Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu, 5 June 2017 (Photo by AP Photo/ Burhan Ozbilic)

This is a summary of 11 AMN articles on the following subjects: SDF, Syria, Turkey, Raqqa, Tabaqa, Israel, Palestine, West_Bank, Hasakah, Latakia, ISIS, Palmyra, Sukhnah, Houthi, Yemen, Iraq, Hama.

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Turkey requests Germany extradite SDF commander

Published 2019-11-18 23:31:30 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – Turkey has requested that Germany extradite the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. “We quickly asked for the arrest and extradition of the so-called commander of the YPG [People’s Protection Units, a military wing of the SDF], a PKK [Kurdistan Worker’s Party] member terrorist, Ferhat Abdi Shahin [code-named Mazloum Kobani], from relevant states to our country after media reports that he will travel to the United States and Germany,” Cavusoglu said,” as quoted by Bas News. Germany, who is part of the U.S.-led Anti-ISIS Coalition,… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army is now in full control of Tabaqa Dam in western Raqqa

Published 2019-11-18 23:16:30 by News Desk in Syria

The Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported that Syrian army forces seized back Tishrin power plant, located 90 kilometers (55.9 miles) east of the provincial capital city of Aleppo, on Monday. The report added that Russian military forces will soon start patrols near the strategic facility, which has an electricity generating capacity of approximately 630 megawatts (MW). Syrian government troops had earlier taken back control of Tabaqa Dam, or al-Thawra Dam, located 40 kilometers upstream from the city of Raqqah. “Before the war, Syria used to supply electricity to neighboring countries such as Jordan and Lebanon,” Dr. Ali… Read on ->

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Tags: Raqqa, Syria, Tabaqa

US no longer views Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal: Pompeo

Published 2019-11-18 23:08:03 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

In a Monday statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Washington no longer regards Israeli settlements in the West Bank as violating international law, reversing the Obama administration’s position and taking no legal position on the question or that of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank itself. Pompeo announced the US would repudiate its previous legal opinion on the status of the settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The US will no longer adopt a position on the legality of those settlements, breaking with the Obama administration’s decision that they did violate international law. The settlements… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, West_Bank

Syrian Army takes control of 2 towns along key highway in northeast Syria

Published 2019-11-18 22:51:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has taken control of two towns along a key highway in the northeastern region of Syria. According to reports from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army entered on Monday the towns of Al-Dashishiyah and Al-Tawilah along the Aleppo-Hasakah Highway (M-4 Highway). Following the Syrian Army’s entrance, they would clash with the Turkish-backed forces in the Abu Rasin area near the strategic border city of Ras Al-‘Ayn. At the same time, local sources in the town of Tal Tamr in northwestern Al-Hasakah confirmed the establishment of a new bridge on… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Video footage of Syrian Army’s offensive in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-11-18 20:49:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a powerful offensive in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Sunday. Led by the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army began their attack on Saturday night by storming several sites in the Zuwayqat Mountains; this would result in the eventual capture of this area by the troops in the morning hours. However, following the capture of the Zuwayqat Mountains, the Syrian Army was deadlocked in a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels at the last points before the southern entrance of Kabani. Ultimately, the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Syria

ISIS launches big attack east of Palmyra

Published 2019-11-18 20:39:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist group launched a big attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions east of Palmyra city on Monday. According to a military source in the area, the Islamic State launched their attack in the Badiyah Al-Sukhnah region east of Palmyra, where they managed to infiltrate the Syrian Army’s positions after overrunning the latter’s post. The source said the Islamic State was able to catch the Syrian Army troops in the area off guard, resulting in their brief infiltration before the Syrian and Russian air forces got involved in teh battle…. Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Palmyra, Sukhnah, Syria

SDF troops kill Turkish-backed militant commander in northern Raqqa

Published 2019-11-18 20:24:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reportedly killed one of the leaders of the Turkish-backed militants in the northern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate on Monday. According to pro-opposition media, the military commander of Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah, Abu Hafs Al-Gharbi, was killed during clashes with the Syrian Demoratic Forces near the town of ‘Ayn ‘Issa in northern Al-Raqqa. Abu Hafs Al-Gharbi is the highest ranking militant commander to be killed this month by the Syrian Democratic Forces. On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan warned that Operation Peace Spring would resume if the Syrian Democratic Forces did… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria

Houthi forces seize vessel off the coast of Yemen

Published 2019-11-18 20:14:04 by News Desk in Yemen

Yemen’s Houthi militia have confirmed that they’ve seized a vessel in the Red Sea, and said that the ship will be released if it is confirmed that it belongs to South Korea, Reuters has reported. On Monday, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a Houthi leader, tweeted that the group’s ‘coast guard’ had seized the vessel, and would release it following the completion of legal proceedings related to the violation of Yemen’s territorial waters. Al-Houthi said the safety of the crew had been assured. Earlier, the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a Saudi-led military coalition spokesman, that the militia had hijacked and seized… Read on ->

Tags: Houthi, Yemen

Iraqi forces detain several ISIS families escaping Syria’s Al-Hawl Camp

Published 2019-11-18 16:17:51 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) in Iraq announced on Monday that they detained several suspected family members of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters from the Al-Hawl Camp in Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate. The Popular Mobilization Units said in a statement on its website that “a force from the Nineveh Popular Mobilization Operations Command detained a number of ISIS families as they attempted to enter Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate after escaping from the Al-Hawl Camp. They added that “the crossing attempt by these families was carried out by smugglers”; they would later be transferred to the local authorities… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Jihadist rebels retake strategic mountain in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-11-18 15:52:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a counter-offensive in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate last night after losing several points south of Kabani. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels began their counter-offensive to retake the strategic Zuwayqat Mountains last night by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) recently captured points near the town of Kabani. Following a short battle at the northern edge of the Zuwayqat Mountains, the jihadist rebes were able to retake all of the areas they lost to the Syrian Army’s 4th Armored Division, including the northern hilltops. The Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Syrian military chopper explodes during take off, 3 killed

Published 2019-11-18 15:16:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A Syrian military chopper exploded last night during a routine take off from the Hama Airport, the Ministry of Defense reported this morning. According to reports, the military chopper exploded as a result of a technical error; this resulted in the death of the three crewmen on board. https://twitter.com/Ibra_Joudeh/status/1196345766970822657 Last night’s incident is the first helicopter explosion as a result of a technical error this year. Syrian military choppers routinely take off from the Hama Airport each day; however, it is rare for something like this to occur.

Tags: Hama, Syria

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