This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aleppo, Syria, Afghanistan, Taliban, Idlib, ISIS, Israel, Taiz, Yemen, Hasakah, Libya, Nusra, Turkey, China, Russia, Baghdad, Iraq, US, Ansarallah.

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Syrian Army attempts to capture strategic town along Aleppo-Idlib Highway

Published 2020-01-27 21:17:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is currently involved in a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels north of Khan Touman, as the government forces attempt to capture this strategic town along the Aleppo-Idlib Highway (M-5). READ ALSO: Syrian Army scores new advance in southern Aleppo According to a military source in Aleppo city, the Syrian Arab Army, backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), is attempting to capture Khan Touman after they secured the hills northeast of this town. The source said the Syrian Army hasn’t achieved much success around Khan Touman this evening, but… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Taliban claims they downed a military chopper in Paktika

Published 2020-01-27 18:42:55 by News Desk in World-News

A plane crashed in the Afghan province of Ghazni earlier in the day, with conflicting reports saying that the crashed jet belonged to a foreign company, Ariana Afghan Airlines, the Afghan National Army, or that it was a US aircraft on an “intelligence mission”. The Taliban has claimed that a helicopter has been downed in Paktika province, a tweet posted by the movement’s spokesman shows. “Tonight after the incident in Ghazni, an enemy military helicopter was shot down near Sharan, the capital of the Paktika province, it was completely destroyed. All people on board died”, the tweet says. The statement… Read on ->

Tags: Afghanistan, Taliban


Syrian Army seizes 3 more towns in Idlib

Published 2020-01-27 18:28:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army has captured more ground in eastern Idlib today after launching another powerful assault against the jihadist forces inside the governorate. READ ALSO: Syrian Army captures 4 towns in Idlib after resuming offensive  According to a field report from the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army has captured three more towns on Monday after overrunning the jihadist defenses at the southern flank of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. The report said the Syrian Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) managed to capture the towns of Al-‘Aamoudiyah, Mouqah, and Al-‘Aamariyah in the Ma’arat… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


ISIS vows to attack Israel in new audio message

Published 2020-01-27 17:43:36 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – In an audio message released on Monday, the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) vowed to attack Israel to begin a new phase of attacks. READ ALSO: Palestinian leaders threaten to withdraw from Oslo agreement over Trump peace plan The terrorist group, which has lost almost all of the territory they once controlled in Syria and Iraq, discussed attacking Israel in the future, while slamming U.S. President Donald Trump’s new peace plan. ISIS calls on its sympathizers to target the “settlements and markets of the Jews”, urging their followers to carry out different attacks. The terrorist group… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Israel


Yemeni Army launches large-scale offensive in Taiz

Published 2020-01-27 17:17:49 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The pro-government Yemeni Army launched a large-scale attack in the Taiz Governorate of western Yemen on Monday, targeting the areas under the control of the Ansarallah forces (var. Houthi). READ ALSO: Ansarallah forces kill scores of Saudi-backed fighters in northern Yemen According to reports, the Yemeni Army launched a large-scale attack on the positions of the Ansarallah forces in the  Al-Rabah, Jabal Al-Qarn, Najd al-Tair and Tabab Yassin areas west of Taiz city. While no gains were reported, Yemen’s Al-Masirah TV said that the Ansarallah forces had already repelled the large-scale offensive, adding that scores… Read on ->

Tags: Taiz, Yemen


Syrian Army prevents US military convoy from passing checkpoint in Hasakah

Published 2020-01-27 16:06:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently blocked a U.S. military patrol from passing through one of its checkpoints in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, Al-Masdar has learned from a source in northeastern Syria. READ ALSO: Important meeting held between Arab tribes and Syrian intelligence chief According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army blocked the U.S. military patrol that was attempting to pass their checkpoint west of Tal Tamr, in a tit-for-tat move against the American forces. The source said the U.S. military patrol was attempting to pass the Syrian Army checkpoint at the town of Tal… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Jihadists flee battlefield as Syrian Army troops sweep through more towns in Idlib

Published 2020-01-27 15:26:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels are suffering heavy losses on the ground and in their ranks around the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man front as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues sweeping through several areas near the Idlib Governorate city. READ ALSO: Syrian Army scores new advance in southern Aleppo Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture three more towns south of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, following the withdrawal of the jihadist forces from this area. According to a field source near the front-lines in the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army captures new ground in Idlib, advances towards Turkish post

Published 2020-01-27 14:54:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) announced the capture of new territory in eastern Idlib after overrunning the jihadist defenses near the city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. READ ALSO: Syrian Army uncovers large tunnel stretching from rural Idlib to Ma’arat Al-Nu’man According to a field report from the front-lines in east Idlib, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture two towns from the jihadist rebels; these towns were reportedly Ma’aratah and Kafr Basseen. As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) finds themselves within sight… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Breaking: Ariana Afghan Airlines aircraft crashes in eastern Afghanistan

Published 2020-01-27 12:14:15 by News Desk in World-News

An Ariana Afghan Airlines plane has crashed in Ghazni Province in the east of Afghanistan, the 1TV broadcaster reported citing local authorities. There were 83 people on board the plane, according to Ariana News. According to a representative of the local governor, the plane crashed in the district of Deh Yak in the eastern part of Ghazni Province. There are no immediate reports about the cause of the incident and the number of casualties.   Source: Sputnik

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Tags: Afghanistan


Syrian Army’s first look at Ma’arat Al-Nu’man after large-scale Idlib advance: video

Published 2020-01-27 11:58:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has captured a large amount of territory in eastern Idlib over the last 48 hours, putting their forces within striking distance of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man for the first time since 2014. Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Army has captured several towns at the eastern and northern flank of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, paving the way for their troops to envelop the key city. Following the capture Ma’ar Shashah, the Syrian Army filmed from the outskirts of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man to show how close their forces were… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkey is transporting Nusra Front jihadists to Libya: LNA spox.

