This is a summary of 24 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aleppo, Syria, Idlib, Ansarallah, Yemen, Haftar, Libya, Russia, Iran, US, Latakia, Hezbollah, Lebanon, UK, Iraq, ISIS, Mosul, Soleimani, NATO, Turkey, Erdogan.

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Watch: Syrian Army blows up jihadist suicide bomber in Aleppo

Published 2020-01-17 23:49:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – A jihadist suicide bomber attempted to strike the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in Aleppo using a SVBIED on Friday. However, the jihadist was unable to reach the Syrian Army’s positions as they blew up the vehicle some 800 meters from their post. https://youtu.be/U8OSRFDVqLk The suicide bomber was heading towards the Syrian Arab Army’s positions from the Kafr Hamra area, which is currently under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS).

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Jihadist rebels retake town in southeastern Idlib

Published 2020-01-17 23:31:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels have managed to retake another town in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate after launching a powerful counter-attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to reports from southeast Idlib, the jihadist rebels, led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), recaptured the town of Tal Khatrah after a fierce battle with the Syrian Arab Army this evening. With Tal Khatrah under their control, the jihadist rebels have now retaken two of the four towns they lost to the Syrian Arab Army this week. A source from the Syrian Army told Al-Masdar this… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Ansarallah forces claim scores of Saudi-backed fighters killed in northern Yemen

Published 2020-01-17 23:20:03 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Ansrallah forces announced on Friday that their troops managed to foil a large-scale attack by the Saudi-backed Yemeni Army in eastern Sana’a. According to the Ansarallah forces, the Yemeni Army attempted to advance in the strategic Nihm District; however, they were repelled after a fierce battle on Friday. The spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces loyal to the Ansarallah Movement, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’a, said in a statement on his Twitter account: “The forces of aggression (the Yemeni army) launched a very wide attack over the Nihm District, which lasted from the early morning… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Libya’s Haftar accepts Putin’s invitation to visit Russia

Published 2020-01-17 19:56:27 by News Desk in North-Africa

Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation to come to Moscow to continue dialogue on settling the conflict in Libya, the Kremlin press service said on Friday citing Haftar’s letter to Putin. “I express my full support to Russia’s initiative on peace talks in Moscow that are to bring peace to Libya. I confirm that we are ready to accept your invitation to visit Russia to continue dialogue,” the letter reads. Haftar addressed Putin as his “dear friend” and expressed his “personal gratitude for Russia’s efforts towards peace and… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Russia


Pence defends assassination of Qassem Soleimani in new speech

Published 2020-01-17 19:49:09 by News Desk in Iran

US Vice President Mike Pence defended President Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani at a ‘Latinos for Trump’ rally in Kissimmee, Florida on Thursday. “Bernie Sanders even called the president’s decision to bring that man to justice, in his words, assassinating a government official. I got news for Bernie Sanders, Soleimani was not some government official, he was a terrorist and President Donald Trump was right to take him down,” stated Pence. Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad Airport, was the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, a senior government… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US


Syrian Army takes on jihadists at strategic mountaintop in Latakia: video

Published 2020-01-17 19:37:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – With the increasing violations of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun intensifying their attacks against these jihadist forces in northeastern Latakia According to reports, the front-lines at the strategic mountaintop town of Kabani have recently witnessed an increase in violence, with the Syrian Arab Army choosing to amplify their attacks to weaken the jihadist resolve. In a video released by Sputnik Arabic on Friday, the Syrian Arab Army can be seen taking on the jihadist rebels in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate:… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


UK officially designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

Published 2020-01-17 18:03:09 by News Desk in Lebanon

The UK Treasurer’s Office of Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation, it announced on Friday. Justification for designating the Lebanon-based organisation was cited under the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (TAFA), with the group’s assets set to be frozen as of Thursday, OFSI wrote. Changes to the UK’s General Notice of Final Designation on Terrorism and Terrorist Financing were taken as HM Treasury had only designated Hezbollah’s military wing to asset freezing under UK government law. Hezbollah, founded in 1982, was designated as a terrorist organisation by US officials in July last year, under Executive Order… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, UK


Syrian Army spy films from jihadist stronghold in Aleppo

Published 2020-01-17 17:38:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) spy recently filmed from a jihadist stronghold inside the Aleppo Governorate’s southwestern countryside. According to the 25th Special Mission Forces Division, the Syrian Army spy filmed from the key town of Khan Al-‘Assal, which is located in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo. In the short video, the Syrian Army films freely from Khan Al-‘Assal while moving through this town located near the provincial capital. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ezjRaGIzt4 The jihadist rebels captured the town of Khan Al-‘Assal during their 2013 campaign against the Syrian Arab Army in southern Aleppo. During their capture of… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Syrian Army captures several areas in Idlib after resuming offensive: video

