This is a summary of 28 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria, ISIS, Russia, US, Libya, Saudi, Coronavirus, Turkey, Iraq, Palestine, Iran, Venezuela, Idlib, Benghazi, Egypt, Biden, Israel, Jerusalem, Cuba, Qatar, South_Africa, IRGC, Haftar, Ansarallah, Yemen, Canada, NATO, Germany.

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Syria strongly condemns Germany’s decision to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization

Published 2020-04-30 23:40:38 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Thursday that the Syrian Arab Republic condemns, in the strongest terms, the German government’s decision that considers Hezbollah a terrorist organization. “The German government decision frankly embodies its yielding to the dictates of the world Zionism and its heinous subjection to the US policies which support the occupation entity,” a source from the Foreign Ministry told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Thursday. Syria, a close ally of Hezbollah, currently has no diplomatic ties with the German government, but they do maintain a communication channel via the… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria


US offered to cooperate with Russia to help “Assad’s inept army” against ISIS: envoy

Published 2020-04-30 23:05:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The U.S. Special Envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey,” stated during an Atlantic Council event this week that America offered to cooperate with Russia to fight the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. “One consequence of the focus on Idlib by what’s left of Assad’s inept army, is that few forces are left to deal with ISIS in the southwest in the Badiyah Desert,” Jeffrey said during a video conference hosted by the Atlantic Council think tank’s Turkey branch. “We have seen ISIS gaining ground there, attacking even towns, and at… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Russia, Syria, US


Turkish-backed Libyan forces reject Ramadan ceasefire, war to resume

Published 2020-04-30 21:38:15 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA)  has announced its rejection of the Ramadan ceasefire proposed by the Libyan National Army (LNA). In a press statement issued on Thursday, the Presidential Council affiliated with the Al-Wefaq government accused LNA of violating the truces that the government had previously accepted, saying: “The above violations and breaches make us never trust what is declared as a truce, because it is accustomed to treachery and betrayal.” The Presidential Council pointed out that the decision of the LNA to stop hostilities during the month of Ramadan came shortly after… Read on ->

Tags: Libya


US threatens to withdraw military from Saudi Arabia over oil crisis: report

Published 2020-04-30 21:13:32 by News Desk in Gulf

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – According to the Reuters News Agency, the United States is putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to cut its oil production, pointing out that U.S. President Donald Trump threatened the Saudis, in the absence of a response, to withdraw military support. Citing four sources, the agency said that Trump called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on April 2 and told him that if OPEC countries did not start cutting oil production, he would be unable to stop U.S. lawmakers from passing a law to withdraw U.S. forces from the Gulf Kingdom. The agency said that… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, US


Russian Prime Minister infected with COVID-19

Published 2020-04-30 20:56:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, has been diagned with the COVID-19 virus, Russia Today reported on Thursday. During a meeting  with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mishustin said that he underwent a medical examination for the emerging coronavirus, which gave positive results. Mishustin confirmed that he would adhere to the self-isolation system in light of his illness, while he suggested that his first deputy, Andrei Belusov, assume the duties of Acting Prime Minister during this period. Mishustin stressed that “the government will continue its work in a systematic manner,” adding: “I plan to engage in… Read on ->

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Tags: Coronavirus, Russia


US supports Turkey’s presence in northwestern Syria: envoy

Published 2020-04-30 20:35:12 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Special Envoy for the United States to Syria, James Jeffrey, reiterated his country’s strong support for a ceasefire in the Syrian governorate of Idlib, as well as Turkish military operations there. “We strongly support Turkish military action. We also strongly support the ceasefire,” Jeffrey said during an online conference with the Atlantic Council. He added: “We hope to see the Turks continue to put pressure on terrorist organizations there. There was some exchange of fire, and there was also some pressure on them. We hope that this will continue.” Russia, Turkey and Iran are… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey, US


Iraq slams ‘US-backed Israeli aggression’ against Palestinians

Published 2020-04-30 20:16:26 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim, said on Thursday, that “the U.S.-backed aggression of Israel aims to delay the rights of the Palestinians.” Hakim participated in the Arab League Council meeting at the ministerial level in its  session via video conference technology to discuss steps and procedures that can be taken regarding Israel’s plan to annex the Jordan Valley. Hakim stressed that “the challenge facing our Arab nation and our Palestinian cause is no less dangerous than the global challenge posed by the coronavirus.” He said that “the repetition of the aggressive tendencies of… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Palestine


