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This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Syria, Turkey, China, Russia, Idlib, US, Assad, Putin, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq.

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Turkish Army resumes military activity after being ambushed in Idlib

Published 2020-03-20 20:51:39 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces have resumed their patrols in the Idlib Governorate after their troops were ambushed by unknown assailants on Thursday. According to reports from Idlib, the Turkish military conducted patrols along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) between the cities of Saraqib and Ariha. There have been no reports of any attacks against the Turkish military since they resumed their patrols in the Idlib Governorate. On Thursday, at least two Turkish soldiers were killed when their forces were ambushed along the M-4 Highway near the town of Mahambal. Turkey accused “radical groups” of carrying… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Why does Turkey want S-400s and Patriot missiles?

Published 2020-03-20 20:08:18 by News Desk in Turkey

Last month, Ankara reportedly asked the US to deploy Patriot batteries on Turkey’s southern border following an escalation of tensions in Syria’s Idlib. Here’s a closer look at what could finally become Turkey’s missile system of choice given Ankara’s recent purchase of the Russian-made S-400 Triumf missile systems. Ankara’s move on the Patriot border deployment will most likely raise many eyebrows given the performance characteristics of these two missile defence systems. The S-400 detects an enemy at a distance of up to 600 kilometres and tracks up to 300 targets simultaneously, while the Patriot operates at a distance of no more than 120… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey


Chinese military to potentially use new weapons to stop US: expert

Published 2020-03-20 19:34:59 by News Desk in World-News

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Chinese military experts on Tuesday suggested the use of non-lethal electromagnetic weapons, including low-energy laser devices, in expelling US warships that have been repeatedly intruding into the South China Sea in the past week. Ships from the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier strike group and America amphibious assault ship expeditionary strike group sailed together in the South China Sea on Sunday for expeditionary strike force drills, the US Pacific Fleet said on its Twitter account on Monday. This is the third time in just a week US warships are known to have trespassed into the South China Sea: US guided missile… Read on ->

Tags: China


Russian military choppers in action along Syrian coast: video

Published 2020-03-20 18:04:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 P.M.) – A video has emerged showing Russian military choppers patrolling along the Syrian coast, as the navy carries out wide-scale drills in the eastern Mediterranean region. In the video, the Russian military choppers can be seen flying along the Syrian coast in what is likely to be either the Tartous or Latakia governorates. https://twitter.com/tfAcj0F9IYtVsSq/status/1241002149565341696?s=20

Tags: Russia, Syria


US is ready to undermine Idlib agreement: Russia

Published 2020-03-20 17:03:56 by News Desk in Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that the US, which is frustrated over the Moscow-Ankara accord on the Idlib settlement, uses any pretext to promote anti-Russian hysteria. She said that the Ministry has paid attention to “the intensification of contacts between American politicians and the quasi-humanitarian organisation White Helmets operating in Syria”. “Such contacts usually end up with big problems in the region in the form of provocations and provocative actions. On 17 March, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun met the White Helmets leader despite restrictions on contacts with foreigners introduced by the State… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, US


Jihadist group planned attacks against Russian forces in Syria: report

Published 2020-03-20 16:47:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels were planning to carry out attacks against the Russian Armed Forces in Idlib, sources from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) said this week. According to the sources, jihadist groups were planning ambushes along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway), as well as attacks behind enemy lines in Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Idlib. However, their plans appear to be on hold, as the Russian military has been conducting hourly reconnaissance flights over the region, with their main concentration being the M-4 Highway. The jihadist rebels have attempted to ambush the Russian military before, but… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Breaking: Putin and Assad discuss Idlib developments

Published 2020-03-20 16:23:37 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad to discuss the ongoing developments in the Idlib Governorate and wish all Syrian Muslims observing Al-Isra’a wal-Maraj (Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey) a blessed weekend. “President Assad received a phone call from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to the discuss the developments across Syria and the implementation of the Russian-Turkish agreements from March 5th that strive to bring stability to the region of Idlib,” the Syrian Presidency’s statement began. “The continued violation of these agreements by terrorist organizations,” they continued. “President Putin congratulated… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Putin, Russia, Syria


Turkish drone destroyed by Russian-made air defense system found in Idlib: photo

Published 2020-03-20 16:12:47 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Anna News Agency released a new photo this week that showed the remains of a Turkish drone that was shot down by a Russian-made air defense system in Syria. In the image released, the two field reporters are photographed with the remains of the Turkish drone, but the type unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was not stated. According to the Russian publication Avia.Pro, the Turkish drone was likely shot down by a Russian-made Pantsir S-1 air defense system, which was deployed to the Idlib front shortly after the Turkish military began launching heavy strikes on… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Russian military kicks off naval exercises off Syrian coast

Published 2020-03-20 15:50:16 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigate Admiral Essen, performing tasks in the Mediterranean Sea, conducted a number of exercises during its march, the Fleet’s press service said. “In accordance with the training plan, the crew practiced the tactics of fighting alleged enemy’s surface ships at sea by a solitary ship and ensuring air defense,” the message reads. The message notes that the crew practiced actions during radar jamming and missile strike counteraction. The Ka-27PL helicopter crew conducted scheduled training to practice search and tracking of a submarine. According to the press service, the crew continues to perform duties as part… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Militants cutoff of strategic M-4 Highway once again: video

Published 2020-03-20 15:16:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The militant forces in the Idlib Governorate have once again cutoff the strategic M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway), blocking both the Russian and Turkish troops from conducting their agreed upon patrols. According to reports from the Idlib Governorate, the militant factions quickly moved to cutoff the M-4 Highway after it was cleared of the rubble the day before. The M-4 Highway was supposed to be reopened for the joint Russian-Turkish patrols along this imperative roadway; however, the militant forces have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Moscow agreement. This move by the militant factions comes just a… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Head of Lebanese military court steps down over Amer Al-Fakhoury’s release

Published 2020-03-20 14:43:18 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The head of the Lebanese Military Court, Brigadier General Hussein ‘Abdullah, announced on Friday his decision to step down from this position after he issued a ruling that dismissed the criminal case against the former head of the infamous Khiam Prison and member of the Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army, Amer Al-Fakhoury. The Lebanese website “Lebanon Debate” quoted ‘Abdullah as saying: “Out of respect for my oath and the honorary military, I am resigning from the presidency of the military court in which the application of the law equals the escape of a client, the pain… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon


Former Syrian Defense Minister passes away at 81

Published 2020-03-20 14:34:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Former Syrian Defense Minister ‘Ali Mohammad Habib Mahmoud passed away on Friday, March 20th, the Syrian government announced shortly after learning about his death. According to reports, Mahmoud, who was from rural Tartous, passed away on Friday morning at the Al-Assad Hospital; he was 81-years-old at the time of his passing. Prior to his retirement, Mahmoud served as the Chief-of-Staff of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from 2004 to 2009 and Syrian Minister of Defense from 2009 to 2011.  

Tags: Syria


Trump refrained from launching,larger attack in Iraq over coronavirus

Published 2020-03-20 13:59:59 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

NBC News has cited several unnamed US sources as saying on Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic prompted President Donald Trump last week to refrain from ordering a more aggressive response to an Iraqi paramilitary group’s recent attack on American troops in Iraq. The US sees Kataib Hezbollah as an Iranian proxy. According to the sources, Trump told his senior national security advisers that such a retaliation could tarnish the US’s image now that Iran is grappling with COVID-19, which has already claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in the Islamic Republic. “The president has a pretty good sense… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq


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