This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Iraq, Trump, Bennett, Israel, US, Libya, Turkey, Russia, Syria, Idlib, NATO, Hasakah, Coronavirus, Yemen, Homs.

Categories covered in this brief: Iran, Iraq, Middleeast, Syria, North-Africa, Turkey, World-News, Yemen

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Iran planning ‘sneak attack’ on US troops in Iraq: Trump

Published 2020-04-01 22:13:45 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn Iran against attempting to attack US troops or assets in Iraq. Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Tehran considers the US military’s “warmongering” in Iraq to be dangerous and could potentially create “catastrophic conditions” that will destabilise the region. According to media reports this week, the United States has deployed Patriot air defence systems to an Iraqi military base as a precaution against Iranian-backed militia attacks. There were also media reports about preparations of a US attack on Iran’s Shiite militia proxies that have been accused… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Trump

Israeli military will continue foreign operations despite coronavirus outbreak: MoD

Published 2020-04-01 18:49:44 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett, stated that Israel will continue to operate outside its borders even during coronavirus outbreak. Bennett’s comments came a day after the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a powerful attack on the Shayrat Airbase in the eastern countryside of Syria’s Homs Governorate. A local military source said that Israeli planes launched a series of missiles from Lebanese airspace, and that the Syrian air defenses intercepted many of them. A high-ranking Syrian security source said in a statement to Sputnik Arabic that “an attempt to target one of our military… Read on ->

Tags: Bennett, Israel

US military preparing to withdraw from oldest base in Iraq

Published 2020-04-01 18:20:08 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, Major General Tahsin al-Khafaj, revealed in an interview on Wednesday that the U.S. military is preparing to withdraw from one of the oldest bases inside the country. In an interview with Sputnik Arabic, Al-Khafaji said that the Iraqi forces will receive the Habbaniyah Airbase, located between the cities of Fallujah and Al-Ramadi in western Iraq, from the American forces and the International Coalition next week, according to an organized schedule. A source told Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV the same thing on Wednesday, leading many to believe that this… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, US

Turkish warship attacks Libyan Army after shooting down aircraft

Published 2020-04-01 16:50:15 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army announced on Wednesday that their forces were attacked by a Turkish warship that was targeting the Al-Ajailat area, west of the capital, Tripoli. According to the spokesman for the General Command of the Libyan Army, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, “a Turkish warship has launched rockets from the sea at the Al-Ajailat area without causing any losses.” He added: “The intervention of the Turkish naval forces continues as the navy battleships were previously accompanied by cargo ships carrying weapons and military equipment for Syrian terrorists and mercenaries.” The media center of the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Russian Navy sinks enemy submarines off Syrian coast in latest exercises

Published 2020-04-01 15:34:53 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Black Sea Fleet frigates held drills in the Mediterranean to detect and eliminate a notional enemy’s submarine, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday. gorovich, Admiral Makarov and Admiral Essen held drills in the Mediterranean Sea to search for and destroy a notional enemy’s submarine. The frigates’ crews are currently accomplishing missions as part of the Navy’s permanent taskforce in the distant maritime zone,” the press office said in a statement. The Navy sailors practiced tactical techniques of detecting and continuously chasing the submarine, while accomplishing the procedures within the required time limits to notionally employ torpedo weapons and rocket-propelled… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Militant group executes Syrian civilian for espionage in Idlib

Published 2020-04-01 14:44:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – A militant faction executed a Syrian civilian in the Idlib Governorate this week for allegedly spying on behalf of the Syrian government. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the jihadist group, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), carried out the execution a Syrian man by firing squad inside the town of Janudiah, which is in the Jisr Al-Shughour countryside. The monitor said the man was arrested by HTS on May 13th, 2019, after he was allegedly caught providing voice notes to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Kabani area of northeastern Latakia. No… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Several NATO countries withdraw troops from Iraq: report

Published 2020-04-01 14:02:03 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – With the withdrawal of the U.S. Armed Forces from several bases in Iraq, a number of NATO nations have followed suit, the spokesperson for the Iraqi Joint Operations revealed in a recent interview. Over the past days, the international coalition mission withdrew from several strategic military-security sites, including the K-1 and Qayyara bases in the Nineveh and Kirkuk governorates. The spokesperson for the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji, confirmed to Sputnik Arabic on Wednesday that the coalition mission forces, immediately after withdrawing from theses military sites, left Iraq. Al-Khafaji revealed that the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, NATO

