This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Tunisia, Iran, Pompeo, Soleimani, Yemen, Iraq, Aleppo, Syria, NATO, Assad, Putin, Egypt, Turkey, Taiji, US, Idlib, Russia, Deir_Ezzor, Sirte, Hamas, Palestine.

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Tunisia will not allow Turkey to use its territory to intervene in Libya

Published 2020-01-07 23:31:01 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – Tunisian presidential spokesperson Rachida Nayfer confirmed on Tuesday that her country “categorically” refuses the use of its territory in the Libyan Conflict. In a statement with the Tunisian radio station, Nayfer said that “Tunisia categorically rejects any foreign interference in Libya, including the Turkish intervention, which is Tunisia’s position from the first, and has not and will not change.” Responding to a question about allowing Turkey to use Tunisian lands to intervene militarily in Libya, Nayfer emphasized that “Tunisia cannot allow this and that the answer of Tunisian President Qais Saeed was explicit to Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tunisia

Trump had ‘legal, appropriate’ basis to assassinate Qassem Soleimani: Pompeo

Published 2020-01-07 23:07:06 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a State Department briefing on Tuesday that American President Donald Trump had the “entirely legal, appropriate basis” to assassinate the leader of the Quds Force Major-General Qassem Soleimani. Pompeo said that Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Syrians, along with playing a role in the destruction of Lebanon and Iraq. The U.S. Secretary of State continued to justify the assassination of Soleimani by claiming he was behind the death of a U.S. contractor at the K-1 Base in the Kirkuk Governorate of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo, Soleimani

Ansarallah forces shoot down enemy aircraft in Yemen

Published 2020-01-07 22:47:16 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Tuesday that their troops the shot down an enemy aircraft belonging to the Arab Coalition forces in the Al-Jawf Governorate of Yemen. The Spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces loyal to the Ansarallah Movement, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’i, said in a statement on his Facebook page: “The air defenses managed to shoot down a CH-4 fighter reconnaissance plane in Al-Jawf Governorate while it was conducting hostilities in the air. Yemeni. ” He explained that “the plane was shot down after being targeted by an air-to-surface missile, which will be revealed… Read on ->

Tags: Yemen

Iraqi PM says he received message from US about withdrawal

Published 2020-01-07 22:27:14 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The head of the Iraqi caretaker government, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, said that Baghdad had received a message from the American Army regarding the withdrawal of its forces from the country. “Arabic versions and English from the American message are not identical. Iraq asked for clarification,” Abdu-Mahdi said in regards to the letter, pointing out that “the Iraqi government received, on Monday, a letter from the U.S. leadership that clearly indicated the withdrawal of their troops, and then it was said after hours that this message was an error.” “The American side sent a translated Arabic version… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq

Thousands of Syrians gather in Aleppo to condemn assassination of Qassem Soleimani: video

Published 2020-01-07 22:16:53 by News Desk in Syria

Thousands of people gathered in Aleppo’s Saadallah al-Jabiri Square on Tuesday to condemn Iranian Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani’s assassination by the US at Baghdad airport on Friday. People can be seen burning Israeli flags as well as carrying around a symbolic coffin for Soleimani as well as chanting. Soleimani’s killing has sparked international condemnation with rallies and protests taking place around the world. Dozens of people were reportedly killed and injured during a stampede in the general’s hometown of Kerman on Tuesday, as mourners turned up in droves for the funeral procession. According to Kerman’s forensic office, 50… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Libyan Army captures vehicle allegedly belonging to Syrian militants in Sirte: video

Published 2020-01-07 21:43:44 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) captured a vehicle inside the city of Sirte this week that allegedly belonged to the Syrian militants that deployed to the North African nation. In a video released this week, the Libyan National Army claims they captured a vehicle from militants that fought against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Idlib and now fighting inside Libya. Last month, Bloomberg News released an article about the Turkish military’s recruitment of Syrian militants to fight in Libya. Since the article surfaced, at least two videos have been released showing the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

NATO withdraws some troops from Iraq due to safety concerns

Published 2020-01-07 19:57:45 by News Desk in Iraq

The NATO alliance is moving ‘some personnel out of Iraq’ amid concerns for their security, an alliance official cited by Reuters has said. “We are taking all precautions necessary to protect our people. This includes the temporary repositioning of some personnel to different locations both inside and outside of Iraq,” the official said. The official added that the continued safety of NATO personnel was “paramount.” On Monday, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said the Pentagon has yet to make any decision on whether or not to withdraw troops from Iraq following a vote in Iraq’s parliament demanding their departure. Also… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, NATO

Who is Qassem Soleimani’s replacement?

Published 2020-01-07 16:45:55 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani was named the new commander of the elite Quds Force, marking a new era for this Iranian special forces division. Like his predecessor Major-General Qassem Soleimani, Ghaani was involved in several conflicts in the Middle East over the years, including both the Iraq War (2003-2010) and Syrian War (2011-Present). According to the Fars News Agency, Ghaani was considered the second in command after Soleimani in the Quds Force and a close confidant of the late general, with the two becoming friends… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani

Breaking: Vladimir Putin travels to Syria to meet with Syrian President

Published 2020-01-07 16:16:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Syria on Tuesday to meet with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad and several Russian military officials. According to a government source in Damascus, Putin met with President Assad at the Russian base in the capital, where they observed the Russian Armed Forces for a short while before beginning their meeting. Putin’s visit to Syria on Tuesday marks the second time since the start of the Syrian Conflict that he has traveled to the war-torn nation. Previously, Putin made a similar visit to the Hmeimim Airbase before… Read on ->

