This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Syria, Israel, US, Ansarallah, Jawf, Yemen, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Saraqib, Iran, Saudi, Russia, Pompeo, Turkey, Libya, Tripoli.

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Syrian Army reaches eastern part of Al-Ghaab Plain region with new advance

Published 2020-02-26 21:26:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The situation in southern Idlib has become disastrous for the jihadist rebels, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) now find themselves reaching new areas in this northwestern governorate. According to a field report from the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army captured two towns located at the northern slope of the Jabal Shashabo area, resulting in the military’s advance to the eastern part of the Al-Ghaab Plain. The report said the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture the towns of Safahun and Kafr Al-‘Awaid, giving them new positions along the eastern part of the Al-Ghaab… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Israeli FM blasts Bernie Sanders over Jerusalem comment

Published 2020-02-26 19:48:53 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz lashed out at Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders for making a “horrifying comment” on the possible reversal of the US Embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem and calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “reactionary racist” during the latest round of primary debates. Katz went as far as to call on American voters to drop their support for Sanders, while at the same time, covering his bases to avoid possible accusations of foreign election meddling. “We don’t intervene in the internal American electoral process, which is splendid […] Naturally, people who support Israel will not support someone who… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, US


Ansarallah forces launch new offensive in northern Yemen

Published 2020-02-26 19:24:34 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces launched a new offensive in northern Yemen on Wednesday, following several airstrikes by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in the Al-Jawf, Sa’ada, Sana’a and Hajjah governorates. READ ALSO: Ansarallah Forces Launch New Attack on Saudi Aramco Facilities Backed by heavy artillery, the Ansarallah forces launched a powerful attack in the Jabal Al-Saqiyah region on Wednesday morning, as their troops attempted to advance towards the Al-Ghail District in the western part of the Al-Jawf Governorate. According to the latest reports, the Ansarallah forces were able to take hold of Wadi Shuwiq and several hilltops… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Jawf, Yemen


Syrian Army pushes deeper into central Idlib as jihadists put up little fight

Published 2020-02-26 18:57:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their rapid advance into central Idlib this evening, as their forces captured more ground in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of this northwestern Syrian governorate. READ ALSO: Turkish-Backed Militants Make Another Push to Capture East Idlib Town According to the latest report from this front, the Syrian Arab Army captured the town of Hawrat and its surrounding points after the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) put up a little fight to defend the area. The Syrian Arab Army is now pushing deeper into central Idlib in an effort… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


US sanctions Lebanese business over alleged links to Hezbollah

Published 2020-02-26 18:42:37 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The U.S. Treasury announced on Wednesday that they were sanctioning several Lebanese entities allegedly linked to Hezbollah’s Martyrs Foundation. According to the U.S. Treasury’s statement, they were sanctioning Atlas Holding for allegedly being owned by the Martyrs Foundation. The U.S. Treasury was also sanctioning an Atlas senior official, Qassem Mohammad ‘Ali Bazzi, along with ten other Atlas-affiliated companies. Two other officials from the Martyrs Foundation, Jawad Noureddine and Yousef ‘Aasi, were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury on Wednesday.

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon


Russian, Syrian jets unleash flurry of strikes over east Idlib to stop Turkish-backed offensive

Published 2020-02-26 18:28:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has joined their Syrian partners in an attempt to stop the ongoing Turkish-backed offensive in eastern Idlib this evening. READ ALSO: Erdogan Claims 150 Syrian Soldiers ‘Neutralized’ in Idlib According to the latest field report from the Idlib Governorate, Russian and Syrian warplanes unleashed a flurry of strikes over eastern Idlib, mostly targeting the Turkish-backed militants and their jihadist allies in and around the towns of Afis and Nayrab. The report said Russian warplanes have mostly concentrated their strikes on the jihadist rebels that have gathered near Saraqib, as they prepare… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Saraqib, Syria


Turkish-backed fighters attempt to shoot down multiple Syrian military aircraft

Published 2020-02-26 17:47:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants in northwestern Syria did not shy away from showing off their anti-aircraft missiles on Wednesday, as their fighters attempted to shoot down multiple Syrian military aircraft over the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Using Turkish-supplied anti-aircraft missiles, the National Liberation Front (NLF) and their allied jihadists reportedly attempted to down multiple Syrian military aircraft near the town of Nayrab in the eastern part of Idlib. While all of the missiles failed to hit their intended targets, the Turkish-backed militants were successful in forcing the Syrian military aircraft to temporarily halt their… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Saudi Arabia sentences man to death for allegedly spying for Iran

Published 2020-02-26 17:27:15 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

Saudi news network Al Arabiya reported Tuesday that the Saudi State Security Court in Riyadh had issued preliminary sentences for a total of eight Saudi nationals. One of the individuals has been sentenced to death for allegedly “betraying his country and offering intelligence to Iran,” according to the AFP, citing Arabic television news channel Al Ekhbariya. The other seven defendants received a combined jail term of 58 years behind bars for having “associated and cooperated with people working in the embassy of Iran.” The charges related to the leaking of confidential information pertaining to Saudi national security and intelligence on… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi


Turkish-backed militants advance towards Saraqib amid new advance in east Idlib

Published 2020-02-26 17:09:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants continued their push towards the strategic city of Saraqib on Wednesday, as their forces managed to capture more ground west of their former stronghold. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Halts Turkish Border Offensive, Shifts to Idlib Backed by Turkish artillery, the National Liberation Front (NLF) and their jihadist allies from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) managed to capture the town of Afis near the northwestern axis of Saraqib. The advance by the Turkish-backed militants comes hours after their forces captured the town of Al-Salihiyah, which is located near… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Saraqib, Syria


