Libyan pro-Haftar forces hold positions south of Benghazi (Credit: AFP).

This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Hezbollah, IDF, Lebanon, NATO, Russia, Coronavirus, Syria, Armata, Turkey, US, Iraq, ISIS, Kirkuk, Iran, IRGC, Zarif, Tarhuna, Yemen.

Categories covered in this brief: North-Africa, Lebanon, Middleeast, World-News, Syria, Editors-Picks, Iraq, Iran, Yemen

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Libyan Army shoots down another Turkish drone, 5th in past 48 hours

Published 2020-04-19 21:45:56 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – A Turkish drone was shot down over the the northern region of Libya, today, after the Libyan National Army (LNA) activated its air defenses in the Al-Washka area. According to the military media wing of the LNA, their air defenses shot down the Turkish drone after it attempted to bomb their positions in the Al-Washka area. The LNA’s media wing said the Turkish drone had taken off from an airbase near the port-city of Misrata in northern Libya. This latest incident marks the fifth time in the last 48 hours that the LNA has shot… Read on ->

Tags: Libya


Hezbollah ’embarrassed’ IDF’s defense along Lebanese border: Israeli newspaper

Published 2020-04-19 21:27:19 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The online publication, Walla News, reported on Sunday morning, that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were surprised last Friday night when they found the border fence with Lebanon cut in three different locations. According to the publication, Hezbollah was behind the cutting of the border fence, which, in itself, would be a difficult thing to do, given the Israeli security in this area. The newspaper claimed that Hezbollah fighters succeeded in ’embarrassing’ the defenses of the northern region’s command in the IDF, after they had penetrated three different points on the Lebanese-Israeli border, and had… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, IDF, Lebanon


Watch: Russian jet approaches NATO F-16 in close encounter

Published 2020-04-19 20:39:49 by News Desk in World-News

A YouTube user describing himself as a former Russian Air Force fighter pilot has uploaded a video showing a Russian MiG-31 fighter jet accompanying a Tu-95MS strategic bomber facing off with a NATO F-16. The video, filmed from inside the MiG’s cockpit, shows the pilot approaching the NATO jet, waving and gesturing the thumbs up sign, carefully wedging his plane between the F-16 and the Tu-95MS he’s escorting. The NATO plane is then seen starting to veer to the right, away from the pair of Russian planes. The user gives no indication about when or where the incident took place…. Read on ->

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Tags: NATO, Russia


Syria reports 3rd death from coronavirus

Published 2020-04-19 20:16:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Health announced the death of another person due to the coronavirus, bringing the total to three since the start of the pandemic. In a statement published by the media office on Facebook, the ministry confirmed the death of a citizen, but they did not release any further details about the person. The ministry also announced three more coronavirus cases, bringing to the total to 39. On March 11, the World Health Organization classified the coronavirus as a “global pandemic”, stressing that infection figures are rising very quickly. The epidemic forced many… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Syria


Libyan Army captures infamous human smuggler and several Syrian mercenaries

Published 2020-04-19 19:57:34 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced on Saturday their their forces captured several Syrian mercenaries at the Al-Tuweishah axis. According to the official spokesperson for the LNA, Ahmad Al-Mismari, the Libyan Army captured several Syrian mercenaries, along with an infamous human smuggler, after a fierce battle with the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. Mismari said the human smuggler was identified as Saleh Al-Dabbashi; he is the brother of another infamous smuggler known as “Al-Amo”. Al-Mismari said in a press briefing that Saleh Al-Dabbashi was captured along with a… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria


New Russian T-14 Armata tank tested in Syria: report

Published 2020-04-19 19:01:59 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – The Russian military tested its new T-14 Armata tank in Syria, the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, told the Rossiya-1 TV channel. “Yes, absolutely right… they were in Syria,” Manturov stated when asked if Russia used these tanks inside the Arab Republic. Manturov said these were sent to Syria “to assess all details in combat conditions.” The minister said it was crucial to test the Armata during battle, as it provided its developers with much needed information to finalize it. “Starting next year, after the Defense Ministry starts supplying these machines, when… Read on ->

Tags: Armata, Russia


Turkish-backed Libyan forces shoot down enemy warplane

Published 2020-04-19 18:34:53 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), Colonel Tayyar Muhammad Qanunu, announced on Sunday, that his forces’ air defenses shot down a warplane belonging to the Libyan National Army, which is led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. According to Qanunu, the LNA’s warplane was shot down in the Abu Gurayn area near the strategic port-city of Misrata. Qanunu said in a press release, “our air defenses just downed a plane,” pointing out that it happened in the Abu Gurayn area. He explained that “the plane that was shot down was equipped with… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Russian jet flew within 7 meters of US aircraft during incident near Syrian coast: media

Published 2020-04-19 17:50:34 by News Desk in Editors-Picks, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – A Russian jet flew within 7 meters of a U.S. spy plane that was flying towards the Syrian coastline last week, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported, citing the Popular Mechanics news site. According to the report, the Russian Su-35, which was deployed to intercept a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft, flew within 7-8 meters of the the spy plane. “The Su-35 flew only 7-8 meters from the American aircraft in an inverted position. According to the U.S. Navy, the P-8A Poseidon crew struggled to cope with turbulence due to the close passage of the fighter,”… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Iraqi forces arrest ISIS logistical mastermind

