This is a summary of 12 AMN articles on the following subjects: Russia, Baghdad, Iraq, Aleppo, Syria, Jerusalem, Palestine, Idlib, Iran, Soleimani, US, Israel, Netanyahu, Trump.

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Russian choppers roll out new model for special forces

Published 2020-01-24 11:46:59 by News Desk in World-News

Russian Helicopters (a Rostech subsidiary) developed a new version of the Mi-8AMTSh-VN Special Forces helicopter with enhanced weapons, says CEO Andrey Boginsky. Last summer, Russian Helicopters signed a contract with the Ministry of Defense to furnish 10 original version helicopters to the Russian Special Operations Forces. “We already have an upgraded appearance of the AMTSh-VN. Let’s say, it has expanded its options and capabilities – not so much the vehicle itself, but its extra equipment,” Boginsky said. He explained that the makeover has “improved the weapons, the means of target detection and identification.” “We’re talking higher level systems. This is… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Over 1 million people attended march against US presence in Iraq: police commander

Published 2020-01-24 11:36:56 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The commander of the Iraqi police forces, Ja’afar Al-Batat, announced on Friday morning that more than one million people attended today’s march against the U.S. presence in Iraq. Dubbed the “million man march”, the protesters carried signs demanding the U.S. Armed Forces withdraw from Iraq. The march, which was organized by the influential Shi’i cleric, Sayyed Muqtada Al-Sadr, began at 8:00 A.M. (local time) this morning in the Iraqi capital. A massive crowd was seen marching through the streets of Baghdad, as they made their way across a sector of the capital city. While no… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq

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Rare footage of no man’s land at Aleppo’s front-lines

Published 2020-01-24 10:18:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The ANNA News Agency released rare footage last week of the Aleppo front-lines, which includes an area that is mostly dilapidated buildings. The front-lines, which is comprised of a “no man’s land” like area, has been populated with several snipers, who patiently wait for enemy movements. This battle in western Aleppo has proven to be one of the longest in the war, as all parties involved have been stuck in a stalemate for that last five years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBTDazVj24E

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Published 2020-01-24 10:07:19 by News Desk in Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – At dawn on Friday, the Israeli police forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, forcing several Muslim worshipers to vacate the the holy site. According to Palestinian activists, the Israeli police fired rubber bullets at some the worshipers in a bid to disperse the crowd. The Palestinian activists, along with the Sama News channel, said the Israeli police surrounded the worshipers and used excessive force against them. No details were released about casualties. Following the attack, however, the worshipers refused to leave the mosque’s premises and carried out their morning prayers. This latest crackdown at… Read on ->

Tags: Jerusalem, Palestine


Syrian Army tanks arrive in Idlib to help drive back jihadists: video

Published 2020-01-24 09:34:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – Reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were observed moving towards the front-lines in southeastern Idlib this week, as they prepare to drive back the jihadist rebels further north. READ ALSO: US Forces Cutoff International Highway at Key Town in Northeast Syria: Video  In a video released this week, Syrian Army tanks and several soldiers could be seen heading towards the front-lines after the a string of jihadist attacks on their defenses at the Abu Dafna axis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWBBkTtXRak The jihadist attack on Abu Dafna, which was led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), forced the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iran accuses US of promoting ‘state sponsored terrorism’ over threats to new Quds Force commander

Published 2020-01-24 09:12:07 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has blasted US threats to neutralise the newly appointed head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ elite Quds Force, Esmail Ghaani, as “an official publicising and blatant unveiling of targeted and state terrorism”. READ ALSO: Trump Warns Iran’s Supreme Leader To Be ‘Careful With His Words’ “Now, after the Zionist regime [of Israel], the US is the second regime to officially announce that it has employed the resources of its government and armed forces for terrorist acts and that it will continue them in the future”, Mousavi explained, adding… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Soleimani, US


Russian forces unleash powerful attack across western Aleppo

Published 2020-01-24 08:58:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force resumed their aerial campaign over the Aleppo Governorate this morning, as their warplanes heavily targeted sites belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed militants. According to a report this morning, the Russian Air Force began their assault over the Aleppo Governorate by targeting several sites around the provincial capital. In particular, the report pointed out that the Russian warplanes targeted several sites in western Aleppo, including the Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter, which is partially under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The Russian airstrikes also targeted towns like Kafr Naha,… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Massive crowd gathers for Sadr’s ‘million man march’ against US forces in Iraq

Published 2020-01-24 08:36:46 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 A.M.) – A massive crowd has gathered in Baghdad on Friday morning for the scheduled “million man march” that was organized by Sayyed Muqtada Al-Sadr. Carrying signs that read, “The 1920 Revolution expelled the English occupiers out of Iraq and the 2020 Revolution will end the American occupation in Iraq,” the protesters reportedly gathered at Tahrir Square to demonstrate against the U.S. forces inside the Middle Eastern country. https://twitter.com/uunionnews/status/1220586990791471104?s=20 The total number of protesters is still not known; however, video footage from the demonstration showed thousands of people already marching in Baghdad. Last week, Sayyed Sadr released… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq, US


Jihadists launched over 30 attacks since January 9th: Russia

Published 2020-01-24 08:22:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – Positions of Syrian government troops have come under shellings by illegal armed groups 30 times since 9 January 2020, chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria Yury Borenkov said on Thursday. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Reinforcements Pour Into Aleppo As Large-Scale Offensive Approaches “Since January 9 of the current year, positions of government troops in the Idlib de-escalation zone have been attacked by illegal armed groups 30 times. Over this period, terrorist groups have staged as many as 638 shelling attacks on populated localities. In total, 55 Syrian soldiers… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Netanyahu praises US for ‘confronting tyrants in Tehran’

Published 2020-01-24 07:59:03 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he salutes the US President Donald Trump and Vice president Mike Pence “for confronting the tyrants of Tehran” during his speech at the 5th World Holocaust Forum in Yad Vashem on Thursday. READ ALSO: US Warns Iran’s Quds Force Commander Could Face Same Fate As Qassem Soleimani “I am concerned that we have yet to see a unified and resolute stance against the most anti-Semitic regime on the planet a regime that openly seeks to develop nuclear weapons and annihilate the one and only Jewish state,” said Netanyahu…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Netanyahu


Trump to unveil ‘great’ Mid-East peace plan, warns Palestinians may not like it

Published 2020-01-24 00:50:21 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

US President Donald Trump will finally unveil his ‘great’ plan for peace in the Middle East before Israeli leaders visit Washington next week. While the Palestinians may not like it, it will be good for them, Trump said. Trump has long teased the existence of a plan that would resolve the long-running dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, reportedly developed by his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Its release, however, has been repeatedly delayed. On the way to an event in Florida on Thursday, Trump told reporters on board Air Force One that he intends to make the plan public ahead of… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Trump


Breaking: Suspected Israeli airstrikes target eastern Syria

Published 2020-01-24 00:22:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – A number of explosions were reported in eastern Syria this evening after a suspected Israeli warplane targeted the border region with Iraq. According to a report from the Deir Ezzor Governorate, the alleged Israeli warplane targeted the Al-Qa’im-Albukamal border area, which links Syria’s Deir Ezzor and Iraq’s Al-Anbar governorates. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Hashd Al-Sha’abi, and Syrian Border Guards are in control of this border area; they have been targeted by the Israeli military on several occasions in the past. Kata’eb Hezbollah, part of Hashd Al-Sha’abi, has denied any strikes hit their positions…. Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


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