This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Russia, Syria, Turkey, Aleppo, US, NATO, Ansarallah, Islah, Yemen, Libya, HTS, Hmeimim, Idlib, Latakia, Iraq, UK, Sudan, Hasakah, ISIS, Salaheddine, Erdogan.

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Russia military escorts 13 Turkish convoys to Idlib

Published 2020-03-09 22:37:12 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Units of the Russian military police escorted 13 Turkish convoys to Turkey’s observation posts in the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria during the past day, Oleg Zhuravlev, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, said on Monday. “A special round-the-clock communications channel has been established to ensure real-time coordination between the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties and the Turkish side. During the day, units of the Russian military police escorted 13 Turkish convoys to the deployments sites of the Turkish army’s observation posts in the Idlib de-escalation zone,” he said. Zhuravlev… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey

Tensions increase in west Aleppo as Syrian Army, jihadists trade attacks

Published 2020-03-09 22:29:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels traded a number of attacks in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Monday. According to a military source in the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army responded to shelling from the jihadist rebels near the town of Atarib, resulting in an exchange of gunfire. The source said the Syrian Army and jihadist rebels also traded artillery north of Atarib, prompting the military to send reinforcements to this front in order to prepare for any further breaches of the ceasefire. Despite the announcement of the ceasefire… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

US military tests new extended-range super gun: video

Published 2020-03-09 21:50:01 by News Desk in World-News

According to a report by, Army leaders on Friday watched the ERCA system launch two rocket-assisted projectiles: a 155-millimeter round and an Excalibur precision-guided round. The projectiles traveled distances of 65 kilometers, which is almost double the range that can be reached by a typical 155-millimeter artillery gun. The test demonstrations took place at the Yuma Proving Ground facility in Yuma, Arizona. ​”This provides a significantly longer-range capability, so it enables commanders to attack and fight differently,” Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Joseph Martin told reporters after the demonstration, reported. “Our adversaries are artillery-centered formations …… Read on ->

Tags: US

Turkey asks NATO for additional help in Syria

Published 2020-03-09 20:32:39 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Ankara has asked NATO for additional assistance to help shore up the border with Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced. “[We’ve asked for] additional NATO assistance on Syria – for the defence of the border with Syria, and in connection with the migration challenge,” Erdogan said, speaking to reporters on Monday alongside NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. Stressing that Turkey was looking for “concrete support from all our allies to this struggle,” Erdogan suggested that Turkey had been the only NATO power to fight Syria-based ‘threats’, including Daesh (ISIS)*, for over nine years and to have suffered troops killed…. Read on ->

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Tags: NATO, Syria, Turkey

Saudi-backed forces launch big counter-offensive in northern Yemen

Published 2020-03-09 20:22:30 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Saudi-backed Islah forces and Yemeni Army launched a big counter-offensive in the Al-Jawf Governorate on Monday, as they attempt to reclaim the territories they lost over the last two weeks. According to pro-government media, the Islah forces and Yemeni Army managed to retake Al-Khanjar Camp in Al-Jawf after a fierce battle with the Ansarallah troops on Monday morning. Furthermore, the reports said the Islah forces and Yemeni Army also opened a road linking the Khub and Al-Sha’af districts of the neighboring Mar’ib Governorate. Last week, the Ansarallah forces scored a decisive victory in the… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Islah, Yemen

Over 200 Turkish-backed Syrian militants head to Libya

Published 2020-03-09 20:13:08 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – A large batch of Turkish-backed Syrian militants have reportedly departed Turkey for Libya, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday. “Reliable source have informed SOHR that a new batch of “al-Mutassim Brigade” faction will be transferred to Libya by Turkey in the next few hours, as part of turkey’s continuous process of transferring “mercenaries” to Libya,” they reported. At the same time, the SOHR also reported that dozens of Syrian militants have already fled Libya for Italy, increasing the total number to 200. According to the SOHR, nearly 40 members of the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

