This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Syria, Tripoli, Turkey, Venezuela, Anbar, Iraq, ISIS, Idlib, Israel, Jerusalem, Palestine, Iran, US, China, Ansarallah, Marib, Yemen, Deir_Ezzor, Coronavirus, Hezbollah, Lebanon.

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Libyan Army kills scores of GNA, Syrian fighters near Tripoli

Published 2020-04-05 23:58:04 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army forces, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced on Sunday that their forces had 41 members of the Al-Wefaq forces and their allied Syrian militants at the Wadi Al-Rabi’a and Al-Mashroa fronts south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, during an attempted counter-offensive by the aforementioned fighters. The Military Information Division of the Libyan National Army said in a press statement that “A total of 41 people killed from the militia and mercenary crowd groups after an attempt to advance to the armed forces observatories at the Wadi al-Rabi’a axis and part… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria, Tripoli


Inmates riot amid coronavirus panic in Turkey’s Batman Prison: video

Published 2020-04-05 22:12:26 by News Desk in Turkey

A riot erupted inside of a prison in Batman, south-eastern Turkey, on Saturday night, shortly after the Turkish parliament’s justice committee approved a bill that would release thousands of prisoners due to the COVID-19 outbreak, while leaving political prisoners behind bars. The bill, which still has to be voted on by parliament to become law, would grant early parole and house arrest for a variety of categories of prisoners, whilst excluding political prisoners and journalists according to its opponents. Footage captured from outside of the prison shows crowds of people, as well as police and army vehicles and personnel in… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey


Syrian militant claims Turkey stopped paying salaries in Libya: monitor

Published 2020-04-05 20:41:32 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Turkish regime has stopped paying salaries to the Syrian mercenaries in Libya, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a recent report, citing a fighter currently in the war-torn North African nation. “SOHR sources obtained an audio recording in which a Syrian fighter in Libya said that he regretted involving in the battle in Libya and he called upon everybody wanted to come to Libya not to do so, as the Turks did not pay the monthly salary (2,000 USD),” SOHR reported. According to the fighter cited by the SOHR, “Turkey paid… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria


Venezuela mobilizes forces for potential confrontation with US: report

Published 2020-04-05 19:52:22 by News Desk in World-News

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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro tweeted on Saturday that he had “ordered the mobilisation of artillery [pieces]” in the country’s strategic areas in order to protect the security of ordinary Venezuelans. “I denounce the existence of groups financed from Colombia and the US, which seek to undermine the stability of [our] homeland with violent actions”, he wrote on his Twitter page. The remarks came after he said during a ministerial meeting in Caracas earlier on Saturday that these groups believe that “they can take advantage of the [coronavirus] pandemic and the quarantine to carry out terrorist actions and a coup”. He… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Iraqi military unearths mass grave of people executed by ISIS in Al-Anbar

Published 2020-04-05 18:16:46 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Military Intelligence Directorate in Iraq announced on Sunday, the finding of a mass grave in the Al-Anbar Governorate. According to the Military Intelligence Directorate, the mass grave contained the remains of civilians and soldiers executed by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist group. “On the basis of accurate intelligence information, a unit from the 7th Military Intelligence Division , in conjunction with the 29th Infantry Brigade’s reconnaissance unit, raided a Da’esh hideout in the Al-Khouda District of the Al-Anbar Governorate, and seized a motorcycle and other items,” the department said in a statement. “After a… Read on ->

Tags: Anbar, Iraq, ISIS


Syrian Army attacks militant gathering in southern Idlib

Published 2020-04-05 16:55:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out an attack inside the southern region of the Idlib Governorate on Sunday, following the refusal of the militant forces to withdraw from the agreed upon safe zone. According to a field report from the Idlib Governorate on Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army struck a militant gathering point in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. The report said the Syrian Arab Army also carried out strikes in the southwestern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, which is where the militants have recently strengthened their front-line positions. At the same time, Russian reconnaissance… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Israeli police arrest Jerusalem governor over ‘illegal activities’

Published 2020-04-05 16:11:58 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

Israeli authorities arrested on Sunday the Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem governor over “illegal” activities, Israel’s police said. “Adnan Ghaith was detained this morning for illegal activity in Jerusalem connected to the Palestinian Authority,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Xinhua. Rosenfeld added that Ghaith is currently “being questioned by police units.” Video footage surfaced on social media showed Ghaith wearing gloves and a mask being escorted by police officers out of his home in the neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem. Ghaith’s attorney, Rami Othman, told the Times of Israel that the arrest was made mainly due to activities Ghaith has carried… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Jerusalem, Palestine


Iran deploys missile launchers along Strait of Hormuz as tensions with US increase: video

Published 2020-04-05 15:44:41 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Iranian Armed Forces deployed missile launchers along the Strait of Hormuz in the Islamic Republic’s southern region. In a video shared on social media, the Iranian military can be seen deploying their missile launchers in an area that is believed to be the port city of Bandar Abbas in the Hormozgan Province. The missile launchers can be seen along a large stretch of beach, as the person video taping the weapons drives behind them. https://twitter.com/LastDef/status/1246551326982582272?s=20 This video was released at a time when tensions between the U.S. and Iran are at a decade-long high…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


China will not use support to other countries as ‘geopolitical weapon’: ministry

Published 2020-04-05 15:13:35 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – China would like to share its experience battling the coronavirus pandemic with other countries but “will not turn it into any kind of geopolitical weapon,” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said in Beijing on Friday. “We would like to share China’s good practices and experience with other countries, but we will not turn it into any kind of geopolitical weapon or tool,” said spokesperson Huang Chunying, who added that it is” something we should do as a responsible major country,” and explained that “leadership is not gained by boasting or jostling.” Huang referred to… Read on ->

