Syrian Army fires artillery at rebel positions in As-Suwayda province (Source: Syrian Arab Army).

This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Qamishli, Hmeimim, Russia, Israel, Turkey, Marib, Yemen, Serbia, Erdogan, Haftar, Libya.

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Heavy attacks exchanged between Syrian Army and militants in northwest Syria

Published 2020-02-19 23:37:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The northwestern region of Syria has witnessed an increase in violence tonight after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels resumed their attacks against one another. According to the latest report from northwestern Syria, the two parties have attacked one another at several fronts, including northern Idlib and western Aleppo, which have both witnessed the most violence in the month of February. However, the heaviest attack has reportedly taken place in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo, as Turkish-backed militants and jihadist rebels repeatedly struck the predominately Shi’i towns of Al-Zahra’a and Nubl. In northern… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria

Iran offers to aid Lebanon during economic crisis: report

Published 2020-02-19 23:19:11 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Despite Beirut’s previous refusal, Iran once again declared its readiness to provide aid to Lebanon at all levels, in order to extract it from the severe economic situation, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said this week. READ ALSO: Iran Threatens ‘Crushing Response’ to Israel’s ‘Stupid Moves’ President Aoun announced that the head of the Iranian Shura Council, Ali Larijani, during his visit to Lebanon last Monday, expressed his country’s readiness to assist Beirut economically, while renewing the Iranian invitation to President Aoun to visit Tehran. In light of the economic crisis, the Lebanese are looking for… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Lebanon

US forces drive Russian military vehicle off road in northeast Syria: video

Published 2020-02-19 22:40:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – A new video released on Wednesday showed a U.S. armored vehicle attempting to drive a Russian military vehicle off a road in northeastern Syria. According to the account that posted the video, the incident took place in the eastern countryside of the Al-Qamishli District in northeastern Syria. In the video, the U.S. vehicle can be seen trying to cutoff the Russian vehicle as it attempts to speed past the Americans. The incident almost results in a person being hit by the vehicles.

Tags: Qamishli, Syria

Breaking: Largest Russian military base in Syria comes under attack

Published 2020-02-19 21:50:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The largest Russian military base in Syria has come under attack this evening, a local source told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Russian military addressed a drone attack at the Hmeimim Airbase by deploying its air defense missiles to intercept the hostile aircraft. The attack was reportedly repelled by the Russian air defenses before any damage could be done to the Hmeimim Airbase. While no group has claimed responsibility for this alleged attack, it is believed to have been carried out by the jihadist rebels in the Idlib countryside.

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Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria

Russian Air Force carries out heavy attack near Turkish border

Published 2020-02-19 21:29:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force resumed their aerial assault in western Aleppo and western Idlib on Wednesday, as their warplanes targeted several areas under the control of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). READ ALSO: Russia Vows to Keep Supporting Syrian Army in Idlib Despite Trump’s Warning According to reports from northwestern Syria, the Russian Air Force heavily targeted the western region of the Aleppo Governorate, hitting a number of sites near the town of Daret ‘Izza. Furthermore, the Russian Air Force carried out a number of raids near the Turkish border,… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria

Israel is taking offensive against Iran in Syria: MoD

Published 2020-02-19 21:19:43 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said on Wednesday that his country is taking an offensive approach towards Iran after spending much of the Syrian conflict on the defensive. According to Ynet News on Wednesday, Bennett said, “Iran has nothing to look for in Syria,” stessing that Israel has stepped up its pressure against the Islamic Republic in Syria and in other nations that were not named. Bennett explained that “the Iranian octopus” is immune, and that his country uses most of its energy, power, or national security to exert pressure on Iran, whether it is… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria

US believes Russia, Turkey are close to ‘more extensive conflict’ in Syria

Published 2020-02-19 20:37:44 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The United States believes that Russia and Turkey are “very close” to a more extensive conflict in Syria’s Idlib and hopes that they will be able to avoid it, Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman told reporters on Wednesday. “We are seeing the Russians and the Turks have come very close to having more extensive conflict in the area. We are hopeful they will find a solution to avoid that”, Hoffman said at a press briefing. He called on the international community to put extra pressure on the Syrian authorities to make them halt their offensive on Idlib. Hoffman refused to say… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey

Russia responds to Turkey’s threats: ‘We will not stop supporting legitimate gov’t in Syria’

Published 2020-02-19 19:23:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, announced on Wednesday that his country will continue to support the legitimate government in Syria in its war against terrorism. “We will not stop supporting the legitimate government in Syria, which is fighting a war against international terrorism,” Nevenzia said during the UN Security Council session. “We will continue our efforts on our part to normalize the situation in Syria. We consider it important to establish historical ties between the various ethnic groups in Syria, who have suffered enormous damage during attempts to tear the country… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army stops Turkish border offensive, shifts to east Idlib

Published 2020-02-19 18:14:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has paused their west Aleppo offensive near the Turkish border after advancing towards the key town of Atareb. According to the latest reports from the front, the Syrian Arab Army has begun redeploying their troops from western Aleppo to the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. The reasoning for the redeployment is likely due to a shift of focus towards the strategic Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4), which is currently blocked by the jihadist forces in Idlib. It appears the Syrian Army will look to capture the towns of Sarmin and Ariha,… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Dozens of displaced families return home in northwest Syria: video

