This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Homs, Israel, Syria, Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen, Iran, Pompeo, LNA, Tripoli, Turkey, Ukraine, Iraq, US, China, EU, INSTEX, Khaddam, Mosul, Idlib, Ghuweiran, Hasakah, Libya.

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Breaking: Syrian military confronts suspected Israeli airstrikes over Homs

Published 2020-03-31 21:03:21 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – Minutes ago, a number of missiles were fired from Lebanese airspace into Syria, resulting in several explosions inside the Homs Governorate. According to initial reports, the Syrian air defenses were activated after several hostile targets entered Syrian airspace and began hitting the Homs Governorate. A source from the Syrian Army said their air defense forces were able to intercept some of these projectiles; however, it appears some have also Prior to the attack, Lebanon’s Sham FM reported that Israeli jets were spotted flying low above the country’s Kesrouan province, which lies on the way between… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Israel, Syria

Saudi Arabia enters peace talks in Yemen after massive attack by Ansarallah forces

Published 2020-03-31 19:04:50 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is holding daily talks with the Ansarallah forces and it has invited the representatives of the latter and Yemeni government in exile to meet, the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen, Muhammad Al Jaber, said on Tuesday. Citing Jaber’s comments, the Wall Street Journal said the peace talks are currently ongoing. “The proposal for the talks to end the ongoing war five years ago is still on the table despite the escalation of violence a few days ago,” pointing out that “the Houthis (Ansarallah) did not respond to the offer yet.” Al… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen

‘Pompeovirus’: Iran trolls US in Twitter post

Published 2020-03-31 18:42:23 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has taken a rather creative approach to lament the US economic pressure on the country in general and to condemn US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in particular. In a tweet, the ministry posted a picture calling to “stop aiding war crimes” and “obeying immoral and illegal US sanctions” with the word “sanction” written in the middle of the image. However, the letter “O” was stylised as the coronavirus with a translucent Mike Pompeo emerging from it. ​The post comes as the United States ramped up pressure against Iran by adding persons and entities to its… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Pompeo

Libyan Army captures important area near Tripoli as Turkish-backed forces suffer heavy losses

Published 2020-03-31 17:21:11 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) continued their large-scale assault across the Tripoli axis this week, seizing several sites from the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces and their allied Syrian mercenaries. According to Brigadier-General Khaled Al Mahjoub, the LNA captured a number of sites in southern Tripoli and the greater capital area, including the plateau project after a fierce battle with the GNA. Al Mahjoub said that the plateau project is considered one of the important neighborhoods near the heart of the capital and that controlling it facilitates the process of entering the capital…. Read on ->

Tags: LNA, Tripoli

Iran’s natural gas exports halted after pipeline explosion along Turkish border: video

Published 2020-03-31 16:35:47 by News Desk in Iran

A pipeline carrying gas between Turkey and Iran exploded at the Gurbulak border gate, on the Turkish side of the border with Iran, on Tuesday. Natural gas exports to Iran were reportedly halted following the incident. The causes of the explosion have not been determined yet. Footage captured from the scene oshows fire and smoke billowing amid the explosion.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Iran, Turkey

Ukrainian-made armored vehicles used by Syrian militants: photos

Published 2020-03-31 15:05:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – A Ukrainian-made armored vehicle has allegedly been supplied to the Syrian militants, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported on Tuesday, citing a number of photos that were released this week. “Ukraine began to supply the Syrian fighters with their own weapons. So, in the photographs published by terrorists a few days ago, experts identified the Wartu armored vehicles, which confirm the supply to militants with Ukrainian equipment, and, most likely, ammunition, since earlier Soviet-era ammunition, apparently delivered from one of the military warehouses of the country of the former USSR,” the publication said.   “Experts… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Ukraine

US military allegedly intercepted enemy missiles at Ayn Al-Assad Base in Iraq

Published 2020-03-31 14:18:31 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Patriot missile system was allegedly put to use this week when their forces came under attack the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Base in the Al-Anbar Governorate. According to the Anadolu News Agency of Turkey, the U.S. military intercepted the enemy missiles before they could strike their intended targets. Citing an Iraqi officer, Anadolu News reported that it was the U.S. Patriot missile system that intercepted the two projectiles that were fired on the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Base west of Al-Ramadi. On Monday, the U.S. announced the first deployment of their Patriot missiles system to Iraq; this… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, US

