This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria, Russia, Turkey, Erdogan, Damascus, Libya, Tripoli, Israel.

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Never before seen footage of Syrian Army advance across Idlib and Aleppo

Published 2020-02-18 22:46:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The ANNA News Agency released a 48-minute-long video on Tuesday, chronicling the entire Syrian Arab Army (SAA) operation to capture the last remaining jihadist-held sites along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5). READ ALSO: Syrian Army Celebrates Victory After Capturing Strategic Quarter in Aleppo – Video In the video, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly known as “Tiger Forces) can be seen advancing in several areas after capturing the strategic city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in eastern Idlib last month. Furthermore, the video footage shows the Syrian Arab Army capturing new areas from… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria

Russia accuses US of arming forces to attack Turkish troops in Syria

Published 2020-02-18 22:14:22 by News Desk in Syria

The Russian centre for Syria reconciliation says the US forces in the northeast part of the country are supplying the local groups with large quantities of weaponry and ammunition that is being used against civilians and Turkish troops. “The US command in the region is intensively saturating the territory east of the Euphrates river with weapons and ammunition. Since the beginning of 2020, 13 military convoys have arrived from Iraq to Syria, which included over 80 armored vehicles and more than 300 trucks loaded with various types of weapons, ammunition and materiel”, Rear Adm. Oleg Zhuravlev said in a daily… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Tens of thousands of people celebrate Syrian Army’s victory in Aleppo city

Published 2020-02-18 21:34:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – Saadallah Al-Jabri Square in Aleppo witnessed a mass gathering to celebrate the victories of the Syrian Arab Army over the last few days, including the capture of the last jihadist-held areas in the northwestern part of the city. Sheikh Ahmad Wais, the Imam of the famous Al-Hassan in the Al-Hamdaniyah District, told Sputnik Arabic that the victory of Aleppo is a prelude to the great victory that will be achieved over all of Syria’s occupied territories. Tens of thousands of people were filmed and photographed during the celebration, as many waved the Syrian flag in… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Syrian military uncovers large missile factory newly captured area in Aleppo

Published 2020-02-18 20:33:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Syrian military uncovered a large missile production factory in one of the newly captured areas in the Aleppo Governorate. According to Syrian state TV, the military found this missile production factory while they were combing through the areas formerly held by the jihadist rebels around Aleppo city. In the video released on Tuesday, a reporter tours the missile factory, which had both launchers and projectiles that were to be used by the jihadist rebels in Aleppo. The jihadist rebels often launched missiles and artillery shells into Aleppo city from their positions around the provincial… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Massive Turkish Army convoy enters northwestern Syria as jihadists lose several areas

Published 2020-02-18 20:14:53 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

A Turkish military convoy crossed the Syrian border, entering the north-eastern part of the country in the early hours of Tuesday. Footage filmed near Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing, shows a large convoy of tanks, armoured vehicles and supply trucks reportedly driving towards Idlib countryside. Reports say Ankara increased its military presence in Syria after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) announced it had regained full control over the towns and villages surrounding Aleppo, as well as the strategic M5 highway connecting Aleppo and Damascus, after days of a military offensive. On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to keep his… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Russia helps Syria navigate around US-led sanctions: report

Published 2020-02-18 20:03:07 by News Desk in Syria

Russia and Syria have been taking steps to counter the Western-imposed economic blockade of the Arab republic, Syria’s Ambassador to Moscow Riyad Haddad told a forum Tuesday in the Western Siberian city of Nizhnevartovsk. “It’s noteworthy that Russia together with the Syrians is fighting the economic blockade imposed by Western powers and is also providing our people with all kinds of support and humanitarian assistance,” the Syrian diplomat told a plenary session of the Third International Youth Research and Practical Forum “Oil Capital.” The ambassador also thanked the Russian leadership, President Vladimir Putin and the Russian military, who fought shoulder-to-shoulder… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Russians lead air attack in northwest Syria after 2 Syrian choppers were shot down

Published 2020-02-18 19:07:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force appears to be leading the aerial assault over northwestern Syria on Tuesday, following the downing of two Syrian military choppers in the Aleppo and Idlib governorates last week. According to reports from northwestern Syria, the Russian Air Force has launched dozens of airstrikes over the Aleppo and Idlib governorates, targeting several areas along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4). In particular, the Russian Air Force has concentrated most of their strikes in the Jisr Al-Shughour District, which is an important area near the Turkish border. Jisr Al-Shughour is also under the control of… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Russia, Syria

Turkey will not withdraw from military posts despite encirclement by Syrian Army: Erdogan

