This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ansarallah, Marib, Yemen, Iraq, US, Coronavirus, Syria, Israel, Iran, IRGC, Saudi, Netanyahu, Idlib, NorthKorea, ISIS, Libya, Turkey, Kirkuk.

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Breaking: Azerbaijani forces attempted to infiltrate Armenian Army’s positions

Published 2020-03-30 22:45:33 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Azerbaijani military attempted to infiltrate the Armenian Army’s positions in the Noyemberyan area of the Tavush Province, the Armenian Ministry of Defense reported this evening. “At 7 p.m. today #Azerbaijan launched a subversive incursion attempt on the #Armenia’n positions of Noyemberyan, Tavush. Armenian Army thwarted the attack, two soldiers were lightly injured,” the Armenian Ministry of Defense tweeted this evening. According to the ministry, the Azerbaijani forces also targeted the villages of Baghanis and Voskevan, which resulted in a child being wounded. “Armenian forces will respond appropriately against the Azerbaijani aggression during the #COVID… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

Saudi-backed troops suffer more setbacks as Ansarallah forces surround Marib

Published 2020-03-30 22:09:09 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Saudi-backed Islah militias are on the verge of losing another governorate in northern Yemen, as the Ansrallah forces steadily advance along the Jawf-Marib axis. According to the latest field report from Yemen, the Ansarallah forces have captured the Labnah base in the Labnah Mountains. This advance on Monday puts the Ansrallah forces in position of taking control of the entire Al-Jawf Governorate for the first time in this war. Making matters worse for the Saudi-backed troops, the Ansarallah forces are also at the doorsteps of Marib city, which, if lost, would mean the Islah… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Marib, Yemen

US military withdraws from 4th base in Iraq

Published 2020-03-30 22:02:11 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – For the second time in the last five days, the U.S. military has withdrawn from a base in Iraq. According to a report from northwestern Iraq, the U.S. military has withdrawn from a base in the Nineveh Governorate; this installation was used to fight the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) forces in this region. The U.S. Coalition said the base was handed over to the Iraqi Security Forces as part of their mission to consolidate their forces inside the country. Prior to this withdrawal, the U.S. military announced that their troops were leaving the K-1 Base in… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, US

Pentagon confirms over 1,000 coronavirus cases among US military

Published 2020-03-30 21:53:02 by News Desk in World-News

The number of confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases among US service members and related civilian population has exceeded 1,000, according to a US Department of Defenсe (DOD) fact sheet released on Monday. “Total DoD Cases (current, recovered and deaths) is 1,087”, the fact sheet said. According to the latest update, 569 service members have been infected, 26 are hospitalised and 34 have recovered. The rest of the cases concern civilian personnel, dependents and contractors. Earlier in March, the Defence Department reported the first COVID-19-related death of a contractor who worked outside of the Pentagon building. According to the Johns Hopkins… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus

Syria announces 2nd coronavirus-related death in 24 hours

Published 2020-03-30 21:48:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Health announced on Monday, the second coronavirus-related death inside the country. Quoting a Ministry of Health official, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the government has “recorded the second death from the coronavirus out of the ten cases recorded in Syria.” The Syrian Ministry of Health had announced on Sunday, the first death as a result of the infection with the virus. According to the ministry, a woman upon entering the hospital passed away after tests proved she was infected with the virus. Last week, the Syrian government decided… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Syria

US, Israel conduct military exercise with F-35 jets

Published 2020-03-30 21:29:04 by News Desk in Middleeast

The air forces of Israel and the United States have concluded a joint exercise over southern Israel, the Israeli army said on Monday. Israeli and U.S. F-35 fifth-generation fighter jets practiced “mitigating various strategic aerial and ground threats,” a military spokesperson said in a statement. The exercise took place while Israel was struggling to halt the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The spokesperson said that precautionary steps were taken to ensure the safety of the soldiers. The teams engaged only in the air, and briefed and debriefed all parties via remote video conference, said the spokesperson. The exercise was planned… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, US

Saudi Coalition targets IRGC advisers in Yemen

Published 2020-03-30 20:23:00 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M) – Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesperson for the Arab Coalition forces, said that the coalition carried out a specific operation to neutralize and destroy military targets belonging to the Ansarallah forces in Yemen. Al-Maliki said in a statement, published on the website of the official Saudi Press Agency, that it “follows the statement issued by the joint coalition forces command regarding the terrorist Houthi militia’s attacks against civilians, including citizens and residents, on the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday evening.” He continued that the operations of Ansarallah “express the brutality of this… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC, Saudi, Yemen

