This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, US, Aleppo, Syria, Turkey, Libya, Swiss, NATO, Russia, Egypt, Idlib, Hezbollah, Israel, Hasakah, Qamishli, IRGC, Trump.

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Iran unveils 2nd military satellite amid US condemnation

Published 2020-04-23 23:03:49 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – Iran announced its plan to launch a second military satellite into orbit after successfully launching their ‘Noor’ satellite into space via their ‘Qasad’ rocket. The commander of the space unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Ali Jaafar Abadi, said on Thursday that the “Noor 2” satellite is ready and that their next step is to take it into orbit around the Earth. He said that the Revolutionary Guards are also planning to launch satellites of a larger size than Noor 1. Abadi continued that the “Noor 1 is our first military satellite and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


US Marines test new Reaper drone in the Middle East

Published 2020-04-23 22:26:38 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 P.M.) – The U.S.-based weapons manufacturer, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), announced on April 16 that their new Reaper drone has been tested in an undisclosed area in the Middle East. While the specific area was not revealed, the weapons manufacturer did state that the new Reaper drone took off from a base in Afghanistan. As for the Marines that took part in the support mission, they remotely operated the unmanned aerial vehicle from the US – specifically Yuma, Arizona, Maj. Joe Reney, a spokesperson for Marine Corps Forces Central Command, told Military.com. “The MQ-9 is… Read on ->

Tags: US


Turkish military attacked Syrian Army troops in west Aleppo

Published 2020-04-23 21:11:41 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Turkish military launched an unprovoked attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), it was the Turkish military, not their allied militants, that targeted the Syrian Army’s positions near the town of Kafr Nooran on Wednesday. The attack first thought to have been carried out by the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) or one of their jihadist allies; however, according to the SOHR report, it was actually the Turkish Armed Forces. Since the NLF and… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


Turkey is ‘spreading rumors’ about use of chemical weapons in Libya: LNA spox.

Published 2020-04-23 19:27:44 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – On Wednesday evening, the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces accused the military forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of using chemical weapons near the Tripoli axis. The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesperson, Major General Ahmed al-Mismari denied the accusations that the LNA used chemical weapons at the Salaheddine axis in northwestern Libya, stating that “an international investigation must be opened into this matter.” Mismari wrote on Facebook on Thursday: “The Turkish invaders and their traitor agents in what is known as the “Saraj government” are broadcasting rumors that the Libyan National Army… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Iran summons Swiss ambassador in response to US threats

Published 2020-04-23 19:15:21 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador, the patron of American interests in Tehran, and delivered a letter of protest against the American threats. “We protest against the harmful measures and provocative actions of the American forces in the Gulf waters,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi. Mousavi continued: “The Swiss ambassador delivered a strong message of protest against the threats and illegal and destabilizing presence of the American forces in the northern Gulf waters and near the Iranian coast.” Mousavi called on the United States to honor maritime navigation laws,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Swiss, US


Russian military aircraft forces NATO warplane to flee: video

Published 2020-04-23 19:01:04 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – A Russian military aircraft was filmed forcing a NATO warplane to flee during an incident over undisclosed area, the popular Internet blogger FighterBomber posted reported. The blogger posted the undated video on his YouTube channel, pointing out that a NATO fighter jet tried to break through to an old Russian IL-18 military aircraft. According to the Russian publication, Avia.Pro, “foreign combat aircraft, despite being escorted, attempted to break through to the Russian Il-18 military aircraft, bypassing Russian fighters right at the rate.” “However, after only a few moments, the Russian fighter escorting the board practically… Read on ->

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Tags: NATO, Russia


Libyan Army arrests terrorist behind church bombings in Egypt

Published 2020-04-23 18:34:50 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Ahmed Al-Mismari, announced that the LNA was able to arrest the terrorist, Mohammad Mohammad Sayyed, also known as Mohammad al-Sinbakhti. According to Mismari, Al-Sayyed is a dangerous terrorist no less dangerous than Hisham Al-Ashmawi. The Libyan army spokesman confirmed that the aforementioned had been arrested in the Ghout Al-Shmal in Tripoli. The wanted terrorist is being transported to Benghazi and then likely to Egypt, where he is wanted for involvement in church bombings.  

