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The Daily Brief 2019-01-13

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This is a summary of 33 AMN articles on the following subjects: ISIS, SDF, Syria, Idlib, Iran, Euphrates, Canada, Israel, Lebanon, Netanyahu, Kurds, Turkey, Manbij, Gaza, Israeli Sniper, Palestinian, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen, Ukraine, Trump, US, Aleppo, Raqqa, Hezbollah, Gaddafi, Libya, Hama, Qatar, Damascus, Jarba, Russia, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, IDF, Gaza Strip, Israeli, Warplanes. We have […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: SDF troops reach ISIS stronghold after seizing nearby town

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 12:57 PM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their advance in the eastern part of the Euphrates River Valley tonight as their troops seized another town from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terror group. Backed by U.S. and French artillery strikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces managed to capture the small town of Abu […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Inter-rebel civil war in Idlib is major victory for Syrian Army

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 11:55 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The recent inter-rebel civil war in the Idlib Governorate has proven to be a major victory for the Syrian military and their allies as the jihadist takeover of the province allows for the government to resume plans for a northwestern Syria offensive. Speaking to Al-Masdar News from the government stronghold […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iran tests homegrown satellite for new space launch

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 11:17 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.)  The assistant director of the Iranian Space Agency announced on Sunday that the Persian Gulf nation would be flying a prototype of an advanced homegrown satellite that is due to be launched into orbit in the near future. On Sunday, the Tasnim News Agency quoted Mina Bayat as saying several rounds of […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

ISIS in ‘last moments’ in eastern Euphrates as SDF troops reach terrorist stronghold

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 10:48 AM PST

Islamic State militants are "living their final moments" in the last enclave they hold near the Iraqi border, where U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are attacking them, an SDF official said on Sunday. A defeat of the jihadists in the enclave would wipe out Islamic State's territorial foothold on the eastern bank of the Euphrates […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Canadian ISIS member arrested in eastern Syria (video)

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 10:35 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – A Canadian member of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) was arrested by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria recently, the group’s official media wing reported on Sunday. In the video, the captured Islamic State member admits his name is Mohammad ‘Abdullah Mohammad; he adds that he is of Ethiopian […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel continues to build wall as Lebanon files complaint to UNSC (video)

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 10:15 AM PST

Israeli forces appeared to continue building a nine-metre (30-ft) high wall along the northern border with Lebanon, as seen in footage filmed near Adaisseh on Sunday. Footage shows a crane installing cement blocks and some construction equipment digging along the fence. Lebanese soldiers and personnel of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were also […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

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Israel determined to take further action against Iran in Syria – Israeli PM

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 10:02 AM PST

Israel is prepared to take further action against Iranian targets in Syria to prevent Iran's gaining a military stronghold in that country, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. “Just in the last 36 hours, the air force attacked Iranian warehouses with Iranian weapons at the international airport in Damascus. The accumulation of recent […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian gov’t confirms talks intensified with Kurds due to Turkish threats

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 09:45 AM PST

Ayman Soussan, an assistant to the Syrian Foreign Minister, confirmed on Sunday that talks between Damascus and the Kurdish forces in Syria’s northeast have intensified due to a possible Turkish military operation. “The Kurds are an integral part of the Syrian nation. We are sure that we are able to resolve a number of difficult […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army allegedly deploys to northern Manbij (video)

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 09:22 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has allegedly deployed to the northern part of Manbij, which is near the front-lines with the Turkish-backed rebels. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military is currently conducting patrols around the northern countryside of Manbij. As a result of this move, the […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Palestinian Dies In Gaza From Israeli Sniper Fire

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 09:11 AM PST

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:10 P.M)- After two weeks in intensive-care, another Palestinian man has passed away today, from an Israeli inflicted bullet wound. The Gaza Health Ministry has confirmed the death of Anwar Qadih, 33 years old, following his sustained gunshot wound. Anwar Qadih was shot, in the neck, by an Israeli Sniper two months ago, […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Houthi aircraft bomb southern Saudi Arabia

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 07:43 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Houthi air team launched a new wave of attacks against the Saudi Coalition, today, targeting a number of sites belonging to the latter inside the Jizan province. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their armed drones heavily bombarded the Saudi Coalition’s positions near the Yemeni […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Ukraine deploys missile system to residential area near contact line – Lugansk militias

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 07:29 AM PST

Ukraine's army has deployed the Osa surface-to-air missile system to the yard of a house in the settlement of Klinovoye near the contact line, a militia spokesman of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) said on Sunday. “Representatives of the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) recorded the deployment of […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Trump administration asked Pentagon for ‘options to strike Iran’ last year

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 07:08 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security team asked the Pentagon for “options to strike Iran”, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed officials. According to the Wall Street Journal report, the inquiry on striking Iran was led by National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has been an outspoken critic of […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian gov’t to intensify peace talks with Kurds: report

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 06:41 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Syrian government is seeking to intensify the ongoing peace talks with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDF), a Syrian official told the Reuters News Agency on Sunday. "We hope for the intensification of the dialogue. Many of the Kurdish statements were positive regarding their concern for the unity of […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israeli Air force ‘carried out attacks’ against Iranian arms in Syria – Netanyahu (video)