Saudi Arabia, Israel welcome Germany’s decision to designate Hezbollah a terrorist entity

Published 2020-04-30 19:57:14 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Saudi and Israeli ministries of foreign affairs issued statements on Thursday that welcomed Germany’s designating Hezbollah a terrorist organization and banning its activities on its soil. A statement published by the Saudi Press Agency stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “notes the importance of this step in the framework of efforts to combat terrorism regionally and internationally, and reiterated the international community the need to take a similar position to maintain international peace and security, and to spare the region and the world the evils of the destabilizing terrorist operations of security and… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Saudi


After Russian interception, US spy plane avoids Syrian coast: media

Published 2020-04-30 18:32:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – A U.S. P-8 Poseidon military aircraft was observed on Wednesday conducting a flight in the eastern Mediterranean, the same region where a Russian Su-35 jet intercepted their plane. According to the Russian publication Avia.Pro, after the Russian Su-35 fighter intercepted an American spy plane near the Hmeimim Airbase in Syria, the American Navy has not flown as close to the installation since the incident. A tracking photo showed the American reconnaissance flight took place this time at a very far distance. The site said: “The reason for this was the lesson given by the Russian Su-35… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Unidentified object filmed flying over east Lebanon: video

Published 2020-04-30 17:49:25 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – A video clip, said to be recorded in the Lebanese city of Baalbek by local citizens has been spread on social media and YouTube. The video clip showed a strange flash in the sky of Baalbek, as it moved up and down. The citizens expressed their great amazement at the strange movements in the sky, while some of them expressed panic and fear. https://youtu.be/-VIyGQJzzag In the same context, Lebanese media sites mentioned that these objects are satellites launched by the American Space X company for fast internet, and come within the framework of the “Starlink”… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon


US claims its ready to use nuclear arsenal despite COVID-19 outbreak

Published 2020-04-30 17:10:38 by News Desk in World-News

The American military remains combat-ready and prepared to utilise its nuclear arsenal if the US ends up in a major armed conflict even despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak US Air Force Global Strike Commander Tim Ray has said in a statement. “Rest assured, we have taken the necessary steps to make sure our bomber and ICBM forces are ready to go and can reach any target on the planet at any time. We are fully mission ready and COVID-19 will not change that. Our forces continue to maintain an extremely high level of readiness and responsiveness”, Tim… Read on ->

Tags: US


US Sec. of State calls on countries to block Iranian airline after flight to Venezuela

Published 2020-04-30 16:20:12 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on countries to close their airspace to Iran’s Mahan Air, as they recently transferred to supplies to Venezuela. Pompeo said at a press conference at the Department of State that the aircraft belonging to Mahan Air, the largest Iranian airline, had delivered supplies to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government in recent days. “Over the past few days, several aircraft belonging to this company have transported unknown support to the Maduro regime, the same airline that Iran used to transport weapons and fighters across the Middle East,” Pompeo said…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


Syrian Army launches heavy attack across southern Idlib

Published 2020-04-30 15:59:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy attack across the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, today, targeting a number of sites under the control of the jihadist rebels. According to a field source in northwestern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army launched heavy artillery and missiles towards a number of militant gatherings in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of Idlib. The Syrian Arab Army reportedly concentrated their attack on the militant-held areas north of Kafr Nabl and the Jabal Shashabo area. In particular, the Syrian Arab Army repeatedly struck the militant positions at the towns… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Libyan Army kills infamous terrorist who attacked US embassy in Benghazi: report

Published 2020-04-30 15:40:30 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) reportedly killed an infamous terrorist this week after a series of clashes around the capital city, Tripoli, pro-LNA media reported on Thursday. According to reports, the Libyan National Army killed ‘Abdel-Moneim El-Gahhawy, who is affiliated with the terrorist group Ansar Al-Sharia, inside Tripoli. Gahhawy was reportedly one of the terrorists that attacked the U.S. embassy in Benghazi in 2014. https://twitter.com/LNA2019M/status/1255744384412286976?s=20 Before his death, Gahhawy was a member of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, which are fighting the Libyan National Army in Tripoli.

