This is a summary of 28 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Syria, Iran, US, SDF, Turkey, Deir_Ezzor, Ansarallah, Yemen, Iraq, ISIS, Yazidi, PKK, Lebanon, Hasakah, Kurds, Trump, Afrin, SAA, Raqqa, Bosnia, NATO, Golan, Israel, Saudi, Russia, Hodeidah, China, Baghdadi.

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Russian jets launch big attack on jihadist stronghold near Turkish border

Published 2019-12-04 23:57:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched a big attack this evening on the jihadist stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour in the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to reports, the Russian Air Force launched a dozen strikes on the Nahr Al-Abyad area and several surrounding sites in the Jisr al-Shughour District. The reports said the Russian Air Force was conducting reconnaissance missions along the administrative borders of the Latakia and Idlib governorates before they launched their airstrikes of Jisr Al-Shughour. The Jisr Al-Shughour District is currently under control of several militant groups, including the foreign jihadists… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Intelligence reports indicate ‘potential Iranian attack’ on US forces in Middle East: CNN

Published 2019-12-04 23:44:47 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

CNN has cited several US defence and administration officials as saying on Wednesday that “there has been consistent intelligence in the last several weeks” indicating a possible Iranian threat against US forces and interests in the Middle East. The sources referred to alleged movement of unspecified Iranian troops and weapons that Washington fears “could be put in place for a potential attack, if one is ordered by the Iranian regime.” They did not clarify whether a potential threat emanated from the Iranian government or the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The remarks come as Under Secretary of Defense for… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Fierce clashes breakout between Turkish-backed militants, SDF troops in northeast Syria

Published 2019-12-04 23:31:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – A fierce firefight broke out between the Turkish-backed militants and Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria this evening, local activists in the Tal Tamr District reported. According to these reports, the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) launched an attack on the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) positions near the town of Al-Qasimiyah; this prompted an intense exchange of hostilities. While no ground has been gained by either party, the local activists report heavy gunfire and shelling in the western part of the Tal Tamr District. Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement of ceasefire in northeastern Syria… Read on ->

Tags: SDF, Syria, Turkey

Unidentified warplanes allegedly bomb Iranian base in eastern Syria

Published 2019-12-04 23:17:37 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – New reports have surfaced this evening of unidentified warplanes bombing the Iranian base near the border city of Albukamal in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. According to the reports, a powerful explosion was heard near the Iranian base in the Albukamal District around 7:45 P.M. (local time), with claims of unidentified warplanes hitting the warehouses at this installation. Some activists have alleged that the airstrikes were carried out by the Israeli Air Force; however, this is not confirmed, nor are the airstrikes. These claims are often made every few weeks by pro-militant publications with little evidence… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

Breaking: Ansarallah forces shoot down 2 enemy aircraft near Saudi border

Published 2019-12-04 19:11:27 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Wednesday that they managed to shoot down two reconnaissance aircraft belonging to the Arab coalition forces along the Saudi-Yemeni border this evening. A spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces loyal to the Ansarallah Movement, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’a, said in a brief statement on his Twitter account that their air defenses managed to shoot down two spy planes. He said that “the plane was shot down with a suitable weapon while carrying out hostilities.” “The air defenses, thank God, shot down a second spy plane in the Baqim District of… Read on ->

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Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen

Former Yazidi sex slave confronts ISIS rapist on Iraqi TV: video

Published 2019-12-04 18:34:16 by News Desk in Iraq

Ashwaq Haji Hamid was kidnapped and sold into slavery at 14. She later fled to Germany to begin a new life but was forced to confront the trauma again when she bumped into her rapist on a street in Stuttgart, where he threatened her by saying he knew where she lived. He was staying in Germany registered as a refugee. Years after, her rapist, Abu Humam, was imprisoned in Iraq.   Source: RT

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Yazidi

British PM says PKK terrorism is a ‘real thing’, supports Turkey’s operation in Syria

Published 2019-12-04 18:27:40 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Wednesday that the terrorist threat Turkey faces from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is a “real thing”, further pointing out to that the Turkish authorities have a right to defend their country. Speaking at a press conference following the NATO summit in London, Johnson said he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a “good” meeting on the sidelines of the summit on Tuesday. “We discussed the great complexity of the situation in northern Syria,” Johnson said. Johnson… Read on ->

