This is a summary of 23 AMN articles on the following subjects: Kobane, Syria, Hasakah, Latakia, Gaza, Israel, PIJ, Russia, Trump, US, Aleppo, Bolivia, Afrin, Erdogan, Turkey, SAA, SDF, Daesh, Idlib, Palestine, Khalde, Lebanon.

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US military withdrawal from Kobane to take another week: Def. Sec.

Published 2019-11-13 23:26:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The U.S. military withdrawal from the Kobane District of northern Syria will take “another week or so” to complete, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday, as the US military relocates and reduces its forces in Syria. Esper said that when the partial withdrawal is complete, the U.S. military will still have about 600 troops in Syria, down from about a thousand before Trump ordered the withdrawal last month, according to the Reuters News Agency. He said the United States was still supporting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Euphrates region of the… Read on ->

Tags: Kobane, Syria


Important battle in northeast Syria continues as SDF, SAA troops attempt to advance

Published 2019-11-13 23:14:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – For the second night in a row, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are attempting to advance west of Tal Tamr and retake the areas they lost earlier in the week to the Turkish-backed militants. Backed by heavy artillery and rocket fire, the Syrian Democratic Forces and Syrian Army troops are involved in a heavy battle with the so-called “Syrian National Army (SNA) at the Qassamiyah axis; this area has witnessed the fiercest clashes in northeastern Syria in the past week. The situation around Qassamiyah is still not clear, as a… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Syrian Army unleashes intense attack on northeast Latakia as they attempt to advance

Published 2019-11-13 21:35:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – Since the early morning hours, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been hammering the jihadist stronghold of Kabani in the northeastern countryside of Latakia. According to reports from the front, the Syrian Arab Army has moved more equipment to this front in order to intensify their strikes on the jihadist fortifications. The reports said the Syrian Arab Army is targeting the last five hilltops that are under the control of the jihadist rebels south of Kabani. So far, this attack has succeeded on the ground, which has given way to a new advance against the… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Breaking: Islamic Jihad launches new wave of rockets

Published 2019-11-13 21:24:11 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – Saraya Al-Quds of the Islamic Jihad (PIJ) unleashed a new wave of rockets towards the Israeli settlements near the Gaza Strip this evening. According to reports from the region, the Islamic Jihad forces fired several rockets towards the Israeli city of Ashdod, which is located just south of Tel Aviv and north of Gaza. This new attack by the Islamic Jihad comes after a fierce exchange of hostilities between their forces and the Israeli military along the Gaza axis.  

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Tags: Gaza, Israel, PIJ


Video footage of Russian airstrikes in southern Idlib

Published 2019-11-13 21:13:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force carried out several airstrikes over southern Idlib on Wednesday, as their warplanes targeted a number of areas under the control of the jihadist rebels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOz-SOwY_T0

Tags: Russia, Syria


Many US soldiers will be leaving Syria, America will keep the oil: Trump

Published 2019-11-13 20:52:25 by News Desk in Syria

The United States intends to retain control over the oil fields in Syria’s northeast, despite scaling down its military presence in the area, US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday. “We have our troops out of there, and we will be bringing a lot of them back home, but again we are keeping the oil”, Trump said at the beginning of his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The statement comes after a US military convoy was reportedly positioned near several oil deposits in north-eastern Syria. About 90 percent of Syria’s oil reserves are concentrated east of the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Trump, US


Massive US military convoy leaves Aleppo border region: video

Published 2019-11-13 18:48:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – A massive U.S. military convoy was filmed leaving the Aleppo-Turkey border this week, as the American troops continue their withdrawal from northern Syria. According to a new report from northern Syria, a U.S. military convoy consisting of 170 vehicles was seen leaving the Sarrin base in northern Aleppo. Later in the day, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the large U.S. military convoy was seen leaving Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate for neighboring Iraq. Below is a video showing the massive convoy leaving the Sarrin base on Wednesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcZqApkZZ8

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


US officially recognizes Jeanine Anez as interim president of Bolivia

Published 2019-11-13 18:31:56 by News Desk in World-News

The United States recognize Bolivian Senator Jeanine Anez as the interim president of the South American country, Acting Assistant Secretary for US Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Michael Kozak wrote on his official Twitter account on Tuesday. “Acting Senate Presidetn Anez has assumed responsibilities of Interim Constitutional President of Bolivia,” Kozak said. “We look forward to working with her and Bolivia’s other civilian authorities as they arrange free and fair elections as soon as possible, in accordance with Bolivia’s constitution,” he added. Anez earlier declared herself interim president of Bolivia and pledged to hold new presidential election… Read on ->

