This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Pedersen, Syria, UN, Idlib, Pensacola, Saudi, Turkey, Deir_Ezzor, NATO, Russia, US, Iran, Israel, Erdogan, Qamishli, Hasakah, Macron, Iraq, Yemen.

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Syrian war is ‘not winding down, it’s increasing at many levels’: UN envoy

Published 2019-12-06 23:50:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen stated on Friday that the Syrian conflict is far from over and is actually “increasing at many levels.” During his keynote speech at the ‘Mediterranean Dialogue’ forum in Rome on Friday, Pedersen expressed doubts about reports of the Syrian conflict finally concluding after nearly nine years of war. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t3-JR2tErg “We have seen it most clearly in the north-east – and I don’t need to remind you about the development that you have seen there -, we are seeing it daily in Idlib, the ceasefire that was negotiated… Read on ->

Tags: Pedersen, Syria, UN


Syrian Army captures jihadist tank during failed attack in southeast Idlib: video

Published 2019-12-06 23:36:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured a tank used by the jihadist rebels in an attack on their positions in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to reports, the Syrian Army’s 11th Tank Division captured the jihadist tank at the town of ‘Aajaz, which Hay’at Tahrir AL-Sham and their militant allies have been trying to capture for days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeLcIEpNkWA

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Pensacola shooter identified as Saudi officer on training mission in US

Published 2019-12-06 23:27:49 by News Desk in Gulf

The attacker who used a handgun to kill three and injure seven people at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida was a Saudi officer who was in the US for training, local officials confirmed. Citing five US officials and a person familiar with the investigation, CNN reported that the attacker was “a member of the Saudi Arabian military” who was undergoing training at the facility. Pensacola officials confirmed that this was the case in a press conference shortly afterward. The shooter was killed in a shootout with Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday morning. His name has not been… Read on ->

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Tags: Pensacola, Saudi


Turkish military reinforcements head to Idlib after Syrian Army attack

Published 2019-12-06 23:21:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – Turkish military reinforcements were observed heading to Syria’s Idlib Governorate this week after their troops came under attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to the reports, the Turkish military sent reinforcements to the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, which is where their troops were attacked earlier in the week. The Syrian Arab Army had targeted the Turkish observation post area after rockets fired by the jihadist rebels hit their positions near the Abu Dhuhour Airport. While the Turkish Armed Forces did not retaliate for the attack, they made a complaint to the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Unknown assailants attack US military base in eastern Deir Ezzor: Syrian media

Published 2019-12-06 23:02:48 by News Desk in Syria

The attack coincided with the arrival of trucks with military equipment at the base, according to the broadcaster. US soldiers reportedly responded with shelling and stun grenades. According to state-owned Al-Ikhbariya TV, the attack took place near the Al-‘Umar Oil Fields, which are currently under U.S. control in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. It should be pointed out that local activists have denied Al-Ikhbariya’s claims. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said earlier in the week that US troops in northeastern Syria had finished re-manoeuvring as needed and that the total number of troops on the ground would remain at… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria


‘NATO wants to dominate world’ and eliminate competitors: Lavrov

Published 2019-12-06 12:52:44 by News Desk in World-News

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused NATO of wanting to “dominate the world” while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of 26th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to Bratislava on Thursday. “We absolutely understand that NATO wants to dominate the world and wants to eliminate any competitors, including resorting to an information war, trying to unbalance us and China,” Lavrov said, adding that “I think that it is difficult to unbalance us and China. We are well aware of what is happening. We have an answer to all the threats that the Alliance… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Russia, US


Iran deploys air defense system inside Syria to protect against attacks: photo

Published 2019-12-06 12:32:28 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M) – The Iranian Armed Forces have deployed one of its domestically-made air defense systems inside Syria after a series of attacks by the Israel military. According to a new report from the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro, the Iranian Armed Forces deployed their Bavar-373 air defense system to the T-4 Airbase in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. “Israel’s uncontrolled attacks against the Iranian military forces in Syria has forced the Iranian military to deliver its own air defense systems to the country, including the installation, which resembles one of the latest Iranian air defense systems,… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria


Russian military, air force conducts patrol mission along Turkish border

Published 2019-12-06 12:18:05 by News Desk in Syria

Russian military police have carried out patrolling mission on four routes in the Syrian provinces of Hasakah and Aleppo, and military aviation has conducted one patrolling mission along one route, chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria Yury Borenkov said on Thursday. “Russian military police continued patrolling missions on routes Karamania-Dikia in Hasakah province, Kobani-Marwah, Ajami-Karakozak and Ajami-Avsharia in Aleppo province,” Borenkov said. “Military aviation carried out an aerial patrolling missions along the route Qamishli-Qantr-Karamania-Gannamia-Qirbatli-Kara Rash-Tell Tair-Abu Kala-Rashek-Biqmazlo-Shanajik-Dikia-Tell Hamdun-Haraza-Haniq-Abu Jarja-Tell Tair-Qirbatli-Karamania-Qamishli,” he added. Borenkov noted that since September 30, a total of 714,059 people… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


All countries that don’t border Syria should leave the country: Erdogan

Published 2019-12-06 12:09:37 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated during his visit to Great Britain that his country’s forces are inside Syria to fight terrorism and that they have as no desire to occupy Syrian territory. According to the Anatolia News Agency, Erdogan said: “The greedy people who thought they wanted to discipline Turkey were disappointed when they failed to achieve their goals.” Erdogan continued by saying, “Everybody wanted to blame Turkey because of our presence in Syria, but they have one response from us, namely: Tell us first do you have a shared border with Syria? Certainly… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


Another massive Russian military convoy heads to Qamishli Airport: video

Published 2019-12-06 11:55:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Another massive Russian military convoy was observed heading to the Qamishli Airport in northeastern Syria this week, RT Arabic reported. According to the RT Arabic report, the Russian military convoy made its way from the ‘Ayn ‘Issa area of the Al-Raqqa Governorate for the Qamishli Airport in neighboring Al-Hasakah. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8LdgD5JOA4 This Russian military convoy is the second major deployment of troops to the Qamishli Airport in the past 48 hours.

Tags: Qamishli, Russia, Syria


Syrian Army takes control of strategic power station in northeast Syria

Published 2019-12-06 11:47:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Russian efforts led the Turkish Army to ask the leaders of its allied militants to evacuate the imperative Mabrouka Power Station that is located along the Aleppo-Hasakah Highway. According to reports, the Turkish Army and their allied militants have already withdrawn from the Mabrouka Power Station in the Al-Hasakah Governorate after a successful talks with the Russian Armed Forces. The Mabrouk Power Station is located 12 kilometers west of the silos that the Syrian Arab Army took control of a few days ago and 20 kilometers west of the strategic town of Tal Tamr,… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Marcon claims NATO members cannot buy S-400 systems from Russia

Published 2019-12-06 02:04:41 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

French President Emmanuel Macron has questioned the legitimacy of Turkey’s purchase of Russian-made S-400s claiming that Ankara, as a NATO member, technically cannot acquire the air defence systems. Speaking in London where a NATO summit is currently underway, Macron said that stability in Europe depends on a dialogue with Moscow, adding that the status quo is not the best solution in the current state of affairs. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, sitting alongside French President, said he was looking at imposing sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile system, blaming his predecessor for not selling Ankara a US… Read on ->

Tags: Macron, Russia


Unknown rockets target Iraqi base that hosts US troops

Published 2019-12-06 01:41:10 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 A.M.) – Two mortar rounds landed inside the Balad Airbase in Iraq, Iraqi military sources said on Thursday. According to Reuters, the sources added that there were no reports of casualties as a result of the attack. The Balad Airbase hosts US troops and contractors; it is located approximately 80 km north of Baghdad. Earlier this week, five rockets landed at the Al-As’ad Airbase, which also hosts US forces in western Anbar; it also caused no casualties. US forces have been present in several military bases in Anbar, Salaheddine, Nineveh, and the capital Baghdad, as part of… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US


US releases first photos of alleged Iranian missiles that were destined for Yemen

Published 2019-12-06 01:16:17 by News Desk in Iran, Yemen

The US government on Thursday released photos of missile parts which military officials claim to be of Iranian origin and allegedly meant to be delivered to Yemen. Brian Hook, the US Special Representative for Iran and a senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, displayed the photos during an official briefing on Thursday. https://twitter.com/arawnsley/status/1202643138344574977?s=20 Despite previously intercepting weapons, officials claim that this is the first case of an interception of missile components of such sophistication, which were seized while in the process of being delivered to Yemen, which has been in a state of civil war since 2015. Arms… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Yemen


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