This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Iran, Mediterranean, Libya, Tripoli, Hariri, Lebanon, Hasakah, Hamas, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, NATO, Aleppo, Deir_Ezzor, ISIS, LNA, South_Korea.

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Russian, Syrian jets launch nonstop strikes over northwest Syria as army offensive approaches

Published 2019-12-18 23:56:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces launched their largest attack of the month over the northwestern region of Syria this week. Led by the Russian air squadron at the Hmeimim Airport in Latakia, the two air forces launched over 140 airstrikes in the past 72 hours, with the primary target of this attack being the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to a report from the nearby Hama Governorate, the Russian and Syrian air forces have been launching nonstop airstrikes over southern Idlib this evening. Several strikes have already been reported around the key… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Russia denies reports about their strategic bombers using Iranian airspace

Published 2019-12-18 23:32:18 by News Desk in Iran

The Russian Defense Ministry has denied reports published by the Israeli online media outlet DEBKAfile about Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 (NATO reporting name “Backfire”) long-range strategic bombers soaring through Iran’s airspace recently on their way from their bases in Russia to Syria. “Information from one of the Israeli Internet resources about the alleged flights of Russian bombers in Iranian airspace is fake”, the ministry said. The media outlet claimed the bombers were flying from a Russian base to conduct bombing sorties in Syria and that the route was allegedly chosen for being the shortest one possible. The Tu-22M3 is a third… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia


Russian naval ship enters Mediterranean waters

Published 2019-12-18 23:14:30 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, World-News

The Northern Fleet’s missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov accompanied by the rescue tug SB-406 and the medium sea tanker Vyazma has entered the Mediterranean Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday. “The Russian missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov accompanied by the rescue tug SB-406 and the medium sea tanker Vyazma has passed through the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean Sea,” the press office said in a statement. The Northern Fleet’s naval group will accomplish assignments in accordance with its long-distance deployment plan. In particular, the crews will “replenish fuel and water supplies from the tanker and hold drills for… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia


Haftar-led Libyan Army allegedly cordons off Tripoli after new advance

Published 2019-12-18 23:01:35 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Wednesday that their forces had managed to cordon off Tripoli after a series of advances against the Government of National Accord (GNA) troops. The Commander of Moral Guidance in the Libyan National Army, Brigadier General Khaled Al-Mahjoub, said that the LNA cordoned off Tripoli after capturing several points around the city’s outskirts. that the security cordon over the capital, Tripoli, was completed, after the attacking forces met at most points. General Khaled Al Mahjoub said that the forces attacking the capital met at most points and cordoned off… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Jihadist forces launched large attack against Syrian Army troops: Russian military

Published 2019-12-18 22:05:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The commander of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, Major-General Yuri Borenkov, announced that about 100 armed men on board tanks and armored vehicles attacked the positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Zeitoun area of ​​Idlib. “During the past 24 hours, militants of the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Hurras Al-Deen group have tried several times to launch attacks against the Syrian government forces,” he said during a briefing on Wednesday. “The Syrian forces were able to repel all attacks, destroying one tank and an armored personnel carrier for the terrorists,” he… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Watch: Up close footage of Syrian, Russian naval drills

Published 2019-12-18 21:56:05 by News Desk in Syria

The Russian and Syrian navies held joint naval exercises for the first time in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, near the Syrian port city of Tartus, on Tuesday. Over 2,000 Russian and Syrian soldiers took part in the drills along with fighter jets and ships from Russia’s Hmeymim military base, as well as Syrian missile boats and minesweepers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwH9xlSmfFk According to Russian authorities, the drills are aimed at increasing cooperation between the Russian and Syrian militaries.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria


Saad Hariri announces he wont accept candidacy to form new government

Published 2019-12-18 21:38:11 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The head of the Lebanese caretaker government, Saad Hariri, announced that he will not be a candidate to form the next government, stressing his refusal to postpone the parliamentary consultations again. Hariri tweeted on Wednesday, “when it became clear to me that despite my categorical commitment to forming a government of specialists, the positions that have emerged in the past few days on the issue of my nomination are non-interchangeable positions. I announce that I will not be a candidate to form the next government.” Hariri said that he is “going tomorrow to participate in… Read on ->

