This is a summary of 24 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Israel, Aleppo, Hama, Hasakah, Hezbollah, IDF, Lebanon, China, Erdogan, Putin, Turkey, Libya, Tripoli, Iran, Iraq, US, Mediterranean, Greece, Assyria, Armenia, Beirut, UK.

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Armed groups planning new attack against Syrian Army: Russia

Published 2019-12-17 22:10:18 by News Desk in Syria

Armed groups are planning attacks on Syrian forces, as Russia has revealed the transfer of militants and armored vehicles to the Idlib de-escalation zone, Maj. Gen. Yury Borenkov, head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation, said at a briefing on Tuesday. “According to available information, the leaders of the armed groups are planning new attacks on the positions of the Syrian government forces in the near future. Russian intelligence has identified the transfer of about 300 members of the Syrian National Army, 20 pickup trucks with large-caliber guns and seven armored vehicles from the Afrin region of the Aleppo… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Israeli F-35 is ‘capable of handling’ Russian S-400: US general

Published 2019-12-17 21:36:39 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The retired four-star General Gary L. North, who is now a Senior Vice President at Lockheed Martin, reported said that Israel’s F-35 ‘Adir’ is “capable of handling” the Russian S-400 air defense system. According to the Israeli Defense website, North revealed that “the mighty planes are capable of handling the Russian S-400 system.” The F-35 ‘Adir’ was believed to have been used by the Israel Air Force during a 2018 attack on southern Aleppo; this attack targeted an Iranian base near the town of Al-Safira. While Israel never officially commented on the strikes, many observers believed… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia


Russian, Syrian air forces launch more airstrikes in past 48 hours than all of December

Published 2019-12-17 21:22:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have launched a massive aerial attack over the northwestern region of Syria these past 48 hours, targeting several areas across the Idlib, Hama, Aleppo, and Latakia governorates. According to a report from the Hama Governorate, the Russian and Syrian air forces have launched more than 100 airstrikes over northwestern Syria in the past 48 hours, which exceeds the total number of strikes conducted in the month of December alone. The reason for the increased airstrikes over northwestern Syria this week is due to the recent buildup of Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Syria


Russian military showcases advanced missile systems: video

Published 2019-12-17 20:50:20 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Ministry of Defense released a video of the ballistic missile launches marking the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Strategic Missile Forces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfwSBm4_5CM The Ministry published footage of the launch of various Russian missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, on the occasion of the founding of the Russian nuclear shield on December 17, 1959, which today celebrates the 60th anniversary.

Tags: Russia


US military convoy enters oil fields in northeastern Syria

Published 2019-12-17 20:38:44 by News Desk in Syria

A large US military convoy entered oil fields in northeastern Syria despite widespread condemnation of the deployment as being tantamount to robbery. The United States sent new deployments to the Syrian provinces of Hasakah and Deir Ezzor from neighboring Iraq on Sunday, according to the state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV. The US vehicles were carrying logistical equipment that would be provided to the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish militant group, in the Eastern countryside of Deir Ezzur. Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency reported that the convoy contained 4×4 pickups, ambulances, minibuses and 100 rigs filled with fuel oil. According to… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Syrian Army destroyed 3 enemy tanks during jihadist attack on southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-17 20:11:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to inflict heavy damage on the attacking jihadist rebels last night after the latter launched a surprise assault on their positions near the town of Sinjar in southeast Idlib. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian Army was able to destroy three enemy tanks belonging to the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). Furthermore, the publication said that the Syrian Arab Army killed several jihadist rebels during the short battle last night, ultimately forcing them to abandon their attack on Sinjar The total death toll… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Israeli military simulates war with Hezbollah along Lebanese border: video

Published 2019-12-17 19:57:25 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – A news site revealed on Tuesday that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were conducting a massive military maneuver in preparation for the war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah. The Hebrew-language Channel 7 reported on Tuesday that the Israeli Defense Forces conducted extensive military training in the northern Israeli region to simulate war with Hezbollah and that the maneuver included various weapons from the army. The channel reported that the Israeli military maneuver started on Monday and ended this evening in the northern region, and it was a maneuver conducted to coordinate between different Israeli weapons. The channel… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, IDF, Israel, Lebanon


China unveils first domestically-made aircraft carrier: video

Published 2019-12-17 19:45:23 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – China on Tuesday launched its first domestically-made aircraft carrier named “Shandong” at a ceremony attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The new aircraft carrier underwent testing operations last year from its base in Shandong Province, in the northern port of Dalian, where it was manufactured. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMt8XVtcCv4

Tags: China


Syria grants 2 oil and gas exploration contracts to Russian companies.

