This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria, Iran, Israel, US, Abyan, Yemen, Idlib, Hama, Venezuela, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Turkey, China, India, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, UAE, Guaido.

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Russian Navy destroys enemy targets in drills off the coast of Syria

Published 2020-05-12 23:41:07 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

The crew of the Black Sea Fleet’s small missile ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo held air defense drills in the Mediterranean, the Fleet’s press office reported on Tuesday. “Under the drills’ scenario, the ship’s air defense teams spotted a group of a notional enemy’s aircraft flying towards the Orekhovo-Zuyevo. The air defense teams of the small missile ship practiced the algorithm of measures to repel the hypothetical enemy’s air attack weapons,” the press office said in a statement. During the drills, the team of the warship’s combat information center detected and identified simulated targets while the air defense teams destroyed them by electronic… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria

Israel mulls response to alleged Iranian cyber attack that ‘breaks all codes of war’

Published 2020-05-12 23:01:03 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

The Israeli “high-level security cabinet” has reportedly condemned an “Iranian cyber attack” on Tel Aviv’s civil water infrastructure, according to the Times of Israel. The participants of the meeting were reportedly forced to sign confidentiality forms. The alleged attack in question that reportedly took place in late April was described by one of Israeli officials as a “significant escalation” by Iran that “crossed a red line” as it targeted civil facilities. Officials note that the attack did little damage, despite minor problems reported in local councils. “This is an attack that goes against all the codes of war. Even from… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel

US military wants to turn Syria into quagmire for Russia: envoy

Published 2020-05-12 22:34:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The U.S. special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, said this week that even a small American presence in the Arab Republic could turn the situation into a quagmire for the Russians. “Our military presence, while small, is important for overall calculations. So we urge the Congress, the American people, the president to keep these forces on, but again this isn’t Afghanistan, this isn’t Vietnam, this isn’t a quagmire,” Jeffrey said during the Hudson Institute video event. According to Jeffrey, “my job is to make it a quagmire for the Russians.” He pledged that the United… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, US

Heavy clashes erupt between UAE and Saudi-backed forces in southern Yemen

Published 2020-05-12 22:18:35 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The battle for southern Yemen continued on Tuesday when members of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council and Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces clashed inside the Abyan Governorate. According to the latest reports from Abyan, the Southern Transitional Council and the Yemeni government forces have been involved in heavy clashes near the governorate’s administrative capital. The clashes between the two former allies have recently intensified following the Southern Transitional Council’s decision to impose control over the entire southern capital, Aden. This move led to clashes in several parts of southern Yemen, including a brief battle at the… Read on ->

Tags: Abyan, Yemen

Russian military comes under attack during Idlib patrol: video

Published 2020-05-12 21:43:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Russian military police came under attack by a group of protesters, backed by the Turkish-backed militants, in the Idlib Governorate on Tuesday. According to reports from northwestern Syria on Tuesday, the Russian military police were repeatedly struck by rocks and eggs while they were trying to complete their patrol along the strategic M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway). The protesters made it known to the Russian and Turkish forces that they were against these patrols, despite the fact it was agreed upon during the March 5th Moscow meeting. In the past, the joint Russia-Turkish military… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Syrian Army unleashes relentless attack on jihadist forces in Al-Ghaab

Published 2020-05-12 21:23:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been relentless in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate, as their forces continue to hammer the jihadist positions in the Al-Ghaab Plain. What began as a jihadist attack would quickly turn into a series of heavy strikes by the Syrian Arab Army, as they repeatedly fired missiles and artillery shells on the positions of the Hurras Al-Deen group and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP). A source in the nearby town of Joureen said the Syrian Army’s troops in the Al-Ghaab Plain continue to receive new reinforcements every few… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

US mercenaries went through with Venezuela operation despite being outed weeks earlier: video

Published 2020-05-12 21:06:11 by News Desk in World-News

Diosdado Cabello, president of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly and second-in-command of the United Socialist party of Venezuela, the Latin American nation’s ruling party, revealed details about who was behind the botched mercenary invasion over month before it took place. Cabello laid out the details of the plot on March 28 on Venezuelan national television. However, the presentation, which proved surprisingly prescient, detailed, and accurate, received almost no media attention at the time, and has been picked up by only one major UK outlet since. In the programme, Cabello stands before a pair of large cork boards and a chart featuring the… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela

Hezbollah’s ‘war of attrition’ led to Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon: historian

Published 2020-05-12 20:38:06 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – Israel’s Channel 7 said that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) faced a “war of attrition” in southern Lebanon, just before it withdrew from the Levantine nation on May 25, 2000. According to their report, a discussion with Israeli military historian Uri Milstein was held about the 20th anniversary of the IDF’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon. Milstein explained that the Israel was facing a war of attrition with Hezbollah before their subsequent withdrawal, which caused issues for the IDF inside southern Lebanon. The historian said that the IDF did not achieve the desired goals in Lebanon,… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon

Syrian civilians block US forces from entering their villages

Published 2020-05-12 20:11:01 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The residents of two villages in northeastern Syria blocked a U.S. military convoy from entering their area. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the residents of Dishishah and Al-Qahirah blocked the U.S. convoy from entering their villages in the Tal Tamr countryside; thus, forcing the American troops to turn around. The SANA report said the protesters refused to leave the road until the U.S. forces turned their convoy around and found another route to their destination. The incident occurred in the eastern countryside of the Tal Tamr District, which is located in the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Video surfaces of alleged Iranian warplane intercepting US F-18

