This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Ansarallah, Yemen, Idlib, Syria, Libya, Russia, Turkey, Baghdad, Iraq, Trump, Iran, Aleppo, US.

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Breaking: Ansarallah forces shoot down enemy aircraft in western Yemen

Published 2019-12-31 21:43:24 by News Desk in Yemen

BERIUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces have shot down another enemy aircraft over Yemeni airspace, Al-Masirah TV reported moments ago. According to the report, the Ansarallah forces shot down an enemy spy plane over the Al-Hodeidah Governorate in western Yemen. The report said the Ansarallah forces spotted Arab Coalition’s spy plane while it was flying over their positions in the Al-Drayhami Directorate, which is south of Hodeidah city. Earlier today, the Ansarallah forces announced that they shot down a Sudanese drone as it was flying over their positions in the Hajjah Governorate. The first drone was shot down… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Syrian Army seizes weapons cache left behind by jihadists in Idlib: video

Published 2019-12-31 21:28:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) a large cache of weapons and ammunition that were left behind by the jihadist rebels in southeastern Idlib this week. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the SAA uncovered this large cache of weapons while combing through one of the areas they captured from the jihadist rebels. In the weapons cache were artillery shells, ammunition boxes, U.S.-made anti-tank TOW missiles, and telecommunication devices. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWkFnnwYWro

Tags: Idlib, Syria


No rift between Turkey and Russia over Libya: Turkish MoD

Published 2019-12-31 21:02:51 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has denied there were frictions between Ankara and Moscow over Libya amid Turkey’s recent moves to send troops to Tripoli’s aid. “No, Turkey and Russia have very good channels for dialogue”, he told the Turkish broadcaster NTV in response to whether a row was brewing between the two. He said talks had been held between the nations’ presidents and defence officials. Turkey intends to iron out any differences with Russia through negotiations, Akar added. The Tripoli-based government of national accord has asked Turkey for “air, land and naval” aid after the rival forces of eastern-based… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Russia, Turkey


Syrian Army captures new weapons cache with US-made missile in Idlib

Published 2019-12-31 19:33:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – During their recent operation in southeastern Idlib, the Syrian Arab Army units uncovered large amounts of weapons and ammunition left behind in the area by defeated jihadists. A field commander told SANA that during the military operations in the villages and towns in Idlib’s southeastern countryside, the army found large amounts of weapons and ammo, including artillery, US-made TOW missiles and their launching tripods, a large weaponized drone, four small drones, assault and sniper rifles, artillery and mortar shells, and machine gun ammo. The commander said that the army also found a military signals vehicle… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Tense moment as Iraqi protesters storm US embassy: video

Published 2019-12-31 19:06:42 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – A number of protesters stormed the first checkpoint at the American embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, setting fire to the diplomatic mission’s main wall. Video footage of the U.S. military inside the first checkpoint was released earlier today, during the peak hours of the protests. In the video, the U.S. military personnel can be seen standing in the first checkpoint, as the Iraqi protesters are only a few meters away from them.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzL6xDnECFw While the Iraqi protesters did not manage to break into the first checkpoint, the situation was incredibly tense and prompted the… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq


Battle footage from the Syrian Army’s offensive in southeastern Idlib

Published 2019-12-31 18:40:00 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued its operations near Ma’arrat al-Numan in the southeastern countryside of Syria’s Idlib Governorate on Monday. Footage shows SAA forces deploying artillery fire, rocket launcher, and soldiers being transported during the military operations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFR5SL7swp4

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Trump speaks about attack against Kata’eb Hezbollah for the first time

Published 2019-12-31 17:23:02 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken out for the first time since the American forces bombed five Kata’eb Hezbollah bases inside Iraq and Syria. “Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!” Trump’s tweet came at the same time hundreds of Iraqi protesters gathered outside of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to demonstrate against the American… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Trump


Smoke billows from US embassy in Baghdad as American forces attempt to disperse protesters

Published 2019-12-31 14:50:56 by News Desk in Iraq

Numerous Iraqi citizens have gathered outside the US Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, protesting against the latest airstrikes by the American military in the country. https://twitter.com/BarzanSadiq/status/1211948484091355136?s=20 According to reports, Iraqis, who earlier attended the funerals of those killed in the military strikes, are burning American flags and shouting “Down, down, USA” and “Death to America”. https://twitter.com/BarzanSadiq/status/1211934087113515008?s=20 At the same time, Iraqi protesters stormed a U.S. military post in the Green Zone, setting fire to it. Furthermore, protesters were seen destroying the embassy’s walls, while pushing closer to the diplomatic mission. https://twitter.com/IraqiSecurity/status/1211966302463647744?s=20 According to reports, many of the protesters are the… Read on ->

