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This is a summary of 22 AMN articles on the following subjects: Syria, Turkey, Qamishli, Aleppo, Idlib, Palestine, Hasakah, Iran, Geneva, Israel, India, Pakistan, Hezbollah, Iraq, Lavrov, Russia, Erdogan, Qatar, Saudi, France, Mali, US, Hama, Latakia, Deir_Ezzor, SDF, Douma, OPCW.

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Turkey to resume ‘Peace Spring’ operation in northern Syria

Published 2019-11-26 23:27:22 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – Turkey’s National Security Council announced on Tuesday that the “Peace Spring” operation in northern Syria would continue until it achieves its goals, the Anatolia news agency reported. The council said in a statement: “We expect the parties in the Safe Zone Agreement in Syria to complete the clearance of terrorists as soon as possible, including Tal Rifa’at and Manbij.” He added: “Our state, which does not evade any burden or responsibility in the fight against terrorism, continues to fight Daesh.” The Turkish National Security Council called on the international community to “support Ankara in securing… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Massive explosion rocks Qamishli city in northeast Syria

Published 2019-11-26 23:07:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – A number of explosions were reported this evening in the city of Qamishli, marking the second time in two days that northern Syria has experienced mysterious blasts. According to locals in Qamishli, one of the explosions took place at 9:00 P.M. (local time) near the Al-Bassel Roundabout. Another explosion was reported shortly after at the Al-Khaleej Roundabout inside the Al-Zuhour District of southwestern Qamishli. Some local activists have claimed that the airstrikes were a result of airstrikes that were launched by the U.S. Coalition; however, this is unconfirmed. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Tags: Qamishli, Syria


Breaking: Syrian military behind mysterious airstrikes last night

Published 2019-11-26 22:22:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Ministry of Defense announced that the Syrian military was responsible for the mysterious strikes on the militant oil tankers in northern Aleppo. At the same time, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), citing a source in Al-Hasakah, said the military targeted the militant oil tankers as they allegedly were involved in transporting oil to Turkey from Ibril and Jarabulus. As a result of these strikes by the Syrian military, several massive explosions were reported in the Al-Bab and Jarabulus districts of northern and eastern Aleppo.  

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Palestinian-led forces advance against jihadists in southeast Idlib: video

Published 2019-11-26 20:33:21 by News Desk in Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Palestinian-led Liwaa Al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigade) forces played an important role in the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) advance in southeastern Idlib, as their troops helped take on the jihadist rebels at Zarzour and Umm Al-Khalakhil. In a video released by their official Facebook page, Liwaa Al-Quds can be seen advancing in southeastern Idlib, as their forces and the Syrian Arab Army capture several sites from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkeo1c1DaSc

Tags: Idlib, Palestine, Syria

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Car bombing in northeast Syria kills 17 people

Published 2019-11-26 20:13:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – A powerful blast rocked the Ras Al-‘Ayn countryside on Tuesday, resulting in the death of several people. According to a statement from the Turkish Ministry of Defense, a car bomb was detonated inside the town of Tal Halaf, killing at least 17 people and wounding 20 more. The Turkish Ministry of Defense accused the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) of carrying out the car bombing near the border city of Ras Al-‘Ayn. The YPG has yet to respond to these accusations from the Turkish Ministry of Defense.

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Iranian companies to build 30,000 residential units in Syria

Published 2019-11-26 19:30:20 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

A new bilateral agreement will see Iranian companies build 30,000 residential units in Syria, the chairman of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA), Gholamhossein Shafei, said on Tuesday, and reported by state media. Shafei unveiled the proposals at the Iran-Syria Business Forum, and outlined Iran’s commitment to supporting Syria’s reconstruction, Iran’s Mehr news agency reported. “Iran hopes to see Syria’s reconstruction following the full restoration of peace and stability to this country,” Shafei noted, as quoted by the outlet. Shafei added that both private and public companies will work toward the implementation of contracts signed between both… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Second day of Syrian peace talks ends in disaster

Published 2019-11-26 17:55:00 by News Desk in Syria

Sources close to work of the Committee of Discussing the Constitution said that the meeting of UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen with Head of the national delegation Ahmad al-Kuzbari ended without starting any session due to the intransigence of the Turkish regime’s delegation SANA delegate to Geneva quoted sources from the civil society delegation as saying that sessions of the 2nd day of meetings of the Mini-Committee of Discussing the Constitution didn’t start due to the intransigence of the Turkish regime’s delegation and its rejection of the agenda. “The Turkish regime group’s intransigence and rejection of the agenda… Read on ->

