This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Saudi, Idlib, Russia, Syria, Iraq, IRGC, Soleimani, Sudan, Yemen, US, Najaf, Israel, Netanyahu, Putin, Gabbard, Libya, Kabani, Latakia, Deir_Ezzor, SDF, Lavrov, Turkey, Hasakah.

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Saudi minister says Iran ‘assassinates diplomats’ and ‘cultivates terrorist cells’

Published 2019-12-07 14:26:39 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, believes that Iran is the first state sponsor of terrorism in the world, stressing that “this is what we have been saying for many, many years.” Al-Jubeir said on Al-Arabiya TV, on the sidelines of the Mediterranean Forum Summit in the Italian capital, Rome: “Iran is a country that assassinates diplomats, storms embassies, cultivates terrorist cells and carries out sabotage in various countries. The work of terrorist organizations.” “Iran threatens the entire region and we can no longer afford its aggressiveness. We support the pressure… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi


Russian Air Force launches large-scale attack in Idlib

Published 2019-12-07 14:12:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched a massive attack over the Idlib Governorate on Saturday, as their warplanes targeted several areas under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF). According to reports from Idlib, the Russian Air Force primarily concentrated their strikes on the southern and southwestern countrysides of the governorate, with several attacks reported on the town of Al-Barah, Hass, and Ahsim. The Russian Air Force attack on Al-Barah was reportedly the most intense, with over ten airstrikes hitting the town on Saturday. A couple airstrikes were also… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Qassem Soleimani is in Baghdad to choose next Iraqi PM: US official

Published 2019-12-07 13:43:08 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Schenker affirmed his country’s support for Iraqi demonstrators demanding the government reform and fight corruption. He also did not rule out the inclusion of other officials on the U.S. sanctions list, saying, “We are conducting a continuous review” of the list. Schenker said in an exclusive interview with Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath that the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Qassem Soleimani, “has a record of violating Iraqi sovereignty. He is in Baghdad to choose the next Iraqi prime minister, and this is… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, IRGC, Soleimani


Russian Special Forces filmed in action during military drills: video

Published 2019-12-07 13:10:30 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Russian Special Forces were filmed using YuVO flamethrowers against lightly armored targets during their military drills in the southern district. The Special Forces would also train with several other weapons during these drills, including TDA-2K and TDA-3 vehicles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsWhxNCgIuk The special training involved more than a hundred military personnel and 30 pieces of equipment.

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Tags: Russia


Sudanese PM admits thousands of Sudanese troops are inside Yemen

Published 2019-12-07 12:48:40 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Sudanese Prime Minister ‘Abdullah Hamdouk said this weekend that the Yemeni conflict cannot be solved militarily, but only through political dialogue between the rival parties. Hamdouk further said that the Sudanese military is currently present inside Yemen, pointing out that there are thousands of soldiers in the country, Sputnik Arabic reported. However, Hamdouk did specify that the total number of Sudanese soldiers in Yemen did not exceed 25,000. The President of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, last month touched on the participation of the Sudanese forces in the Yemen war. In an… Read on ->

Tags: Sudan, Yemen


US aircraft carrier allegedly heading to Syrian waters amid turmoil with Iran

Published 2019-12-07 12:35:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The U.S. aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Harry Truman, is passing through the Strait of Gibraltar and heading towards Syrian waters, the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported on Saturday. “An American aircraft carrier strike group led by the U.S.S. Harry Truman nuclear carrier has passed the Strait of Gibraltar and is currently heading straight for Russian military bases along the Syrian coast. Experts do not exclude that provocations directed against Syria and Iran may be the key purpose of the appearance of the largest aircraft carrier here,” Avia.Pro reported. “The U.S.S. Harry Truman aircraft carrier group (ACG)… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria, US


