This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aleppo, Syria, Pentagon, Russia, Turkey, Ansarallah, Yemen, Erdogan, Idlib, US, Coronavirus, Hasakah, Hodeidah, HTS, Greece.

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New Quds Force commander makes first visit to Syria since Qassem Soleimani’s death

Published 2020-03-10 22:58:52 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The new commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, has reportedly visited Aleppo, marking the first time he has visited Syria since the death of General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3rd. In an exclusive interview with the Mehr News Agency, a member of the Syrian National Reconciliation Committee, Omar Rahmon, revealed Ghaani’s visit to Aleppo, calling it a show of support to the Syrian government and Resistance Axis after the Turkish military’s attack. “The new Quds Force commander’s visit to the southwestern suburbs of Aleppo shows Iran’s stance in its support… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkey will not receive Patriot missiles until they return S-400 to Russia: Pentagon

Published 2020-03-10 22:37:24 by News Desk in Turkey

The United States continues to condition the supply of the Patriot air defence systems to Turkey on returning the already purchased S-400 systems back to Russia, US Defense Department spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said in a briefing on Tuesday. “Turkey is not going to receive a Patriot battery unless it returns the S-400,” Hoffman told reporters. Earlier on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the United States has softened its stance on Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence systems and reduced its demands to asking Ankara not to put the weapon on active service. Russia began delivering the… Read on ->

Tags: Pentagon, Russia, Turkey


Ansarallah forces on the verge of entering Marib’s capital city

Published 2020-03-10 21:24:24 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – For the second time in the last two weeks, the Ansarallah forces are on the verge of entering a provincial capital in northern Yemen. According to the latest report from the Ansarallah forces, their troops have captured several sites in the strategic Sirwah District that is located in western Marib. The Ansarallah forces specifically captured the Al-Tala’ah Al-Hamra’ area that overlooks much of the western neighborhoods of Marib. With this area captured, the Ansarallah forces find themselves in fire control over much of western Marib, which is a major issue for the remaining Islah militiamen… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Russia says 2 Syrian Pantsir systems were damaged during Turkish military attack

Published 2020-03-10 21:09:00 by News Desk in Syria

Two Syrian Pantsyr air defense missile/gun systems were damaged in Turkey’s attacks. They will be repaired soon, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. “As a result of mass attack by Turkish combat unmanned aerial vehicles, two Syrian Pantsyr air defense missile/gun systems were damaged,” the ministry said, adding that repair works were nearing completion. Turkey’s statements that its drones destroyed eight Syrian Pantsyr air defense systems are not true, the Russian top brass added. “Reports submitted to Turkey’s head of state about the combat efficiency of the use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles in the Idlib governorate, which allegedly… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army finds large network of jihadist tunnels, bases in western Aleppo: video

Published 2020-03-10 20:40:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered more tunnels and bases that belonged to the jihadist rebels in western Aleppo this week. During their large-scale combing operation through the western countryside of Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army found large trenches connecting to tunnels across the battlefield. In addition to these tunnels and trenches, the Syrian Army also found what is believed to be the headquarters of Abu Mohammad Al-Jolani, the leader of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Based on the video footage, the jihadist rebels were well-prepared for a long battle against the Syrian Armed Forces; however, their… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkish military destroyed 8 Russian-made air defense systems in Idlib: Erdogan

Published 2020-03-10 19:52:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that his country’s armed forces destroyed eight Russian-made air defense systems during their attack on the Syrian military’s positions in the Idlib Governorate. According to Erdogan, the Turkish military destroyed at least eight Russian-made Pantsir-S1 systems during their wide-scale attack on the Syrian military’s positions in northwestern Syria. “In Idlib, we destroyed eight Pantsir with the help of our combat drones. These are very expensive and important air defense systems,” NTV television quoted Erdogan as saying. He also added that, in addition to Idlib, these complexes are… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Idlib, Syria


