This is a summary of 25 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Soleimani, ISIS, Syria, Iraq, US, LNA, Tripoli, Hezbollah, Nasrallah, Aleppo, Trump, Russia, Idlib, Daraa, Qatar, Libya, IRGC, UK.

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US considered assassinating Soleimani since 2018: report

Published 2020-01-12 20:38:06 by News Desk in Iran

The United States considered targeting Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani since at least July 2018, unnamed US officials have told The New York Times. According to the newspaper, officials considered killing the senior Iranian general outside Iran, in Syria or Iraq, deeming that an attack against him in Iran itself would be too difficult to accomplish. The US effort reportedly included cultivating agents to report on Soleimani’s movements across the region. Former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton reportedly formally presented the option of assassinating Soleimani and other Revolutionary Guard leaders in May, after the US deployment of a carrier strike… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani


Syrian Air Force launches several airstrikes in eastern Syria

Published 2020-01-12 19:21:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Air Force targeted groups belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah region of eastern Syria on Sunday. According to a military report from this region, the Syrian Air Force’s jets and attack choppers targeted the Islamic State’s positions between the towns of Al-Sukhnah and Al-Shoula. These strikes were reportedly carried out after the Islamic State attempted to attack the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the Badiya Al-Sukhnah region on Sunday. The Syrian Air Force does not launch many strikes in eastern Syria; however, when they do launch these… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Breaking: Iraqi base comes under attack

Published 2020-01-12 18:39:22 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Minutes ago, an Iraqi military base that hosts the U.S. contractors was the target of several missiles that were fired by unknown entity. According to preliminary reports, at least eight rockets struck the Al-Balad Airbase, resulting in the hospitalization of four Iraqi soldiers who were at the installation. No further details have been released at this time. The Al-Balad Base is located inside Iraq’s Salaheddine Governorate, which is north of Baghdad.  

Tags: Iraq, US


Libyan Army shoots down Turkish drone over southern Tripoli

Published 2020-01-12 18:33:30 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Sunday that their forces had shot down of a Turkish spy plane over southern Tripoli. According to the LNA, their troops shot down an armed drone in the southern countryside of Tripoli, despite the ongoing ceasefire. The LNA said it was shot down by the Abdullah Al-Atiri company of the 128th Infantry Division, which is currently operating in the Tripoli countryside. No further details were released by the Libyan National Army.

Tags: LNA, Tripoli


Iran’s attack on US forces is first step on long road to avenging Soleimani: Nasrallah

Published 2020-01-12 16:57:00 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said in a televised interview on Sunday that the response to the assassination of Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, is not a single operation, but a long path which will lead the United States’ withdrawal from the Middle East. “The response to the assassination of Soleimani is not a single operation, but a long path that should lead to the removal of America from the Middle East.” According to Sayyed Nasrallah, “the operation at ‘Ayn al-Assad is a shaking step on a long road in response to the… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Iran, Nasrallah, Soleimani


Jihadist attack on Aleppo city kills 2 civilians

Published 2020-01-12 16:31:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new attack on Aleppo, targeting a number of neighborhoods inside this densely populated city in northern Syria. According to reports, the jihadist rebels indiscriminately fired several artillery shells and rockets towards the provincial capital, killing two civilians and wounding three others. The reports said the jihadist rebels specifically targeted the Al-Khalidiyeh District, Nile Street, Tishreen Street, and New Aleppo District. The day prior to this atack, the jihadist rebels launched a powerful attack on the Aleppo International Airport, Nayrab Airbase, and village of Minyan.  

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


US forces reveal photos Soleimani after his assassination

Published 2020-01-12 15:42:03 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

American Special Operations forces were about a half-mile behind a convoy carrying Iranian General Qasem Soleimani when it was hit by a US drone strike last week, Fox News reports. The US news outlet said that these forces were allegedly on the scene in about a minute or two, carrying out so-called “bomb damage assessment”. This included taking pictures of the strike’s aftermath and confirming that the drone destroyed the right car. Some photos obtained by Fox News from a government source included graphic close-up views of Soleimani’s disfigured body, with one image showing his corpse burning next to the car in… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq


Trump brags about leaving US forces in Syria to take the oil: video

Published 2020-01-12 15:24:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump recently sat down for an interview with Fox News to discuss several topics, including Syria and the recent assassination of Quds Force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani. In regards to Syria, the U.S. Commander-in-Chief bragged about leaving U.S. troops inside the country to take the oil, despite objections from the Syrian government. “And then they say ‘he left troops in Syria’, you know what I did? I left troops to take the oil. I took the oil. The only troops I have are taking the oil. They’re protecting the oil. I took… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Trump