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 06:25 AM PST

The Israel Air Force attacked Iranian weapons depots at the Damascus International Airport in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed while speaking at a government meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday. “Just in the last 36 hours, the Israeli Air Force carried out attacks against the Iranian weapons depots at Damascus International Airport,” the Israeli […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

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US heavily reinforces bases along Turkish border

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 05:37 AM PST

The US Army is reinforcing its military bases in northeastern Aleppo and northern Raqqa despite US President Donald Trump’s controversial call for his nation’s armed forces to pull out from Syria. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Saturday that a US military convoy comprising 150 military and armored vehicles as well […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Yemeni intelligence chief succumbs to wounds after Houthi attack

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 05:26 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Yemeni intelligence chief Major General Mohammad Tamah reportedly died on Sunday after sustaining life-threatening wounds in the Lahj Governorate this past weekend. According to reports from pro-government media, General Tamah succumbed to his wounds this morning after being transferred to a hospital inside the southern port-city of Aden. General […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: US aircraft makes emergency landing at Israeli airbase

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 05:14 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A U.S.-registered light aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing, today, after experiencing an engine malfunction, the Jerusalem Post reported. According to the report, the U.S. aircraft made the emergency landing at the Ramat David Air Force base. The report added that Israel Air Force jets accompanied the aircraft as it […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Netanyahu claims Israeli strikes hit ‘Iranian and Hezbollah targets’ in Syria

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 05:02 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister stated on Sunday that the recent attack by his nation’s air force struck a number of “Iranian and Hezbollah targets” in Syria. "The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has attacked hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets. Just in the past 36 hours, the air force attacked Iranian depots full of Iranian weapons in the […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Gaddafi’s son wants Libyan presidential elections as soon as possible

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 04:53 AM PST

Saif Islam Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was toppled as a result of NATO's involvement in the country's domestic crisis in 2011, backs holding a presidential vote in the state as soon as possible, "as any delay creates more problems", his representative stated responding with criticism to a UN envoy's proposal to set up elections only by the end of 2019, Bloomberg reported. "The only solution […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US military official confirms troops in Syria are preparing to withdraw: report

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 04:41 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – A Pentagon spokesperson told the Saudi-based Asharq Al-Aswat publication on Sunday that the U.S. military is preparing to withdraw from Syria, adding that it will not be done in an arbitrary fashion. Speaking to Asharq Al-Aswat this week, the Pentagon official Sean Robertson told the publication that the U.S. military […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army moves heavy missile launchers to Idlib front-lines (PHOTOS)

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 04:02 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has moved a large number of missile launchers to the front-lines near the Idlib demilitarized zone recently. According to recent reports, the Syrian Arab Army deployed their BM-27 Uragan MLRS launchers to the front-lines in northern Hama, which is where the most intense clashes are […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: US to expand largest military base in Middle East

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 03:45 AM PST

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this afternoon that his nation’s armed forces would be expanding their military base in the small nation of Qatar. According to Pompeo, the U.S. was planning to expand its Al-Uleid Military Base after successful talks with the Qatari regime. Al-Udeid is already the largest US military base in the Middle East. The […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israeli forces destroy sixth and largest alleged Hezbollah tunnel (video)

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 03:35 AM PST

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) carried out an operation to destroy what they claimed was the final cross-border tunnel from Lebanon, allegedly built by Hezbollah, footage released on Sunday shows. According to the military, the 800 metre-long (2,600 feet) tunnel was dug into Israel from the village of Ramyeh in southern Lebanon. It was discovered […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

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ISIS is on their last legs as SDF troops approach the terrorist group’s last stronghold

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 03:12 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have scored a new advance in the eastern countryside of the Euphrates River Valley, today, after resuming their large-scale operation over the weekend. Backed by heavy airstrikes from the U.S. and French air forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces stormed the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) defenses inside […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Netanyahu confirms that Israel attacked Syria over the weekend

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 02:39 AM PST

On 12 January Israeli aircraft carried out multiple missile strikes on the suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus. The attack was repelled by the Syrian Air Defence and most of the missiles were shot down, while a warehouse near Damascus International Airport was damaged by the strikes. On Sunday morning Benjamin Netanyahu said that the […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba ready to head to Damascus for talks

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 02:25 AM PST

A prominent leader of the Syrian opposition, the head of Syria’s Tomorrow Movement Ahmad Jarba, said he was ready to head to Damascus for talks with the Syrian government, the Al Mayadeen TV has reported. According to the channel's information, Jarba, who is an influential tribe leader in eastern Syria, came forward with the initiative […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Israel declares end of Lebanese border operation (video)

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 02:10 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Sunday the conclusion Operation Northern Shield after another alleged Hezbollah was unearthed along the Lebanese border. 180ft deep underground2,624ft dug under #LebanonDozens of yards dug into IsraelThis #Hezbollah attack tunnel was dug from the Lebanese village of Ramyeh into Israel […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Exclusive: Israeli strikes targeted missile storage in west Damascus

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 01:55 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Israeli Air Force carried out a powerful attack over the weekend that targeted several sites around the Syrian capital. The most cited target that was attacked by the Israeli Air Force was the weapons warehouse near the Damascus International Airport. However, a military source in west Damascus informed Al-Masdar […]

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source