This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Damascus, Quneitra, Syria, Russia, Ansarallah, Yemen, Asayish, NDF, Qamishli, Iran, China, US, IRGC, Erdogan, Libya, Mediterranean, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Palmyra.

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Syrian Army seizes western-made weapons in southwest Syria

Published 2020-04-21 23:45:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized some western-made weapons that were left behind by the militant forces who used to control some parts of Damascus and Al-Quneitra. According to reports, the Syrian Arab Army confiscated these weapons after conducting a combing mission along the Quneitra-Damascus axis in southwestern Syria. Among the seized weapons were anti-tank missile, RPGs, rifles, Western and U.S.-made submachine guns, hand grenades, satellite broadcasting, telecommunication devices, medicines, and medical equipment in addition to a number of stolen cars. Since the Summer of 2018, the Syrian Arab Army has been uncovering several weapons… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Quneitra, Syria

Watch: Russian Tu-95 strategic bomber evade enemy missiles

Published 2020-04-21 23:24:01 by News Desk in World-News

Russia’s Defence Ministry has posted a video showing Tu-95MS strategic bombers evading incoming missiles from a simulated enemy. According to a statement posted by the ministry, in addition to defence manoeuvres, the pilots also practiced landing jets at operational airfields as well as new and effective methods of hitting ground targets representing enemy positions. During the exercises, supporting units repaired the airfield pavement, which was destroyed during enemy strikes, while maintenance crews prepared the bombers for additional flights. The Tupolev Tu-95 was first introduced in 1956, but since then it has undergone a series of upgrades. Together with the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Saudi-backed forces suffer major losses after another failed offensive in central Yemen

Published 2020-04-21 23:14:56 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Tuesday evening that their troops the killed and wounded several members of the Saudi-backed Yemeni Army, which is affiliated with President ‘Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi. The spokesman for the Ansarallah-affiliated Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahya Sari’a, said in a statement on his Facebook page: “By the grace of God, our forces have been able to confront a very wide advance from two paths, one towards the positions of our forces in the Dahaki axis, and the other from the Al-Oqla sites at the Arqoub axis in the Silo District of… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen

Russian military robots to be armed with kamikaze drones: report

Published 2020-04-21 22:06:09 by News Desk in World-News

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The Russian robotic combat platform Marker may be armed with a number of sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Vitaly Davydov, deputy director-general of the country’s Foundation for Advanced Research, said on Tuesday. He explained that the Marker will be equipped with UAVs “providing both reconnaissance and destruction of enemy targets”, which Davydov said would be obliterated upon such drones’ impact with the objects. Apart from the UAVs, the platform will be armed with a rocket launcher and a machine gun, he added, referring to Marker’s ongoing tests, which are set to wrap up before the end of next year. implementation… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Kurdish forces, NDF clash in northeastern Syria

Published 2020-04-21 21:57:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Asayish police forces clashed with the National Defense Forces (NDF) in northeastern Syria on Tuesday, resulting in a brief period of heightened tensions. According to reports from northeastern Syria, the Asayish and NDF forces clashed in the Al-Qamishli District, prompting the Russian military police to quickly deploy to the area to stop the hostilities. The reports said no one was killed or wounded, but the incident resulted in some increased security measures to prevent any clashes from breaking out again. The NDF and Asayish have clashed on several occasions in the past, but… Read on ->

Tags: Asayish, NDF, Qamishli, Syria

Former Russian Ambassador to Syria slams Assad’s approach to ending war

Published 2020-04-21 20:17:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The former Russian Ambassador, Aleksandr Aksenenok, to Syria penned an article recently that touched on the current events taking place inside Syria. In his article, written in the RIAC, Aksenenok argues that the Syrian government’s lack of flexibility and eager desire to achieve a complete military victory has caused major issues across the country. “The temporary disappearance of Syria from front page news and new Russia-Turkey agreements on a ceasefire in Idlib are far from comforting. This is merely a tactical pause that should give serious food for thought on Syria’s future in the increasingly unpredictable… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Iran unveils new radars that can see into US bases nearby

Published 2020-04-21 19:45:24 by News Desk in Iran

The radar systems are expected to radically improve Iran’s air defence capability, and to make the country less vulnerable to surprise attack. Iran’s defence industry unveiled a pair of advanced 3D phased array radar systems at a ceremony attended by senior military leaders on Sunday, Tasnim News Agency has reported. The radars, named the Khalij-e Fars (‘Persian Gulf’) and the Moraqeb (‘Watchful’) were demonstrated to Army Commander Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi and Army Air Defence Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Alireza Sabahifard. The Khalij-e Fars is described as a 3D phased array radar with an operational range of over 800 km… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Watch: Newly updated Mi-24 choppers and T-72 tanks in action

Published 2020-04-21 19:19:57 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense has published a video of the Russian army’s training exercises in Molino Square of the Nizhny Novgorod Province. The video shows the participation of T-72 tanks, Mi-24 helicopters and Mesta-SM-2 guns in the exercises. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Mi-24 chopper and T-72 tank were both recently updated to enhance their performance in battle. The video released by the Russian Ministry of Defense shows the recently updated military hardware and their new capabilities.

