This is a summary of 24 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Syria, Idlib, US, Afrin, Aleppo, Norway, Russia, Lebanon, Tripoli, Israel, NorthKorea, SouthKorea, Libya, Saudi, Turkey, IRGC, Erdogan, LNA, Misrata, Haftar, Iraq, ISIS.

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Over 40 killed in deadliest attack in northern Syria this year

Published 2020-04-28 20:34:11 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The death toll from Tuesday’s attack on a oil truck in northwestern Aleppo has risen to 40, the Turkish authorities reported. Citing the Turkish authorities, state-owned TRT World Now reported that “at least 40 civilians, including 11 children” were killed when a bomb was detonated on an oil truck in the Afrin region of Aleppo. The publication said the attack was carried out by the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG), but no one has actually claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s incident. https://twitter.com/TRTWorldNow/status/1255159243226984448?s=20 Turkey views the YPG and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as offshoots of the outlawed… Read on ->

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Iran breaks through US-led blockade to deliver record amount of oil to Syria

Published 2020-04-28 20:19:23 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Iran has managed to break through the U.S. blockade to deliver a large amount of oil to the Syrian Arab Republic, a tanker tracking website has revealed. According to the website Tanker Trackers, Iran has significantly increased their oil exports to Syria, with several cargoes reportedly reaching the Port of Baniyas in the Tartous Governorate. The website reported that Iran is currently delivering more than three times the normal amount they export to Syria, which is a significant increase to the Arab Republic, who relied heavily on the Islamic Republic’s oil last year. “There can… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Syrian Army launches attack on jihadist front-lines in southern Idlib

Published 2020-04-28 20:04:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new attack on the jihadist defenses in southern Idlib, Tuesday, targeting their positions along the Jabal Al-Zawiya front-lines. According to a field source in the nearby Hama Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army began to target the jihadist defenses in southern Idlib after the latter was seen moving their forces towards the front-line area in Jabal Al-Zawiya. The source said the Syrian Army targeted the jihadist positions with heavy artillery and missiles, hitting their front-lines at Al-Fateera and Al-Bara’ in southern Idlib. He would add that the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


OPCW insiders dispute second chemical weapons probe on Syria

Published 2020-04-28 19:49:23 by News Desk in Syria

A group of current and former OPCW employees have explosively slammed the organization for producing what they say is yet another “procedurally and scientifically flawed” report into alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Writing at the Grayzone, the insiders denounced the “compromised” investigation into chemical incidents in the town of Ltamenah in March 2017. The probe was conducted by the watchdog’s newly formed Investigation and Identification Team (IIT), which claimed there are “reasonable grounds to believe” the Syrian government was responsible. The IIT concluded that sarin and chlorine bombs were dropped by Syrian forces on Ltamenah in a series of… Read on ->

Tags: Syria


US Coalition denies any soldiers are missing in Syria

Published 2020-04-28 19:09:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition has officially denied a report claiming that two soldiers went missing in the Deir Ezzor Governorate after unknown assailants targeted their vehicle. The incident, which was first reported on SANA, said that the two U.S. soldiers allegedly disappeared after their vehicle was ambushed in the Deir Ezzor countryside. However, according to OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III, the SANA claim about the missing U.S. soldiers was untrue, sharing a picture with the words “fake news” across it. A few weeks ago, SANA released a similar article that claimed a U.S. soldier… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, US


Massive explosion rocks northwestern Aleppo region: 23 killed

Published 2020-04-28 18:03:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – A powerful explosion was felt in the northwestern region of the Aleppo Governorate on Tuesday when a bomb was detonated inside Afrin. According to preliminary reports, a bomb went off on an oil tanker in the Afrin region, killing at least 23 people and wounding 26 others. Ambulances and fire brigades are working on the scene of the explosion, local media reported. Earlier, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported that at least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured when a bomb went off on an oil tanker in Afrin. A video and photos of… Read on ->

Tags: Afrin, Aleppo, Syria


Norwegian F-16 intercepts Russian long-range bomber

Published 2020-04-28 17:35:41 by News Desk in World-News

Norway scrambled F-16 fighters to escort Russian long-range bombers Tu-22M3, who made a scheduled flight over the neutral waters of the Barents and Norwegian seas, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. “Two long-range Tu-22M3 bombers of the Aerospace Forces completed a planned flight over the neutral waters of the Barents and Norwegian seas. The flight duration was more than four hours. At some stages of the route, Russian planes were escorted by the Norwegian F-16 fighters,” the ministry said. It noted that long-range flights are conducted regularly over the waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Baltic seas,… Read on ->

Tags: Norway, Russia


Tensions remain high in Tripoli as protests continue

Published 2020-04-28 17:28:47 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Clashes continued in the northern city of Tripoli this week, after protesters targeted banks and other buildings. According to a field source in Tripoli, the Lebanese Army fired tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters, while groups called for the popular movement to close the bridge that connects the two parts of the city in to protest against the killing of an activist in the city of Tripoli last night. Tripoli had the funeral this afternoon to commemorate Fawaz Fouad Al-Samman, who died from his wounds yesterday during the confrontations between the army and the… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Tripoli