Published 2019-12-17 19:25:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – On Monday, the Syrian People’s Assembly approved the contracts of three bills, including the ratification of contracts for oil exploration with two Russian companies. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the bills related to oil exploration include contracts signed on 2-9-2019 between the Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources and the Russian company Mercury Limited Liability, for oil exploration, development and production in Block 7 and Block 19 and with Vilada Limited Liability Company, for prospecting, developing and producing petroleum in Block 23. The contract with the Russian company Mercury relates to exploration… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Turkish-backed militants claim they killed and wounded Russian soldiers in Aleppo

Published 2019-12-17 19:12:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – 6:50 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants in the Aleppo Governorate alleged on Tuesday that they killed and wounded a number of Russian military personnel in the Aleppo Governorate the night before. According to the statement released by the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), their troops killed the Russian military personnel along the Khalsah axis in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. However, despite these claims, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) said it was highly doubtful that this happened or that they would know because the Turkish-backed militants only shelled their positions… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Putin calls on Erdogan to increase efforts to fight terrorism in Syria

Published 2019-12-17 18:50:02 by News Desk in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, stressed the importance of further joint efforts to fight terrorist groups in Syria, the Kremlin press service said. “The leaders exchanged views on the situation in Syria, including in the context of the Russian-Turkish agreements on the stabilization of the situation in Idlib and in northeastern Syria,” the Kremlin commented. “A special focus was on the necessity of further joint efforts to fight against terrorist groups.” The Russian president also expressed readiness to offer assistance in establishing intra-Libyan contacts, the Kremlin press… Read on ->

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Tags: Erdogan, Putin, Syria, Turkey


Haftar-led Libyan Army attempts to advance into Tripoli

Published 2019-12-17 18:01:55 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) -A commander from the Libyan National Army (LNA) said his forces are involved in a fierce battle near the capital, Tripoli, noting new advances for his forces in several areas. Al-Senussi Qadirbu, whose forces operate at the Ain Zara axis, told Sputnik Arabic on Tuesday: “All the axes of Tripoli witness, without exception, advances with fixed steps towards the center of the capital, the most prominent of which are at the Salaheddine, the Al-Zahra Bridge and Yarmouk axes.” “The airport hub is also witnessing the army’s continuous progress with excellent steps towards Al-Gas Street, Al-Muttabat Street,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Syria plans to switch from gasoline to natural gas

Published 2019-12-17 17:45:48 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian authorities plan to switch public transport and taxis from gasoline to natural gas amid an oil deficit in the country, the Al-Watan newspaper said. According to sources in the state-run fuel distribution company that spoke to the Al-Watan newspaper, the project was proposed even before the Syrian war broke out. A plan to introduce control over the consumption of gas and fuel oil by public transport and taxis using GPS tracking is also reportedly in the works. The goals of these two projects include the reduction of imports and demand for foreign currency, tracking smugglers and counterfeit oil… Read on ->

Tags: Syria


US Def. Sec. says American forces reserve right to self-defense if targeted in Iraq

Published 2019-12-17 17:28:39 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and urged Baghdad to take steps to control the situation after a series of attacks on bases hosting the U.S. forces. A senior U.S. military official had previously warned last week that “attacks by Iranian-backed factions on bases hosting American forces in Iraq are pushing all sides towards an escalation out of control.” In the past few weeks, missile strikes targeting Iraqi bases have also increased, with some members of the U.S.-led coalition forces also stationed at these installations. No group… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US


Russia will help Syria regain control over its oil fields: Deputy PM

Published 2019-12-17 17:08:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – On Tuesday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov discussed with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad the issue of regaining control of their oil fields that are currently occupied by the U.S. military. “Yes, we discussed oil,” Borisov told reporters. “The situation in the Euphrates is improving. I think that all Syrian oil wells will gradually become the property of the state and the situation will stabilize.” Borisov said that issues of restoring airports, railways and roads in Syria were also discussed. He pointed out that the main obstacle today on the road to the recovery of… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Watch: Russian, Syrian navies carry out drills in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2019-12-17 17:01:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian navies carried out large-scale drills in the eastern Mediterranean on Tuesday as part of their military cooperation agreement. The two navies were filmed by RT Arabic on Tuesday carrying out their joint drills and hitting targets with their warships and coastal forces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5t1O5BU3KU

