This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: China, Idlib, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Pompeo, Russia, Libya, Mitiga, Qamishli, Assad, Shoigu, Tripoli, Lebanon, US.

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Chinese Air Force unveils new standard ‘low observable’ paint scheme to evade eyes, radars

Published 2020-03-23 21:26:41 by News Desk in World-News

The Chinese air force is moving to standardize the paint schemes of its aircraft, introducing new regulations requiring use of common paints and colors to reduce the fleet’s visibility both to the human eye and to radar. According to the new regulations, aircraft in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will begin to use common “low observable” paint schemes that will reduce their visibility on enemy radars as well as to visual observers, the Global Times reported earlier this month, citing the PLA Daily. The new colors featured are “sky colors,” the publication said, such as gray, light blue… Read on ->

Tags: China


Turkish military prepares for Syrian Army offensive by building multiple posts near Jisr Al-Shughour

Published 2020-03-23 21:04:26 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Turkish military is not taking any chances with this upcoming Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive in northwestern Syria, as they were reported to have setup several posts near a strategic city in the Idlib Governorate. According to opposition reports, the Turkish military built at least three posts near the strategic city of Jisr Al-Shughour this week, as they anticipate the Syrian Arab Army’s upcoming offensive will target this part of the Idlib Governorate and M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway). Furthermore, the Turkish military has reportedly deployed their short-range air defense systems to the Idlib Governorate,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


US military allegedly building new base for Patriot missiles near Syrian border: report

Published 2020-03-23 19:45:27 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

An Iraqi security source says the US military intends to construct a new military base in the country’s western province of al-Anbar for the deployment of Patriot missile systems. “US forces intend to establish a new base in Umm Samij area north of al-Baghdadi district in the city of Hit in order to deploy a Patriot anti-missile system, and protect Ain al-Assad air base as well as other locations in western regions against possible attacks,” the unnamed source told Iraq’s Arabic-language al-Ahad news agency on Monday. He noted, “Identification of a location for the deployment of the Patriot missile system… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Iraq


Pompeo accuses Iran of spreading coronavirus to 5 countries

Published 2020-03-23 19:24:09 by News Desk in Iran

The government of Iran has transmitted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to at least five countries, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Monday. “Fact: In February, Iran’s chief terror airline, Mahan Air, ran at least 55 flights between Tehran and China, further infecting the Iranian people. At least five foreign countries’ first cases of coronavirus were directly imported from Iran, putting millions more lives at risk”, the statement said. Pompeo also accused the Iranian government of lying about the real number of cases of COVID-19 infection and deaths in the country as well as of using… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo


Russian military delivers more equipment to Syria: photos

Published 2020-03-23 18:01:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Russian military was photographed on Sunday transiting the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Syrian port city of Tartous. According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Black Sea Fleet’s 197th Assault Ship Brigade Tapir class LST ORSK 148 transited the Bosphorus Strait and entered Mediterranean waters on Sunday. https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1241750975163052032?s=20 The ship was likely transporting weapons and military equipment to Syria, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) prepares to resume their offensive in Idlib. Due to the refusal of militant groups to withdraw from the agreed upon safe zone, the Syrian Arab Army has been… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Russian Defense Minister received escort from Su-35 jets

Published 2020-03-23 17:39:38 by News Desk in Syria

Russian Aerospace Forces’ Su-35 fighters provided security of Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu during his flight to Syria, Russian Ministy of Defense disclosed Monday. “The security of Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu’s flight in Syrian airspace was provided by Russian Aerospace Forces’ Su-35S fighters,” the Ministry said. Shoigu met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Monday to discuss several topics, including the ongoing situation in Idlib. “The negotiations concerned ways of maintaining stable cessation of hostilities in the Idlib zone of de-escalation, stabilization in other regions of Syria and different aspects of military-technical cooperation within the framework of joint… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Libyan Army strikes airbase hosting Turkish troops in Tripoli

Published 2020-03-23 17:13:58 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) reportedly targeted the Mitiga Airport area in Tripoli on Monday, causing a number of explosions in and around this airbase. According to activists from the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), the LNA targeted the Mitiga Airport area with several shells, despite reports of a ceasefire due to the coronavirus outbreak across the world. The website “Libya Free”, which is loyal to the Al-Wefaq government, said that “several indiscriminate shells landed in separate neighborhoods of the capital Tripoli, fired by Haftar militia, while applying the curfew in it.” Turkey’s Anatolia… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Mitiga, Turkey


