This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Earthquake, Guam, US, Tripoli, Turkey, Coronavirus, France, Russia, Daraa, China, Hasakah, Iran.

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Saad Al-Gaddafi allegedly dies in prison: report

Published 2020-04-18 23:48:31 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Major General Saad Masoud al-Gaddafi, the commander of the personal security of the former President Mu’ammarl-Gaddafi, died in his cell on Saturday after nine years in prison, despite a decision to release him last February. According to the Libya 24 channel, Saad Gaddafi died today in his prison, despite a verdict issued for his release in 2017 and the confirmation of the verdict last February. In May 2017, Major General Saad Masoud Al-Gaddafi obtained a verdict of innocence, according to the charges attributed to him, on the basis of which he was arrested in August… Read on ->

Tags: Libya

UN opens investigation into Israel firing bombs into southern Lebanon

Published 2020-04-18 22:50:05 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – On Saturday, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) opened an investigation into Israel’s launching bombs over parts of the Lebanese border. Quoting the spokesperson of UNIFIL in Lebanon, Andrea Tenente, the National News Agency (NNA) reported that the U.N. force had opened an investigation into the incident of launching “light bombs” over the Lebanese-Israeli border on Friday evening. Tante stated that “At about eight o’clock yesterday evening, UNIFIL radars detected illuminated bombs fired over several parts of the Blue Line in the areas around Mays al-Jabal, Yaroun and Aita al-Shaab in southern Lebanon…. Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon

Prominent Palestinian journalist accuses CIA of using COVID-19 crisis to steal Syrian oil

Published 2020-04-18 22:29:38 by News Desk in Palestine, Syria

US intelligence agencies and Washington’s regional allies are trying to take advantage of Damascus’s battle with the COVID-19 pandemic to consolidate their control over Syrian oil fields east of the Euphrates, and plan to facilitate the continued robbery of Syrian resources with the help of local mercenaries, veteran journalist Abdel Bari Atwan fears. In an op-ed published by Arab digital newspaper Rai al-Youm on Friday, Atwan explains that according to reports coming from Syria’s al-Hasakah governorate, the Central Intelligence Agency has begun a campaign to recruit and train fighters from the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces militia to “guard” Syrian oil… Read on ->

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Tags: Palestine, Syria

Two earthquakes hit western Syria as seismic activity continues

Published 2020-04-18 21:52:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:35 P.M.) – The Syrian coast witnessed two earthquakes, and their intensity was described as light in the past few hours, according to a new report. The first occurred just after midnight and the second at 5 A.M. (local time), the report said. Activists reported news of a slight earthquake off the Syrian coast, with a magnitude of 2.7 at 12:45 A.M.; it had a depth of 8 km, 51 km northwest of Latakia, followed by another slight tremor later. The Syrian province of Lattakia and other areas around the Syrian coast recently witnessed more than ten consecutive… Read on ->

Tags: Earthquake, Syria

US quietly withdraws bombers from Guam, no reinforcements in sight

Published 2020-04-18 20:58:50 by News Desk in World-News

Since 2004, the Pentagon has carried out what it calls the Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) mission, in which it maintains a wing of strategic bombers on the Philippine Sea island. However, for the first time in 16 years, there are no US bombers on Guam. Online aircraft tracker AircraftSpots reported the departure of five B-52H Stratofortress bombers from Andersen Air Force Base on Thursday, but according to The Drive’s The War Zone, no aircraft have yet arrived to replace them. Alongside B-52s, the Air Force has previously stationed B-1B Lancers and B-2 Spirit bombers, the latter of which is capable… Read on ->

Tags: Guam, US

Libyan Army unleashes heavy attack on main Turkish base in Tripoli

Published 2020-04-18 20:46:10 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) unleashed a heavy attack on the primary Turkish military base in the capital city, Tripoli, this evening. According to a field source from the Libyan National Army, their forces launched several missiles towards the Mitiga Airport in the Tripoli District, inflicting heavy damage on the installation’s infrastructure. The attack was carried out in response to the continued airstrikes that were carried out by the Turkish-supplied aircraft on the LNA-held territories inside the North African nation. Despite losing over 50 aircraft already in the last few months, the Turkish military continues… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Turkey

