This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iraq, US, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Hasakah, Russia, Iran, Beirut, Lebanon, Aleppo, Ukraine, Erdogan, Europe, Idlib, Lavrov, Khamenei, Trump.

Categories covered in this brief: Iraq, North-Africa, Syria, Turkey, World-News, Iran, Lebanon

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Pentagon insists US troops are ‘force of good’ in Iraq, won’t withdraw

Published 2020-01-18 21:45:45 by News Desk in Iraq

The US Defense Department has claimed that its military presence makes Iraq more secure and “prosperous,” despite calls by Iraqi lawmakers for the removal of all foreign troops from the country and growing tensions with Iran. “At this time, there are no plans by the US military to withdraw from Iraq,” Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jonathan Rath Hoffman told reporters at a press briefing. And I think it’s been obvious… that the consensus in Iraq seems to be that the United States forces there are a force for good. The official said that the US presence in the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

Over 2,000 Syrian mercenaries transported to Libya from Turkey: LNA

Published 2020-01-18 21:23:30 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA)( spokesperson, Major-General Ahmed Al-Mesmari, said that the Mitiga Airbase has become a main hub for the Turkish Armed Forces in Libya. Al-Mismari said at his press conference on Saturday that “Turkey has not historically been a peace corridor for Libya, as peace passes through the elimination of the Turkish presence in Libya.” He stressed that “more than 2,000 terrorists were transported to Libya from Turkey,” pointing out most of these mercenaries are from “the militias of the Samarkand Brigade, Sultan Murad, Noureddine Al-Zinki, and other terrorist elements funded by Qatar,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria, Turkey

US forces block Russian military convoy from passing checkpoint in Syria

Published 2020-01-18 20:45:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Armed Forces allegedly blocked a Russian military convoy from bypassing one of their checkpoints in northeastern Syria this week, causing a major traffic jam near the Iraqi border. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the U.S. Armed Forces refused to allow a Russian military convoy pass through their checkpoint in the border-city of Al-Malikiyah, which is northeastern Al-Hasakah. In footage obtained by the SOHR, a traffic jam can be seen in Al-Malikiyah as a result of this incident in northeastern Syria.

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Tags: Hasakah, Russia, Syria, US

Russia busts 11 ISIS terror cells in Dagestan

Published 2020-01-18 19:49:25 by News Desk in World-News

Russia’s law enforcement agencies eradicated 11 sleeper cells of the Islamic State terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan in 2019, Igor Sirotkin, the head of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) Central Office, said on Saturday at a meeting of the counterterrorism commission in Dagestan. “Despite substantial results, prerequisites are still in place in the republic for the establishment of new terror groups by supporters to radical religious spheres. It can be confirmed by the fact that the activity of eleven conspiratorial cells of the international terrorist organization Islamic State, with a total number of… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

US will keep isolating Iran until they behave ‘like a normal nation’: envoy

Published 2020-01-18 19:21:04 by News Desk in Iran

US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said that Iranian actions and threats would lead to it becoming “further isolated” during a press briefing in Washington DC on Friday. “Today the Supreme Leader lashed out against Europe for standing up against Iran’s nuclear blackmail. As long as the regime threatens the world, it will become further isolated. Until Iran behaves like a normal nation, its isolation will only deepen,” he said. Hook also said that he was pleased with the sight of unity displayed this week by the UK, France, and Germany when the three countries initiated the dispute… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Lebanese police, protesters clash in Beirut as tensions soar

Published 2020-01-18 18:47:27 by News Desk in Lebanon

Protesters from across Lebanon flocked to Beirut earlier in the day to attend the “Saturday of outrage” rally near the parliament building against economic mismanagement and the weakening national currency. ​Clashes with law enforcement ensued as protesters were throwing stones and metal rods at officers and eventually attempted to storm the fences of the parliament building. ​Police used tear gas and water cannons in response, the Sputnik correspondent reported. ​Mass protests in Lebanon began in October amid a crippling economic crisis. People have been demanding urgent reforms to end the deepening liquidity crisis, which the country’s president, Michel Aoun, has… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Iraq denies resuming joint operations with US military

Published 2020-01-18 16:46:27 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Iraqi government denied claims that the country’s military is resuming joint operations with the US-led coalition after Washington’s assassination of top Iranian and Iraqi commanders. “The joint operations have not resumed and we have not given our authorization,” Major General Abdul-Karim Khalaf, the spokesman for the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, said on Thursday, Press RV reported. He added that the coalition did not have permission from Baghdad to carry out any joint missions. The remarks came after the New York Times, citing two American military officials, reported Thursday that the US had… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

