In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis gather at the road leading to Al-Anad base near Aden in the southern province of Lahej, Yemen. The capture of the Al-Anad base was a significant victory for the forces allied to Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in their battle to reverse the gains of Houthis. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)

This is a summary of 23 AMN articles on the following subjects: Ansarallah, Yemen, China, Coronavirus, Wuhan, Idlib, Syria, US, Libya, Turkey, Hasakah, France, Iraq, Russia, Homs, Hama, Iran, ISIS, Tripoli.

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Saudi-backed forces suffer heavy losses in failed northern Yemen offensive

Published 2020-04-17 23:17:25 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces (var. Houthis) announced on Friday, the killing and wounding of many of the Saudi-backed Yemeni Army in clashes in the Marib, Al-Jawf and Saada governorates of northern Yemen. The spokesman for the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahya Sari’a, said in a statement on his official Facebook page: “Our forces were able to deal with five attacks, including an attack at the Sirwah District of the Marib Governorate (northeast of Yemen), that were done during which we destroyed four armored vehicles with guided missiles.” He said that the group “repelled a third… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen

US intelligence prepared ‘secret report’ on coronavirus in November: Israel’s Channel 12

Published 2020-04-17 22:31:02 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – Israel’s Channel 12 reported that the U.S. intelligence warned NATO and Israel of an unknown virus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan last November. On Thursday evening, the Israeli channel reported that Israeli intelligence had learned of a virus outbreak in Wuhan in mid-November 2019, and had prepared at the time a “secret report” warning of the outbreak. The channel noted that the U.S. President, Donald Trump, “did not show at that time a special interest in this report, but his administration decided to inform only two allies, namely NATO and Israel, of the… Read on ->

Tags: China, Coronavirus, Wuhan

Heavy clashes breakout between Syrian Army, militants in eastern Idlib

Published 2020-04-17 22:14:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – A series of heavy clashes broke out this evening in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels traded attacks near the city of Saraqib. According to a field source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army and jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) exchanged heavy artillery and gunfire around the Al-Nayrab axis, resulting in some casualties for all parties. The clashes reportedly broke out this evening after the jihadist rebels began gathering their fighters around the Al-Nayrab axis; this prompted the Syrian Arab Army to… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Watch: Syrian Army, villagers forces US military to turn around in northeast Syria

Published 2020-04-17 21:54:32 by News Desk in Syria

Residents of the villages of Abu Qasaeib and al-Rhaia al-Souda in the al-Qamishli district, Al-Hasakah governorate banded together to intercept and turn back a US convoy of five vehicles, preventing them from traveling through their communities along a key local road, the Syrian Arab News Agency has reported. Video footage reportedly shot outside one of the villages shows locals, activists and troops singing songs and waving a Syrian flag after engaging the US convoy in a short standoff and forcing it to turn back. No gunfire was exchanged and no one was hurt in either of the incidents. This is… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

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US military aircraft attempted to hack Russia’s S-400 in Syria: media

Published 2020-04-17 21:21:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – A U.S military aircraft was intercepted by a Russian jet this week after it approached Syrian airspace from the eastern Mediterranean. According to the Russian publication Avia.Pro, the Russian Air Force deployed its Su-35 jet to intercept a U.S. P-9A Poseidon spy plane that was heading east towards the Syrian coastline. The Russian publication said the U.S. reconnaissance plane was attempting to remotely hack the Russian S-400 air defense system at the Hmeimim Airbase (var. Khmeimim) during its flight near the Syrian coastline. “The American military reconnaissance aircraft, Boeing P-8A Poseidon, attempted to remotely hack… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Turkey-based Libyan mufti authorizes suicide attacks against LNA forces

Published 2020-04-17 20:57:45 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Libyan mufti, Sadiq al-Gharyani, authorized the Turkish-backed Libyan forces and their Syrian mercenary allies to carry out suicide bombings against the Libyan National Army (LNA). Gharyani’s statement, made in Turkey, was shown on Al-Tanasah TV, which is owned by personalities supporting the extremists in Libya. In response to a question about whether it is permissible for those whom he described as “revolutionaries” to blow themselves up for fear of being captured, he replied: “Killing the soul is forbidden, as a person may fall into captivity and God will deliver him, and he may fear… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

First coronavirus-related death reported in northeast Syria

Published 2020-04-17 20:31:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Self-Administration in Northeast Syria confirmed the first death from the coronavirus in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. According to the Health Authority of the Self-Administration government, a 53-year-old passed away due to complications from the coronavirus. The Health Authority said the man was treated at the National Hospital in Al-Qamishli, northern Al-Hasakah, but was unable to recover after fighting the illness for three weeks. The Health Authority blamed the World Health Organization (WHO) for the death, saying that the man tested positive for the illness on March 22, but the case was kept private. The… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Libya becomes graveyard for Turkish drones as 3 more shot down