Over 1,000 coronavirus cases recorded on French aircraft carrier: report

Published 2020-04-18 20:34:47 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The French Ministry of Defense confirmed that the number of people infected with the coronavirus among the crew of the aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle” increased to at least 1,046. The French Ministry of Defense said conducted new tests on thew crew members of the Charles de Gaulle, including 1,760 sailors of which, 1,046 of them were found to have contracted the coronavirus. More than 20 infected sailors were taken to hospital, one of whom was being treated in an intensive care unit. The French Ministry of Defense confirmed that more than 50% of the… Read on ->

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Tags: Coronavirus, France

Russian missile cruiser heading to Syria: report

Published 2020-04-18 20:20:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Russian missile cruiser, dubbed the ‘Moscow’, will be heading to the eastern Mediterranean by the end of next Summer, the Tass News Agency reported on Saturday. “On April 20, this warship will enter the final stage of the repair process, and the technical readiness will be fully restored by July,” Tass quoted a source as saying. “After that, the ship’s crew will undergo a training course in the Black Sea, and in August it should head on a long journey to the Mediterranean Sea,” they continued. For its part, the leadership of the Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Syrian military commander assassinated in Daraa

Published 2020-04-18 20:02:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – A Syrian military commander was assassinated on Saturday after he was targeted in a hit-and-run attack inside the Dara’a Governorate. According to local sources, the commander of the 52nd Brigade in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Brigadier General Hamid Makhluf, and the spokesperson for the unit, Colonel Mahmoud Hamid. The two Syrian military officers were killed in an operation carried out by gunmen riding a motorcycle; they hit their vehicle in the eastern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate. No group has claimed responsibility for this latest assassination; however, a source from the 5th Division’s headquarters… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

US slams Chinese military over ‘bullying behavior’ in South China Sea

Published 2020-04-18 19:35:20 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The United States launched a new attack on the Chinese military, accusing them of “bullying behavior” in the South China Sea, amid growing differences between the two countries, due to a number issues, including the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. State Department said, in a statement issued today, Saturday: “The United States is concerned about reports of repeated provocative actions by China aimed at exploring the oil and gas fields in the cliff of other countries declaring their rights over them.” “In this context, China should stop its bullying behavior and refrain from participating in such… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

New video shows alleged moment Israel targeted Hezbollah commander in Syria

Published 2020-04-18 19:07:28 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – A new video released this week showed the alleged moment that the Israeli Air Force targeted a Hezbollah commander along the Syrian-Lebanese border. In the video shared across social media, the passengers of the Jeep are seen abandoning the vehicle before the second missile strikes it. The incident itself took place in the Jdeideh Yabous crossing area that separates western Syria from eastern Lebanon. No one was harmed during the attack; furthermore, the missile strikes were acknowledged by the Syrian state media, who accused Israel of carrying out the attack. Hezbollah has yet to… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria

US receives new nuclear-powered attack submarine

Published 2020-04-18 18:42:03 by News Desk in World-News

General Dynamics, the US government’s 5th-largest defence contractor by sales, has delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Vermont SSN 792 to the US Navy. “The shipbuilders of Electric Boat are proud to deliver the Vermont to our Navy, an extraordinarily capable ship,” said Kevin Graney, president of General Dynamics Electric Boat. “I am pleased to report that the Vermont has received some of the highest quality ratings in the history of the Virginia programme. We wish the Vermont and her crew a long and distinguished career in the defense of our nation.” The Vermont is the 19th submarine of the Virginia… Read on ->

Tags: US

Syrian villagers expel large US military convoy in northeast Syria: video

Published 2020-04-18 18:27:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The people of the villages of Tal Ahmed, Helwa, Farfara and Buir Tal Ahmed, south of the city of Qamishli in the northern countryside of the Al-Hasakah Governorate, intercepted a convoy of U.S. military vehicles who tried to enter their villages and forced them to turn around. According to Sputnik Arabic in Al-Hasakah, the U.S. convoy had 9 armored vehicles accompanying a number of vehicles that were manned by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by helicopters, who tried to enter the villages of Tal Ahmed and Farfara and Abu Qasayeb in the Tel Hamis… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Iranian military shows off new drones: video

Published 2020-04-18 17:47:56 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s military took delivery of three types of domestically-developed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with the equipment to be used by the Air Force and Air Defence units, Defence Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami announced on Saturday. “As the drones have been equipped with various types of bombs and missiles, they can be utilized by the forces in combat missions,” Hatami said, his remarks cited by Tasnim. Additionally, the defence minister noted, the UAVs can be used as decoy targets in air defence, and for deception operations inside an adversary’s air defence network. “These drones will help ensure a safer Iran and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

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