This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Oman, Idlib, Russia, Baghdad, US, Rouhani, ISIS, Soleimani, Pompeo, Libya, Misrata, Yemen.

Categories covered in this brief: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Gulf, Middleeast, North-Africa, Yemen

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Iranian forces remain on high alert for potential US attack: report

Published 2020-01-11 15:10:30 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Armed Forces and their Iraqi allies are high alert in Syria, Iraq, and Iran, as they suspect a new wave of attacks by the U.S. military, the Fars News Agency said on Friday. “Sources close to the Resistance Front said the resistance groups are preparing for pending response to the last night attack on Syria and other terrorist actions of the US government,” Fars News said, alluding the Thursday night attack on the Iranian forces in Syria’s Deir Ezzor Governorate. Several explosions were reported in eastern Deir Ezzor on Thursday, when an unknown… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria


Oman names new sultan after death of long-time leader

Published 2020-01-11 14:55:24 by News Desk in Gulf

Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Oman’s Minister of Heritage and Culture, has succeeded Qaboos bin Said al-Said as the country’s monarch, the government confirmed. ​Omani newspaper Al-Watan reported that the official, who is Qaboos’ cousin, had taken the oath to become the country’s Sultan. Similarly, the sultanate’s Al-Roya newspaper reported that the culture minister had taken the oath and affirmed the continuation of the country’s modernisation and development in various fields. The Royal Court of Oman earlier announced the death of the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said, at the age of 79. He had ruled the country for almost… Read on ->

Tags: Oman


Russian Air Force launches rare attack on Idlib city

Published 2020-01-11 14:49:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched a rare attack on Idlib city today, following an agreement with the Turkish Armed Forces to implement a ceasefire along the designated demilitarized zone in northwestern Syria. According to a Syrian military source in the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force carried out the airstrike on Saturday, targeting sites inside the provincial capital. In the past, when the Russian Air Force targeted sites inside Idlib city, it was because they had information about important militant meetings, gathering points, bases et al. However, opposition activists have accused the Russian and Syrian… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


US will not withdraw troops from Iraq despite Baghdad’s demands

Published 2020-01-11 14:33:14 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The U.S. is willing to discuss “recommitting to strategic partnership” with Iraq but not a troop withdrawal, the U.S. State Department announced, after the country’s prime minister told Washington to “prepare a mechanism” for pull back. In a statement on Friday, the State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that the U.S. military presence in Iraq was ‘appropriate’ and that any delegation the U.S. might send to Iraq to discuss arrangements between the two countries would not discuss the removal of troops, RT reported. Ortagus acknowledged that there does “need to be a conversation” between U.S…. Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq, US


Iranian President deeply regrets disastrous mistake with Ukrainian plane

Published 2020-01-11 11:30:33 by News Desk in Iran

Iran deeply regrets the disastrous mistake with the Ukrainian plane shot down near Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday. “The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,” he wrote on his Twitter page. Rouhani also offered condolences to the victims of the tragedy. He noted that the investigation continued to clarify the circumstances of “this great tragedy and unforgivable mistake”. On Saturday morning, ISNA News Agency released a statement made by Iran’s General Staff, which said that a Ukraine International Airlines plane had been shot down due to human error. According to the statement, the plane had… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Rouhani


Syrian Air Force launches several airstrikes over Idlib

Published 2020-01-11 11:20:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) continued their aerial campaign over the Idlib Governorate this week, despite the announcement of a ceasefire for Sunday, January 12. According a report from the nearby Hama Governorate, the Syrian Air Force carried out several airstrikes over the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man District in eastern Idlib and the Jabal Shashabo region in western Idlib. The report said the Syrian Air Force was targeting the hideouts of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army. At the same time, the jihadist rebels have also carried out their own attack against… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


ISIS praises US assassination of Qassem Soleimani, calls it ‘act of God’

Published 2020-01-11 09:56:57 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

Islamic State terrorists rejoiced at the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani at the hands of his American ‘allies,’ according to a weekly newspaper affiliated with the group that once controlled much of Syria and Iraq. Soleimani was killed by a US drone strike on January 3, as he drove by the Baghdad international airport in Iraq. In reprisal, Iran launched a limited strike on US bases in Iraq with ballistic missiles on Tuesday, causing no casualties but demonstrating capability to hit US assets at will. The weekly Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) newspaper Al-Naba portrayed Soleimani’s death as an… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, ISIS, Soleimani


US warship encounters Russian Navy in Arabian Sea

Published 2020-01-11 09:23:03 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Middleeast

