This is a summary of 25 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, US, Israel, Lebanon, Baluchistan, Pakistan, Hezbollah, Nasrallah, Palestine, Soleimani, China, Raqqa, Syria, Turkey, Daraa, ISIS, Libya, Tripoli, Poland, Russia, UN, Makhlouf, Geneva, Saudi, Baghdad, Iraq, Idlib, Egypt, Sisi, India.

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US warns Iran to stay 100 meters away from its ships

Published 2020-05-19 23:33:04 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The United States issued an implicit warning to Iran against approaching American ships in international waters.  According to the Reuters News Agency, the U.S. warned Iran to stay no less than 100 meters away from its ships, stressing that it would consider this to be a threat to the security of its forces. Reuters said that the U.S. Navy issued a warning to seafarers in international waters, especially the Strait of Hormuz, to stay at least 100 meters from its warships. The U.S. Navy said in its warning, according to the agency, that approaching less… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Israeli forces fire flares along Lebanese border amid infiltration attempt: video

Published 2020-05-19 22:27:11 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fired several flares along the Lebanese border this evening after reports of an attempted infiltration from Lebanon. According to the reports, the Israeli Defense Forces fired the flares along the Lebanese border, where they later arrested two unarmed men. The reports did not provide any details as to why the men were attempting to cross the border, but it did specify that they did not have any weapons. Last month, Israel accused Hezbollah of attempting to infiltrate into the Upper Galilee region from southern Lebanon after their border fence… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon

Seven Pakistani soldiers killed in two attacks inside Baluchistan

Published 2020-05-19 22:11:45 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in two attacks in the southwest mineral-rich Baluchistan province, the Pakistani military said on Tuesday. The army’s media wing said in a statement that six of the seven soldiers were killed by an explosive device during their return late Monday evening from a routine patrol to their camp in Bir Ghayb in the Mash district of Baluchistan province. The statement added that another soldier was killed during an exchange of fire with gunmen in the Mand district of Kish district. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Baluchistan,… Read on ->

Tags: Baluchistan, Pakistan

Nasrallah’s speeches empowered Palestinians to attack Israel: military advisor

Published 2020-05-19 22:01:37 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – An Israeli military advisor stated during an interview that the speeches of Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah empowered the Palestinian forces to attack Israel. The Hebrew-language Channel 7 news interviewed, Yair Ansbacher, the military and security advisor at Bar Ilan University on Tuesday evening. During the interview, Ansbacher told Channel 7 that Nasrallah’s speeches helped the Palestinian forces attack the Israeli military in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, especially the “weaker than a spider’s web” speech. The advisor explained that Nasrallah managed to instill the spirit of the resistance with great awareness… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Nasrallah, Palestine

Qassem Soleimani’s last message to Palestine revealed

Published 2020-05-19 20:15:13 by News Desk in Iran, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The late commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, General Qassem Soleimani, sent a message before his assassination to Muhammad al-Dhaif, commander of the Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas. In a special report from Lebanon’s Al- Mayadeen TV, they revealed that Soleimani had sent a message to the Dhaif, in which he said that “Iran will never leave Palestine alone, no matter how great the pressure will grow, and the siege will be tightened.” Soleimani described Muhammad al-Dhaif as a “living martyr and a brave resister,” saying that he “assures… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Palestine, Soleimani

China’s planned retaliatory steps against US crackdown on Huawei may come as ‘nuke bomb’: media

Published 2020-05-19 19:29:20 by News Desk in World-News

The state-run Chinese newspaper Global Times has cited unnamed analysts as saying that Beijing’s planned retaliatory steps against Washington’s intention to clamp down on shipments of semiconductors to Huawei may be likened to a “nuke bomb” in terms of effectiveness. “The forceful countermeasures” will reportedly include a crackdown on a number of large US companies, such as Qualcomm, Cisco, and Apple as well as the American plane maker Boeing. “China will launch rounds of endless investigations on those firms, just like swords hanging over their head. It will dampen investors’ confidence and squeeze their income in the Chinese market”, an unnamed source told the… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

Syrian militant group attacks Turkish military in northern Raqqa

Published 2020-05-19 19:14:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – A Syrian militant was shot and killed by the Turkish military in the northern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate recently. Citing “reliable sources”, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that a fighter from Jaysh Al-Sharqiyah” was shot dead by the Turkish military in the town of Slouk. The monitor said the “altercation took place between Turkish forces stationed at Sluk checkpoint and the fighter after the fighter refused to stop at the checkpoint. The verbal argument evolved to opening fire on the fighter leaving him dead.” Following this incident, Jaysh Al-Sharqiyah reportedly attacked… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria, Turkey

Iran refutes Israeli DM’s claim about withdrawing forces from Syria

Published 2020-05-19 18:56:40 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – In an interview with the semi-official Tasnim News Agency, an Iranian military source refuted the statements of the outgoing Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett, regarding the start of the Iranian withdrawal from Syria. According to the Iranian military source, “despite the allegations of the Zionist officials, there has been no change in the quantity or quality of the Iranian advisory presence in Syria,” noting that Bennett’s allegations are “an attempt to fill his empty record of any achievement.” The source pointed out that Iran is in Syria at the official request of the legitimate Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria

Syrian military seizes massive stockpile of US and Israeli missiles: photos

Published 2020-05-19 18:21:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Syrian military seized a large stockpile of U.S. and Israeli-made missiles in the southern region of Syria. Photos of the haul show over a dozen heavy machine guns, a cache of rocket propelled grenade launchers, some of them still sealed in their protective wrapping, hundreds of boxes of ammo of various calibers, and at least six US-made TOWs, as well as Israeli-sourced M72 LAW bazookas. Other equipment includes automatic rifles, sniper rifles and hand grenades. The weapons are said to have been seized during recent operations to comb through liberated areas in the provinces… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Syrian military sends reinforcements to east Homs to confront ISIS

Published 2020-05-19 17:50:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Syrian military has sent a large amount of soldiers to the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate to confront the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists that have been wreaking havoc in the Badiya Al-Sham region. According to the latest reports from eastern Syria, reinforcements from the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were sent to the Badiya Al-Sham region to help eliminate the last remnants of the Islamic State from this area along the administrative border of Deir Ezzor. The Islamic State recently intensified their attacks in both Syria and Iraq, as… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Libyan Army redeploys forces to Tripoli for big battle: spox.

Published 2020-05-19 17:20:04 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, announced that the General Command decided to relocate to some axes in Tripoli, in a process he described as “purely tactical military.” He explained that the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, “decided to relocate some to the hubs in the city of Tripoli in a purely tactical military operation, to new points and to new concentrations.” He stated that this positioning or localization may impose “the withdrawal or return of sites to previous locations, but in some… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Iran foiled massive Israeli cyberattack on port: IRNA

Published 2020-05-19 17:01:04 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – According to the Islamic Republic’s News Agency (IRNA) of Iran, computers in the southern Iranian port of Bandar Rajai were subjected to a ‘failed’ Israeli cyber attack last week. “A failed attack on computers in the Bandar Rajai port was a result a result of the Israeli cyber attack last week,” an official told the agency. The agency noted that “the attack did not lead to any disruption in the work of the port thanks to the full readiness of the civil defense units and the quick and effective confrontation of the defect caused by… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel

Russia warns US against deploying nuclear weapons to Poland

Published 2020-05-19 16:13:00 by News Desk in World-News

The redeployment of US nuclear weapons from Germany to Poland would serve to further damage already strained Russia-NATO relations and escalate tensions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced Tuesday. “We hope that Washington and Warsaw recognize the dangerous nature of such statements, which exacerbate an already difficult period of relations between Russia and NATO, and threaten the very basis of European security, weakened as a result of unilateral steps by the United States, first and foremost through their exit from the INF Treaty,” Zakharova said. “The US could make a real contribution to strengthening European security by returning American… Read on ->

Tags: Poland, Russia, US

Reports of moving fighters from Syria to Libya is ‘very disturbing’: UN envoy

Published 2020-05-19 15:53:01 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The United Nations Envoy to Syria, Geir Pederson, said that reports about moving fighters from Syria to Libya is “very disturbing.” Regarding the political settlement in Syria, the envoy pointed out that the government and the opposition agreed to meet in Geneva to resume the convening of the Constitutional Committee as soon as conditions permit and the situation resulting from the epidemic improves, saying: “The conflicting parties in Syria have agreed to meet in Geneva to negotiate the constitution. It is likely that the calm from the fighting now is an opportunity to start healing… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria, UN

Iran prepares to acquire cutting edge weapons as arms embargo ends: media

Published 2020-05-19 15:37:38 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – There is a reason why the U.S. seeks to extend the U.N.-sponsored arms embargo against Iran and it has become increasingly evident over the last few months, as it prepares to expire before year-end. According to the Russian publication, Avia.Pro, the Iranians will seek to acquire some of the latest military technology, including cutting edge weapons from the Russian Federation. “Over the next few months, U.N. sanctions will be lifted from Iran, which will allow this country to acquire various kinds of weapons. Contrary to Washington’s calls to tighten sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Russia… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia

Turkish-backed forces capture Russian-made military chopper: video

Published 2020-05-19 15:07:25 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces have captured in the past 24 hours, a large amount of weapons and equipment left behind by the Libyan National Army (LNA) at the Al-Watiya Airbase near the Tunisian border. According to the Turkish-backed GNA forces, their troops seized a Russian-made Pantsir-S1 air defense system that was left behind at the Al-Watiya Airbase. In addition to the air defense system, the GNA forces also seized a Russian-made Mi-35 military chopper, which was confirmed in the video footage released shortly after its capture. The capture of the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya

Syrian Finance Ministry seizes Rami Makhlouf’s assets after war of words

Published 2020-05-19 14:32:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Finance has made a precautionary seizure of movable and immovable property belonging to businessman Rami Makhlouf, along with the assets of his wife and children. According to the decision signed by the Deputy Minister of Finance, the decision number 1236 comes as a guarantee for the payment of the sums requested by the Ministry of Communications. The authority had asked the cell phone giant in Syria for 233.8 billion pounds, and while MTN agreed to pay, SyriaTel refused, and its board chairman (Rami Makhlouf, cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) began… Read on ->

