This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hama, Syria, Russia, Turkey, Aleppo, Hezbollah, Idlib, Saraqib, Mediterranean, Ansarallah, Hazm, Jawf, Yemen, Daraa, Libya, US.

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Air war continues as Syrian Army shoots down another Turkish drone

Published 2020-03-01 20:38:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – For the fourth time on Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has shot down a Turkish military drone that was attempting to target their positions in the western countryside of the Hama Governorate. According to a military report from the Hama Governorate, the Turkish drone was flying over the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the town of Joureen when their air defenses confronted the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The report said the Turkish drone was shot down before it could hit the Syrian Arab Army’s positions inside Joureen. As of Sunday, the Syrian Army has… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Russia responds to Erdogan’s comments about getting out of Turkey’s way in Syria

Published 2020-03-01 20:23:52 by News Desk in Syria

Russia is the only country with a legitimate, internationally recognized right to station troops in Syria, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. “Russia is the only country which has troops in Syria on a legal basis and at the request of the legitimate Syrian government,” Peskov said, speaking to Russia 1’s Moscow.Kremlin.Putin programme on Sunday when asked to comment on President Erdogan’s remarks about what “business” Russia has in Syria. “All other military forces of other countries are in Syria in contravention of the norms and principles of international law,” Peskov added. According to the Kremlin spokesman, all of the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey

Syrian air defenses repel suspected Turkish drone attack on Hama Airbase

Published 2020-03-01 20:08:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Syrian air defense units responded to an attack by suspected Turkish military drones over the Hama Governorate on Sunday. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), quoting its correspondent in Hama Governorate, said that the Syrian air defense units responded to an attack carried out by enemy drones on the Hama Airbase. The Syrian Arab Army said on Sunday that their forces had shot down at least three Turkish drones, with at least one of the incidents captured on film. The General Command of the Syrian army and armed forces announced on Sunday that they… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Turkish forces strike military airport in southern Aleppo

Published 2020-03-01 19:23:59 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces announced on Sunday the targeting of the Nayrab Military Airport in the southern Aleppo countryside. The Anatolia Agency, citing Turkish military sources, said that the Nayrab Military Airport was targeted by aircraft and taken out of service. However, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) denied that the airport was destroyed, pointing out that its runway was targeted, along with some warehouses. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar earlier said, “The Turkish army operation in Idlib, Syria, which it called (Operation Spring Shield) is continuing successfully.”

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Syrian Army, Hezbollah crack militant lines to seize several towns in east Idlib

Published 2020-03-01 18:58:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah are currently advancing at the Saraqib front in eastern Idlib, as their forces have reportedly captured several sites from the jihadists and Turkish-backed militants. Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah managed to retake the towns of Kafr Bateekh, Dadikh, Tal Dadikh, Jawbas, and San, putting their forces at the outskirts of Nayrab in eastern Idlib. Furthermore, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah are currently advancing inside the city of Saraqib, as their forces have already captured several neighborhoods and building blocks from the jihadist… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Idlib, Saraqib, Syria

US aircraft carrier group enters Mediterranean amid heightened tensions between Russia, Turkey in Syria

Published 2020-03-01 17:15:23 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower crossed through the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday night, the Marine Traffic maritime information portal has reported. According to the resource, the aircraft carrier, going by the call sign NIKE, is currently sailing east of Gibraltar as of Sunday afternoon. The ship reportedly has an escort of several other US Navy warships, including the USS San Jacinto and USS Vella Gulf Tomahawk-armed guided-missile cruisers, as well as a destroyer squadron consisting of the USS Stout, USS James E. Williams and USS Truxton destroyers. The US Navy issued a press statement… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army, Hezbollah score new advance in Saraqib after resuming operation

Published 2020-03-01 15:59:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside Hezbollah, scored a new advance in the city of Saraqib on Sunday, following the resumption of their counter-offensive in this area. Led by elements of the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture several areas inside of Saraqib, including a number of neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city. According to a military source in the area, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah are now steadily advancing in the city-center, as they look to capture the remaining neighborhoods under the… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Saraqib, Syria

Ansarallah forces capture capital city of Al-Jawf in decisive battle

Published 2020-03-01 15:18:49 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces have announced the capture of the capital city of the Al-Jawf Governorate, following a week-long battle with the Saudi-backed Islah militias in northern Yemen. According to the Ansarallah forces, the pro-government Yemeni military and Islah militias withdrew from the administrative capital of the Al-Jawf Governorate, Hazm, after nearly besieging the aforementioned groups on Sunday. The loss of Hazm marks the first time in over two years that the Saudi-led Coalition has lost a capital city in Yemen. Furthermore, the loss of Hazm could not come at a worse time for the Saudi-led… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Hazm, Jawf, Yemen

Syrian military imposes no-fly-zone over Idlib: SANA

Published 2020-03-01 15:07:04 by News Desk in Syria

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The Syrian army announced on Sunday imposing a no-fly-zone over the country’s battlefield Idlib Province, saying any hostile aircraft will be targeted, according to the state news agency SANA. The airspace over northwestern Syria, particularly Idlib, is closed to any flight or drones and any aircraft violating the airspace will be dealt with as a hostile target and will be shot down, said the statement. The new decision comes on the heels of the current tension with Turkey, which is backing the rebel groups in Idlib.   Source: Xinhua

