This is a summary of 26 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hasakah, Syria, Baghdadi, ISIS, Iran, US, Venezuela, Israel, Khamenei, Netanyahu, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Pompeo, Aleppo, Turkey, Russia, Palestine, Egypt, Erdogan, Sisi, Makhlouf, China, India, Persian, Daraa, Ansarallah, Yemen, Libya, Tripoli.

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Watch: Syrian Army blocks US military convoy in northeast Syria

Published 2020-05-20 23:40:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intercepted a U.S. military convoy that was attempting to pass their checkpoint in the northeastern region of Syria on Wednesday. According to a local source in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army intercepted the U.S. military convoy as it was attempting to bypass their checkpoint near the small village of Umm Al-Khayr. The source said the confrontation did not last long and the U.S. military ultimately turned around to find another route to their intended destination in the Tal Tamr countryside. https://youtu.be/sqUUoxNsLek As shown in the video footage above,… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


ISIS leader nominated to replace Baghdadi handed over to Iraqi authorities

Published 2020-05-20 22:54:36 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Iraqi Intelligence Service announced that the person nominated to succeed the terrorist leader and founder of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been handed over to them. According to the Iraqi News Agency, the Intelligence Service announced that their forces have taken custody Abdel-Nasser Qirdash, noting that he is the candidate to succeed Baghdadi as the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group. Qirdash is the highest ranking Islamic State officer to ever be taken into custody. It should be noted that while Qirdash was nominated to replace Baghdadi, the Islamic State… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdadi, ISIS


US considers taking action to block Iran’s fuel transport to Venezuela: report

Published 2020-05-20 22:20:53 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The U.S. is mulling fresh sanctions and possibly blocking Iranian fuel exports to Venezuela, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. According to the publication, thee threats are being made in response to the five Iranian gasoline tankers that are sailing toward Venezuela – which the U.S. sees as a potential lifeline for President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Iran has responded to these U.S. threats by warning Washington that they will defend their assets and retaliate to any incident. Separately, an unnamed military source told the ISNA news agency that the US navy’s fresh warning for… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela


New round of infighting ignites tensions between militants in northern Syria

Published 2020-05-20 22:06:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants resumed their internal disagreements on Wednesday, when two large factions clashed in northern Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Turkish-backed militants of Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah and the Al-Hamzah Division clashed in the Ras Al-‘Ayn countryside on Wednesday, resulting in a couple of casualties for the warring parties. The monitor said the clashes reportedly took place in the town of Tal Halaf, which is located inside the Ras Al-‘Ayn District of the Al-Hasakah Governorate. Citing their local sources, the SOHR report said, “the clashes left two members of ‘Ahrar… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


‘Every regime that threatens to destroy Israel faces same risk’: Netanyahu to Iran

Published 2020-05-20 21:29:00 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Wednesday, over the latter’s tweet’s yesterday. “Khamenei’s threat to implement a ‘final solution’ against Israel recalls the Nazi final solution plan to exterminate the Jewish people,” Netanyahu’s official Arabic account tweeted. “He must know that every regime that threatens to destroy Israel faces the same risk,” he added. The Iranian Supreme Leader said in a previous tweet, “The Zionist regime is an example of state terrorism. Since British anti-Islamic and Zionist policies put Zionism in place in Palestine, this system achieves its… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel, Khamenei, Netanyahu


Syrian Army intercepts US military convoy in northeast Syria

Published 2020-05-20 21:03:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intercepted a U.S. military convoy in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, local sources reported this evening. According to the sources, the U.S. military convoy approached a Syrian Arab Army checkpoint in the Tal Tamr countryside, resulting in a brief a non-violent standoff between the two sides. The sources said the Syrian Army refused to give way to the U.S. military convoy, forcing them to turn around and find another path to their intended destination. The confrontation reportedly took place west of Tal Tamr, near the small village of Umm Al-Khayr in… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US


Hezbollah doesn’t seek conflict with Israel, but is prepared for war: top official

