This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Idlib, Syria, Russia, Turkey, US, Coronavirus, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Haftar, Libya, Cairo, Egypt, Tanf, Tripoli, ISIS, Raqqa.

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Syrian Army attacks jihadist gathering near southern Idlib front-lines

Published 2020-04-15 20:25:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has once again attacked a jihadist gathering near the southern Idlib front-lines this week. According to the latest field report, the Syrian Arab Army launched artillery shells and rockets towards the gathering point near the town of Al-Bara in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of southern Idlib. In a relevant development, opposition activists reported the death of a militant field commander in southern Idlib after his position was attacked by the Syrian Arab Army around Al-Baraa. The Syrian Army’s attack reportedly killed a field commander from the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkey defies US threats, will keep Russian S-400

Published 2020-04-15 19:40:53 by News Desk in Turkey

Turkey has once again defied US calls to abandon a deal for the purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, repeating an offer for a NATO-led working group to resolve the long-running dispute with Washington. Speaking at a virtual event organized by the Washington-based Atlantic Council on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed that Turkey’s stance on how to settle the S-400 issue had not changed. “We offer the US to establish a technical working group with NATO’s inclusion and NATO can lead this technical working group actually. And this offer is still on the table,” he said. In September… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey, US


Syria faces critical shortage of ventilators amid coronavirus crisis: report

Published 2020-04-15 18:41:26 by News Desk in Syria

Syria is facing a critical shortage of artificial lung ventilators amid the coronavirus pandemic, and Western sanctions are hindering the delivery of medical equipment, the heads of the joint Russia-Syria coordination centre on refugee repatriation said in a joint statement on Wednesday. “Despite the implemented effort, the authorities’ abilities regarding diagnostics and treatment of coronavirus-infected people are severely restricted: around 100 tests are conducted in the country daily, there are only 25,000 beds in Syrian medical facilities, and there is a critical shortage of artificial lung ventilators”, the statement read. The country’s healthcare system has been significantly undermined during the… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Syria


Israeli and Lebanese armies nearly come to blows at border: report

Published 2020-04-15 17:56:53 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The UNIFIL forces were forced to intervene to alleviate the tensions between the Israeli and Lebanese armies at the border between the two countries and prevent it from turning into direct engagement, the National News Agency (NNA) of Lebanon reported. The Lebanese National Media Agency reported that an Israeli military bulldozer accompanied by a 24-member infantry force entered the occupied Lebanese area of Khalat Al-Mahafir, south of the town of Al-Adaisah, where they attempted to construct a post. The NNA report pointed out that these Israeli actions pushed the Lebanese Army and UNIFIL forces  to… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Disgruntled jihadists threaten to behead Turkish soldiers in Idlib

Published 2020-04-15 17:43:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – Some disgruntled jihadist rebels recently took a video in which they threatened to behead Turkish Army soldiers along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) in the Idlib Governorate. In the video released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) can be seen filming right next to Turkish Army soldiers near the town of Al-Nayrab in eastern Idlib. The jihadist in the video then states that he likes the Turkish military, so he will ‘behead’ them and leave their heads along the road. “W really like you, so we… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Iran unveils new fast-reading coronavirus detection system

Published 2020-04-15 17:02:11 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran, Hussein Salami, was unveiled on Wednesday a new system to detect the coronavirus. According to Iran’s Fars News Agency, Major-General Salami said that this system or device, which was called “Assisted”, can detect a coronavirus case from about 100 meters away. He said that the device does not need to take blood samples and is able to detect contaminated surfaces and infected individuals. It has been tested in various hospitals, and its performance has been positive at 80%. The commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Iran


No more peace: Tripoli-based Libyan gov’t refuses to negotiate with Haftar

Published 2020-04-15 16:30:36 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Acord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, accused his opponent, the leader of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifah Haftar, of breaking his pledges, and confirmed that he would not negotiate a political solution with him because of the “crimes” he committed. In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Al-Sarraj, whose government is recognized by the United Nations, said, “I will not sit today (at the negotiating table) with Haftar after the disasters and crimes he committed against all Libyans.” He said: “We agreed to a… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya


Jihadists regrouping for new battle in northwest Syria

Published 2020-04-15 16:00:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 P.M.) – The jihadist group Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) is attempting to regroup for a new battle against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in northwestern Syria, a new report said on Wednesday. In a new move to strengthen their forces, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham announced that they had reorganized its ranks to form three new military brigades. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham did not clarify the number of armed men in each brigade or the reasons behind this development; however, according to RT Arabic, this move is meant to prepare them for a new battle. This comes… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Israeli drone strikes vehicle along Syrian-Lebanese border

Published 2020-04-15 15:28:27 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – An Israeli drone carried out an attack, Wednesday, on a vehicle that was traveling along the Syrian-Lebanese border. According to a report from Damascus, the Israeli drone struck the vehicle while it was traveling through the Jdeideh Yabous area of Damascus. The Israeli drone fired two missiles at the vehicle: the first caused minor damage to the car, but allowed the driver to abandon it; the second struck shortly after. As a result of the Israeli drone attack, the vehicle was badly damaged, but no details have been released about the people inside the car…. Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


