This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, LNA, Syria, Turkey, China, Bahrain, Iraq, Russia, Israel, Aleppo, Ansarallah, Houthi, Yemen, Idlib, Baghdad, US, Washington, Damascus, Daraa, Raqqa, Assad, Putin.

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Turkey has transferred ISIS and Al-Qaeda terrorists to Libya: LNA spox.

Published 2019-12-30 23:43:14 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, a spokesman for the Libyan National Army, said that hundreds of terrorists affiliated with ISIS and Al-Qaeda had been transferred from Syria to Libya during the past days via Turkey. Al-Mismari said during a press conference on Monday that “Ankara transferred terrorists of various nationalities” to Libya. He continued: “Erdogan wants to hit two birds with one stone by sending the militants to Libya. The first reason is to get rid of these militants who are a burden on his country, and secondly, control the resources of Libya.” The spokesman for… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA, Syria, Turkey


New photo surfaces of Syrian militants in Libya

Published 2019-12-30 21:20:22 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – A new photo of Turkish-backed Syrian militants in Libya has surfaced on the social media platform Twitter this week amid reports of hundreds of Syrian National Army (SNA) fighters deploying to the North African nation. In a photo released on Monday, five Syrian militants were photographed near an airplane in what is alleged to Libya after traveling from the Turkish city of Gaziantep. https://twitter.com/aldin_ww/status/1211684948656164864?s=20 This latest photo comes just two days after two videos surfaced of Syrian militants near the capital city of Tripoli. While both the Syrian National Army and Government of National Accord… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria


China seeks to challenge US naval dominance with new warships

Published 2019-12-30 21:11:16 by News Desk in World-News

China reportedly launched an additional Type 055 destroyer and a Type 052D destroyer right before the year draws to an end, a move Chinese experts called on Sunday an astounding achievement in shipbuilding, as they expect the ships to enter military service in two years. Fully dressed, the two ships left a flooded dockyard and moored in nearby berths under the assistance of tug boats on Friday morning at the Dalian Shipyard, Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, as they wrapped up their successful launches, news website wenweipo.com reported on Friday. The launched ships are China’s sixth Type 055 guided missile destroyer… Read on ->

Tags: China


Bahrain applauds US strikes against Kata’eb Hezbollah in Syria and Iraq

Published 2019-12-30 20:21:59 by News Desk in Gulf, Iraq

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Kingdom of Bahrain has expressed its support for the U.S. strikes on the Kata’eb Hezbollah bases in Iraq and Syria. “The Kingdom of Bahrain expresses support for the strikes conducted by the United States of America, targeting Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH) facilities in the Republic of Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic, as a response to KH repeated terrorist attacks,” the Bahraini Foreign Ministry said. “The Kingdom of Bahrain lauds the strategic role of the United States of America in the combatting terrorist groups in the region. It further reiterates its support for all efforts… Read on ->

Tags: Bahrain, Iraq


Turkish opposition rejects sending troops to Libya

Published 2019-12-30 19:42:20 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

Turkey’s main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) said on Monday it does not support the government’s plans to deploy troops to Libya, saying the move would embroil Ankara in another conflict. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the UN-supported government in Libya asked Ankara to send troops to help authorities in Tripoli defend the city from an offensive by eastern forces. The Turkish government is expected to submit a motion to parliament on Monday allowing the deployment of Turkish forces to the conflict-torn country. A vote could take place as early as Thursday, AP said. The CHP made it clear that… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Syria condemns US attack on Iraqi forces

Published 2019-12-30 19:31:02 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Monday that condemned the American bombing of the Popular Mobilization Units’ (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) bases along the Syrian-Iraqi border. An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates told SANA that “Syria condemns the U.S. aggression against the factions of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units that defend the sovereignty and independence of Iraq within the framework of the state.” The source added, “Syria expresses its full solidarity with Iraq, people and institutions, and reiterates its demand that the United States of America not interfere in the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Syria’s Assad thanks Russia for support in fight against terrorism

Published 2019-12-30 18:53:25 by News Desk in Syria

Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad has thanked Russia for support to his country in preserving its sovereignty and territorial integrity and also for assistance in the struggle against terrorism. In a message dispatched to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday Assad congratulated his Russian counterpart upon the forthcoming new year. “President Assad expressed the Syrian people’s profound concern for the efforts Russia has been taking to support the sovereignty, unity and integrity of Syrian lands and also for assistance to the Syrian people in getting rid of terrorism and restoring security and peace to Syria,” the message runs. In his message… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Israel congratulates US on Iraq, Syria strikes

Published 2019-12-30 18:11:42 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to congratulate him on air attacks against pro-Iranian militias in Iraq and Syria, the Israeli leader’s press office said. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today with American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and congratulated him on an important US action against Iran and its regional proxies,” the statement said. On Sunday, the Pentagon said it had carried out “defensive strikes” against five Kata’ib Hezbollah facilities in Iraq and Syria in retaliation against the group’s attack on a US base near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Israel, Syria


Syrian Army sends elite forces to Aleppo for new offensive

Published 2019-12-30 17:35:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has sent one of their units to the Aleppo Governorate this week as they prepare to launch a new operation in the Aleppo Governorate. According to a report from the governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite 42nd Brigade of the 4th Armored Division, also known as the Ghiath Forces, were given orders to redeploy to Aleppo for a new operation against Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). Prior to their redeployment, the 42nd Brigade was participating in the Kabani offensive in northeastern Latakia. They were unable to make any real progress at… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Houthi forces boast of massive missile stockpile and new capabilities

