Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 42nd Mukhtars Meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on December 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: Erdogan, Idlib, Syria, Aleppo, Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, IRGC, Russia, Taftanaz, Damascus.

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Erdogan demands Syrian Army immediately leave Idlib, refuses to wait until end of February

Published 2020-02-15 21:38:53 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded on Saturday that Syrian government forces immediately withdrew from areas close to Turkish observation posts in Idlib, backtracking from his previous pledge to wait for the move until the end of February. READ ALSO: Turkey Will Shoot Down Syrian Military Aircraft in Idlib – Erdogan  “Until the regime’s [Syrian government] forces pull out beyond the borders [of the Idlib de-escalation zone] outlined in the Sochi agreement, the problem will not be solved. If they do not leave, we will do this work without waiting until the end of February,” Erdogan said in a speech… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Idlib, Syria


Jihadist setbacks continue as Syrian troops capture more towns in southwest Aleppo

Published 2020-02-15 21:33:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has seized more ground in the southwestern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate amid the collapse of the jihadist defenses north of Taftanaz. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Scores Massive Advance Across Southern Aleppo According to the latest report from the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army captured two towns in southwestern Aleppo this evening after advancing from nearby Kafr Naha, which was seized earlier in the day. The report identified the two towns captured by the Syrian Army as ‘Aweijal and ‘Aajal, which are located just east of the Idlib Governorate’s territorial… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Moment Ansarallah missile hits Saudi fighter jet in northern Yemen: video

Published 2020-02-15 21:12:46 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces managed to shoot down a Saudi Tornado jet over the northern region of Yemen on the evening of Friday, February 14th, 2020. The Ansarallah forces were able to hit the Saudi jet with a surface-to-air missile that was not identified by the group. On Saturday, the Saudi News Agency quoted coalition spokesman, Turki al-Maliki, as saying that “at 23:45 P.M. on Friday, February 14th, 2020, a Tornado fighter plane of the Royal Saudi Air Force crashed while on a mission of close air support to units of the National Army.” The spokesperson… Read on ->

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Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen


Syrian Army captures long-time jihadist stronghold in west Aleppo

Published 2020-02-15 20:23:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The jihadist defenses in western Aleppo have completely collapsed after a short battle with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at the outskirts of the provincial capital. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Captures Several Areas in Idlib After Jihadists Refuse to Lay Down Arms According to a military source in western Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army captured the strategic Al-Mansoura District this evening, following the withdrawal of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) from this area. Al-Mansoura had been a long-time stronghold for the jihadist rebels before its capture by the Syrian Arab Army this evening. In addition to… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Syrian Army capture several areas across western Aleppo: video

Published 2020-02-15 18:25:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has had a relatively successful day in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, as their forces have manage to capture several areas from the jihadist rebels. Starting along the Aleppo-Idlib border, the Syrian Arab Army began the day by storming the town of Ma’arat Al-Na’asan, which is located north of Taftanaz and its corresponding airbase. The Syrian Army would eventually capture Ma’arat Al-Na’asan from the jihadist rebels, following the latter’s withdrawal south towards Taftanaz. Meanwhile, at the western outskirts of Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkey vows to drive Syrian Army from Idlib if they don’t leave by end of February

Published 2020-02-15 17:34:35 by News Desk in Syria

Tensions in northern Syria began to escalate earlier this month when Turkey retaliated against the killing of eight Turkish nationals in a shelling which Ankara claims was conducted by Syrian forces on one of Turkey’s observation posts in the Arab country’s Idlib province. Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay told the country’s NTV broadcaster on Saturday that Ankara “has fulfilled its responsibilities” in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, in sync with its agreement on de-escalation zones with Moscow and Tehran. “Some of our [military] observation posts have now fallen into areas controlled by the [Syrian] regime”, Oktay added, in an… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Iran’s IRGC discloses new information about the Ayn Al-Assad attack

Published 2020-02-15 17:17:49 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Brigadier General Ali Fadawi, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), revealed that his country “has a lot of information about the attack against the U.S. forces at the Ayn Al-Assad Base, but it is preferable that the Americans recognize themselves the size of the loss they received after the Iranian attack.” Fadawi said, in a press interview quoted by the Mehr News Agency: “Washington’s lies will be exposed and all dimensions of the Iranian attack on Ayn Al-Assad Base will be clarified through the Americans’ partisan games.” During his talk about… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, IRGC


Syrian Army captures new sector in western Aleppo as they approach Mansoura

Published 2020-02-15 16:18:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has captured another sector at the outskirts of western Aleppo following a new push by their forces near the New Aleppo District. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Captures New Ground Along Aleppo-Idlib Border Amid Increased Turkish Military Presence According to a new report from this front, the Syrian Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) captured the Rashiddeen 1 sector of western Aleppo, putting their forces even closer to Al-Mansoura. This advance by the Syrian Army comes shortly after their troops captured the strategic Scientific Research Building, which has… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Syrian Army will not enter Idlib city at this time: military expert