Tags: Hariri, Lebanon


Turkish military withdraws from key Idlib post amid reports of Syrian Army offensive: video

Published 2019-12-18 21:28:21 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces unexpectedly withdrew from one of their key observation pots in the Idlib Governorate today amid reports of a new Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive in the area. According to reports, the Turkish Armed Forces withdrew from the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man observation post, which is strategically located near the Idlib-Hama Highway (M-5 Highway). The reason for the withdrawal is unknown at this time; however, the Turkish military has withdrawn from these posts in the past, only to return shortly after. Below is the alleged footage of the Turkish military leaving their observation post… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US military rebuilds presence in northeast Syria by returning to 6 abandoned bases

Published 2019-12-18 21:20:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The U.S. military has returned to six bases they previously abandoned in northern Syria, Turkey’s Anatolia News Agency reported on Wednesday. The agency announced that the U.S. military is strengthening its presence in northeastern Syria, near the borders with Turkey and Iraq, and in areas of oil fields. They reported that the U.S. military is spreading to five bases and posts in the Hasakah Governorate of northeastern Syria. In addition, the Americans are constructing two other barriers in the town of Al-Qahtaniyah and in a residential area in Qamishli. The agency said that the United… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


US allegedly ‘catches S-400 operating frequencies’ in Syria

Published 2019-12-18 21:11:47 by News Desk in Syria

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US P-8 Poseidon spy planes flying near Syria’s territory have managed to intercept the operating frequencies used by Russian S-400 systems deployed at the Hmeymim air base in the Arab Republic, Russian Free News reported, citing Yuri Sytnik, a member of a Russian officers’ NGO and experienced pilot. According to him, the American military still needs to decipher the data that they obtained before they can make use of it. “Now they need to decrypt our S-400 systems’ [codes], which operate [in Syria]. That’s why we are driving [their planes] away. This is a common practice. They test our ability… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Turkey allegedly allows Hamas to plot attacks from Istanbul: Telegraph

Published 2019-12-18 11:41:20 by News Desk in Iran, Palestine, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 A.M.) – Turkey is allegedly allowing Hamas operatives to plan attacks against Israel from the city of Istanbul, a new report from the Telegraph claimed on Wednesday. Citing transcripts from Israeli police interrogations with suspects, the Telegraph claimed that senior Hamas operatives were using the large city of Istanbul to direct operations in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. The report said that one such case was the assassination attempt against the mayor of Jerusalem. “Israel has repeatedly told Turkey that Hamas is using its territory to plan attacks, but last weekend Mr Erdogan met Ismail Haniyeh,… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Israel, Palestine, Turkey


Russian military opened fire on an Israeli aircraft in southwest Syria: report

Published 2019-12-18 11:20:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Russian military allegedly opened fire on Israeli aircraft that entered Syria’s airspace in the southwestern part o the country, the Hebrew-language website Channel 12 reported. Citing the website Top War, the Channel 12 report said the Russian military opened fire on an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was along the eastern axis of the occupied Golan Heights region. “An unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to Israel was in Syrian airspace for no more than one and a half minutes. At this time, it was fired upon from the ground using automatic weapons. Syrian air… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


NATO drills are prelude for large-scale conflict: Russia

Published 2019-12-18 11:01:27 by News Desk in World-News

NATO military exercises in the Baltic States, Poland, and in the Black and Baltic Seas indicate that the Alliance is preparing for a large-scale conflict, Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasinov told foreign military attaches on Tuesday. “Military activities are increasing in the Baltic States and Poland, in the Black and Baltic Seas. The intensity of the bloc’s military exercises is growing. Their scenarios point to NATO’s deliberate preparation to using their forces in a large-scale military conflict,” Gerasimov was quoted by the Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper as saying. At the same time, the Alliance is promoting… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Russia