Published 2020-05-12 19:50:20 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – A video has surfaced on social media showing the alleged interception of a U.S. F-18 Hornet by an Iranian warplane over an undisclosed area. According to the video, which was published on the Russian Telegram account, “Military Observer”, shows an Iranian F-4E Phantom II intercepts the U.S. F-18 fighter. A The Military Observer account said the date and place of footage is unknown; however, given the fact that Iranian air force fighters do not fly long distances from its borders, it is obviously about the Persian Gulf region. “During one of the exercises, the pilot… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Russian-Turkish forces complete 10th patrol despite being pelted with rocks, eggs in Idlib

Published 2020-05-12 16:55:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria said that two groups from the Russian and Turkish armies carried out their tenth joint patrol along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) in Idlib, A declaration issued by the center stated: “On May 12, 2020, the tenth joint Russian-Turkish patrol was carried out on the section located in the Idlib area of ​​the M-4 motorway, which links the cities of Aleppo and Latakia.” He added that seven Russian military vehicles participated in this patrol: two ‘Typhoon’ vehicles, two BTR-82A, two armored Tiger vehicles, and an armored vehicle BREM-K. From… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

India worried China is planning to create artificial islands in Maldives

Published 2020-05-12 16:41:12 by News Desk in World-News

In another development affecting relations between India and China, the latest satellite images of face-lifted Feydhoo Finolhu Island in the Indian Ocean have posed serious concerns for New Delhi. A satellite images from January 2018 shows the original size of the island: about 38,000 sq. metres. The other image, from February 2020, shows land reclaimed by China following the destruction of the reef, which made the island 100,000 sq. metres. The image also shows ongoing construction on the reclaimed area. The island, which is almost 600 km from India and close to Malé airport, was leased to an undisclosed Chinese… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Turkey fires back at 5 countries, ‘we ruined your sabotoge’

Published 2020-05-12 16:27:50 by News Desk in Gulf, North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – The Turkish Foreign Ministry considered the statement from the UAE, Egypt, France, Greece and Cyprus on Turkey’s activities in the Mediterranean as evidence of “double standards”. Turkey responds to Egypt, France and other countries: “We have ruined your sabotage accounts to stabilize the region,” the Foreign Ministry said, ” Turkey is under severe attack from Egypt, the Emirates, Greece, Cyprus and France.” “The statement of the foreign ministers of Egypt, the UAE, Greece, France, and Greek Cyprus on the Mediterranean basin is evidence of the double standards followed by these countries,” they continued. “Instead of… Read on ->

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

Two Juan Guaido advisers resign after failed invasion

Published 2020-05-12 16:14:41 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaido, who has appointed himself president, announced the resignation of two of his advisers after accusing them of playing a role in the attempted invasion of Venezuela by mercenaries. A statement issued by Guaido’s office confirmed the resignation of “Strategic Expert Juan Jose Rendon and Representative Sergio Vergara” from their advisory duties. At least 45 people were arrested for their involvement in this failed operation, which involved the landing of armed men on May 3 and 4 on Makoto Beach, near Caracas. On May 3, eight people were… Read on ->

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Tags: Guaido, Venezuela

Heavy clashes breakout in northwest Hama as jihadists attack Syrian Army points

Published 2020-05-12 16:02:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – A series of clashes broke out on Tuesday when the jihadist rebels launched a new attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Al-Ghaab Plain region. According to a field report from northwestern Syria, the jihadist rebels launched artillery shells towards the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses in the northern region of the Al-Ghaab Plain; this prompted the SAA to return fire. The two sides reportedly exchanged machine and light gunfire, despite an ongoing ceasefire that was brokered by the Russian and Turkish authorities on March 5th in Moscow. These latest clashes come a… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

First image from destroyed Iranian ship

Published 2020-05-12 15:43:27 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The first image of the damaged Iranian ship, Konarak, appeared after being mistakenly targeted during exercises by the Iranian Navy earlier this week. The picture, posted by Iran News, shows damage from the fire as well as a gap in the middle of the warship from the missile that struck it. Earlier, the Iranian Navy announced the death of 19 soldiers and the hospitalization of 15 others in this accidental attack. The Iranian Navy said in a statement on Monday that friendly fire had caused the accident, as an Iranian missile hit a support ship… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Fighter jet, choppers scramble as standoff escalates between Chinese, Indian troops

Published 2020-05-12 15:21:04 by News Desk in World-News

A Chinese helicopter was once again spotted in the eastern Ladakh sector on Tuesday for the third time since 5 May, defence sources in New Delhi said. Border tensions between India and China have escalated in the Ladakh sector as fully armed troops from the two sides have been present at the stand-off site for more than a week. Defence sources said: “Approximately 100 fully armed troops from the two sides are holding their ground at a position near the Pangong Tso (lake).” Sources said over 1,200 Chinese troops kept ready as reinforcement near the contested region, where the two… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Syrian Ministry of Defense announces several soldiers killed in jihadist attack

Published 2020-05-12 00:08:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – he Syrian Ministry of Defense announced that a number of its soldiers had been killed in an armed attack on Syrian army positions in Hama countryside. In the words of a military source, the Syrian defense issued a statement saying that “armed terrorist groups led by Hurras Al-Deen “and the Turkestan Islamic Party began to infiltrate before yesterday afternoon at one of the military points in the village (Al-Tanjara) in the northern Al-Ghaab area, and targeted the point with a barrage of mortars and heavy and medium machine gun fire with great intensity, which prompted… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

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