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Tags: China


Watch: US military hands over Habbaniyah Base in Iraq

Published 2020-04-05 15:02:58 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – On Saturday, the U.S.-led International Coalition announced their official withdrawal from the Habbaniyah Base in Iraq’s Al-Anbar Governorate. In a short ceremony held on Saturday, the U.S. military can be seen signing over the base to the Iraqi security forces. Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji told RT Arabic that the agreement between Iraq and the international coalition requires that all coalition forces withdraw from the military bases and hand them over to the Iraqi side. This comes at a time when the Iraqi factions have threatened to deal with the American presence inside the country.  On… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Two Chinese aid planes arrive in Iran to help country overcome coronavirus outbreak

Published 2020-04-05 14:40:11 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:25 P.M.) – Iran’s Ambassador to China Mohammad Kashwarzadeh announced on Saturday that two Chinese aid planes will arrive tonight in Tehran. The two Chinese aircraft will contain medical supplies like masks and gloves, along with medicines to help Iran overcome the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 3,000 people in the Islamic Republic. Thus far, the Chinese government has conducted 28 flights from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to Iran, the Iranian ambassador said. The Iranian Ministry of Health announced earlier today, that there are 2,560 new infections and 158 deaths due to the coronavirus outbreak in the… Read on ->

Tags: China, Iran


Turkish military claims 7 YPG fighters ‘neutralized’ in northern Syria

Published 2020-04-05 13:38:29 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – The Turkish military allegedly ‘neutralized’ several fighters from the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria this past weekend, the Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday. “Two YPG/PKK terrorists, who opened harassing fire in Operation Euphrates Shield area, and five YPG/PKK terrorists, who were attempting to infiltrate the Operation Peace Spring zone, were neutralized by our heroic command,” the ministry said in a tweet. No further details were released by the Ministry of Defense. Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralize” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured. At… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Ansarallah forces strike important oil facility in northern Yemen

Published 2020-04-05 13:16:21 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Ministry of Oil and Minerals, affiliated with the government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, announced on Sunday the targeting of the pumping station for the Safer oil pipeline in the Sirwah District of western Marib. The ministry accused the Ansarallah (var. Houthi) forces of carrying out this devastating attack in northern Yemen. According to the Oil Ministry, “this targeting by the terrorist militia of the oil pumping station represents a criminal, sabotage and catastrophic act on the path of continuous depletion of the state’s capabilities and confirms the fact that the Iranian-backed… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Marib, Yemen


Iran preparing to construct new naval destroyer this year

Published 2020-04-05 12:55:53 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – Iran is preparing to construct a new naval destroyer to with a displacement of almost 6,000 tonnes already in 2020, the head of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Marine Industries Organisation said on Friday in an interview with the state-run Mehr news agency. “In the defense ministry we are working on the construction of a 6,000-ton destroyer in the long-run,” Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari said, as quoted by the agency, adding that executive preparations for the project will commence this year. According to Rastegari, the destroyer will ensure the ministry’s persistent strategic presence in international waters…. Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


ISIS terrorists execute 8 kidnapped civilians in Deir Ezzor

Published 2020-04-05 12:46:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) executed eight kidnapped civilians in the Deir Ezzor Governorate over the weekend, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. According to the SANA report, the Islamic State carried out the executions in the Badiya Al-Tebni region of northwestern Deir Ezzor. Civil sources told the agency that the gunmen “executed eight civilians from the Maadan region.” The agency noted that this is not the first time that ISIS sleeper cells have attacked and executed civilians after kidnapping them along the roads in Homs, Al-Raqqa, Al-Hasakah, and Deir Ezzor. In addition to the… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria


Arab Coalition suffers over 80 causalities in failed Marib offensive: Ansarallah

Published 2020-04-05 12:31:30 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Saturday that their troops killed and wounded 80 soldiers and officers of the Arab coalition forces during a confrontation in the Marib Governorate. The Ansarallah-affiliated Yemeni Press Agency said that the group’s fighters and the forces loyal to it “managed to prevent a major advance by the Coalition forces towards Mount Kofal in the Sirwah District. “Marib hospitals received more than 80 dead and wounded from the ranks of the coalition forces,” they claimed. The agency stated that among the dead in the ranks of the coalition forces was the… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Marib


Syria announces 3 new cases of coronavirus, 19 total

Published 2020-04-05 12:21:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Health announced on Sunday the registration of three new coronavirus infections, bringing the number of cases recorded in the country to 19, two of whom recovered and two died. According to the Syrian Ministry of Health, the three new cases are currently being monitored closely and the patients are quarantined from the public. Last week, the Syrian Ministry of Health announced that two people infected with the coronavirus had recovered. There have been grave concerns about coronavirus outbreaks in countries like Syria, Libya, and Yemen, as they are currently immersed in… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Syria


Hezbollah commander who was allegedly close with Qassem Solemani killed in Lebanon: reports

Published 2020-04-05 12:04:21 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – A Hezbollah commander that was reportedly close to the late Quds Force leader Major-General Qassem Soleimani has been assassinated in southern Lebanon this week, the Iran-based Tasnim News Agency reported. The news report said that the Hezbollah commander, Ali Mohammed Younis, was assassinated in southern Lebanon overnight. According to reports, his body was found by the side of a road with stab and gunshot wounds between the towns of Qaqiyat al-Jisr and Zutar al-Gharbiya to the south of Nabatiyeh. The reports also mention that Younis was a close associate of Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon


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