This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Israel, Syria, Egypt, Sinai, China, NorthKorea, Taiwan, Iran, Venezuela, Turkey, UAE, Russia, Germany, IRGC, US, Homs, Hezbollah, Libya, NATO, Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen, IDF, Quneitra.

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New satellite images show aftermath of Israeli strikes in Syria: photos

Published 2020-05-01 21:28:22 by News Desk in Syria

Private intelligence firm ImageSat has released a series of satellite images allegedly showing the extent of the damage done to Syrian infrastructure by the airstrikes that targeted the country between 31 March and 27 April. One set of images purportedly showed the destruction at the Shayrat Air Base, in the Homs region as a result of the 31 March airstrike. According to the images, the air raid destroyed navigation equipment and left craters at the airbase, but all of that has since been repaired, with the base resuming operations two weeks after the strike, the company claimed. https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1256161013151514626?s=20 Another set… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Egyptian Army carries out operation against terrorist forces

Published 2020-05-01 21:10:37 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – the Egyptian Armed Forces announced the targeting of two gunmen in Sinai, based on intelligence information stating that a terrorist outpost was located inside a farm in the northern region of the Peninsula. According to the Egyptian forces, “the army forces carried out a qualitative operation, and as a result of the exchange of fire, two very dangerous takfiri individuals were targeted in possession of multiple weapons, a radio device, and a quantity of ammunition.” The Egyptian Army indicated that “the heroes of the armed forces carry out their tasks with determination to uproot terrorism… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Sinai


Syrian military’s new Chinese-made radar system shows positive results: media

Published 2020-05-01 20:47:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Syrian military’s Chinese-made radar systems are showing positive results, given their recent success in helping confront the Israeli Air Force strikes in the country, China’s Sina News Agency reported. “According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Syrian air defense systems have intercepted several rockets launched by Israel over Palmyra,” the publication began, alluding to the Israeli airstrikes on April 21. The news agency, however, was quick to slam the Russian-made air defense systems, claiming that they have proven ‘backward’ when confronting hostile targets. “Currently, most of the weapons in the Syrian Armed Forces,… Read on ->

Tags: China, Syria


Taiwan’s intelligence chief claims new information about Kim Jong-un’s health

Published 2020-05-01 20:28:52 by News Desk in World-News

The head of Taiwan’s intelligence apparatus claims he has new information about the health of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, who was recently rumored to be having a difficult heart operation. Qiu Kucheng, director of the National Security Bureau (NSB) in Taiwan, said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was “ill” and that his country had contingency plans for a possible power struggle if he died, according to a report published by “Taiwan News”. Qiu gave a vague description of the North Korean leader’s health when pressured at a government hearing about rumors of Kim’s possible death, and the report said… Read on ->

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Tags: NorthKorea, Taiwan


Iran is rebuilding Venezuela’s troubled oil sector: US official

Published 2020-05-01 20:09:21 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – A high-ranking U.S. official said that cash-strapped Venezuela is using gold to make payments to Iran for rebuilding its troubled oil sector, noting the increased cooperation between the two countries. Elliot Abrams, the envoy who is leading the U.S. effort to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power, said Iran was sending “more aircraft” to the South American country, including this week. Abrams claimed in a speech delivered Thursday at the conservative research center “The Hudson Institute” in Washington: “Our guesses indicate that they (the Iranians) are receiving batches of gold. Material which is gone…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


Turkey tells UAE to stick to its borders in scathing attack

Published 2020-05-01 19:57:06 by News Desk in Gulf, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry accused the UAE government of practicing “hypocrisy and support for coup plotters” policies, calling on it to abandon its positions against Turkey and “adhere to the borders of the UAE.” The Turkish Foreign Ministry said, in a statement issued by the spokesman of the ministry, Hami Aksoy, that the statement of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, which was published Thursday and attacked Turkey, “is an attempt to hide a hypocritical policy for a country that provides all forms of support to the two coups.” Aksoy… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey, UAE


