This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Syria, Baghdad, Iraq, Russia, Libya, Tripoli, China, Ukraine, Assad, Erdogan, Hasakah, US, ISIS, Khmeimim, Turkey, Aleppo, Iran, Soleimani, Hmeimim.

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Jihadists launched 2 attacks against Syrian Army forces in Idlib: Russia

Published 2020-01-20 23:59:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, Major-General Yuri Boykov, announced on Monday evening that jihadist groups attacked the positions of the Syrian government forces twice during the day. Boykov, at a press conference, said: “At 14:30, a faction from the terrorist armed groups, comprising of about 50 militants, attacked after intensive bombardment, with the fierce use of rocket launchers, with the support of seven pick-up trucks loaded with heavy weapons, on the town of Jarjanaz in Syria’s Idlib Governorate. The attack was repulsed and the armed men retreated.” The head of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Breaking: Unknown rockets target area near US Embassy in Baghdad

Published 2020-01-20 23:36:40 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad sounded their emergency sirens after a couple rockets landed near the U.S. Embassy in the Green Zone. According to the reports, at least three rockets struck the area near the Baghdad Green Zone, causing explosions that could be heard inside the capital. No casualties have been reported by the Iraqi security forces. Lastly, no group has claimed responsibility for this attack.

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq

Russia transports tanks to Syria amid new Syrian Army operation: photos

Published 2020-01-20 21:28:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Russian Navy has transported more military equipment to the Port of Tartous to support the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in their new operation in northwestern Syria. According to the maritime observer, Yoruk Isik, the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s 197th Landing Ship Brigade’s Tsezar Kunikov 158 transited the Bosphorus Strait towards the Mediterranean en route to the Port of Tartous. As pointed out by Isik, the Russian ship was likely transporting armored vehicles, in particular, tanks, to Syria, as this vessel has done so in the past. The Russian military is currently assisting the… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria

Syrian militants attack Libyan Army forces in Tripoli to violate ceasefire

Published 2020-01-20 19:28:46 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Syrian militants fighting on behalf of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya have violated the new ceasefire after attacking the Libyan National Army (LNA) inside Tripoli. According to reports, the Turkish-backed Syrian militants attacked the Libyan National Army troops in the ‘Ayn Zara neighborhood of Tripoli, which is where the front-lines are currently located inside the city of Tripoli. The Syrian militants, which fought in different factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), have been fighting alongside the Government of National Accord for nearly a month now. Bloomberg News broke a… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Iraq sends officials to Russia, China discuss buying air defense systems

Published 2020-01-20 18:12:36 by News Desk in Iraq

Iraq has plans in store to send delegations to Russia, China and Ukraine to discuss buying modern air defense systems to protect its territory from any possible aggression or violation of its sovereignty, says Badr al-Ziyadi, a member of the parliament’s security and defense committee. “The delegations intend to visit such countries as Russia, China and Ukraine, to negotiate the purchase of modern systems to protect Iraq’s airspace,” he told As Sabah newspaper. “The Iraqi parliament is right now forming a joint executive and legislative delegation to visit the developed countries and sign contracts on procuring advanced weapons.” According to… Read on ->

Tags: China, Iraq, Russia, Ukraine

Erdogan’s patience is running out with Assad over Idlib: report

Published 2020-01-20 18:00:48 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The situation in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone has rapidly deteriorated over the past few days despite the ceasefire brokered by Moscow and Ankara, Kommersant writes. According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his patience is running out. He earlier discussed the situation in Idlib with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the talks in Berlin. Meanwhile, media reports say that Ankara is handing over weapons to pro-Turkish Syrian groups in order to stop Assad’s offensive. In turn, Moscow accused the West of preventing the total mop-up of terrorist pockets of resistance in Idlib. According to the Russian military, terrorists from… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Erdogan, Idlib, Syria

US forces block Syrian, Russian troops from access to key highway: photos

Published 2020-01-20 17:15:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Armed Forces have blocked off a region of the strategic International Highway (M-4) in northeastern Syria, forcing the Russian and Syrian troops to reroute in order to avoid clashes in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. According to reports that first surfaced last week, the U.S. Armed Forces have refused to allow the Syrian and Russian armies access to the road linking Tal Tamr and Al-Qamishli; this created heavy traffic that was documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Photos of the U.S. Armed Forces blocking the highway have since surfaced on social media:… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US