Published 2020-02-15 16:03:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian military expert, Major General Rida Al-Sharqi, said that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will not enter the city of Idlib for now in order to save civilian lives. Sharqi told Sputnik Arabic on Saturday that “the army will complete the opening of the main roads, such as the Aleppo -Latakia International Road (M-4) after its control of the Damascus-Aleppo International Road, because it is established in the Sochi and Astana agreement.” He said, commenting on the downing of a second helicopter for the Syrian Army in the Aleppo country, that “the downing of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkey delivered tanks and anti-aircraft missiles to jihadists: Russian media

Published 2020-02-15 15:24:00 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Russian agencies quoted a government source as saying on Saturday that Turkey had delivered to Idlib more than 70 tanks, about 200 armored vehicles and 80 cannons, indicating that a large part of the equipment was being delivered to the jihadists of Jabhat Al-Nusra (now Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham). READ ALSO: US Supports Turkey’s Attack Against Syrian Military in Syria – Pompeo He pointed out that the militants had obtained from Turkey U.S.-made anti-aircraft missiles, coinciding with the recent downing of two Syrian Army helicopters in the countrysides of Idlib and Aleppo this week. The Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Saudi Arabia confirms fighter jet’s downing over northern Yemen

Published 2020-02-15 15:09:25 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Saudi News Agency quoted the Arab Coalition spokesperson Turki Al-Malki as saying on Saturday that one of their Tornado fighter jets was shot down over northern Yemen last night. READ ALSO: Ansarallah Forces Shoot Down Enemy Aircraft Near Saudi Border “At 23:45 P.M. on Friday, February 14, 2020, a Tornado fighter plane of the Royal Saudi Air Force crashed while on a mission of close air support to units of the National Army,” Malki said. The Ansarallah forces announced on Friday evening that their air defense troops shot down the fighter jet over the… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen


Syrian Army captures one of the last areas under jihadist control in Aleppo city

Published 2020-02-15 14:47:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels have suffered another defeat in Aleppo following the loss of the strategic Scientific Research Building that separates the Al-Mansourah and New Aleppo districts. READ ALSO: Russia Refutes Turkey’s Claims of Killing Several Syrian Soldiers According to the latest field report from Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army was finally able to break through the jihadist defenses at the Scientific Research Building after five years of battle for this site in the western part of the city. The report said most of the jihadists withdrew from the site after the Syrian Army began pushing… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Syrian Army’s advancing towards important jihadist base in Idlib: source

Published 2020-02-15 14:22:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is steadily advancing south along the Kafr Halab-Taftanaz Road, as their forces attempt to capture the key town of Taftanaz and its corresponding airbase. READ ALSO: Syrian Military Chopper Shot Down Over Western Aleppo According to a field source from the Syrian Army, their forces captured the town of Ma’arat Al-Na’asan this afternoon, which is one of the last points before Taftanaz, after a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). The source said that since the capture of Ma’arat Al-Na’asan, the Syrian Army has consolidated… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria, Taftanaz


Turkish military establishes new posts in west Aleppo to stop Syrian Army advance

Published 2020-02-15 13:28:50 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – Turkey has established two new military posts in western Aleppo this week amid several setbacks for the jihadist rebels at this front. READ ALSO: Jihadists Struggle to Hold Ground in Aleppo as Syrian Army Scores New Advance According to reports, the Turkish Armed Forces established a military post at Regiment 111 Base and another one at the jihadist stronghold of Darret ‘Izza in western Aleppo. The Turkish Armed Forces were monitored on Saturday making their way to the western countryside of Aleppo, despite the ongoing advance by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). This latest deployment… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


Russia refutes Turkey’s claim of killing dozens of Syrian soldiers

Published 2020-02-15 13:13:15 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

On Friday, the Russian military refuted Turkish claims about the deaths of dozens of Syrian servicemen in Idlib, adding that such statements could only lead to an escalation of the situation. Tensions in Idlib, one of four de-escalation zones in Syria, intensified last week after the Turkish Defence Ministry said that eight Turkish military personnel and a civilian died in shelling by Syrian troops on one of Turkey’s observation posts in the province. As a result, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to take retaliatory measures if Syria’s armed forces failed to stop their operations in the zone and withdraw… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army takes full control of Aleppo-Damascus Highway: video

Published 2020-02-15 13:01:17 by News Desk in Syria

Syrian Arab Army’s forces regained full control of the strategic highway connecting the formerly besieged city of Aleppo, in the north of the country, and Damascus in the south. READ ALSO: Turkey Accuses US of Building New Base in Northeast Syria Earlier on Wednesday the Russian Defense Ministry released a statement confirming that the M5 highway had been cleared and was under full control of the Syrian Arab forces. Footage shot on Friday near Aleppo shows scores of vehicles being driven across the regained corridor, as well as soldiers patrolling the area. “We advanced from three axes in order to… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Damascus, Syria


Syrian Army captures new ground along Aleppo-Idlib border amid increased Turkish presence

Published 2020-02-15 12:46:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their advance along the Aleppo-Idlib border on Saturday, as their forces continued their push towards the Turkish crossing. READ ALSO: Jihadists Launch Big Attack West of Saraqib to Retake City Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army advanced to the key town of Ma’arat Al-Na’asan, where they are currently engaged in a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels. According to a field source near the battlefield, the Syrian Army has entered the town and should have full control shortly, as the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria


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