Published 2020-04-17 18:37:04 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The month of March was not kind to the Turkish-supplied drones in the arsenal of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), as they lost dozens of these aircraft throughout the northern part of the country. However, while this month witnessed some big advances by the GNA forces, their Turkish-supplied drones are suffering heavy losses once again. A few hours ago, the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced the downing of another Turkish-supplied drone in the Beni Walid area, bringing the total aircraft lost to three in the last 24 hours. The two drones shot… Read on ->

Tags: Libya

Chinese military introduces ‘robot warriors’ to carry out dangerous missions

Published 2020-04-17 18:18:41 by News Desk in World-News

More robot warriors are entering the arsenal of the Chinese military, with the latest additions being a small model that’s equipped with a machine gun and a crane-like missile-loading robot, and experts said on Tuesday that robots will free human soldiers from heavy physical work and unnecessary danger. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is in possession of the small ground robot, which can traverse complicated terrains, accurately observe battlefield situations and provide ferocious firepower, the PLA Eastern Theater Command said on Sina Weibo on Monday when reposting a China Central Television (CCTV) report on the robot. The thigh-high robot… Read on ->

Tags: China

Disaster on French aircraft carrier as 940 sailors test positive for coronavirus

Published 2020-04-17 17:30:34 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The French authorities announced on Friday that 940 crew members on the aircraft carrier group “Charles de Gaulle” tested positive for the coronavirus. The French director of the Military Health Authority, Marilyn Jacques Genero, said during a hearing in the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee on Friday that 2,300 sailors from the strike group were examined after returning to Toulon. Genero added that the tests revealed that 645 people were not infected with the coronavirus, while the results of the analyzes of the other sailors had not yet been obtained. Earlier this… Read on ->

Tags: France

Turkey bombs Iraq again despite Baghdad’s disapproval

Published 2020-04-17 17:04:35 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – For the second time this week, the Turkish Air Force has carried out strikes inside of Iraq, despite Baghdad’s disapproval of such attacks. On Friday, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the neutralization of 18 “terrorists” from members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) with a raid carried out by Turkish warplanes in the Qandil Mountains region of northern Iraq. Prior to today’s attack, the Turkish Air Force carried out a deadly bombing in the Markmur region, killing and wounding several people, including two women at a refugee camp. The Turkish Army, from time to… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Turkey

Watch: Newly upgraded T-72B3M in action

Published 2020-04-17 16:37:35 by News Desk in World-News

Armored squads of the Central Military Region of the Russian Army recently conducted exercises testing the operational capabilities of the upgraded T-72B3M tanks. The Russian military participated in these exercises that took place in the outskirts of Chelyabinsk city. This test was attended several teams of armored forces, artillery and reconnaissance and monitoring forces in the Russian army, and these forces simulated a process in which the virtual enemy sites were monitored so that these sites could be subjected to missile and artillery attack from a distance of 12 km. After the completion of the artillery boot operations, Russian armored… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Turkish military launches attack on Syrian Army, YPG forces in northeast Syria

Published 2020-04-17 16:18:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Turkish military launched a new attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the northeastern region of Syria. According to a field report from this region, the Turkish Army, alongside their allied militants, launched several artillery shells and rockets towards the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses around the Abu Rasin front in western Al-Hasakah. A source from Syrian Army said that they did not respond to the attack as of yet. At the same time, the Turkish Army also targeted the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) around the Tal Tamr front, firing several artillery… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Breaking: Russia accuses US of deploying weapons to space

Published 2020-04-17 15:34:45 by News Desk in World-News

US Space Command accused Russia of testing a direct-ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) missile on Wednesday, alleging that the test was “another example that the threats to US and allied space systems” were ” real, serious and growing.” The US military’s statements accusing Russia of testing an anti-satellite missile are nothing more than an attempt to distract the world from the reality that America itself is placing weapons in space, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has announced. “We seem to be dealing with a targeted campaign initiated by Washington to discredit Russian activities in space and our peaceful initiatives to try… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

Unknown drones wreak havoc on jihadists in northwest Syria

Published 2020-04-17 15:17:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – For the second day in a row, unknown drones, thought to be either Russian or Syrian, have wreaked havoc on the jihadist forces in northwestern Syria. According to a report from northwestern Syria, a number of drones attacked the jihadist rebels in the Al-Ghaab Plain and Jabal Al-Zawiya region, causing some casualties within the ranks of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies. This attack was larger than yesterday’s drone strike, which targeted some vehicles that were traveling through the northern region of the Al-Ghaab Plain. Al-Masdar News has reached out to the army to… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russian Navy showcases might as US warships enter Black Sea

