The Daily Brief 2019-03-19

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This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: ISIS, Assad, Putin, Shoigu, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Baghouz, Daesh, Hama, Idlib, Turkey, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Brazil, NATO, Trump, Aleppo, Jarabulus, PKK, Kazakhstan, US, Russia, Daraa, Israel, Euphrates.

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Categories in this brief: World-News, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, Middleeast

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ISIS issues call for 'vengeance' after New Zealand mosque massacre

Published 2019-03-19 23:27:28 by News Desk in World-News

After nearly half a year of silence, Daesh spokesman Abu Hassan al-Mujahir posted a new message on social media Monday calling for Muslims to “take vengeance for their religion” in response to the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 50 Muslims last Friday. A 44-minute recorded message was posted on Telegram Monday from the Daesh spokesperson, who had been presumed dead, the New York Times reported. In the recording, Mujahir called for revenge killings in retaliation for the Christchurch attack on two mosques by a 28-year-old Australian gunman who himself claimed to be killing in revenge for Muslim... Read on ->

Tags: ISIS



Russian MoD makes surprise visit to Syria to send Assad message from Putin

Published 2019-03-19 21:39:44 by News Desk in Syria

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Tuesday, for talks on the fight against militancy and the situation in the region in general. According to the Ministry of Defence, Shoigu also delivered a message to Assad from Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Syria, with the support of Russia, undoubtedly achieved significant success in the fight against international terrorism,” said Shoigu, as cited by the MoD press release.     Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Assad, Putin, Shoigu, Syria



US slammed during meeting of military chiefs of Iran, Syria and Iraq (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-19 21:15:17 by News Desk in Syria

US presence in Syria and other regions was called "illegal and rejected" during a tripartite military meeting of the top military chiefs of Syria, Iran and Iraq call the in Damascus on Monday. Speaking at a press conference following the meeting, Syrian Defence Minister Ali Abdullah Ayoub said, "America and others shall get out of Syria as they have gotten out of other regions, for such existence is illegal and rejected, no matter what justifications are circulated." "Syria had stressed out the necessity of such forces withdrawal without provisions, for they are forces of occupation, and they violate the sovereignty... Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria



First scenes from Baghouz after Daesh's defeat (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-19 20:57:13 by News Desk in Syria

Footage filmed near Baghouz on Tuesday, shows Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) patrolling in the last self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) camp, which was liberated by the SDF following intense fighting. Footage shows SDF fighters on patrol surrounded by wreckage and rubble scattered in the enclave.     Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Baghouz, Daesh, ISIS, Syria



Turkish military conducts patrol alongside HTS in southern Idlib (video)

Published 2019-03-19 20:37:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) - On Tuesday, the Turkish military conducted their 5th patrol of the year across the demilitarized zone in southern Idlib and northern Hama. According to reports, the Turkish military patrolled from the town of Morek in northern Hama to the large city of Ma'arat Al-Nu'man in southern Idlib. The Turkish military was reportedly escorted by members of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham, who is the largest jihadist group currently operating inside of northern Syria. Below is a video from the STEP News Agency showing the Turkish military patrolling the southeastern part of the Idlib demilitarized zone:

Hay'at... Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria, Turkey



2nd Hezbollah fighter reportedly killed in eastern Syria

Published 2019-03-19 20:19:10 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) - Another Hezbollah fighter has been killed in eastern Syria this year after coming under attack from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) near the Iraqi border. According to Hezbollah's media activists, Mohammad Masarah was reported killed-in-action (KIA) after his unit came under attack near the border city of Albukamal in eastern Deir Ezzor. No further details have been released. Hezbollah officially joined the Syrian conflict in April 2013, when their troops helped retake the key border city of Al-Qusayr. The Lebanese group would ultimately play an imperative role in retaking the entire border region after three major... Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria



Trump considers offering Brazil NATO membership

Published 2019-03-19 19:46:34 by News Desk in World-News

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday while meeting with his Brazilian counterpart that he was looking into Brazil joining NATO or other alliances. "We are going to look at that very, very strongly in terms of whether it's NATO or it's something having to do with the alliance. But we have a great alliance with Brazil, better than we have ever had before," Trump said during his meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Trump also added that he was supporting Brazil's bid to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). "I am supporting their efforts to join [the... Read on ->

Tags: Brazil, NATO, Trump



Heavy clashes breakout between Turkish-backed rebels in northern Syria

Published 2019-03-19 18:55:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:35 P.M.) - A fierce battle broke out between two large rebel factions loyal to Turkey, today, resulting in a number of casualties for both sides involved. According to reports from northern Syria, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Police clashed on Tuesday after members from the former assaulted a traffic officer inside the border city of Jarabulus. Following the assault, the Free Syrian Police sent reinforcements to the area and the clashes intensified, with at three fighters reportedly wounded. In response to the infighting, the Turkish military sent a convoy to Jarabulus in an attempt to... Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Jarabulus, Syria, Turkey



