This is a summary of 21 AMN articles on the following subjects: Russia, Syria, Idlib, Iraq, US, ISIS, Turkey, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, EU, Ansarallah, Yemen, China, Chile, Coronavirus, NATO, Diyala, Aleppo, Manbij, Homs, Shayrat.

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Russia develops one of world’s most powerful pistol rounds

Published 2020-04-03 23:28:41 by News Desk in World-News

The Central Research Institute of Precision Machine-Building (TsNIITochMash, part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) has developed a 9mm round for the latest Udav pistol capable of piercing Level II bullet-proof vests at far longer distances than its rivals, the Rostec press office announced on Friday. “The new munition, which is also called the Udav cartridge, yields a high casualty-producing effect and is one of the world’s most powerful 9mm rounds,” Rostec quoted TsNIITochMash CEO Albert Bakov as saying. As the Rostec press office specified, some existing 9mm standard pistol rounds can pierce Level II bullet-proof vests but their range… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


4.7 magnitude earthquake hits western Syria

Published 2020-04-03 22:58:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Syrian National Seismic Monitoring Center announced on Friday evening, a 4.7 magnitude earthquake on the Richter Scale off the Syrian coast. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) confirmed that a slight earthquake occurred in the governorates of Latakia, Tartous, Hama, Homs, and Aleppo. The eastern Mediterranean region is considered a seismic zone, where the last earthquake dates back to February 24, when a moderate earthquake struck western Turkey, without causing any material losses. Earlier, a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 occurred in the border region between Iran and Turkey, according to the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria


Syrian Army amasses large force in southern Idlib as offensive becomes more likely

Published 2020-04-03 22:34:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their military build up in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this week, as infantry and armored units poured into the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. The Syrian Army units were reportedly seen heading to southern Idlib from the neighboring governorates of Latakia and Hama on Wednesday and Thursday. According to field source in the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army has ramped up their military build up in Jabal Al-Zawiya as the resumption of their offensive becomes more likely. The source said the Syrian Army has become more aggressive… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US deployment of Patriot Missile System is violation of Iraq’s sovereignty: lawmaker

Published 2020-04-03 22:11:45 by News Desk in Iraq

A member of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee has strongly condemned the deployment of Patriot missile systems at the bases hosting US troops in Iraq as a breach of the Arab country’s sovereignty, urging senior government officials to detail any agreement pertaining to the US move. “The decision about the withdrawal of foreign forces, including US troops, is not reversible as it represents the Iraqi nation’s will to respond to Washington’s crimes in Iraq, its flagrant intervention in the country’s domestic affairs in addition to its repeated targeting of Hashd al-Sha’abi forces (Popular Mobilization Units) and its leaders,”… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, US


ISIS takes advantage of coronavirus crisis to launch several attacks across Syria

Published 2020-04-03 21:55:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) has taken advantage of the current coronavirus crisis in Syria to launch several attacks across the country. On Friday, the Islamic State began their campaign by launching multiple attacks inside the government-held areas, targeting the Syrian military’s positions in the Badiya Al-Sham region of Homs and the Albukamal countryside of Deir Ezzor. These attacks resulted in a number of casualties within the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army, National Defense Forces (NDF), and Iranian-backed troops. According to a field report, the Islamic State primarily used hit-and-run attacks to inflict heavy casualties… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Turkish military reinforcements enter Idlib with tanks and heavy weapons

Published 2020-04-03 21:30:22 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Turkish military sent reinforcements to the Idlib Governorate on Friday, with reports of several tanks and heavy weapons entering northwestern Syria from the neighboring Hatay Province. According to a field report from Idlib, several Turkish Army tanks entered the Idlib Governorate from the Kafr Lousen Crossing on Friday, making their way to one of their observation posts in this contested governorate in northwestern Syria. The report said the Turkish military has already sent one other large army convoy to the Idlib Governorate this week, as it appears the latter is strengthening its forces in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


US attacks will face ‘fiercest reactions’ from Iran: commander

Published 2020-04-03 21:16:59 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Iranian Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces Mohammad Bagheri warned that if the United States has “ill will against our country’s security” they would face Iran’s “fiercest reactions,” while speaking from Tehran on Thursday, after the US reportedly deployed missiles to Iraq. According to the General, the US has been increasing its military activities in Iraq and the Persian Gulf and spreading the news that “they have some intentions against resistance groups in Iraq.” He went on to say that the attacks on military bases hosting US troops in Iraq have been “a normal… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US