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Ansarallah forces on the cusp of capturing capital city of Al-Jawf

Published 2020-03-01 14:32:13 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Saudi-backed Islah forces are on the verge of suffering a major defeat at the hands of the Ansarallah troops in northern Yemen, as the latter’s fighters reach the administrative capital of the Al-Jawf Governorate. According to the latest reports from Al-Jawf, the Anasrallah forces have rapidly advanced from the recently captured Al-Ghayl District towards the administrative capital, Hazm, reaching the city’s outskirts earlier today. The Ansarallah forces have allegedly entered Hazm from its western entrance; however, this has yet to be confirmed by the official media wing of the Ansarallah forces. Should Hazm fall… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Jawf, Yemen

Turkey shoots down 2 Syrian jets in western Idlib

Published 2020-03-01 14:17:16 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military has shot down two Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) jets in western Idlib this afternoon, following the downing of a Turkish drone in the governorate. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), two Syrian jets were shot down by the Turkish forces in Idlib, forcing the pilots to eject from their aircraft. SANA said both pilots are fine; however, no further details were released at this time. The downing of these two jets marks a new phase in the escalation between the Syrian and Turkish armed forces.

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army launches new anti-terror operation in Daraa

Published 2020-03-01 14:12:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) announced on Sunday that their forces begun an anti-terror operation in the town of Sinamayn, which is located in the northern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate. According to a field source in the Dara’a Governorate, the Syrian Army’s operation came after the armed militants inside Sinamayn refused to handover their weapons and end their attacks against their forces in northern Dara’a. The source said the Syrian Army isolated several militants in the western part of the town before storming their positions. Furthermore, one of the leader’s of the armed group… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Benghazi-based Libyan gov’t sends first official delegation to Syria

Published 2020-03-01 13:55:15 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Deputy Prime Minister of the Benghazi-based Libyan government, Abdul-Rahman Al-Ahiresh, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdul-Hadi Al-Hawaij, arrived in the Syrian capital on Sunday to discuss cooperation between the two countries in countering Turkish moves and combating terrorism. The government delegation included Major General Younes Farhat and the head of the Libyan Intelligence Service, Major General Mustafa al-Muqrin, and the director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau, Benghazi, Ambassador Abdul Salam Al-Raqe’i. The delegation of the Libyan government was received at Damascus International Airport by the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

Turkish-backed militants capture town in southwest Idlib

Published 2020-03-01 13:44:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants and their allied jihadists have captured a new town in southwestern Idlib after announcing the start of “Operation Spring Shield”, an offensive geared at driving the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) back to the Sochi lines. According to a military source in northwestern Syria, the Turkish-backed militants and their allies managed to capture the town of Al-Amiqiyah, which is located just north of the Jabal Shashabo area. However, the source confirmed to Al-Masdar that while Al-Amiqiyah was captured this afternoon, all reports about militants seizing Hazarin, Sufahan, and Fattirah are false; they are… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army shoots down Turkish aircraft, militants mistakenly celebrate and claim responsibility

Published 2020-03-01 13:20:21 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shot down a Turkish drone over the northwestern region of Syria on Sunday, prompting some false reports to be spread about militants shooting down a Syrian Air Force jet. At first, the false claims made by pro-militant media channels alleged that a Syrian Air Force Su-24 jet was shot down over the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. However, to the surprise of many observers, as the militants celebrated the downing of the aircraft on video, it was revealed to actually be an armed Turkish drone that was likely shot… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Large Turkish military convoy enters northwestern Syria, heads to front-line area: video

Published 2020-03-01 10:01:17 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – A large Turkish military convoy entered Syria on Saturday through the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing in northwestern Syria. According to reports from the Idlib Governorate, the Turkish military convoy was seen heading towards Jabal al-Zawiya with technical and armored vehicles, tanks, and bulldozers. The Turkish military convoy was specifically said to have been heading towards the front-line area in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region; this is where their allied militant forces are currently attacking the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in southwestern Idlib. RT Arabic released a video of the Turkish military heading towards the Jabal Al-Zawiya… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Russian Air Force launches wide-scale attack across Idlib to stop militant advance

Published 2020-03-01 09:49:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force is back to launching heavy strikes over the Idlib Governorate, as their warplanes were reported to have carried out several attacks against the Turkish-backed militants and jihadists in the Jabal Al-Zawiya and Jisr Al-Shughour areas. According to a military source in northwestern Syria, the Russian Air Force has stepped up their strikes over the Idlib Governorate these past 12 hours, hitting several sites belonging to the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) and their jihadist allies. These strikes by the Russian Air Force came in response to several attacks launched by the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

US, Turkey in talks about deploying Patriot missiles to northern Syria

Published 2020-03-01 09:35:15 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Washington and Ankara are discussing Turkey’s request for the temporary deployment of American Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems on its border with Syria, US President Donald Trump said on Saturday. Trump’s remarks came in response to a reporter’s question about whether the former had spoken with his Turkish counterpart Erdogan about Ankara’s request, as well as about the death of 36 Turkish soldiers in Syria’s Idlib provance earlier this month. “We are speaking to President Erdogan a lot. We are talking to him about [the request],” Trump told reporters at White House. Earlier in the day, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey, US

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