Turkey, Iran kickoff joint military operation against PKK forces (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-19 16:00:01 by News Desk in Iran, Turkey

Turkish Minister of Interior Affairs Suleyman Soylu announced that Turkey and Iran carried out a joint military operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), during a political rally in Antalya on Monday. "At 8:00 am today, we have started a joint operation with Iran along our eastern borders against PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] for the first time. My friends will provide details, where, when, with how many troops etc. I just want you to know that we will not give them a chance to breathe. We will exterminate them. We will save our nation from this evil," said Soylu. ... Read on ->

Tags: Iran, PKK, Turkey



Breaking: Long-time Kazakh President resigns after nearly 30 years in power

Published 2019-03-19 15:41:52 by News Desk in World-News

Key Russian ally Nursultan Nazarbayev, the long-time president of Kazakhstan, has handed in his resignation after almost 30 years in power. "I have made the decision to end my tenure as president," 78-year-old Nazarbayev said in his address. Nazarbayev announced his resignation in a special address to the nation on Tuesday. His duties will be performed by Senate Speaker Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, from Nazarbayev’s Russia-friendly ruling party Nur Otan, until a new president is elected. Nazarbayev had been the leader of Kazakhstan since 1990. He was on his fifth term when he resigned. Nazarbayev will transition to heading the country's security... Read on ->

Tags: Kazakhstan



US paratroopers alleged conduct overnight operation to bust ISIS sleeper cell in eastern Syria

Published 2019-03-19 15:28:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) - The U.S. military conducted a night time operation against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terror organization in eastern Syria on Sunday evening, local tribesmen reported via social media on Monday. According to the reports, U.S. paratroopers landed in the Shaytat area of the Deir Ezzor Governorate, where they later raided a suspected Islamic State sleeper cell. The reports said the U.S. paratroopers were transported to the Shaytat area by three army helicopters. The U.S. military later arrested three suspected Islamic State members before leaving the area via helicopter. This is not the first time that locals... Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US



Meet Russia's new nuclear missile submarine (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-19 14:46:34 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Ministry of Defence released footage on Tuesday of the Russian Navy's latest nuclear missile Borei-class submarine and 'Kronstadt' Lada-class diesel-electric attack submarine. Footage shows the Borei-class submarine's crew getting ready for departure as well as the submarine moving at water surface at full speed. Footage also shows the Lada-class submarine in a floating dock. The Lada-class submarine is reported to be an improved version of the Project 636 Kilo class, with new, quieter combat systems as well as possible air-independent propulsion. The 'Kronstadt' Lada-class submarine was set afloat in 2018 and is planned to... Read on ->

Tags: Russia



Exclusive: Syrian Army mass deploys to Daraa for new operation

Published 2019-03-19 14:18:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) - Last week, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News that the Syrian Republican Guard was preparing to deploy to the Daraa Governorate for a new operation against the Free Syrian Army's (FSA) sleeper cells. The Syrian Republican Guard, along with the Air Force Intelligence, arrived in Daraa city on Tuesday after receiving the green light to launch a large-scale operation against the rebel sleeper cells inside the governorate. A source in Damascus told Al-Masdar this afternoon that the Syrian military has deployed to the Daraa Al-Balad axis in the provincial capital and to the... Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria



Lebanese security forces arrest alleged Israeli operative spying on Hezbollah

Published 2019-03-19 13:44:13 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) - The Lebanese General Security announced on Tuesday morning that their forces had arrested a Canadian national of Lebanese descent that was allegedly working for the Israeli intelligence. According to a communique, the Lebanese General Security arrested a Lebanese-Canadian man (born 1978) after he was found trying to gather intel on Hezbollah figures and the missing Israeli pilot Ron Arad. The Lebanese General Security said he was recruited by Unit 504 of the Israeli Army Intelligence and spent a great deal of time trying to spy on Hezbollah. According to the communique obtained by Lebanon's National... Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon



Breaking: ISIS surrendering in masses as last Euphrates enclave is eliminated

Published 2019-03-19 13:13:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) - The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) is surrendering in masses at the Baghouz Camp as their last enclave in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley has been eliminated. According to a report from this front, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have taken control over the Baghouz Camp after a fierce battle with the Islamic State terrorists in this region of eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces were able to force the Islamic State to surrender their last positions after they broke through the terrorist group's last line of defense at the northern flank of the... Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, ISIS, Syria


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