Tags: Benghazi, Libya


Russia will respond with nuclear weapons to any US ballistic missile attack: FM spox.

Published 2020-04-30 15:01:22 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that Russia will respond with nuclear weapons to any American attack using ballistic missiles launched from submarines. Commenting on the U.S. report on supplying some ballistic missiles carried by U.S. submarines with low-strength nuclear warheads, Zakharova said that Russia considered this step ‘dangerous’ and ‘destabilizing.’ “We see that what is happening is deliberately erasing the border between strategic and non-strategic nuclear weapons, and this increases the risk of the nuclear dispute,” she said, adding that this view is supported by some American scientists and members of Congress as… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


Turkey accuses Egypt of destabilizing Libya, slams accusations of supporting terrorists

Published 2020-04-30 14:08:42 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated on Wednesday that the accusation of the Egyptian government, Ankara, of supporting extremist terrorists in Libya, “clearly reflects its efforts to cover up its plans there.” “Egypt’s support for Haftar, which aims to establish a military dictatorship in Libya, is not surprising,” said Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hamid Aksavi. “The support of the government of Egypt to the warlord Hifter, who announced that he will not recognize the international legitimacy of the Libyan political agreement (Skhirat) ratified by the Security Council in Resolution No. 2259 on the one hand, and… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Turkey


Iran to strengthen presence in Persian Gulf via strategic islands

Published 2020-04-30 13:43:41 by News Desk in Iran

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said that the infrastructures on the Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf will be further developed to be used as residential areas and increase security in the region, upon an order by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. Rear Admiral Tangsiri made the remarks on the occasion of the national Persian Gulf Day (April 30) on Wednesday. “Iran has always transmitted the message of peace to regional countries and believes that security of the Persian Gulf can be ensured by regional countries’ cooperation,”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Joe Biden to keep US embassy in Jerusalem if elected

Published 2020-04-30 13:06:49 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden pledged to keep his country’s embassy in Israel at its new location in Jerusalem if he was elected president. Biden stressed at the same time to reopen the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem and resume efforts to keep the two-state solution workable. He expressed his regret for the step taken by U.S. President Donald Trump to move the embassy from Tel Aviv, and said that the embassy “should not have been removed from its place” before reaching a peace agreement in the Middle East. Biden said during a… Read on ->

Tags: Biden, Israel, Jerusalem


Watch: US tank missile intercepted by bird

Published 2020-04-30 12:50:08 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – A U.S.-made BGM71 TOW anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) was filmed being fired at a target in an unknown location; however, it would never reach its intended target, as it was intercepted by a bird that was flying by. In the short video first shared on Reddit, the anti-tank missile can be seen being fired at a Russian-made T-55 tank before it was intercepted by a bird flying by. https://twitter.com/LastDef/status/1255772927104028672?s=20 While not much information was released regarding this video, the Russian publication Avia.Pro says it may have been filmed in Poland. “Judging by the data presented,… Read on ->

Tags: US


US Sec. of State slams countries for accepting Cuban doctors in fight against COVID-19

Published 2020-04-30 12:07:49 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized Qatar and South Africa for their ‘acceptance’ of using doctors from Cuba to combat COVID-19, accusing Cuba of exploiting the pandemic. “We have seen how the Havana regime uses the COVID-19 epidemic to continue to exploit Cuban health care providers,” Pompeo said at a press conference in Washington on Wednesday evening. “We salute the leaders of Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and other countries that have refused to turn a blind eye to these violations committed by the Cuban regime, and we call on all other countries to do the… Read on ->

Tags: Cuba, Qatar, South_Africa, US


Qassem Soleimani’s assassination has completely changed Middle East: IDF general

Published 2020-04-30 11:43:09 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – On Wednesday, General Aaron Hilweh, the head of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Operations Department, sat down for an interview with the Walla News Agency to discuss several topics, including Iran and Hezbollah. According to Hilweh, Israel is closely monitoring Iran, especially their nuclear program. Hilweh said, that Israel is not fully monitoring the Iranian nuclear program and putting all capabilities and possibilities on the table to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb. He explained that the Middle East region changed completely after the killing of the Quds Force commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani,… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC, Israel, Lebanon, Syria