Published 2020-04-19 17:34:10 by News Desk in Editors-Picks, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:25 P.M.) – The Iraqi Rapid Response Squad announced on Sunday, the arrest of the logistical support official in the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terror organization. According to the media office of the Rapid Response Division, their forces arrested the terrorist official in the Daquq District of the Kirkuk Governorate. The media office of the Rapid Response Division said in a statement, via Al-Sumaria TV, that “the logistical support officer in the terrorist organization ‘ISIS’ was arrested during a qualitative operation in the Daquq District of the Kirkuk Governorate by the leadership of the rapid response team.” The statement… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Kirkuk


IRGC warns Iran will give ‘decisive’ response to any US provocation

Published 2020-04-19 17:01:51 by News Desk in Iran

Iran will give a ‘decisive’ response to any US provocation in the Gulf, the country’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy said, as quoted by Reuters. “We advise the Americans to follow international regulations and maritime protocols in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman and to refrain from any adventurism and false and fake stories,” the statement from the Guards navy said, as cited by the agency. “They should be assured that the Revolutionary Guards navy and the powerful armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran sees the dangerous actions of foreigners in the region as a threat to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, US


Iran may have replicated Israeli missile shot down in Syria: video

Published 2020-04-19 15:44:47 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Iranian military has tested a new anti-tank missile that seems to resemble one of the Israeli projectiles that was shot down in Syria, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported, citing new video footage of the Islamic Republic’s test. According to the publication, the Russian electronic warfare system, Krasukha-4, brought down an Israeli drone during one of Tel Aviv’s attacks on Syria, which allowed Moscow to seize it and later study it. “The next attack by the Israeli military on the positions of the Syrian and Iranian militaries in the SAR (Syrian Arab Republic) turned into… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Iranian Foreign Minister to meet with Syrian President in Damascus

Published 2020-04-19 15:15:44 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, will begin on Monday, an official visit to the Syrian capital, Damascus, where he will meet Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, and Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem. The Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that Zarif will discuss bilateral relations, regional developments, as well as the latest political and field developments to combat terrorism in Syria. This will be the Iranian Foreign Minister’s first official visit to a country since the coronavirus was declared and international pandemic. Iran has been greatly affected by the coronavirus, as over 3,000… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Zarif


Video footage of Turkish aircraft after being shot down by the Libyan Army

Published 2020-04-19 14:29:40 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) shot down two Turkish unmanned aircraft on Friday, the first in Wadi Dinar and the second between the Tenaiy Valley and Nesma, the LNA command announced.  Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, the official spokesman for the Libyan National Army, has stated that the Syrian mercenaries in Libya are suffering great losses and that the Turkish intelligence is ready to publish any fake news with the aim of distracting them from their heavy losses. For its part, the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States expressed its condemnation of the continued… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya


Iraq submits request to purchase Russian S-400 system despite US threats

Published 2020-04-19 13:58:47 by News Desk in Iraq

The Parliamentary Security and Defence Committee of Iraq submitted a detailed study requesting the purchase of Russian long-range, surface-to-air S-400 missile defence systems for the consideration of the country’s caretaker prime minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on 18 April. “The issue has already been discussed with relevant figures at the General Command of Armed Forces, and now awaits the prime minister’s agreement,” committee member Badr al-Ziyadi was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language newspaper al-Sabaah. As he underscored the country’s need to enhance its defence capabilities, the parliamentarian explained that the acquisition of the S-400 missile system could be finalised after ratification… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia, US


Turkish-backed Libyan forces approach strategic city in northwest Libya

Published 2020-04-19 13:22:45 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – Mustafa al-Mujai, a spokesman for the forces affiliated with the Government of National Accord (GNA), said on Saturday that their forces are advancing towards the city of Tarhuna from 5 axes. Al-Majei said that their forces have extended control of several areas on the outskirts of Tarhuna city, which is located in the northwestern region of Libya. He explained that their forces captured dozens of soldiers from the army of Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter, and caused many deaths during the fighting throughout the day. He pointed out that the battles that took place this morning… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tarhuna


Iranian military unveils 2 strategic radar systems: photos

Published 2020-04-19 13:14:27 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Iranian military unveiled two radar systems, “Persian Gulf” and “Monitor”, in the presence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Air Defense Forces, Abdul Rahim Mousavi. According to the Iranian Fars Agency, the far-reaching and strategic “800-km” Persian Gulf radar is a three-dimensional radar with new technology capable of detecting all conventional targets, stealth and ballistic missiles. With regard to the Monitor, it is a group of accurate 3D control radars equipped with the latest technology and works with a range of 400 km. This radar can detect air targets with very high accuracy and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


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

Published 2020-04-19 00:06:39 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – For the second day in a row, the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces have announced that their troops have repelled the Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists and Islah militia in the Al-Jawf and Marib governorates. The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier-General. Yahya Sari’a, said in a statement on his Facebook page, “Our forces were able to address two large attacks towards the Majzar district in the Marib Governorate that lasted for several hours, and the other towards the Khub and Al Sha’af districts in the governorate of Al-Jawf.” According to Brigadier-General Sari’a, “a number of armored… Read on ->

Tags: Yemen


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