This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Turkey, China, India, Assad, Syria, Iraq, ISIS, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, UAE, US, Russia, Hama, Iran, Venezuela, Saudi, Yemen, Hasakah, Idlib.

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Libyan Army says main Turkish military base is legitimate target

Published 2020-05-11 23:28:21 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman, Ahmed Al-Mismari, stated that the army considers the Mitiga Airport in the city of Tripoli a Turkish military air base, and therefore it targets it because they constitute a threat to the army and civilians, pointing out that the condemnation statements issued by the United Nations after targeting the airport illustrate its bias for the Government of National Accord (GNA). “When we talk about Mitiga, we are talking about an air base in the region. Second, we have not bombed any neighborhoods at all and abide by the rules… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Border clashes broke out because Chinese soldiers pushed Indian troops: New Delhi

Published 2020-05-11 22:53:35 by News Desk in World-News

Over the last two days, troops from India and China have been involved in several stand-offs leaving soldiers injured on both sides. According to the Indian defence ministry, the first clash took place near Naku La in North Sikkim while the second one took place Nallah in Ladakh. Reacting to the consecutive clashes, the Chinese foreign ministry on Monday claimed that their troops remained committed to upholding peace and stability in the border region. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the two Asian giants should manage and handle their differences. “As to the China-India border issue, our position… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Syrian President replaces Minister of Trade

Published 2020-05-11 22:32:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad issued a decree on Monday removing Dr. Atef Al-Naddaf as Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, and issued another decree appointing Talal Al-Barazi (who used to be governor of Homs) as Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection. The “Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic” page published on Monday: “President al-Assad issues Decree No. 122 of 2020 decreeing the termination of the appointment of Dr. Atef Al-Naddaf as Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection … and Decree No. 123 to appoint Mr. Talal Al-Barazi as Minister of Internal Trade… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria

Watch: Iraqi chopper chase down ISIS terrorists

Published 2020-05-11 22:16:11 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – A video that has been widely shared on Twitter showed the moment and Iraqi Mi-171 helicopter fired on a vehicle carrying ISIS terrorists. The video shows a car passing on a bumpy road, while a helicopter is shooting at, and it stops shortly after being struck multiple times by the chopper’s machine gun.

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Tags: Iraq, ISIS

Five countries slam Turkey’s ‘illegal’ movements in the Mediterranean

Published 2020-05-11 21:56:02 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast, North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – In a joint statement, Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, France, and the United Arab Emirates strongly condemned what it described as “Turkey’s military intervention in Libya” and Turkey’s ‘illegal’ movements in the Mediterranean. The foreign ministers of Egypt, Greece, Cyprus and France held on Monday the building of prior consultations and periodic coordination within the framework of the “3 + 1” formula, a remote meeting joined by their counterparts from the Emirates, to “discuss the latest developments of concern in the Eastern Mediterranean, in addition to a number of regional crises that threaten peace and stability in… Read on ->

Tags: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Turkey, UAE

PMF accuses US of transferring ISIS terrorists from Syria to Iraq

Published 2020-05-11 21:30:37 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

US forces have transferred Daesh (ISIS) terrorists out of Syria and into Iraq, Mohammed Mahdi al-Bayati, a key member of the Badr Organization, a powerful Iraqi Shia political and militia group, has claimed. “Eyewitnesses living along the border with Syria have informed security officials that American forces are conducting extensive airborne transfers of Daesh terrorists from Syria to Iraq,” al-Bayati said, his remarks cited by Press TV. The politician clarified that the terrorists were being transferred into Iraq’s northwest, and speculated that their deployment was meant to cause an upsurge in terrorist violence to justify the continued presence of US… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria, US