Syrian Army uncovers HTS leader’s headquarters in western Aleppo

Published 2020-03-09 19:17:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army discovered the headquarters of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate while combing through the recently captured areas. According to Syrian TV, the Syrian Army entered the jihadist compound after discovering a large network of tunnels in the town of Anajara, which is located west of Aleppo city. The videos released by Syrian TV show the operation room where HTS leader Abu Mohmmad Al-Jolani planned his attacks against the Syrian Arab Army. Documents, maps and modern bulldozers were also found that were used in the excavation… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, HTS, Syria

US aircraft spotted near Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase in western Syria

Published 2020-03-09 19:11:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – As many as two U.S. Air Force planes were spotted off the coast of western Syria this week, as they allegedly approached Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase along the eastern Mediterranean. According to the Interfax News Agency, a U.S. Air Force RC-135W aircraft was the plane that was spotted near the Hmeimim Airbase. The report said the aircraft took off from the Souda Bay Airbase on the Greek island of Crete before making its way towards the Syrian coast. The aircraft’s closest approach to the Hmeimim Airbase came at a distance of approximately 50-60km, the report said…. Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria

Russia to push Turkey to respect Syria’s sovereignty

Published 2020-03-09 18:56:52 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The delegates are expected to come to the Turkish capital on Tuesday. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said they will discuss joint patrols in Syria’s restive Idlib region, starting Sunday. A Russian military delegation will travel to Ankara this week to pressure Turkey into respecting Syria’s sovereignty, Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov revealed on Monday. “The Russian military has a clear goal of guaranteeing Syria’s sovereignty and demanding that Turkey respect it unconditionally,” Ivashov said. He said the delegation will take a tough line in the negotiations with the Turkish military. Russia and Turkey used to be partners in political talks… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey

Syria prepares to reopen Aleppo-Latakia Highway for first time since 2012

Published 2020-03-09 17:50:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Minister of Transport Ali Hammoud announced that the ministry has given directives to the Road Transport Corporation to start removing dirt berms via the M-4 Highway that connects Latakia and Aleppo via Saraqib, in preparation for its opening as soon as possible. Hammoud said in a speech published on the Facebook page of the Syrian Ministry of Transport: “From the moment the announcement of the liberation of the M-4 road that links between Latakia and Aleppo with a length of 98 km between Latakia and Saraqib, we immediately gave instructions to the Road… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Syria

Two US soldiers killed in north-central Iraq: OIR

Published 2020-03-09 16:04:35 by News Desk in Iraq

At least two US soldiers were killed in Iraq during an operation against Daesh, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) said in a statement on Monday. “Two US service members were killed by enemy forces while advising and accompanying Iraqi Security Forces during a mission to eliminate an ISIS terrorist stronghold in a mountainous area of north-central Iraq, March 8,” the coalition said. The coalition did not provide further details about the incident or the enemy forces involved. “The names of the service members are withheld pending next of kin notification, in accordance with US Department of Defense policy,” it added. In… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

UK Air Force attempts to intercept Russian warplanes

Published 2020-03-09 12:16:35 by News Desk in World-News

UK Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter jets were scrambled on Saturday on an interception mission after Russian aircraft approached British airspace, the RAF press service reported. “RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoon aircraft launched today from Lossiemouth and Coningsby [air force bases],” according to a statement posted on the RAF official page on Twitter. “This was a routine response to Russian aircraft approaching UK air space and was coordinated with several other NATO allies,” the statement added. The statement did not specify the amount and model of the Russian aircraft at the issue, however, the pictures attached to the statement… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, UK

Sudanese Prime Minister survives assassination attempt

Published 2020-03-09 12:09:20 by News Desk in World-News

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt in the country’s capital Khartoum, Reuters quoted a source in the cabinet as saying. ​A source in Hamdok’s office stated that the head of the government is safe and wasn’t harmed in the incident. No party has claimed responsibility for the explosion so far. Sky News quoted its correspondent as saying that an explosive device was used to target the prime minister’s car. “The blast occurred east of a major bridge in northeastern Khartoum, and targeted two cars, one of which was carrying the Sudanese Prime Minister, which resulted in… Read on ->