Lebanon lodges complaint to UN over Israel’s use of Lebanese airspace to attack Syria

Published 2020-04-03 20:47:50 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Lebanon lodged a formal complaint to the United Nations this week, following Israel’s use of Lebanese airspace to attack Syria’s Homs Governorate. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants has filed a complaint before the UN Security Council in New York over the dangerous Israeli violation of Lebanese sovereignty, after three Israeli aircraft bombed Syrian sites from the Lebanese airspace, which represented a threat to Lebanese civilians,” the ministry said in a statement released on Thursday. “This violation comes at a time when the entire world is facing the threat of the spread of the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


Iran-backed force planned attack on Ain Al-Assad Airbase during US official’s visit

Published 2020-04-03 20:33:14 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 P.M.) – The Iranian-backed Asbat al-Thaireen group said on Friday that they had planned to carry out an attack on the U.S. military wing at the Ain Al-Assad Airbase this week. The group said, as reported by Press TV, that it had prepared itself for an attack on Ain al-Asad as the US undersecretary of defense and a number of other American officials visited it but called off the operation after realizing a number of Iraqi troops were nearby. They would later call off the operation after they noticed Iraqi military personnel in the vicinity of the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq


EU may ease sanctions against Syria over coronavirus outbreak

Published 2020-04-03 20:00:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The European Union has expressed its support for the call by the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, to reduce the sanctions imposed on some countries in light of the coronavirus outbreak. “We discussed the need for sanctions not to impede urgent deliveries of medical equipment needed to combat the coronavirus,” the European Union Commissioner for Foreign Policy ,Joseph Burrell, said after a meeting held Friday in Brussels for foreign ministers of member states of the bloc. Burrell continued: “We are working on a joint statement in support of the invitation of the United Nations Secretary-General…. Read on ->

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Tags: EU, Syria


Ansarallah forces confront enemy warplane with new air defense missile

Published 2020-04-03 18:45:09 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Ansarallah-affiliated Yemeni Armed Forces announced this evening that they had confronted a warplane in the sky of Al-Hazm Directorate in the Al-Jawf Governorate. The spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahya Sare’a, reported that the air defenses intercepted the aircraft using the newly-made Fater-1 defense system, and forced it to leave the airspace. This latest confrontation comes a few days after the Saudi-led Coalition carried out a large-scale attack across northern Yemen in response to the Ansarallah strikes on several sites inside Saudi Arabia. The Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Muhammad Al Jaber, said… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Chinese-made high-end missile sees first export despite pandemic

Published 2020-04-03 18:30:33 by News Desk in World-News

A leading Chinese arms firm has delivered a batch of advanced portable HJ-12E anti-tank missiles to an undisclosed foreign buyer amid the pandemic of novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) in the first export case of this type of high-end weaponry, prompting Chinese analysts to note on Sunday that this showcased the company’s reliability and its potential share of the market. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak that had brought difficulties in personnel exchanges since the Spring Festival holidays in late January and early February, state-owned China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco) was able to deliver containers carrying the missiles to foreign clients as… Read on ->

Tags: China


China responds to US naval incursion by flexing might in Pacific

Published 2020-04-03 13:44:28 by News Desk in World-News

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy conducted combat-oriented drills featuring surface vessels, submarines and fighter jets in the South China Sea in late March, a month in which the US frequently sent warships and warplanes to intrude the waters. Experts said on Thursday the drills showed the Chinese PLA Navy can effectively control and safeguard the waters as it continues to enhance its combat capabilities. A naval base under the PLA Southern Theater Command organized in late March fleet training drills using combat scenarios in the South China Sea, according to a statement the PLA Southern Theater Command released… Read on ->

Tags: China, US


Woman with coronavirus in Chile detained after escaping from hospital: video

Published 2020-04-03 13:29:36 by News Desk in World-News

A woman who is infected with coronavirus was detained in Concepcion on Wednesday, after having escaped from the Las Higueras Hospital in Talcahuano. Footage shows security officers chasing the woman in a market, before detaining her. It is reported that she left the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 and without being discharged. The market where the arrest took place and its surrounding premises had to consequently be shut down for sanitisation. There are over 3,000 reported cases of coronavirus in Chile, and 16 deaths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfjoDUSs-g8   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Chile, Coronavirus


