This is a summary of 11 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iraq, Syria, Iran, US, Aleppo, Ansarallah, Yemen, Idlib, Libya, Turkey, Tripoli, China, Russia, Israel.

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Syrian Army, Hashd Al-Shaabi increase coordination along Iraqi border

Published 2020-01-02 21:03:41 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Joint Operations Command of the Iraqi Armed Forces announced that their forces have increased their coordination efforts with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in order to prevent terrorists from infiltrating the border. The spokesman for the joint operations, Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji, confirmed that “the military fortifications on the Iraqi-Syrian border prevent the entry of terrorist Daesh gangs into Iraqi territory.” Al-Khafaji stressed that “the border strip has been strengthened and secured, and the ISIS gangs cannot penetrate or approach the Iraqi borders, in addition to not allowing any area to move… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


US to take ‘preemptive’ action against Iran if American troops are threatened: Pentagon

Published 2020-01-02 20:08:57 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper stated that Washington would respond and take pre-emptive action to protect personnel in Iraq. “He [US President Donald Trump] is committed to defending our interests, our personnel, our friends in the region and of course standing up to Iran and deterring Iranian bad behaviour. We will either respond or take pre-preemptive action as necessary to make sure that we defend those interests”, Esper told the TV channel Fox. He continued on by saying that Washington expects more attacks from “Iran-backed” groups and that they will “regret it”. “The provocative behaviour has been out there for… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Iraq, US


Watch: Syrian Army’s 4th Division tanks enter Aleppo battle

Published 2020-01-02 18:40:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division was filmed this week making their way into the battle for Aleppo. In the video, the Syrian Army’s 4th Division tanks can be seen moving towards the battlefield in an unknown location in the Aleppo Governorate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GawSynsitTs Earlier this week, the Syrian Army’s 42nd Brigade of the 4th Armored Division, also known as the “Ghiath Forces”, announced that they were redeploying from the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate to Aleppo. The 42nd Brigade is expected to lead the battle in either southern of western Aleppo, with some… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Ansarallah forces shoot down 3rd enemy aircraft in past 72 hours

Published 2020-01-02 18:28:43 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Thursday that their troops have shot down another enemy aircraft along the border of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. According to a report from Al-Masirah TV, the Ansarallah forces’ rocket battalion shot down an enemy spy plane inside the Dayar area of Saudi Arabia’s Jizan province. “The downing of the plane was carried out after targeting it with the appropriate weapon,” the Ansarallah forces were quoted as saying As a result of today’s incident, the Ansarallah forces have now shot down three enemy aircraft in the past 72 hours.  

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Syrian Army uncovers massive network of jihadist tunnels in Idlib: video

Published 2020-01-02 18:17:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has uncovered a large network of tunnels, trenches, and fortifications that extend for tens of kilometers, linking a number of villages and captured areas in the Idlib countryside. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military found the network of tunnels and trenches while combing through the areas they recently captured from the jihadist rebels in southeastern Idlib. https://youtu.be/p9bO2vAqx8A SANA quoted a field source as saying, “the army units in the villages of Al-Rafa, Tal Al-Sheh, Umm Jalal and others in the southeastern countryside of Idlib have found… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Breaking: Turkey passes bill to send troops to Libya

Published 2020-01-02 17:21:55 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

The Turkish parliament has passed a bill giving a green light to the deployment of Turkish troops in Libya after discussions were held on 2 January. 325 lawmakers voted in favour of the motion, while only 184 rejected it. “A Libya whose legal government is under threat can spread instability to Turkey. Those who shy away from taking steps on grounds that there is a risk will throw our children into a greater danger”, said Ismet Yilmaz, a member of the governing AKP party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The decision was met with condemnation from Egypt, which opposes Ankara’s… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


New map of strategic battle for Tripoli

Published 2020-01-02 15:42:47 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The battle for Tripoli began in April 2019 when the Libyan  National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, stormed several areas around the capital city. Since then, the battle for Tripoli has been experienced sporadic fighting, with little ground gained until the recent push by the Libyan National Army in December. The LNA has managed to capture several sites in and around Tripoli, putting their forces at the southern neighborhoods of the city. According to the latest reports from the area, the Libyan National Army captured several sites in southern Tripoli, including the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Russian Air Force unleashes powerful attack on jihadist supply area in Idlib

Published 2020-01-02 15:31:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a powerful attack this afternoon on one of the jihadist supply hubs in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force carried out heavy strikes on the front-line town of Babuline, which is used by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) to launch attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in Al-Tah. The source said the Russian Air Force was retaliating against Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies for their attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in Al-Tah… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US attempted to sabotage Iranian-Russian-Chinese war drills: Iran

Published 2020-01-02 15:18:12 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, World-News

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi has accused the United States of trying to prevent Russia, Iran and China from conducting the joint naval drills, Tasnim News Agency reported on Thursday. “During the combined naval exercise of Iran, Russia, and China, the Americans and their allies held an emergency meeting aimed at disrupting the process of the joint war game with our two allies,” the news agency quotes him as saying. He added though that the Americans’ plots had been foiled due to deceptive maneuvers by the participants in the drills. The joint Russian-Iranian-Chinese naval drills codenamed “Marine Security… Read on ->

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Tags: China, Iran, Russia, US


Jihadists suffer heavy losses in failed counter-offensive in Idlib

Published 2020-01-02 14:36:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate today attempted to retake the areas they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) last month. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels began their attack by using two suicide bombers to strike the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses west of Al-Tah. Following these suicide attacks, the jihadist rebels stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in order to retake the town of Al-Tah, which is located south of Jarjanaz. However, the jihadist attack would ultimately be repelled by the Syrian Arab Army troops… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iran and Israel have been waging a ‘secret war’: German media

Published 2020-01-02 14:26:01 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

In 2019, a “war of words” in the Middle East came close to a “war of weapons” over attacks on Saudi and Iranian vessels, drone assaults on Saudi state oil company facilities – for which Yemen’s Houthi movement claimed responsibility, and the downing of a US surveillance drone. However, the tensions are allegedly not limited to visible activities. The US and, especially, Israel are waging a secret battle against Iran, the German broadcaster n-tv reports, citing security specialists. Amid this “shadow war”, the US is said to be acting covertly with Israeli intelligence in carrying out operations in response to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


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