Egyptian military foils potential terrorist attack against Christian community

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

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Egyptian Ministry of Interior revealed in a statement that a terrorist cell was eliminated on Tuesday after the military learned of a plan to launch attacks in conjunction with the Eastern holiday According to the Egyptian Interior Ministry’s statement, “Information was received by the National Security Sector about the existence of a terrorist cell whose elements embrace the Takfiri concepts of using several shelters in east and south Cairo as a starting point for carrying out terrorist operations in conjunction with the holidays of the Christian community.” The statement said, “The elements of that… Read on ->

Tags: Cairo, Egypt


Russian military holds first M-4 Highway patrol after Turkish Army breaks up jihadist protest in Idlib

Published 2020-04-15 13:46:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – The Russian military held its first patrol along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) after the Turkish Army broke up a protest held by the the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). “In accordance with the agreement of presidents of Russia and Turkey dated 5 March, on 15 April, another — the fourth — Russian-Turkish joint patrol of a stretch of the M4 highway in the Idlib de-escalation zone linking the cities of Aleppo and Latakia took place”, the Russian centre for reconciliation of opposing sides said. Prior to today’s patrol, the Russian military was… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Libyan Army shoots down French-made aircraft with Russian defense system: video

Published 2020-04-15 12:49:17 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) reportedly shot down a Mirage F1 fighter jet that was flying over their territory, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported on Wednesday. According to the publication, the LNA’s air defenses, using their Russian-made Pantsir-S system, shot down the French-made Mirage F1 fighter jet that was being used by the Government of National According. “An attempt by the crew of the Mirage F1 fighter to launch missile strikes on the positions of the air defense systems resulted in another loss for the forces of the Government of National Accord – the combat… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia


Several US-backed rebels surrender Syrian Army in Homs: video

Published 2020-04-15 12:12:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Several U.S.-backed rebel fighters willingly surrendered themselves to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces in the Homs Governorate this week, Sham FM reported. According to the Sham FM report, members of the U.S.-backed rebel forces in the Tanf region of southeastern Homs agreed to surrender their weapons and equipment to the Syrian Arab Army after lengthy negotiations. The conditions of the agreement were not released; however, a source in Damascus said these talks had been ongoing for some time, with some militants requesting to go to the Idlib Governorate. https://twitter.com/MIG29_/status/1250166994802036736?s=20 The Al-Tanf region has been… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Tanf, US


Turkish-backed Libyan forces captured 3,000 sq. km and Egyptian, Emirati weapons

Published 2020-04-15 11:43:36 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 A.M.) – The official spokesperson for the Turkish-backed Government for National Accord (GNA), Mohammad Qanunu, said on Wednesday that the GNA troops captured more than 3,000 square kilometers in northwestern Libya this week. According to Qanunu, their forces captured over 3,000 square kilometers territory from the Libyan National Army (LNA) after launching a massive attack at the Surman axis He said that “the enemy’s defenses collapsed under the blows of the Al-Wefaq forces and their overwhelming attack,” referring to the Libyan army forces led by Field Marshal Khalifah Haftar. Qanunu pointed out that GNA “extended before sunset… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Tripoli


ISIS crimes: Mass grave from Tabaqa Airport massacre unveiled

Published 2020-04-15 11:05:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 A.M.) – A mass grave containing the remains of hundreds of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers was unearthed in the Al-Raqqa Governorate this week, a new report from northern Syria revealed. According to the reports, the mass grave was uncovered by locals in the village of Hamrat, near Tal Zidan, in the eastern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate. The Sputnik Arabic publication quoted a local source as saying that the remains found in the grave belonged to the Syrian soldiers that were executed in August of 2014 by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). ISIS captured the Tabaqa Airport… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Raqqa, Syria


Egyptian Navy reveals strength of new submarine

Published 2020-04-15 10:19:04 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Egyptian Armed Forces announced that their new S43 submarine has left Germany and is currently on its way to the Arab Republic of Egypt in preparation for joining the Egyptian Navy. The official page of the military spokesperson for the Egyptian Armed Forces said: “The S43 submarine left Germany after completing its receipt and completing the final preparations for its crew and carrying out the journey back to the homeland.” The Egyptian armed forces had announced that they had received last Thursday morning the new submarine from the German port of Kiel, which is… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt


Syria reports 4 new cases of coronavirus, 29 total

Published 2020-04-15 09:41:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Health announced the registration of 4 new coronavirus cases, bringing the number of registered infections to 29. The Ministry of Health did not provide any details about those infected, other than the fact they have since been quarantined for treatment. The ministry announced that 5 recoveries were recorded from the total infected, while two people have died from the virus. On Saturday, the ministry announced the recovery of one of the cases infected with the virus, bringing the number of cases to five. Syria is being closely monitored by the World… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Syria


Pilot releases new images of rumored US flying saucer research site near Area 51: photos

Published 2020-04-15 08:58:37 by News Desk in World-News

The Nellis Air Force Base complex covers a vast expanse of desert and scrubland in Nevada, with dozens of locations for testing secret technologies, from nuclear weapons to the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter. Rumours of experiments on alien spacecraft have surrounded the Groom Lake site in particular, which houses the infamous Area 51; less well known is Papoose Lake, an area to the south of Groom Lake, where a man has claimed he once worked on flying saucers. Zeifman snapped some photos of Papoose Lake during a recent flight around the edges of the secretive air base and shared them with The… Read on ->

Tags: US


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