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The Daily Brief 2019-01-16

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This is a summary of 26 AMN articles on the following subjects: Syria, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Manbij, Idlib, Iran, US, Houthi, Lahj, Yemen, ISIS, Daraa, Erdogan, Lavrov, Russia, Saudi, Iraq, Taiz, Kurds, SDC, Aleppo, IDF. We have changed our format from posting full articles to our steem readership to a summarized daily brief, as the […]

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Swiss MP claims Turkey selling looted Syrian olive oil to fund militia – media

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 01:29 PM PST

In 2018, the Turkish military entered Syria and advanced on the city of Afrin in operation “Olive Branch” against Kurdish forces located there. Ankara accused them of cooperating with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), deemed a terrorist organisation by Turkey. Swiss lawmaker Bernhard Guhl, representing the country's Conservative Democratic Party, has informed authorities that Turkey […]

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

Israeli warplanes return to Lebanese-Syrian border

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 01:09 PM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – Israeli warplanes were spotted conducting low altitude flights along the Syrian-Lebanese border this evening, a source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News. According to the military source, the Israeli warplanes entered Lebanese airspace earlier this evening and then made their way to the Jabal Sheikh (Mount Hermon) region along the Syrian […]

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

Breaking: US Coalition says 4 Americans killed in Manbij terrorist attack, including 2 civilians

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 12:43 PM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition announced this evening that at least two of their soldiers and two American civilians were killed when an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) detonated his suicide belt at a restaurant in Manbij. The blast happened near a restaurant and market. Preliminary reports said at least six people were killed […]

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

Syrian military’s elite Tiger Forces head to Idlib outskirts for new mission

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 12:24 PM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian military’s elite Tiger Forces have received orders to redeploy to the Idlib outskirts, a source from the group told Al-Masdar News this evening. According to the source, several Tiger Forces will be redeployed to the government stronghold of Al-Suqaylabiyeh, where they will be moved to the front-lines near […]

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

Iran demands US release journalist arrested by FBI in St. Louis

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 12:02 PM PST

The head of the IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) World Service, Peyman Jebeli, called on the US to release detained journalist Marzieh Hashemi during a press conference in Tehran on Wednesday. Jebeli stated that Iran is calling for the “immediate and unconditional release” of Hashemi, who was reportedly taken into custody upon landing at […]

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

Rebels shut down restaurant, arrest owner for showing Syrian Asian Cup match

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 11:46 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has shut down a restaurant in Azaz city after the owner showed patrons the Syrian National Team playing Australia in  Asian Cup match. Video footage shows people in rebel held city of #Azaz in north #Aleppo CS cheering for #Syrian national team in their match […]

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

Syrian Grand Mufti warns extremists might settle in Turkey’s safe zone

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 11:16 AM PST

Syria's Supreme Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun has called for the Russian Navy's greater presence in the Mediterranean, which would counterbalance Turkey's idea of a buffer zone in northern Syria. He warns that certain risks exist extremists may settle down there. “At their meeting US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a […]

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

Yemeni intel forces claim they busted Houthi sleeper cell behind Lahj parade attack

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 11:07 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Yemeni Ministry of Interior announced they have busted the Houthi sleeper cell that was behind the Lahj parade attack last week. According to the Yemeni Ministry of Interior, their intel forces captured the perpetrators of the attack in the Lahj Governorate of southern Yemen. The Yemeni Ministry of Interior did […]

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

New footage shows moment ISIS terrorist blow himself up in Manbij

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 10:52 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Syria’s Al-Ikhbariya TV released CCTV footage this evening that shows the moment the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) detonated his suicide vest and killed nine people in the city of Manbij. As shown below, the Islamic State terrorist walks towards the building he is targeting and then detonates his explosive belt: This terrorist […]

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

FSA military commander returns from Jordan to reconcile with Syrian gov’t in Daraa

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 10:38 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON  (8:20 P.M.) – A Free Syrian Army (FSA) military commander has returned from Jordan to reconcile with the Syrian government and join forces with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). According to a source in Damascus, the commander of Jaysh Al-Yarmouk, Imad Abu Rizk, returned to Daraa, yesterday, where he signed a reconciliation pact […]

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

Erdogan says terror attack in Manbij may influence US to stay

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 10:19 AM PST

Commenting on the latest terror attack in the Syrian city of Manbij, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that he did not believe it would impact the Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from the country. “According to my information, five US servicemen were killed in the terrorist attack, which claimed 20 lives. The attack was organized by the IS [Daesh*] group. Perhaps they […]

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

All territories under Turkey’s proposed safe zone should return to Syrian gov’t: Russian FM

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:48 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that all the territories in the newly proposed safe zone by Turkey should be returned to the Syrian government. “The idea of a buffer zone in northern Syria should be seen from the perspective of returning all of Syria’s territory to Damascus’ […]

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

Houthi forces avenge losses in new ambush against Saudi Coalition

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:31 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Houthi forces carried out a powerful attack, today, in response to the Saudi Coalition airstrike that killed over 20 fighters. According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their troops ambushed a group of Saudi Coalition fighters inside the Mothalath Ahem area, killing at least five fighters […]

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

Developing: Massive Hashd Al-Shaabi force mobilizes with Syrian Army for new offensive

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:15 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – A massive force from Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi (var. Popular Mobilization Units) has mobilized along the Anbar-Deir Ezzor border for a new offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terror group, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar News on Wednesday. According to the source, a Hashd Al-Sha’abi force […]

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

US troops on high alert after deadly attack in Manbij (video)

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:03 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – US military vehicles were seen in the area of a deadly blast that claimed at least 9 lives, with 12 people injured in a northern Syrian city of Manbij, Wednesday. At least four US soldiers are feared killed and three more injured, as local media reports. The so-called Islamic State (IS, […]

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

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Saudi Coalition attack devastates Houthi forces in west Yemen, 23 killed

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 07:50 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – A large number of Houthi fighters were killed on Wednesday when a Saudi Coalition warplane bombed their positions inside the Ta’iz Governorate of west Yemen. According to local reports, approximately 23 Houthi fighters were killed this morning after the Saudi Coalition bombed their positions inside the Maqbanah District of western […]

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

New video shows aftermath of ISIS terrorist attack on Manbij

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 07:37 AM PST

According to preliminary media reports, at least 9 people were killed with 12 injured in a blast in a northern Syrian city of Manbij, Wednesday. At least four US soldiers are feared killed and three more injured, as local media reports. The so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) took responsibility for the attack that reportedly […]

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

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Exclusive: Syrian gov’t, Kurds begin new talks to counter Turkish safe zone

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 07:25 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian government and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) have begun a new round of peace talks in Damascus amid the announcement of the planned Turkish safe zone in northern Syria. According to a military source in Damascus, the two parties discussed ways to counter the Turkish safe zone plan, […]

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

ISIS terrorist attack kills 4 US soldiers inside Manbij

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 07:09 AM PST

A powerful blast has hit the northern Syrian city of Manbij, which was recently threatened by Turkey over its Kurdish control. Several people were killed, with local sources claiming Kurdish-allied US soldiers were among the dead. The blast happened near a restaurant and market. Preliminary reports say at least six people were killed and 19 […]

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

Breaking: Turkey declares Syrian Army areas under safe zone despite no agreement from Damascus

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 12:05 AM PST

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – On Tuesday morning, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a 32-kilometer deep safe zone was going to be established in northern Syria. According to Anadolu Agency's map measurement, the safe zone will have a 460-kilometer (286-mile) long presence along the Turkish-Syrian border. The safe zone will include the settlements […]

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

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