Published 2020-01-17 17:24:36 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed its military operation against militant groups in Idlib’s southeastern countryside on Thursday. According to sources near the battlefield, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture four towns from the jihadist rebels, including the town of Abu Jarif. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0sHvHoDa_g In addition to capturing Abu Jarif, the Syrian Arab Army also seized the hilltop town of Tal Khatrah, along with two other small towns in southeastern. The escalation came despite a new ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey, which support opposing sides in Syria’s nearly nine-year conflict, went into effect on Sunday.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army launches big assault in southwestern Aleppo

Published 2020-01-17 17:15:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy assault along the southwestern Aleppo front-lines on Friday, as their troops continue their campaign against the jihadist rebels in the governorate. According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army unleashed a heavy barrage of artillery and missiles towards Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s (HTS) positions around the strategic Aleppo-Idlib Highway (M-5), resulting in heavy explosions that could be heard as far as the provincial capital. The source pointed out that most of the artillery strikes concentrated on the key town of Khan Touman, which is located… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


ISIS mufti arrested by Iraqi security forces in special operation: photos

Published 2020-01-17 16:59:47 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Iraqi security forces announced on Wednesday that their units carried out a special operation to arrest the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) mufti, Shifa’a Al-Ni’mah (AKA “Abu ‘Abdel-Bari”), in the Nineveh Governorate. https://twitter.com/SecMedCell/status/1217735876698083335?s=20 The ISIS mufti was found by the Iraqi security forces as he was hiding in the Nineveh countryside, not far from the Syrian border. According to reports, Ni’mah was the second highest ranking justice figure in the terrorist organization before his arrest by the Iraqi security forces. https://twitter.com/AliBaroodi/status/1217920646350549010?s=20 As shown in the photos above, the ISIS mufti was in poor health during his… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Mosul


Abducted Syrian bishops killed in 2016 by former US-backed rebel group: report

Published 2020-01-17 16:53:05 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – A new investigative report released on January 15th by Agenzia Fides revealed that the two Syrian bishops kidnapped by the militants in Aleppo were killed, ending nearly seven years of speculation. According to the report, bishops Boulos Yazigi, Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Alexandretta and brother of Orthodox Patriarch John X, and Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo were kidnapped by the militants on April 22, 2013. The whereabouts of these two bishops were unknown following their kidnappings, with some speculating they were either sold to Da’esh in Al-Raqqa or executing by… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


New report claims 11 US servicemen wounded in Iranian missile response to Soleimani assassination

Published 2020-01-17 16:44:17 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed earlier reports that 11 US servicemen were injured as a result of the attack that took place on 8 January. The servicemen were treated for concussion symptoms – 8 have been transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in Germany, and three more to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Earlier in the day, Defense One reported, citing US military command spokesman Col. Myles Caggins, that 11 American soldiers were airlifted to Kuwait and Germany after the attacks for treatment of various traumatic head injuries. “Out of an abundance of caution, some service members… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Soleimani


Turkey allegedly blocked permanent NATO base in Black Sea: report

Published 2020-01-17 16:39:02 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Turkey blocked a NATO warship from entering the Black Sea region, the Nordic Monitor reported, citing a confidential Turkish military document. “Ahead of the NATO Warsaw summit in 2016, Romania sought Turkey’s support for establishing a permanent NATO presence in the Black Sea region but was rejected by Ankara,” the report said. According to Nordic Monitor, the minutes from the meeting revealed that Romania sought Turkey’s support for “its diplomatic initiative aimed at setting up a regional naval command under NATO’s Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM).” The Nordic Monitor said the Turkish officials rejected the Romanian… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Turkey


Syrian Army captures several areas in Idlib after resuming offensive: video

Published 2020-01-17 16:15:54 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed its military operation against militant groups in Idlib’s southeastern countryside on Thursday. According to sources near the battlefield, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture four towns from the jihadist rebels, including the town of Abu Jarif. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0sHvHoDa_g In addition to capturing Abu Jarif, the Syrian Arab Army also seized the hilltop town of Tal Khatrah, along with two other small towns in southeastern. The escalation came despite a new ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey, which support opposing sides in Syria’s nearly nine-year conflict, went into effect on Sunday.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Killing Soleimani broke international law: former Nuremburg war crimes prosecutor

Published 2020-01-17 16:06:49 by News Desk in Iran

US President Donald Trump’s order to “take out” head of the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani on the territory of Iraq was immoral and constituted a violation of international law, American lawyer and former Nuremberg war crimes prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz wrote in a letter to The New York Times. Ferencz, aged 99, was an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and the Chief Prosecutor for the United States Army at the Einsatzgruppen Trial. one of the 12 military trials held by the US authorities in Nuremberg, Germany. “The [US] administration recently… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani


Bad blood: Erdogan slams Libya’s Haftar as distrustful amid peace talks

Published 2020-01-17 15:19:17 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his lack of confidence in the leader of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, calling him distrustful on Friday. In a statement from the Turkish President on Friday, reported by the Anatolia News Agency, Erdogan said that “Haftar is a man I do not trust … He continued bombing Tripoli yesterday.” On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country is sending military forces to Libya with the aim of bringing stability. “We will start sending our military forces to Libya in order… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Haftar, Libya, Turkey


Idlib witnesses fiercest clashes of the year as Syrian troops attempt to advance

Published 2020-01-17 15:08:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – On Wednesday evening, the Syrian Arab Army launched their first ground assault of the year to capture several sites in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. This attack would prove initially successful, as the Syrian Army’s 5th Corps were able to capture four towns, including Abu Jarif, from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their Turkish-backed allies. The following morning, however, the jihadist rebels launched a powerful counter-assault that targeted the town of Abu Jarif. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their Turkish-backed allies were able to reenter Abu Jarif after a heavy… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


US assassinated Qassem Soleimani to destabilize Middle East: Russia

Published 2020-01-17 14:58:31 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Middleeast

The United States assassinated Iranian Commander Qasem Soleimani on purpose, in a bid to undermine security and destabilize the region, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a response on its website following Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s press conference on summing up the results of Russian diplomacy in 2019. The relevant question was not voiced at the conference. “We see the US operation against the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Quds Force Commander Soleimani and his entourage as a deliberate act aimed at undermining security and stability in the region, conducted on the territory of a sovereign UN member state without its… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, Soleimani


Syrian Army launches big assault in southwestern Aleppo

Published 2020-01-17 14:50:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy assault along the southwestern Aleppo front-lines on Friday, as their troops continue their campaign against the jihadist rebels in the governorate. According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army unleashed a heavy barrage of artillery and missiles towards Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s (HTS) positions around the strategic Aleppo-Idlib Highway (M-5), resulting in heavy explosions that could be heard as far as the provincial capital. The source pointed out that most of the artillery strikes concentrated on the key town of Khan Touman, which is located… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Iran’s Supreme Leader leads prayers for first time in 8 years: video

Published 2020-01-17 14:30:07 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led worshipers at Friday prayers in Tehran, marking the first time in eight years that he has done so. In 2012, the Iranian Supreme Leader gave a sermon after U.S. President Barack Obama  said all options were on the table because of the Iranian nuclear program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF0OYUc-QH4 Iran has faced increasing tension triggered by the killing of top General Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad’s airport on January 3. The assassination was followed by retaliatory attacks from the Iranian side and the unintentional downing of Ukraine… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


New report claims 11 US servicemen wounded in Iranian missile response to Soleimani assassination

Published 2020-01-17 14:17:48 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed earlier reports that 11 US servicemen were injured as a result of the attack that took place on 8 January. The servicemen were treated for concussion symptoms – 8 have been transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in Germany, and three more to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Earlier in the day, Defense One reported, citing US military command spokesman Col. Myles Caggins, that 11 American soldiers were airlifted to Kuwait and Germany after the attacks for treatment of various traumatic head injuries. “Out of an abundance of caution, some service members… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq


ISIS mufti arrested by Iraqi security forces in special operation: photos

Published 2020-01-17 14:09:27 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Iraqi security forces announced on Wednesday that their units carried out a special operation to arrest the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) mufti, Shifa’a Al-Ni’mah (AKA “Abu ‘Abdel-Bari”), in the Nineveh Governorate. https://twitter.com/SecMedCell/status/1217735876698083335?s=20 The ISIS mufti was found by the Iraqi security forces as he was hiding in the Nineveh countryside, not far from the Syrian border. According to reports, Ni’mah was the second highest ranking justice figure in the terrorist organization before his arrest by the Iraqi security forces. https://twitter.com/AliBaroodi/status/1217920646350549010?s=20 As shown in the photos above, the ISIS mufti was in poor health during his… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


Abducted Syrian bishops killed in 2016 by former US-backed rebel group: report

Published 2020-01-17 13:44:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – A new investigative report released on January 15th by Agenzia Fides revealed that the two Syrian bishops kidnapped by the militants in Aleppo were killed, ending nearly seven years of speculation. According to the report, bishops Boulos Yazigi, Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Alexandretta and brother of Orthodox Patriarch John X, and Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo were kidnapped by the militants on April 22, 2013. The whereabouts of these two bishops were unknown following their kidnappings, with some speculating they were either sold to Da’esh in Al-Raqqa or executing by… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


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