Russian Su-57 stealth jet tested several times in Syria: Deputy PM

Published 2020-05-11 20:29:49 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Su-57 stealth fighter jet was tested a few thousand times, including several times in Syria, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said, as reported by the Interfax News Agency. According to Borisov, the Russian Armed Forces tested the Su-57 jet over 3,500 times, with dozens of those tests taking place inside of Syria. Borisov said during the Su-57’s tests that the aircraft was subjected to different types of tests in order to prove that the warplane was capable of handling different circumstances. “The asset has already over 3,500 flights. Su-57 confirmed almost all… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Syrian Army recaptures all territories lost in northwest Syria

Published 2020-05-11 19:15:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to retake all of the territories they lost to the jihadist rebels over the last 48 hours, following a swift counter-offensive in the Al-Ghaab Plain region. According to a field source in the town of Joureen, the Syrian Arab Army retook Al-Tanjara and some other points in the Al-Ghaab Plain after a brief battle with the jihadist rebels of the Hurras Al-Deen Group. The source said the Syrian Arab Army is now coming through these areas to ensure that no explosives were left behind by the retreating jihadist rebels…. Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Video footage of Iranian warship destroyed by friendly fire

Published 2020-05-11 18:18:17 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Video footage released by IRIB News and Mehr News showed the military ship that was allegedly hit by friendly fire during a naval exercise at the port of Jask, just off the Gulf of Oman on Sunday. The ship appeared to be destroyed and smoke could be seen billowing into the sky. At least 19 sailors have been confirmed dead by Iranian state media. More than 15 people were injured. According to local reports, the warship was destroyed another vessel was testing out new anti-ship technology and accidentally hit it. In addition to the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Russia tests new hypersonic missile with upgraded Tu-22M3 strategic bomber

Published 2020-05-11 17:58:42 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has recently tested a new hypersonic missile using its Tu-22M3M strategic bomber, the TASS News Agency reported on Monday. “Recently, a new hypersonic missile was tested on the Tu-22M3. The missile will be part of the armament range of the upgraded Tu-22M3M along with a number of other latest aviation weapons,” the source told TASS. According to the TASS source, the development of this missile began several years ago and now, it should be completed simultaneously with the upgrades on Tu-22M3M bomber. The TASS source said that the missile does belong… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia

ISIS launches heavy attack against Syrian Army troops in east Syria

Published 2020-05-11 17:08:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a new attack on Monday that targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. According to a field report from Deir Ezzor, the Islamic State launched an attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the mountainous area of Jabal Bishri; this resulted in a fierce battle for a few hours on Monday. The report said the Syrian Army was able to foil the Islamic State attack after killing and wounding several terrorist combatants. At the same time, another Syrian Army unit confronted an Islamic State… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Venezuelan forces seize ‘8 mercenaries’ attempting to invade from Colombia

Published 2020-05-11 12:28:17 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The leadership of the Venezuelan Army stated that eight mercenaries who had infiltrated the country from Colombia were arrested with the aim of toppling the government and assassinating President Nicholas Maduro. “Maritime units were able to discover and detain eight mercenary terrorists in the evening,” the Venezuelan Army said in a statement. The Venezuelan authorities have indicated that, to date, a total of 45 mercenaries have been arrested in the “attempted invasion.” Among the detainees were two U.S. citizens, whose official documents were shown on Venezuelan television. During their interrogation, a captured U.S. mercenary said… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela

Saudi and UAE-backed forces clash in southern Yemen as tensions run high

Published 2020-05-11 12:10:32 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Saudi and UAE-backed forces in southern Yemen clashed on Monday, as tensions between the former allies continue to increase each day. According to reports from southern Yemen, the Saudi-backed Yemeni Army and UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council clashed inside the Shaqra area of the Abyan Governorate; this would result in casualties on both sides. For its part, Yemeni media sources stated that the Saud-backed forces entered the Abyan Governorate center at dawn on Monday and that the Southern Transitional Council forces withdrew. The Southern Transitional Council affirmed in a statement that the government forces launched… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, UAE, Yemen