Watch: Russian warships destroy hidden enemy targets

Published 2020-05-01 19:26:07 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Pacific Fleet warships conducted a series of live ammunition firing rounds at air and coastal targets, using artillery and anti-air missiles. A spokesman for the fleet said that the missile carrier “Varyag” and the destroyer “Bystry”, as well as the two anti-submarine ships, “Admiral Tripots” and “Admiral Panteliev” carried out shooting from the AKA-130 and AKA-100 automatic weapons on the hidden coastal targets. According to the spokesman, the training scenario stipulated that the buildups of military equipment and defense facilities for the enemy would be training targets for them. The spokesman added that the live drills were conducted… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Rami Makhlouf says he has the right to sue the state: video

Published 2020-05-01 18:48:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Syrian businessman Rami Makhlouf, cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has released a video in which he directed Assad, affirming his readiness to open his papers and pay all supplies, that there will come a time when he explains the story of his assets. Addressing Assad, Makhlouf said: “I will not embarrass you and I will not be a burden to you, but I want to explain to you the situation.” He asked the Syrian President: “I will send whomever you want to check the papers, and this is the truth, but I am tired… Read on ->

Tags: Syria


Turkish soldier shoots dead German officer along Greek border: reort

Published 2020-05-01 18:17:53 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – A Turkish soldier shot dead a joint German police officer of the Frontex force monitoring European borders, the DBA reported. A German Interior Ministry spokesman said in Berlin on Thursday that the Turkish soldier opened fire on Tuesday evening while a joint Greek-German observer patrol of Frontex was passing by the Evros River, on the Greek side of the border. An Interior Ministry spokesman added that the soldier opened fire while another Greek police patrol was passing by in the same area. The spokesman stressed that no member of the joint patrol was injured. For… Read on ->

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Tags: Germany, Turkey


US warships entered Iranian territory during naval drills: IRGC

Published 2020-05-01 17:50:04 by News Desk in Iran

The Iranian news agency Tasnim has quoted the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri as saying that US actions during last month’s incident in the Gulf rode roughshod over regional security. “They [the US ships] entered the area of our naval drills despite the fact that we earlier announced about holding the exercises. They are looking to undermine security with such steps, which is why they were ordered to leave the area”, Tangsiri pointed out. The statement came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the US against preparing any military moves in the Persian Gulf, pointing… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, US


Major damage done to Syria’s electrical grids after powerful blasts

Published 2020-05-01 16:41:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The electricity company in the Syrian city of Homs announced that the explosions today led to major damage to the electricity network. The company pointed out that the explosions that occurred near the southern entrance of Homs damaged the network on medium and low tension and conversion centers, and led to the departure of the medium tension lines from service. The company pointed out that “the electricity workshops mobilized as soon as the information was received.” They would add that they are currently working on repairing the damage that was done to their electrical grids… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Syria


Terrorists attack Egyptian Army troops in northern Sinai

Published 2020-05-01 16:19:50 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – On Thursday evening, the Egyptian Army announced the death and injury of ten of its members as a result of an explosion targeting an armored vehicle in Bir Al-Abd area of the northern Sinai. The official spokesman for the Egyptian Armed Forces, Tamer Al-Rifai, said in a brief statement: “An explosive device exploded today in one of the armored vehicles south of the city of Bir Al-Abd, resulting in the death and injury of an officer, a non-commissioned officer, and 8 soldiers.” “The armed forces confirm their continued hostilities against terrorist elements to preserve the… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Sinai


Iran slams Germany’s decision regarding Hezbollah

Published 2020-05-01 16:02:20 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry expressed its condemnation of Germany’s decision to classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and ban it on the country’s lands. The Iranian Foreign Ministry indicated that Hezbollah is an official part of the government and parliament in Lebanon and “played and still plays a major role in combating ISIS terrorism.” Tehran accused Germany of serving the goals of the United States and Israel, saying that “some European countries take their positions without taking the realities of the region into consideration and only work to meet the Zionist propaganda machine of America.”… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Hezbollah, Iran


