Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 42nd Mukhtars Meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on December 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Erdogan, NATO, Syria, Idlib, Russia, Esper, US, Qamishli, ISIS, Iran, Hasakah, Iraq, Yemen, Aleppo, Turkey.

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Erdogan demands NATO support Turkey in northern Syria operation

Published 2019-12-05 20:18:55 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

NATO allies should support Turkey in its conflict with Syrian Kurdish fighters after Ankara dropped its objections to the alliance’s defense plans for Poland and the Baltics, NTV quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Thursday. Ahead of Wednesday’s summit, Turkey had angered other NATO members by saying it would block the defense plan until they designated the Kurdish YPG militia, against which Ankara waged a military offensive two months ago, a terrorist organization. Erdogan told reporters in London that Turkey dropped its objection to the Baltics plan after NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg and the leaders of Germany, France and… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, NATO, Syria


Syrian Army foils jihadist attack in southeastern Idlib

Published 2019-12-05 20:13:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) units in southeastern Idlib foiled another infiltration attempt by the jihadist rebels on Thursday, killing and wounding several militants in the process. According to a field report from this front, the jihadist rebels attempted to infiltrate the Syrian Army’s positions near the town of Sinjar on Thursday morning; this resulted in a fierce battle with the soldiers along this southeast Idlib front. The Syrian Army was able to fend off the jihadist attack while also inflicting heavy casualties within the ranks of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies. This attack… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Netanyahu calls for more pressure on Iran, avoids question about east Syria strikes

Published 2019-12-05 20:04:36 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for increased pressure on Iran, saying its “empire is tottering” at the beginning of a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Lisbon on Wednesday. “And I say let’s make it totter even further,” Netanyahu stressed, adding that “Iran’s aggression,” in turn, “is growing.” “Iran is increasing its aggression as we speak, even today, in the region. They are trying to have staging grounds against us and the region from Iran itself, from Iraq, from Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and Yemen,” the Israeli prime minister said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3cccHBXiJs Netanyahu refused to comment on media… Read on ->

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Russian military to receive 27 Pantsir-S air defense systems

Published 2019-12-05 16:36:52 by News Desk in World-News

Twenty-seven Pantsyr-S surface-to-air missile/gun systems will arrive for Russian troops in 2019, Aerospace Force Deputy Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant-General Andrei Yudin said on Wednesday. “The delivery of 27 combat vehicles of the Pantsyr-S air defense missile/gun system is planned in 2019,” the Defense Ministry’s Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper quoted him as saying. One S-350 Vityaz anti-aircraft missile system will be delivered to the training center of the Aerospace Defense Military Academy, he added. The Pantsyr-S1 (NATO reporting name: SA-22 Greyhound) is a ground-based self-propelled surface-to-air missile/gun system designed to shield military and civilian facilities, including long-range air defense systems, from all modern and… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


US completes full withdrawal from Syrian-Turkish border: Esper

Published 2019-12-05 13:56:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that the American forces have completed their full pullback from the Syrian-Turkish border, the Reuters News Agency reported. According to the Reuters report, Esper said some 600 U.S. troops have remains in Syria to maintain stability and to guard the oil fields they currently occupy. Esper said the military pullback had removed around 400 of the 1,000 troops stationed in Syria before October, and that this number could be augmented if required or fall lower if an allied nation provides more troops. “The coalition is talking a… Read on ->

Tags: Esper, Syria, US


Massive Russian military convoy heads to Qamishli Airport: video

Published 2019-12-05 13:38:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – A massive Russian military convoy was filmed heading towards the Qamishli Airport in the northeastern region of Syria this week. Based on the footage released by RT Arabic, the Russian military convoy consisted of several armored vehicles and trucks, which were transporting both equipment and personnel to the Qamishli Airport. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI3olCB-GLU The Russian military took hold of the Qamishli Airport shortly after the U.S. Armed Forces fully withdrew from Qamishli city and its surroundings. With the Hmeimim Airport serving as their main base in Syria, the Qamishli Airport will likely serve as a secondary installation… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, Russia, Syria


ISIS suffers heavy losses in disastrous attack against Syrian Army troops

Published 2019-12-05 13:22:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) attempted to attack the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions near the Arwad Dam in eastern Homs on Wednesday; this would result in a fierce battle between the two forces. According to a military report, the Syrian Army was able to foil the Islamic State after an intense firefight left several terrorists dead and wounded in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. The report said the Islamic State had attempted to overrun the Syrian Army’s post near the Arwad Dam, but was spotted by local scouts before they reached the military’s… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Syria


Iran to possibly use suicide drones to target US forces in the Middle East: media

