This is a summary of 21 AMN articles on the following subjects: France, Syria, RT, Aleppo, Israel, Palestine, Trump, Russia, Libya, Sirte, Ansarallah, Yemen, Idlib, Iran, Iraq, Cyrpus, Marib, Turkey.

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Former Jaysh Al-Islam spokesperson arrested in France

Published 2020-01-31 23:24:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The former spokesperson for Jaysh Al-Islam, Islam Alloush, has reportedly been arrested in France on charges of war crimes, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) reported on Friday. “Following this complaint, Islam Alloush’s arrest on 29 January in Marseille, followed by an indictment, paves the way for the first investigation of the rebel armed group’s crimes. Majdi Mustafa Ne’ma, known by his nom de guerre Islam Alloush, was the spokesperson and a senior official of Jaysh al-Islam. The group numbered up to more than 20,000 fighters and carried out a reign of terror in the rebel… Read on ->

Tags: France, Syria


Syrian RT journalist injured in Idlib has been transported to St. Petersburg Hospital

Published 2020-01-31 22:23:21 by News Desk in Syria

Wafa Shabrouney, a journalist for RT Arabic who was injured in the Syrian province of Idlib, has been taken to the Kirov Military Medical Academy clinic in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, RT and Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said. “That’s it, she is in a hospital room, in a multidisciplinary clinic at the Military Medical Academy in St. Petersburg. We have the best professors there, who are well established,” Simonyan said. Simonyan also thanked those who saved the correspondent’s life. Shabrouney’s condition is now assessed as critical but stable. A correspondent for RT Arabic, Shabrouney is a Syrian national… Read on ->

Tags: RT, Syria


Syrian Army T-90 tank hit with missile and keeps moving: video

Published 2020-01-31 21:56:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants fired an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) towards a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) T-90 tank as it was moving through the Rashiddeen area in Aleppo. READ ALSO: Syrian Army captures 2 towns in Idlib to advance within sight of Saraqib In a video released on Friday, the missile can be seen hitting the T-90 tank, but fails to stop its movement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBlrBE13UD4&feature=emb_title Not long after the Russian military began their intervention in Syria, they began delivering their T-90 tanks to the Syrian Arab Army. These T-90 tanks have proven incredibly effective on the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Syrian military approaches Aleppo town where jihadists executed several soldiers

Published 2020-01-31 21:09:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The Syrian military is quickly approaching the town of Khan Al-Assal after seizing several areas from the jihadist rebels in southwestern Aleppo. READ ALSO: Syrian Army captures strategic town in southern Aleppo According to a field source in Aleppo, the Syrian Republican Guard and elements of the army are only a small distance away from the eastern outskirts of Khan Al-Assal. For the Syrian military, retaking Khan Al-Assal is not only important militarily, but also due to the fact it was the site of one of the first massacres committed by the Free Syrian Army… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Palestinian protesters burn US, Israeli flags in response to Trump’s ‘deal of the century’: video

Published 2020-01-31 20:45:34 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

Protesters set on fire US and Israeli flags as well as banners depicting US President Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during a demonstration against Trump’s proposed ‘deal of the century’ in Gaza City on Friday. Hundreds of people joined the rally organised by the ruling Hamas group. READ ALSO: ICC has no jurisdication to investigate war crimes in occupied Palestinian territories – Netanyahu “The message of popular anger rejecting the deal of the century should be interpreted through the unity of the Palestinian people… I believe that an Arab and Islamic nation is required to back the state… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Trump


Jihadist counter-offensive in Aleppo ends in disaster

Published 2020-01-31 20:36:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a counter-offensive in southwestern Aleppo this evening, as their forces targeted the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops near the Journalists Housing area. READ ALSO: Syrian Army attempts to capture strategic town in southern Aleppo Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), the militants began the attack by attempting to breach the Syrian Army’s positions using suicide bombers. However, according to the Syrian Army, they blew up the two suicide bombers before they could reach their positions. Following the failed suicide attacks, the jihadist rebels stormed… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Watch: Latest generation Russian Su-35 jet completes first air mission