Syrian Army stops US military convoy and forces it to turn around

Published 2020-01-12 15:09:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A U.S. military convoy allegedly approached a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) checkpoint in the Tal Tamr countryside this past week and was forced to turn around, the think tank Katehon reported. According to the site, the U.S. convoy consisting of four vehicles was heading towards the silos near Tal Tamr when it approached a Syrian Army checkpoint. The Syrian soldiers at the checkpoint allegedly forced the U.S. military convoy to turn around instead of allowing them to continue traveling along the International Highway (M-4). No video footage has been released, nor have the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Iraq may purchase Russia’s S-400 system despite US objections: report

Published 2020-01-12 14:07:29 by News Desk in Iraq

Baghdad is considering the purchase of S-400 advanced Russian missile systems amid fears that the US may stop supporting Iraq, the Wall Street Journal quoted Karim Elaiwi, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee as saying. “We are talking to Russia about the S-400 missiles but no contracts have been signed yet. We need to get these missiles, especially after Americans have disappointed us many times by not helping us in getting proper weapons,” Elaiwi underscored. The Iraqi Defense Ministry as well as the Pentagon and US State Department have yet to comment on the matter. Another… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia


‘Iraq will not be safe for the US and their agents’ – Iraqi paramilitary leader

Published 2020-01-12 14:00:41 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of Iraq’s Al-Nujaba Movement, Akram Al-Kaabi, announced on Sunday that Iraq “will no longer be safe for the Americans and their agents.” Al-Kaabi visited the home of the late Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated by the U.S. Armed Forces on January 3rd, and later delivered a letter to the family. The Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) said that the Secretary-General addressed a letter to the daughter of Major-General Zainab Soleimani, saying that the resistance front will get its revenge soon on the perpetrators of this terrorist act”, adding that… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US


Syrian choppers drop leaflets over west Aleppo as tanks roll into city

Published 2020-01-12 13:25:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Air Force’s helicopters dropped thousands of leaflets over the western part of Aleppo on Sunday, as they encouraged civilians to leave these jihadist-held areas for safety in the government-held territories. The leaflets encouraged the civilians to leave west Aleppo and Idlib through the three humanitarian crossings that were setup by the Syrian Armed Forces and Russian military. At the same time, a source from the Syrian Arab Army reported that several tanks and armored vehicles have rolled into the city and begun moving towards the front-lines of western Aleppo. The Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Fragile ceasefire in Idlib on the verge of collapse as both sides trade attacks

Published 2020-01-12 13:17:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Approximately 13 hours ago, the Turkish-Russian sponsored ceasefire in the Idlib Governorate commenced, with all parties halting their hostilities near the deescalation zone. However, this fragile truce would only last for a short while on Sunday, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels traded attacks in the southeastern part of the Idlib Governorate. According to a field source near the front-lines, the jihadist rebels and Syrian Arab Army traded artillery near the southeastern part of the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man District. This would then lead to more artillery exchanges along the front-lines in southern Idlib,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Militants declare several areas in Daraa as ‘military zones’

Published 2020-01-12 12:05:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – A number of images have surfaced on social media over the last 24 hours that show alleged militants holding signs saying that certain towns in the Dara’a Governorate are now “military zones”. The first image was released on Saturday and it showed a masked militant declaring the town of Tafas as a “military zone” in solidarity with village of Nahtah in eastern Daraa. More images were later released from towns like Tasil and Da’el, with all the gunmen sharing similar statements. Since the January 2019, the Dara’a Governorate has witnessed increased violence in several areas,… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria


Qatari Emir makes surprise visit to Iran amid tensions in Persian Gulf

Published 2020-01-12 11:41:50 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – Iranian state TV announced the arrival of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, in Tehran for talks with officials, headed by President Hassan Rouhani. According to Iranian TV, “The Emir of Qatar is expected to discuss in bilateral relations and the latest developments in the region and the world.” For his part, Rouhani said that “strengthening security and stability in the region is very important for Iran,” adding that “the only way to maintain the security of the region is to consolidate friendship and cooperation between neighbors and prevent foreign interference.” Last… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Qatar


Israeli intelligence was involved in US assassination of Qassem Soleimani: report

Published 2020-01-12 11:22:30 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

NBC News has cited unnamed sources as saying that Israel helped the US stage an operation that led to the killing of Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force from the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The sources claimed that Israel added to the January 3 operation by providing the Americans with key intelligence details on the matter. The details helped confirm and verify intelligence from informants at a Syrian airport that Soleimani had been on a nighttime flight from Damascus to Baghdad, info which was used to tip off the CIA. The New York Times, in turn,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq


Libyan Army kills Syrian mercenary in northern Libya

Published 2020-01-12 11:08:18 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) has killed another Syrian mercenary fighting for the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in northern Libya. According to reports, Syrian mercenary, Mohammad Al-Nasser of Rif Dimashq, was killed during clashes with the Libyan National Army. Nasser was reportedly one of the first fighters from the Turkish-backed “Syrian National Army” (SNA) to deploy to Libya to aid the Government of National Accord forces against the Libyan National Army. Despite the deployment of hundreds of Syrian mercenaries, however, the Government of National Accord forces have been unable to halt the advance… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria


High-level Syrian gov’t delegation heads to Iran for important meeting

Published 2020-01-12 10:45:07 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Prime Minister, Imad Khamis made a trip to Tehran with several high-level government officials on Sunday to meet with their Iranian counterparts. “Today, a high-level government delegation headed by Prime Minister Imad Khamis, began a trip to the Iranian capital, Tehran, during which they will discuss with senior officials there the current bilateral relations between the two countries and work to strengthen them at all levels, as well as accelerating developments in the regional and international arenas,” Al-Watan reported, quoting a diplomatic source. The Al-Watan source said that consultation and coordination between the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Syrian Army opens 3 crossings in Idlib and Aleppo

Published 2020-01-12 10:13:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army has opened humanitarian crossings in three different parts of the Idlib and Aleppo governorates on Sunday, a source told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army, with supervision from the Russian Reconciliation Center, have opened the three crossings in order to allow civilians in northwestern Syria access to both militant and government-held areas. One of the crossings, the source said, will be located near the Abu Dhuhour Military Airport in southeastern Idlib. Another crossing will be located at the town of Al-Habit, which is located along the southern… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Trump says Saudi Arabia has fronted bill for US forces in Middle East

Published 2020-01-12 10:01:09 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – In an interview with Fox News on Saturday, Trump told the TV broadcaster that Saudi Arabia has responded to his request to pay the costs of any additional American forces in the region. He said: “I told the Saudis that they are a very rich country, and they have to pay for the additional forces, and they have already paid a billion dollars to us.” He continued, “They are rich countries, and they have to pay for that.” On October 11th, Washington decided to deploy 3,000 additional soldiers and military equipment, including Patriot missiles, the… Read on ->

Tags: Trump


Syrian Army amasses large force in Aleppo as new offensive nears

Published 2020-01-12 09:50:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – With a ceasefire announced in the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has shifted their attention to Aleppo, where their forces have been deploying reinforcements day-after-day. According to a military source in the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army sent a large convoy of reinforcements to Aleppo on Sunday morning, as many of these troops were previously deployed to the southeastern front-lines of Idlib. The source told Al-Masdar that the reinforcements arrived in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate with heavy armor, including several tanks and BMPs. He would add that the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Moment US and Russian warships approach one another in Arabian Sea: video

Published 2020-01-12 09:18:45 by News Desk in Gulf

Russian and US Naval vessels had a close encounter in the North Arabian Sea on Thursday, with either side lobbing blame at the other for the incident. Footage shows a Russian naval vessel sailing closely to the USS Farragut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTaNNHry8jc According to the US Navy, the Russian vessel “aggressively approached” the USS Farragut, and the US vessel blasted its horn five times to alert the Russian ship of the possibility of collision, and “requested the Russian ship alter course in accordance with international rules of the road.” The US statement then said that the Russian ship eventually changed course. Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


‘I wish I was dead’: Senior IRGC commander accepts responsibility for downing Ukrainian jet

Published 2020-01-12 08:35:53 by News Desk in Iran

A top Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officer has revealed that the Ukrainian jet was mistaken for an incoming cruise missile and that the commander of the anti-aircraft unit had only 10 seconds to make the decision. “After hearing about the crash of the Ukrainian plane, I wished to die”, Hajizadeh said during a press conference on Saturday. The commander explained that the incident had occurred as the country was bracing for potential US strikes and that the “likelihood of conflict” between the two nations has been “unprecedented” since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. According to an early assessment, the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


Iran arrests British ambassador over ‘inciting and directing’ anti-gov’t protests

Published 2020-01-12 06:20:16 by News Desk in Iran

British ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, was briefly detained outside of Amirkabir University in Tehran over his alleged role in ‘inciting and directing’ anti-government protesters, Tasnim news agency reports. The diplomat was among a group of people detained for seeking to “to organize, instigate and direct some radical and destructive actions,” according to the Tehran-based news agency. He was released several hours later, but will reportedly be summoned on Sunday for further questioning. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called the incident with the British diplomat a “flagrant violation of international law,” insisting that Macaire was was detained without any “grounds or… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, UK


Turkish-Russian sponsored ceasefires begin in Libya and Syria

Published 2020-01-12 06:10:34 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

The Libyan National Army led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar declared a ceasefire in western Libya starting midnight local time on January 12, the LNA spokesman said. “The main command of the LNA announces a ceasefire from 00.00 local time [22:00 GMT] on January 12 in the west of the country, the other side [Government of National Accord (GNA)] must also adhere to this truce. In case of violation, there will be a harsh response,” LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari said in a statement. On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed on a common stance… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria


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