Tags: Egypt, Libya


Trump will receive harsher response than ‘he received at Ayn Al-Assad Base’: Iranian official

Published 2020-04-23 17:29:22 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – Alaaeddine Borujerdi, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament, said that if  U.S. President Donald Trump committed any folly against Iran, he would receive a tougher response than he “received at ‘Ayn Al-Assad Base.” Borujerdi stated that “the time to strike and run away is over,” noting that “if the United States makes any mistake, there are many targets inside and outside the region within the range of Iranian missiles.” Borujerdi said that U.S. President Donald Trump claims that he possesses the largest power in the world, but… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Tensions run high in northwest Syria as Syrian Army, militants trade attacks

Published 2020-04-23 17:15:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The situation in northwestern Syria is getting worse by the day, as the warring parties continue to trade attacks along the front-lines in southern Idlib and western Aleppo. On Thursday, the jihadist rebels launched an attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in western Aleppo; this prompted a heavy response from the latter, who fired several artillery rounds towards the militant sites near the Turkish border. Following this incident in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army once again struck the jihadist rebels in southern Idlib, targeting the latter’s positions near the town of Al-Bara’, which is… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria


Israel intentionally warned Hezbollah members before striking convoy in Syria: NYT

Published 2020-04-23 16:07:42 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – A report published on Thursday by the New York Times claimed that Israel intentionally warned Hezbollah members in Syria before targeting their convoy to avoid killing them and igniting a devastating war in Lebanon. The newspaper pointed out that the recent security incidents in Syria and on the borders with Israel, revealed a shift in the ‘informal’ rules of engagement between the two parties, and the adoption of a confrontational strategy without triggering a war fuse that may be disastrous at this stage. The publication noted that Hezbollah members in Syria had received sudden phone… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Israel


US lawmaker tells Iran to ‘get its act together’ or prepare to ‘meet Soleimani’

Published 2020-04-23 15:51:26 by News Desk in Iran

US House Republican Matt Gaetz has issued a stark warning to Iran cautioning it against any hostile actions against American forces and promising that despite Washington’s unwillingness to engage in open hostilities, it will respond to what the lawmaker described as “terrorism”. “The US doesn’t seek a war with Iran […] under President Trump’s doctrine, we are not going to engage in endless foreign wars, but we will take out terrorists. So, the message is very clear to any Iranian official that would engage in terrorism: Either get your act together or get prepared to meet General Soleimani”, Gaetz said… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


US military forced to turnaround in northeast Syria after residents block convoy: video

Published 2020-04-23 15:40:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Villagers in the Al-Qamishli countryside of Al-Hasakah forced a U.S. military convoy to turnaround on Wednesday after it tried to access a roadway that goes through their villages. According to a report on Wednesday, the residents of Rahayah Al-Souda (35 km south of Al-Qamishli) prevented an attempt by five U.S. armored vehicles, accompanied by a van belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to enter their villages. Following the incident at Rahayah Al-Souda, the U.S. military tried to enter the nearby village of Farfrah, where they were once again confronted by the residents of the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Qamishli, Syria


IRGC fires back at Trump: US ships will be destroyed should they threaten Iran

Published 2020-04-23 15:16:34 by News Desk in Iran

US naval vessels will be destroyed should they threaten Iranian military or non-military ships in the Persian Gulf, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Hossein Salami said in a speech broadcast by state TV. Salami noted that any US provocation will be met with a “crushing response”. “The security of the Persian Gulf is part of Iran’s strategic priorities”, Salami stated. Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter earlier in the day that US forces, provoking Iranian sailors in the Persian Gulf, have no business in waters located 7,000 miles away from home. In the tweet, the minister… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Trump


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