Tags: Russia

Russia’s new S-350 missile system to boost military’s capabilities: report

Published 2020-04-21 18:46:26 by News Desk in World-News

The arrival of the latest S-350 anti-aircraft missile systems for Russia’s Aerospace Force and its Navy will boost the efficiency of the country’s defense against cruise missiles fourfold, according to the article posted on the website of the Defense Ministry’s Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on Monday. “Under the state armament program, the delivery of S-350 systems is planned shortly to military units of the Aerospace Force and the Navy, which will help raise the efficiency of repelling an enemy’s massive cruise missile attacks against the country’s vital defense facilities fourfold,” the article says. The Almaz-Antey defense manufacturer, which has developed the… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia

Iran releases 100,000 prisoners, including 1,000 foreign nationals: report

Published 2020-04-21 18:02:19 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The spokesman for Iran’s judiciary said that the decision to temporarily release 100,000 prisoners due to the coronavirus included 1,000 foreign prisoners. The Iranian judiciary rejected a report issued by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran at the United Nations, accusing Tehran of distinguishing between the prisoners who were released recently, due to the spread of coronavirus. Ghulam Hussein Ismaili, a spokesman for the judiciary, said during a press conference broadcast live on state television that Iran made the decision to temporarily release 100,000 prisoners, included 1,000 foreign prisoners, stressing… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

China vows to defend territorial waters

Published 2020-04-21 17:44:41 by News Desk in World-News

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang has warned that any attempt to reject Beijing’s sovereignty in the South China Sea will be doomed to fail. He also referred to stern representations, lodged by Beijing in retaliation against what it described as Vietnam’s illegal claims in the South China Sea. The statement comes after Vietnam lodged a claim with the UN, protesting Beijing’s efforts to boost its presence in the disputed area. This was preceded by data from the ship tracking website Marine Traffic indicating last week that a Chinese survey ship, which was involved in last year’s standoff with Vietnamese vessels, had… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

Iran’s IRGC warns of catastrophic consequences if war breaks out in Gulf

Published 2020-04-21 17:18:36 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran warned Arab countries in the region of the catastrophic consequences of any war that might break out in the Gulf region. “If something happens to (US) nuclear fuel ships in the Gulf waters, no living creature and any clean water will remain in the area, for a period of ten to twelve years,” the commander of the navy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Admiral Ali Reza Tungsiri, said on Tuesday. Tungsiri said that Tehran informed the Gulf states about this, and told them: “This matter will be… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

Erdogan vows to ‘spoil plots’ in Mediterranean with Turkey’s strength

Published 2020-04-21 16:54:36 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a new attack on the leader of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, calling on the world to “confront this coup”, while promising to “spoil the plots in the Mediterranean”. “Turkey will continue to spoil plots in the Mediterranean, with its strength derived from international law and its firm stance in protecting its interests,” Erdogan said in a televised speech on Monday after he chaired the government meeting, which was held over video communication technology. “It is clear that the state of discomfort with the Memorandum of… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Libya, Mediterranean, Turkey

US envoy attacks Syria and Iran, demands IRGC and Hezbollah leave immediately

Published 2020-04-21 16:41:54 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – James Jeffrey, the U.S. special envoy to Syria, commented on the visit of the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Damascus on Monday, and his meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “If Iran were truly concerned about the health & safety of the Syrian ppl, it would support the UN-led political process under UNSCR2254 and withdraw IRGC, Hizballah, & other terrorist forces under its command from the entirety of #Syria,” the tweet read. In the statement, Jeffrey called for the necessity “of Iran adopting a political solution instead of a military victory” and that… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Syria, US

Egyptian Army kicks off massive operation in northern Sinai

Published 2020-04-21 16:23:15 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Egyptian Armed Forces announced on Tuesday that their Border Guard forces had carried out a massive operation in the northern Sinai, during which 10 tunnels were destroyed. The Egyptian military spokesman said that “the border guard forces managed to achieve many successes as (10) tunnels were discovered and destroyed in the northern Sinai, and (7) sniper rifles and (6) automatic rifles were seized.” In addition to the military equipment seized, the Egyptian military spokesperson said, “(4.5) tons of narcotic cannabis essence, (3.5) million tablets of narcotic substances, (54) tons of banjo plant and (46)… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt

Heavily-armed Russian warship heads to Syria: photos

Published 2020-04-21 16:16:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – A heavily-armed Russian warship was photographed transiting the Bosphorus Strait this week as it head to Syria for a new mission. According to the maritime observer, Yoruk Isik, the Black Sea Fleet’s 41st Brigade of Missile Boats’ Buyan M class corvette orehovo-Zyevo entered the Mediterranean after transiting the Bosphorus Strait that links the Black Sea. The Russian warship is reportedly armed with SS-N-30/Kalibr 3M-14 land attack missiles; it was previously deployed to the Mediterranean last year. The deployment of the Russian warship to the eastern Mediterranean comes at an interesting time, especially after the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Israel bombs Syrian Army troops near Palmyra

Published 2020-04-21 15:41:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Syrian air defenses were activated last night when several missiles fired from an aircraft heavily targeted their troops in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. According to a field source, the Syrian air defenses were able to down some of the missiles, while a few others managed to hit their intended targets near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur). The source from the Syrian military said the missiles were first thought to be from an American aircraft, but he said they later found out that they were fired from Israeli warplane that was… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palmyra, Syria

Iran demands US military ‘ends their presence here’ amid heightened tensions

Published 2020-04-21 15:21:12 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Monday during a press conference in Tehran that the presence of US forces is an “obstacle” for “normal patrol operations” in the Persian Gulf. He urged what he described as “the foreign forces” end their illegitimate presence in the region. “As stated by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), we firstly call on the foreign forces, who are present in the region illegitimately, to end their presence here. We want them to leave the region as soon as possible, whatever may be the motive for their presence here”, Mousavi said. In responding to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

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