Tags: PKK, Syria, Turkey

US to release $105 million in military aid to Lebanon

Published 2019-12-04 17:53:01 by News Desk in Lebanon

A senior US State Department official has lauded the Lebanese Army, hours after Washington reversed a hold on $105 million worth of military aid to Lebanon, the Daily Star newspaper reported. Speaking in Washington, the official, who was not identified, said Lebanon’s Army had responded in “impressive fashion” to the protests that erupted in Lebanon on October 17. The $105 million in military aid from the US to the Army had been held up by checks to ensure the aid didn’t benefit Washington’s “adversaries,” a US Embassy official told the daily on Tuesday. Earlier reports said that Washington had released… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, US

Syrian Army reportedly deploys air defense system to Turkish border: video

Published 2019-12-04 17:46:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has reportedly deployed one of their air defense systems to Syria’s northeastern border with Turkey. According to the Within Syria Blog, the Syrian Arab Army, with assistance from the Russian military, deployed the Pantsir-S1 air defense system to northeastern, adding that “soon a complete air defense network with different systems will be set in the region.” The Russian military has already transferred their Pantsir-S1 system to the Qamishli Military Airport in the Al-Hasakah Governorate; however, this will be used to protect their air assets in the area. This new… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, Turkey

Trump says Turkey is doing a ‘good job’ in northern Syria

Published 2019-12-04 17:25:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the safe area on the Turkish-Syrian border is working well, as he praised what Turkey is doing in that part of Syria. Trump said during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the sidelines of the NATO summit in the United Kingdom, that he had an unplanned meeting with his Turkish counterpart. “It was a good meeting, we discussed Syria and the Kurds,” Trump told reporters. “The border area and the safe zone are working well, and I give a lot of credit to Turkey for… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, Syria, Trump, Turkey

Kurdish-led Afrin Liberation Forces attack Turkish base in Syria: video

Published 2019-12-04 17:08:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Afrin Liberation Forces released two videos this week showing their operations against the Turkish military and their allied militants in northern Syria. In the first video released by the Afrin Liberation Forces, one of their fighters can be seen sniping a Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) militant at the town of Mare’ in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. The Afrin Liberation Forces also released another video of their operations in Syria, but this time the film shows their troops attacking a Turkish military base in another area inside the Aleppo Governorate…. Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Syria

Syrian Army nearly strikes Turkish military post in eastern Idlib

Published 2019-12-04 16:47:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) nearly struck a Turkish observation post in eastern Idlib today while responding to a group of jihadist rebels that targeted their positions. According to reports from Idlib, the Syrian Army heavily shelled the town of Al-Sarman on Wednesday afternoon in response to a jihadist attack on their positions near the Abu Dhuhour Airport. During this attack on Al-Sarman, however, the Syrian Army concentrated their artillery on the jihadist positions near the Turkish observation post. The jihadist rebels, including Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, have often positioned themselves near the Turkish military’s observation… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, SAA, Syria, Turkey

Syria revives important dam in Al-Raqqa

Published 2019-12-04 16:38:53 by News Desk in Syria

The strategically vital Al-Ba’ath HPP, in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa, is in the process of being renovated, Vladimir Varnavskiy, an officer from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides told TASS. The Al-Baath HPP, named after the ruling Syrian Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, was built by Soviet engineers in the late 1980s. Staff from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides came to assess the current conditions at the site. According to Varnavskiy, once the civil war broke out, this strategically important site fell under the control of IS. In 2017, the Syrian Democratic Forces troops… Read on ->

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Tags: Raqqa, Syria

Bosnia to take back 30-40 nationals inside Syria

Published 2019-12-04 16:32:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektic said Tuesday that Bosnia is preparing to repatriate Bosnian citizens who are affiliated with the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria. According to the Bosnian minister’s statement, Bosnia is preparing for the return of some 30 to 40 people, especially women and children, but he feared there would be some complications: “How will we verify the identity of 30 to 40 people when they arrive here?” The Bosnian minister accused the Bosnian presidency of speeding up their arrival procedures without security coordination and “without consultations and coordination with the security… Read on ->

