This is a summary of 23 AMN articles on the following subjects: US, Venezuela, Twitter, Iran, Larjani, Iraq, Hasakah, Syria, IRGC, China, Coronavirus, Libya, Misrata, Turkey, New_York, Russia, Mediterranean, Assad, Geagea, Lebanon, Zarif, Saudi, Yemen, Idlib, NATO, Aleppo.

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US deploys warships off Venezuelan coast

Published 2020-04-02 23:15:47 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States will deploy warships in the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean as part of efforts to combat drug trafficking. Trump indicated during a press conference with Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Millie, that this measure is necessary given the “growing danger” posed by drug traffickers. Trump considered that drug cartels might take advantage of the spread of the coronavirus, pointing out that the U.S. will not allow this. Trump added that the U.S. Army’s southern command… Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela


Twitter deletes thousands of accounts linked to Saudi, Egyptian, Serbian governments

Published 2020-04-02 22:06:05 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – Twitter deleted thousands of accounts linked to the governments of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Honduras and Serbia on Thursday, the Reuters News Agency reported. The company said it had deleted the accounts because the its breach of its policies and its contribution to “undermining public debate”. Reuters reported that Twitter closed 2,541 accounts in Egypt for its contribution to spreading false news aimed at criticizing Iran, Qatar and Turkey, while the company confirmed that “the information we obtained indicates that it (the deleted accounts) was receiving instructions from the Egyptian government.” The agency added that… Read on ->

Tags: Twitter


Iranian parliament speaker tests positive for coronavirus

Published 2020-04-02 21:49:57 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, has contracted the coronavirus, the Islamic Republic’s official media wing announced on Thursday. According to reports, Larijani is currently being quarantined as a result of the coronavirus infection. The Public Relations Department of the Iranian Parliament issued a statement saying that “after the symptoms of the coronavirus appeared with Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, he was tested for the infection, and after it was found that the test result was positive. The treatment started while he was quarantined.” Earlier in the day, the Iranian Ministry of Health announced… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Larjani


US showcases its might as they test new air defense system in Iraq

Published 2020-04-02 21:04:00 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The U.S. military is testing a new air defense system at an Iraqi base in the western part of the country, Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV reported on Thursday. The Al-Mayadeen report indicated that the central command of the American forces began testing the “Sea Ram” defense system at the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase just hours after the American Patriot system was deployed to the base. Al-Mayadeen quoted its correspondent as saying that it was noticed that the American Chinook helicopters had flown in the airspace of Baghdad to transport the new defense systems. Furthermore, they quoted Iraqi… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US


Turkish-backed forces cutoff water supply to 500,000 Syrians in Al-Hasakah

Published 2020-04-02 20:06:45 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The ongoing water crisis in the Al-Hasakah Governorate continued on Thursday when the Turkish-backed militants damaged main tidal line feeding into the administrative capital and several other areas. The Director General of the Al-Hasakah Water Corporation, Mahmoud Al-Oklah, reported that the interruption of drinking water in the city of Al-Hasakah was a result of the main (traction line) from the project of the wells station in the countryside of Ras al-Ain being damaged by the Turkish-backed forces. Al-Oklah added that engineers are currently examining the damage and determining the possibility of direct repairs, which were… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Iran’s new Quds Force commander makes secret visit to Iraq amid tensions with US

Published 2020-04-02 19:53:49 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Associated Press revealed details about a secret visit to Baghdad by the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) elite Quds Force, Ismail Ghaani, earlier this week. Citing four Iraqi officials, the publication said that he had arrived in Baghdad late Monday, marking his first visit to Iraq since the assassination of Major-General Qassem Soleimani, the late commander of the Quds Force. The officials confirmed that the commander of the Quds Force left the airport, after entering Iraq, amid tight security, with a three-car convoy. The officials pointed out that the secret visit… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, IRGC


China blasts US over ‘shameless’ claims about coronavirus deaths

Published 2020-04-02 19:41:22 by News Desk in World-News

China’s foreign ministry has responded to what it called the “shameless” claims made by some US politicians regarding the People’s Republic’s coronavirus response. “We are very sympathetic to the gravity of the situation in the United States, and we can understand that some people in the US want to get rid of the responsibility, but we do not want to get into any meaningless arguments,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a Thursday press briefing. “The measures taken by the Chinese government have been decisive, timely, and strong. We have worked, to the best of our capabilities, to protect… Read on ->