Israeli Defense Minister wants to kick Iran out of Syria

Published 2019-12-18 10:57:11 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Israel’s new Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett, is seeking to expel Iran from Syria, the Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday. According to the publication, Bennett, who was the founder of the New Right Party, said that there is a “good chance of this happening,” in regards to Israel kicking Iran out of Syria. “I expect that soon they will leave.” Bennett was a strong critic of Israel’s previous approach to the Iranian forces in Syria and reportedly expressed this after taking office in November. “If we do more of the same, it will be too late,”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria


Russian, Turkish forces conduct joint patrols in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-12-18 10:06:40 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Russian and Turkish servicemen conducted a joint patrol mission in Syria’s Aleppo governorate as envisaged by the bilateral memorandum from 22 October 2019, Major General Yury Borenkov, chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Tuesday. “A joint Russian-Turkish patrol mission was conducted along the Jarih al-Fawqani-Zor-Mgae route in the Aleppo governorate. Aerial backing for the convoy was ensured by helicopters of the Russian aerospace forces. A Russian Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle was used to monitor the situation along the convoy’s route,” he said. The Russian military police conducted patrol missions along… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Russian Su-57 stealth fighter tested again in Syria

Published 2019-12-18 09:45:28 by News Desk in Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry has once again tested Su-57 multirole fighter jets in Syria, and all tasks have been successfully fulfilled, Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov told foreign military attaches on Tuesday. “Trials of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets continue. They were once again tested in Syria, and all planned tasks were successfully fulfilled,” Gerasimov was quoted by the Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) as saying. He added that in general, aviation and military units have received 139 modern aircraft in 2019.   Source: TASS

Tags: Russia, Syria


ISIS captures new ground in eastern Syria after launching powerful attack against Syrian Army forces

Published 2019-12-18 09:29:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) has seized new ground in the eastern region of Syria after launching a powerful attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops along the Deir Ezzor-Homs axis. According to reports from this front, the Islamic State began their assault by storming a Syrian Army garrison in the Al-Shoula area that is located between Deir Ezzor city and the desert town of Al-Sukhnah. The field reports said the Islamic State terrorists managed to capture several points near the town of Al-Shoula, marking the first time in several months that they have captured… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, ISIS, Syria


Battle of Idlib breakdown with never-before-seen footage of Russian strikes: video

Published 2019-12-18 09:12:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The ANNA News Agency released a new video on Tuesday that broke down the ongoing clashes in the Idlib Governorate and showcased some new footage. In the video, the ANNA News Agency breaks down some footage that was released over the last few days, including some of the jihadist attacks on the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. The video then showed Russian warplanes zeroing in on jihadist targets in the Idlib Governorate before destroying them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9L8hZ6kcBc Typically, when the ANNA News crew arrives at the front-lines that means the 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Haftar-led Libyan Army scores new advance around Tripoli

Published 2019-12-18 08:57:22 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – A member of the Military Information Division, Al-Mundhir Al-Khartoush, affiliated with the Libyan National Army (LNA), announced that their forces are advancing in several areas around Tripoli after a fierce battle with the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) troops. According to reports, the 73rd Infantry Brigade scored a new advance in Tripoli’s outskirts, capturing a number of points from the GNA forces. In particular, the 73rd Brigade was able to capture new points at the Salaheddine axis, which has been the scene of some of the most intense clashes around Tripoli. A spokesperson from… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA


South Korea to join US-led navy coalition against Iran: report

Published 2019-12-18 08:31:49 by News Desk in Iran

South Korea will send a navy dispatch to the Strait of Hormuz early next year where it will join a US-led coalition opposing Iranian influence in the critical oil shipping lanes, Joongang Ilbo reported Wednesday. Yonhap News Agency has cited government sources as saying that the Cheonghae anti-piracy unit, patroling the Indian Ocean off the Horn of Africa as part of the multinational Combined Task Force 151, will be ordered to join the coalition. The country’s National Security Council decided against deploying a separate unit to join the coalition, but instead to expand the operation of a task force already… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, South_Korea


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