Syrian Army, civilians block US military convoy near Qamishli

Published 2020-03-23 16:40:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside several villages from Hamo, blocked a U.S. military convoy near the city of Al-Qamishli in northeastern Syria this week. According to a field report, the Syrian Army and the villages blocked a convoy of approximately 11 U.S. military vehicles and forced them to turn around and find another route. “The people of Hamo village and the Syrian Arab Army at a checkpoint inside the village in the Al-Qamishli countryside intercepted a convoy from the American occupation forces consisting of 11 vehicles and forced them from crossing and forcing them… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, Syria


Breaking: Russian Defense Minister arrives in Syria, meets with Assad

Published 2020-03-23 16:27:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu arrived in Damascus on Monday to meet with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his counterpart General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Ayoub. https://twitter.com/Ibra_Joudeh/status/1242090538335186946?s=20 Shoigu’s visit to Damascus marks the second time this year that a high-ranking Russian official has visited the Syrian capital. Prior to Shoigu’s visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Damascus on Orthodox Christmas; he also met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Tags: Assad, Russia, Shoigu, Syria


Russian military ends patrol along M-4 Highway due to threats in Idlib

Published 2020-03-23 15:57:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Russian Center for Reconciliation between the Warring Parties in Syria announced the start of the second joint Russian-Turkish patrol along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway). “On the 23rd of March, in the de-escalation zone in Idlib, and according to the Russian-Turkish agreement, the second joint Russian-Turkish patrol was conducted on the M-4 Highway, which links the cities of Aleppo and Latakia,” the reconciliation center statement said. The statement pointed out that the patrol was cut short again due to security concerns. They added that the Turkish side pledged to take measures in the near… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Libyan Army killed 4 Turkish soldiers, Syrian militant leader near Tripoli

Published 2020-03-23 15:34:25 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Sunday the killing of 4 Turkish soldiers and a Syrian militant leader during the recent clashes with the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) at the southern axeiss of the capital, Tripoli. “The Turkish soldiers were killed after a long siege by the military units of the army at the Ain Zara axis last Tuesday, while the Syrian leader died of his severe injuries after his capture,” the commander of the Libyan National Army’s Western Region Operations Group, Major Mabrouk al-Ghazwi, said in a statement on… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Syria, Tripoli, Turkey


Syria announces closure of all Lebanese crossings amid coronavirus outbreak

Published 2020-03-23 15:24:04 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Interior announced the closure of all crossings from Lebanon beginning last night at midnight. The Ministry stated: “In line with the efforts and measures taken by the government aimed at confronting the coronavirus, the Ministry of Interior announces the closure of all crossings from the Lebanese Republic, including for Syrian citizens, as of midnight 3/23/2020 until further notice.” The statement added that “it excludes freight cars, with drivers subjected to the necessary medical examinations in border centers.” The Syrian Minister of Health, Nizar Yaziji, announced on Sunday, the first recorded infection… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria


US military successfully tests new hypersonic glide body: video

Published 2020-03-23 15:01:00 by News Desk in World-News

Over the years, we’ve had a lot of coverage on hypersonic developments in Russia and China, mostly because their hypersonic programs are more advanced than the US. Now it appears the US could be catching up, as a new video via the US military shows a recent test of a hypersonic weapon. The US Department of Defense (DoD) reported that it successfully launched a common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) missile from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, on March 19. https://twitter.com/DylanMalyasov/status/1241288957876469762?s=20 The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) monitored the launch of the hypersonic missile as it hit speeds above Mach 5…. Read on ->

Tags: US


Russian forces neutralize 3 terrorist attack plotters

Published 2020-03-23 13:36:47 by News Desk in World-News

The law enforcement authorities of Russia’s southern region of Kabardino-Balkaria have neutralised three bandits who were planning a terrorist attack, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said on Monday. “In the course of further operation and search measures, the whereabouts of three bandits were established. They were blocked off near the village of Kremenchug-Konstantinovskoye, of the Baksansky district of Kabardino-Balkaria. The armed criminals confronted the law enforcement officers who tried to detain them and were neutralised”, the statement said. Automatic rifles, traumatic guns, ammunition and an improvised explosive device were discovered at the scene of the incident. There were no casualties among… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


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