Haftar announces new Libyan ceasefire during Ramadan

Published 2020-04-30 11:25:29 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced the cessation of all military operations unilaterally in response to the invitation by allied nations to observe a ceasefire in the North African nation. According to Libya 24 News, the spokesperson for the LNA, Ahmed Al-Mismari, said on Wednesday that Haftar will present what he described as a road map for the future of Libya in the coming days. Mismari confirmed that the army’s cessation of military operations on its part came in response to the demands of the international community and allied… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya


Ansarallah forces announce they have captured 3,500 sq. km of territory

Published 2020-04-30 11:11:02 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Ansarallah forces (Houthis) announced on Wednesday evening, the end of their large-scale operation, stating that they control 95% of Al-Jawf Governorate. Al-Masirah TV quoted a spokesman for the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahya Sari’a, as saying that his forces killed approximately 1,200 enemy fighters, while capturing several sites across Al-Jawf. He confirmed that the newly captured areas amounted to 3,500 square kilometers, that is, the entire Al-Hazm desert, in addition to the areas of Khub and Al-Sha’af, pointing out that Al-JawfDesert formed the most important den for Al-Qaeda and ISIS. “The importance of… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Israel’s secret activities in Syria are ongoing and successful: army commander

Published 2020-04-30 10:39:52 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The head of the Israeli Army’s Operations Department, General Aaron Hilweh, said that Israel’s secret activities in Syria are continuing and have been largely successful in working to get the Iranians out of them. In a lengthy interview with Walla News Agency on Wednesday, Hilweh claimed, “President Bashar al-Assad understands, or has begun to understand, that the Iranians who came to assist him in the war against ISIS in order to save him, are themselves today who pose a danger to continuing his rule, especially since they pose a major threat to his ability to… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Lebanon accuses Israel of violating territorial waters

Published 2020-04-30 10:16:58 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Lebanese Army Command said that an Israeli gunboat penetrated Lebanese territorial waters on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to the Army Command – Orientation Directorate, the first territorial breach occurred at 17:29 P.M. on Tuesday. The Israeli gunboat reportedly traveled 278 meters into Lebanon’s territorial waters near the Ras Al-Naqqoura coast. “Today, Wednesday, on April 29,, a similar hostile boat violated the aforementioned sea patch, in three stages, with a maximum distance of about 330 meters,” the Lebanese Army command said on Wednesday. The Lebanese Army command noted that the issue of the breaches is… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


US soldiers wounded in IRGC attack will be given Purple Heart medals

Published 2020-04-30 09:54:43 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The U.S. soldiers wounded during the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) attack on two bases in Iraq will receive Purple Heart medals, the Military Times reported, citing American defense official. The IRGC strike came about during “Operation Martyr Soleimani” – a response to the killing the Quds Force commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani, along with several leading Iraqi defense officials, via a drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport on January 3. “The Purple Heart submissions remain under review and are being processed in accordance with Defense Department and military service regulations,” Pentagon spokesperson Jessica… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US


NATO chopper goes missing over Mediterranean

Published 2020-04-30 09:20:11 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – A NATO military chopper went missing over the northern region of the Mediterranean last night, the organization announced. According to reports, a Canadian military chopper was flying along the coast of Greece when it disappeared off the radar, leading NATO to label the aircraft and crew as missing. The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later confirmed in a statement that the Canadian military chopper had gone missing off the coast of Greece. “A Canadian helicopter involved in Operation REASSURANCE with NATO allies has gone missing off the coast of Greece. I have spoken with Minister… Read on ->

Tags: Canada, NATO


Germany officially bans Hezbollah, labeled terrorist organization

Published 2020-04-30 08:55:37 by News Desk in Lebanon

Germany has banned all Hezbollah activities on its soil, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said on Twitter, adding that security forces are currently conducting raids against suspected members of the Lebanese movement in several German states. “Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has banned the Shiite terrorist organisation Hezbollah in Germany”, the spokesman said in a Thursday tweet. In December 2019, German lawmakers approved a non-binding initiative calling on the government to ban Hezbollah. The move, thought to be aimed at combating anti-Semitism, has been rejected multiple times by the parliament. The resolution was greenlighted by the Free Democrats as well… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Hezbollah, Lebanon


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