Large US military convoy enters northeastern Syria: report

Published 2020-04-28 16:36:46 by News Desk in Syria

The U.S. army dispatched tens of trucks loaded with military equipment and weapons to its base in Al-Hasakah. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights website reported on Tuesday that 70 trucks belonging to the U.S. forces arrived in Tal Baidar and Qasrak bases in Northeastern Syria from al-Walid passageway on Monday. Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Alam news channel reported that the trucks were carrying weapons and logistical equipment for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Over the past several months, the U.S. has dispatched truckloads of military and logistical equipment to Syria’s Al-Hasakah, as they continue to occupy the Arab Republic’s… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Israel is pushing Iran out of Syria, will not stop: MoD

Published 2020-04-28 16:02:46 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – Israel’s Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett, said on Tuesday that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) will not stop attacking Iran until they are fully expelled from Syria. “We have moved from blocking Iran’s entrenchment in Syria to forcing it out of there, and we will not stop,” Bennett said in a statement that was released by the Times of Israel on Tuesday. “We will not allow more strategic threats to grow just across our borders without taking action,” he added. The Defense Minister’s comments come 48 hours after the Israeli Air Force carried out an… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


King Jong-un is alive and avoiding COVID-19: South Korean minister

Published 2020-04-28 15:32:17 by News Desk in World-News

As Kim Jong-un’s absence from the Day of the Sun celebrations on 15 April, which honored Kim’s grandfather and DPRK founder Kim Il-sung, sparked a wave of rumors about the North Korean head of state’s alleged demise, South Korea’s Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul suggested that the situation may have something to do with the current coronavirus crisis. While North Korea has so far reported zero COVID-19 cases, the minister argued that due to the steps the country took to stave off a possible outbreak, Kim’s absence from the event could hardly be considered unusual. “It is true that he had… Read on ->

Tags: NorthKorea, SouthKorea


Libyan Army shoots down enemy warplane over northern Libya: photo

Published 2020-04-28 15:17:57 by News Desk in North-Africa

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) shot down an enemy warplane over the northern region of Libya this week, destroying the aircraft near the city of Misrata. According to reports, the Libyan National Army activated its air defenses after tracking an enemy warplane taking off from one of the several airbases in northern Libya. The reports said the Libyan National Army’s air defenses managed to shoot down the enemy warplane, which was identified as a L-39 jet. The L-39 is used by all warring parties in Libya and it has been shot down on two separate… Read on ->

Tags: Libya


Iran accuses US and Saudi Arabia of promoting arms race in Middle East

Published 2020-04-28 14:33:44 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s Permanent Envoy to the United Nations, Majid Takht-e Ravanchi slammed the U.S. and Saudi Arabia for promoting an arms race in the region through their military expenditure. Ravanchi said on his twitter page on Monday night that the recent report released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) about the 2019 world military expenditure “is quite revealing”, pointing out that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are in the top five of that list. “U.S. top spender with $732 billion, 3.4% of its GDP. Saudi Arabia is 5th with $61.9 billion, 8% of its GDP. Iran is 18th with… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi, US


Israel suppressed Syrian radar and defense systems during attack: media

Published 2020-04-28 14:14:20 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Israeli Air Force carried out an attack on the southern suburbs of Damascus this past weekend, resulting in a confrontation with the Syrian military in the capital city. According to a military source in Damascus, the Israeli Air Force fired at least eight missiles towards Damascus from Lebanese airspace, with at least three of the projectiles hitting the southern suburb of Sayyeda Zaynab. As a result of this attack, the Syrian government reported three civilian deaths and the hospitalization of four others. During the attack, however, it appears that the Israeli Air Force was… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Turkish drone carries out rare attack in northern Syria

Published 2020-04-28 13:38:21 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – A Turkish drone reportedly carried out a rare attack in northern Syria at dawn on Tuesday, opposition activists reported. According to the reports, the Turkish drone strike targeted the Kurdish-led Asayish forces in the border-city of Kobane (var. ‘Ayn Al-‘Arab), which is located in northeastern Aleppo. The reports said the Turkish drone attack resulted in no casualties. The Asayish forces are a Kurdish-led police unit that is used throughout all of the territories controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern and eastern Syria. The Turkish Ministry of Defense has not commented on the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


US is ‘uninvited guest’ in Persian Gulf, must be expelled: Iranian commander

Published 2020-04-28 13:04:41 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The commander of the Islamic Republic’s College of Military Sciences, Brigadier General Hossein Valivand Zamani, called the U.S. an “uninvited guest” in the Persian Gulf, which must be expelled by regional countries. “Bringing an uninvited guest by some neighboring countries disturbs the peace of others,” Zamani said in a ceremony on the occasion of National Day of Persian Gulf. He called on all regional countries to set the ground for the U.S. pullout from the region. “We are seeking to expel not only U.S. but all foreigners from the region and believe that we can… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, US