Tags: Sudan

US forces allegedly block large Russian military convoy in northeast Syria

Published 2020-03-09 11:54:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – A U.S. patrol blocked a Russian military convoy from accessing a roundabout in the Al-Hasakah countryside this week, the North Press Agency reported on Monday. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Approaching Strategic Military Base in West Aleppo According to the news page, a large Russian military convoy was attempting to transport equipment by passing through the Tal Tamr Roundabout, when they were blocked by a U.S. patrol. The Russian military convoy was reportedly trying to head towards Qamishli city when they were blocked by the U.S. patrol in the Al-Hasakah countryside. Neither the U.S. nor the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Russia, Syria, US

Militants violate Idlib ceasefire 8 times in 24 hours: Russia

Published 2020-03-09 11:20:38 by News Desk in Syria

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Illegal armed groups have broken the ceasefire eight times in the Idlib de-escalation zone in the past 24 hours, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, the chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Parties in Syria, said at a briefing on Sunday. “Eight ceasefire violations by illegal armed groups have been documented Over the past 24 hours,” he said adding that the militants had opened fire on inhabited localities in the regions of Aleppo, Latakia and Idlib. Apart from that, Zhuravlev said that the Russian military police had conducted patrols along five routes in the regions of Aleppo and al-Hasakah…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Incredible footage of the Syrian-Russian offensive in Idlib

Published 2020-03-09 11:04:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Anna News Agency released a never-before-seen footage of the Syrian-Russian offensive in the Idlib Governorate from February 23 to March 6. According to the Anna News Agency, the rare footage covers the offensive from the 25th Special Mission Forces Division’s point-of-view, as they attempt to advance through the militant defenses in Idlib. The video shows the Syrian Army advancing through the Idlib countryside, as the Russian Air Force provides them close military support. In this two-week-long operation, the Syrian Arab Army managed to take control of most of the Jabal Al-Zawiya region, including the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Iraqi forces carry out operation against ISIS north of Baghdad

Published 2020-03-09 10:47:19 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 A.M.) – The Iraqi security forces carried out a special operation on Monday that targeted the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) cells in the Makhoul Mountain region of the Salaheddine Governorate. READ ALSO: Iraqi Forces Arrest High-Ranking ISIS Commander in Fallujah According to the Iraqi security forces, their troops stormed the Islamic State’s positions in the Makhoul Mountain region, eliminating several terrorists after an intense battle. In addition to the ground attack, the Iraqi security forces said their air force managed to destroy a number of Islamic State tunnels in this mountainous region located north of Baghdad. The Makhoul… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Salaheddine

Turkey will take action in Idlib if agreement with Russia is not implemented: Erdogan

Published 2020-03-09 10:28:42 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Ankara could take unilateral action in the Syrian region of Idlib unless the agreements with Russia are implemented, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Istanbul on Sunday. READ ALSO: Syrian Army to Turn Attention to Eastern Syria After Idlib Operation – Assad “We retain the right to clear that site in our own way in case the promise given to us about the location of Operation Spring Shield [in Idlib] is not kept. We reached an agreement [with Russia] to resolve the Idlib crisis without any further bloodshed. If not, we will be going on along the path we… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Russia, Syria, Turkey

Turkish military resumes large-scale build-up in Idlib: video

Published 2020-03-09 10:14:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Turkish military continued their build-up in the Idlib Governorate this week, despite the announcement of a ceasefire across this Syrian region. READ ALSO: Turkey is Using Idlib to Create Permanent Presence in Syria – Expert According to reports from the Idlib front, the Turkish military sent several vehicles to the governorate over the last few days, increasing their presence in a number of areas around the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4). Despite the arrival of more Turkish troops and equipment, the jihadist rebels have yet to withdrawal from the Aleppo-Latakia Highway, which may cause friction with… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

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