Published 2020-05-20 20:33:48 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Hezbollah is not seeking war with Israel but is prepared for any scenario, Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, the head of the movement’s executive council, said in an interview with Al-Mayadeen TV on Wednesday ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Israeli troops’ withdrawal from Lebanon. “Israel is confused, as it does not find solutions to issues related to the war … This is understandable to everyone, but we do not strive for war and never sought it,” Safieddine said, adding that in any circumstances, the movement will continue to carry out its tasks and prepare for… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon


Pompeo slams Iran’s Supreme Leader as ‘anti-semitic’ over Israel remarks

Published 2020-05-20 20:15:57 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a sharp attack on Twitter against Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Pompeo, in a tweet published on Wednesday, expressed the U.S. administration’s condemnation of Khamenei’s recent statements in which he described Israel as a terrorist state and stressed the need to arm the West Bank in order to stop the suffering of the Palestinian people. The Secretary of State said that Khamenei’s comments are “anti-Semitic”, “disgusting” and “represent hate speech,” noting that such comments “have no place in Twitter or any other social media platform.”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo, US


Fresh clashes breakout between Syrian Army, TFSA in eastern Aleppo

Published 2020-05-20 19:32:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Heavy clashes were reported on Wednesday between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) at the Tadef crossing. According to reports from this front, the Syrian Army and TFSA troops traded gunfire at the crossing, followed by brief shelling. No deaths were reported; however, some military personnel suffered minor injuries during the brief encounter. The reason for the clashes is still unknown at this time. The Tadef crossing is located near the strategic city of Al-Bab, which is currently under the control of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army.

Tags: Aleppo, Turkey


Watch: Russian Tu-22M3 bomber in action

Published 2020-05-20 18:49:49 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – The Russia-based “Zvezda” channel published a video of the flight of Tu-22M3 Russian bombers over the neutral waters of the Black Sea. In the video posted this week, the Tu-22M3 can be seen taking off, as well as flying over the Black Sea waters. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the aircraft crews flew about 4,500 kilometers and were in the air for more than five hours; at certain stages they were accompanied by fighters from the Southern Military District. Long-range pilots regularly fly over the neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Pacific… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Iran’s Supreme Leader accuses Gulf nations of ‘biggest betrayal’ to Palestinians

Published 2020-05-20 18:28:18 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – Against the background of the Emirates conducting its first direct flight with Israel, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei launched a sharp attack on some Gulf states, accusing it of betraying the Palestinian people. Khamenei stated, in a series of tweets he posted on Tuesday night on his Twitter account: “Today some Persian Gulf states committed the greatest betrayal against their own history and the history of the Arab world, and they betrayed Palestine by supporting Israel. Will the peoples of these countries tolerate the betrayal by their leaders?” The Iranian Supreme Leader held Saudi Arabia… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Palestine


Former US Green Berets reveal new details of botched Venezuela coup in interrogation tapes

Published 2020-05-20 18:02:45 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The detained ex-U.S. soldiers said they were tasked with securing an airfield in Venezuela in order to put President Nicolas Maduro on a plane after toppling him. The men were charged with plotting a coup against the government. Venezuelan state TV has aired new interrogation tapes of the two former US Green Berets charged with participating in failed plot to oust Maduro. American national Luke Denman told an interrogator that Jordan Goudreau, a US special forces veteran and founder of private security firm Silvercorp USA, had proposed that he take part in removing Maduro from… Read on ->

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Tags: US, Venezuela


Tensions rise between Egypt, Turkey as Sisi warns Erdogan over Libya

Published 2020-05-20 17:14:15 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Egyptian Minister of Parliament, Atef Nasser, head of the Parliamentary Committee of the Future Party, attacked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stressing that he was interfering in Libya. The Egyptian parliamentarian affirmed the decisive position on the situation in Libya after the fall of the Al-Watiya Airbase in the hands of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, saying that Egypt fully believes in a political solution in Libya, and considers the need to preserve the unity and sovereignty of Libyan lands. Nasser indicated that the statements of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi “are… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Erdogan, Sisi, Turkey