Tags: Makhlouf, Syria

First US-sponsored Syrian peace talks this year to take place in Geneva

Published 2020-05-19 14:09:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Opposing sides in Syria’s conflict have agreed to reconvene in Geneva for talks on the constitution, United Nations special envoy Geir Pedersen said on Tuesday. He added that a lull in fighting could provide an opportunity to start healing “deep, deep mistrust” between them. “As soon as the pandemic situation allows, they have agreed to come to Geneva and they have agreed on an agenda for the next meeting,” he told reporters. The envoy did not give a date and said that a virtual meeting of the constitutional committee would not be possible. Pedersen also… Read on ->

Tags: Geneva, Syria

Syrian forces seize large amount of US and Israeli missiles in southern Syria: report

Published 2020-05-19 13:57:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The Syrian security forces seized a large quantity of weapons on Tuesday that were left behind by the militant forces in southern Syria. According to a field report from Daraa Governorate, the Syrian security forces discovered an abandoned warehouse filled with U.S. and Israeli-made missiles and rockets that were once under the control of the militant forces. The report said the Syrian security forces not only found U.S.-made TOW missiles, but also Israeli-made rockets and a large quantity of ammunition for various machine guns, including anti-aircraft guns. It appears these weapons had been abandoned by… Read on ->

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Tags: Daraa, Syria

US blocked inspector from investigating weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-05-19 13:16:59 by News Desk in Gulf, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – In a new report recently released, CNN revealed that U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, refused to support an investigation into the sale of weapons from Washington to Riyadh, which had been launched by former Secretary General Inspector Stephen Linnick and his recent article from office. The channel quoted Elliot Engel, vice-chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Congress, as saying that Linnick, at his request, was conducting an investigation into the U.S. sale of $8 billion in arms to the Saudi authorities. Engel said that the Trump administration announced, in 2019, the imposition… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, US

Three missiles land near US embassy in Baghdad

Published 2020-05-19 12:54:15 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – At least 3 missiles fell inside the Green Zone in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, where foreign diplomatic missions are locate, including the U.S. embassy. Following the fall of the missiles, the U.S. military activated their emergency sirens and Iraqi security forces reportedly arrived on the scene to help alleviate the situation. One of the sources mentioned that a missile landed in the vicinity of the British embassy; however, no damage was reported. For its part, the Iraqi security forces said in a press release, that “a Katyusha rocket landed on an empty house inside the… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq

Israel likely behind massive cyberattack against Iran

Published 2020-05-19 12:23:12 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

US and foreign officials suspect Israel to be behind the 9 May cyberattack on Iran’s port of Shahid Rajaee. The cyberattack obstructed shipping traffic at the facility for days, according to The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources. Tel Aviv operatives are said to have conducted the attack in retaliation for an alleged attempt by Iranian hackers on 24 April to take down networks operating rural water distribution in Israel, according to the outlet, citing unnamed intelligence and cybersecurity officials said to be familiar with the matter. Iran has repeatedly denied responsibility for the attacks. One foreign official told WaPo that… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel

Russian warplanes fly over jihadist positions amid increased tensions in Idlib

Published 2020-05-19 12:06:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – Russian warplanes were spotted above the Idlib countryside on Tuesday amid increased tensions between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and militant forces in the governorate. According to reports from the Idlib Governorate, the Russian warplanes were spotted conducting low-altitude flights over the jihadist positions in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. The Russian flights were conducted shortly after the jihadist rebels fired several artillery shells towards the Syrian Arab Army’s positions along the front-lines in Jabal Al-Zawiya. Since the start of the March 5th Moscow Agreement, the Russian Air Force has refrained from launching any airstrikes against… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Sisi orders Egyptian Army to prepare for combat

Published 2020-05-19 11:51:21 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – On Monday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called on his country’s army to prepare for combat during his meeting with Defense Minister Lieutenant General Mohamed Zaki. Bassam Rady, the official spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic in Egypt stated that “the Egyptian President was briefed during the meeting on the overall security situation on all three main strategic directions at the level of the Republic, and the efforts of the armed forces to control the borders and pursue terrorist elements, especially in North Sinai as well as the western region.” He directed the Egyptian… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Sisi

India rushes troops to front-lines with China in Galwan

Published 2020-05-19 11:39:14 by News Desk in World-News

Over 250 troops from India and China had engaged in a brawl on 5 May in the Ladakh region during border patrolling. Since then, the two sides have started deploying additional troops in an aggressive manner to claim a river valley, which has remained a flashpoint since 1962. India has rushed in additional troops to the contested Galwan Valley after China claimed the region as its territory and deployed hundreds of People’s Liberation Army troops in dozens of tents. Citing defence sources, The Economic Times reported that soldiers are being sent from other areas as well to the Galwan Valley…. Read on ->

Tags: China, India

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