Published 2020-02-19 17:59:53 by News Desk in Syria

Dozens of displaced Syrian families returned to their hometown of Maarat al-Numan, in the southeastern countryside of Idlib Governorate, as seen in footage filmed on Tuesday, after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) regained control of the area in January. Footage shows people walking into the town waving flags and carrying banners. One of the returnees expressed happiness about going back to her hometown, saying, “This is an indescribable feeling, for someone to return to his home, after 9 years, how anyone would feel about it?” Another returnee said “Thank god we came back, after being away for a very long… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Syrian military strikes jihadist positions at key town in western Aleppo

Published 2020-02-19 17:43:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – The Syrian military continued their strikes on the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this week, targeting the militant stronghold of Daret ‘Izza near the Turkish border. According to reports from western Aleppo, the Syrian Army concentrated their missiles and artillery on Daret ‘Izza and its surroundings, striking this area for several hours on Wednesday. Despite the heavy artillery and missiles, the Syrian Arab Army has not attempted to advance towards Daret ‘Izza today, nor have they made any pushes at other fronts in Syria. A source told Al-Masdar that the Syrian Army is on… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Yemeni Defense Minister narrowly survives assassination attempt in Marib

Published 2020-02-19 16:43:50 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Yemeni Defense Minister, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Ali al-Maqdashi, survived an assassination attempt today after a mine exploded in the Marib Governorate, in northern Yemen. According to reports, a landmine exploded at an army gathering during Minister of Defense’s visit to military sites at the Al-Mashjeh front in the Sirwah District, west of Marib. According to the source, a mine explosion and resulted in the death and injury of a number of members of the guard team. The Yemeni Defense Minister was said to have narrowly survived the assassination attempt. On Wednesday, the commander of… Read on ->

Tags: Marib, Yemen

Turkey rejects Russia’s peace proposal in Syria, vows operation in Idlib

Published 2020-02-19 16:31:44 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish President Erdogan said on Wednesday that Russia-Turkey talks on Syria’s Idlib have not been conducive to bringing about the desired result and bilateral discussions are still far from meeting Ankara’s demands. Speaking at a parliamentary meeting with his ruling AKP party, Erdogan warned that an offensive in Idlib could begin “at any moment”. “Turkey has made all necessary preparations to kick off an operation in Idlib. As in the case with any other operation, we say: ‘we could come at night at any moment’. In other words, the Idlib offensive could begin at any time”, TRThaber quoted the president… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey

Russia to ship first Pantsir system to Serbia

Published 2020-02-19 16:05:33 by News Desk in World-News

The first of six Russian-made Pantsir-S1 air defense systems would be shipped to Serbia before the end of this week, Serbian TV reports. According to the report, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu reached this agreement with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vulin during his visit to Belgrade on February 17. The report also noted that the Serbian soldiers have undergone training and are ready to work with the new equipment. On October 24, 2019, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Belgrade ordered the Pantsir systems. In January this year, a source in the military-industrial complex told TASS that shipments are slated… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Serbia

Erdogan vows to retake all of Libya from Haftar

Published 2020-02-19 15:17:14 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged on Wednesday to help the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) to retake all of Libya if the international efforts fail. During his speech at the Turkish Parliament, Erdogan said that “if international efforts do not lead to a solution, we will support the reconciliation government until it controls the whole country,” stressing that “the European Union has no authority to make a decision on Libya,” according to the Turkish Anatolia Agency. On Tuesday, the Libyan National Army announced the destruction of a Turkish ship in the Tripoli seaport… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Haftar, Libya

Aleppo International Airport welcomes first passenger plane in 8 years: video

Published 2020-02-19 15:01:25 by News Desk in Syria

A passenger plane has landed at the airport of Syria’s Aleppo for the first time in eight years, SANA news agency reported Wednesday. On Monday, Syria’s Al Ikhbariya TV reported that Aleppo’s airport was resuming operations after a lengthy break, citing Syrian Transport Minister Ali Hammoud. The vicious battle for Aleppo, second-most important city in Syria and its economic capital, began in 2012 and lasted more than four years until 2016. In September 2015, Russia launched a military offensive against militants in Syria, Russian Aerospace forces started carrying out strikes on terrorist groups. In mid-November 2016, the Syrian army launched… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Watch: Russian warplanes hunt and destroy jihadist vehicles in northwest Syria

Published 2020-02-19 14:51:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has played an integral in the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) current offensives in the Idlib and Aleppo governorates, as their warplanes continue to provide close aerial support to the latter’s ground troops. In particular, Russian warplanes have often destroyed enemy convoys making their way towards the front-lines with the Syrian Arab Army. These strikes by the Russian Air Force have proven incredibly effective and have provided the Syrian Army with a major boost on the ground. In addition to the strikes, the Russian Air Force has also conducted several reconnaissance missions… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Russia, Syria

Turkey’s Idlib operation is ‘matter of time’: Erdogan

Published 2020-02-19 14:25:36 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – Turkish Presiden Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that he has informed his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of his country’s plan to launch a counter-offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Idlib Governorate. READ ALSO: Massive Turkish Military Convoy Enters Idlib Amid Reports of New Counter-Offensive According to Erdogan, Turkey’s counter-offensive against the Syrian Army is only a “matter of time”, as he pointed out he will not leave Idlib to the government or its Russian allies. “Operation Idlib is just a matter of time. We have discussed (Idlib) with Trump. We have… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Idlib, Syria, Turkey

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