Turkish-backed Libyan forces launch heavy attack on enemy convoy

Published 2020-05-01 15:51:46 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:35 P.M.) – The Libyan Air Force of the Turkish-backed Al-Wefaq government forces headed by Fayez al-Sarraj carried out airstrikes in several areas of Libya, targeting vehicles and personnel belonging to the Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. “The Libyan Air Force carried out 6 combat raids a short time ago near Wadi Murasit on the road between Al Qurayyat and Nessma targeting a convoy of armed vehicles and individuals belonging to the Haftar terrorist militia,” the Al-Wefaq spokesman, Colonel Pilot Mohammad Qanunu, said in a press statement, obtained by “Sputnik”. The Libyan National Army… Read on ->

Tags: Libya


NATO jets intercept 4 Russian warplanes in 48 hours

Published 2020-05-01 15:32:21 by News Desk in World-News

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NATO air forces in northern Europe were scrambled on three occasions in the past two days to intercept Russian military planes, the alliance’s press office said Thursday. “NATO aircraft have been busy over the past two days intercepting Russian aircraft flying close to NATO airspace”, the statement read. According to the statement, Estonia-based Polish fighter jets were scrambled on 28 April to identify a formation of two Russian Tu-160 long-range bombers and their escorts. The formation was later intercepted again by fighters of the Royal Danish Air Force. On 29 April, Norwegian F-16 and F-35 fighters were scrambled to intercept… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Russia


Mysterious raid on Israeli military base results in loss of equipment, weapons

Published 2020-05-01 15:14:34 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.)- The Israeli Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday that it one of its army bases was raided by unknown assailants, resulting in the seizure of military equipment. The official account of the Israeli Ministry of Defense published a new tweet confirming the discovery of a breach of the fence of the military base in the southern part of the country, and the identification of damage to military equipment at the base. The official account for the Ministry of Defense stated that the preliminary investigation revealed the presence of a number of suspects who entered the base… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


Ansarallah forces vow to make Saudi-led Coalition ‘regret its escalation’

Published 2020-05-01 14:58:38 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces vowed on Thursday evening to respond to the enemy forces with an “appropriate and painful” response. Citing the spokesman for the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahya Sari’a, Yemen’s Al-Masirah reported, “the forces of aggression continue their military escalation on various fronts, and during the past week, they carried out more than 13 ambushes and infiltrations.” Brigadier-General Sari’a said that “the conquest of the forces of aggression was distributed on the fronts of Marib, Al-Bayda, al-Dhali, Al-Jawf and the border regions,” noting that the Saudi-led coalition aircraft launched 200 raids on various… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen


Powerful explosions hit eastern Homs military site: report

Published 2020-05-01 14:41:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:25 P.M.) – The governor of the Syrian city of Homs reported on Friday that explosions occurred at the southern entrance to the city. The Syrian News Agency (SANA) quoted the governor of Homs, Talal Al-Barazi, as saying that “an attack on a military site east of Homs, whose nature has not been known yet, resulted in explosions, smoke plumes coming out of the site, shells falling in its vicinity and injuring a number of civilians.” In the context, Al-Barazi added to Syrian TV, “There is material damage caused by the explosions.” The Syrian news channel also reported… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Syria


Israeli choppers launch attack new attack on southwestern Syria

Published 2020-05-01 14:22:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.)- Israeli military helicopters launched a missile attack around midnight last night, targeting a number of sites in the Al-Quneitra Governorate and its countryside. According to a military source, the “Israeli helicopters fired a number of missiles from the the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting sites inside the Quneitra governorate.” The source said that “a number of rockets landed near the town of Tel Ahmar in the southwestern countryside of Al-Quneitra, while other rockets landed inside the city of Quneitra, which was completely destroyed by the Israeli army in the October War before its withdrawal in front of… Read on ->

Tags: IDF, Israel, Quneitra, Syria


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