Tags: Bosnia, Syria

Trump says US ‘kept the oil’ in Syria during NATO meeting

Published 2019-12-04 16:24:08 by News Desk in Syria

During a NATO meeting in London on Tuesday, President Donald Trump reiterated his “we keep the oil” mantra in light of the US troops’ withdrawal from northern Syria ahead of a Turkish military operation against Kurdish forces in the area in October. “We left their border. We’ve been on their border long enough. They’re doing just fine on their border. We kept the oil. I kept the oil”, Trump said referring to oil fields inside Syria’s northeast. He blamed Daesh for trying to gain control of the oil there, claiming that the US has “the control of the oil” and… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Syria, Trump

UN once again calls on Israel to withdraw from Golan Heights

Published 2019-12-04 10:35:16 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution demanding that Israel vacate the Golan Heights – Syrian territory it captured in 1967 and has occupied since – arguing its presence in the disputed region is an obstacle to peace. Passed in a 91-65 vote with 9 abstentions on Tuesday, the resolution called on Israel to abandon the Golan after over 50 years of occupation, insisting that nations may not acquire territory by conquest, a core principle of international law. “The continued occupation of the Syrian Golan and its de facto annexation constitute a stumbling block in the way of achieving… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria

US military allegedly used secret ‘Ninja’ missile in Syria’s Idlib

Published 2019-12-04 10:20:10 by News Desk in Syria

US forces reportedly conducted another airstrike using the “Ninja” missile in Atmeh, located in Syria’s Idlib province, some five miles from the Turkish border and less than 10 miles from Barisha, where former Daesh* number-one terrorist and leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in a raid in October. According to The Drive media outlet, the recent strike killed at least two fighters. Their identities or affiliations to any terrorist group, however, have not been reported. The media outlet suggested, citing sources, that at least one of the dead may have been a high-profile terrorist from the Hayat Tahrir Al Sham… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, US

SDF delegation meets with Saudi officials to discuss future of NE Syria: media

Published 2019-12-04 10:07:29 by News Desk in Gulf, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – A delegation from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reportedly arrived in Saudi Arabia this week to meet with officials in the capital city of Riyadh, the Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya said on Wednesday. “A mission from the Syrian Democratic Forces, consisting mainly of Kurdish militias, arrived in Saudi Arabia to negotiate the future of the northeast region of Syria, which is still under the control of these forces,” the Russian newspaper said, citing a report from Arabi21. The visit comes after an official invitation from the Saudi regime, which has long shown great interest in cooperating… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, SDF, Syria

Jihadist rebels foil Syrian Army’s attempted advance in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-04 09:47:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attempted to advance their positions in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate last night after recovering all of the territory they lost to the jihadist rebels over the weekend. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army launched an attack on the town of Umm Al-Tinah in a bid to expand their presence in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Following a short battle last night, the Syrian Arab Army was forced to abandon their attack after the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Watch: Russian forces carry out special operation to arrest 7 terrorists

Published 2019-12-04 09:32:18 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announced the arrest of seven members of the Islamic Liberation Party (Hizb ut-Tahrir), a classified terrorist organization, who were active in Moscow and Chelyabinsk. The FSB said the seven were arrested in cooperation with units from the Interior Ministry, noting that most were Russian nationals.

Tags: Russia

Ansarallah forces mobilizing for new offensive in Hodeidah: Yemeni Army

Published 2019-12-04 09:14:01 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Yemeni government forces on Tuesday accused the Ansarallah forces of mobilizing and escalating its military operations in the Hodeidah Governorate of western Yemen. According to the pro-government Yemeni Army, their troops “spotted movements of armed groups backed by the Houthis towards areas east of the Duraimi District in southern Hodeidah. This move was done to strengthen their positions.” “The Houthis have brought huge reinforcements, including mines and military vehicles carrying various heavy and medium weapons,” they continued. “The Houthis have targeted areas east of Duraimi with medium-range 14.5mm and 12.7mm machine guns at different… Read on ->

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Tags: Ansarallah, Hodeidah, Yemen

