This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: ICC, Palestine, Idlib, Syria, Libya, Tripoli, Turkey, Russia, Hama, Homs, Latakia, Iran, Pompeo, US, Mediterranean, France, Iraq.

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ICC has ‘no jurisdiction’ to investigate war crimes in occupied Palestinian territories: Netanyahu

Published 2019-12-21 23:54:58 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has “no jurisdiction” to investigate alleged war crimes in the occupied Palestinian Territories, speaking in a televised address in Jerusalem on Friday. READ ALSO: ISRAEL SIMULATES WAR WITH HEZBOLLAH ALONG LEBANESE BORDER: VIDEO Netanyahu slammed the court’s latest decision to probe war crimes in Palestinian territories as “baseless and outrageous” and added that “the ICC only has jurisdiction over petitions submitted by sovereign states, but there has never been a Palestinian state.” Netanyahu also said that “The ICC prosecutor’s decision has turned the International Criminal Court into a… Read on ->

Tags: ICC, Palestine


Battle footage of Syrian troops capturing new areas in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-21 23:40:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had another successful day in southeastern Idlib after seizing several towns and villages from the jihadist rebels. Read Also: Jihadists suffer heavy losses as Syrian troops keep advancing in southeast Idlib Led by the 5th Corps and 25th Special Mission Forces Division, the Syrian Army was able to capture seven towns and villages on Saturday after breaking through one of the main lines of defense for the jihadist rebels. As a result of this advance, the two Syrian Army forces were able to link their axes and close in on… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Jihadist rebels transferred ‘chlorine gas’ to southern Idlib: Russian media

Published 2019-12-21 23:27:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) has transferred three cylinders containing chlorine gas to the southern Idlib countryside this week, Sputnik Arabic reported on Saturday. According to the Russian publication, the jihadist rebels of the Al-Nusra Front (referencing HTS) transferred these chemical weapons to the town of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in southern Idlib and Saraqib in northeast Idlib. Citing local sources, Sputnik Arabic said there are fears that the jihadist rebels will attempt to frame the Syrian Army to prompt an international response. “Local sources in Idlib told Sputnik that gunmen from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, which the Al-Nusra… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Libyan Army commander says forces are on high alert over potential Turkish intervention

Published 2019-12-21 23:14:36 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Brigadier Khaled Al Mahjoub, Director of Moral Guidance in the Libyan National Army, said that their aviation and navy forces are on full alert. In a response to Sputnik Arabic, Al-Mahjoub said regarding the Libyan Army’s movements after the Government of National Accord (GNA) requested support from Turkey that “all Libyan Army weapons are on alert and ready, and that they are able to target any forces that interfere in Libyan territory.” He stressed that “the Libyan warplanes control the sky of Libya, while the naval forces control the Libyan waters, and that any forces… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Turkey


Russian Air Force conducts large-scale patrols along Turkish border

Published 2019-12-21 22:55:40 by News Desk in Syria

Russian aircraft conducted two patrol missions in the Syrian air space in the past 24 hours, Major General Yuri Borenkov, chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Saturday. “The Air Force has conducted two patrols along the route of Umm-Mial – Metras – Ayn Isa – the power substation Mabruka-Kamyshly and along the route of Kamyshly – Tell al-Shur-Gharbi – the Mabrouka power substation – Tell al-Shur-Gharbi – Kamyshly,” Borenkov said. According to the general, the Russian military police continue patrolling the border area in the regions of Aleppo and al-Hasakah. Borenkov… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Jihadist defenses collapsing as Syrian Army troops capture several towns in southeast Idlib: map

Published 2019-12-21 22:43:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in southeastern Idlib suffered several setbacks on Saturday after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies pushed through their defenses to advance further north towards Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. Led by the 5th Corps and 25th Special Mission Forces Division, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture another seven villages and towns from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF). According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army captured on Saturday the towns and villages of Al-Bustan, Al-Sayyadeh, Al-Qatrah, Tal Dam,… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


New attack on Syrian oil fields was ‘too sophisticated’ for terrorist groups: source

Published 2019-12-21 13:00:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – A government source in the city of Damascus told Al-Masdar News on Saturday that the recent attack on the gas and oil fields in eastern Homs were most likely conducted by a foreign military or intelligence forces. According to the source, the attacks on the Al-Rayyan Gas Field and other oil facilities in the Homs countryside were “too sophisticated” to be conducted by terrorist groups like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). Furthermore, the source said the attack was conducted by sophisticated drones that managed to evade the Syrian military’s air defenses and carry out precise strikes… Read on ->