China calls for immediate lifting of all sanctions against Syria

Published 2020-03-31 13:10:28 by News Desk in Syria

A Chinese envoy on Monday called for complete and immediate lifting of unilateral coercive measures against Syria, noting that the sanctions will harm the vulnerable country’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. “We call for complete and immediate lifting of unilateral coercive measures,” Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, also president of the Security Council for the month of March, told the council’s video-teleconferencing meeting on the situation in Syria. “We are seriously concerned about the negative impact of unilateral sanctions on countries’ capacity to respond to the pandemic, especially for vulnerable countries like Syria,” he said…. Read on ->

Tags: China, Syria

European countries to send medical aid to Iran in first INSTEX transaction

Published 2020-03-31 12:07:03 by News Desk in Iran

The INSTEX trading mechanism was previously created by European countries to bypass unilateral restrictions, imposed against the Islamic Republic by Washington, as the US threatened to hit those trading with Tehran via secondary sanctions. France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have officially confirmed concluding their first INSTEX transaction with Iran, exporting medical goods to the Middle Eastern country. According to the German Foreign Ministry, Berlin hopes to enhance the mechanism and carry out more transaction with Tehran. The news comes several months after Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands joined the mechanism, allowing the countries to circumvent US… Read on ->

Tags: EU, INSTEX, Iran

Former Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam passes away in France

Published 2020-03-31 10:53:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – Former Syrian Vice President ‘Abdel-Halim Khaddam has passed away at the age of 87 in France after several years in exile. Khaddam, who served as Syria’s Vice President for several years under former President Hafez Al-Assad, defected from the government in 2005 after a rift with the current leader, Bashar Al-Assad. The former Syrian vice president would later join the Syrian opposition, where he would continue to denounce the Syrian President. Over the last few years of his life, rumors about Khaddam’s poor health were cited as the primary reason for his reluctance to speak… Read on ->

Tags: Khaddam, Syria

US prepares for major escalation with Iran as they deploy Patriot missiles to Iraq

Published 2020-03-31 10:43:20 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The U.S. announced on Monday the deployment of their Patriot air defense missile system to Iraq. According to Iraqi and American officials, one of the missile batteries has been deployed to the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase, where U.S. soldiers are currently deployed. Citing a U.S. military official, the Rudaw News Agency said that “another battery arrived at the Harir base in Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, and that there are two other batteries still in Kuwait pending their transfer to Iraq. Meanwhile, a well-informed source said that “high-ranking Iraqi officials indicated during a meeting with… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Watch: US military hands over 4th base to Iraqi Army

Published 2020-03-31 10:13:43 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The US-led coalition in Iraq withdrew on Monday from a military-controlled presidential palace in Mosul as part of the latest handover manoeuvre. Footage shows officials from coalition forces and the Iraqi military meeting and signing the handover documents. Iraqi officials were wearing protective masks and gloves due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “Today we celebrate receiving this site belonging to the international coalition forces, ” explained the spokesperson for the joint operations Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji adding that the US-led coalition had provided the Iraqi military with diverse expert and logistical intel during the liberation… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Mosul

Idlib ceasefire to end in 24 hours as militants refuse to leave M-4 Highway

Published 2020-03-31 09:53:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The ceasefire that was established during the March 5th Moscow Agreement is nearing its end, as the militants refuse to leave the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway). According to a report from the Idlib front, the ceasefire that was established on March 5th will expire in the next 24 hours. The Russian military had previously given their Turkish partners until March 12th to clear the militant-held areas along the M-4 Highway; however, this deadline was later extended to the end of March. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has already been building up their forces along the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

SDF troops secure Ghuweiran Prison after ISIS terrorists attempt to break out: video

Published 2020-03-31 08:43:21 by News Desk in Syria

Several self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL)​ detainees escaped the Geweran prison in al-Hasakah city on Sunday. Footage from outside the prison which is mainly controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), shows SDF and the Kurdish Self-Defence Forces militants in an alert state in the vicinity of the prison and on its roof on Monday. Local media reported that prisoners broke down doors and made holes in the walls before escaping. The reports added that a number of detainees were wounded during the escape attempt. According to the spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) against self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS;… Read on ->

Tags: Ghuweiran, Hasakah, Syria

Libyan Army shoots down Turkish aircraft in Tripoli

Published 2020-03-31 08:09:38 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Military Information Division of the Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced on Monday evening the shooting down of a Turkish aircraft in the Tripoli District. The Military Information Division said on its official Twitter account that “the air defense platforms of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces targeted a Turkish aircraft that took off from the Mitiga Airbase, and it was shot down in the southern part of the capital.” The downing of the Turkish aircraft, which is believed to be an advanced attack drone, marked the first time in a… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Turkey

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