ISIS launches heavy attacks against Syrian Army troops in eastern Syria

Published 2020-01-20 16:58:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched fresh attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. ISIS began their attacks on Monday by ambushing the Syrian Army’s posts in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah region, resulting in casualties within the ranks of the military. The Syrian Army was able to eventually drive off the Islamic State fighters once reinforcements arrived on the scene; however, at that time, the terrorist group had already attacked more sites in the area between the towns of Al-Sukhnah and Al-Shoula (Deir Ezzor). In response to these… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Watch: Russian air defenses take down enemy aircraft in northwest Syria

Published 2020-01-20 16:23:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – A drone attack launched by unknown militants targeting the Russian Khmeimim airbase in Latakia, was repelled by the Russian anti-aircraft missile system on Sunday. Footage shows what appears to be an unmanned flying vehicle being taken down. READ ALSO: Watch: Russian Unmanned Vehicle Takes Part in Syria Operations After the attack, the Russian Defense Ministry released the following statement: “3 small-sized air targets (UAVs) were approaching a Russian military facility from the north-east in the evening on January 19, 2020. They were detected by Russian anti-aircraft systems at Khmeimim airbase at a significant distance. The… Read on ->

Tags: Khmeimim, Russia, Syria

Erdogan says Turkish troops have not arrived in Libya, only military advisers

Published 2020-01-20 16:10:23 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that there were not any Turkish troops in Libya yet, only Turkish military advisers. Read Also: Erdogan Warns Europe of New ‘Terrorist’ Threat if Turkish-backed Libyan Gov’t Falls “We are not sending troops [to Libya] as of now. We have sent there a team of military advisers and instructors,” Erdogan said, as quoted by the Turkish A Haber broadcaster. This week, Ankara announced that it would deploy troops to support the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli in its fight against its opponents in the country’s east, the Libyan National Army… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Libya, Turkey

Jihadists allegedly kill 4 Russian officers in eastern Idlib

Published 2020-01-20 14:41:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a fresh attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses in eastern Idlib yesterday, resulting in a fierce battle among the warring parties. While the Syrian Army was able to repel the jihadist attack, at least ten of their soldiers were killed and 15 more were wounded. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), four Russian officers were killed during the jihadist attack on the hilltop of Tal Museitaf in eastern Idlib. Citing a source at the Hmeimim Airbase in southwestern Latakia, SOHR said the four Russian military officers… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Russian Air Force launches largest attack of the year in Aleppo

Published 2020-01-20 14:22:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched their largest attack of the year over the Aleppo Governorate on Monday, as their warplanes heavily targeted several sites belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies. According to a military source in Aleppo, the Russian Air Force launched dozens of airstrikes over the governorate on Monday, hitting several jihadist sites, including the strategic Regiment 46 Base. The Regiment 46 Base has been under the control of the jihadist rebels since they captured the installation from another militant faction. The Russian Air Force also targeted the border areas under… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Russia, Syria

Iranian official warns US will never be ‘comfortable’ in the Middle East after Soleimani’s assassination

Published 2020-01-20 14:09:45 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:55 P.M.) – Hussein Amir Abdullahian, assistant to the head of the Iranian Shura Council, stressed that “the region will not be comfortable for the Americans after the assassination of the commander of the Quds Force, Major-General Qasim Soleimani.” In a symposium on the political and strategic dimensions of the repercussions of the assassination of Soleimani, which was held at the Faculty of International Relations of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abdullahian said, as quoted by Fars News: “Today, from the Nile to the Euphrates, the Zionists are trapped in a concrete wall between 5 to 12 meters in… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani

Russian military activates air defenses after unknown aircraft attack Hmeimim Airbase

Published 2020-01-20 00:41:34 by News Desk in Syria

Unidentified militants using unmanned flying vehicles launched an airstrike on Sunday targeting the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria. Air defense systems successfully thwarted the attack, and the military installation suffered no damage, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Following the attack, the Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement. “The air defense missile systems of the Russian airbase were destroyed at a safe distance from the airbase. There were no injuries or material damage. Russia’s Hmeimim airbase is operating in normal mode,” the statement says. The ministry noted that three small-sized drones participated in the attack, approaching the base from the… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Syria

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