This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: Russia, Turkey, Syria, Libya, Idlib, Deir_Ezzor, Hasakah, US, Israel, Qatar, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Netanyahu, Kabani, Latakia, Beirut, Iskander, YPG, Iran, Assad, Qurdaha, Aleppo, Douma, OPCW.

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Russia wants to clear terrorists from Idlib, but with support from Turkey

Published 2019-12-15 18:55:05 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said  on Sunday that Russia is still concerned about the presence of terrorists in the Idlib Governorate, stating that the Russian Federation hopes to liberate the area from them, but it does not see a substitute for cooperation with Turkey. “This cooperation continues, and recently in Sochi, the two presidents confirmed their intention to continue to cooperate on Idlib within the framework of the Sochi agreements,” Peskov said on the “Big Game” television program on Channel One. He continued: “We do not hide our concerns about the remaining terrorist… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey


Ex-Syrian opposition leader enters Turkish politics

Published 2019-12-15 18:34:47 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The ex-president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (2015-2016), Khaled Khoja, has adopted his Turkish name and entered Turkish politics. The former Syrian opposition leader adopted the Turkish translation of his name, Halit Alptekin Hocaoğlu, and founded a new political party in Turkey with former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. According to reports, the two politicians formed the Future Party, which is expected to rival currently President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP). Khoja, who held Turkish citizenship before the conflict in Syria, was a close ally to Davutoglu during… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Turkey signs military agreement to provide Libya with ‘rapid reaction force’

Published 2019-12-15 18:09:41 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – Turkey took another step towards providing military support to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord last night when they signed a bilateral agreement, including provisions for launching a “rapid reaction force.” Both Ankara and Tripoli reportedly signed the security agreement to prevent the Benghazi-based Libyan National Army (LNA) from taking over the remaining cities under the control of the GNA. Although a maritime agreement was recently sent to the United Nations for approval, the military agreement was referred to the Turkish parliament . “The parliament will enter it into force after its approval,” Turkish Foreign… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Turkey


Jihadist group moves to southern Idlib front-lines to take on Syrian Army

Published 2019-12-15 17:15:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – A new report from Sputnik Arabic on Sunday said that the jihadist rebels from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham had handed over some of their positions to the Al-Qaeda linked Rouse the Believers group. Citing local sources in the Idlib Governorate, Sputnik Arabic reported that HTS handed over some of their bases and posts to Rouse the Believers near the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) front-lines. The sources confirmed that among the sites and areas that were evacuated, such as Kafr Nabl, Kafr Sijnah, Al-Tah, the vicinity of Maarat al-Numan and several headquarters near Saraqib. The sources indicated… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Large US military convoy enters northeastern Syria from Iraq: photos

Published 2019-12-15 16:42:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – Several U.S. military vehicles entered Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate on Sunday after crossing into the Levantine country from neighboring Iraq. According to state-owned Al-Ikhbariya, the U.S.military vehicles made their way to several of their posts in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. https://www.facebook.com/Alikhbaria.Sy/posts/2772871422735859 The Al-Ikhbariya report said of the spread of American military vehicles were carrying logistical equipment that will be supplied to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Deir Ezzor Governorate’s eastern countryside. The U.S. has continuously provided aid to the Syrian Democratic Forces in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, as they are currently carrying out operations… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Hasakah, Syria, US


Israeli man finds Syrian soldier’s letter from 1973 October War

Published 2019-12-15 16:30:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – An Israel man reportedly found a letter belonging to a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) that dates back 46 years to the 1973 October War, the Maariv news publication reported on Sunday. According to the Maariv report, an Israel man and his son found a box belonging to the Syrian soldier inside a cave in the occupied Golan Heights region while they taking part in a recreational tour of the plateau. https://twitter.com/MaarivOnline/status/1206169833659944960?s=20 The man and his reportedly stopped for coffee during their tour, and found an abandoned cave, which appeared to not have been discovered before…. Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Qatar and Turkey open joint operations base in Doha

Published 2019-12-15 14:46:11 by News Desk in Gulf, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Qatar has announced on Sunday the opening of the Khaled Bin Walid Base that they will share with the Turkish Armed Forces. The Qatari news agency said that the Qatari Minister of Defense, Khalid bin Muhammad Al-Attiyah, and his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, inaugurated the new headquarters of the Joint Military Operations Command, which is located in the capital city of Doha. https://twitter.com/QatarNewsAgency/status/1205907324944240647?s=20 The agency stated that the opening of this headquarters was part of a large group of military cooperation negotiations between the two countries, which began since late November. https://twitter.com/QatarNewsAgency/status/1205906713364312064?s=20 They noted that… Read on ->

Tags: Qatar, Turkey


Lebanon will ‘pay a very heavy price’ if Hezbollah attacks Israel: Netanyahu

Published 2019-12-15 13:48:02 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Israeli caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to make Lebanon and Hezbollah “pay a very heavy price” if the aforementioned organization attacks Israel. “We heard several days ago that a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard official was again threatening that Iran will destroy Tel Aviv,” Netanyahu said at his weekly cabinet meeting. “This is revealing the simple fact that Hezbollah is just an Iranian tool operating from Lebanon against Israel.” He added: “Although Nasrallah immediately denied the Iranian official’s statements, I would like to make it clear that if Hezbollah dares to attack… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Netanyahu