Syrian Pound attempts to make recovery after hitting all-time low

Published 2019-12-04 08:49:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Pound has significantly improved over the last 24 hours after reaching an all-time low, Al-Watan reported on Wednesday morning. According to Al-Watan, the Syrian Pound improved by more than 15 percent on Wednesday, reaching 850 SYP for every $1 (USD). The markets yesterday witnessed a severe recession, so that a large number of economic and commercial activities and shops closed until the direction of the exchange rate clear. The Board of Directors for the Damascus Chamber of Commerce Mohammed Hallak said that the instability of legislation is reflected in the instability of the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria

Frontline footage of Syrian Army’s battle for southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-04 08:25:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – The southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate has recently experienced an influx of violence as both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels have traded offensives in this area. Over the weekend, the jihadist rebels took the offensive in southeast Idlib, seizing four towns, including ‘Aajaz, from the Syrian Army troops near the Abu Dhuhour axis. Following the capture of these towns, the Syrian Arab Army launched a swift counter-offensive to recover the ground they lost to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF). This battle would last for nearly three… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Chinese warship shows off new missile system

Published 2019-12-04 01:52:33 by News Desk in World-News

After returning from a major refit, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy destroyer Shenzhen showcased its air defense firepower by displaying its new missile vertical launch system on Monday. The Navy’s sole Type 051B destroyer has gained very powerful combat capability after the modernization, said Weihutang, a column on military affairs affiliated with China Central Television (CCTV) on Monday. The Shenzhen is now equipped with a vertical launch system, which consists of four sets of eight units, allowing it to host 32 ship-to-air missiles that can shoot down incoming hostile aircraft and missiles, Tong Zhenrong, deputy captain of the Shenzhen,… Read on ->

Tags: China

US Senate to vote on whether or not to sanction Turkey over S-400 purchase

Published 2019-12-04 01:18:57 by News Desk in Turkey

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee scheduled for next week deliberations on legislation that would penalize Turkey’s government for purchasing Russian-made S-400 air defence systems and sanctions yet to be determined against Russian individuals who are engaged in defence cooperation with Syria, the panel’s website said. The bill co-sponsored by Committee’s chairman James Risch is on the agenda of the meeting to be held on 11 December. The legislation obligates the US Secretary of State to prepare regularly lists of Russian individuals who “knowingly export, transfer, or otherwise provide to Syria significant financial, material, or technological support that contributes materially to… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey, US

Breaking: Russian Air Force launches big attack over rural Aleppo

Published 2019-12-04 00:42:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – At approximately 11:45 P.M. (local time), the Russian Air Force unleashed a big assault over the Aleppo countryside, as their warplanes heavily targeted the positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. According to a report from the Aleppo Governorate, the Russian Air Force launched several strikes over the ICARDA Farms area and town of Sheikh Ahmad near the Turkish observation post in Tal Al-‘Eis. The report said the Russian Air Force was targeting the movements of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. No further details have been reported. Recently,… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Iraqi forces arrest deputy leader of ISIS, close associate of Baghdadi in Kirkuk

Published 2019-12-04 00:21:40 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Iraqi security forces announced the arrest of a deputy leader from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the Kirkuk Governorate in northern Iraq. “According to our information, the police forces from Hawijah in the Kirkuk province were able to arrest the terrorist known as ‘Abu Khaldoun’ inside an apartment in the Wahad Izhar area. He was assuming the false identity of Sha’alan ‘Obeid,” the Iraqi security forces said. “This criminal was a deputy of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and was formerly the so-called ’emir’ of the Salaheddine Governorate,” they added. On October 27, U.S. President… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdadi, Iraq, ISIS

US Coalition denies drone strike that killed jihadist leader in northern Idlib

Published 2019-12-04 00:03:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.)- The U.S. coalition denied reports that they recently carried out the drone strike in northern Idlib that killed one of the commanders of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The U.S. Coalition spokesman Colonel Miles Kajins told Sputnik on Tuesday: “The coalition has not conducted any recent air strikes in northwestern Syria,” confirming that it was not their forces that carried out the assassination of Abu Ahmad Al-Muhajer. Earlier on Tuesday, the Syrian media reported that a drone strike near the border crossing in Atmeh killed Abu Ahmad al-Muhajer and some of his associates. No further details were released… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, US

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