This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Tripoli, US, Syria, Trump, Soleimani, Sirte, Idlib, ISIS, Tehran, IRGC, Israel, Saudi, Yemen.

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US military has no plans to leave Iraq: Def. Sec.

Published 2020-01-06 23:18:45 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Monday that “there’s been no decision whatsoever to leave Iraq,” denying the earlier reports about the American withdrawal from the Middle Eastern nation. According to journalist Tara Copp of McClatchy DC, Esper added that his staff is “trying to figure out” what the memo is, as “there are no plans to leave.” Earlier tonight, the AFP, along with the Washington Post and Reuters, said they had confirmation that the letter posted on social media about the U.S.’ withdrawal from Iraw was indeed authentic. The letter alleged… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

New Quds Force commander vows to expel US troops from Middle East

Published 2020-01-06 23:07:41 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

Ismail Ghaani, the successor of slain Iranian Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani, vowed to work towards the expulsion of US troops from the region, speaking to a journalist shortly after his appointment, in Tehran on Monday. “Our promise is to continue the path of martyr Soleimani. Due to the martyrdom of Soleimani, our promise will be the expulsion of the US from the region in different steps, and continuing to expand the global governance of Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi,” he said. “Regarding his revenge, God has promised his revenge, and the main avenger is God, and something will certainly be done…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Libyan Army enters Tripoli city after 9 months of battle

Published 2020-01-06 22:25:55 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) has entered the city of Tripoli after nine months of battle against the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA). According to reports, the Libyan National Army, led by their commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, captured the first neighborhood in southern Tripoli after a fierce battle with the Government of National Accord forces. The reports said that the Libyan National Army captured Military Engineering building, Faculty of Dentistry, Maternity Clinic, and several sites in the Salaheddine neighborhood. This advance by the Libyan National Army comes nine months after the… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Breaking: US Army informs Iraq about withdrawal plans

Published 2020-01-06 22:02:07 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – The U.S. Army has allegedly informed the Iraqi authorities about its plans to withdrawal from the country, the AFP News Agency reported this evening, citing an official letter. Neither Iraq nor the United States have yet to confirm this report; however, if true, this move could mark the first time in nearly 17 years that the U.S. has no military presence inside the Middle Eastern nation. Last Friday, the U.S. assassinated the commander of Iran’s Quds Force Major-General Qassem Soleimani and the Deputy Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes while… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

US military brings reinforcements into Syria from neighboring Iraq

Published 2020-01-06 21:45:38 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – U.S. military reinforcements were monitored entering northeastern Syria from northwestern Iraq this week, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Monday. According to the report, the U.S. military reinforcements crossed into Syria from the Al-Walid Crossing that links the governorates of Al-Hasakah (Syria) and Nineveh (Iraq). The U.S. military reinforcements were said to have traveled south towards the Deir Ezzor Governorate, where they later deployed to their main base at the Al-‘Umar Oil Fields. At the same time, Sputnik Arabic said in a report this week that the U.S. convoy consisted of 100 trucks… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria, US

Iraq allegedly restricts US Coalition movements inside Iraqi territory: report

Published 2020-01-06 21:14:15 by News Desk in Iraq

Iraq has restricted the movement of the international coalition’s forces as part of preparing a mechanism of the foreign troop pullout from the country, the Al Mavasin TV Channel reported on Monday, citing spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces Abdul Karim Khalaf. “The Iraqi authorities have prepared a mechanism of the US troop’s withdrawal from the country’s territory,” he said. “The functions of the international coalition will be limited only to the consulting role, the delivery of armament and the training [of Iraqi forces] while its armed forces will leave,” he said. The spokesman’s statement comes in… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Kata’eb Hezbollah threatens to turn US base in Iraq into rubble

Published 2020-01-06 20:42:20 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Kata’eb Hezbollah has issued another threat to the American President Donald Trump after he said he would not withdraw troops from Iraq until Baghdad paid back the U.S. According to the statement from Kata’eb Hezbollah, which is a faction inside the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Shaabi), if the U.S. forces remain inside Iraq, they will turn the American bases into rubble. “The decision to end the foreign military presence is a great victory in the march to liberate Iraq from the enemies,” Kata’eb Hezbollah said. “What was achieved from a great victory is a first… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Iranian President warns Trump to never threaten Iran

Published 2020-01-06 20:31:29 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani took to Twitter to respond to President Trump’s threat to attack 52 targets in Iran. ​On 5 January, US President Donald Trump warned Iran against retaliating for the killing of its top military commander Soleimani, saying that otherwise Washington would strike 52 sites in the Islamic Republic “very fast and very hard.” He explained that the targets represented the 52 Americans who were held hostage in Iran in 1979. Rouhani’s reference to the number 290 has to do with the number of people killed by the U.S. Navy during their attack on an Iranian commercial… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Trump, US