Published 2020-01-27 11:41:26 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed Al-Mesmari said on Sunday that Turkey is transferring elements of the Al-Nusra Front from Syria to Libya at a high rate. READ ALSO: Syrian mercenaries filmed heading to Libya Al-Mesmari said in a press conference that “the number of militants that Turkey seeks to transfer from Syria to Libya has reached 8,000.” Al-Mesmari described Erdogan’s recent statements as “considered a breach of the ceasefire and a provocation for the Libyan Arab Armed Forces,” and stressed that “Libya will not be a springboard or a base for terrorism.” Al-Mesmari… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Nusra, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army within 13km of strategic city near Aleppo border

Published 2020-01-27 11:17:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) recent advance in eastern Idlib has put their forces within striking distance of the strategic city of Saraqib for the first time in years. READ ALSO: Syrian Army attempts to advance at several fronts in Aleppo as offensive intensifies According to a field source in the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division is now within 13km of Saraqib after capturing several towns east of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in eastern Idlib. Saraqib, which is located in northeastern Idlib, has long been a key point along the Aleppo-Idlib… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army uncovers large tunnel stretching from rural Idlib to Ma’arat Al-Nu’man: video

Published 2020-01-27 10:39:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has recently uncovered a massive tunnel that stretches from the eastern Idlib countryside to the city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. According to the ANNA News Agency, the uncovered tunnel stretches from the town of Ma’ar Shamshah to the city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. The ANNA News field reporter was filmed entering the tunnel this week to show the tunnel that was used by the jihadist rebels in the Idlib countryside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNJsKF7lcCQ

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russia completes 2nd S-400 delivery to China

Published 2020-01-27 10:18:10 by News Desk in World-News

Russia has concluded delivery of a second S-400 Triumf (Triumph) missile system regimental set to China via maritime transport, the handover certificate was signed in December in China, a military diplomatic source told TASS on Monday. READ ALSO: Russia equips new Baltic fleet regiment with S-400 system  “Delivery of a second S-400 regimental set consisting of two divisions of launch devices, radiolocation stations, energy and service equipment, spare parts and instruments to China has been completed. The client also received more than 120 advanced anti-aircraft guided missiles of two types,” the source said. The source also clarified that the S-400… Read on ->

Tags: China, Russia


Syrian Army attempts to advance at several fronts in Aleppo as offensive intensifies

Published 2020-01-27 09:59:57 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive in the Aleppo Governorate this morning after achieving mixed results on the first day of their offensive. READ ALSO: Syrian Army reaches strategic highway in southern Idlib after new advance  Led by the 4th Armored Division in western Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army attacked several axes this morning in a bid to crack the jihadist defenses in the Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter, Scientific Research area, and Journalists Housing. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Army has not achieved much success at this front because… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


US more ‘vigilant’ after missile attack near embassy: State Dept.

Published 2020-01-27 09:45:08 by News Desk in Iraq

Iranian-backed groups threaten Iraq’s security, the US State Department said on Sunday, following the recent strikes at the US Embassy in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. READ ALSO: US suspects Iran is behind attacks on their bases in Iraq  “The security situation remains tense and Iranian-backed armed groups remain a threat. So we remain vigilant”, the statement said. A State Department spokesperson said that there have been over 14 attacks “by Iran and Iranian-supported militias” on US personnel in Iraq since September 2019. The US also called on the Iraqi government to “fulfill its obligations” to protect the American facilities… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq, US


Ansarallah forces capture important sites in northern Yemen amid massive offensive

Published 2020-01-27 09:35:53 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Ansarallah forces are rolling through eastern Sana’a and western Marib after seizing the strategic Nihm District from the Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists. On Sunday, the Ansarallah forces announced the capture of the road linking Marib with the border province of Al-Jawf, which had previously been under the control of the Hadi loyalists for the entire war. According to reports, the Ansarallah forces launched a massive attack on the Mazjar District of Marib, resulting in a new advance for their troops The report confirmed the group’s control of the historic city of Baraqish between Marib and… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Jihadist defenses collapse east Idlib as Syrian troops capture several towns

Published 2020-01-27 09:14:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a new advance in Idlib last night after capturing several areas earlier in the day. READ ALSO: Massive attack launched by Russian and Syrian forces in Aleppo Backed by heavy airstrikes from the Russian Air Force, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) resumed their offensive by storming several towns and villages around Ma’arat Al-Nu’man’s eastern countryside. According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture Ma’ar Shourin, Al-Za’alani, Al-Dana, Babila, Al-Sawama’, Ma’arsan, and Tal Al-Sheikh east of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


New rocket strike targets US embassy area in Baghdad

Published 2020-01-27 08:56:11 by News Desk in Iraq

Five Katyusha rockets reportedly landed in Baghdad’s “green zone”, where the US Embassy and various Iraqi government buildings are located, with no reports of casualties so far, Iraq’s Security Media Cell reported. “Five Katyusha rockets have landed in the green zone without resulting in casualties”, the Security Media Cell wrote on its Twitter account. ​There are no immediate reports of casualties. The attack follows another launch of three missiles that hit the “green zone” in the Iraqi capital on 22 January but which resulted in no casualties. The country’s security services also found one fully loaded launcher. The green zone… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq


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