New video surfaces after Iranian warship is accidentally attacked

Published 2020-05-11 11:51:07 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – As many as 19 Iranian sailors were killed and 16 more wounded during an accident on the Konarak ship in the Sea of Oman last night. Mahran Amini Fard, President of Iran University in the Sistan-Baluchestan Province, said that 10 ambulances were sent to deliver the injured sailors to Imam Ali Hospital. He pointed out that one of the injured was operated on, while 12 others were being treated in the special departments inside the hospital. Earlier, activists circulated reports that a Iranian army destroyer had mistakenly bombed an Iranian warship. The same sources indicated… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Turkish-backed Syrian militant commander killed in Libya

Published 2020-05-11 11:27:50 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Military Information Division of the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced the killing of Mohammad Hindawi, a field commander in the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA). The Military Information Division said in a statement that units of the Libyan National Army carried out on Sunday, a specific operation at the axis of Ayn Zara. The operation reportedly targeted Hindawi, who is a commander of the Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries in the 2nd Corps of the SNA. Hindawi’s death marks one of the first times since the Syrian mercenaries were transported… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Syria, Turkey

US military convoy enters Syria, deploys to large oil field

Published 2020-05-11 11:07:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – A U.S. military convoy entered northeastern Syria this week after traveling from neighboring Iraq via the Al-Walid Crossing. According to a field report from Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate, the U.S. convoy, consisting of five vehicles, traveled from Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate to the Al-Jibsa Oil Field in the Al-Shaddadi District. The report said before deploying to the Al-Jibsa Oil Field, the U.S. forces toured the oil and gas fields at Al-Kubaybah, Ghuna, and Hawiziyah. Not long after the arrival of the U.S. military convoy, an American cargo plane landed at the Qasrak Base near the town of… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Iran announces fate of damaged warship in Persian Gulf

Published 2020-05-11 10:52:37 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Iranian Navy announced the death of 19 soldiers and the hospitalization of 15 others on the battleship Konark. The Iranian Navy said in a statement on Monday that friendly fire caused the accident, as an Iranian missile hit a support ship in the Gulf of Oman on Sunday. The Department of Public Relations in the Navy clarified that while a number of naval forces were conducting exercises in the waters of Jask and Chabahar in the Gulf of Oman, the Konark ship was involved in an accident, noting that the ship was transported to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Large number of Syrian Army reinforcements arrive in Idlib after jihadist ambush

Published 2020-05-11 10:36:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – A large number of reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were sent to the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate last night, following an ambush by a group of jihadist rebels the night before. According to a military source in the area, some of the reinforcements were moved to the Al-Ghaab Plain region where the jihadist ambush took place, while the remaining were positioned in southern Idlib. The source said the Syrian Arab Army is preparing to launch a new offensive in southern Idlib, which will concentrate on the jihadist-held areas in the Jabal… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

China intensifies military presence in South China Sea amid fears of future confrontation with US

Published 2020-05-11 03:07:14 by News Desk in World-News

While China has major interests in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, the US does not – but it still sends military vessels there under the pretext of upholding freedom of navigation in the region. Both Washington and Beijing have intensified their military activities in the South China Sea over the course of 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019, despite the ongoing pandemic – which has impacted at least part of the US Navy’s forces. The US has so far conducted some 39 flights in close proximity with China’s borders or over disputed territories this… Read on ->

Tags: China

Iranian Navy accidentally bombs own warship in Persian Gulf

Published 2020-05-11 02:56:56 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 A.M.) – Several reports have surfaced this morning about an Iranian naval destroyer bombing one of its own warships in the Persian Gulf. According to the reports, dozens of sailors were killed when the Iranian destroyer hit the Konarak warship in the Sea of Oman. According to reports published by local journalists on social media, the frigate was targeted by a missile launched by the Jamran frigate. Activists wrote that the missile targeted the ship is automatically directed through the radar, without the opportunity for the ship’s crew to keep an eye out for it and know… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

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