Tags: Bolivia


FSA militants looting artifacts from Afrin and smuggling them to Europe: photos

Published 2019-11-13 18:23:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants in the Afrin region have been looting artifacts and historical sites so that they can smuggle them to Europe and sell them, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported. According to the SOHR report, the Turkish-backed militants are looting these historical sites and smuggling the artifacts into Turkey, where they later transport them to Europe to sell. Among the FSA groups responsible for this is the Sultan Murad Brigade, which is a militant faction that has been in the Afrin region of Aleppo since they expelled the… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Syria


US offered Turkey $100 billion to quit S-400 deal with Russia: WP

Published 2019-11-13 18:11:22 by News Desk in Turkey

US President Trump has offered his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan a set of economic inducements for better US-Turkey relations, according to The Washington Post. In a letter to Erdogan last week, Trump told the Turkish president that the US would guarantee a $100 billion trade deal, as well as a scheme to avoid US sanctions over Turkey’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system, albeit on certain conditions, the American edition cited unnamed administration officials as saying. To US’ ‘Satisfaction’ A senior official noted that one of the conditions of the deal that needs to be met by the… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Trump, Turkey, US


Breaking: SDF, Syrian Army troops retake two important towns in northeast Syria

Published 2019-11-13 17:26:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), managed to score a new advance in northeastern Syria today. According to a front-line report, the Syrian Democratic Forces were able to upend the Turkish-backed militants at two towns this afternoon following a fierce battle that lasted for much of the day. The report said the Syrian Democratic Forces and Syrian Army are now in control of Al-Qassamiyah and Al-Rashidiyah; these two towns are located west of Tal Tamr and southeast of Ras Al-‘Ayn. The SDF and SAA needed to retake these towns… Read on ->

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Tags: SAA, SDF, Syria


Russian Su-35 allegedly intercepted Israeli warplane in Syria: media

Published 2019-11-13 17:16:45 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force allegedly intercepted an Israeli warplane as it was carrying out an attack on the Syrian capital city of Damascus on Tuesday morning, the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported. “Israel’s night strike on the Syrian capital did not go unpunished by Russia. This was evident in information disseminated by the Sentry Syria community, which reports that Russian fighter aircraft took off from the Khmeimim (Hmeimim) Airbase at 5:26 A.M. (Moscow Time), which was a few minutes before Israel struck Damascus,” the publication reported. “Given this fact, experts believe that Russia possessed information… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Large US military convoy enters Iraq from Syria under air cover

Published 2019-11-13 17:06:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – A military convoy belonging to the U.S. Armed Forces entered Iraq from the Al-Hasakah Governorate in Syria, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Wednesday. According to SANA, the U.S. military convoy entered Iraq’s Ninawa (var. Nineveh) Governorate under the cover of their air force. This move came after a large convoy of the US troops withdrew from its military base in Sarrin, south of Kobane in northeastern Aleppo. The U.S. military has been conducting these movements on a weekly basis in northern Syria, while they continue to redeploy troops to the eastern part… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Breaking: Turkey allegedly captures top Daesh terrorist in northern Syria

Published 2019-11-13 16:54:11 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish Defence Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Wednesday that a top Daesh militant had been captured during Ankara’s operation in northern Syria. The minister called the captured terrorist an “important senior figure,” as quoted by the Daily Sabah newspaper, but did not release the name of the jihadist. Speaking at a security training symposium, Soylu also thanked Germany and the Netherlands for their readiness to accept Daesh terrorists originating from these states. On October 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to clear its southern border area of Daesh militants and Kurdish militia, which Ankara believes to be terrorists. After a… Read on ->

Tags: Daesh, Syria, Turkey


Russia’s first hypersonic missile systems to enter combat duty

Published 2019-11-13 16:14:23 by News Desk in World-News

The first two UR-100N UTTKh intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) outfitted with the Avangard nuclear boost-glide vehicle will go on experimental combat duty in coming weeks. Work is underway to prepare and place the missiles into silos, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Wednesday. “In late November – early December, two UR-100N UTTKh missiles equipped with the hypersonic glide vehicles from the first regiment of Avangard systems will assume experimental combat duty in the Dombarovsky division of the Strategic Missile Force,” the source said. Russia proceeds with Avangard hypersonic missile production according to schedule Work is currently underway… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Syrian Army blows up would-be suicide bomber in southern Idlib: photos

Published 2019-11-13 16:05:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) foiled a suicide bombing attempt by a jihadist rebel in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday. According to report, the Syrian Army destroyed a vehicle that was filled with explosives and en route to their positions along the highway located north of Khan Sheikhoun. Following the attack, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) released several photos of the aftermath, which showed the dead suicide bomber and his destroyed vehicle in southern Idlib.