NATO plans to expand mission in Iraq: report

Published 2020-04-03 13:17:42 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, announced on Thursday that NATO decided to expand its mission in Iraq by training personnel for the national army and security forces. During a press conference held at the end of a meeting conducted by NATO foreign ministers, Stoltenberg said: “We agreed to expand our mission in Iraq by training non-commissioned officers, mine experts and federal police cadres within the framework of its program.” Stoltenberg’s comments come a few days after Belgium, France, Canada, and the U.S. withdrew some of their forces from Iraq. In January, the Iraqi Parliament voted to… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, NATO


Syrian Army, jihadists trade attacks in southwest Idlib as situation worsens

Published 2020-04-03 13:02:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels traded attacks along the Jabal Al-Zawiya region’s western axis, a field source told Al-Masdar News from the town of Joureen. The clashes would break out on Friday when jihadists from the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) jihadist group launched artillery shells towards the Syrian Army’s positions in the Jabal Shashabo area of the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. In response, the Syrian Arab Army fired several artillery shells towards the jihadist positions north of the Jabal Shashabo area. The two sides have since traded attacks every few minutes, despite the… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Iraqi forces launch new military operation in northeast province

Published 2020-04-03 12:49:51 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) announced on Friday a new military operation to hunt down the remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the northeastern province of Diyala,. Citing a statement from the Popular Mobilization Units, Al-Sumaria TV reported that their forces targeted the Islamic State’s positions in Khanna, south of Khanaqin, in the eastern countryside of the Diyala Governorate. The statement added that “the operation aims to eliminate the remnants of ISIS in that region and fully secure the area.” In December 2017, Iraq announced the liberation of its entire territory from the… Read on ->

Tags: Diyala, Iraq


Turkish military launches attack against Syrian Army troops in northern Aleppo

Published 2020-04-03 12:37:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Turkish military has launched a new attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this week. According to a field report from the Aleppo countryside, Turkish troops targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the city of Manbij, injuring a few soldiers in the process. The field report said the Turkish military’s attack around the city of Manbij was unprovoked, as the Syrian Army rarely carries out any hostilities in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. The Manbij countryside is where the Russian and Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Manbij, Syria


Russian Navy destroys enemy submarines in new military exercises

Published 2020-04-03 12:15:44 by News Desk in World-News

The crews of the Project 20380 corvettes Steregushchiy and Soobrazitelny searched for, detected and eliminated a notional enemy’s submarine during drills, the Baltic Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. “During the scheduled tactical drills, the crews of the corvettes Steregushchiy and Soobrazitelny accomplished a series of combat training missions at sea. In particular, they practiced joint measures to search for, detect and eliminate a submarine,” the press office said in a statement. The ships’ crews identified and started to track the underwater target with the help of sonar stations, after which the spotted submarine was notionally destroyed by torpedo weapons,… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Watch: US forces chase after Russian military convoy near northeastern Syria oilfields

Published 2020-04-03 12:02:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The U.S. Armed Forces were recently filmed chasing after a Russian military convoy that was trying to pass their troops in the northeastern region of Syria. According to reports, the U.S. Armed Forces intercepted the Russian military convoy near the Rmeilan Oilfields, forcing them to turn around and take another path. The reports said that one of the Russian military vehicles was attempting to divert its route when it became stuck in the ground, following the confrontation with the U.S. Armed Forces. This incident in northeastern Syria has received considerable media coverage, as it appeared… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


New satellite images reveal aftermath of Israeli airstrikes in Syria

Published 2020-04-03 11:26:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – New satellite images have revealed the aftermath of the Israeli airstrikes on the Shayrat Airbase in the Homs Governorate earlier this week. In the photos released by Sentinel Hub and shared by Aurora Intel, it appears that the Israeli Air Force targeted three sites at the Shayrat Airbase. It also confirms that the Syrian air defenses were unable to shoot down all of the Israeli missiles that were fired on the installation from Lebanese airspace. The reason for the targeting of the Shayrat Airbase likely has to do with the Iranian presence in the eastern… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Israel, Shayrat, Syria


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