Russian military introduces S-350 air defense system

Published 2020-02-26 16:21:01 by News Desk in World-News

The teams of air defense troops have started to learn to operate the S-350 ‘Vityaz’ medium-range anti-aircraft missile system at the Gatchina training center in Russia’s northwest, the Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday. “The first most advanced S-350 ‘Vityaz’ system of anti-aircraft missile troops has arrived for the Aerospace Force. It has arrived at the anti-aircraft missile troops’ training center in Gatchina,” the ministry said. In Gatchina, the combat teams will be learning to operate the latest weapon system. In particular, the training center has already held an exercise to detect and eliminate a notional enemy aircraft, the ministry specified…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Pompeo claims Assad’s Idlib offensive “only heightens the risk of conflict” with Turkey

Published 2020-02-26 15:57:09 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Syrian government offensive in Idlib province “only heightens the risk of conflict with our NATO ally, Turkey,” during a statement in Washington DC on Tuesday. “As we’ve said many times before, the regime will not be able to obtain military victory,” Pompeo added. He also accused Moscow of “meddling” in the elections of the US, Zimbabwe and Belarus, threatening “action” in response. Russia has vehemently denied interfering in any elections. Pompeo expressed his excitement about the imminent signing of an agreement between the US and the Taliban, as well as “a… Read on ->

Tags: Pompeo, Syria, Turkey


Erdogan vows Turkey will not take step back in Syria’s Idlib

Published 2020-02-26 15:45:45 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated the time Ankara has given Damascus to pull its troops away from Turkish observation posts in Syria’s Idlib is coming to an end, adding that Turkey will not take the “smallest step back” in the province. Instead Erdogan vowed that Ankara’s forces will push the Syrian Army beyond the perimeter of those posts by the end of February. “We would like to remind those who try to corner Turkey by forcing their own agenda onto it, that we are not guests in this region, but its masters”, Erdogan said. The Turkish president hasn’t ruled… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Jihadist collapse continues as Syrian Army advances into the heart of Jabal Al-Zawiya

Published 2020-02-26 15:26:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels are on the verge of complete defeat in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region, as troops from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continue to push north towards the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-4). READ ALSO: Syrian Army Scores Wide-Scale Advance Across Southern Idlib – Video Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army managed to score a new advance in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of Idlib on Wednesday, as their forces captured a dozen towns and villages from the remaining jihadist rebels in the area. According to the latest… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army shoots down large Turkish military drone in Idlib

Published 2020-02-26 15:04:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shot down a Turkish military drone that was traveling over the Dadekh area in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Tuesday. READ ALSO: Syrian Air Defenses Shoot Down Enemy Drone Over Hama “A unit of the army shot down a drone for the Turkish regime forces in the Dadekh region in the southeastern countryside of Idlib,” the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. The Syrian Army had warned in a statement last Saturday that they would shoot down any unauthorized aircraft in their airspace. The statement added that… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Rare footage of tank battle between Syrian Army, Turkish-backed militants in Idlib

Published 2020-02-26 14:45:57 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – A rare video was recently captured in northwestern Syria, as two armored vehicles from two opposing forces were filmed in a close confrontation near the town of Nayrab. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Scores Late Night Advance in Southeastern Idlib The video, which was released on Tuesday, showed a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) tank taking on an armored vehicle belonging to the Turkish-backed militants near the key town of Nayrab in the Idlib Governorate. In the video, an armored personnel carrier (APC) belonging to the Turkish-backed National Liberation Forces (NLF) can be seen attacking a Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Libyan Army shoots down Turkish aircraft in southern Tripoli

Published 2020-02-26 10:35:15 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, announced on Tuesday the shooting down of a Turkish airplane south of Tripoli, after it was seen taking off from the Mitiga Airport. READ ALSO: Libyan Army Captures More Ground As They Inch Closer to Misrata Al-Mismari said on his Facebook page, the commander of the military operations room in the western region, Major General Al-Mabrouk Al-Ghazwi confirms the shooting down of a Turkish aircraft south of Tripoli on Tuesday evening. “The chamber considers these acts by the Turkish terrorist hostilities and a violation of… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Syrian Army scores wide-scale advance across southern Idlib: video

Published 2020-02-26 10:13:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Syrian Arab Army (SAA) units continued their advance in Idlib’s southern countryside on Tuesday, taking control of at least three villages, according to the state-owned Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). READ ALSO: Jihadists Launch New Attack on Russia’s Largest Base in Syria Footage shows SAA soldiers on tanks and convoys of armoured vehicles driving on roads in the area. Smoke could also be seen billowing in the distance in the area of fighting. Ma’ar Tamater and Ma’artasin are two of the villages liberated by the Syrian army units, following clashes with militant groups. According to… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkey announces death of 2 soldiers in Libya after clashes with LNA

Published 2020-02-26 08:53:07 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced that two of the country’s soldiers had died in Libya. He has not shared any details about the location or date of their deaths. “We have two martyrs there in Libya”, he stated briefly. The news comes just two days after reports about 16 Turkish soldiers being killed in Tripoli clashes. Erdogan confirmed that several troops died, also claiming major losses amongst the ranks of the Libyan National Army, but did not elaborate on the actual numbers. The North African country has been engulfed in a civil war since the assassination of… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Turkish-backed Idlib offensive backfires as Syrian Army seizes large part of Jabal Al-Zawiya

Published 2020-02-26 08:39:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Turkish military made a major gamble this week when they backed another big offensive in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Launches Attack Along Western Aleppo Axis Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the National Liberation Forces (NLF), the militants concentrated most of their troops at the Nayrab axis in eastern Idlib, as they attempted to advance towards the key city of Saraqib. While achieving some success at the east Idlib axis, the militants left the southern flank of the strategic Jabal Al-Zawiya region completely exposed to a… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


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