This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: China, Taiwan, Libya, Syria, Trump, US, India, Kashmir, Pakistan, Latakia, Russia, Coronavirus, France, Iraq, Idlib, Turkey, UAE, Saada, Saudi, Yemen, ISIS, Tartous, Aleppo, Canada, Tripoli, Israel, Lebanon.

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China holds naval drills near Taiwan in preparation for military struggle : experts

Published 2020-04-11 17:02:01 by News Desk in World-News

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly held military drills featuring warplanes near the island of Taiwan on Friday, and such drills, having taken place at least four times since the traditional Spring Festival holiday in January, have become regular and are now a part of military struggle preparations against the island, mainland experts said on Friday. Multiple PLA warplanes, including the H-6 bombers, KJ-500 early warning aircraft and J-11 fighter jets, conducted a far-sea long-range drill above southwestern waters near the island of Taiwan on Friday, Taiwan media reported on Friday, citing the island’s defense authority. The PLA warplanes… Read on ->

Tags: China, Taiwan

Over 5,000 Syrian mercenaries are fighting in Libya: monitor

Published 2020-04-11 15:58:05 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Another batch of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries have arrived in Libya to help the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) forces as they struggle to hold onto the last areas under their control in Libya. In a new report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the monitor claimed that another 300 Syrian mercenaries from three Turkish-backed militant groups arrived in Libya on Friday. “Nearly 300 mercenaries affiliated to “Sultan Murad”, “Suqour al-Shamal Brigade” and “Al-Sham Corps” arrived in Libya yesterday, Friday,” the monitor claimed. Furthermore, the SOHR report claims that as many 5,050 Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

Trump names warhawk as new US arms control envoy

Published 2020-04-11 15:45:00 by News Desk in World-News

President Donald Trump has named Bush-era torture proponent and sanctions cheerleader Marshall Billingslea as his new special envoy on arms control, less than ten months ahead of the expiration of the New START treaty, the White House confirmed in a press statement on Friday. Washington has dragged its feet on holding negotiations to extend the treaty, which will expire next February unless prolonged, with US officials suggesting that the treaty should be modified to accommodate Russia’s new hypersonic missile systems, and China’s nuclear arsenal. Moscow and Beijing have each rejected such proposals, although Russian officials have maintained their commitment to… Read on ->

Tags: Trump, US

Heavy clashes reported between Indian and Pakistani armies in Kashmir

Published 2020-04-11 15:31:28 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Heavy clashes were reported on Saturday between the Pakistani and Indian armies at the Line of Control (LoC) that separates the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region. According to the official media wing of the Pakistani military, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Indian military deliberately targeted the border region with mortar and artillery fire. “Indian troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations during the last 24 hours using artillery and heavy mortars in Sharda, Dhudnial and Shahkot Sectors along the LOC deliberately targeting the civilian population,” a statement issued by ISPR reads. According to… Read on ->

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Tags: India, Kashmir, Pakistan

US military sends large convoy of reinforcements to northeast Syria

Published 2020-04-11 15:13:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The U.S. military sent a large convoy to the northeastern region of Syria on Friday, bringing with them logistical and military equipment that would eventually be transported to southern Al-Hasakah. According to reports, the U.S. military convoy consisted of dozens of vehicles that entered Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate from neighboring Iraq. The U.S. military convoy was said to have traveled through the Al-Hasakah Governorate until they reached the city of Al-Shaddadi, which is under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Over the last week, the U.S. military has sent several reinforcements and supplies to… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Syrian Army attacks jihadist gathering point in northern Latakia

Published 2020-04-11 14:49:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) heavily targeted a jihadist gathering point in northern Latakia on Saturday after the militants were seen grouping near the Turkish border. According to reports from the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army launched several artillery shells and missiles towards the positions of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in the Al-Haddadeh area. The reports said the Syrian Army was able to score direct hits on the jihadist positions after reconnaissance flights observed the militant movements around the northern Latakia front. Despite the ceasefire in the Idlib… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Watch: Russian Ka-29 attack choppers destroy enemy targets

