This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hasakah, ISIS, Libya, Syria, Iran, Iraq, US, Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen, Kirkuk, Maduro, Venezuela, Aleppo, Turkey, UAE, North_Korea, Idlib, Riyadh.

Categories covered in this brief: Syria, North-Africa, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, World-News, Gulf

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Several ISIS fighters allegedly break out of prison in northeast Syria

Published 2020-03-29 23:42:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – A number of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters have reportedly broken out of a prison in the northeastern region of Syria this evening, local activists reported via social media. According to the reports, several Islamic State fighters broke out of the Ghuweiran Prison in Al-Hasakah, prompting the U.S. Coalition to get involved in order to apprehend the terrorists. The reports claim that U.S. Coalition aircraft are conducting intensive flights over Al-Hasakah, while using light bombs to prevent their movements. ISIS terrorists have escaped from an Al-Hasakah prison before; however, they were later recaptured a few days… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, ISIS

Turkish-backed Syrian militants suffer devastating losses in northwestern Libya: report

Published 2020-03-29 23:00:40 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Syrian militants have been at the forefront of the Libyan battle for the capital city, Tripoli, since they first arrived in the North African nation in late December 2019. In fact, prior to late March, the Syrian militants had only lost 150 fighters in their quest to prevent the Libyan National Army (LNA) from capturing the cities of Tripoli and Misrata. However, the situation has drastically changed over the last week, as LNA sources report the death of dozens of Syrian militants, including field commanders from Free Syrian Army FSA) factions. The losses… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

Syria announces first death due to coronavirus infection

Published 2020-03-29 22:18:44 by News Desk in Syria

The first death from the coronavirus has been confirmed in Syria, the state news agency reported. A woman died in hospital shortly after being admitted as an emergency patient, the SANA news agency cited the ministry as saying. Her test for COVID-19 came back positive. Authorities in Syria have so far confirmed five COVID-19 cases. A curfew was imposed across the country on 25 March. The World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. According to the Johns Hopkins University count, over 684,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed globally and more than 32,000 people have died… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria

Iraq to play serious role in deescalating conflict between US and Iran: PM

Published 2020-03-29 22:11:46 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.)- Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adnan Al-Zurfi announced that his country will begin to play a serious role in alleviating the conflict between Tehran and Washington, and in removing Iraq and the region completely from its dangerous repercussions. Zurfi tweeted on Sunday: “The increase in geopolitical tension in the region, especially the conflict between the United States and the neighbor, the Islamic Republic of Iran, has negative repercussions on the Iraqi political, economic and security situation.” “Therefore, we will start playing a serious role in alleviating this conflict and removing Iraq and the region from its dangerous repercussions,”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US

Ansarallah forces launch largest attack inside Saudi Arabia since start of Yemen War

Published 2020-03-29 19:36:56 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Ansarallah Movement announced on Sunday that its armed forces carried out a major military operation inside Saudi territory, bombing “sensitive targets” in Riyadh, Jizan, Najran and Asir with a large number of missiles and drones. The spokesman for the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahya Sare’a, said in a broadcast posted by Yemen’s Al-Masirah TV: “In fulfillment of the promise of the leader of the revolution, and our inauguration for the sixth year of steadfastness and in response to the escalation of the air aggression alliance during the past days, our armed forces, with… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen

Saudi Arabia accuses Yemen’s Ansarallah forces of attacking Riyadh

Published 2020-03-29 17:01:44 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, announced that Saudi air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles on Saturday night, claiming that this attack was carried out by the Ansarallah (var. Houthi) forces. “The Saudi air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles on Saturday night, fired by Yemeni Houthi militants allied with Iran, towards the capital Riyadh and Jizan city in the southern part of the kingdom,” the Saudi news agency quoted the spokesman as saying on Sunday. Colonel Maliki said in a statement that no loss of life was recorded since the… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen

Syrian Army issues new order to discharge long-serving soldiers

Published 2020-03-29 16:55:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The General Command of the Syrian Arab Army and Armed Forces issued on Sunday two administrative orders ending the retention and summons of reserve officers who have completed three or more years of actual reserve service and for the row of retained officers and individuals who have had actual reserve service of 7 years or more. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted the statement of the leadership of the Syrian Army as saying: “We issued two administrative orders ending the retention and recall for April 7th, 2020 of the reserve officers in the civil… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria

US forces handover K-1 military base to Iraqi Army

Published 2020-03-29 16:20:59 by News Desk in Iraq

The international coalition forces, tasked with fighting the Islamic State (IS) militant group, withdrew on Sunday from the K1 military base in Iraq’s northern province of Kirkuk. “The Iraqi forces took over the K1 base from the international coalition forces in the presence of the representative of the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi forces and other military commanders in the province,” an Iraqi army officer told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. “The international coalition forces had departed the base and the K1 base now is under full control of the Iraqi forces,” the office said. On the other side, a U.S.-led… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Kirkuk, US

Venezuelan President vows to unleash ‘Bolivarian rage’ if US kills any officials

Published 2020-03-29 12:58:50 by News Desk in World-News

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has warned the authorities of Colombia and the US will face consequences if they crack down on his country’s political elite. “If one day the imperialists and Colombian oligarchy dare to touch even a single hair, they will face the Bolivarian fury of an entire nation that will wipe them all out”, Maduro said in an address in Caracas earlier this week. He also described US President Donald Trump as a “racist cowboy” and a “miserable human being”, accusing POTUS of managing international relations “like a New York Mafia extortion artist you once were as a… Read on ->

Tags: Maduro, Venezuela

Turkish military attacks Syrian Army, YPG forces in northern Aleppo

Published 2020-03-29 12:33:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military launched an attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Aleppo on Sunday morning, a field source said from the governorate. According to the source, the Turkish military and their allied militants heavily targeted the positions of both the Syrian Army and YPG in the Tal Rifa’at District. The source said the attack was carried out with artillery shells and rockets, which were fired by both the Turkish Armed Forces and the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA). The Turkish military and their allied forces have often… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey

UAE’s influence is key to Syria’s return to the Arab League: analyst

Published 2020-03-29 11:58:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Syrian writer and political analyst, Ghassan Yousef, said that the phone call made by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ), to the Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, may be a prelude to Syria’s return to the Arab League. Ghassan Youssef told Sputnik World on Saturday that the UAE has excellent relations with Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which could pave the way for Syria’s return to the Arab League, noting that relations between Syria and the Gulf countries have become good except for Qatar, he said. He said that the talks between the Crown Prince… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, UAE

North Korea fires unknown missile towards Sea of Japan: report

Published 2020-03-29 11:31:30 by News Desk in World-News

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North Korea has fired an unknown projectile toward the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said citing a statement from the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). “North Korea carried out a launch of an unknown projectile toward the Sea of Japan,” the agency quoted the statement as saying. “In a situation where the entire world is experiencing difficulties due to COVID-19, this kind of military act by North Korea is very inappropriate and we call for an immediate halt,” JCS said. No official information about the type of the projectile is available so far. According to South Korea’s… Read on ->

Tags: North_Korea

Syrian Army reinforcements roll into southern Idlib with heavy weapons

Published 2020-03-29 09:57:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) build-up in the southern part of the Idlib Governorate continued over the weekend, as several units from the military made their way to the the Jabal Al-Zawiya region near the Al-Ghaab Plain. According to a field source in the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Army reinforcement rolled into the Jabal Al-Zawiya region with tanks and BMPs, while reconnaissance planes from the Russian Air Force monitored the area south of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway). The source said the Syrian Arab Army is building up its forces in southern Idlib in order… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Video footage shows alleged remains of Saudi Patriot missile used near Riyadh

Published 2020-03-29 09:36:42 by News Desk in Gulf

Saudi military officials said that two missiles fired toward civilian targets in the early hours of Sunday morning had been intercepted and that there were no reported injuries or deaths, according to the Saudi state-run SPA news agency. Twitter users shared video of what is claimed to be debris left behind of an interceptor missile after an attack against against Riyadh and Jizan. Earlier, ​Colonel Turki al-Malki, a Saudi-led coalition spokesman, confirmed the interception of the missiles, and said that the rocket interceptions “caused some shrapnel due to the destruction of the two missiles”.   Source: Sputnik

Tags: Riyadh, Saudi

Unknown missiles target Saudi capital: video

Published 2020-03-29 01:08:20 by News Desk in Gulf

At least two rockets were intercepted in the sky above the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, local media reported. According to the Al-Arabiya broadcaster, citing sources, alongside the two rockets intercepted above the Saudi capital, one more was intercepted over the southern city of Jazan. First explosions in Riyadh were reported around 11:20 p.m. by residents of the capital’s northern districts, according to Al-Arabiya. Social media users shared videos claimed to be from the area of the reported incidents. ​No group so far has claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier in February, Saudi state media reported that the country’s… Read on ->

Tags: Riyadh, Saudi

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