This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria, Libya, Tripoli, Iran, Iraq, Haftar, Turkey, Baghdad, Hmeimim, Russia, US, Homs, ISIS, Sukhnah, Latakia, North_Korea.

Categories covered in this brief: Syria, North-Africa, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Middleeast, World-News

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End of 2019 map of Syrian War

Published 2020-01-01 22:45:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Syrian conflict is nearing its ninth year as the Levantine nation continues to experience violent battles in several parts of the country . While the first half of 2019 witnessed little territorial changes, the Syrian War would see a major shift towards the last three months of the year. In particular, the Turkish-led military operation, dubbed “Peace Spring”, forced the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to reach a military cooperation agreement with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in order to prevent the militants loyal to Ankara from capturing several border areas. As a result… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria

Haftar-led Libyan Army scores big advance inside Tripoli

Published 2020-01-01 22:20:45 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army, led by their commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, scored a big advance in Tripoli on Wednesday, giving their forces control of several sites in and around the city. According to reports, the Libyan National Army was able to capture Military Engineering School, Plateau Project, Habda Project, Police Academy, and several other sites. In addition to their advance, the Libyan National Army killed several fighters and destroyed a couple vehicles belonging to the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. This latest advance has put the Libyan National Army inside the southern… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Turkish and Syrian armies trade attacks in Idlib as situation worsens

Published 2020-01-01 21:59:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Turkish and Syrian armies have traded attacks in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate today, with both sides firing heavy artillery at one another. According to a field report from northwest Syria, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) heavily shelled the eastern countryside of Idlib Governorate, as some of their artillery shells hit the Turkish observation post at Ma’ar Hathat. In response, the Turkish military fired several artillery shells towards the Syrian Army’s positions near the Jarjanaz front in southeastern Idlib. The Syrian Army was also attacked from the Turkish military’s observation post in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Iranian Supreme Leader blasts US over Iraq attacks: video

Published 2020-01-01 20:38:10 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned the US airstrike on the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia in Iraq while giving a speech in Tehran on Wednesday. “It’s not only me, the government and the people strongly condemn this US crime as well,” Khamenei said. In response to remarks made by US President Donald Trump accusing Iran of orchestrating protests at the US embassy in Baghdad, Khamenei said that the reason behind Iraqi discontent with the US lies with Washington’s interventionism in the region. “People of this region hate the US. Why don’t Americans understand it? You Americans have committed… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Turkey will not send troops to Libya if Haftar stops offensive: VP

Published 2020-01-01 20:13:41 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said that Ankara would not send its troops to Libya if the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, stopped its attack on Tripoli. “We hope that there is no need for such an invitation, it will have a deterrent role and the parties [LNA, GNA] will understand this message correctly”, Oktay said in an interview with the Anadolu news agency. The vice president added that if Haftar continued the offensive, Turkey, having an invitation from the GNA, would send its troops. “The mandate will be valid for a year, and when… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Turkey

Syrian Army seizes jihadist armored vehicle in Idlib: video

Published 2020-01-01 19:20:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized a jihadist armored vehicle in southeastern Idlib this week after repelling an attack near the town of Jarjanaz. According to reports, the Ali Taha Regiment of the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) captured the armored vehicle after the jihadists withdrew from the area. A video of the captured vehicle was released on Wednesday; it showed the captured vehicle after the jihadists abandoned it.

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Watch: US deploy troops after protesters besiege embassy in Baghdad

Published 2020-01-01 18:06:36 by News Desk in Iraq

The first videos purportedly showing the redeployment of American forces from Kuwait to Iraq in order to defend the US Embassy, which has been besieged by protesters since 31 December, emerged online on 1 January. Their redeployment was announced earlier by the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, which noted that US Marines were transported to their destination using MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. One of the videos that surfaced online allegedly shows Marines preparing their weapons and boarding the Ospreys ahead of their redeployment from Kuwait to Iraq. Another video purportedly showed the moment when… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Protesters begin withdrawing from US Embassy in Baghdad

Published 2020-01-01 17:28:05 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – Social media activists shared photos documenting the withdrawal of protesters from the vicinity of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad out of respect for the Iraqi government’s call. A member of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq said today that a failure to take a clear governmental position on the attacks on diplomatic missions is harmful to Iraq’s position internationally. While Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Muhammad Al-Halbousi, tweeted  that an attempt to storm the American embassy and attack its headquarters is an unacceptable behavior that harms the high… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq

Russian military foils jihadist attack on Hmeimim Airbase

Published 2020-01-01 17:05:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Russian Armed Forces have foiled the jihadist attack that targeted their largest base inside Syria. According to a source in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian air defenses at the Hmeimim Airbase were able to intercept all of the jihadist missiles that were fired from the Latakia-Idlib axis in northwestern Syria. The source said locals in the nearby city of Jableh heard several explosions east of the Hmeimim Airbase, which is where the Russian military intercepted the jihadist missiles. Earlier today, Rouse the Believers, an Al-Qaeda linked coalition of jihadist groups, announced that they targeted… Read on ->

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Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria

Syrian Army launches retaliatory attack against Turkish forces in northern Syria

Published 2020-01-01 16:53:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a retaliatory attack against the Turkish Armed Forces in northern Syria this week after the latter struck their troops in the northern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate.  According to a military source in northern Syria, the Syrian Army fired several artillery shells and missiles towards the Turkish Armed Forces and their allied militants in the town of Fars and its surroundings. The Syrian Army also targeted the Turkish-backed “Syrian National Army” (SNA) near the International Highway that links the provincial capitals of Aleppo and Al-Hasakah. The source said the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Russian Air Force lets loose heavy attack over northwest Syria to start New Year

Published 2020-01-01 16:18:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a large-scale assault over the Idlib Governorate last night, targeting several areas across this region. According to reports, the Russian Air Force launched over 30 airstrikes over the last 12 hours, hitting the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man District and several other sites across the Idlib Governorate. The Russian attack was reportedly carried out after they grounded their fleet for 24 hours as a result of the poor weather conditions in northwestern Syria. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) have traded attacks… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Iraqi protesters throw stones at US embassy as American troops deploy tear gas: video

Published 2020-01-01 15:59:24 by News Desk in Iraq

Tear gas has been used to disperse angry crowds outside the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, a day after thousands of protesters attempted to storm the diplomatic compound, according to reports. Dozens of protesters who’d camped overnight outside the gates of the embassy were attacked with tear gas by security personnel, reportedly after the demonstrators drew closer to the building. Purported footage of Wednesday’s clashes shows protesters shouting and throwing objects toward the compound walls, as thick smoke fills the air. Several bright flashes – likely from tear gas canisters being fired – can also be seen. The crowd… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

Jihadist rebels used poor weather to move reinforcements to Idlib front-lines

Published 2020-01-01 15:06:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) have moved reinforcements to the Idlib front-lines this week after several towns and villages in early December. According to a report from the nearby Hama Governorate, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies from the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) moved reinforcements to the southeastern front of the Idlib Governorate. The report said since their arrival, the jihadist rebels have intensified their artillery and rocket strikes against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF). The weather conditions have since cleared and the Syrian and Russian air… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

ISIS suffers heavy losses after launching several attacks against Syrian Army troops

Published 2020-01-01 14:46:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched several attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate this week, targeting a number of sites in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah region near Deir Ezzor. ISIS reportedly began their attacks on Tuesday morning, hitting a number of Syrian Arab Army points in the area between the towns of Al-Sukhnah and Al-Shoula (Deir Ezzor). These attacks would result in a series of clashes that would span for a few hours on Tuesday, ending with heavy losses for the Islamic State and their eventual withdrawal… Read on ->

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Tags: Homs, ISIS, Sukhnah, Syria

Al-Qaeda linked jihadists launch attack on largest Russian base in Syria

Published 2020-01-01 14:23:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Al-Qaeda linked jihadists from Rouse the Believers, a coalition of militant groups, launched several grad rockets towards the largest Russian military base inside Syria. According to the terrorist group, their forces fired several grad missiles towards Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase in the southwestern countryside of the Latakia Governorate. The terrorist coalition did not specify if the rockets hit the Hmeimim Airbase. Al-Masdar has reached out to the Syrian military about the attack. A source from the army said no missiles hit the Hmeimim Airbase. The Russian Ministry of Defense has yet to comment on these… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Latakia, Russia, Syria

All illegal foreign forces in Syria will be treated as aggression: Deputy FM

Published 2020-01-01 14:06:57 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:55 P.M.) – Syrian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Faisal Al-Miqdad, said that any illegal foreign presence on Syrian soil will be treated as an aggression and occupation of Syrian territory. Al-Miqdad said in a statement to the Syrian News Agency (SANA) on Tuesday, “we are always ready to sacrifice and defend the Syrian territories. Whether Arab, Palestinian, and Syrian lands. ” Miqdad’s statements came on the sidelines of his meeting with Ali Asghar Khaji, the top aide to the Iranian Foreign Minister for Special Political Affairs, who is visiting the Syrian capital this week. The… Read on ->

Tags: Syria

North Korea vows to develop new strategic weapon if US doesn’t change ‘hostile’ policies

Published 2020-01-01 13:54:17 by News Desk in World-News

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised that his country will continue to develop strategic weapons if the US doesn’t change its “hostile” policy, according to media quoting the leader who spoke during the meeting of ruling party officials, as shown in footage broadcasted by North Korean State TV on Tuesday. He was quoted as saying that soon “the world will witness a new strategic weapon.” In early December North Korea threatened the US with a ‘Christmas gift,’ triggering fears of a possible missile launch. Kim Jong Un set December 31, 2019 as the deadline for Washington to change its… Read on ->

Tags: North_Korea

US immediately deployed 750 soldiers to Middle East after embassy protest

Published 2020-01-01 13:22:51 by News Desk in Iraq

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper tweeted Tuesday that, at “the direction of the Commander in Chief”, he had authorized the immediate deployment of additional forces to the Middle East to mitigate what he characterized as “increased threat levels against” American personnel. ​Esper also said that an infantry battalion from the Immediate Response Force (IRF) would be deployed. ​Earlier in the day, US President Donald Trump threatened Iran, after protesters attacked the US embassy in Baghdad in response to American strikes against the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi). The Iranian Foreign Ministry dismissed the “empty” accusations of the Trump administration,… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq, US

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