Tags: Geneva, Syria


Syrian Army within 20km of militant stronghold in southern Idlib: map

Published 2019-11-26 17:19:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) recent advance in southeastern Idlib has put their forces within 20km of a militant stronghold along the Idlib-Hama Highway. According to a military source in the nearby Hama Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces, along with the 5th Legion and Liwaa Al-Quds, are currently deployed at the outer edges of the town of Freiji. The source said the Syrian Army and Liwaa Al-Quds are preparing to storm Freiji in a bid to expand their presence into the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man countryside. As of now, the Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


New satellite images show Syrian military sites destroyed by Israeli forces: photos

Published 2019-11-26 17:02:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Image Satellite International released a new set of satellite photos this week, showing the extent of the damage done by the Israeli military on several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) sites in Damascus. Based on the first image released by ISI, two warehouses belonging to the Syrian Arab Army west of Mezzeh Airport were destroyed by the Israeli military’s missiles. https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1198967652393373697?s=20 The ISI then released another two photos showing the extent of the damage done by the Israeli force during their November 20th strikes on southern and western Damascus. https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1198968116312719361?s=20 The recent Israeli attack on southern… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Indian Army installs Israeli-made Spike anti-tank missiles along Pakistani border

Published 2019-11-26 16:19:32 by News Desk in World-News

After years of twist and turns, Indian Army has inducted the fire and forget Spike anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) along the Line of Control (LoC). The missiles were delivered to India as an emergency purchase against the backdrop of escalation with Pakistan in February of this year. An army official, without revealing his name, said that over 100 third-generation missiles have been inducted into the northern theatre and they are being used currently against the adversaries. India’s defence ministry had ordered 240 Spikes and 12 launchers from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems in July this year, as the military is… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


‘We will fight any war against Israel’ – Harakat Al-Nujaba

Published 2019-11-26 15:36:37 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Iraqi paramilitary group Harakat Al-Nujaba told the Russian journalist Demir Nazarov this week that they will “fight any war against Israel” in the near the future. The Russian journalist asked the spokesperson, “Israelis believe that you will participate in any possible war between them and Lebanon and Syria, how do you see this?” “In accordance with a religious obligation and due to our belief principles, we should stand against this occupying regime; and in any war against Israel, we will certainly stand by other resistance groups, and chiefly, next to the… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq, Israel


Watch Turkey’s new S-400s take on F-16 jets: video

Published 2019-11-26 14:19:53 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkey conducted a series of tests of Russian-made S-400s in Ankara Province on Monday and Tuesday, according to the İhlas News Agency. The exercise involved US F-16 Fighting Falcon jets flying at low altitudes, while the Russian-made defence systems scanned the airspace. The tests took place at a time when the United States is urging Turkey to abandon the S-400s by “destroying, returning or somehow getting rid of them.” The US calls come as Washington is at odds with Ankara over the suspension of Turkey’s participation in the international F-35 programme. The United States threatened to remove Turkey completely from the programme and… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey


Russia is unaware of Turkey’s alleged plan to launch new offensive in Syria: Lavrov

Published 2019-11-26 13:33:30 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Russia has no information on Turkey’s intention to violate the Russian-Turkish memorandum on Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Speaking at a news conference after talks with his Icelandic counterpart, Lavrov said: “With regard to the implementation of the Russian-Turkish Memorandum signed on 22nd of October, we have no information indicating Turkey’s intention to violate it. In October, we got the approval to implement it and, above all, the agreement of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and the approval of the Kurdish leadership, which strongly confirmed that it would cooperate. ” Earlier this month, the Russian foreign minister announced… Read on ->

Tags: Lavrov, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Erdogan visits newly built Turkish military base in Qatar

Published 2019-11-26 12:32:07 by News Desk in Gulf, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday visited the newly built Turkish military base in Qatar and praised it as a security mainstay for all countries in the Persian Gulf. Erdogan was in Doha on Monday to attend the 5th Turkey-Qatar High Strategic Committee meeting. “We cannot leave our brothers in Qatar during times of crises and difficult situation. We stand up to these crises together. Our aim is to ensure the security and stability of this country. This base also serves the stability and stability of all countries of the Persian Gulf, and no one can be unhappy with… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Qatar, Turkey


IRGC commander vows to destroy US, Israel, Saudi Arabia if they cross red line: video