Published 2019-12-05 12:32:49 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – Pentagon sources disclosed details described as “sensational” about allegations of Iran’s intention to launch attacks in the Middle East using “suicide planes”. Newsweek magazine published a lengthy report saying Iran was currently using “drones” to control US military sites and a number of other military and security sites in the Middle East. The magazine quoted US military personnel in the Middle East as saying as the suicide drones would be “used for Iranian foreign operations.” Military and intelligence officials told Newsweek, who declined to be identified that the”US forces are using new technologies to overcome… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Large Russian military convoy heads to northern Raqqa front-lines

Published 2019-12-05 12:19:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – A large Russian military convoy was reported to have made their way to the front-lines near the town of ‘Ayn ‘Issa in northern Al-Raqqa. According to reports, a Russian military convoy consisting of over 15 trucks was seen traveling north to ‘Ayn ‘Issa’s front-lines, as they continue to deploy their troops inside th Al-Raqqa Governorate. The reports said the Russian trucks were carrying military and logistical equipment, along with several soldiers. At the same time, a U.S. military convoy was seen traveling along the Hasakah-Aleppo Highway last night, as it made its way through the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Over 250 Turkish-backed militants killed in northern Syria operation

Published 2019-12-05 12:05:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Over 250 Turkish-backed militants have been killed since the start of Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, the Ankara-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) said on Thursday, as reported by the Anadolu News Agency. Citing the SNA command, the Anadolu report said that at least 251 militants have been killed in two months. In addition to the 251 killed, the Anadolu report also said some 760 SNA militants were wounded, along with one fighter that is still missing-in-action (MIA). Operation Peace Spring was launched by the Turkish-backed militants in early October of this year. Since the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


US intel claims Iran secretly storing missiles in Iraq

Published 2019-12-05 11:46:09 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

A possible offshore Iranian arsenal could allegedly provide superiority to Tehran and the nation’s military in a possible standoff with the United States and its regional allies, The New York Times said Wednesday, citing US military and intelligence officials. According to the media report, the intelligence sources declined to name the exact type of missiles allegedly smuggled into Iraq, noting however, that short-range missiles have a range of just over 600 miles, meaning that one fired from the outskirts of Baghdad could reach the territory of Israel. Since October, Iraq has been gripped in nationwide anti-government protests, with hundreds of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US


Syrian Army scores new advance in southeast Idlib after launching new attack

Published 2019-12-05 11:38:10 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a new advance in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate last night after launching a new attack against the jihadist rebels. Led by the 5th Corps, the Syrian Arab Army began their attack by storming the jihadist defenses at the Katebat Al-Muhajarah Air Defense Base near the town of Umm Al-Tinah. Following a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies, the Syrian Arab Army was able to impose full control over the air defense base and its surroundings. The Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US finds ‘significant cache’ of Iranian missiles being smuggled to Houthis by boat

Published 2019-12-05 07:23:09 by News Desk in Iran, Yemen

The USS Forrest Sherman seized missile parts found onboard a boat in the Gulf of Oman last week, an anonymous US official told the Associated Press Wednesday. The official said the weapons were linked to Iran and believed to be bound for Yemen and the Shiite Houthi militant movement there. The anonymous official did not say how many missiles or parts were found, only that a small wooden boat had aroused US suspicion by not flying a country flag, prompting the destroyer to stop and search it. ‘Fake and Fabricated’ Accusations The US and its allies have accused Tehran of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Yemen


Massive explosion hits Turkish military convoy in northern Aleppo

Published 2019-12-05 03:45:34 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 A.M.) – A massive explosion was reported in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate last night after a Turkish military convoy hit was suspected to be a roadside bomb near the city of Jarabulus. According to reports from northern Aleppo, the explosion occurred as the Turkish military was heading towards their base in the town of Al-Baldaq, which is located south of Jarabulus. https://twitter.com/mohmad_rasheed/status/1202325103436009474?s=20 Pro-militant activists reported that many Turkish soldiers were wounded as a result of the blast. No soldiers were reported dead by the opposition activists. No further details have been released since the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


Breaking: US mulls deploying 14,000 more soldiers to Middle East to counter Iran – WSJ

Published 2019-12-05 00:04:24 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

The Trump administration is currently considering a significant expansion of the US military presence in the Middle East, including dozens of more vessels and other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional servicemen to allegedly counter Iran, US officials said, cited by The Wall Street Journal. According to the sources, cited by the WSJ, US President Donald Trump is reportedly expected to make a decision on the new deployments later in December. According to the US Officials, Trump is reportedly convinced of the need to counter the alleged threat his aides say the Islamic Republic purportedly poses. According to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


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