This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Aleppo, Libya, Tripoli, NATO, Russia, Baghdad, Iraq, Sadr, Misrata, Saudi, Iran, Trump, Erdogan, Haftar, Turkey, Soleimani.

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Watch: Syrian Army tank in action against jihadists in Idlib

Published 2020-01-26 17:28:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a large-scale offensive in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Friday. READ ALSO: Syrian Army reinforcements pour into Idlib after jihadist attacks Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture several sites from the jihadist rebels, including the last points south of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army was able to reach the southern outskirts of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, marking the first time in years that they have had a presence in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Palestinian leaders threaten to withdraw from Oslo agreement over Trump peace plan

Published 2020-01-26 17:12:43 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) reserves the right to withdraw from the Oslo agreements, which regulate relations between the Palestinian Authority and the state of Israel, if US President Donald Trump releases his “deal of the century” peace plan, AFP reported, citing Saeb Erekat, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and former Palestinian representative in the talks on the Oslo Accords. READ ALSO: Palestinians leaders vote to call for suspension of recognition of Israel The former Palestinian chief negotiator stated that Trump’s plan seeks to turn the “temporary occupation [of Palestinian territory by Israel] into a permanent” one, although… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine


Syrian Army scores new advance in southern Aleppo

Published 2020-01-26 16:05:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a new advance in southern Aleppo on Sunday, as their forces attempt to capture more points along the Idlib-Aleppo Highway (M-5). READ ALSO: Syrian Army launches attack along western Aleppo axis According to a source in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army captured the hills of Talat Al-Mahrouqat after a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in southern Aleppo this afternoon. The source said the Syrian Arab Army is attempting to advance on the key town of Khan Touman, which is located along the Idlib-Aleppo… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Battle for Tripoli resumes in northern Libya despite previous peace talks

Published 2020-01-26 15:26:53 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The clashes have resumed between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and Government of National Accord Forces (GNA) in the capital city, Tripoli, after a brief period of calm. READ ALSO: Syrian mercenaries filmed heading to Libya According to reports from the Tripoli front, clashes between the LNA and GNA resumed at the southern neighborhoods of the capital. No advances were reported. At the same time, the Libyan National Army also resumed their campaign to capture the strategic coastal city of Misrata, which is one of the GNA’s last strongholds. The LNA reported on Sunday that… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Tripoli


NATO drills indicate preparations for large-scale conflict: Russian general staff

Published 2020-01-26 14:48:52 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – NATO military exercises in the Baltic States, Poland, and in the Black and Baltic Seas indicate that the Alliance is preparing for a large-scale conflict, Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasinov told foreign military attaches on Tuesday. READ ALSO: Russia won’t get involved in Iran-Israel conflict “Military activities are increasing in the Baltic States and Poland, in the Black and Baltic Seas. The intensity of the bloc’s military exercises is growing. Their scenarios point to NATO’s deliberate preparation to using their forces in a large-scale military conflict,” Gerasimov was quoted by the Krasnaya… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Russia


Jihadists launch counter-offensive in southeastern Idlib

Published 2020-01-26 14:18:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a counter-offensive in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this afternoon following a string of losses near the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man front. READ ALSO: Jihadists suffer heavy losses in failed attempt to retake strategic southeast Idlib town Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels attack the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the small town of Al-Samkah, which is controlled by the 5th Corps. According to preliminary reports from this front, the Syrian Army was able to fend off the jihadist attack after the first wave of the assault was… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Muqtada Al-Sadr calls for new protests against US presence in Iraq

Published 2020-01-26 14:05:19 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – Sayyed Muqtada Al-Sadr issued a statement on Sunday that calls on the people of Iraq to gather for a new protest at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. READ ALSO: Iraqi military says missile attack near US embassy launched from southeast Iraq In a statement released, today, the Sadrist Movement leader said: “To the patriotic people who reject the American occupation and others … We call on you today, Sunday, to protest against the American embassy and its followers.” He explained, “That vigil will be at six in the evening in the places of the Friday… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq, Sadr


Libyan National Army captures more ground as they inch closer to Misrata

Published 2020-01-26 13:54:05 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, continued its advance towards Misrata on Sunday after resuming their offensive in the northern part of the country. A Libyan military source said on Sunday that “the Libyan Army forces took control of the village of Al-Qudahiyah, southwest of Al-Washakah, which is approximately 130 km from Misrata.” This advance comes at the same time that the Libyan National Army announced the capture of Abu Qurayn (var. Abu Gurayn), which is 100km away from Misrata. Since April, Libya has witnessed an increase in violence as… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Misrata


Israel to officially allow citizens to visit Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-01-26 13:41:38 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – Israel will officially allow its citizens to travel to Saudi Arabia, marking a new chapter in the Saudi-Israeli relations. According to Haaretz, Israel’s Interior Ministry Arye Dery signed a directive on Wednesday to allow Israeli’s to visit the Kingdom for the first time in the country’s history. The move, which was announced on Sunday, was made for religious and business purposes. According to the new directive, Israeli citizens traveling to the Kingdom can stay up to nine days in the country. Furthermore, the Israeli citizen must have an invitation from a Saudi official and no pending… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Saudi


