This is a summary of 11 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Iraq, Karbala, Ansarallah, Yemen, US Iraq, ISIS, Turkey, Haftar, Libya, US, Mitiga, Tripoli.

Categories covered in this brief: Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Middleeast, World-News, Turkey, North-Africa

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Angry jihadist puts bounty on Russian journalists after battlefield woes

Published 2020-03-15 23:44:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – A well-known jihadist propagandist posted a bounty on his Telegram channel this past weekend, calling for the killing of two Russian field journalists who have extensively covered the Syrian war from the front-lines. Tahir Al-‘Umar of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) posted on his Telegram channel that he would give any militant $25,000 (USD) to kill Russian journalists Evgeny Poddubnyy or Oleg Blokhin. Al-‘Umar offered $50,000 (USD) if either Russian journalist is killed by a sniper and $100,000 if they kidnap the journalists or a Russian soldier. https://twitter.com/ejmalrai/status/1239247755282874369?s=20 This bounty comes two weeks after Hay’at Tahrir… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Video footage of aftermath from US airstrikes on Karbala airport

Published 2020-03-15 23:26:00 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – Footage from Friday shows the aftermath of a US airstrike on the unfinished International Airport in Karbala. Debris and rubble could be seen scattered on the ground of the area targeted by the strike, which reportedly left six dead, including three Iraqi soldiers, two police officers and a civilian. According to the US military, the airstrike hit five weapon storage facilities allegedly operated by the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah, in response to a rocket attack that killed two US and one British soldiers at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad, earlier on Wednesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jDKV8q3leU   Credit: Ruptly

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Tags: Iraq, Karbala


First Russian-Turkish patrol along M-4 Highway comes to abrupt end: video

Published 2020-03-15 23:19:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The first joint Russian-Turkish patrol along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia) was abruptly ended on Sunday, March 15th, when protesters crowded the road to block the vehicles. According to reports from the Idlib Governorate, the Russian and Turkish military vehicles were blocked by several protesters, who demanded the Russian Armed Forces leave the area. The Russian and Turkish vehicles later turned around and abruptly ended their first patrol along the M-4 Highway. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday that they have given their Turkish partners more time to convince the militant groups south of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Ansarallah air defenses scare off Saudi F-15 in northern Yemen: report

Published 2020-03-15 22:59:53 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Saturday that their air defenses were able to scare off a Saudi-led Coalition F-15 jet over the skies of Yemen’s Al-Jawf Governorate. A spokesman for the Ansrallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahya Sari’i, said in a brief statement on his Facebook page, “This evening, the air defenses managed to confront an F-15 warplane in the sky of Al-Jawf Governorate.” The spokesperson said that “the confrontation took place with the Fatr-1 system,” stressing, “forcing the war plane to leave before carrying out any hostilities.” On February 23, the group disclosed that… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


US military sends airborne assault forces to Iraq: report

Published 2020-03-15 22:21:27 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The U.S. military has sent one of their primary ground assault forces to Iraq, following an attack on their troops at the Taji Base last week, an Iraqi military source told Sputnik Arabic on Saturday. According to the source, who requested anonymity from inside a prominent air base in Iraq, the personnel of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division will arrive at the base soon. The source added that the U.S. Marine Corps are already present at the air base that the 101st Division is deploying to. The 101st Airborne Division is the world’s only air… Read on ->

Tags: US Iraq


ISIS issues travel warning over coronavirus pandemic

Published 2020-03-15 21:52:52 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, Syria, World-News

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) has issued a travel warning to its fighters this past week, urging them to avoid countries that have coronavirus outbreaks. According to scholar Aymenn Al-Tamimi, the Islamic State’s Al-Naba newsletter published a list of directives on how to handle this latest epidemic. The newsletter included various Hadiths on how to deal with illness: “On the authority of Abu Huraira (may God be pleased with him: the Messenger of God (SAWS) said: “And flee from the one afflicted with leprosy as you flee from the lion”- (narrated by al-Bukhari).” Some of the… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS


Russian-Turkish patrols on M-4 Highway blocked by protesters

Published 2020-03-15 18:09:22 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the shortening of the path of the Russian-Turkish joint patrols in Idlib due to the provocations by militant groups along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia). “The path of the joint patrol lines has been reduced due to the provocations planned by criminal groups, and the terrorists have tried to use civilians as human shields, including women and children,” the Russian Defense Ministry statement said on Sunday. The statement continued: “To prevent these incidents, which could kill the local population, a decision was taken by the Russian-Turkish Joint Center on reducing… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Haftar did not secretly visit Syria: LNA spox.

Published 2020-03-15 18:02:13 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.)- The Libyan National Army spokesman, Ahmed Al-Mismari, stated on Sunday that there was no truth to the reports that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar visited Syria. The Libyan Army General Command revealed the truth about Haftar’s visit to Syria Al-Mesmari said during a press conference in Cairo that “Field Marshal Haftar did not visit Syria.” This comes in response to an article by Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, which said last Monday that it had obtained information indicating that the Libyan National Army chief, Khalifa Hafter, had made a secret visit to Damascus, revealing that “this visit paved the ground… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Syria


Large US military convoy enters Syria from neighboring Iraq

Published 2020-03-15 16:46:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.)  – A large U.S. military convoy has entered Syria from neighboring Iraq this week, the state-owned Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Sunday. Citing local sources, SANA reported that a U.S. military convoy, consisting of 62 trucks loaded with military and logistical supplies and accompanied by 11 military vehicles, entered the Al-Hasakah Governorate from the Al-Walid crossing. The U.S. convoy was said to have made its way to a military base in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, as they they look to strengthen their presence in Syria. This move by the U.S. Armed Forces comes just a… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Syria, US


Jihadist rebels refuse to withdraw from M-4 Highway, Idlib offensive looms

Published 2020-03-15 16:30:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – As of Sunday, March 15th, the jihadist rebels near the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) have refused to withdraw from the area, despite an agreement between Turkey and Russia last week. According to a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) source in the Hama Governorate, the jihadist rebels have not left any of their military posts south of the M-4 Highway; thus, leaving it open for the Syrian Armed Forces to resume their offensive in this region. Per the March 5th Moscow Agreement, all militant groups were supposed to withdraw from the villages and towns south of the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria


Libyan Army attacks strategic airport in Tripoli, Turkish soldiers killed

Published 2020-03-15 15:41:38 by News Desk in North-Africa

The Libyan National Army has hit the Mitiga Airport in Tripoli, Libya, killing Turkish servicemen stationed there, the LNA spokesperson said on Sunday. According to spokesperson Ahmad al-Mismari, for the past several days, the LNA has struck Turkish military targets, including radars and air defences, located at the Mitiga air field. He noted that the LNA had also destroyed everything in the Misrata region that is viewed as having a “Turkish presence”, including military depots. Al-Mismari underlined that the LNA is adhering to the truce, and carries out operations only as a response to provocations by the GNA. He added… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Mitiga, Tripoli, Turkey


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