Published 2019-11-26 12:20:04 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), General Hossein Salami, told a crowd on Monday that his nation’s armed forces will destroy the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Israel if they cross Tehran’s “red lines”. “We announce to the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Saudi Arabia that you experienced us in the field and received strong slaps,” stressed IRGC chief Major General Hossein Salami adding: “If you cross our red lines, we will destroy you.” General Salami made these comments during a mass pro-government rally in Tehran’s Enghelab (Revolution) Square on Monday…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Saudi


Two French helicopters collide during anti-terror operation in Mali: 13 killed

Published 2019-11-26 11:26:10 by News Desk in World-News

Two helicopters carrying French soldiers collided on Monday, 25 November, during an operation against jihadists in Mali, the French president’s office has said in a statement. The Elysee Palace confirmed the death of thirteen French troops in the accident, which took place in the region of Sahel, south-western Mali. According to the statement, among the victims were six army officers, six non-commissioned officers, and one corporal. There has been no word on what caused the collision. The fallout from the Libyan civil war has fueled a jihadist insurgence in the north of Mali, which spilled into central parts of the country… Read on ->

Tags: France, Mali


Russia may be behind mysterious airstrikes in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-11-26 11:12:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – Last night, several airstrikes were reported over the Al-Bab and Jarabulus districts of Aleppo, prompting many to speculate who was behind this powerful attack. At first, many local activists accused the U.S. Coalition of carrying out the attack, which, at the time, seemed to target some oil tankers moving across the Aleppo countryside. However, a few hours after the attack, Jared Szuba, a Pentagon correspondent for The Defense Post, reported that CENTCOM informed him that the airstrikes were not carried out by the U.S. Coalition forces. https://twitter.com/JM_Szuba/status/1199115467446718467?s=20 With the U.S. denying a role in these… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Russia, Syria


Turkey crossed red line by testing S-400 system: US senator

Published 2019-11-26 10:45:46 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkey has crossed ‘another red line’ by starting tests of the radar detection system it purchased from Russia as part of the S-400 missile defense system, US Senator for Maryland Christopher Van Hollen said. “Two weeks after his WH [White House] visit, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan is thumbing his nose at Trump, the U.S. + NATO, and crossing another red line on S-400s,” Van Hollen said in a Twitter post, attaching an article on the issue. “Existing law requires Trump to impose sanctions. Pompeo must also confront Turkey about its latest ‘safe zone’ violations and attacks against the Kurds,”… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey, US


Video footage of Syrian Army capturing several areas in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-11-26 10:33:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a big advance in southeastern Idlib on Monday after resuming their offensive against the jihadist rebels east of the Hama-Idlib Highway. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces) and 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army was able to capture several areas from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham after overrunning the latter’s positions early in the day. According to the military’s field report from southeastern Idlib, their forces managed to capture the towns of Zarzour and Umm Khalakhil, while also taking hold of several points… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Russian aircraft swarm jihadist stronghold in Latakia to launch largest attack this month

Published 2019-11-26 10:16:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force has intensified their strikes over the strategic town of Kabani in northeastern Latakia this week, as they attempt to weaken the jihadist resolve in this part of the governorate. Led by their warplanes from the Hmeimim Airbase near the coastal city of Jableh, the Russian Air Force began this week’s attack by unleashing four dozen strikes on Monday, with the vast majority of them targeting the bases and tunnels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party near Kabani. According to an army source in northern Latakia, the Russian airstrikes… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Russia, Syria


US military, SDF launch large-scale anti-ISIS operation in eastern Syria

Published 2019-11-26 09:34:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The New York Times reported Monday, citing military officials, that the U.S. military, in conjunction with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), conducted a large-scale”operation, as the Pentagon confirmed, against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. According to a statement issued by the U.S. Coalition in Baghdad, as a result of the operation in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, several Islamic State terrorists were killed or wounded. “Over the coming days and weeks, the pace of fighting against the rest of ISIS will pick up,” Gen. Kennett Mackenzie, commander-in-chief of the… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, SDF, Syria


Syrian gov’t not surprised by revelations from redacted OPCW report on Douma attack

Published 2019-11-26 00:09:24 by News Desk in Syria

Damascus is not surprised by a WikiLeaks assertion that the OPCW report on the alleged April 2018 chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma was significantly doctored, Imad Moustapha, the Syrian ambassador to China and a former envoy to the United States, said on Monday. The ambassador believes that it was really done to point the finger at the Syrian government and to cover up armed groups. “The information revealed in this email is not new to us. The Syrian government has already been told by previous investigating teams that their reports were significantly editorialised and twisted to convey… Read on ->

Tags: Douma, OPCW, Syria


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