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Fierce battle rages in northeast Syria as SDF, Syrian Army troops attempt to advance

Published 2019-11-13 15:50:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – An intense battle is ongoing in the northeastern region of Syria today, as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), alongside the Syriac Military Council (SMC) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA), attempt to advance west of Tal Tamr. Backed by heavy artillery, the SDF and their allies have been pushing west of Tal Tamr in a bid to retake several sites from the Turkish-backed militants. According to a military source in the Al-Hasakah countryside, the Syrian Democratic Forces and their allies are engaged in a fierce battle at the Rihyanyah and Al-Qassimiyah axes. Since the Turkish-backed militants… Read on ->

Tags: SAA, SDF, Syria


Militant rocket fire kills child in Aleppo city

Published 2019-11-13 15:33:46 by News Desk in Syria

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A child has been killed by rocket fire in the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Syria reconciliation center said Tuesday. “The rocket blast damaged the roof of an apartment building and destroyed a living room. A six-year-old girl died,” Maj. Gen. Yuri Borenkov said. The projectile was fired late on Monday at Sayf al-Dawla district. The terror group behind the attack, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham*, used a makeshift multiple rocket launcher, the official said. Witnesses in Aleppo said that militants fired rockets and mortar rounds at their homes in Halab al-Jadida, Hamadaniah and Aadhamiyye…. Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


‘Israeli strikes in Syria are a message to the resistance forces’: PIJ

Published 2019-11-13 05:57:34 by News Desk in Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 A.M.) – In a letter to Syria’s Al-Watan newspaper, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Ismael Sindawi, said that his organization will respond to the Israeli attacks on Gaza and Damascus on their accord. “The targeting of the brother’s house, the commander of Saraya Al-Quds and a member of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Jihad in Damascus, is an aggression against Syria and a Zionist attempt to restrain the resistance by assassinating leaders and trying to pass deals  against the Palestinian people, and send a message that the Zionist arm is long, but the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Syria


Israeli Air Force unleashes new attack on Islamic Jihad in Gaza

Published 2019-11-13 04:18:12 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 A.M.) – The Israeli Air Force is launching a series of airstrikes over the Gaza Strip this morning, as their warplanes target sites belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). “At this hour the IDF is conducting a wave of raids against Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli Army said in a statement. The airstrikes on Gaza come just hours after the PIJ and their allies launched more than 180 rockets towards the Israeli settlements near this strip of land along the eastern Mediterranean. The Islamic Jihad’s rocket attack followed the assassination of its… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, PIJ


Lebanese protester killed after gunman opens fire in Khalde

Published 2019-11-13 03:47:02 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – A gunman shot and killed a protester on Tuesday night after the latter tried to block a road in the town of Khalde near the Lebanese capital, a security source said. The source said that the protester was shot in the head and that the police arrested the shooter for questioning. According to reports, the Lebanese protester was identified as Alaa’ Abou Fakher of Choueifat in the Mount Lebanon Governorate. Many in Lebanon have taken to social media since the shooting to show solidarity with Abou Fakher and his family after Tuesday night’s incident. Since… Read on ->

Tags: Khalde, Lebanon


Bolivian senator declares herself president

Published 2019-11-13 01:39:33 by News Desk in World-News

Bolivia’s Second Vice Speaker of the Senate Jeanine Añez announced Tuesday that she will serve as interim president in light of the recent resignation of Evo Morales. “According to the text and meaning of the Constitution, as president of the Senate, I immediately assume the Presidency of the State envisaged by the constitutional order and I promise to take all the necessary measures to bring peace to the country,” she said on November 12. Añez’s assumption of presidency comes shortly after Bolivian lawmakers revealed they lacked quorum to formally approve ousted President Evo Morales’ resignation due to an inadequate showing… Read on ->

Tags: Bolivia


Breaking: SDF, Syrian Army launch big counter-offensive in northeast Syria

Published 2019-11-13 01:30:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 A.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a big counter-offensive in the Al-Hasakah Governorate this evening, as their troops stormed the positions of the Turkish-backed militants near the key town of Tal Tamr. Backed by the Syriac Military Council (SMC) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Syrian Democratic Forces attacked the defenses of the Turkish-backed militants west of Tal Tamr, resulting in the capture of several points. According to preliminary reports from this front, the SDF is steadily advancing westward in an attempt to retake the hills that were lost to the so-called “Syrian National Army”… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


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