This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iraq, Mosul, Ansarallah, Yemen, Idlib, Syria, Italy, Russia, Libya, Tripoli, Turkey, Maduro, Venezuela, Iskander, Hamas, Palestine, Saudi, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, UK, China, US, Baghdad, Tunisia.

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US forces leave Mosul area for first time since ISIS defeat

Published 2020-03-26 23:35:21 by News Desk in Iraq

With its two 11,000-foot runways capable of handling the largest American bombers and transports, Qayyara West Airfield, about 37 miles south of Mosul, played a key role in the fight against Daesh once it was recaptured from the pseudostate in 2016. Now, US forces have begun the process of leaving the air base, returning it to Iraqi control in a Thursday ceremony. “As a result of the ISF’s [Iraqi Special Forces] success in their fight against [Daesh], and in conjunction with our partner forces and the Government of Iraq, CJTF-OIR will relocate and consolidate personnel and equipment from several Iraqi… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Mosul

Ansarallah leader promises new surprises in 6th year of Yemeni War

Published 2020-03-26 23:22:02 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The leader of the Ansarallah Movement, Sayyed Abdel-Malik Al-Houthi, said on Thursday that he promises the Arab and Saudi alliances will witness new “advanced military capabilities.” In his speech that was shown on Yemen’s Al-Masirah TV, the Ansarallah leader said: “The military capabilities and operations took an upward path, culminating in major field achievements and important results.” “Most of the tracks started from scratch to the square of victories, stabilizing equations and imposing a balance of deterrence,” he continued. The Ansarallah leader said that there is more to come in the sixth year of the… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen

Syrian Army spy films from militant-held roadway in Idlib: video

Published 2020-03-26 23:02:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently filmed from a major highway located between two important cities inside the Idlib Governorate. In the video, the Syrian Army spy captures footage of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) between the cities of Ariha and Jisr Al-Shughour. The area between Ariha and Jisr Al-Shughour is under the control of several militant groups, including Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP). Over the past few weeks, the Syrian Army has demanded that the militant forces respect the Moscow Agreement from March 5th and withdraw from the 6km… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russian convoy heads to Italy’s Bergamo region: video

Published 2020-03-26 22:29:49 by News Desk in World-News

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A convoy of medical experts and specialists of the Russian Defence Ministry arrived in Bergamo on Thursday to help local authorities in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. The Russian coronavirus response team left Italian air force base Pratica di Mare on Wednesday. Fifteen Il-76 planes of the Russian Aerospace Forces with military specialists and equipment to help combat the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Italy between March 22-25. Italy has been Europe’s worst-hit country by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the country had registered over 69,000 cases and more than 6,800 deaths as of March 25.… Read on ->

Tags: Italy, Russia

Turkey’s Syrian militants suffer heavy losses around Libya in 72 hours

Published 2020-03-26 22:00:31 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Syrian militants have suffered a large number of casualties over the last 72 hours in Libya, as their forces continue to fight alongside the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). According to the latest field report from the northwestern front of Libya, the GNA and their Syrian militant allies have suffered dozens of losses in a span of three days. The report said the Libyan National Army (LNA) has managed to advance within a few kilometers of the last GNA-held port along the Tunisian border after capturing several sites from the latter. In… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria, Tripoli, Turkey

US offers $15 million for information leading to arrest of Venezuelan President

Published 2020-03-26 21:20:23 by News Desk in World-News

The US offered a series of rewards for information on five top officials in the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, including $15 million for Maduro himself, based on charges of drug trafficking, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in a press release on Thursday. “The Department of Justice is announcing the unsealing of a superseding indictment filed in the Southern District of New York against four defendants, including Nicolas Maduro as well as the current head of Venezuela’s constituent assembly, the former director of military intelligence and former high-ranking general for their involvement in narco-terrorism,” Barr said. US Attorney… Read on ->

Tags: Maduro, Venezuela

Russian military’s Iskander missile system destroy enemy targets

Published 2020-03-26 20:59:06 by News Desk in World-News

The teams of Iskander-M tactical missile systems from the missile formation of the Baltic Fleet’s army corps eliminated a notional enemy’s facilities during scheduled drills, the Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. “During the drills, the teams of Iskander-M tactical missile systems performed a series of electronic training missile launches against the notional enemy’s facilities: command posts, aerodromes and combat hardware sites. The data recording equipment showed that the missile strikes were accurate and the targets were destroyed,” the press office told TASS. As part of the drills held on the territory of the Kaliningrad Region, the units of Iskander-M… Read on ->

Tags: Iskander, Russia

Ansarallah leader offers to handover Saudi pilots if Hamas prisoners are released

Published 2020-03-26 20:45:52 by News Desk in Gulf, Palestine, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8;20 P.M.) – The leader of the Ansarallah Movement, Sayyed ‘Abdel-Malik Al-Houthi, made an offer to Saudi Arabia to release prisoners and in exchange for members of Palestinian Hamas. “We are fully prepared to release one of the captured pilots along with four Saudi officers and soldiers,” Sayyed Abdel-Malik Al-Houthi said in a speech televised on Al-Masirah TV. Al-Houthi added, “This will be in exchange for the release of those arrested from Hamas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Last September, Hamas announced the arrest of Muhammad Saleh al-Khudayri, a leader in the Hamas Movement and resident in… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Hamas, Palestine, Saudi, Yemen

Israeli forces shoot down alleged Hezbollah glider, slams violation of airspace

Published 2020-03-26 20:21:27 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Israeli army said on Thursday that it managed to shoot down a glidervbelonging to Hezbollah after it penetrated into Israeli airspace. “This morning, a glider from the terrorist organization Hezbollah, which penetrated from Lebanon into the Israeli airspace, was shot down. The glider is in the possession of the IDF,” said Israel Defense Forces spokesman Avichai Adrai in a statement . Adraie emphasized that “the IDF operates non-stop on all borders of the State of Israel through a multi-level defense system to monitor and intercept air violations.” “The IDF will continue to thwart… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon

British Navy intercepts 7 Russian warships in North Sea waters

Published 2020-03-26 18:51:20 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – The Royal Navy of Great Britain followed the movement of seven Russian warships after the British side noted their unusually high level of activity in the Strait of Gibraltar and the North Sea. According to Sky News, the incident took place on Thursday, March 26. A total of nine ships of the British fleet controlled the movement of Russian ships in the waters near the territory of the United Kingdom. According to Lieutenant Nick Ward, this measure was taken to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. He emphasized that the British Armed Forces are helping… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, UK

Hezbollah announces health emergency plan to combat coronavirus

Published 2020-03-26 18:37:53 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:25 P.M.) – Hezbollah announced on Wednesday their health emergency plan to assist the people as they combat the coronavirus outbreak. According to the statement, Hezbollah’s emergency plan will include free testing for the coronavirus at hospitals, along with free treatment for anyone infected with the illness. Furthermore, Hezbollah has deployed 24,500 doctors, nurses, EMTs, and medical professionals to assist the people in this critical time. This move comes after Lebanon began implementing curfews and a mass quarantine across the country.

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon

US warship armed with Tomahawk missiles enters Taiwan Strait amid row with China

Published 2020-03-26 16:41:02 by News Desk in World-News

China blasted the US over the move to sale a warship through the Taiwan Strait, accusing Washington “dangerous” behaviour. “US moves have seriously interfered in China’s internal affairs, severely harmed peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and poisoned Sino-US military ties,” Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said. Criticizing the US’s “continued negative actions” in Taiwan, Ren warned that US actions were “extremely dangerous.” Earlier, the US Seventh Fleet reported that the USS McCampbell, an Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles, carried out a “routine” freedom of navigation mission through the sensitive 180 km-wide Taiwan Strait…. Read on ->

Tags: China, US

Rare aerial footage of Russian-Turkish military patrols in Syria

Published 2020-03-26 16:35:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – RT Arabic released rare aerial footage of the Russian-Turkish military patrols that are taking place in several areas in northern Syria. According to RT Arabic, an aircraft escorted the Russian military police between Qamishli International Airport and the city of Al-Derbasiyeh on the Syrian-Turkish border. RT was the only media channel to be allowed to capture footage of a joint Russian-Turkish military patrol that was carrying out its duty to maintain stability in the region. The military patrol reportedly started at the border village of Sherik and ended in the Al-Derbasiyeh District near Turkey’s southern… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey

Rockets land near US embassy in Baghdad: video

Published 2020-03-26 16:18:02 by News Desk in Iraq

At least three rockets fell near the US Embassy in Iraq, in the Green Zone of Baghdad, Iraqi media reported on Thursday. According to the Al-Arabiya broadcaster, the rockets fell near the US embassy, and no damage or casualties were reported, a source told Baghdad Today. Twitter users shared videos allegedly recorded in the area. ​No official statement on the reports has been made. The Green Zone suffers from regular rocket attacks as it houses government facilities and foreign embassies. On 17 March, three rockets fell in the zone, two in al-Jadriya and a third in the Tigris River,… Read on ->

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Tags: Baghdad, Iraq

Turkish military sends large convoy to southern Idlib amid Syrian Army build-up

Published 2020-03-26 16:03:33 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Turkish military sent a large convoy to the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Thursday amid reports of a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) build-up in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. According to reports from the Idlib countryside, the Turkish military convoy entered northwestern Syria from the neighboring Hatay Province; they would make their way to one of their observation posts. The Turkish military was said to have reached the town of Al-Mastoumah in the southern countryside of Idlib after entering the country earlier in the day. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Libyan Army is about to capture the entire Tunisian border

Published 2020-03-26 15:49:08 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Military Information Division of the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter, announced on Thursday that their forces are approaching the Ras Jdir border with Tunisia. “A few kilometers separate our armed forces from controlling the port of Ras Jedir al-Bari and the entire border of the country,” the Libyan Army’s Military Media Division said in a press statement on its official Facebook page. Furthermore, the Libyan media confirmed the LNA’s control of the camp inside the city of Regdalin, which is located near the capital city,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tunisia

US military withdraws from base in northwest Iraq

Published 2020-03-26 15:31:59 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – The U.S.-led Coalition forces withdrew from a military base in the Nineveh (Ninawa) Governorate of Iraq on Wednesday, as they continue to consolidate their troops across the country. According to reports, the U.S.-led Coalition withdrew their troops from the Al-Qayyarah Airbase on Wednesday morning, as their military aircraft were seen transporting their logistical equipment to other installations inside the country. A source confirmed yesterday, Wednesday, to “Sputnik”, that the American planes started transporting logistical materials for the coalition forces at the base until the completion of the withdrawal process. The U.S.-led Coalition began withdrawing from… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

Russia completes test of S-500 missile defense system

Published 2020-03-26 15:17:55 by News Desk in World-News

Tests of certain elements of Russia’s next-generation S-500 air defence missile system, including its launcher, are being completed, the director-general of the Design Bureau for Special Machine-Building (part of Almaz-Antey company), has said. “In the interests of the air and missile defence troops, company experts have created units of the next-generation Triumfator-M mobile air defence system … A launcher, components of a multi-functional locator and a missile defense locator, an equipped chassis for a command post, and transport units for an early-warning radar system have been developed, and their tests are being completed,” Vladimir Dolbenkov has said in an interview… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

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