This is a summary of 12 AMN articles on the following subjects: China, US, Aleppo, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Idlib, Florida, Iran, Venezuela, Homs, ISIS, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Daraa.

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US intensifies military pressure on China amid growing tensions

Published 2020-05-15 23:04:50 by News Desk in World-News

Washington is intensifying its military pressure on Beijing amid growing tensions over the South China Sea as the White House accuses Chinese authorities of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic in order to strengthen their regional clout. US Navy Captain Michael Kafka, a spokesperson for the American military’s Indo-Pacific Command, told CNN that “the People’s Republic of China is attempting to use the regional focus on COVID [-19] to assertively advance its own interests”. On the South China Sea, Kafka pledged that the US would continue to conduct a “global Freedom of Navigation operations programme in which US Navy ships safely and… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

Two drunk Turkish-backed rebels attempt to attack women and children in northwest Aleppo

Published 2020-05-15 22:56:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – Two members of a Turkish-backed militant group in northwestern Aleppo attempted to attack women and children this week while intoxicated on alcohol, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said. “Reliable sources have informed SOHR that two drunk gunmen affiliated to Turkish-backed factions have stormed a house where only women and children live, in Afrin city center in the north-west of Aleppo, in an attempt to assault the women there,” the monitor claimed. The SOHR report said the drunk gunmen opened fire inside the house to “intimidate and terrorize the women.” They said the two… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

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King Abdullah warns of ‘massive conflict’ with Israel annexes West Bank

Published 2020-05-15 22:43:55 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – Jordanian King ‘Abdullah II warned Israel against annexing the West Bank region this Summer, stating that this move will undoubtedly lead to a massive conflict between them and the Hashemite Kingdom. “What would happen if the Palestinian National Authority collapsed? There would be more chaos and extremism in the region. If Israel really annexed the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” King ‘Abdullah said. The Jordanian King said he does not want to make threats towards Israel, but should they move forward with the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Jordan, Palestine

Heavy clashes breakout in southern Idlib as Syrian Army, jihadists exchange attacks

Published 2020-05-15 22:26:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – A series of heavy clashes broke out in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Friday, following an exchange of artillery fire near the Kafr Nabl axis. According to a field report from northwestern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) trades gunfire and rockets along the front-lines of southern Idlib this evening. The report said the clashes took place near the towns of Kansafra, Al-Bara’, and Kafr Nabl, with no information about the total number of casualties both sides suffered. These latest clashes come nearly a… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

US F-22 fighter jet crashes in Florida

Published 2020-05-15 22:14:08 by News Desk in World-News

A US F-22 fifth-generation fighter jet crashed at 9:15 a.m. (1:15 GMT) in Florida while the pilot ejected safely, the US Air Force said in a statement. “The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft and has been transported to the 96th Medical Group hospital on Eglin for evaluation and observation. He is currently in stable condition. The name of the pilot has not been released”, the statement said. According to reports, the fighter was involved in the “America Strong” flyover tour, which honours healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other frontline personnel​. Tyndall Air Force Base, which is located 12… Read on ->

Tags: Florida, US

US considers taking measures against Iranian ships heading to Venezuela

Published 2020-05-15 12:39:57 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – A senior official the Trump administration told Reuters on Thursday that the United States is considering measures that it can take in response to a fuel shipment that Iran is sending to crisis-stricken Venezuela. The official, who asked not to be named, said that Washington is “with a great degree of certainty” that the government of Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro pays Iran with tons of gold. According to ship tracking data from Revitalive Icon Wednesday, at least one tanker loaded with fuel sailed from an Iranian port towards Venezuela, which could help the country alleviate… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela

Syrian Army involved in heavy clashes with ISIS terrorists in eastern Homs

Published 2020-05-15 12:25:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF), confronted Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists in eastern Homs on Thursday, a field source told Al-Masdar News. According to the military source, the Syrian Army engaged a group of Islamic State militants in a fierce firefight in the mountainous area of the Badiya Al-Sham region. The source said the Syrian Army and NDF were able to repel the Islamic State terrorists that were attempting to infiltrate their positions in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. The Islamic State has attempted to take advantage of… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, ISIS, Syria

Israel holds simulated war against Hezbollah: video

Published 2020-05-15 12:06:49 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – On Wednesday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) organized military exercises that simulated an attack against Hezbollah, including the deployment of tanks and infantry forces. These exercises come after Israeli accusations last month of Hezbollah’s “provocative” activity along the Lebanese-Israeli border. Israel and Hezbollah have been involved in a number of conflicts over the last 30 years, including a month-long war in 2006. In Lebanon, the May 2000 Israeli military withdrawal and 2006 War are hailed as victories for Hezbollah and the Resistance Bloc. Israel, on the other hand, claims they withdrew from Lebanon in May… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon

Conflict rages between US and China over resolution

Published 2020-05-15 11:43:24 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The conflict between the United States and China is raging over the growing stalemate due to the coronavirus pandemic. For more than seven weeks, the Security Council has been trying to agree on a text designed to support a call by the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on March 23 for a ceasefire in global conflicts so that the world can focus on the pandemic. But talks on a draft resolution prepared by France and Tunisia have stalled due to a standoff between China and the United States over calls for WHO support. The United… Read on ->

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Tags: China, US

US tracking Iranian tankers is violation of international law: Venezuelan FM

Published 2020-05-15 11:25:24 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

The United States is tracing and tracking fuel tankers arriving in Venezuela, which constitutes a violation of international law, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Thursday. “There is more evidence for the world that we will send to the International Criminal Court. Against the background of the pandemic, Washington is tracing ships that transport our oil and carry fuel. This is a gross violation of international law and of the fundamental rights of Venezuelans”, Arreaza wrote on Twitter. Previously, media reported that several ships with gasoline on board had set sail from Iran to the Latin American country. According to,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela

Large convoy of Syrian Army reinforcements head to Daraa: video

Published 2020-05-15 11:10:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – A large number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers poured into the Daraa Governorate this week to take part in a new operation inside the key town of Tafas. According to a field source in the Daraa Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army, primarily the 4th Armored Division, traveled to the outskirts of Tafas after receiving orders from the SAA’s high command. The source said Syrian Army reinforcements have been traveling from neighboring governorates to take part in this upcoming operation to clear Tafas of all the remaining militants inside. He would add that the operation… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Iranian tankers head to Venezuela as US warships deploy to Caribbean

Published 2020-05-15 00:22:01 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – At least five Iranian fuel tankers are on the way to Venezuela to help the South American nation with their fuel crisis. According to reports, the first Iranian tanker, Fortune, has already entered Atlantic waters while the last tanker, Clavel, crossed the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean Sea. These shipments mark one of the first times in recent memory that Iran has sent such a large amount of fuel to Venezuela. However, the Iranian tankers may face some issues while heading to the South American nation, as the U.S. Navy has recently deployed… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela

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