Breaking: Home of Iraq’s Sadr targeted by drone in Najaf

Published 2019-12-07 12:17:00 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The home of the Sadrist Movement’s leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr, in Najaf, Iraq was targeted by a unknown drone, the organization announced on Saturday. https://www.facebook.com/salihMAliraqii/photos/a.1087466901326096/3534769886595773/?type=3 Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, who is close to al-Sadr, confirmed in a statement that the home of Al-Sadr was targeted “in response to orders issued by al-Sadr” to protect protesters in Baghdad. He added: “The important thing is to protect the demonstrators and their security, and what is also important is the safety of the country and the love of the country.” No group has claimed responsibility for this attack. Iraqi sources… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Najaf


Prominent Syrian official makes rare visit to Saudi Arabia

Published 2019-12-07 12:04:14 by News Desk in Gulf, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The head of the Syrian Journalists Union, Moussa Abdel-Nour, participated  in the Arab Journalists Union meeting in the Saudi capital of Riyadh this week, marking the first time in years that a Syrian government official has made a public visit. According to reports, ‘Abdel-Nour attended the meeting on behalf of the Syrian Education Minister ‘Imad Mouwafiq Al-‘Azab. The Qassioun News Agency reported that “the invitation from the Saudi Journalists Union to its Syrian counterpart is tantamount to political flirting or attempting to open new channels and send indirect political messages, indicating other steps, including the… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Syria


Jihadist rebels retake lost territory in southeast Idlib

Published 2019-12-07 11:41:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels have reversed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) advance in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate after the latter captured the air defense base near the town of Tal Al-Khazanah. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels managed to retake the air defense base just 24 hours after the Syrian Arab Army captured the installation during a swift attack in southeastern Idlib. With the jihadist recapture of the air defense base, the front-lines in southeastern Idlib have returned to the previous lines at the start of the week. At the same… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Putin, Netanyahu discuss Russian-Israeli cooperation in Syria

Published 2019-12-07 11:22:21 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

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Issues of Russian-Israeli cooperation on Syrian settlement were in focus of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Kremlin press service reported on Friday. “The sides discussed a range of issues of the current bilateral agenda, including those related to the upcoming visit by the Russian president to Israel in January 2020. Apart from that, they discussed issues of Russian-Israeli cooperation on the Syrian track,” the press service said. The conversation was initiated by the Israeli side. Putin and Netanyahu discussed Syrian settlement during Netanyahu’s visit to Sochi on September 12. The meeting lasted… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, Putin, Russia, Syria


Tulsi Gabbard to attempt to pass bill to withdraw all US troops from Syria

Published 2019-12-07 11:11:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – U.S. congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D) of Hawaii will attempt to force a vote in the House of Representatives next week to require President Donald Trump to withdraw the remaining American troops from Syria. “President Trump’s deployment of U.S. troops to secure Syrian oil fields that do not belong to us, with talks of welcoming in private oil corporations to take the oil, is unconstitutional and a violation of international law,” the congresswoman said in a statement last week. If she is successful, the resolution will require the U.S. Armed Forces to withdraw from Syria unless… Read on ->

Tags: Gabbard, Syria


Iran raises alarm after Israel test-fires mystery missile

Published 2019-12-07 10:45:52 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

As the world is abuzz with speculation over Israel’s shadowy “rocket propulsion system” test, Tehran bluntly claimed that the projectile it fired from a base south of Tel Aviv was actually a nuclear-capable missile aimed at Iran. “Israel today tested a nuke-missile, aimed at Iran,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested in a tweet posted on Friday evening. He lamented that the West never complains “about the only nuclear arsenal in West Asia,” but “has fits of apoplexy over our conventional defensive [rockets].” The mysterious missile in question was launched earlier in the day, with Israel’s military remaining conspicuously tight-lipped… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Russian air defenses allegedly down US military drone in Libya

Published 2019-12-07 10:21:14 by News Desk in North-Africa

The US Africa Command said on Saturday that an unarmed American drone had been shot down by Russian air defence systems near the capital city of Tripoli in November, and demanded the return of the unmanned aircraft’s wreckage. The operators of the air defence systems “didn’t know it was a US remotely piloted aircraft when they fired on it. But they certainly know who it belongs to now and they are refusing to return it. They say they don’t know where it is but I am not buying it”, General Stephen Townsend, who leads the Africa Command, told Reuters in… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia, US