Syrian attack choppers resume strikes on jihadist mountain stronghold

Published 2019-12-15 13:15:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force’s (SyAAF) attack choppers resumed their strikes on the jihadist mountain stronghold of Kabani this afternoon, following a brief hiatus this past weekend. According to a military report from the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Air Force’s choppers heavily bombarded Kabani and its surroundings, as they attempted to weaken the jihadist resolve in this area. In addition to the helicopter attacks, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) also unleashed a heavy barrage of artillery and missile strikes towards Kabani. The report said the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division was responsible for much of… Read on ->

Tags: Kabani, Latakia, Syria


Lebanese security forces deploy tear gas to disperse protesters as tensions rise: video

Published 2019-12-15 12:52:36 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON  (12:35 P.M.) – Lebanese security forces deployed tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters amid heavy clashes in downtown Beirut on Saturday. According to a report by the Lebanese Red Cross, five people were injured and transferred to a nearby hospital. Footage shows riot police firing tear gas canisters and protesters lighting fireworks and directing it towards the police. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U66i7oZDz_c Lebanon was swept up in protests last week over economic stagnation and corruption. The trigger was a raft of new taxes, also targeting WhatsApp calls, designed to tackle the country’s high public debt.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon


Simulated attack repelled by Russian Iskander missile system

Published 2019-12-15 12:45:36 by News Desk in World-News

The Iskander missile system of Russia’s Western Military District has helped to repel a conventional enemy’s attack with weapons of mass destruction at drills in the southern Astrakhan Region, the district said in a statement on Saturday. “During the exercise involving the Iskander system, service members drilled at a training ground in the Astrakhan Region how to repel a massive attack on a convoy by the ‘adversary’s’ unidentified armed groups who use weapons of mass destruction,” the statement says. The service members blocked the attackers, suppressed key firing positions and provided the Iskander missile system convoy with a chance to… Read on ->

Tags: Iskander, Russia


Turkish-backed fighters destroy alleged YPG headquarters in northern Aleppo: video

Published 2019-12-15 12:36:08 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – A new video was released this past weekend that showed the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) allegedly destroying the headquarters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Aleppo. According to the video, the SNA targeted and destroyed the YPG’s HQ inside the village of Maranez, which is located west of the Turkish base near the militant stronghold of ‘Azaz. The report added that at least ten YPG fighters were killed as a result of this attack. https://twitter.com/42ali421453/status/1205865234084368385?s=19

Tags: Syria, Turkey, YPG


Turkish military establishes several observation posts in northeast Syria

Published 2019-12-15 11:13:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Turkish military has established several observation posts across the northeastern governorate of Al-Hasakah, a new report from this region of the country read on Sunday. According to the report, the Turkish Armed Forces have established at least 41 observation posts in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, with the majority of them located in the Ras Al-‘Ayn District. The Turkish Army’s deployment to this region of the country came shortly after their allies from the Syrian National Army (SNA) captured the border city of Ras Al-‘Ayn from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). This large-scale deployment of Turkish… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey


Iran to build over 30,000 housing units in Syria to help with reconstruction

Published 2019-12-15 10:42:51 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Deputy Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mazen Al-Lahham, announced on Sunday that the files of 26 real estate development zones had been prepared for implementation as residential areas at the country level. During a special interview with the Syrian newspaper Al-Watan, Al-Lahham said: “Concerning the recent visit of the ministerial delegation to Iran, it was agreed during the talks on a final formula for the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries, and the completion of some points related to it.” Al-Lahham stressed, “One of the most important points mentioned in the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Two female relatives of the Syrian President were murdered in Qurdaha

Published 2019-12-15 10:31:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Two female relatives of the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad were murdered this past week in the city of Qurdaha, which is located in Latakia’s eastern countryside. In a brief statement on its Facebook page, the Ministry of the Interior said, “The perpetrator of the murder of the two sisters, Heba and Nour Fayez Jabbour, was arrested in the Qurdaha area, and investigations were initiated with him to determine the circumstances of the crime.” The commander of the Ba’ath Command, Jihad Barakat, on his Facebook page, published a post saying that the perpetrator of the crime… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Latakia, Qurdaha, Syria


Russian, Turkish forces carry out new patrols in Aleppo and Hasakah

Published 2019-12-15 10:21:40 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Russian military police continued on Saturday to patrol Syria’s provinces of Aleppo and Hasakah, Major General Yuri Borenkov, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry’s Reconciliation Centre in Syria, said. “Patrols by the Russian military police continued on routes Qamishli -Tel Abu Ras Ain, Ain Issa – Mabruk, Qamishli – Mabruk in Hasakah province, Ajami – Karakozak and Ajami – Bozgekli in Aleppo province”, he said. Earlier in the month, an improvised explosive device has gone off in front of a Russian police armoured police vehicle near Kobane injuring three servicemen. Patrols are part of the Russia-Turkey deal on a… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Breaking: Wikileaks releases new OPCW documents on Douma chemical weapons attack

Published 2019-12-15 03:58:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 A.M.) – Wikileaks has released its third batch of documents about the OPCW’s fact-finding mission in Douma, Syria. In the new leak, Wikileaks releases a memo that reveals that 20 inspectors felt the version “did not reflect views of the team members that deployed Syria.” According to the documents, one paramedic from the fact-finding mission in Douma actually contributed the final version of the OPCW’s report. Besides the one paramedic, the entire OPCW report was gathered by an entirely new team that did not visit the alleged site where the chemical weapons attack was reported. “This new… Read on ->

Tags: Douma, OPCW, Syria


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