Tags: China, Coronavirus


Syria announces 6 new coronavirus cases, 16 total

Published 2020-04-02 18:44:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that it had recorded six new coronavirus cases,, bringing the total number to 16, including two deaths. The Syrian authorities imposed the first state of health isolation on a town in the Damascus countryside this week, following the death of a woman from the illness. The authorities feared the possibility that she had contact with others in the town and transmitted the virus to them. In addition, the governmental team concerned with the strategy to tackle the coronavirus epidemic decided to prohibited citizens from traveling throughout Syria… Read on ->

Tags: Syria


Iran’s air defense systems are ready for any US threat: commander

Published 2020-04-02 18:20:15 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Chief-of-Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, General Mohammad Bagheri, said on Thursday that the targeting of the U.S. forces in Iraq is not ordered by Tehran. Bagheri said that the recent attacks on the American bases in Iraq are a natural reaction by the Iraqi people and the resistance groups to the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis. The Iranian commander pointed out that the American military forces expanded their activities recently in Iraq and the Gulf region, noting that his country’s forces monitored the American military moves in Iraq accurately. Bagheri… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US


Libyan Army shoots down enemy fighter jet near coastal city

Published 2020-04-02 17:08:56 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Thursday that their air defense forces shot down an enemy aircraft belonging to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). According to the statement, the Libyan National Army air defenses shot down a fighter plane belonging to the forces of the GNA, resulting in the death of the air crew. The spokesman for the Libyan Army Commander-in-Chief, Ahmed Al-Mismari, said in a statement:”The air defense forces shot down an L-39 fighter jet belonging to the Turkish-backed Misrata militia (Al-Wefaq government forces) at noon today, south of Abu Qurayn… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Misrata


Turkish-backed forces attack Syrian Army troops in northeast Syria

Published 2020-04-02 15:33:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – A group of Turkish-backed militants from the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA) launched an attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in northeastern Syria on Thursday. According to reports from this front, the SNA launched several artillery shells towards the Syrian Army’s positions in the Tal Tamr District of the Al-Hasakah Governorate. As a result of this attack, the Syrian Arab Army suffered a few casualties, including one dead soldier. The Syrian Arab Army has yet to respond to this latest provocation from the Turkish-backed militants; however, they typically respond later in the day,… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Syria, Turkey


Russian aircraft arrives in New York to deliver medical aid: video

Published 2020-04-02 15:08:56 by News Desk in World-News

The United States and Russia have provided humanitarian assistance to each other during crises in the past and will no doubt continue to do so in the future, US Department of State spokeswoman Morgan Ortegus said. Earlier, Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy said that the country could send more medical supplies to the US. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, had a phone conversation about the coronavirus and measures taken to slow its spread. Earlier, Johns Hopkins University said that the number of victims of coronavirus in the United States… Read on ->

Tags: New_York, Russia


Nearly 500 Syrian mercenaries killed in Libya: LNA

Published 2020-04-02 14:54:05 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major-General Ahmad Al-Mismari, announced on Thursday that the death toll for the Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries had reached 500 after more than four months of fighting. Over the past week alone, the Syrian mercenaries have suffered dozens of casualties at the hands of the Libyan National Army. Many of these casualties in the ranks of the Syrian mercenaries came as a result of the Libyan National Army’s rapid advance through the southern outskirts of Tripoli, which has since come under the control of LNA. While the LNA reports… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria


Russian Navy blocks off part of eastern Mediterranean for new missile tests

Published 2020-04-02 14:10:39 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea has been mostly blocked off by Russian warships that are carrying out naval drills until April 11th, Avia.Pro reported on Thursday. “The central section of the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea was unceremoniously blocked by Russian warships, which intend to carry out full-fledged missile launches, thereby practicing at striking the enemy,” Avia.Pro reported. “According to a number of sources, the central portion of the eastern Mediterranean is closed between March 31 to April 1, and also from April 9 to 11. The Russian military has been conducting… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria


“Every attempt to reinstate the Assad regime will be a blow to Lebanon”: Geagea

Published 2020-04-02 12:51:20 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The President of the Lebanese Forces Party, Samir Geagea, stated on the 39th Zahle martyrs commemoration, that the people of the city “have paid a hefty price so they could push the Assad regime out the door, not for someone else to try and bring it back through the window, under the pretext of the displaced.” “One of the most important indications that Assad does not want the displaced people back is the closure of borders,” Geagea said, noting that Assad had made such a decision very clear, “and every attempt to reinstate the Assad… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Geagea, Lebanon, Syria