Iran claims US military actions in Iraq will lead to catastrophe

Published 2020-04-01 13:40:15 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON 1:20 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement claiming that the actions of the U.S. military in Iraq are pushing the region into catastrophe. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, ‘Abbas Mousavi, said that “the American military moves in Iraq are contrary to the official demands announced by the Iraqi government as they contradict the position of the Iraqi parliament and people, and from here it can drag the region into tension and drive it to disastrous conditions.” “While the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US

US forces intercept Russian military convoy in northeast Syria: video

Published 2020-04-01 12:39:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – The U.S. forces intercepted a Russian military convoy that was making their way through the Al-Hasakah countryside this week. According to reports, the Russian military convoy was moving through Rmeilan area when they came across the U.S. forces, who obstructed their path and forced them to turn back towards the Qamishli Airport. During the incident, however, a Russian military vehicle got stuck in the mud; it would be filmed by locals and released later on social media. This latest incident between the Russian and U.S. armed forces in northeastern Syria comes at a time… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Russia, Syria, US

Watch: Russian aircraft departs for US with medical supplies

Published 2020-04-01 12:18:14 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – A Russian military aircraft departed to the U.S. this morning to deliver medical supplies like facemasks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A Russian Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan military heavy transport aircraft with medical masks and equipment has departed for the United States amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Russian Defence Ministry said Wednesday. “A Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft with medical masks and medical equipment on board has left for the United States”, the ministry said. Earlier, a senior US administration official said the United States was expecting Russia to deliver a planeload of personal protection… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Russia, US

Sana’a-based Yemeni gov’t accuses Saudi-led forces of airdropping virus-infected facemasks

Published 2020-04-01 11:44:30 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Ansarallah-affiliated Yemeni Information Minister has raised the possibility that the facemasks airdropped by the Saudi-led Coalition in Sana’a and other Yemeni cities could be infected with the coronavirus, urging media outlets and activists to spread awareness of the danger. The Yemei Information Minister based in Sana’a, Dhaifullah al-Shami, said given the fact that the Saudi-led coalition has turned Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis through years of lethal military aggression, it is a big surprise to see coalition forces distributing masks across the capital and several other Yemeni provinces, the… Read on ->

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Tags: Coronavirus, Yemen

Russian aircraft carrying medical aid arrives in US to help with coronavirus

Published 2020-04-01 11:10:38 by News Desk in World-News

A Russian Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan military heavy transport aircraft with medical masks and equipment has departed for the United States amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Russian Defence Ministry said Wednesday. “A Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft with medical masks and medical equipment on board has left for the United States”, the ministry said. Earlier, a senior US administration official said the United States was expecting Russia to deliver a planeload of personal protection equipment and medical supplies amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The United States has been topping the global COVID-19 tally, with a total of 188,547 citizens infected… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Russia, US

Iranian official warns US against ‘new military error’ after Patriot missile deployment in Iraq

Published 2020-04-01 10:52:15 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Hussein Amir Abdullahian, Assistant Speaker of the Iranian Parliament for International Affairs, has warned the United States of any new military error. in Iraq. Abdullahian wrote on Twitter that “the re-positioning and moves of the American military in Iraq and the region might be a kind of psychological warfare.” He continued: “The White House witnessed firsthand the strength of the Iraqi people … If the Americans commit any new military error, it will undoubtedly lead to a faster American withdrawal from the region and the end of Zionism.” The possibility of attacks by the U.S…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US

Turkish military strikes Syrian Army positions in eastern Idlib

Published 2020-04-01 10:29:44 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Turkish military carried out artillery strikes on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in eastern Idlib on Tuesday. According to reports, the Turkish military targeted the Syrian Army’s positions near the city of Saraqib, hitting the latter’s forces with heavy artillery. The Syrian Arab Army reportedly did not respond to the Turkish shelling. While both Turkey and Russia claim no ceasefire breaches have been made in the past two days, the Syrian Arab Army and the militant forces in the Idlib and Latakia governorates have traded attacks against one another on several occasions in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Watch: Syrian air defenses intercept Israeli missiles over Homs

Published 2020-04-01 09:42:38 by News Desk in Syria

Alleged videos of Syrian air defenses repelling a missile attack over Syria’s Homs have emerged online. According to the state news agency SANA, the air defence systems downed Israeli missiles. There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties. The Syrian military often accuses Israeli Air Force jets of violating its airspace in order to conduct airstrikes on the country’s territory.

Tags: Homs, Israel, Syria

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