This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: ISIS, Syria, US, Israel, Iran, Russia, Egypt, Daraa, Venezuela, Saudi, UAE, Yemen, Gemayel, Lebanon, Hasakah, Turkey.

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Satellite image reveals Syria’s S-300 system is combat ready

Published 2020-05-14 23:37:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – A new satellite photo of the Syrian military’s S-300 system revealed that it is currently combat ready. In a photo posted on the Russian publication, Avia.Pro, the S-300 system can be seen combat ready, despite previous reports alleging that Syria was not using it. “A commercial spacecraft was able to capture in the images the deployment area of ​​the S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems in Syria. Satellite images appeared for the first time in six months, and, notably, they were taken after a number of countries criticized the Russian air defense systems, saying that Russian-made systems… Read on ->


ISIS terrorists allege they attacked Syrian Army from US-controlled zone: SANA

Published 2020-05-14 23:11:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Syrian authorities have arrested a group of ISIS-affiliated militants, who admitted that they committed various terrorist operations, ranging from killing, executions, kidnapping, and the sabotage and destruction of public property. The terrorists admitted that many of these operations were carried out in coordination between ISIS and the U.S. military deployed in the Al-Tanf Zone on the Syrian-Jordanian borders, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) claimed. SANA said these terrorists alleged that they were instructed by the U.S. forces in Al-Tanf, as these troops directed the leader of the terrorist organization, Hassan Alqam Al-Jazrawi, particularly… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria, US

Israeli military focus on developing new F-35

Published 2020-05-14 22:41:22 by News Desk in Middleeast

The IDF revealed Wednesday that IAF commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin has moved to close the 117th First Jet Squadron in October as the IDF continues the rollout of its ambitious, expensive, multi-year plan, which was launched back in February. “Under the multi-year ‘Momentum’ Plan, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi made a series of decisions geared toward internal efficiencies and cutting back old systems, alongside the acquiring and development of new systems,” read the IDF statement obtained by the Times of Israel. “As part of these decisions, the chief of staff decided to close a fighter jet squadron.”… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel

Iranian ship involved in ‘accident’ in the Strait of Singapore

Published 2020-05-14 22:24:24 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – An Iranian shipping company has announced that its vessel was involved in an accident in the Strait of Singapore due to a technical failure. The company’s statement stated that the Iranian commercial ship was stalled and stopped in the Strait of Singapore due to technical problems, stressing that there were no human and environmental losses resulting from the accident. The company added that the ship is under control and that its crew is working to repair it and reduce any possible environmental pollution in the Strait, stressing that it is registered with all international insurance… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Syrian flights from Iran continue to evade Israel by flying to Russian airbase

Published 2020-05-14 21:51:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Syrian government has been able to evade potential Israeli airstrikes on their cargo from Iran by flying to the Hmeimim Airbase in the country’s western region. According to air traffic reports, the Syrian government cargo jets have conducted at least three flights from Tehran to the Russian military’s Hmeimim Airbase in the Latakia Governorate in the past week. The cargo inside of these planes are unknown; however, in the past, the Israeli Armed Forces have kept a close eye on these flights and even attacked the shipments. While the Syrian government does not comment… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria

Egyptian military unveils new naval frigate

Published 2020-05-14 21:13:23 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Egyptian Armed Forces were able to manufacture the ghostly corvette in the Alexandria Naval Shipyard Company in cooperation with their French allies. Egypt celebrated the inauguration of the first Ghoweind frigate, which was built at Alexandria Shipyard Company in 2018. The French shipyards in Lorient began building the first corvette, which was later called “Sajim Al-Fateh” in April 2015, and it appeared almost a year later in September 2016 in France in the presence of the Commander of the Egyptian Navy, Lieutenant General Osama Rabei, and Egypt received it on September 22, 2017, where… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt

Israel is ramping up attacks against Iran in Syria: US

Published 2020-05-14 19:41:00 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

Israel has seemingly ramped up its attacks against alleged Iranian targets in Syria, according to US diplomats. There “appears to be increased Israeli operational tempo [in Syria] and broadening [of] its target set”, a senior State Department official, who accompanied Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his Israel visit, told reporters on Wednesday. When asked to clarify the comment, the diplomat stated: “I didn’t say [Israel] was [broadening its targets in Syria], I said ‘appears to be.'” Mike Pompeo visited Jerusalem on Wednesday to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his nemesis-turned-ally Benny Gantz. They were expected to discuss… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria, US

Iran mocks US over bleach treatment for COVID-19

Published 2020-05-14 19:24:56 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has commented on the statements of the U.S. envoy, Brian Hook, who has threatened to return all U.N. sanctions against Iran if the Security Council does not extend the arms embargo on Tehran. Zarif said, “The foolish allegations of American officials towards the nuclear agreement are not new, and it is not surprising that those proposing to inject citizens with antiseptics to prevent coronavirus are members of the nuclear agreement after violating the U.N. resolution and withdrawing from the agreement.” “Brian Hook has nothing to do with the nuclear… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