Russian Air Force hammers jihadist stronghold as Syrian troops prepare to storm town

Published 2019-12-07 10:04:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force has been hammering the jihadist stronghold of Kabani in northeastern Latakia, launching several strikes over this key town in the past 48 hours. According to a military report from the Latakia countryside, the Russian Air Force’s attack choppers repeatedly struck the jihadist positions in and around Kabani, causing several explosions that could be heard through the northeastern region of the governorate. These airstrikes by the Russian Air Force came at the same time that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began mobilizing their troops for a new attack on this jihadist stronghold… Read on ->

Tags: Kabani, Latakia, Russia, Syria


SDF graduates new recruits in Deir Ezzor: video

Published 2019-12-07 09:45:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) graduated a new class of recruits in the Deir Ezzor Governorate after they completed rigorous training exercises. In a video released on their official YouTube channel, the new graduates can be seen participating in military exercises in the Deir Ezzor countryside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNt8_DNQSuw

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Tags: Deir_Ezzor, SDF, Syria


Russian-Turkish agreement allowed Syrian Army expand control over country: Lavrov

Published 2019-12-07 09:33:48 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The Sochi memorandum of understanding inked by Russia and Turkey has allowed the Syrian government to have a broader control over the country’s territory, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday at the Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) conference held in Rome. “I believe that this has considerably stabilized the situation. As a minimum, it helped the legitimate Syrian government to considerably expand control over their own territory,” he said. On October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi to agree on a ten-provision memorandum on joint operations to control the situation in… Read on ->

Tags: Lavrov, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Saudi officer called US ‘evil’ on Twitter before carrying out attack: report

Published 2019-12-07 07:42:26 by News Desk in Gulf, World-News

The Saudi Press Agency said that the Saudi shooter at the U.S. base in Pensacola, Florida yesterday attacked the United States on Twitter before carrying out his attack, describing it as an “evil nation.” The agency quoted the “Site Intelligence Group,” a site that monitors jihadist media, as saying that the shooter, Mohammad al-Shamrani, published a short statement on Twitter saying: “I am against evil, America has turned out to be a nation of evil.” He added: “I am not against you only because you are an American, and I do not hate you because of your freedoms. I hate… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi


Iran accuses Israel of testing nuclear missile designed to strike them

Published 2019-12-07 07:06:06 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, commented on Friday on the recent test by the Israeli defense establishment of what has been described as a rocket propulsion system. Zarif noted that the United States, along with the three European members of the Iran nuclear deal – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), have never complained of the Israeli nuclear arsenal, the only nuclear arsenal in the region, although Tel Aviv has missiles that are “DESIGNED to be capable of carrying nukes”. Earlier on Friday, Israel’s Ministry of Defense tweeted that its defense establishment… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Russia slams allegations of ‘Russian mercenaries’ in Libya

Published 2019-12-07 00:31:03 by News Desk in North-Africa

Allegations about Russian military presence in Libya are nothing else but rumors, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday commenting on remarks by US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker. Schenker had claimed earlier that Russian mercenaries were fighting for the Libyan National Army (LNA). “As for the rumors spread by our American counterparts, [they] for some reason appear somehow around the world, elsewhere. If we speak about the Mediterranean, let us take Syria. How many are there service members from NATO countries’ armies who have not been invited there?,” Lavrov said at the Mediterranean… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia


Syrian Army takes control of new points in northeast Syria

Published 2019-12-07 00:13:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army has taken control of new points along the strategic Hasakah-Aleppo Highway as part of their agreement with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the army units on Friday expanded their deployment in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, fortifying new points west of the Tal Tamr District. SANA’s reporter in Hasakah said army units expanded their deployment in governorate’s northwestern country, taking control of new points around the Leylan crossroads west of Tal Tamr. This latest deployment came at the same time the Turkish-backed militants began to… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


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