All 5 Iranian tankers enter Atlantic en route to Venezuela

Published 2020-05-20 16:48:31 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – All five Iranian fuel tankers have entered the Atlantic waters after sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar this week. According to the latest reports, the last Iranian fuel tanker in the Mediterranean Sea entered the Atlantic’s waters after sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar over the last 24 hours. These five tankers are expected to deliver much needed fuel to Venezuela, as they have been under a U.S.-led blockade that has effectively blocked resources and economic aid from reaching the Bolivarian Republic. At the same time, the U.S. Navy has recently increased their presence in… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela


Syrian ministry denies arresting Rami Makhlouf

Published 2020-05-20 16:06:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Syria’s Ministry of Justice denied the reports that surfaced on social media and opposition channels about the arrest of Rami Makhlou, the billionaire tycoon and first cousin of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. “Some pages on Facebook, based on biased foreign sources, published a fake decree of the Ministry of Justice about the arrest of all types of assets of Rami Makhlouf. The ministry denied ever issuing any decree in that regard,” the ministry said on Facebook. The ministry said there were accounts on social networks that were intentionally publishing fake news and exploiting the topic… Read on ->

Tags: Makhlouf, Syria


Indian Army blocking Chinese military along border: report

Published 2020-05-20 15:25:34 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – On Wednesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry told the India-based Hindustan Times newspaper, in comments regarding the recent escalation along the disputed Sino-Indian border and reported fortification on both sides, that New Delhi is preventing Chinese troops from conducting patrols along the border area. The comments by the Chinese Foreign Ministry were made after the Indian media reported that New Delhi and Beijing had deployed additional troops to the border following two violent face-offs in early May, which left several soldiers injured on both sides. In a comment to the newspaper, the Chinese Foreign Ministry accused… Read on ->

Tags: China, India


Iranian Navy clashes with heavily armed ship in Persian Gulf

Published 2020-05-20 15:12:09 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – On Wednesday, a number of Iranian naval police were wounded while confronting a ship that was smuggling fuel in the Gulf waters. According to a report, the operation resulted in the death of two smugglers, the arrest of 11, the seizure of the ship, the confiscation of 200,000 liters of fuel, and the seizure of 13 incendiary missiles aboard the ship. Hussein Dahke, commander of the Coast Guard in Hormuzgan province, said: “Several ships for smuggling fuel were leaving Iranian waters, and they were the ones who launched incendiary missiles with high destructive capacity on… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Persian


Russian military makes last attempt to negotiate in Daraa as Syrian military prepares for operation

Published 2020-05-20 14:55:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Russian military is making one last attempt to negotiate with the militants holed up in the town of Tafas, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) prepares to launch a big operation. According to a source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army has brought a large number of 4th Division reinforcements over the last week, along with their heavy weapons, including tanks and missiles. The source said that the Syrian Army is hoping the Russian military can reach a deal with the remaining militants in Tafas to avoid any major confrontation. He would add that… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria


‘Israel is still number one enemy’: Yemen’s Ansarallah

Published 2020-05-20 14:19:57 by News Desk in Middleeast, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Ansarallah Movement (var. Houthis) said in a speech this week, “Palestine is not for the bidder and the one who stands with it pays blood and offers martyrs,” stressing that part of “the reasons for the aggression against Yemen is its independent stance on the nation’s issues.” The Ansrallah spokesperson, Mohammad Abdul-Salaam said, during a special interview with Yemen’s Al-Masirah TV, “all deals were unable to eliminate the Palestinian question, and Israel is still the number one enemy.” He pointed out that “there is no project for Saudi Arabia except to… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Iran, Yemen

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Iranian military copies Russian tanks, won’t need to purchase: media

Published 2020-05-20 14:08:47 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The China-based Sohu News Agency reported this week that Iran will likely not focus on buying weapons from Russia, as they already copy many of their weapons already. According to Sohu, Iran has copied several Russian weapons, including tanks and their air defense systems. The Sohu article specifically mentioned the Iranian Karrar tank, which is supposed to be a prototype of the Russian T-90. However, they were quick to point out that while it looks like a T-90 tank, it functions more like an improved T-72 tank. “The design of the Karrar tank shows that… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia


Turkish-backed forces destroy Russian-made air defense system: video

Published 2020-05-20 13:15:54 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces managed to destroy two Russian-made air defense systems this week. According to pro-GNA media, their troops managed to destroy the Russian-made Pantsir-S1 systems in the western region of Libya. At least one of the Pantsir-S1 systems was reportedly destroyed during the GNA’s capture of the strategic Al-Watiya Airbase, which is located near the Tunisian border. https://twitter.com/LastDef/status/1262780413833105410?s=20 In addition to destroying two of these systems, the Government of National Accord troops also managed to capture one Pantsir-S1 while taking control of the Al-Watiya Airbase on Monday. Overall, the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia, Turkey


Palestinian-led forces destroy several ISIS hideouts in eastern Syria: photos

Published 2020-05-20 12:40:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Palestinian-led Jerusalem Brigade (Liwaa A.-Quds) continue their combing operations in the eastern part of Syria this week, as they attempt to eliminate more Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cells between the Al-Raqqa, Homs and Deir Ezzor governorates. According to the Jerusalem Brigade, their forces managed to destroy a number of Islamic State hideouts over the last few days, while also seizing the terrorist group’s equipment that was left behind by their fleeing fighters. The Jerusalem Brigade has been reportedly combing through the Badiya Al-Sham region, which has a large presence of Islamic State sleeper cells… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


New US F-35 aircraft crashes during night flight

Published 2020-05-20 12:18:13 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The new U.S.-made F-35 Lightning II combat warplane crashed in Florida during a routine training exercise, the Eglin Air Force Base said on Twitter. The plane belonging to the 58th Fighter Squad crashed around 9:30 pm local time and did not cause any damage or loss of life. The base has launched an investigation into the matter. https://twitter.com/TeamEglin/status/1262964434529587202?s=20 The incident comes just days after a F-22 Raptor fighter crashed while performing a test flight last Friday. Similarly to the latest crash, there were no casualties or damage caused by the incident and the pilot ejected to safety.  … Read on ->

Tags: US


High-ranking Lebanese official makes rare overnight visit to Syria

Published 2020-05-20 12:00:53 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – A Lebanese newspaper revealed on Wednesday, the content of a visit made by a senior Lebanese security official to the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Tuesday night. In an exclusive interview with the newspaper, Al-Joumhouria, the Director General of General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, discussed the details of his visit to the capital Damascus and his meeting with Syrian officials, where the parties touched on a number of files most notably smuggling and border crossings. According to Ibrahim, they discussed the situation and how to deal with the subject of movement of people between the… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria


Libyan Army announces ceasefire, will withdraw 3km from Tripoli

Published 2020-05-20 11:51:28 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Wednesday, a unilateral ceasefire to avoid bloodshed at the end of the month of Ramadan. The Libyan National Army spokesperson, Ahmad Al-Mismari, said that the forces decided to move away from Tripoli for a distance of 2 to 3 kilometres at all fronts. Al-Mismari said in a statement that this ceasefire will allow citizens in the city to move freely at the end of the month of Ramadan and during Eid Al-Fitr. A spokesman for the Libyan National Army said that their forces will start moving their positions… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Iran to ignore US warning, will resume naval activities in Persian Gulf

Published 2020-05-20 11:37:24 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s navy will continue its regular missions in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman despite a new US military directive warning of defensive measures if American warships are approached by armed vessels at a 100-metre radius, a senior military official told Iranian Students News Agency on Wednesday. The directive in question was issued on Tuesday by the US Navy, which cited the necessity to enhance safety, minimise ambiguity and reduce opportunities for miscalculation due to “recent events”. Last month, President Donald Trump instructed the US Navy to destroy all Iranian gunboats that sailed too close to US warships…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran


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