Russian ‘ISIS killer’ submarine heads to Syria armed with cruise missiles

Published 2020-04-28 12:48:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Russian submarine, Rostov-on-Don, is heading to the Syrian coast, as it makes its return to the eastern Mediterranean for a new mission. According to the TASS News Agency, the Rostov-on-Don crossed the Bosphorus Strait this week and made its way to the eastern Mediterranean, with the likely destination being the Russian naval base in the port-city of Tartous. While it is not clear how long the deployment will be for, the Rostov-on-Don has always been involved in combat missions in Syria when deployed to the eastern Mediterranean. In December 2015, the Rostov-on-Don, which is… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Erdogan defenses official linking homosexuality to disease

Published 2020-04-28 12:07:27 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended Ali Arbash, head of religious affairs, who has sparked controversy by linking homosexuality and disease. Erdogan said in a televised speech over the weekend that any “Attack against him, is an attack on the state.” The controversy began Friday when Arbash considered in a sermon on the occasion of the month of Ramadan that homosexuality causes illness, and that Islam “condemns homosexuality (which causes) diseases and corrupts generations”, saying that it brought about the emergence of HIV that causes AIDS. Supporters of Arbash tweeted, “Ali Arbash is not… Read on ->

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Tags: Erdogan, Turkey


Watch: Up close footage of US jet intercepting Russian military aircraft

Published 2020-04-28 11:39:15 by News Desk in World-News

A Russian IL-38 anti-submarine warfare plane has apparently managed to get really close to the USS George Washington, approaching it even as the carrier’s fighters scrambled to meet it, if a video that emerged on YouTube on 26 April is to be believed. The person who uploaded the video noted in the disclaimer that the carrier’s warplanes were only able to intercept the relatively slow-moving Russian aircraft when it was a mere 30 kilometers away from the vessel. He pointed out, however, that the US pilots acted “with dignity” during this encounter, as they did not make any rude gestures… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


Libyan Army shoots down Turkish aircraft over eastern Misrata

Published 2020-04-28 11:20:52 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.)- The Libyan National Army’s (LNA) air defenses managed to shoot down a Turkish military aircraft over the Misrata countryside on Monday after it was attempting to bomb the LNA’s troops near Al-Washka. According to LNA sources, their air defenses shot down a Turkish aircraft after it was tracked taking off from the Mistrata Airbase. The Libyan National Army reported that the Turkish aircraft was unable to hit any targets before it was shot down by the LNA’s air defense forces in the Al-Washka area. The Turkish aircraft was likely unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which has been… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA, Misrata


Iran threatens ‘decisive response’ to US provocations in Middle East

Published 2020-04-28 11:01:58 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces issued a statement on Monday that warned the U.S. against any moves deemed as an act of “adventurism, harassment and provocation” towards Tehran. Deploring “high-risk behaviors, which make shipping [in regional waters] insecure”, the statement says that while the Islamic Republic of Iran has never initiated any tension or conflict in the region, it would swiftly come to the defense of its territorial integrity. “Any act of adventurism, harassment and provocation will be met with the Iranian Armed Forces’ decisive response, and hostile forces, including the U.S.,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Haftar to form new, united Libya after cancelling political agreement

Published 2020-04-28 10:50:34 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), announced that his government has cancelled the Skhirat Agreement that was sponsored by the United Nations. In his speech, which was broadcast on the official page of the Libyan satellite channel, the LNA commander said the agreement destroyed the country and empowered the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. “The political agreement destroyed the country and led it to dangerous slides,” Haftar said, adding: “We express our pride in authorizing the General Command to lead the country’s affairs and our response to the… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya


US military confirms authenticity of 3 UFO videos from 2004-2015

Published 2020-04-28 10:34:18 by News Desk in World-News

The US Navy has officially released three videos of unidentified flying objects previously made available by To the Stars Academy, thus confirming their authenticity. “DoD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public, or whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real or whether or not there is more to the videos. The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterised as ‘unidentified’,” the Pentagon said in a statement Monday. The footage, entitled ‘FLIR1’, ‘GIMBAL’ and ‘GOFAST’, was captured by cameras aboard US military jets, and showed behaviour which could not be accounted… Read on ->

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ISIS suffers tremendous losses during large-scale Iraqi military operation

Published 2020-04-28 10:24:01 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – On Monday, the Iraqi Armed Forces carried out a specific a massive military operation to destroy to the last remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) along the administrative border of the Salaheddine and Diyala governorates. According to the Iraqi security forces, their troops began the operation from four axes, hitting the terrorist group’s positions in both the Salaheddine and Diyala governorates. The Iraqi security forces said the operation was a huge success, as their troops managed to uncover several terrorist hideouts and tunnels. The Iraqi Ministry of Defense said that the Iraqi Army, with the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


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