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria


Lebanon vows to defend territorial waters after Greek ship violation

Published 2019-12-17 16:42:02 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Lebanese President Michel ‘Aoun received on Tuesday, the commander of the international forces in the south, General Stefano Del Cole, at the Ba’abda Palace. During the meeting, ‘Aoun asked Del Cole to investigate the reasons for the breach of a Greek oil exploration ship working for the Israeli Army in Lebanese territorial waters and why it remained there for seven hours, the president’s office reported on Tuesday. Aoun said: “Lebanon rejects any infringement of its legitimate rights within its territorial waters.” The Lebanese President considered that “the Israeli naval violations of Lebanese sovereignty are… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Israel, Lebanon


Assyrian troops at the contact-lines in northern Syria: video

Published 2019-12-17 16:29:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – The Assyrian-led Syriac Military Council was recently filmed by RT Arabic at the contact lines in the northern countryside of Al-Hasakah. In the short video, the Assyrian troops can be seen moving back-and-forth from the contact lines with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), while also maintaining their military positions in northern Al-Hasakah. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIkSQbkcu2E The Syriac Union Party, which is the political wing of the SMC, currently has no ties to the Syrian government; however, as a result of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) military agreement with the Syrian Arab Army, the two sides now cooperate… Read on ->

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Tags: Assyria, Hasakah, Syria


Russia, Syria carry out large-scale naval drills in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2019-12-17 16:11:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The navies of the Russian Federation and Syrian Arab Republic have started joint exercises in the eastern region of the Mediterranean. A spokesperson at the Russian naval base in Tartous told reporters on Tuesday that the drills were not by chance, but rather, an important training exercise between the two navies. He said, “The winged Russian Kalibr” missiles destroyed terrorist targets in Syria more than once. “The Russian base in Tartous is the main means of supplying the contingent of troops in Syria, which creates the need for continuous improvement in the training of ship… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Jihadist infiltration attempt ends in failure as Syrian Army stands its ground

Published 2019-12-17 16:01:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels attempted to infiltrate the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in southeastern Idlib last night, prompting a fierce confrontation between the two parties. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels attempted to catch the Syrian Army troops near the Abu Dhuhour Airport off guard like they did a week earlier at the abandoned battalion base. However, the recent arrival of reinforcements from the 5th Corps, 7th Division, and 25th Special Mission Forces helped strengthen the Syrian Army’s defenses along the southeastern Idlib axis. According to a military source, the Syrian Army was… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Syrian Army may begin large-scale offensive in Idlib: report

Published 2019-12-17 15:22:28 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian army is pulling military reinforcements into the country’s northwestern province of Idlib and might start a large-scale offensive there, Syrian state-run media reported, citing a military source. “The army yesterday pulled in significant military reinforcements to such cities in the Idlib province as Khan Sheikhoun in the south and Sinjar in the east… The armed forces are waiting for orders from the general staff and then can start the operation at any time”, the source said as quoted by Syria’s Al-Watan newspaper. The source added that the military was ready to conduct the operation not only in the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Erdogan strikes back against US: Threatens to recognize genocide of Native Americans

Published 2019-12-17 01:11:23 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is firing back against the U.S. congress for their recent bill that recognized the 1915 Genocide of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman authorities. According to The Independent, Erdogan threatened to recognize the mass killing of Native Americans by European settlers as genocide in a tit-for-tat move against the U.S. congress resolution. Speaking on the pro-government A Haber news channel, he said: “We should oppose [the US] by reciprocating such decisions in parliament. And that is what we will do. “Can we speak about America without mentioning [Native Americans]?… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Erdogan, Turkey


Heavy clashes breakout in downtown Beirut: video

Published 2019-12-17 00:57:06 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 A.M.) – Heavy clashes broke out in downtown Beirut this evening, prompting the Lebanese security forces to deploy tear gas to disperse the crowd. These clashes are still ongoing as the Lebanese security forces have yet to clear downtown area. Below is the livestream courtesy of Al-Jadeed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd2ZltnYSPs The clashes broke out after a video surfaced on social media of someone cursing the revered family members of the Prophet Muhammad.  

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon


Watch: British F-35 takes off from HMS Queen Elizabeth

Published 2019-12-17 00:09:31 by News Desk in World-News

The Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the 65,000-ton HMS Queen Elizabeth, has launched its first British F-35B stealth aircraft while at its home port of Portsmouth, in southwestern England. ​The $106 million jet blasted off the bow ramp for the first time Monday afternoon, wowing spectators and inaugurating a new era in British naval aviation. The Queen Elizabeth picked up the new warplanes in the United States and transported them across the Atlantic in her hangars due to a technical problem that prevented them from flying there, according to a news bulletin by Portsmouth Naval Base. https://twitter.com/HMSQNLZ/status/1206550026802958336?s=20 The UK intends… Read on ->

Tags: UK


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