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Tags: Baghdad, Iraq


Chinese air defense system spotted inside Syria: report

Published 2019-12-31 14:05:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – A Russian news channel published a video this week that showed the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces near Russian and Chinese air defense systems. According to the Russian aviation publication, Avia.Pro, the Chinese JYL-1 radar system was spotted with the Syrian Arab Army in a video that was released by Russia’s Channel One News. “Channel One published unique video frames from the northern part of Syria, on which experienced specialists noticed not only the Russian-made Pantsir-C1 air defense systems, but also the Chinese JYL-1 radar, which greatly expanded the capabilities of Syrian air defense systems,”… Read on ->

Tags: Syria


Russia slams US attack against Kata’eb Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria

Published 2019-12-31 13:40:31 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

Moscow views US air strikes against Hezbollah facilities in western Iraq and eastern Syria as unacceptable and counter-productive, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday. An Iraqi base near Kirkuk that is used by the US military came under rocket attack on December 27. One US civilian specialist was killed, several soldiers were wounded. Two days later, the United States delivered pinpoint strikes against five facilities of the Kataib Hezbollah Shiite grouping in Syria and Iraq in response to the attacks attributed to it. “Moscow was alarmed to learn about the exchange of strikes between the Hezbollah group… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia, Syria


US is ready to strike Iranian-backed forces again: Pompeo

Published 2019-12-31 13:28:18 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly held a series of phone calls with the leaders of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Israel, and Saudi Arabia, the State Department said in a memo. According to the State Department, Pompeo explained the recent attacks again Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units) forces along the Iraqi-Syrian border, pointing out that these actions were taken in response to the attacks on the K-1 Base in the Kirkuk Governorate. Citing the State Department, Russia’s RIA Novosti reported that Pompeo reiterated that the United States will take decisive action to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria


Russian military to receive first advanced S-350 missile system next month

Published 2019-12-31 13:08:55 by News Desk in World-News

Russia’s first advanced S-350 ‘Vityaz’ surface-to-air missile system will arrive at its deployment site in January next year, the Defense Ministry reported on Tuesday. ‘In 2019, the Aerospace Force received its first batch of the latest S-350 ‘Vityaz’ anti-aircraft missile system, which will arrive at its permanent station in January 2020,” the press office said in a statement. In 2020, Russia’s Aerospace Force is set to receive four regiment sets of the S-400 ‘Triumf’ surface-to-air missile system and six battalion sets of the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile/gun complex, the ministry specified. “In 2019, the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems and Pantsir-S surface-to-air… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

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Next Syrian Army offensive will target southern Aleppo: source

Published 2019-12-31 12:36:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – With the Idlib offensive being put on hold today, the Syrian Arab Army’s High Command is shifting their attention to another front in northwestern Syria. According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army sent reinforcements to Aleppo this week to participate in a large-scale offensive at the southern front of this governorate. The source said the Syrian Arab Army troops are being tasked with capture the dozens of villages of towns located between Al-Hader and the Aleppo-Idlib Highway (M-5). Similar to their operation in Idlib, the Syrian Arab Army is seeking to… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Erdogan officially signs memorandum to send Turkish troops to Libya

Published 2019-12-31 12:25:35 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed on Monday, a memorandum to send the Turkish Armed Forces to Libya. As a result of this move, the Turkish Parliament will have to convene to discuss whether or not to send the troops to the North African nation. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoglu said that a memorandum authorizing the dispatch of soldiers to Libya had already been sent to parliament. Speaking to reporters, while leaving the headquarters of the Turkish opposition, Çavuşoglu said that he learned from sources in the presidential headquarters that the memo would be sent… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Syrian Army pauses Idlib offensive as poor weather conditions ground air force

Published 2019-12-31 12:07:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has once again paused their Idlib offensive after poor weather conditions grounded their air force. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Syrian Army put a halt to their offensive operations in southeastern Idlib, despite restarting their ground assault on Monday morning. The source said the Russian and Syrian air forces have not launched any airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate in the past ten hours, pointing out that the weather conditions have limited their visibility. This is second time this month that the Syrian Arab Army has… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Hundreds of Iraqis gather outside of US Embassy to protest recent attack

Published 2019-12-31 11:24:53 by News Desk in Iraq

Numerous Iraqi citizens have gathered outside the US Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, protesting against the latest airstrikes by the American military in the country. https://twitter.com/sinansm/status/1211929730959761409?s=20 According to reports, Iraqis, who earlier attended the funerals of those killed in the military strikes, are burning American flags and shouting “Down, down, USA” and “Death to America”. https://twitter.com/farhad965/status/1211930566804807681?s=20 ​Sunday’s airstrikes have reportedly killed 25 militia members and left 51 others injured. The operation was a response to an attack on a US base near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, however, no group claimed responsibility for the assault.   Source:… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq, US


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