Published 2020-01-31 20:03:02 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The latest generation of the Su-35 jet for the Russian Air Force has conducted its first air mission, RT reported. In a video released by RT, the new generation Su-35 can be seen taking off and carrying out its first mission. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9maFMx5W3jA

Tags: Russia


Turkish-backed Libyan forces prepare for major offensive to retake coastal city

Published 2020-01-31 19:50:41 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Brigadier Saeed Al-Malti, spokesman for the Military College and commander of one of the hubs in Tripoli operations, said that Al-Wefaq forces are preparing for a strong mission in the coming hours. READ ALSO: Libyan Army closes in on strategic coastal city Malti said on Friday that the Al-Wefaq forces, loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, are preparing to retake the strategic port-city of Sirte in northern Libya. He pointed out that the forces have made some arrangements to restore the city of Sirte and the Al-Washeka area, while a calm… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte


Ansarallah forces captured 800 square km of territory in northern Yemen

Published 2020-01-31 19:38:13 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – Yahya Sarai, the military spokesman for the Ansarallah group (Houthis) in Yemen, said that 26 missiles were fired at Saudi Arabia from January 25 to January 30, targeting the airports of Abha, Jizan, abd Najran, along with the Khamis Mushayt base, Saudi Aramco-affiliated facilities and two sensitive targets deep in the kingdom. READ ALSO: Ansarallah forces shoot down an enemy aircraft along Saudi-Yemeni border In addition to the missile strikes, the Ansarallah forces’ spokesperson said their troops captured approximately 800 square kilometers of territory in northern Yemen over the last week. “We liberated 800 square… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Turkish-backed militants head to west Aleppo to reinforce jihadists

Published 2020-01-31 18:14:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants from the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA) sent reinforcements to the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate to help the jihadist forces against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). READ ALSO: New video of Turkish-backed Syrian militants in Libya  According to opposition activists, the SNA reinforcements were redeployed to this area to stop the Syrian Army from advancing into their territories west of the provincial capital. This news comes just a day after Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki sent reinforcements to the same area to help the jihadists that previously expelled their forces from several… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Video footage of Syrian Army combing through jihadist tunnels in Maarat Al-Numan

Published 2020-01-31 17:46:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the strategic city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man on Tuesday after a three-day battle against the jihadist rebels in eastern Idlib. Since capturing Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, the Syrian Arab Army has been combing through the city and its plethora of tunnels that were dug by the jihadist rebels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pENhYMqndlI

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army captures 2 towns in Idlib amid push to Saraqib

Published 2020-01-31 17:22:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has captured more ground in the Idlib Governorate after advancing north from the key city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. READ ALSO: Syrian Army is 13km away from 2 strategic cities in Idlib Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) began their attack on Friday by storming the town of Tal Debes in eastern Idlib. According to a new field report, the Syrian Army captured Tal Debes and neighboring town after a brief battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Israel tests new rocket propulsion system

Published 2020-01-31 15:40:10 by News Desk in Middleeast

Israel has successfully tested a rocket propulsion system for the second time in two months, the country’s Defence Ministry confirmed on Friday, adding that the test took place at a military base in central Israel. READ ALSO: Israel unveils laser based missile interception system to replace Iron Dome “The test was conducted at a military base in central Israel,” the ministry said. The military noted that the test was scheduled in advance and was carried out as planned. Israeli previously test a rocket propulsion system last December with Iran claiming it was a test of a nuclear weapon aimed at… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


Pentagon raises total of US soldiers injured from Iran attack to 64

Published 2020-01-31 15:09:35 by News Desk in Iran

The Pentagon has yet again raised the figure of soldiers wounded in Iran’s retaliatory missile attack in Iraq earlier this month to 64, saying they have suffered “traumatic brain injuries”. RELATED: Several unknown rockets hit Iraqi base that houses US forces Pentagon chief Mark Esper and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said Thursday the military took these types of injuries “very seriously” after criticism that the authorities sought to whitewash them. “The number is growing,” Milley added, explaining that it takes time to diagnose and screen soldiers present in the area at the time of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq


Russian warship travels to Cyprus despite US sanctions

Published 2020-01-31 14:53:58 by News Desk in World-News

The Black Sea Fleet missile frigate Admiral Essen has called at the Cypriot port of Limassol, the Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. READ ALSO: Greek fighter jet locks in on Turkish warships near Cyprus – photos  “As part of its business call, the ship will replenish supplies while the crew will make excursion tours of the city’s historical sites as their leisure time,” the press office said in a statement. The frigate has called at the port of Limassol in accordance with the plan of the ship’s deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and the schedule of replenishing supplies. The… Read on ->

Tags: Cyrpus, Russia


Jihadists struggle to hold ground as Syrian troops score new advance in Aleppo

Published 2020-01-31 14:35:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their push in the southwestern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Friday as they scored a new advance near the Rashiddeen 5 sector. READ ALSO: Syrian Army storms key sector inside southwest Aleppo Led by the 4th Armored Division and Division 30 of the Republican Guard, the Syrian military began their attack on Friday morning by storming several sites around the Rashiddeen 5 sector and recently captured town of Khan Touman. According to a field report from southwestern Aleppo, the Syrian Army was able to take control of Talat… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army captures town near Turkish military post

Published 2020-01-31 14:15:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has captured another town in the Idlib countryside after advancing further west of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man. READ ALSO: Syrian Army captures several areas in Idlib in past 48 hours Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army captured the town of Hish after a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) this afternoon. The town of Hish is important because of its location near the Turkish military’s observation post in the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man countryside. With Hish under their control, the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


First scenes from strategic town captured by Syrian military in southern Aleppo: video

Published 2020-01-31 13:52:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANN (1:30 P.M.) – The Syrian military captured the strategic town of Khan Touman in southern Aleppo this week after a fierce battle against the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). READ ALSO: Syrian military attempts o capture town in southern Aleppo Led by the 30th Division of the Republican Guard, the Syrian military managed to capture Khan Touman after three-days of battle against the jihadist forces in southern Aleppo. Following its capture, the jihadist rebels briefly took the town back after launching a heavy counter-attack; however, they were unable to hold and later forced to withdraw from… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


New footage shows war-wrecked Maarat Al-Numan Museum

Published 2020-01-31 13:32:37 by News Desk in Syria

Footage filmed on Thursday shows the extent of the damage inflicted on the Mosaics Museum of the Syrian town of Maarat al-Numan in Idlib province, also known as Khan Murad Basha, after it was recaptured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). READ ALSO: Syrian Army keeps rolling in Idlib as new town captured south of Saraqib  According to the director of antiquities and museums of Idlib, Ghazi Alloulo, the outer facade of the museum sustained great damage, however, most of the mosaic artifacts were saved by the protective sandbags that were placed over and around the artifacts after the start… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Ansarallah forces close in on major city in northern Yemen

Published 2020-01-31 13:20:03 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – On Friday, clashes raged between the Hadi loyalists and Ansarallah (var. Houthi) forces in the Marib Governorate, as the latter attempted to capture an important military camp under government control. READ ALSO: Houthi forces fire ballistic missile at Saudi military camp in Najran According to reports, the Ansarallah forces stormed the Hadi loyalist defenses in the Sirwah District in a bid to capture the strategic Kofal Camp in western Marib. The Ansarallah forces were able to score a new advance in western Marib, putting them about 10 kilometers away from the center of the Sirwah… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Marib, Yemen


Erdogan threatens counter-offensive against Syrian Army in Idlib

Published 2020-01-31 12:59:57 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Friday that Ankara may start a military operation in Idlib if the situation in that troubled region was not immediately resolved. READ ALSO: Syrian Army storms key sector inside southwester Aleppo Speaking in Ankara, Erdogan warned that Turkey would be unable to deal with an influx of Syrian refugees who may try to flee to southern Turkey amid the Syrian Army’s ongoing campaign against terrorist militias in Idlib. “If [the situation] in Idlib does not return to normal, we will proceed with action. We sincerely want stability in Syria. The political process must be… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


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