US deploys B-2 stealth bombers to Europe amid massive drills

Published 2020-03-10 19:39:35 by News Desk in World-News

The United States Air Force has deployed a task force of B-2 Spirit stealth bombers at Lajes Field, in the Portuguese Azores Islands as part of a broader ongoing deployment of strategic bombers to the European continent, United States European Command (EUCOM) has announced. “The aircraft will operate out of various military installations in the US European Command’s area of responsibility,” EUCOM said in a statement. “Strategic bomber deployments to Europe provide theatre familiarization for aircrew members and demonstrate US commitment to allies and partners,” the statement added. EUCOM did not specify the number of aircraft involved in the B-2… Read on ->

Tags: US


Syria is currently coronavirus free: Health Minister

Published 2020-03-10 19:32:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Minister of Health, Nizar Yaziji, confirmed on Tuesday that Syria currently has no coronavirus infections. “Syria is free so far from the coronavirus  and we have not recorded any illness and and all suspected cases proved to be negative,” Yaziji said. This statement came after the Ministry of Health issued a statement on its Facebook page confirming that “the results of laboratory analysis of the suspected case of infection with the coronavirus in isolation at the University Hospital of Mouwasat are negative and the analysis confirmed that the infection is a bacterial lung… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Syria


Russian military expands presence near US forces in northeast Syria

Published 2020-03-10 18:31:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The Russian military has sent a large convoy of military personnel and vehicles to the northeastern region of Syria this week, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reported on Tuesday. According to the source, the Russian military convoy consisted of nearly 20 armored vehicles and a large number of personnel, who were said to have deployed to the border city of Al-Derbisiyah in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. The source said the Russian military convoy made its way along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Hasakah) to the border area, where they met up with the Russian forces… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Russia, Syria, US


Syrian Army uncovers large jihadist weapons factory in west Aleppo: photos

Published 2020-03-10 18:18:40 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has uncovered a large weapons factory that was used by the jihadist rebels in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the weapons factory was found in the town of Kafr Naha, which was one of the main strongholds for the jihadist rebels in the western part of Aleppo. As shown in the photos below, the weapons factory produced shells that would be used to hit the provincial capital and other areas under the Syrian government’s control. https://twitter.com/MIG29_/status/1237350782133026818?s=20

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Russian electronic warfare wreaked havoc on Turkish drones in Syria: report

Published 2020-03-10 18:12:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Russian electronic warfare systems played a significant role in Syria’s air defenses during the last few days of the open conflict between the Syrian and Turkish armed forces in Idlib. In a report on Tuesday, the aviation publication Avia.Pro reported that the Russian military used the Krasukha-2 and Krasukha-4 electronic warfare systems to suppress the Turkish drone attacks across the Idlib and Aleppo governorates. “Thanks to these systems, Turkish drones were able to be knocked off their routes, and for the same reason, Turkish drones and F-16 fighters could not effectively hit ground targets,”… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Turkey is using Idlib ceasefire to regroup militants: media

Published 2020-03-10 17:59:58 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – Turkey is using the ceasefire in Idlib to regroup their allied militants for a potential counter-offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Russia’s Independent reported. “Violating the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone, the Syrian armed opposition continued to shell government forces. Pro-Turkish formations fired mortar shells at the positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area of ​​Kafr Batykh,” the Independent said. “In addition, on March 8, information was received about the crossing of at least three Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Syrian air border. UAV data were limited to… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


‘Everything is on the table’ – US is prepared to help Turkey in Idlib

Published 2020-03-10 17:43:43 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The United States would respond with unspecified measures and sanctions if Russia or Syria violated the recently-agreed-to ceasefire in Idlib, James Franklin Jeffrey, the US special envoy for Syria, told reporters in Brussels on Tuesday. The envoy did not elaborate on whether any action would be taken if Turkey is the side that breaks the ceasefire deal. He did not rule out assisting Turkey in Idlib within the framework of NATO, including supplying missile defence systems. “We are looking at what NATO can do, all options on the table,” Jeffrey replied when asked whether the US was considering supplying the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian military to take control of all areas south of M-4 Highway

