning of 2019 landed at an aerodrome in Southern Caucasus republic, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced on his Facebook page on Friday. “Our most important acquisition this year,” Pashinyan noted, demonstrating the delivered aircraft to his subscribers. The Armenian authorities announced in early 2019 that they had acquired four Su-30SM multirole fighters from Russia. The Su-30SM is a generation 4++ serial-produced and upgraded two-seat super-maneuverable fighter jet. The Su-30SM is furnished with two AL-31FP thrust-vectoring reheated double-flow turbofan engines. The fighter has an operating range of… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Russia


Iraqi forces raid ISIS cells in Al-Anbar

Published 2019-12-27 14:27:33 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – Colonel Salah al-Issawi, the Iraqi military commander in the Amiriyah al-Samoud District of the Anbar Governorate, announced Friday that the Iraqi security forces raided the desert areas near Lake Razazah in search of wanted persons. Al-Issawi told Al-Sumaria News that the security forces launched a campaign to raid the desert areas around Lake Razazah, south of Amriyah Al-Samoud District, in order identify and destroy terrorist cells. “The security forces raided these areas to purge ISIS terrorist cells and weapons caches,” Al-Issawi said, pointing out that these are ongoing operations to ensure that the aforementioned group… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Russian Ambassador says US harmed Lebanon’s economy despite claiming solidarity with protesters

Published 2019-12-27 14:13:21 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Russian Ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasbekin, stated on Thursday that Washington’s plans to exert pressure on Hezbollah through sanctions and interfering in the protests did not give them the expected effect. “During the campaign to pressure Iran and its ally Hezbollah, the United States recently increased influence over the internal situation in Lebanon. They imposed sanctions under the slogan of fighting Hezbollah, even though it had no accounts in Lebanese banks, they tried to influence it , ” Zasypkin told Sputnik Arabic. The Russian Ambassador said the U.S. was claiming solidarity with the Lebanese… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Russia, US


Militant forces fire US-made missile at Syrian Army T-62 tank: video

Published 2019-12-27 13:58:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – A video of a US TOW anti-tank missile being fired at a Syrian armed forces T-62 tank has emerged on social media; the decades-old military hardware was left virtually unscathed. The video’s caption says that the tank was attacked by militants. Judging by the video, the guided missile hit the centre of the tank’s hull. An explosion occurred, but the tank was left almost unscathed. https://twitter.com/I30mki/status/1209888807111102464?s=20 The Soviet T-62 tank, a successor to the T-55, was produced in the USSR between 1962 and 1975. It was considered the world’s first mass-produced tank to feature a… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkish-backed Syrian militants will be deployed to Libya: media

Published 2019-12-27 13:45:45 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Syrian militants will be redeployed to Libya in order to assist the U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), Bloomberg reported on Friday. https://twitter.com/ragipsoylu/status/1210515739817512961?s=20 Prior to this report, investigative journalist Lindsey Snell tweeted information about Turkey offering fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) a $2,000/month salary to deploy to Libya. https://twitter.com/LindseySnell/status/1209538979613286401?s=20 While the Turkish authorities have not commented on these claims, there have been rumors for years about Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) and other jihadists traveling from Syria, via Turkey, to Libya or vice-versa. Turkey has managed to secure their place in Syria by… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria


Breaking: Ansarallah forces launch new missile attack on Saudi military camp

Published 2019-12-27 12:39:00 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Sana’a-based Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’a, announced that the Ansarallah forces fired a ballistic missile towards the Saudi Border Guard’s encampment in the Najran region of southwestern Saudi Arabia. According to the spokesperson, the Ansarallah forces’ rocket team fired a Badr-1 ballistic missile at the Saudi military encampment belonging to the 19th Brigade in the Bir Askar area of Najran. The Yemeni general said, as quoted by Al-Masirah TV, that the Saudi military suffered heavy casualties after the ballistic missile struck the encampment. “Dozens from the Saudi Army were… Read on ->

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Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


New Russian missile system in action: video

Published 2019-12-27 12:26:00 by News Desk in World-News

Russia’s military has tested a new ultra-light anti-aircraft system, dubbed Gibka-S. The new vehicle passed the state trials with flying colors, knocking down mock targets with pinpoint accuracy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiA2kzo084E

Tags: Russia


Syrian Army retakes town in southeastern Idlib

Published 2019-12-27 12:14:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – A source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) confirmed to Al-Masdar News this morning that the town of Al-Barsah was retaken by the military on Wednesday. According to the source, the Syrian Army had never really held Al-Barsah, but briefly entered after the jihadist rebels withdrew during their heavy assault in southeastern Idlib. The following morning, the Syrian Army withdrew from Al-Barsah in order to regroup for another attack, which would be launched a day later. He would add that while Al-Barsah is now fully under the control of the Syrian Arab Army, it still… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib


Tripoli-based Libyan gov’t officially requests Turkish military intervention

Published 2019-12-27 03:37:20 by News Desk in North-Africa

The head of the Russian Contact Group for the intra-Libyan settlement, Lev Dengov, confirmed that GNA officially requested military aid – “air, sea, ground” support – from Turkey. Earlier in the day, several media reported that Tripoli-based GNA had made a formal request. “Yes, it is true. The office of GNA confirmed that it had officially asked Turkey for military aid — air, sea, ground,” Dengov said. Earlier, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan stated that Ankara is still ready to consider the possibility of sending troops to Libya if such a request is made by the Government of National Accord. On… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Armenia to buy advanced Russian military weapons

Published 2019-12-27 03:14:28 by News Desk in World-News

The Armenian Armed Forces are planning to replenish their arsenal with modern weapons in 2022-2023, particularly with long-range weapon systems, Chief of Armenia’s General Staff Lieutenant-General Artak Davtyan said at an end-of-the-year press conference on Thursday. “We have a decision to acquire modern armament but we have no specific contracts yet. We are planning to acquire such means in 2022-2023. Specifically, this relates to long-range weapons,” the general said. When asked by a journalist about the possibility of buying Russian-made S-400 air defense systems, Davtyan said that this option was not being considered at present. “We have no such decision… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Russia


Syria considers suing the US over stolen oil

Published 2019-12-27 02:59:52 by News Desk in Syria

Syria is considering filing an international suit against the American government over its actions in the eastern part of the country, Syrian presidential adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said in an interview with Al-Mayadeen TV. “Syria is looking into the possibility of filing an international lawsuit against the United States, due to the fact that they steal Syrian oil”, she said. Previously, Syrian Ambassador to UN Bashar al-Ja’afari accused the US of stealing the country’s national resources during one of the international body’s meetings, also slamming the UN’s lack of action on the matter. “The US occupies Syrian oil wells and plunders… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


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