This is a summary of 11 AMN articles on the following subjects: Coronavirus, Italy, Idlib, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, US, Lebanon, Coalition, Iraq, Russia, Aleppo.

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Shocking video shows ‘caravan of death’ as coronavirus hits Italian city

Published 2020-03-19 22:41:57 by News Desk in World-News

From desolate motorways to empty high streets, sadly this is the only traffic Bergamo has seen for a while. The reality facing parts of Italy right now is that local crematoriums are overwhelmed. This convoy of army vehicles is transporting around 60 coffins containing victims of coronavirus to be cremated at facilities in other cities, including Modena, Parma, Piacenza – their ashes will then be transported back to Bergamo. The mobile phone footage taken from a witness’ window is a stark reminder of the immense human cost of Covid-19, something which can easily be forgotten amidst the barrage of coronavirus… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Italy

Syrian Army stifles jihadist attack in southern Idlib

Published 2020-03-19 22:27:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched an attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in southern Idlib on Thursday, targeting the latter’s positions around the town of Hazarin. According to a military source near this front, a group of jihadist rebels attempted to infiltrate the Syrian Army’s positions at Hazarin, prompting the troops protecting the area to engage the militants before they could breach their lines. The source said the Syrian Army managed to repel the jihadist attack after a short firefight in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of southern Aleppo. He would add that the militants… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Breaking: Turkish troops withdraw from 2 cities in Idlib after ambush

Published 2020-03-19 19:55:35 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Minutes ago, a number of opposition activists reported the withdrawal of Turkish troops from two cities in the Idlib Governorate. According to reports, the Turkish military withdrew from the cities of Sarmin and Binnish, which are located in different parts of the Idlib Governorate. The reason for this withdrawal is unknown. The withdrawal of these troops comes just hours after the Turkish Army was ambushed by unknown assailants along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway). No group has claimed responsibility for this attack.  

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Chopper involved in bin Laden raid was chased by Pakistani F-16: pilot

Published 2020-03-19 18:57:38 by News Desk in World-News

One of the American helicopters involved in the mission against Osama bin Laden was chased by a Pakistani fighter jet, an eyewitness has said. Douglas Englen, a decorated special-ops aviator who was the planner and flight lead of the operation, said his Chinook transport helicopter had been “engaged” by an F-35 while he was returning to base in Afghanistan after the raid. “It was as an electronic fight. A missile never left the rail. So I was able to evade him electronically. That’s all I’ll say. But, he was searching and hunting for me, and three times came very close… Read on ->

Tags: Pakistan, US

Turkey announces death of soldier after ambush in Idlib

Published 2020-03-19 18:39:32 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Turkish authorities announced on Thursday the killing of a Turkish soldier near the city of Idlib, without giving details of the circumstances of his death. The account of the Turkish state of Sivas’ governorate Saleh Ayhan: “Corporal Ramadan Nair (25 years old) was killed in the Idlib Governorate, Syria, and he is a resident of Sivas.” According to earlier reports, a Turkish military convoy was ambushed while it was driving along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4). No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, some opposition activists have claimed that this was the work of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Lebanese MP accuses US of ‘smuggling’ Amer Al-Fakhoury from country

Published 2020-03-19 18:18:23 by News Desk in Lebanon

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – Lebanese Minister of Parliament Walid Soukariyeh told Sputnik Arabic on Thursday that the former head of the infamous Khiam Prison and member of the Israeli-backed South Lebanese Army (SLA), Amer al-Fakhoury, is a criminal and deserves execution, not his release. “The Israeli pressure is clear. An American delegate visited Lebanon and informed the government and the President of the Republic that Fakhoury is an American citizen and we want him,” Soukariyeh said. Soukariyeh pointed out that “it is possible that it is the Israeli intelligence that is demanding it by pressuring the United States to… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon

Turkish military convoy ambushed in Idlib countryside: report

Published 2020-03-19 15:18:44 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A Turkish military convoy that was traveling through the Idlib countryside on Wednesday was reportedly ambushed by unknown assailants, Muraselon news reported, citing opposition media. The Muraselon report said the Turkish Army convoy was traveling through the town of Mahambal when they were ambushed by the unknown assailants. “According to information monitored by Muraselon, a Turkish Army convoy was subjected to a number of explosive devices during a crossing along the Latakia-Aleppo road (M-4), which is under the control of the militants; this led to the loss of a number of Turkish forces,” Muraselon said…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

US Coalition troops withdraw from Syrian border base: official

Published 2020-03-19 15:05:03 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.)- The international coalition forces led by the United States began reducing its bases in Iraq by handing over its first military installation to the Iraqi security forces, the latter said via their official Facebook page on Thursday. According to the Iraqi security forces, they have officially taken control of the Al-Qa’im military base after the U.S. military completely withdrew their troops from this area along the Syrian border. For his part, the governor of the Al-Qa’im District, Ahmad Jediyan, revealed in a special statement to Sputnik Arabic on Thursday that the “Al-Qa’im military base” is not… Read on ->

Tags: Coalition, Iraq, Syria

Lockheed Martin releases computer simulation destroying Russia’s S-400: video

Published 2020-03-19 14:21:52 by News Desk in World-News

Lockheed Martin Corp has released a promotional video that appears to show a simulated airstrike on Russian weaponry. More than halfway into the promo, CGI footage shows strikes by Lockheed’s planes on Russia’s trademark S-400 anti-air systems and a road-mobile Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile system, as the voice-over narrates about the “ever-evolving threats” to US security. Lockheed’s new video is dedicated to the weapons manufacturer’s Advanced Development Programmes, also known as Skunk Works, the elite division tasked with top-secret research and development. It appears to show mostly concepts of new machines, with the only real-life aircraft being the troubled F-35… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, US

Turkish military sends convoy to Idlib, builds new base in Aleppo

Published 2020-03-19 14:14:46 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military has increased their presence in the Idlib and Aleppo governorates this week, as the ceasefire established in Moscow earlier this month comes apart. According to reports from northwestern Syria, the Turkish military sent in reinforcements and equipment to their forces in northwestern Idlib and western Aleppo, with some claims of a new base established in the latter. The reports specified that the Turkish military established a new base in the western Aleppo town of Al-Jinah, which is currently under the control of the militant forces. At the same time, Turkish military vehicles… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria, Turkey

All eyes on Jisr Al-Shughour as Syrian Army amasses large force in southwestern Idlib

Published 2020-03-19 13:34:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has sent more reinforcements to the Jabal Al-Zawiya front of southwestern Idlib this week, as they prepare to launch a new push towards the strategic city of Jisr Al-Shughour. According to a field report from the southwestern Idlib front, the Syrian Arab Army sent reinforcements and heavy equipment to the Jabal Al-Zawiya front near the administrative border of the Hama Governorate on Wednesday. The recent arrival of these reinforcements coincides with the deadline given by the Russian military to their Turkish counterparts about the withdrawal of all militant groups from… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

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