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Tags: Homs, Syria


Several Syrian soldiers killed in ambush by Turkish-backed militants in northeast Latakia

Published 2019-12-21 12:41:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed in an ambush by the Turkish-backed militants in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate this morning. According to reports, the Syrian Arab Army troops were ambushed at Talat Al-Raqam in the Jabal Al-Akrad region of Latakia, resulting in the death of at least ten soldiers. The Turkish-backed militants, led by the National Liberation Front, also managed to seize the light weapons of the Syrian Army troops they ambushed, the reports said. Following the ambush, the Turkish-backed militants withdrew from the area before the Syrian Arab Army’s… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Iran blasts Pompeo’s ‘propaganda show’ and past as ‘hellish torturer organization’

Published 2019-12-21 12:32:35 by News Desk in Iran

On Thursday, the US Secretary of State reiterated that America “supports” and “stands with” Iranians protesting fuel price hikes, and would continue piling on sanctions against Tehran. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi has lashed out against US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, suggesting he was not fit to serve as America’s top diplomat. “Foreign ministers are usually harbingers of peace, reconciliation, dialogue, and respect, but Mr. Pompeo is the mouthpiece of [those who] bully, deceive, humiliate and insult, with an angry, aggressive, ignorant and extremist language,” the spokesman said, his comments quoted by the Tasnim News Agency. Characterizing… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo, US


Hundreds of jihadists killed and wounded in failed southeast Idlib attack: Russia

Published 2019-12-21 12:17:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The commander of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Major-General Yuri Borenkov, stated on Friday that about 300 gunmen tried to advance towards the town of Sinjar and clashed with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in southeast Idlib. “At 22:05 on December 19, about 400 terrorists from the Ansar al-Tawhid organization and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, backed by armored cars and four-wheel drive vehicles equipped with machine guns, attacked the positions of the Syrian Army in the Zarzour area in order to try to advance towards the town of Abu Dali in the Idlib Governorate,” the Russian commander… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Libyan Army vows to repel any Turkish military attack, willing to battle in Mediterranean

Published 2019-12-21 11:52:31 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, said on Saturday that they will repel any attack by the Turkish military. According to Saudi state-owned Al-Arabiya TV, the Libyan National Army announced that it was “able to repel any Turkish aggression, and that its navy would take the battle to the Mediterranean.” For his part, the spokesman for the General Command of the Libyan Army, Ahmed Al-Mismari, warned Turkey against trying to open bridges of military supply in Libya, threatening to destroy any party that would provide support to Turkey inside Libya…. Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Turkey


Syrian oil fields come under attack by terrorists in eastern Syria

Published 2019-12-21 11:13:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources has announced three simultaneous attacks on their oil fields in eastern Syria on Saturday. The Ministry said in a statement on Saturday morning that “a systematic and simultaneous terrorist attack was carried out on three of our oil facilities,” explaining that these facilities are “the Homs refinery, the gas plant south of the central region, and the Al-Rayyan gas station.” The ministry added that “the attack caused damage to some of the production units, and immediately the fire brigades belonging to the Ministry of Oil started supporting… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Syria


New footage of Russian and Syrian navies carrying out attacks in eastern Mediterranean: video

Published 2019-12-21 11:04:48 by News Desk in Syria

Russian and Syrian navies held joint naval drills in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, as part of the first joint drills involving the two countries that kicked off on December 16. The drills included Russian surface ships, aircraft from Russia’s Hmeymim airbase, missile gunboats and minesweepers of the Syrian Navy. Footage also shows emergency drills being conducted by forces. . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL58YvVGzcA&t=80s According to Russian authorities, the exercises are aimed at increasing cooperation between the Russian and Syrian militaries.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria


Dozens of ex-French soldiers joined jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq: video

Published 2019-12-21 00:01:33 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – Dozens of former French soldiers, sometimes from elite units, have joined jihadist groups in the Middle East since 2012, the Centre for the Analysis of Terrorism reported this week. According to the report, the Centre identified some 30 former French soldiers that have joined terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, with some even taking part in terrorist attacks in France. “During their time in the French Army, they learnt how to handle weapons and explosives – skills that enabled some to take up strategic roles within terrorist groups,” the Centre said, pointing out that “others,… Read on ->

Tags: France, Iraq, Syria


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