This is a summary of 12 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Syria, Turkey, Iran, China, Iraq, Fakhoury, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Russia, ISIS, Soleimani.

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Militants destroy Turkish military post along M-4 Highway in Idlib: photo

Published 2020-03-21 23:44:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The militant forces in the Idlib Governorate destroyed a Turkish military post along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) this week, as they continue to protest the Moscow Agreement. https://twitter.com/MIG29_/status/1241435539292803080?s=20 The militant forces have protested the Moscow Agreement between the Turkish and Russian governments, despite attempts by Moscow and Ankara to impose a ceasefire in the Idlib Governorate.

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Breaking: Syria to stop all flights to and from country

Published 2020-03-21 22:25:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Transport Minister ‘Ali Hammound announced this evening that they will be halting all flights to and from Syria amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. According to Hammoud, the last flight to Syria will take place on Sunday; it is a schedule flight from Moscow to Damascus International Airport. The Syrian Transport Minister did not provide any details regarding the time frame that Syria would be closed off to air transport. The minister added that an additional period was given to all airports that were decided to close, and this was not surprising, and training… Read on ->

Tags: Syria


Iranian President calls on US to end crippling sanctions during coronavirus outbreak

Published 2020-03-21 21:52:39 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called upon the US public to influence their government’s policies and press for the removal of sanctions against the Islamic Republic amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. “In the name of justice and humanity, I address your conscience and Godly souls, and call upon you to make your Administration and Congress see that the path of sanctions and pressure has never been successful and will never be so in the future,” Rouhani said in an open letter to the people of America, posted on his official website. “The victims of the virus and the sanctions are ordinary… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


Russian aircraft paint targets for laser-guided strikes in Idlib: video

Published 2020-03-21 21:19:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – A new video has surfaced showing Russian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) painting targets for their Krasnopol 152mm laser-guided artillery rounds in Syria. The video, which has appeared this week, is believed to have taken place in the Idlib Governorate of northwestern Syria; this area has been site of the primary battles inside the country. https://twitter.com/RALee85/status/1241088031974662149?s=20 The Russian Armed Forces have played a crucial role in the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) success, as their air and ground troops heavily target the militants across northwestern Syria.

Tags: Idlib, Syria


China comes to Iraq’s aid by sending medical experts to help fight coronavirus: video

Published 2020-03-21 20:04:14 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Chinese government has come to the aid of Iraq, as the Middle Eastern country experiences several cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). According to reports, the Chinese medical experts arrived in Iraq this weekend after spending several days fighting the virus inside their own country. https://twitter.com/Sunkway_China/status/1241305031149637633?s=20 China has stepped up their efforts to aid several countries across the world as many deal with the coronavirus. Some of these countries include Italy and Iran, two of the nations most affected by the coronavirus after China.

Tags: China, Iraq


Turkish military clears strategic highway after militants block road: video

Published 2020-03-21 19:36:26 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Turkish military cleared the strategic M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) this week after the militants blocked the roadway to prevent the Russian-Turkish patrols. Last Sunday, as many as 60 protesters blocked the M-4 Highway after the Turkish and Russian armed forces attempted to conduct their first joint patrol. The following day, the militant forces blocked the highway with earth mounds, which forced the Turkish and Russian armed forces to temporarily suspend their patrols. On Thursday,the Turkish military removed these mounds (video below) in order to resume their patrols with their Russian partners. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqvpYWoHlfk However, since… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Hezbollah was not informed about Fakhoury’s release: Nasrallah

Published 2020-03-21 18:14:03 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Friday that he is “not aware of the existence of a deal to release the Israeli agent Amer Al-Fakhoury. What we do know is that there is no deal and all that was raised is based on suspicion,” stressing that “the Amal Movement and Hezbollah did not inform them of this decision. ” Sayyed Nasrallah said that “from the first moment of the decision to drop the charges against Fakhoury and release him, we got a wide campaign against the Shiite duo and this… Read on ->

Tags: Fakhoury, Hezbollah, Lebanon


Watch: Iraqi forces take over US base along Syrian border

Published 2020-03-21 17:56:42 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Iraqi security forces took over the Al-Qa’im military base in the Al-Anbar Province after the U.S.-led international coalition forces withdrew from the area. According to the Iraqi security forces, the coalition forces, which were mostly comprised of Danish and Norwegian soldiers, withdrew from the Al-Qa’im base and moved towards the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase in the Heet District. The security forces said the U.S. withdrew from all positions along the Qa’im-Deir Ezzor border area, which is where Hashd Al-Sha’abi and the Iraqi border guards are both deployed. In addition to leaving the Al-Qa’im… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Russian military upgrades strategic bomber Tupolev-22M3M

Published 2020-03-21 17:37:46 by News Desk in World-News

A second overhauled and fundamentally upgraded strategic bomber Tupolev-22M3M has performed its first flight, a source in the defense-industrial complex has told TASS. The plane took off from and landed at the airdrome of the Kazan aircraft-building plant. The press service of the public joint stock company Tupolev (an affiliate of the united aircraft-building corporation governed by the state corporation Rostec) has confirmed the flight, adding that the purpose was to estimate the takeoff and landing parameters of the plane and test the IT and control system. The press service said the second Tupolev-22M3M will begin a series of test… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Iraqi military kills scores of ISIS terrorists in new operation

Published 2020-03-21 17:30:25 by News Desk in Iraq

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces carried out a new operation in northern Iraq this week that targeted the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) hideouts in the Hamrin Mountains. According to the official media wing of the Iraqi security forces, their troops managed to kill dozens of Islamic State terrorists, while also destroying a number of tunnels and hideouts. The Iraqi security forces said the operation was carried out in cooperation with the Iraqi Air Force, who conducted several strikes on the Islamic State’s positions in the Hamrin Mountains. In their statement, the Iraqi security forces confirmed the successful… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


Large number of Syrian Army reinforcements arrive in Idlib as offensive approaches: video

Published 2020-03-21 17:10:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – A large number of reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces have arrived in the Idlib Governorate over the last 72 hours. According to a source from the Syrian military, the army sent several units of reinforcements from the Hama and Latakia governorates to the Idlib front, where they will await orders to resume their Jabal Al-Zawiya and Ariha offensives. A source earlier in the week told Al-Masdar that the Syrian Army is preparing to kickoff a new attack that will concentrate on the Jisr Al-Shughour front. The source specified the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Assassination of Qassem Soleimani was top secret mission: report

Published 2020-03-21 16:30:53 by News Desk in Iran

The magazine Newsweek has quoted several unnamed sources as saying that only a few people were in the know about the killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by a US MQ-9 Reaper drone in Iraq earlier this year. According to the sources, the assassination of the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force was carried out in such secrecy that even the US military’s own spy satellites, the so-called “national technical means” (NTM), did not know about the drone’s position. One of the sources claimed that there was “no GPS track on the MQ-9 Reaper as… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani


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