Syrian Army begins offensive in western Aleppo: video

Published 2020-01-26 12:48:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began their long-awaited offensive in western Aleppo last night after building up their forces along this volatile front for three weeks. READ ALSO: Syrian Army reinforcements pour into western Aleppo amid increased tensions Video footage from this front shows the start of the Syrian Army’s attack, which included heavy artillery and missile strikes on the defenses of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies in several parts of western Aleppo: https://youtu.be/CYBpLbCH1M8 The Syrian Arab Army spent the last few weeks sending several units from the 4th Armored Division and National… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Libyan Army advances towards important coastal city of Misrata

Published 2020-01-26 12:19:23 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) resumed their offensive along the northern coast on Sunday, as their troops attempt to close in on the key city of Misrata. READ ALSO: Turkey sends more forces to Libya to protect Tripoli According to local reports, the Libyan National Army managed to capture several sites east of Misrata, putting them only 100km away from the coastal city. The reports said the Libyan National Army captured several sites near Abu Qurayn after a fierce battle with the Misrata militias that are loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA)…. Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Misrata


Trump tweets in Persian again to say US won’t remove Iranian sanctions

Published 2020-01-26 11:55:37 by News Desk in Iran

US President Donald Trump has said the United States will not remove sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran’s readiness to negotiate, in what was a repeat of his earlier Tweet, but this time in Farsi. READ ALSO: Former Israeli intel chief says Iran will have nuclear bomb in 2 years On Friday, the United States introduced new sanctions against Tehran that targeted six international petrochemical and petroleum companies and two persons accused of helping Iran skirt sanctions, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said in a statement. Iran’s Fars News agency also reported that its website… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Trump


Breaking: Syrian Army captures town in Idlib as they attempt to surround Ma’arat Al-Nu’man

Published 2020-01-26 11:27:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a new advance in the Idlib Governorate after resuming their offensive against the jihadist rebels this morning. READ ALSO: Battle of Idlib breakdown with never before seen footage of Russian strikes Backed by heavy artillery, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) stormed the town of Al-Gharfah near the eastern flank of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in eastern Idlib. According to a military source, the Syrian Arab Army is now in full control of Al-Gharfah following a short battle with the jihadist rebels of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkey’s Erdogan lashes out at Libya’s Haftar

Published 2020-01-26 11:17:05 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Sunday that the Libyan National Army (LNA) commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has not committed to the path of peace for the conflict in his country, not in Moscow or Berlin. READ ALSO: Turkey sends more forces to Libya to protect Tripoli During a press conference in Istanbul, before his departure to Algeria as part of a three-day Africa tour, which also includes Senegal and Gambia, Erdogan said, “Haftar has not committed to the path of peace, neither at the Moscow summit nor at the Berlin summit,” calling… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Haftar, Libya, Turkey


Russian Su-57 arrives in Turkey for air show

Published 2020-01-26 10:55:45 by News Desk in Turkey

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – Russia’s Sukhoi Su-57 multi-role stealth fighter has touched down in Turkey for Technofest 2019 techno festival, due to be held in Istanbul on September 17 through 22, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) told TASS on Saturday. READ ALSO: Turkey deploys military equipment to border with Syria “The multipurpose fighter jet Sukhoi Su-35 has arrived at Turkey’s Ataturk airport to take part in the Technofest exhibition,” the spokesperson said. The UAC press service added that other Russian aircraft – both passenger and special – were expected to arrive for Technofest, but it did not specify their… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey


Watch: Syrian Army’s new advance towards strategic city in Idlib

Published 2020-01-26 10:40:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a large-scale military operation in southeastern Idlib this week, following several days of intensive strikes across the governorate. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army was able to capture several towns and villages in southeastern Idlib, putting them within striking distance of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army put themselves at the outskirts of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, with reports of the jihadist forces already withdrawing from the city. The ANNA News Agency managed to capture the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army kicks off long-awaited offensive in western Aleppo

Published 2020-01-26 09:40:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) kicked off their long-awaited offensive in the western part of Aleppo last night after spending the last few weeks building up their forces in the city. READ ALSO: Heavy clashes erupt in southwest Aleppo as Syrian Army’s offensive approaches  Led by the 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army began their offensive in western Aleppo by launching a massive artillery barrage on the jihadist defenses from the Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter all the way to Rashiddeen 3 and 4 suburbs. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Army’s… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Qassem Soleimani could have been killed in 2007 but was deemed ‘untouchable’: report

Published 2020-01-26 09:13:45 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Iranian elite Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed earlier in January by a US airstrike, was in fact in Washington’s sights on numerous occasions with US intelligence having detailed info on his movements for the better part of the last decade, several sources in the American military and intelligence told Yahoo News. READ ALSO: Qassem Soleimani was saying bad things about US before his assassination: Trump An anonymous former US intelligence officer has claimed that back in 2007 an American Predator drone spotted a mass gathering in the neighbourhood of Sadr City, mainly… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani


Syrian Army is on the verge of entering strategic city in Idlib after big advance

Published 2020-01-26 08:46:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is on the verge of entering the strategic city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man after making a large-scale advance in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. READ ALSO: New map of Syrian Army offensive in southeastern Idlib Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division, the Syrian Arab Army resumed their offensive on Saturday afternoon following the capture of several towns and villages southeast of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division managed to capture the towns of Tal Manis… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


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