Published 2020-04-17 14:47:01 by News Desk in World-News

Planes and a submarine of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet have held an exercise to destroy a group of hypothetical enemy’s ships, the fleet’s press-service told the media. “The crews of frontline bombers Sukhoi-24M and air defense planes and the submarine Kolpino have carried out a joint exercise to deliver a rocket and bombing strike against a group of ships of a hypothetical enemy in the Black Sea,” the report says. Russia’s frigate Admiral Essen and the small missile ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo simulated the enemy group. The ships were spotted by drones, which transmitted the targets’ settings to the submarine. Kolpino carried… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

US-backed rebels hand over weapons to Syrian Army: photos

Published 2020-04-17 14:34:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Several U.S.-backed rebels handed over their weapons and vehicles to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) after reaching a reconciliation agreement with the government this week. According to the Russian Reconciliation Center, as many as 27 U.S.-backed rebels surrendered themselves and their equipment to the Syrian Arab Army earlier this week. Per the Russian Reconciliation Center, the U.S.-backed rebels were in contact with the Syrian Arab Army and reached an agreement to surrender themselves after leaving the Al-Tanf region. The Anna News Agency released photos of the equipment and vehicles that were seized by the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Syria

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Libyan Army has shot down over 50 Turkish drones: commander

Published 2020-04-17 14:11:04 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – Brigadier Khaled Al Mahjoub, Director of Moral Guidance of the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, said that the LNA’s air force succeeded in delivering strong strikes against “militias coming from the country of Chad.” “The Brotherhood (Muslim Brotherhood), after its failure to receive a severe defeat, is now seeking to bring in more mercenaries to confront the Libyan Army and open an air route to bring in Syrian and Erdogan’s mercenaries,” Al-Mahjoub said on TV. He pointed out that “there are attempts to bring new cars and aircraft from Turkey… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Turkish commandos pour into Idlib amid increased military buildup

Published 2020-04-17 13:45:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – A large number of Turkish military personnel have entered the Idlib Governorate this week, as Ankara increases their troop buildup in northwestern Syria. According to a field report from northwestern Syria, a new batch of Turkish commandos entered Syria through the Kafr Lousen crossing that links Idlib with the Hatay Province. The report said the Turkish commandos entered the Idlib Governorate with several armored vehicles and logistical equipment that were destined for an observation post in the area. Over the last few days, the Turkish Armed Forces have been sending in large convoys of reinforcements… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army kills prominent militant missile operator in Idlib

Published 2020-04-17 13:07:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – Members of the Syrian Arab Army monitored hostile movements of armed groups on the axis of the town of Al-Ankawi in the Al-Ghaab yesterday. A field source in the Syrian Arab Army confirmed to told Sputnik Arabic that yesterday evening, on the axis of the Al-Ghaab Plain in the northwestern countryside of Hama, two SUVs were accompanied by a number of motorcycles, the former of which is used by armed groups to transport weapons, ammunition and individuals to avoid monitoring. The source continued: “These mechanisms were dealt with through a series of firearms with various… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria

‘Illegal’ US presence in Persian Gulf is causing instability: Iranian DM

Published 2020-04-17 12:47:14 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s Defence Minister Amir Hatami has slammed the US presence in the Persian Gulf, calling it illegal and saying it caused insecurity in the region. “The Iranian people are insightful and see who is right; we are at home and they have come from the other side of the world to create a problem for the countries of the region by threatening and sanctioning them,” Brigadier General Hatami told reporters on the sidelines of a parade held on the occasion of Iran’s Army Day. Earlier this week, US Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain reported that 11 vessels from Iran’s… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Virtual ‘caliphate’? ISIS takes advantage of coronavirus crisis to make comeback on social media

Published 2020-04-17 00:17:35 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Digital Media Center in Iraq revealed an increase in the number of accounts belonging to the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) and their supporters on social media platforms, especially Facebook. The center said in a press release that “this return came during the past months that accompanied the coronavirus pandemic and led to a delay in the response of Facebook’s support to delete accounts.” “The members of ISIS and those who support them took advantage of the opportunity and started creating new accounts or reactivating old accounts, and they published and promoted their terrorist operations… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Turkish-backed Libyan forces destroy Russian-made aircraft: photos

Published 2020-04-17 00:03:55 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces managed to score a direct hit on an airfield at the Tarhuna Airport in northwestern Libya recently. Using an armed drone, the GNA struck a Russian-made Antonov An-32 military transport that was parked at the Tarhuna Airport, new satellite photos revealed. In the photos, the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) An-32 military transport aircraft is destroyed after the GNA drone struck this installation recently. The destruction of the An-32 comes just days after the GNA shot down a military chopper in the northern part of Libya.

Tags: Libya, Russia, Tripoli

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