This is a summary of 24 AMN articles on the following subjects: Ansarallah, Jawf, Yemen, Aleppo, Syria, Idlib, US, Russia, Turkey, Hasakah, Qamishli, Damascus, Belgium, Israel, Netanyahu, Iran, IRGC, Soleimani, Iraq, NATO, Algeria.

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Ansarallah forces shoot down enemy fighter jet over northern Yemen

Published 2020-02-14 23:12:51 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced the downing of an enemy fighter jet over the northern region of Yemen this evening. READ ALSO: Ansarallah Forces Capture Strategic Sites in Northern Yemen Amid Massive Offensive According to the Ansarallah-affiliated Yemeni military spokesperson, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’a, the Ansarallah forces shot down a Tornado jet as it was carrying out airstrikes over the Al-Jawf Governorate of northern Yemen. “By the grace of God and his kindness, the Yemeni air defenses were able to shoot down a Tornado warplane over the sky of the Al-Jawf Governorate as they were carrying… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Jawf, Yemen


Syrian Army advances in western Aleppo after foiling jihadist offensive

Published 2020-02-14 22:39:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has scored a new advance in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, following a failed counter-offensive by the jihadist rebels earlier in the day. READ ALSO: Turkey Increases Security at Russian Embassy in Ankara Over Threats According to a field source in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army has captured the Uram Al-Kubri area after a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in the western part of the governorate. Furthermore, early reports from western Aleppo indicate that the Syrian Army is also in control of… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Russian Air Force unleashes heavy attack near Turkish border

Published 2020-02-14 21:35:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has launched several airstrikes near the Turkish border this evening, as their warplanes continue to target areas under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies. READ ALSO: ISIS Launches Heavy Attacks Against Syrian Army in East Homs According to the latest report from this front, the Russian Air Force has launched a number of strikes in western Aleppo and northwestern Idlib, hitting several areas near the Turkish border. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army has also launched heavy artillery strikes on the northwestern countryside of Idlib,… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria


Ansarallah snipers strike 11 Yemeni gov’t fighters in southern Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-02-14 21:20:26 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Friday that their sniper unit killed and wounded 11 soldiers from the pro-government Yemeni Army in southern Saudi Arabia. According to Al-Masirah TV, who quoted the Ansarallah command, the sniper units targeted the Yemeni Army personnel near the border crossing that links Saudi Arabia’s Asir Province and northern Yemen. No further details were released by the Ansarallah command.  

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Syrian Army, protesters come face-to-face with US military in northeastern Syria: video

Published 2020-02-14 18:47:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – For the second time in the last 48 hours, protesters gathered at a road in northeastern Syria to block a U.S. military convoy from passing. READ ALSO: US Forces Block Another Russian Convoy in Northeastern Syria In a video this afternoon, a Syrian officer can be seen speaking to a U.S. military translator and refusing the American troops access to the roadway. https://twitter.com/CoolHuh_/status/1228355966397231104?s=20 This latest confrontation comes 24 hours after the residents of Khirbat Amo confronted a U.S. military patrol near their town in the southern countryside of Al-Qamishli. During this confrontation between the U.S…. Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, US


New videos from west Aleppo show aftermath of disastrous jihadist offensive

Published 2020-02-14 18:28:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The jihadist counter-offensive in western Aleppo on Friday appears to have ended in complete disaster, as new photos and videos show several militants killed and heavy destruction to their equipment. In two videos released minutes ago by Anna News, their field reporters tour some of the jihadist vehicles that were destroyed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), including some Turkish-supplied APCs. https://twitter.com/annanews_info/status/1228351545680498689?s=20 The Anna News Agency would then release several photos of some destroyed and captured vehicles that belonged to the jihadists. https://twitter.com/annanews_info/status/1228346047463936001?s=20 Lastly, Anna News released graphic images of several jihadist rebels that were… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Syrian Army destroys Turkish-supplied vehicles in western Aleppo: video

Published 2020-02-14 16:54:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has destroyed multiple jihadist vehicles in western Aleppo today, as they confront the militant groups trying to regain the areas they lost this week. According to the Anna News Agency, who also released footage of one of the militant vehicles, the Syrian military destroyed a Turkish-supplied ACV-15 armored personnel carrier (APC) near the Kafr Halab axis in western Aleppo. In the video released on Friday, the Anna News Agency reporter shows the destroyed vehicle, as smoke still billows from it: https://twitter.com/annanews_info/status/1228328166919409664?s=20

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkey increases security at Russian embassy in Ankara over threats

Published 2020-02-14 16:20:50 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkish officials have increased security at the Russian Embassy in Ankara in the wake of threats addressed to Ambassador Alexey Yerkhov due to an escalation of tensions in Syria’s Idlib, spokesperson for the Russian diplomatic mission in Turkey Irina Kasimova informed TASS on Friday. “Yes, it is true, tensions have escalated lately. Due to this, we asked the Turkish officials to apply additional security measures,” she said. According to Kasimova, the Russian ambassador is receiving messages warning him against going out on the streets of Ankara. “We understand that the people who write this are unlikely to go out and… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey


Residents of northeastern Syria town speak out after clashes with US forces: video

Published 2020-02-14 16:00:19 by News Desk in Syria

Locals in a village east of the town of Qamishli in north-eastern Syria spoke out on Thursday at the funeral of a young man killed during a confrontation with US troops the day before. Othman Abu Asher, the former municipality officials describes the events: “Four American vehicles entered our village and started provoking the residents, so the residents of Khirbet Amo village confronted them with stones, children and women joined too, as you might have seen on TV. The martyr Faisal Khaled Mohammad confronted them with stones, and one American soldier shot him.” The uncle of 22-year old Faisal Khalid… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Qamishli, Syria


Syrian Army announces Aleppo-Damascus Highway is fully secured for first time in 9 years

Published 2020-02-14 15:48:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has announced that the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5) has been fully secured for the first time in nine years. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Captures Strategic Base in Southwestern Aleppo While reports earlier this week indicated that the Syrian Army was already in control of it, the SAA’s high command made the official announcement on Friday. According to a field source in the Aleppo Governorate, a Syrian military vehicle has already traveled the length of the highway, marking the first time any vehicle has been able to do this since the start… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Damascus, Syria


Jihadists reclaim some lost ground in west Aleppo after downing Syrian chopper

Published 2020-02-14 15:23:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels have retaken a number of points in western Aleppo this afternoon, following the downing of a Syrian military chopper near the town of Uram Al-Kubri. According to reports from west Aleppo, the jihadist rebels have retaken Talat Qurtaba and Abu Salim after a swift counter-offensive near the the strategic Regiment 46 Base. The reports said the Syrian Army never fully secured these areas prior to the jihadist counter-offensive, which ultimately led to their withdraw from these points earlier this afternoon. Similar to their attack on Nayrab this week, the jihadists and their… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


‘Maybe it was the Belgian Air Force’: Netanyahu on last night’s airstrikes in Syria

Published 2020-02-14 14:41:38 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists that he doesn’t know anything about Thursday night’s attack on the Syrian capital. “I don’t know what happened last night,” the prime minister said, speaking to Radio Haifa on Friday. “Maybe it was the Belgian Air Force,” he quipped. “I don’t comment on one operation or another,” Netanyahu added. On Thursday night at 11:45 pm local time, multiple missiles which Syrian military sources believe were launched from the vicinity of the Israeli-held Golan Heights were fired at Damascus, with Syrian media saying air defense troops intercepted and downed a number of them before they… Read on ->

Tags: Belgium, Damascus, Israel, Netanyahu, Syria


Video footage of Turkish-backed militants downing Syrian chopper in west Aleppo

Published 2020-02-14 14:15:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – A Syrian military helicopter was shot down (video at bottom of article) by the jihadist rebels in western Aleppo amid a new push by the militants to retake the areas they lost. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Scores New Advance in Southern Aleppo According to a field report, the Syrian military chopper was flying over the newly captured areas, when it was hit by missile fired by Turkish-backed militants in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. A video was released shortly after the incident, showing the moment the militant anti-aircraft missile hit the Syrian military… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Breaking: Syrian military helicopter shot down in west Aleppo

Published 2020-02-14 14:04:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – Minutes ago, a Syrian military helicopter was shot down by the jihadist rebels in western Aleppo amid a new push by the militants to retake the areas they lost. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Scores New Advance in Southern Aleppo According to a field report, the Syrian military chopper was flying over the newly captured areas, when it was hit by missile fired by Turkish-backed militants in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. A video was released shortly after the incident, showing the moment the militant anti-aircraft missile hit the Syrian military chopper. The downing… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Iran holds commemoration ceremony on 40th day since Qassem Soleimani’s death

Published 2020-02-14 13:48:53 by News Desk in Iran

Hundreds of people attended a commemoration ceremony for the 40th day since the death of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Tehran on Thursday. Footage shows people chanting against the US, the UK and Israel as Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Hossein Salami gave a speech. Salami warned Israel and the US that Iran would “strike” them if they made a “wrong step” in the region. “The final slap is on the way. This path continues until the day that the Islamic nation expels the last American soldier from the Islamic land and puts the Zionist regime on the path… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Soleimani, US


Syrian Army approaches important town to cutoff last militant supply line from Aleppo to Idlib

Published 2020-02-14 13:08:44 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The situation in northwestern Syria is getting worse by the day for the militant forces, as they now find themselves on the verge of losing their last supply line between Idlib and Aleppo. READ ALSO: Russian Military Announces Aleppo-Damascus Highway is Fully Under Syrian Army Control According to a Syrian military source in the provincial capital of Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army is approaching the strategic town of Al-Atareb, which is located along the main road between Aleppo and Reyhanli (Turkish city). This approach is imperative because Al-Atareb is one of the last towns along… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Breaking: Syrian Army captures strategic base in southwestern Aleppo