Published 2020-04-11 14:12:10 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:35 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense has released a video showing their Ka-29 helicopters of the Pacific Fleet as they fire on targets at land and sea targets in Kamchatka. The Russian attack chopper could be see destroying these enemy targets as part of military drills in the Kamchatka Peninsula, which is located in eastern Russia. The Pacific Fleet has been conducting military drills in conjunction with a number of other naval forces in the Russian Armed Forces. Below is a video that was released by the Russian Ministry of Defense this weekend; it shows their… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

As many as 50 cases of coronavirus reported on French warship

Published 2020-04-11 13:49:16 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The French Ministry of Defense confirmed on Friday that 50 coronavirus cases were recorded on board the aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle”. The ministry said in a statement that “the results of 66 tests carried out demonstrated the presence of 50 cases of coronavirus,” adding that “no deterioration in the health status of the infected people has been observed so far.” They added that 3 sailors were evacuated from the aircraft carrier as a “precautionary measure”, and they were airlifted to Toulon. On April 8, Paris announced the carrier’s return to Toulon, ahead of schedule,… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, France

New attempts to transfer jihadists from Iraq and Syria to Russia: official

Published 2020-04-11 13:21:01 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, said on Friday that terrorist organizations have not stopped trying to transfer trained and highly experienced terrorists from Syria and Iraq to Russia. He said, “unfortunately, the threat of terrorism still exists,” and is the result of the activity of international terrorist organizations and the work of conspiratorial “sleeper cells” in Russia that raise funds for their activities. He pointed to the effective use of the Internet by terrorists in recruitment operations as well as in their various activities. The Secretary of the Russian Security Council… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia, Syria

Turkish Army continues to amass forces and construct new posts in Syria

Published 2020-04-11 13:03:53 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 P.M.) – The Turkish Army continued their military buildup in northwestern Syria this week, as they sent several reinforcements to the Idlib and Aleppo governorates. According to opposition activists, the Turkish military sent several armored vehicles and army personnel to the Idlib Governorate on Friday, with these forces making their way to a number of observation posts near the border. The reports said up to 30 Turkish armored vehicles entered northwestern Syria via the Kafr Lousen crossing, which links the Idlib Governorate with Turkey’s Hatay Province. At the same time, several reports have surfaced of the Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

New details revealed about US air defenses deployed to Iraq

Published 2020-04-11 12:39:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – A new report released by the Associated Press on Friday revealed the details around the U.S.’ deployment of Patriot air defense missiles to Iraq. Citing an unnamed U.S. official, the AP reported that not only did the American military deploy Patriot system to Iraq, but they also brought with them some other missiles to protect their forces in Iraq. The officials confirmed in the interview with the AP that the Patriot missile systems and two other short-range missile systems were deployed at the ‘Ain Al-Assad Airbase, which was hit by a missile strike last January,… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria

UAE calls on world to help Syria during coronavirus outbreak

Published 2020-04-11 11:56:02 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – On Friday, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash called on the country’s of the world to help Syria cope with the global health crisis caused by the emerging coronavirus. Gargash tweeted on Friday that he discussed the necessity of a ceasefire in Syria with the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pederson. The Emirati Minister wrote: “I discussed with Geir Pedersen the necessity of a ceasefire in Syria and its assistance in this global health crisis, and the United Nations was pleased with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, UAE

Ansarallah forces shoot down enemy aircraft near Saudi border

Published 2020-04-11 11:39:48 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Friday that their air defenses shot down an Arab Coalition aircraft along the Saudi border with the Yemeni governorate of Sa’ada. Citing the Ansarallah forces, the Saba News Agency reported that “the air defenses managed to shoot down a spy plane belonging to the coalition while carrying out hostile missions in the airspace of the Razih district (west of Saada).” The Ansarallah forces did not provide additional details about the operation. At the same time, Al-Masirah TV reported that the Arab Coalition launched attacks on the Razih District of Yemen,… Read on ->

Tags: Saada, Saudi, Yemen

Iraqi forces begin 2nd phase of military operation along Saudi and Jordanian borders

