This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Venezuela, Syria, Trump, Russia, Socotra, Yemen, RT, Daraa, COVID-19, Libya, Iran, Iraq, US, China, OPCW, Greece, Turkey, IRGC, Captagon, Tartous, Tripoli, Watiyah, Kazemi.

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Juan Guaido takes refuge at European embassy after mercenary arrests: Cabello

Published 2020-05-07 20:11:14 by News Desk in World-News

Diosdado Cabello, the number two man in the Venezuelan government said opposition leader Juan Guaido is taking refuge in a European embassy to avoid arrest by the prosecutor’s office. “He has already chosen the embassy where he wants to go, it is European. He knows what I am talking about because he already sent some suitcases,” Cabello said during a television show late Tuesday, Anadolu news agency reported. “What will those suitcases have?” he added. Guaido is accused by the Nicolas Maduro government of being linked to a failed raid Sunday and several attempts at a “coup d’état” in the… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela

Trump imposes more sanctions against Syria amid COVID-19 outbreak

Published 2020-05-07 20:00:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump decided Thursday to extend unilateral economic sanctions on Syria for another year, despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. In a statement published today on the electronic database in the US Federal Register, they announced that President Donald Trump will extend the sanctions against Syria for another year. The statement indicated that these sanctions are among the various restrictions imposed by Washington against Damascus. This blockade includes a ban on the financial assets of some people and legal entities subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and a ban on the export of certain categories of… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Trump

Heavily-armed Russian military convoy heads to northeast Syria

Published 2020-05-07 19:48:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – A heavily-armed Russian military convoy made its way to the Al-Hasakah Governorate on Thursday after leaving a base in the neighboring governorate of Al-Raqqa. According to a field report, a Russian military convoy consisting of several armored vehicles made its way to the Al-Qamishli Airport in northern Al-Hasakah after traveling along the vast M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Hasakah Highway). The Russian convoy not only consisted of armored vehicles, but also several military personnel who will join up with the forces already deployed around the around the airport and city. This move by the Russian military comes just… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Saudi-backed forces abruptly abandon Yemen’s Socotra Island

Published 2020-05-07 19:32:57 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Saudi-backed Yemeni Armed Forces have withdrawn from the historical Socotra Island Thursday, activists in southern Yemen reported. According to the reports, the Yemeni Armed Forces abruptly withdrew their troops from Socotra, leaving the island to the U.A.E.-backed Southern Transitional Council. The Yemeni Armed Forces previously clashed with the Southern Transitional Council over control of Socotra Island, prompting a showdown between their troops two days ago. The Saudi-led Arab Coalition has not issued a statement regarding the withdrawal; however, recent tensions with the Southern Transitional Council have resulted in the loss of the southern capital… Read on ->

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Tags: Socotra, Yemen

RT correspondent receives threats from US mercenary group in Venezuela

Published 2020-05-07 19:05:27 by News Desk in World-News

The RT broadcaster reported that its correspondent in Venezuela, Erika Ortega Sanoja, had received threats after posting tweets about US mercenaries and an invasion of the Latin American nation. On Sunday, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said an invasion of Colombian militants had been diverted on the sea as they tried to approach the northern state of La Guaira on speed boats early in the morning. Eight militants were killed, and several others were detained in the counter-operation. One of the detained individuals, US national Luke Denman, who works for the Silvercorp private security company, said during an interrogation that… Read on ->

Tags: RT, Venezuela

Syrian Army sends large number of reinforcements to Daraa as major operation looms

Published 2020-05-07 18:48:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – For the second time this week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has sent a large number of reinforcements to the Daraa Governorate, a source from the military told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army has sent hundreds of soldiers to the Daraa Governorate amid preparation for a major military operation against the militant sleeper cells that have wreaked havoc against their forces. The source said the Syrian special forces already arrived in Daraa shortly after the execution of nine soldiers in the town of Mazrib; they have cordoned off the area… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Up to 1,200 Russian private military contractors in Libya: report

Published 2020-05-07 13:51:44 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – On the side of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, between 800 and 1,200 employees of the Russian Wagner group, a private military company (PMC), are participating in the conflict in Libya This data was first confirmed by UN representatives in a report that has not yet been made public, AFP reports. According to an AFP source, Russian mercenaries help Libyan National Army (LNA) forces to maintain and repair equipment, as well as participate in combat operations: they support gunners in artillery and aviation, snipers and electronic warfare specialists. UN sources also found that Russian PMC operatives… Read on ->

Tags: COVID-19, Libya

US and Iran reach rare consensus in Iraq

Published 2020-05-07 13:25:47 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The U.S. and Iran have reached a rare consensus in Iraq after the announcement of the new ministers, including the Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi. On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his approval of the new Iraqi government, vowing to support them as they begin their service to the country. Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif congratulated the new Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and all Iraqis on forming the new government in the country. Zarif wrote on Twitter Thursday: “Congratulations to Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, his government, parliament and the Iraqi… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US

Russian military to unveil new Poseidon nuclear drone

Published 2020-05-07 12:19:56 by News Desk in World-News

The second submarine to serve as a basic carrier of Russia’s Poseidon nuclear-capable underwater drones will be floated out approximately in late June, a defense industry source told TASS on Thursday. “The Khabarovsk [Project 09852] will be floated out in late June at the earliest. There is no exact date so far,” the source said. The Russian Navy’s press service did not comment on the information. The Sevmash shipyard where the submarine is being built was not immediately available for a comment. The first basic carrier of Poseidon drones, a Project 09852 special-purpose nuclear sub, the Belgorod, was floated out… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia

US strategic bomber flies near Chinese airspace as tensions increase

Published 2020-05-07 11:55:19 by News Desk in World-News

The U.S. military released a picture of an American military B-1B strategic bomber flying over the East China Sea on May 5 and refueling in the air on May 6. The U.S. Air Force claims that the B-1B bomber took off from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam as part of the bomber task force to support the strategic deterrent mission carried out by the U.S. Pacific Air Force. According to Twitter account, Aircraft Watch, which tracks the movement of military aircraft, two B-1B bombers stationed at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, traveled to the East China Sea region… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

OPCW head falsely describes Syria whistleblower to discredit them: Greyzone

Published 2020-05-07 11:25:31 by News Desk in Syria

New documents leaked from the global chemical watchdog show that two inspectors blowing the whistle about the 2018 Douma incident in Syria were right, and the director seeking to discredit them was wrong. Two inspectors with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have challenged the organization’s final report on the April 2018 incident, which they say was altered to dismiss their findings and validate after the fact the US, UK and French missile strikes against the government in Damascus. OPCW Director General Fernando Arias responded earlier this year by describing them as “rogue” inspectors who weren’t even… Read on ->

Tags: OPCW, Syria

Greece to restore ties with Syria amid conflict with Turkey

Published 2020-05-07 11:09:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry announced on Wednesday that they have appointed a new special envoy to focus on repairing ties with Syria. “By decision of Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Ambassador Tasia Athanassiou has been appointed Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Syrian Affairs,” the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry’s statement began. “Its mandate will include contacts on the international aspects of Syria and related humanitarian action, as well as coordination of actions in view of the ongoing efforts to rebuild Syria,” they continued. According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, “Ambassador T. Athanassiou… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Syria, Turkey

IRGC forces kill several militants along Iran’s western border

Published 2020-05-07 10:50:34 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) launched a successful operation in the Kurdistan province in western Iran on Wednesday, killing a number of militants who were planning to infiltrate the Islamic Republic’s border. “Several terrorists were killed during clashes in Divandarreh County on Tuesday,” A statement by the IRGC’s Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada Base said. The statement added that three IRGC members, including Colonel Shakiba Salimi, were killed in the clashes. The statement praised Colonel Salimi for dedicating his life in maintaining security and also making the effort to fight the coronavirus illness. The IRGC is… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

Syrian authorities seize 9 million captagon pills in one of largest drug busts

Published 2020-05-07 10:30:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Director of the Anti-Narcotics Department at the Syrian Ministry of Interior, Brigadier Hussein Jumaa, revealed that 1.5 tons of captagon pills have been seized, which is approximately 9 million pills. According to Jumaa, the seized captagon pills are worth an estimated $4 million (USD), making this one of the most expensive drug busts in several years. Jumaa explained that the operation was carried out within a warehouse in the Tartous Governorate, some of which were stored within a carpet washing machine, and another section intended for placement in wooden panels. Juma affirmed that three… Read on ->

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Tags: Captagon, Syria, Tartous

Dozens of Turkish-backed fighters killed in disastrous offensive at key airbase

Published 2020-05-07 10:13:38 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman, Ahmed Al-Mismari, announced on Wednesday that their forces managed to kill and capture dozens of Al-Wefaq government fighters and their allied mercenaries near the Al-Watiyah Airbase. According to the LNA spokesman, the Turkish-backed forces suffered these heavy losses after several hours of battle around the Al-Watiyah Airbase. The LNA spokesman said that 8 members of their forces were killed during the Al-Wefaq attack in the Al-Watiyah battle. Mismari said that “controlling Tripoli and returning to the bosom of the homeland will be very soon.” He has promised surprises in… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Watiyah

Mustafa Al-Kazemi is sworn in as new Iraqi Prime Minister

Published 2020-05-07 09:59:11 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The new Iraqi government will be headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi after he took his constitutional oath before the Iraqi parliament. The Iraqi parliament gave its confidence to the government of the Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi after voting for most of the ministers nominated for ministerial roles. At its session, the Iraqi parliament agreed to give confidence to the Defense Minister Juma Anad, Interior Minister Othman Al-Ghanmi, Finance Minister Ali Abdul Amirawi, and Planning Minister Khaled Najm. The Iraqi parliament agreed to give Nasser Hussain Bandar confidence to take over the Ministry of Transport, and also… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Kazemi

Trump veto’s Iran War Powers resolution, bill was passed after Soleimani’s assassination

Published 2020-05-07 00:30:01 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump has vetoed the Iran War Powers resolution, putting an end to a bill that would have limited his ability to wage war against the Islamic Republic. The resolution was previously passed in January after Trump ordered the assassination of Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleiamni. In March, federal lawmakers passed a resolution amending the War Powers Act of 1973 by requiring the president to obtain Congressional approval before ordering military actions against other states. “Congress should not have passed this resolution,” the White House said in a Wednesday press release… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Trump, US

Chinese President receives warning of potential military conflict with US: report

Published 2020-05-07 00:17:08 by News Desk in World-News

China’s Ministry of State Security delivered to President Xi Jinping warnings of heightening anti-Chinese sentiment worldwide, which could lead to a direct military conflict with the United States, Reuters reported on Monday. The analysis, reportedly given to Xi last month, concluded that “hostile feeling” towards China as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic had risen to its highest level since the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident. The report allegedly comes from the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, one of the country’s oldest international policy think tanks, affiliated with the Ministry of State Security. A worst-case scenario outline in the… Read on ->

Tags: China

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