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Tags: Assad, Putin, Syria

Turkey not seeking war with Egypt: official

Published 2020-01-07 11:24:35 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Turkish presidency sent a message to Egypt after Ankara sent its military forces to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) against the Libyan National Army (LNA). Yassin Aktay, the adviser to the Turkish President, said in a series of tweets on Tuesday, “Whoever says that Turkey wants war against Egypt or against any country … Turkey defends the legitimate government in Libya while others support the rebels and the two coups …” He continued: “Turkey will not go to war against any Muslim nation, so how do they say that… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Turkey

US sent reinforcements to northern Baghdad withdrawal reports: expert

Published 2020-01-07 11:11:17 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Security expert, Hisham Al-Hashemi, announced on Monday that U.S. military reinforcements arrived the Taiji Camp north of Baghdad, as well as the landing of military aircraft with additional equipment. Hashemi stated, as reported by Iraqi News, that “everyone is busy discussing the message of the American forces to the Iraqi joint command about their ‘withdrawal’,” but he was quick to point out that this was not true. “During that period, several American convoys entered the Taiji camp, north of Baghdad, and cargo planes landed with additional equipment,” Hashemi said. On Monday evening, U.S. Defense Secretary… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Taiji

Iraqi forces to meet about forming united front against US military: report

Published 2020-01-07 10:49:32 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Iraqi paramilitary groups are holding a meeting in the next 24 hours to discuss the formation of a united front against the U.S. military inside the country, Al-Mayadeen reported this morning. Citing the spokesperson for Harakat Al-Nujaba, Nasser Al-Shammari, Al-Mayadeen reported that the meeting will be held by the leaders of the resistance factions inside of Iraq. This meeting comes just two days after the Iraqi Parliament voted to expel the U.S. Armed Forces and all foreign troops from Iraq. Since then, U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to impose harsh sanctions against Iraq… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

Syrian Army’s Idlib operation is halted due to poor weather

Published 2020-01-07 10:24:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:05 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has halted their Idlib operation after the rough weather conditions grounded most of their aircraft. In addition to grounding their aircraft, the Syrian Armed Forces also halted the operations due to the poor visibility, which has hampered their ability to push further into southeastern Idlib. While their aircraft have been mostly grounded, the Syrian Armed Forces have continued their artillery and missile strikes on the southern and eastern countrysides of the Idlib Governorate. These strikes are meant to prevent the jihadist rebels from launching any counter-offensives to retake the territories… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russia offers Iraq S-400 air defense system to protect airspace

Published 2020-01-07 10:10:27 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Russia has offered Iraq their S-400 air defense system to protect their airspace, RIA Novosti reported this week, citing the Russian Ministry of Defense. According to the report, the Iraqi military may purchase the Russian S-400 system after it was offered to them to “ensure the country’s sovereignty and reliable protection of airspace.” “Iraq is a partner of Russia in the field of military-technical cooperation, and the Russian Federation can supply the necessary funds to ensure the sovereignty of the country and reliable protection of airspace, including the supply of S-400 missiles and other components of… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia

Syrian Army reinforcements roll into Aleppo with tanks as offensive approaches

Published 2020-01-07 09:53:41 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – A large number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements deployed to the city of Aleppo this week as they prepare to launch a new offensive against the jihadist rebels. According to a military report from the provincial capital, the Syrian Army reinforcements were seen entering the Aleppo Governorate in tanks and technical vehicles. These reinforcements were said to have deployed to the western neighborhoods of Aleppo, where they plan to attack the jihadist defenses in the Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter and the Scientific Research Building. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army has intensified their… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

US denies visa to Iranian FM for trip to UN Security Council meeting

Published 2020-01-07 09:41:30 by News Desk in Iran

The United States refused to issue a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was about to leave for Thursday’s meeting of the UN Security Council, Reuters news agency reported on Monday. According to him, this decision followed an increase in tension between the two countries after the commander of the Special Forces of Al-Quds of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Iranian elite units of the Armed Forces) Qasem Soleimani was killed as a result of a US air strike in the Baghdad airport area on January 3. The operation was carried out at the direction of US… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

ISIS kills several Syrian soldiers in Deir Ezzor attack

Published 2020-01-07 07:44:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization carried out a powerful attack on two Syrian Arab Army (SAA) buses as they were traveling through the Deir Ezzor countryside on Monday. According to a military source in Damascus, the terrorists took advantage of the poor weather in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, especially the heavy fog, to ambush the two buses with heavy machine gun fire. The military source said the Syrian Army buses were traveling through the Al-Mayadeen countryside, when the terrorists ambushed the vehicles near the town of Sabikhan in rural Deir Ezzor. He would add… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

Turkish-backed forces reenter Sirte after losing city to Libyan Army

Published 2020-01-07 07:20:45 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces have managed to reenter the strategic coastal city of Sirte after launching a counter-attack against the Libyan National Army (LNA). According to reports from the front, the GNA forces retook several sites inside of Sirte, while also capturing a number of soldiers from the Libyan National Army. “The forces of the Libyan Government of National Accord from the city of Misrata have regained their positions in Sirte. At the moment, Sirte is again under the control of the Siraj forces,” the head of the Russian contact group… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte

Hamas leader speaks at Qassem Soleimani’s funeral in Tehran: video

Published 2020-01-07 06:48:47 by News Desk in Iran, Palestine

Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh said that assassinations will only make resistance against Israel in Palestine and the region stronger, speaking at the funeral for Iranian Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani in Tehran on Monday. “I say that the resistance project in Palestine and the region will not be weakened or fall into a recession, assassinations will make us stronger, persistent and insistent on moving toward the liberation of Jerusalem and Palestine and to liberate the will of our nations, god’s willing,” Haniyeh said. “I say, in this great moment, that the leader martyr Soleimani, who lived his life… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Iran, Palestine

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