This is a summary of 25 AMN articles on the following subjects: ISIS, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Idlib, Mediterranean, Russia, France, Iran, Israel, Erdogan, Raqqa, Aleppo, Netanyahu, Palestine, Hasakah, Qamishli, Rouhani, China, Iraq, Soleimani, Norway, US.

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US confirms ISIS resurgent in Libya at moment Turkey transfers 2,000 Syrian militants

Published 2020-01-16 22:53:31 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

This might come as a surprise to the broader American public and a mainstream media which has largely ignored recent escalating events in Libya, but guess who’s back? “The Donald Trump administration is seeing a “small” resurgence in the Islamic State’s numbers in Libya since strongman Khalifa Hifter began a bloody march on the capital Tripoli more than two months ago, the Pentagon’s second-ranking military official said” reports Al-Monitor’s Pentagon correspondent. Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) fire a rocket at Islamic State fighters in Sirte, Libya, on August 4, 2016. Source: Reuters…. Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Libya, Syria, Turkey

Turkish-backed militants destroy Syrian Army vehicle in Idlib: video

Published 2020-01-16 22:03:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants managed to destroy a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) vehicle in the Idlib countryside on Thursday. In a video released by the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA), their forces scored a direct hit on the Syrian Army vehicle as it was sitting idly in the town of Tal Khatrah. The Syrian Arab Army captured the town of Tal Khatrah after launching a powerful attack last night. The jihadist rebels and their Turkish-backed allies attempted to retake Tal Khatrah, but they only managed to capture one of the four towns they lost to… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russia’s latest minesweeper warship enters eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-01-16 21:51:55 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

The Black Sea Fleet’s latest minesweeper Ivan Antonov is transiting the Bosporus and Dardanelles Straits in its deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. “For the ship’s crew, this is the first deployment to the long-distance maritime zone after it was accepted for service in the Black Sea Fleet,” the press office said in a statement. After the warship passes through the Black Sea straits, it will join the Russian Navy’s permanent Mediterranean Squadron, the statement says. The base-type minesweeper Ivan Antonov is the third built and the second serial-produced ship of this class. The… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia

France deploys aircraft carrier group to Middle East amid ongoing tensions

Published 2020-01-16 21:14:23 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that the country’s Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier strike group will be deployed to the Levant between January and April 2020 in order to aid French military Operation Chammal in the Middle East. The operation was originally launched in 2014 to halt the expansion of Daesh* and to support the Iraqi military in its fight against the group. Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, and Greece will also participate in the deployment, escorting the aircraft carrier to its destination. Macron also noted that following the Middle East deployment, the carrier strike group will move… Read on ->

Tags: France

Former Israeli intel chief says Iran to have nuclear bomb in 2 years

Published 2020-01-16 20:03:15 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Hebrew-language newspaper Maariv reported on Thursday that General Amos Yadlin, the former head of the Israeli military intelligence,  said that the real danger to his country lies in the precision missiles held by the Lebanese Hezbollah. The newspaper reported that Iran also poses a threat to Israel, but the precise missiles possessed by Hezbollah are the greatest threat, despite his admission that the strategic assessment of Israel for 2020 confirms that Iran will possess a nuclear bomb within two years. The newspaper reported that Iran is the most prominent danger, as it is a… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel

Turkey is sending troops to Libya to ensure ‘survival and stability’ of Libyan gov’t: Erdogan

Published 2020-01-16 18:47:40 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Turkish troops are being sent to Libya ‘to ensure the survival and stability of the legitimate government,’ as the two countries prepare to grant licensing for drilling in the maritime area between the two, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in Ankara on Thursday. “We signed an agreement with Libya to delineate maritime borders. It is no longer legally possible to conduct exploration and drilling activities or to run pipelines in the region between the Turkish and Libyan coasts without the approval of both countries. In 2020, we are licensing these areas and starting the… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Libya, Turkey

Jihadist rebels retake town in eastern Idlib after launching counter-attack against Syrian Army

Published 2020-01-16 17:21:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a counter-offensive in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this afternoon, as they attempted to retake the areas they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) last night. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA), the jihadist rebels began their counter-assault by storming the Syrian Army’s defenses at the town of Abu Jarif. Not long after launching the attack, the jihadist rebels were able to retake Abu Jarif from the Syrian Army, as the latter was unable to secure the town since they captured… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Syria should serve as example to prevent attempts to decide fate of region from abroad: Lavrov

Published 2020-01-16 16:33:45 by News Desk in Syria

The terrorist threat in Syria has been averted and the country should serve as an example to prevent reckless attempts to decide the fate of the region from abroad, acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday. “Responding to the request of Syria’s legitimate government, the Russian Federation, I believe, has quite efficiently helped the Syrian people to tackle the international terrorism threat. The threat has been fended off, only some more specific goals are yet to be achieved. We have helped the Syrian people to vindicate the Syrian statehood. I think this should be a good example of preventing… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Breaking: Powerful explosion kills several people in northern Raqqa, including 2 Turkish soldiers