Published 2020-02-18 18:48:03 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that his country’s armed forces would not be withdrawing from their current posts in Syria, despite being encircled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). “The locations of the Turkish military’s observation posts will not change,” the Turkish President said on Tuesday. Furthermore, the Turkish presidential adviser said that his country’s armed forces will continue to send reinforcements into Idlib so that they can reinforce these posts. He would add that if the Syrian military strikes the Turkish Armed Forces again, “no one should doubt our response will… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey

Syrian tribal leader claims Russian military protected during confrontation with US forces in northeast Syria

Published 2020-02-18 18:27:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Sheikh Faisal al-Yousef, the tribal leader of the Arab “Ghanamah” clan in the Al-Qamishli countryside confirmed to Sputnik Arabic that his tribe participated in the confrontations with the U.S. forces in northeastern Syria last week. According to Sheikh Yousef, the Ghanamah tribesmen from Khirbat Amo, Bweir Albu ‘Aassi, and Al-Qusayr of southern Al-Qamishli were responsible for blocking the U.S. military convoy, pointing out that they were later involved in clashes with the Americans. In his interview with Sputnik Arabic, Sheikh Yousef confirmed the death of a Khirbat Amo villager, calling this a “provocation in which… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Car bombing kills civilian in Damascus city

Published 2020-02-18 16:50:14 by News Desk in Syria

An explosion in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Monday left one civilian dead and two injured, a police source told state SANA news agency. According to the agency, the explosion was the result of an improvised explosive device left near garages in the Bab Masli area of Damascus. Now that the Syrian government has retaken most areas of the country previously held by terrorists, life in the capital has been getting back to normal. However, Damascus is still rocked by bomb blasts from time to time. Earlier in the month, a car bomb detonated in central Damascus near the… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Syria

Libyan Army allegedly attacks Turkish ship transporting weapons to Tripoli

Published 2020-02-18 16:33:01 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) allegedly struck a Turkish ship docked at the Port of Tripoli on Tuesday, causing a number of explosions that could be seen off the coast of the capital. According to reports, the Libyan National Army targeted this alleged Turkish ship because it was transporting weapons to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and its armed forces. Photos from the alleged attack have been spread on social media; they show smoke billowing from the targeted ship off the coast of Tripoli. Turkey has yet to respond to these latest… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Russian Air Force begins heavy attack over western Idlib

Published 2020-02-18 15:47:30 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched a large-scale attack Tuesday on the jihadist stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour in the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate. READ ALSO: Russian Air Force Unleashes Largest Attack of the Year Over Idlib Russian warplanes from the Hmeimim Airbase reportedly began their attack on Tuesday by swarming the jihadist-held areas in the Jisr Al-Shughour, with a primary focus on the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4). According to reports on Tuesday, the Russian Air Force launched over 30 airstrikes in the Jisr Al-Shughour, making this the largest attack on western Idlib this year. This… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

New satellite images reveal aftermath of Israeli strikes in Syria

Published 2020-02-18 15:26:48 by News Desk in Syria

An Israeli satellite analysis firm has released images saying they show the alleged aftermath of a recent airstrike on the airport in the Syrian capital Damascus. Pictures released by ImageSat, purportedly show that last week’s strike completely destroyed a building used as headquarters and several warehouses, which were apparently used to store weapons. The stroke also reportedly partially damaged a shelter. The late night strikes on 13 February came a week after more than 20 servicemen were killed during a missile attack that Damascus blamed on Israel. Tel Aviv, which usually refrains from commenting on its military operations abroad,… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria

Syrian Army resumes western Aleppo offensive to capture militant stronghold

Published 2020-02-18 15:13:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive in western Aleppo on Tuesday in a big to capture the remaining areas under jihadist control in the area. READ ALSO: Russian Air Force Unleashes Heavy Attack Near Turkish Border According to a field report from the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army is pressing westward along the Atarib Road, as they try to capture one of the last remaining militant strongholds in this region. The report said the Syrian Arab Army is approaching Atarib from its western axis after they launched a new attack from the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Turkey sends massive military convoy to Syria as situation intensifies

Published 2020-02-18 14:46:18 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The Turkish Army has sent around 300 military vehicles to its observation points in the Syrian province of Idlib, Haberturk reported. According to the broadcaster, the military trucks, armoured vehicles, and self-propelled guns are heading to the de-escalation zone. READ ALSO: Turkish Special Forces Deploy to Idlib Amid Syrian Army’s Large-Scale Advance This deployment comes after Ankara performed strikes against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), claiming that Damascus violated a ceasefire after several Turkish servicemen died during the army’s attack at the observation point in Idlib. The Syrian government, however, stated that the various armed factions in Idlib – the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

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