This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Assad, Iran, Putin, Russia, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Libya, NATO, Turkey, Diyala, Iraq, Aleppo, Idlib, Jordan, Palestine, US, Venezuela, Egypt, ISIS, LNA, China.

Categories covered in this brief: Iran, Syria, World-News, Lebanon, North-Africa, Iraq, Middleeast, Palestine

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Russian ambassador dismisses claims of Russia and Iran dumping Assad

Published 2020-05-16 20:15:45 by News Desk in Iran, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Russian Ambassador to Iran, Levan Dzhagaryan, sat down for an interview with the Mehr News Agency on Saturday to discuss a number of topics, including Syria and the rumors about Iran, Russia, and Turkey agreeing to remove Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad from power. When asked directly about the claims that Iran, Russia, and Turkey agreed to remove the Syrian President, Dzhagaryan responded: “We are not the countries to decide the future of Syrian people and President Assad. Once again, I would like to confirm our position. The future of President Assad and Syria will… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Iran, Putin, Russia, Syria


Lebanon cracks down on illegal money transfers to terrorist groups in Syria

Published 2020-05-16 19:59:10 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Army Command – Orientation Directorate issued a statement on Saturday, in which it indicated that through its follow-up on one of the files pertaining to financing of terrorists, the Intelligence Directorate arrested a Syrian national who has been living for a long time in Lebanon and working in the domain of illegal money transfers, by sending money outside Lebanon in favor of one of the terrorist entities. Through the confessions he made about the ways he was transferring money from Lebanon, the Intelligence Directorate managed to identify a group of people (Lebanese and Syrians)… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria


Iranian official reveals Iran’s plan to confront Israel

Published 2020-05-16 19:45:46 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Sayyid Hossein Nahgavii Hosseini, the spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian parliament, revealed on Saturday the details of a plan to confront Israel. “The committee meeting was held this evening, Saturday, with the aim of studying the plan to confront and ratify the hostile practices of the Zionist entity against peace and security,” he said, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency. He said that “according to the first article of the aforementioned plan, all the country’s bodies are obligated to use all their regional and international energies to… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel


Turkey calls on NATO to once again intervene in Libya

Published 2020-05-16 19:32:22 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – Turkey issued a strong condemnation of the Libyan National Army (LNA) leader, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, accusing him of intensifying attacks on civilians. The statement also called on NATO to intervene in order to stop the Libyan National Army and its supporters, especially Egypt, the UAE and France. “Haftar and his supporters have become more aggressive by launching attacks targeting civilians,” he said, considering that it was similar to what he described as “the Syrian regime’s aggression against its people.” . “They are targeting civilians, including hospitals. Why this aggression?! Because they are beginning to… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, NATO, Turkey


Iraqi forces launch new operation after ISIS attacks

Published 2020-05-16 13:49:53 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – On Saturday morning, the Iraqi Armed Forces and the Diyala Governorate Police Directorate in eastern Iraq launched a military operation in the southern part of the Bahriz District. The security forces said in a press statement that “part of the Diyala Operations Command represented by the 5th Infantry Division of the Iraqi Army and the Diyala Police Directorate are conducting raids in southern Bahriz and implementing orders to arrest the wanted and prosecute the remnants of the ISIS terrorist gangs, as well as strengthening security and stability there, and we will provide you with details… Read on ->

Tags: Diyala, Iraq


Powerful explosion rocks Aleppo city: report

Published 2020-05-16 13:32:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – A powerful explosion was heard in the administrative capital of the Aleppo Governorate on Saturday morning, a field source told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, the explosion took place around the defense factions in the Ramouseh District. The source said that the explosions were first thought to be from airstrikes on the Ramouseh District; however, they later ruled this out after investigating the scene of the blast. The Syrian military and administrative police are still investigating the area to find out what caused the explosion. Earlier this month, the Israeli Air Force struck the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Iranian military may be used against massive locust invasion

Published 2020-05-16 13:09:57 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – An official at Iran’s Ministry of Agriculture said they might use the army to help combat the locusts that invade the southern part of the country and threaten to destroy crops worth more than $7 billion. “The Desert Locust attacked more than 200,000 hectares of orchards and farmlands in seven of the 31 provinces in the country,” the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency reported, quoting Mohammad Reza Mir, an official at the Ministry of Agriculture. Mir said that the affected areas, which extends from Iran’s borders with Pakistan and Iraq, will likely increase soon and… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