Published 2020-01-16 16:25:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – A powerful explosion was reported in the northern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate this afternoon, resulting in the death of several people. According to the reports, a car bomb was detonated inside the Turkish-held town of Sulouk in northern Al-Raqqa. This explosion in northern Al-Raqqa this afternoon resulted in the death of a dozen people, including two soldiers from the Turkish Armed Forces. The other ten people killed by the car bombing were said to be fighters from the Turkish-backed “Syrian National Army” (SNA). The Turkish-backed militants have been in control of Sulouk since they… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria

Syrian Army expands attack across jihadist-held Aleppo

Published 2020-01-16 15:53:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has expanded their assault across the jihadist-held areas in the Aleppo Governorate this afternoon, following a massive attack on the militant defenses near the Aleppo-Idlib Highway (M-5). Led by the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army has intensified their strikes on Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s (HTS) positions, striking a number of sites in towns like Khan Touman, Qarassi, Kafr Naha, Khan Al-‘Assal, and Khalsah. This attack by the Syrian Arab Army comes just 48 hours after the jihadist rebels launched several rockets and artillery shells into Aleppo city. The jihadist… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Russian Navy amasses large force in eastern Mediterranean as Syrian troops launch offensive in Idlib: photos

Published 2020-01-16 15:17:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Russian Navy has been sending several warships to the eastern Mediterranean recently, as they build up their forces off the coast of Syria. According to a new report from maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Navy deployed the Black Sea Fleet’s 150th Tactical Group’s Aleksandrit-class minesweeper Ivan Antonov to the eastern Mediterranean. Isik reported that the Russian warship transited the Bosphorus Strait that links the Black and Mediterranean seas. This latest deployment is the second Russian warship to deploy to the eastern Mediterranean in the past 48 hours, The Russian Navy has been… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

‘Zero possibility’ of peace talks with Israel as long as Netanyahu is PM: Palestinian top diplomat

Published 2020-01-16 14:58:40 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

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The Palestinian government sees zero possibility for resumption of talks with Israel as long as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains in power, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has told reporters in New York. “For the last years, while Netanyahu was a prime minister, he was successful in destroying all prospects for the renewing of negotiations between Israel and Palestine. He killed all prospects for that,” the minister said. “So, as long as Netanyahu is in power, as long as Netanyahu is the prime minister, we don’t expect to see any resumption of negotiations between Israel and Palestine.” “If elections [in… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, Palestine

Up close footage of large Russian military convoy arriving in northeast Syria

Published 2020-01-16 14:09:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The Russian military sent one of its largest convoys to the Al-Qamishli Airport this week, as they strengthen their forces at this strategic installation in northeastern Syria. According to reports from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Russian military convoy consisted of 55 vehicles and several army personnel. The Russian military convoy reportedly reached the Al-Qamishli Airport after traveling the long distance along the International Highway (M-4) that stretches across northern Syria. Below is a video from northeastern Syria showing the Russian military convoy arriving in the Al-Qamishli District.

Tags: Hasakah, Qamishli, Syria

Iran is enriching MORE uranium than before 2015 nuclear deal: Rouhani

Published 2020-01-16 13:06:04 by News Desk in Iran

Iran has boosted its nuclear enrichment to levels not even seen before the JCPOA deal, President Hassan Rouhani has proclaimed, shortly after the Islamic Republic accused three European nations of “selling out” to the US. “We are enriching more uranium [than] before the deal was reached … Pressure has increased on Iran but we continue to progress,” Rouhani said in a televised address on Thursday. Tehran is now bound by “no restrictions on nuclear energy,” Rouhani said, as Iran is “better off in terms of nuclear power.” Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the official name of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Rouhani

Breaking: Turkey sends more forces to Libya to help protect Tripoli

Published 2020-01-16 12:55:45 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced this afternoon that his country’s armed forces would be heading to Libya to assist the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). Earlier the two main sides to the internal conflict in Libya, the UN-Backed Government of National Accord controlling the country’s east and the Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa Haftar failed to negotiate a ceasefire during talks in Moscow. While the GNA signed the negotiated ceasefire agreement, Haftar didn’t. He returned to Libya and announced the continuation of hostilities. Earlier this month, Erdogan said that Turkey deployed 35… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Libya, Turkey

Syrian Army launches wide-scale attack on southwestern Aleppo

Published 2020-01-16 12:37:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a powerful attack across the southwestern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Thursday. According to a military source in the provincial capital, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division has begun a massive artillery attack that has targeted the jihadist defenses throughout southwestern and western Aleppo. The source said the Syrian Army’s large-scale artillery barrage is just the military’s preliminary assault before they begin their long-awaited offensive in Aleppo. This large-scale Syrian Arab Army offensive is expected to target several sites that are currently under the control of the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Watch: Large Russian military convoy deploy to strategic base in northeast Syria

Published 2020-01-16 12:18:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – A large Russian military convoy, the fourth of its kind, arrived at Qamishli International Airport near the Turkish border this week. According to reports, a Russian military convoy, escorted by helicopters, traveled from western Syria to the Al-Hasakah Governorate via the International Highway (M-4). The reports said the Russian convoy, which consisted of 55 military vehicles, passed through the towns of ‘Ayn ‘Issa and Tal Tamr before reaching the Qamishli Airport.