Published 2020-03-10 15:17:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – As part of the Moscow agreement that was put in place last Thursday, the Russian military will take control of all areas south of the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4) in the Idlib Governorate. According to the latest report from northwestern Syria, the Russian military will deploy to all areas south of the M-4 Highway, while their Turkish partners will maintain control north of the roadway. The Russian and Turkish armed forces have already begun patrolling the M-4 Highway in Idlib, despite the reluctance of some militant groups to withdraw from this safe zone area inside this… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Jihadists used archaeological site as military base in Idlib: video

Published 2020-03-10 14:58:20 by News Desk in Syria

Footage filmed on Monday shows the remains of the ancient city of Al-Bara, in an area recently recaptured by SAA forces in the Idlib countryside. Images show part of the archaeological site, located nearly 90 southwest of Aleppo, with remains of the city’s structure. In the area, which was reportedly turned into a headquarters of the ‘Al-Nusra Front’. Weapons storage tunnels and training facilities are also visible. “Al-Bara is an archaeological site that contains many historical ruins. The militant groups used it as a stronghold and fortified it using detailed engineering techniques. They know very well that the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


US offers land, air, sea intelligence to Turkey in Idlib

Published 2020-03-10 14:53:18 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The U.S. has reportedly offered to help Turkey in the Syrian governorate of Idlib after a tumultuous start of the month, which saw the Turkish Armed Forces directly engage the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to Asharq Al-Aswat, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the U.S. offered to aid Turkey with land, air, and sea intelligence, despite the ongoing ceasefire that was first implemented last Thursday. This move by Washington comes just days after Ankara requested Patriot air defense missiles to protect their border amid a powerful military campaign launched by the Syrian and Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Ansarallah forces shoot down enemy aircraft in western Yemen

Published 2020-03-10 14:31:21 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced the downing of a reconnaissance plane belonging to the Arab coalition forces in the Hodeidah Governorate on Tuesday. According to the official media wing of the Ansarallah forces, the group was able to “shoot down a spy plane belonging to the forces of aggression (the Arab coalition), while flying overhead in the area of ​​Faza in the district of Al-Tahita (south of Hodeidah).” “The plane was shot down while it was carrying out hostilities,” they added. The Ansarallah forces did not give further details about the shooting down of the plane…. Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Hodeidah, Yemen


Erdogan wants to jointly manage Syria’s oil fields

Published 2020-03-10 14:19:54 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has proposed the joint management of oil fields in eastern Syria to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and has suggested that Russia and Turkey can manage the oil fields in place of the “terrorists” who control them at present. Speaking to reporters during his flight back from Brussels on Tuesday, Erdogan said that Putin was evaluating the offer, which the Turkish president said he made during talks in Moscow last week. Erdogan added that he may make a similar proposal to US President Donald Trump. “Deir ez-Zor is another territory with oil reserves. In… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army tours jihadist leader’s HQ in Aleppo: video

Published 2020-03-10 00:16:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – While combing through the recently captured areas in western Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered the headquarters of one of the most wanted terrorists in Syria. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the army uncovered the headquarters of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in the town of Anjarah, which is located in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. The SANA report said the compound belonged to the HTS leader and most wanted terrorist in Syria, Abu Mohammad Al-Jolani. Shortly after the report first surfaced, SANA released a video showing the entire terrorist… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, HTS, Syria


Turkish military filmed shooting down Greek border fence: video

Published 2020-03-10 00:02:03 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Greek government released a video documenting a Turkish military vehicle’s attempt to shoot down part of the border fence between the two countries amid escalating tensions between them over the refugee issue. At the start of the month, the Turkish authorities began allowing people to freely access the Greek border, prompting the government in Athens to condemn Ankara for pushing migrants towards their territory. Turkey opened the border with Greece in response to the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) offensive in the Idlib Governorate, This operation has been strongly opposed by the Ankara regime and… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


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