Surprise militant attack leads to heavy clashes in southern Idlib

Published 2020-05-16 12:49:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed militant factions were involved in a series of intense clashes on Friday, resulting in casualties for all parties involved. According to a report from northwestern Syria, the clashes began on Friday when the militant forces carried out a surprise attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions along the Jabal Al-Zawiya axis n southern Idlib. The report said the militants inflicted some casualties in the ranks of the Syrian Army near the town of Kafr Nabl; this lead to a fierce response from the SAA and its allies from… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US responds to Jordan’s threat of ‘massive conflict’ with Israel if West Bank is annexed

Published 2020-05-16 12:20:51 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The U.S. State Department commented on the statement from the Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah II, who said that Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank will undoubtedly lead to a “massive conflict” between them and the Hashemite Kingdom and “The United States has close ties with Jordan. We know that Jordan plays a special role in the Middle East, especially its relationship with Israel,” said State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus on Friday. “What we hope for Israel and Jordan is that they will have a strong relationship not only at the security level, but also… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Jordan, Palestine, US


Iran warns US to stay away from tankers going to Venezuela

Published 2020-05-16 11:58:45 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Iranian Noor New Agency reported on Friday that the U.S. attempts to disrupts an Iranian fuel shipment to Venezuela will have face repercussions. “In the early hours of Saturday morning, local time, in response to reports that American warships were sailing towards the Caribbean, the United States intends, like pirates, to create insecurity in international waterways. It will create a serious risk and will certainly not pass without repercussions,” the Noor Agency said, as quoted by Reuters. A senior official in the Trump administration said that the United States is considering measures it could… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela


Egypt to become 1st Arab country to operate Russia’s Su-35 jet

Published 2020-05-16 11:35:07 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – On Saturday, the TASS news agency quoted a military source as saying that Russia had begun production of the latest generation of Su-35 jets for Egypt, under a signed contract with Cairo. The source said to the agency: “At the Gagarin Komsomolsk-on-Amur plant, production of the Su-35 has begun, which is to be delivered to the Egyptian Air Force under a contract which concluded in 2018.” The source pointed out that “the timing of delivery of the first batch of aircraft to the Egyptian side and for a reason related to the special restrictions imposed… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Russia


Iraqi forces thwart ISIS naval incursion in Salaheddine

Published 2020-05-16 11:17:44 by News Desk in Iraq

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) announced on Friday that they repelled an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) attack near the Samarra Dam in the Salaheddine Governorate. The PMF stated that “the 3rd Regiment of the 7th Brigade in the Popular Mobilization Forces thwarted the infiltration of an enemy boat carrying a group of members of the organization,” referring to “confronting the terrorists before they were forced to flee.” They added that “the Popular Mobilization Forces searched the area during a subsequent operation and found a small boat belonging to ISIS in the area containing food supplies.”… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


Memorial erected in Idlib for Russian pilot killed in Syria

Published 2020-05-16 10:57:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Russian Army erected a memorial to the pilot, Roman Filipov, in the place where he parachuted after his plane was hit in the Idlib Governorate. The incident dates back to February 3, 2018, when he was bombing a group of jihadists in the Idlib countryside. Instead of surrendering to the jihadists after he parachuted from his falling aircraft, Filipov chose to engage the swarming militants instead of surrendering to them. The statue was erected on a small hill in the middle of an olive grove, where traces of bullets are still found. The terrorist… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Libyan Army shoots down Turkish aircraft near strategic base: video

Published 2020-05-16 10:42:30 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, posted a video via their official Facebook page, which showed the Turkish aircraft they shot down near the Al-Watiyah Airbase. According to the LNA, their air defenses shot down the Turkish aircraft as it was attempting to bomb their positions at the strategic Al-Watiyah Airbase in the western part of Libya. The Libyan National Army did not specify which air defense system they used to shoot down the Turkish aircraft; however, it is very likely they used the Russian-made Pantsir-S system, which has been… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA


US developing hypersonic missile unlike the world has ever seen

Published 2020-05-16 10:19:21 by News Desk in World-News

On Friday, President Donald Trump announced that the US is developing a state-of-the-art hypersonic missile that he stressed should be superior to those currently created by Russia and China. US Defence Department press secretary Jonathan Hoffman has confirmed that the Pentagon is developing a sophisticated hypersonic missile that was earlier touted by President Donald Trump. He tweeted on Friday that the department is in the process of developing a spate of hypersonic missiles “to counter our adversaries”. The statement came after Trump told reporters earlier in the day that the US is currently working on what POTUS described as a… Read on ->

Tags: China, Russia, US


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