Published 2020-02-14 12:20:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The battle for the 46th Regiment Base was short-lived this week, as the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture their installation in a powerful sweep of this part of southwestern Aleppo. READ ALSO: Turkish Military Attacks Syrian Army in Southwestern Aleppo According to a field source in the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army, alongside Liwaa Al-Quds and the Local Defense Forces (LDF), captured the 46th Regiment Base and a nearby town after the jihadist rebels withdrew from the area. The source said the Syrian Army and their allies faced virtually no resistance from the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Iraq gives NATO green light to stay for training and advising: Stoltenberg

Published 2020-02-14 11:43:06 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) -NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the organisation had received the green-light to stay in Iraq for training and advisory purposes. He made the comments during a press briefing held after the North Atlantic Council meeting Defence Ministers’ gathering in Brussels on Thursday. Stoltenberg affirmed that “NATO is closely coordinating and consulting with the Global Coalition in Iraq,” adding that “we will only stay in Iraq as long as we are welcomed.” He also repeated the accusation that Russia had breached the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and pledged to respond to the “demise of the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, NATO


Algeria requests the return of Syria to the Arab League

Published 2020-02-14 11:30:55 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum stated on Friday that he asked the League of Arab States to end the freeze on Syria’s membership and to re-represent it again in its meetings and activities. READ ALSO: At Least 8 Arab League Members Support Syria’s Return – Report According to Algerian Radio, Boukadoum said: “the absence of Syria has caused great harm to the League and the Arabs.” He would add that “we must push for the return of Syria’s membership and work for Damascus to return to the League of Arab States.” In a press statement… Read on ->

Tags: Algeria, Syria


Rocket strikes Iraqi base hosting US military: report

Published 2020-02-14 11:11:27 by News Desk in Iraq

A rocket attack hit an Iraqi base in the province of Kirkuk where US troops are stationed, AFP reported, citing Iraqi and US security sources. The Katyusha rocket hit the base at about 8:45 local time (17:45 GMT), the agency added, quoting three separate Iraqi security sources. No reports of casualties have been made. The base is located 15 km to the northwest of Kirkuk and it houses US military forces as well as Iraqi forces from the Federal Police and Counter-Terrorism Service. Last time the K1 base was attacked was on 27 December, when a US contractor was killed… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US


Watch: Syrian air defenses confront Israeli missiles over Damascus

Published 2020-02-14 10:50:07 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 A.M.) – The Syrian Armed Forces came under attack in southwestern Damascus last night when a number of missiles fired from the Israeli-occupied Jabal Sheikh (Mount Hermon) region. READ ALSO: Turkey Vows To Respond With Force After Syrian Army Captures Saraqib According to a military source near the scene of the attack, several missiles fired from occupied Jabal Sheikh targeted Al-Kisweh and its surrounding areas, causing a number of explosions that could be heard from the capital city. The source said some of the missiles, which were said to have been fired from an Israeli aircraft, managed… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria


US Navy seizes Iranian weapons in Arabian Sea: video

Published 2020-02-14 10:28:21 by News Desk in Iran

US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced Thursday afternoon that the USS Normandy (CG60) boarded a dhow in the Arabian Sea on Sunday and seized a “large cache” of Iranian-made weapons while conducting “maritime security operations.” “The weapons seized include 150 ‘Dehlavieh’ anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), which are Iranian-manufactured copies of Russian Kornet ATGMs,” read the February 13 CENTCOM release. “Other weapons components seized aboard the dhow were of Iranian design and manufacture and included three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, Iranian thermal imaging weapon scopes, and Iranian components for unmanned aerial and surface vessels, as well as other munitions and advanced weapons parts.”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Syrian Army advances overnight in southwest Aleppo despite Turkish interference

Published 2020-02-14 10:15:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to score a new advance in the southwester part of Aleppo last night, despite artillery strikes from the Turkish military, which attempted to stifle their movements. READ ALSO: Suspected Israeli Airstrikes Target Southwestern Damascus Backed by Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary) and the Local Defense Forces (LDF), the Syrian Arab Army established control over several areas of southwestern Aleppo last night, paving the way for their troops to further expand their presence in the governorate. According to a field report from the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Army captured Sheikh Rahilah,… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Breaking: Suspected Israeli airstrikes target southwestern Damascus

Published 2020-02-14 00:20:33 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 A.M.) – Heavy explosions were reported in southwestern Damascus this evening after suspected Israeli warplanes bombed the Al-Kisweh area outside the capital city. According to a source near the scene, the Syrian air defenses confronted the enemy missiles, which were said to have been fired from aircraft along the Syrian-Lebanese-Israeli borders. While some of the missiles were intercepted, others managed to hit their intended targets inside Al-Kisweh, the source added. The Syrian state media has accused Israel of carrying out these strikes and it is most likely true, as the latter has targeted Al-Kisweh and the neighboring… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Syria


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