Netanyahu quarantine’s himself after adviser diagnosed with coronavirus

Published 2020-03-30 17:09:39 by News Desk in Middleeast

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will go into quarantine as one of his advisers was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the prime minister’s office said on Monday. It was not immediately clear if Netanyahu was in close contact with his adviser, Rivka Paluch, during the last two weeks. However, “to remove any doubts,” his office said, Netanyahu and his close team will stay in quarantine “until the epidemiological investigation is concluded.” Earlier, the office said Netanyahu and Paluch were not in the same room lately. Netanyahu was leading efforts to halt the coronavirus spread in Israel while struggling to finalize… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu

‘Unauthorized flights’ over Iraqi military sites to monitored closely: Abdul-Mahdi

Published 2020-03-30 13:24:34 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The head of the Iraqi caretaker government, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, warned on Monday against the consequences of carrying out hostilities against any Iraqi sites, stressing “the monitoring of unauthorized flights over Iraqi military sites.” Abdul-Mahdi said in a statement that “the illegal actions in targeting Iraqi military bases or foreign entities targeting Iraqi sovereignty and transgressing the state,” noting that “the government is following with concern about information regarding the presence of unauthorized flights near military areas.” The Iraqi official warned that “carrying out unauthorized military actions is considered a threat to the security of citizens… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Syrian Army spy films from militant-held M-4 Highway: video

Published 2020-03-30 12:34:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) spy recently filmed from the militant-held part of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway), despite the large presence of Turkish-backed groups. In the video, the Syrian Army spy films their trip along the militant-held part of the M-4 Highway; this area had been blocked by the Turkish-backed forces for several days, as they protest the joint Russian-Turkish patrols. The Russian and Turkish armed forces have been trying to conduct these patrols on the M-4 Highway; however, the militant groups and protesters  continue to obstruct their route by destroying different parts of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

North Korea says it used ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher’ in new test

Published 2020-03-30 12:15:06 by News Desk in World-News

Pyongyang has confirmed it conducted yet another test of a new “super-large multiple rocket launcher” a day after Seoul reported that North Korea had fired two short-range missiles towards the Sea of Japan amid ongoing drills. The launch, carried out early on Sunday morning, went off without a hitch, North Korean state media reported, saying that it was conducted to “verify strategic and technical characteristics” of the novel launcher, which has featured in a series of recent tests by the reclusive country. It’s unclear whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended the drill to oversee the launch in person. Two… Read on ->

Tags: NorthKorea

ISIS prison break in northeast Syria ends after several hours of upheaval

Published 2020-03-30 11:54:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:35 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) inmates that attempted to escape from the Ghuweiran Prison last night have once again been apprehended by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. According to reports, the SDF was able to restore order after the Islamic State inmates attempted to break out of the Ghuweiran Prison. The ISIS inmates that attempted to escape the prison did not make it far in Al-Hasakah, as some of the terrorists were found at the industrial secondary buildings and the former industrial institute, which are not far from the main facility. A… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Syria

Syrian mercenaries want to leave Libya, accuse Turkey of breaking promises

Published 2020-03-30 11:07:30 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Syrian mercenaries in Libya are not happy about the current situation inside the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday. Citing opposition sources, the monitor said that there is widespread discontent among the Syrian mercenaries that were sent to Libya from Turkey. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights continues to monitor shipment of Syrian mercenaries to Libya by Turkey. SOHR sources have confirmed that widespread discontent is prevailing among the Syrian fighters which have been sent to Libya, since Turkey abandoned its promises at a time when the Syrian mercenaries… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria, Turkey

Yemen’s Ansarallah forces claim ‘sensitive’ Saudi sites hit in wide-scale missile attack

Published 2020-03-30 09:49:27 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

Yemeni Armed Forces say they have targeted strategic and sensitive sites in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh and elsewhere in the kingdom by a squadron of domestically-manufactured combat drones and ballistic missiles. Brigadier General Yahya Saree said on Sunday afternoon that Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial vehicles and Zulfiqar short-range ballistic missiles struck designated targets in Riyadh last night with great precision. He noted that Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees launched a barrage of Badr short-range ballistic missiles in addition to a squadron of Qasef-2k (Striker-2k) combat drones to pound economic and military sites in Saudi Arabia’s southern… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen

Watch: US military withdraws from K-1 Airbase in Iraq

Published 2020-03-30 09:38:30 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The US-led coalition handed over a ‘K1’ military base to the Iraqi forces in Kirkuk, Sunday. Footage shows coalition’s and Iraqi military officials attending the ceremony and signing papers sealing the transfer. US Colonel Miles Cakins said that the transfer was being planned for months with other withdrawals yet to come. Saad Harbiyeh, Staff General and Commander of Kirkuk Operations added: “the Iraqi forces are ready without any advice to carry out their duties, whether southwest of Kirkuk or in the city of Kirkuk and anywhere else for their professionalism and high training.” The Kirkuk… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Kirkuk

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