Published 2020-04-11 10:51:44 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) and the Iraqi Army began the second phase of their military operation along the borders of Jordan and Saudi Arabia on Friday. “The second phase will focus on four main axes, as the first axis will clear the border between Iraq and Jordan with support from the second axis, which will head towards the Iraqi-Saudi border strip towards potential targets,” Al-Sumaria TV reported, quoting the Hashd Al-Sha’abi commander, Qassem Musleh. Musleh continued that “the second phase will focus on vital targets and areas that have not entered before, where… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS

Russia transports large number of tanks to Syria: photos

Published 2020-04-11 10:34:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Russian Federation sent another large batch of tanks and armored personnel carriers (APC) to the Syrian Arab Republic, as they increase their support to the Syrian Armed Forces. According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Federation sent ВМФ Project 1171 ЧФ Black Sea Fleet Assault Ship Brigade Tapir class LST Saratov to the Syrian port-city of Tartous this week, despite the coronavirus pandemic that has affected much of the world.  In the photos released by Isik, the Russian ship can be seen transiting the Bosphorus Strait that links the Black and Mediterranean seas,… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, Tartous

Turkish military attacks Syrian Army, YPG forces in northern Aleppo

Published 2020-04-11 10:07:03 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Turkish military launched an unprovoked attack on the positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Aleppo on Friday, a local source reported this morning. According to the source, the Turkish military and their allied forces targeted the positions of the Syrian Army and YPG near the town of Tal Rifa’at, causing a number of explosions last night. The source said the Turkish military and their allied militants targeted the SAA and YPG forces with rockets and artillery shells, with some of projectiles even hitting civilian homes… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey

Canada resumes arms sales to Saudi Arabia after year-long suspension

Published 2020-04-11 09:52:30 by News Desk in Gulf

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said that his country has decided to lift the freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia. The minister said in a statement to renegotiate a contract that was heavily criticized, worth $14 billion, to sell armored vehicles produced by General Dynamics to Riyadh, the Reuters News Agency reported. He explained that “significant improvements” to the contract would keep thousands of jobs in the Canadian branch of the American company that manufactures the vehicles. The statement said that if Canada finds that Saudi Arabia does not use the vehicles for the… Read on ->

Tags: Canada, Saudi

Russia, Turkey discuss Idlib situation amid increased violence

Published 2020-04-11 09:41:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – On Friday, the two deputy foreign ministers of Russia and Turkey, Sergei Verchinin and Sedat Onal, discussed the current agreement on Syria’s Idlib Governorate and advancing the political process in the country. “A range of issues related to the Syrian settlement were discussed, including the implementation of the Russian-Turkish agreements on stabilizing the situation in Idlib, in addition to the tasks of pushing the political process led and implemented by the Syrians themselves with the help of the United Nations in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254,” the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister said. Following… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey

Libyan Army shoots down 2 Turkish aircraft in western Libya

Published 2020-04-11 09:24:48 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced on Friday that the air defenses shot down two Turkish planes near the city of Tarhuna and Al-Aziziyah in the western part of the country. “The Libyan Arab Armed Forces air defense units monitored a Turkish plane that was trying to raid the city of Tarhuna and later brought it down,” the Libyan Army’s Military Information Division said in a press release. The statement said that “also the air defense platforms at the axes of the capital, Tripoli, downed a Turkish plane, which… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Turkey

Israeli military posts video of Syrian Army commander meeting with Hezbollah

Published 2020-04-11 09:06:47 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) published a video on Friday that allegedly showed a Syrian military commander meeting with Hezbollah personnel in Syria. “Look closely. See the man with white hair? That’s the head of the Syrian Armed Forces 1st Corps, Luau Ali Ahmad Assad. He’s visiting Hezbollah positions in Syria. Our message: We see you. Consider this a warning,” a message accompanying the video warns. Avichay Adraee, the head of the IDF’s Arabic-language media division, offered more details about the video in an Arabic-language tweet, alleging that the video was shot in the Syrian-controlled… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria

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