Iran ‘starts no wars’ but teaches lessons to those who do’: FM

Published 2020-04-02 12:39:04 by News Desk in Iran

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump warned that Iran and its proxies may be planning a sneak attack on American troops or assets in Iraq and vowed that they would pay a heavy price if they did so. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran has no proxies but it has friends. ​Earlier, 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 destabilize the region. In turn, US President Donald Trump said that Iran and its proxies may be planning a… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Zarif


Iran denies Saudi Arabia’s claims about IRGC advisers in Yemen

Published 2020-04-02 11:55:06 by News Desk in Iran, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The spokesperson of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, said that Saudi Arabia’s allegations about the presence of Iranian advisers in Yemen was false and incorrect. “We recommend the countries of the Saudi aggression to move away from the illusion and weave the fairy tales and to understand that the present truth in their failure is the resistance of the Yemeni people against the attacks,” Mousavi said on Tehran Radio. “Saudi Arabia knows that by playing with words and accusing others, it will not be able to overcome the political and military defeats it is… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Saudi, Yemen


Turkish Army launches attack in northern Syria, 14 ‘neutralized’

Published 2020-04-02 11:07:26 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Turkish military carried out an attack this week that resulted in several Kurdish-led fighters being ‘neutralized’ in northern Syria, the Turkish Ministry of Defense said on Thursday. “Fourteen PKK/YPG terrorists who were found to be preparing an attack in the area of Operation Euphrates Shield, were neutralized in successful operations by our heroic commandos,” the ministry said on Twitter. Despite these claims, there has been no confirmation from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) over these alleged losses. Turkey considers the YPG to be the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who was… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Russian front-lines bombers head to Syria as Idlib ceasefire collapses

Published 2020-04-02 10:44:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 A.M.) – The Russian military has redeployed some of its front-line bombers to Syria amid the expiration of the Moscow Agreement, which called for the withdrawal of all militant groups from the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway). Citing the Telegram channel RadioSkaner, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported that a couple of Su-24 jets have recently arrived at the Hmeimim (var. Khmeimim) Airbase in the southwestern region of the Latakia Governorate. “Today, a couple of Su-24 bombers (airborne 96 RED and 94 RED) arrived at the Khmeimim airbase in the framework of the planned rotation, quietly, without noise and… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Militant forces execute former Syrian minister in Idlib

Published 2020-04-02 10:17:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) assassinated a former Syrian Minister of Parliament (MP) in the Idlib Governorate this week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) first revealed on Wednesday. Since then, the identity of the Syrian MP has become public, along with the information regarding his assassination. According to reports, HTS executed Rifa’at Mahmoud Daqah over charges of espionage on behalf of the Syrian government. Daqah was accused of providing the Syrian Armed Forces with the coordinates of the jihadist forces in northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate, specifically, the Kabani… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US will help Turkey against Syrian military once they get rid of S-400 system: report

Published 2020-04-02 09:52:39 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The U.S. will aid their NATO partner, Turkey, once they get rid of the Russian-supplied S-400 system in their arsenal, BulgarianMilitary.com reported on Thursday, citing a statement from Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO. “We hope that Turkey will be able to repulse Syrian aggression, as a result of which many Turkish soldiers were killed. We hope that we can collect a package of assistance to Turkey. We hope that Turkey will not deploy the Russian air defense system in its country – it holds back the potential that we can provide… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Syria, Turkey, US


Iranian ‘agents of terror’ assassinated dissident in Turkey: Pompeo

Published 2020-04-02 09:34:08 by News Desk in Iran, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued his attacks against the Iranian government this morning, as he accused the Islamic Republic’s diplomats of assassinating a dissident in Turkey. “Reports that Iranian diplomats were involved in an assassination of a dissident in Turkey are disturbing but fully consistent with their assignments – Iran’s ‘diplomats’ are agents of terror and have conducted multiple assassinations and bomb plots in Europe over the past decade,” Pompeo tweeted. The dissident, Massoud Molavi Vardanjani, was reportedly shot dead in Istanbul, Turkey on November 14th, 2019 was shot dead on an Istanbul… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Turkey


Russian jets conduct intensive flights along Syrian-Turkish border

Published 2020-04-02 08:58:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The director of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Oleg Goralev, announced on Wednesday that Turkey and Russia conducted joint patrols in the Syrian governorate of Aleppo. “A coordinated patrol took place with the Turkish armed forces on the Bir Al-Sabah – Khirbet al-Sheikh Issa Road in the Aleppo Governorate,” Goralev said in his statement on Wednesday. In addition, Russian warplanes carried out flights between the Kweires Airport and Mitras Airport, along with the Ain Issa – Mahmoudi Airport  and Kweires Airport. The flights seemed to focus on all the warring parties in this region of the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


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