Joint Russian-Syrian attack devastates jihadist defenses in Aleppo

Published 2020-01-18 16:12:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The ongoing joint Russian-Syrian military attack on the jihadist-held positions in the Aleppo Governorate has devastated the latter’s defenses, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Russian and Syrian air forces have repeatedly struck jihadist convoys and bases across the southern and western countrysides of the Aleppo Governorate. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army, guided by Russian intel, continues to hammer away on the jihadist defenses around Aleppo city. The source said the Syrian Army’s 4th Armored Division has concentrated much of their artillery… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Russia, Syria

Breaking: Iran to send Ukraine flight recorders of downed aircraft

Published 2020-01-18 15:57:14 by News Desk in Iran

The flight recorders from the Ukrainian Airlines Boeing that was accidentally shot down by the Iranian military shortly after takeoff from Tehran International Airport are to be sent to Ukraine, Tasnim News agency reported on Saturday. Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed on 8 January near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all 176 people on board. According to official data, 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans, and three UK nationals were among the victims. The Iranian military subsequently admitted to unintentionally shooting down the jetliner, having confused it with a hostile cruise missile… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Ukraine

Iranian military seizes smuggled weapons from Iraq

Published 2020-01-18 15:42:19 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The commander of the Iranian Army, Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari, announced on Saturday that his forces seized two consignments of smuggled weapons along the Iraqi borde. “The weapons were seized in Kermanshah province and included items that could be used in terrorist acts,” Brigadier General Heidari said on Thursday. The Iranian military commander said that the weapons were being sent to aid “the enemies plot to create riots in the country.” “Western borders are in full security and the Army’s different units are on alert in the area,” Brigadier General Heidari added. Kermanshah province has… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Erdogan warns Europe of new ‘terrorist’ threat if Turkish-backed Libyan gov’t falls

Published 2020-01-18 15:30:28 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Europe it could face new threats from ‘terrorist’ groups if Libya’s U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli were to fall, Politico reported. In the article released on Saturday, on the eve of a peace conference in Berlin, Erdogan said the European Union’s failure to adequately support the Government of National Accord (GNA) would be “a betrayal of its own core values, including democracy and human rights”. “Europe will encounter a fresh set of problems and threats if Libya’s legitimate government were to fall,” Erdogan said. “Terrorist organisations such as ISIS [ISIL… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Europe, Libya

Over 70 Syrian Army soldiers, jihadist rebels killed in southeast Idlib in last 72 hours

Published 2020-01-18 15:09:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The ongoing battle in southeastern Idlib has become incredibly costly these past 72 hours, as all parties have suffered heavy losses to personnel and equipment. According to a field source in the area, the Syrian Army and jihadist rebels have suffered a large number of casualties as a result of the clashes, with the death toll estimated to be over 70. The source said the first day of clashes was left no more than 20 casualties in southeastern Idlib; this includes wounded. However, when the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) launched a big… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russia detected 6 F-35 jets near borders of Iran after attack on US base: Lavrov

Published 2020-01-18 14:51:47 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that his country’s military detected six F-35 jets near the borders of Iran after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) attack two Iraqi bases hosting U.S. forces. Citing Lavrov’s statement, the aviation publication Avia.Pro reported that the Russian Foreign Minister claimed his country’s armed forces were able to track the presence of the F-35 jets because of their air defense systems in the Middle East region. “At that time, there were at least six F-35s in the air, on the border, near Iranian airspace. This information still requires… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Lavrov

Syrian mercenaries filmed heading to Libya: video

Published 2020-01-18 14:37:54 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Mercenaries from the Turkish-backed “Syrian National Army” (SNA) were filmed recently heading to Libya to assist the U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). In the video shared on social media, several militants can be seen on this flight to Tripoli, with some filmed in their military fatigues while covering their faces. Last month, a report from Bloomberg News revealed that Turkey was transferring several militants from Syria to Libya in order to assist the GNA in their fight against the Libyan National Army (LNA). Since then, at least 19 Syrian militants have been killed… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

Trump warns Iran’s Supreme Leader to be ‘careful with his words’

Published 2020-01-18 00:35:31 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a warning to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah ‘Ali Khamenei on Friday, telling him to be “careful with his words” after the latter called the Americans ‘clowns’ during his Friday sermon. “The so-called ‘Supreme Leader’ of Iran, who has not been so Supreme lately, had some nasty things to say about the United States and Europe. Their economy is crashing, and their people are suffering. He should be very careful with his words!” Iran’s Supreme Leader said that the United Kingdom, France and Germany ‘cannot be trusted,’ following Tuesday’s announcement by… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Khamenei, Trump

Breaking: Heavy clashes breakout around Aleppo city

Published 2020-01-18 00:24:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 A.M.) – At approximately midnight, heavy clashes were reported between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels near the Great Prophet Mosque in the Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter, which is located in western Aleppo. According to reports, heavy gunfire was exchanged between the Syrian Army and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS); this was followed by a barrage of artillery and missiles from both sides. At the same time, the Syrian and Russian air forces unleashed a number of airstrikes over the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, as their warplanes targeted sites belonging to both Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

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