Published 2019-12-30 17:22:03 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Brigadier General Yahya Sare’a, a spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces loyal to the Ansarallah Movement, said that the offensive capabilities of their forces has multiplied by 400% from what it was in the previous year, in addition to increasing its abilities. He said during a press conference on Sunday that “our armed forces have become fully capable of making integrated missile systems in addition to different generations of attack and reconnaissance drones, and now they have a strategic store of missiles of various types in addition to an air force, which prepares them to… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Houthi, Yemen


Turkish-backed militants send large number of forces to Idlib to stop Syrian Army offensive

Published 2019-12-30 16:12:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – A large number of militants were redeployed from northeastern Syria to the Idlib Governorate this week as they attempt to stop the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) offensive. According to reports, the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army sent a large number of their fighters from the Al-Hasakah and Al-Raqqa governorates to the Idlib front. These reinforcements from the Syrian National Army are expected to back up the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) at the southeastern front of Idlib. On Monday, the Syrian Arab Army resumed their offensive in southeastern Idlib after taking a brief hiatus… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iraqi-US ties in jeopardy as Baghdad slams Washington over attack

Published 2019-12-30 15:18:54 by News Desk in Iraq

US forces carried out airstrikes against five facilities belonging to Iraqi Shia militia group Kata’ib Hezbollah on Sunday, killing over two dozen people and injuring over 50 more following Friday’s deadly rocket attack on a US military base in northern Iraq. Iraqi President Barham Salih has condemned the US airstrikes on Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah militia movement, describing the strikes as “unacceptable,” the Iraqi News Agency has reported. “This contradicts our agreements. It is harmful to Iraq and is unacceptable,” Salih was quoted as saying. The president was also said to have characterised the attacks as being inconsistent with the security… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq, US, Washington


Syrian military seizes large cache of US and Israeli-made weapons: photos

Published 2019-12-30 14:39:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Syrian military announced on Sunday that their troops found large quantities of ammunition and weapons, some of them American and Israeli, in addition to quantities of narcotic drugs from the remnants of the terrorists in the southern region. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian military uncovered this large cache of weapons while combing through areas in the southern governorates of the country. A SANA source pointed out that the Syrian military seized large quantities of ammunition, artillery shells, missiles, communication devices, and et al. The source also said that the… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Daraa, Syria


Russian Air Force launches new strikes in Aleppo as Syrian reinforcements pour in

Published 2019-12-30 13:47:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force carried out new strikes over the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this week, targeting several sites under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies. According to reports from this front, the Russian Air Force heavily targeted the jihadist positions south of the provincial capital, causing several explosions that could be heard throughout the area. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division has sent reinforcements to the Aleppo Governorate for a new operation against the jihadist rebels. The Syrian Army’s 4th Armored Division redeployed… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkish military attack kills several Syrian Army soldiers in northern Syria

Published 2019-12-30 13:27:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Turkish military carried out a heavy attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the northern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate yesterday. According to reports, the Turkish Army fired several artillery shells towards the Syrian Army’s positions near the town of Al-Fatseh, which is located in the ‘Ayn ‘Issa countryside. Several Syrian soldiers were killed or wounded and two vehicles were destroyed as a result of this attack by the Turkish Armed Forces, a report from the ‘Ayn ‘Issa countryside said on Monday morning. The reason for the Turkish Army attack is still… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria, Turkey


Russia’s Putin congratulates Syria’s Assad on new year

Published 2019-12-30 13:10:37 by News Desk in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has wished his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad a happy New Year, the Kremlin press service said in a statement. “In his message of greetings to President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad, the Russian leader reaffirmed his commitment to further developing relations of friendship and cooperation with Syria and confirmed his constant support for the country’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” the statement reads. “Vladimir Putin expressed hope that next year the final return of peace to Syria would become closer,” the Kremlin press service added.   Source: TASS

Tags: Assad, Putin, Russia, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army resumes Idlib offensive after short break

Published 2019-12-30 12:58:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has resumed their offensive in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate after brief hiatus last week. According to a military source, the Syrian Arab Army’s attack has begun with heavy artillery and rockets, while they receive nonstop support air support from Russian and SyAAF (Syrian Air Force) warplanes. The source told Al-Masdar that a new advance should be made in the coming hours, as the Syrian Arab Army begins to move further north towards the cities of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man and Saraqib. Following the Syrian Arab Army’s capture of Jarjanaz… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


First video of US attack on Iraq’s Kata’eb Hezbollah forces

Published 2019-12-30 12:43:10 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The death toll for the U.S. strikes on the Kata’eb Hezbollah forces has risen over the last few hours following the efforts by the group to retrieve the dead in the aftermath. According to the reports, the Iraqi paramilitary group suffered at least 32 dead and more than 45 wounded at their installations in Syria and Iraq. Among the 32 that were reported dead from Hashd Al-Sha’abi’s 45th Brigade (Kata’eb Hezbollah) was a field commander that was identified as Abu ‘Ali Madina. A video has since been released showing the U.S. attack on the Kata’eb… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


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