Tags: Hasakah, Qamishli, Russia, Syria

Iran may purchase China’s J-10 fighter jet to boost air force: report

Published 2020-01-16 11:47:42 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Iranian Ministry of Defense is mulling the purchase of China’s J-10 multi-role fighter jet, the Sina News Agency reported on Wednesday. According to the Sina report, Qatar has provided Iran with $3 billion (U.S.) in financial assistance after the accidental downing of the Ukrainian airliner by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The report said Iran will give the families of the victims approximately $1.5 billion, which is roughly $850,000/victim. The remaining sum from the financial assistance will be reportedly used to boost Iran’s air force, as many of their aircraft are outdated. “At… Read on ->

Tags: China, Iran

At least 19 Syrian militants killed in Libya: monitor

Published 2020-01-16 11:13:02 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Several members of the Turkish-backed “Syrian National Army” have been killed fighting on the side of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported. According to SOHR report, at least 19 Syrian militants have been killed in Libya since the SNA began deploying their forces to the North African last month. This claim by the SOHR comes just a day after The Guardian reported that as many as 2,000 Syrian militants were deploying to Libya to assist the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord in their war with… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Syria

Russian military sends large military convoy to strategic base in northeast Syria

Published 2020-01-16 10:59:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – A large Russian military convoy, the fourth of its kind, has arrived at the Qamishli International Airport, which is located near the Syrian-Turkish border in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. According to reports, the large military convoy was accompanied by their helicopters as they traveled through the International Highway (M-4). The Russian military convoy consisted of 55 assorted military vehicles, loaded with a large amount of military and logistical equipment to support the Russian base at the Qamishli International Airport. The reports said the Russian military convoy came via the international road (M4) passing through the town… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

US restarts military operations in Iraq for first time since killing Soleimani

Published 2020-01-16 10:33:48 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The U.S. military has restarted their field operations in Iraq for the first time since they assassinated the Quds Force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani near the Baghdad International Airport, the New York Times reported. “The U.S. Defense Department wants to resume as soon as possible its cooperation with the Iraqi army in combating ISIS so that the terrorist organization does not take advantage of the status quo,” the NYT reported. On the initiative of Washington, the joint military operations between the two countries ceased its operations on January 5, two days after the assassination of… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Soleimani

Turkey denies granting citizenship to Syrians fighting in Libya

Published 2020-01-16 10:05:24 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Turkey has officially commented on media reports that it has given citizenship to “Syrian National Army” personnel, in exchange for their agreement to fight in Libya. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoglu denied the reports, saying that they were “totally untrue”, according to the Turkish Anatolia Agency . The British newspaper, “The Guardian”, said in a report published earlier on Wednesday, that “about 2000 gunmen from the Syrian National Army recently entered their territories in order to be transferred later to Libya to fight In the ranks of the Government of National Accord. The newspaper pointed… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria, Turkey

US pulls 3,000 troops from Norway war games amid stand-off with Iran

Published 2020-01-16 09:53:34 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

The US has pulled 3,000 soldiers from the upcoming Cold Response drill to be held in Norway from 2 March to 18 March, Norway’s national broadcaster NRK reported. Press spokesman at the Armed Forces operational headquarters, Ivar Moen, was reluctant to go into which departments the US is withdrawing from the international biannual exercise held since 2006, but said that Washington’s decision was affected by the strained situation in the Middle East. Since Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was killed in a targeted US drone attack earlier this year, the situation between the two countries has been tense. Following the US… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Norway, US

Syrian Army captures 4 towns in Idlib after resuming offensive

Published 2020-01-16 09:42:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored their first advance of the year last night when their forces managed to capture four towns from the jihadist rebels in southeastern Idlib. Led by the 5th Corps and 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Army began their assault by storming the town of Abu Jarif, which is located southeast of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. The Syrian Arab Army managed to capture Abu Jarif after the jihadist defenses were badly damaged during the Russian Air Force’s heavy aerial assault on the town. Three more towns would be… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Syrian Army scores first advance of the year in northwest Syria

Published 2020-01-16 01:00:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new attack in northwestern Syria on Wednesday night, as their forces stormed a number of sites in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army began tonight’s assault by storming the town of Abu Jarif, which is under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed militants. A fierce battle would ensue at Abu Jarif, as Syrian Arab Army troops managed to score an advance around this town. At the same, the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

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