Daughter of Qassem Soleimani vows retaliation against US for her father’s death

Published 2020-01-06 20:04:17 by News Desk in Iran

The daugher of Qassem Soleimani warned the US of retaliation during her speech at the funeral for her father in Tehran on Monday. Mourners filled the streets of the capital to witness the farewell ceremony. “The families of American soldiers in the Middle East, who are witnessing the humiliation [defeat] of the US in the battles of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Yemen, Palestine, will be spending their days waiting for the death of their children”, said Zeinab Soleimani during her emotional speech at the event. She said the US President Donald Trump made a ‘strategic error’ and that this act… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani

Breaking: Libyan Army captures strategic city amid Turkish deployment

Published 2020-01-06 19:58:05 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army’s spokesman announced full control over the city of Sirte, which is also the birthplace of the former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi. The Libyan National Army announced on Monday that it had taken control of the coastal city of Sirte after achieving a major breakthrough on the battlefield. “The commander in chief decided on a preemptive strike that was well planned and within three hours, we were in the heart of Sirte,” the Libyan National Army spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said on Monday. Earlier in the day, the Libyan National Army said that… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte

Syrian Army captures jihadist along southeastern Idlib front: video

Published 2020-01-06 19:46:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) caught a jihadist rebel that took part in an attack on their positions in southeastern Idlib recently. In the video released by the 1st Armored Division, the jihadist rebel can be seen being escorted back to the Syrian Arab Army’s lines near the town of Al-Tah in southeastern Idlib. The Al-Tah front in southeastern Idlib has recently witnessed an increase in jihadist activity, as Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies attempt to retake the town from the Syrian Arab Army.

Tags: Idlib, Syria

ISIS terrorists launch several attacks against Syrian Army troops in eastern Syria

Published 2020-01-06 19:37:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization launched several attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the eastern region of Syria on Monday. The terrorist group began their attacks in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, where they attacked a couple of Syrian Arab Army posts near the city of Al-Mayadeen. ISIS then stepped up their attacks in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah region of eastern Homs, striking the Syrian Arab Army’s positions between the towns of Al-Sukhnah and Al-Shoula. While the Syrian Arab Army was able to repel the Islamic State’s attacks, they did suffer heavy casualties in… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians flood the streets of Tehran to attend Soleimani’s funeral: video

Published 2020-01-06 19:16:36 by News Desk in Iran

Hundreds of thousands attended the funeral procession in Tehran on Monday for a top Iranian general who was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad last week. Mourners wearing black beat their chests and carried posters with Qassem Soleimani’s portrait while chanting “death to America” and “death to Israel.” Demonstrators also unfurled red Shiite flags, which traditionally symbolize both the spilled blood of someone unjustly killed and a call for vengeance, as they accompanied Soleimani’s remains through Tehran streets. Tehran Police Chief General Hossein Rahimi said millions attended the farewell ceremony.   Credit: RT

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Tags: Iran, Soleimani, Tehran

‘Iran will never have a nuclear weapon’: Trump

Published 2020-01-06 19:09:06 by News Desk in Iran

President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to write an all-caps declaration stating that Iran would never be allowed to gain access to a nuclear weapon. Trump did not immediately expand on what he meant by the statement. The president made the comments after Tehran’s announcement Sunday that it would continue to reduce its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, and proceed to enrich uranium based on the technical requirements of its nuclear industry. Iran also emphasised that it would continue to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and voiced its readiness to return to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Trump, US

Ex-IRGC chief threatens to annihilate Israel if US attacks: video

Published 2020-01-06 06:19:20 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Expediency Council Secretary and ex-Chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Mohsen Rezaei threatened to “annihilate Haifa and the centres of Israel” in case of US retaliation, amid heightened tensions over the assassination of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike. The statement came during a mourning ceremony for Soleimani in Tehran, on Sunday. “If we take revenge, then you would attack? Be sure we will utterly annihilate Haifa and the centres of Israel and there will be no Israel,” said Rezaei, before the crowd started chanting “Death to America, death to Israel.” “We are serious about the issue of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Israel

Trump threatens to hit Iraq with sanctions ‘like they’ve never seen before’

Published 2020-01-06 05:30:18 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

Iraq should brace itself for sanctions that’ll make the ones placed on Iran look pale in comparison if it kicks out the US troops without first covering the costs the US spent on its airbase there, US President Donald Trump said. “We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build, long before my time. We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it,” Trump told reporters on board of the Air Force One on Sunday. The punitive measures that the US is ready to slap on its supposed ally in the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Trump

Houthi forces fire several missiles towards Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-01-06 00:20:14 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Houthi (Ansarallah) force fired several missiles towards the southern region of Saudi Arabia this evening. According to the Yemen-based Al-Masirah TV, the Houthi forces fired at least three Earthquake missiles towards Saudi Arabia’s Asir province. The report said the Houthi missiles targeted the Saudi military sites inside the Majazat Al-Sharqiyah area of the Asir province; they did not specify if the missiles hit their targets. The Houthi Earthquake missiles have the ability to hit targets a little more than 250 kilometers away from their launching point. This latest attack comes just days after the… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen

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