The US destroyer crossed traffic lane of the Russian Navy ship in the Arabian Sea, as the American crew was acting unprofessionally, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday. The Defense Ministry pointed out that the 1972 Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea defines that “when two power-driven vessels are crossing so as to involve risk of collision, the vessel which has the other on her own starboard side shall keep out of the way.” “Therefore, on January 9, 2020 the US Navy destroyer, which was on the left from the traffic lane… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


‘We want Iran to behave like a normal nation’: US Sec. of State

Published 2020-01-11 09:03:32 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.)  – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Iran of attempting to kill Americans in its missile attacks on bases in Iraq, and of downing the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800, as the US Treasury rolled out new sanctions against Tehran. Pompeo, who is one of the Trump administration’s biggest Iran hawks, stated during the press conference that the US wants the Islamic Republic to “behave like a normal nation.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEZFNsfAVeU Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday announced a new round of sanctions against Iran, which he said would be aimed at stopping Tehran’s “global terrorist activities.”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo


Libyan Army closes in on strategic coastal city

Published 2020-01-11 08:57:26 by News Desk in Iran, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced on Friday that its forces scored an advance towards the Heisha Reserve, which is near the strategic coastal city of Misrata. According to the media center of the Al-Karamah operations room, the Libyan National Army inflicted heavy losses in the ranks of the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, noting that it was advancing to the Heisha protectorate, east of Misrata. In addition to the advance, the Libyan Army announced the destruction of armed vehicles belonging to the GNA forces near the city… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Misrata


Iran says they unintentionally shot down Ukrainian airliner

Published 2020-01-11 08:46:01 by News Desk in Iran

Tehran unintentionally shot down Ukraine’s Boeing 737 because of “human error”, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Saturday. The Iranian military also confirmed in a statement on state TV that the jet was brought down unintentionally as it flew close to a sensitive military installation. According to the statement, the parties responsible will be held accountable by the judiciary. The armed forces have expressed their condolences to the families of the victims. The Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737-800 travelling from Tehran to Kiev crashed soon after takeoff from Tehran Airport on Wednesday. All 176 people on board the aircraft died,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Idlib ceasefire to officially begin on January 12: Turkey

Published 2020-01-11 08:01:08 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that Moscow and Ankara have reached a ceasefire agreement in Idlib, starting on Sunday, January 12, starting at 12:01 A.M. (local time) “Turkey and Russia have agreed to implement a ceasefire in the escalation area in Idlib in order to halt air and ground attacks, prevent new migration flows and help normalize life. In this regard, a truce will be begin on January 12 from 00:01,” the ministry said in a statement. The head of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, Major-General Yuri Borenkov, announced the start of a… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US allegedly tried and failed to kill IRGC commander in Yemen

Published 2020-01-11 07:31:57 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Yemen

US forces launched a secret operation in Yemen targeting a second leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force on the day that Qassem Soleimani was killed in Iraq, but the mission failed, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The strike targeted Abdul Reza Shahlai, a financier and key Quds Force commander based in Yemen, but did not result in his death, the Post said, citing four unnamed US officials familiar with the mission. The newspaper speculated that twin targets in different nations undermined Trump administration claims that Soleimani’s killing was intended to prevent an imminent Iranian attack. In December, the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Yemen


Iraq arrest 3 Baghdad Airport employees for leaking intel to US about Qassem Soleimani

Published 2020-01-11 07:20:33 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Iraqi authorities have detained three people that work at Baghdad International Airport on suspicion of leaking information about Qassem Soleimani’s movements to the Americans. According to CNN, the Iraqi authorities did not reveal the identities of the Baghdad Airport employees, but they did say they were Iraqi citizens. CNN stated that the Iraqi authorities have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the American strike that killed the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. They continued that investigators are following up on a suspected “spy network” that is believed to have leaked information and details about… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Soleimani


Oman’s Sultan Qaboos passes away at age 79

Published 2020-01-11 07:06:51 by News Desk in Gulf

Qaboos bin Said al-Said, the Sultan of Oman, passed away Friday evening, according to the Oman News Agency. “This morning, an obituary will issue the following text: O reassured, reassured soul. Return to your Lord satisfied, satisfying and enter me into my servants and bring me to my country, to my mother,” read the Oman News Agency’s Twitter post early Saturday morning, confirming the 79-year-old sultan’s death. Qaboos, who assumed his position following the ousting of his father Said bin Taimur through a bloodless coup in July 1970, is known as the longest-serving leader within the Arab world and Middle… Read on ->

Tags: Oman


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