Syrian Army reinforcements roll into Daraa with heavy weapons for new operation

Published 2020-05-14 19:07:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Armed Forces have sent more reinforcements to the Daraa Governorate on Thursday after sending a large convoy overnight. According to a military source in Daraa, the Syrian Army sent more reinforcements from the 4th Armored Division to the outskirts of Tafas, where they are planning to launch a new operation to clear the town of its remaining militants. The source told Al-Masdar that the Syrian Army is preparing to cordon off Tafas and launch a big operation to arrest the remaining militants behind the execution of nine soldiers in the nearby town of… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Maduro reveals US-led ‘plan to attack’ Venezuela

Published 2020-05-14 18:44:11 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Venezuelan President, Nicholas Maduro, confirmed that the opposition leader , Juan Guaido, met a former U.S. military officer in February at the White House to plan the incursion into Venezuela, which was thwarted in March. The Venezuelan Presient said Juan Guaido met with the Silvercorp security firm’s leader at the White House on February 4th, explaining that this was “on the orders of Donald Trump,” the President of the United States, “to work to develop an attack plan.” The Venezuelan Minister of Communications, Jorge Rodriguez, also spoke about the role played Sivercorp, and on… Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela

US to supply Saudi Arabia with over 1,000 new missiles

Published 2020-05-14 18:21:46 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that Boeing will supply the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with more than a thousand missiles. The Pentagon said that the company will export to Riyadh about 650 SLAM ER missiles and 402 Harpoon anti-ship missiles. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Riyadh has signed a contract with the company for $ 1.971 billion to develop and transfer 650 SLAM ER missiles to Saudi Arabia. It is noteworthy that the range of these missiles is approximately 270 km, and the deal is expected to be completed by December 2028. As… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, US

Battle for southern Yemen rages as Saudi-backed forces gain ground

Published 2020-05-14 18:01:47 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Saudi-backed Yemeni Army managed to score a big advance in southern Yemen on Wednesday after storming the positions of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council in the Abyan Governorate. According to reports, the Yemeni Army advanced in the Sheikh Salim area in central Abyan, seizing several sites from the STC forces. The Yemeni Army also carried out a deadly ambush in this area, which left many dead and wounded. They would also manage to seize eight vehicles that belonged to the STC forces during this battle on Wednesday. The Saudi-backed troops are now pushing further… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, UAE, Yemen

Samy Gemayel accuses Hezbollah of manipulating Lebanese gov’t

Published 2020-05-14 17:46:56 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The head of the Kata’eb Party, Samy Gemayel, criticized the Lebanese government this for their role in the ongoing financial crisis. Gemayel said at a news conference on Thursday, as quoted by Al-Joumhouria: “We are with the tragedy of the people and with the young people of Lebanon and this tragedy has already warned us in previous years.” He pointed out that “the worst and most dangerous of the social tragedy experienced by the Lebanese is ambiguity with everything related to the future.” Gemayel considered that “the political cartel has brought us to what we… Read on ->

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Tags: Gemayel, Lebanon

US-backed forces seize Syrian Commercial Bank in Hasakah

Published 2020-05-14 17:27:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The U.S.-backed forces have seized Syrian Commercial Bank in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, as they expelled all the employees inside the building and established full control over the site. According to a field report, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), alongside the U.S. Coalition, attacked the main building of the Syrian Commercial Bank branch of the government located within the gathering of  official departments in the southern section of Ghuweiran District, at the entrance of Al-Zohour neighborhood in Hasakah city. “The building that was controlled by Qasd (SDF) is located near the Industrial Prison, the Industrial Secondary… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Russia’s S-400 causes first casualties for F-35 as Lockheed Martin runs out of parts once made in Turkey

Published 2020-05-14 16:46:07 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

The timely production of key components for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation multirole combat aircraft has been put out of whack thanks to US lawmakers’ decision to kick senior development partner Turkey out of the programme, Breaking Defense has reported, citing a fresh report by the Government Accountability Office. According to the spending watchdog, as many as 15 key components for the F-35 once produced in Turkey are currently not “being produced at the needed production rate.” At the same time, the GAO reported that Lockheed has had to scramble to find new suppliers for a whopping 1,005… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey, US

Iran seeks to break through US blockade to deliver fuel to Venezuela

Published 2020-05-14 02:33:35 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 A.M.) – According to the ship tracking data issued by Refinitiv Icon, at least one fuel tanker in the port of Bandar Abbas is sailing towards Venezuela in violation of the sanctions imposed on the two countries. According to the data, the medium tanker ‘Clafel’ crossed the Suez Canal on Wednesday after it was loaded with fuel at the end of March. The same source added that four other ships of the same size, all flying the Iranian flag, were loaded with fuel in Bandar Abbas or near it, approaching the transit of the Atlantic Ocean after… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela

Large Syrian Army convoy arrives in Daraa as new operation approaches

Published 2020-05-14 02:01:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 A.M.) – A new military operation is looming in the Daraa Governorate, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) pushes a large number of reinforcements to the Tafas front. According to a field source in the Daraa Governorate, Syrian Army reinforcements poured into Daraa on Wednesday night after receiving orders to redeploy from the neighboring governorates of Damascus and Al-Sweida. The source said the Syrian Army reinforcements, several of which are from the 4th Armored Division, will take part in the operation to clear the key town of Tafas. Several militants are currently holed up inside the town… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

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